Why should we use Technology in the classroom?

Today students’ have naturally evolved through technology and so must we.

I chose Cloud computing and Blogs because 
I believe it will

ignite and inspire students passion for learning 
and open their minds within a community of learners and knowledge that may 
not have otherwise been possible. 

The main areas being:
  1. Intrinsic motivation; 
  2. Enhanced skills and knowledge and
  3. Culturally diverse learning

Through inquiry methods and problem solving students become intrinsically motivated as online environments are stimulating and challenging displaying learning in unique ways (Finger, Russell, Jamieson-Proctor & Russell, 2007).  

Students are able to access new technologies and information to produce innovative and enhanced products like Blogs through real and virtual spaces transforming the curriculum (Queensland Studies Authority, QSA, 2007s).

Students’ critical thinking is enhanced when using Blogs, through development of digital literacy and cognitive skills as well as deeper knowledge of the world in creative and original ways (Jonassen, 2000).  Diverse strategies and tools like Six Thinking Hats, Jigsaw, Multiple Intelligences, Wiki’s and interactive simulations will actively engage students and parents in online communities and discussions to solve problems (DETYA, 2000 & MCEETYA, 2005). 

Culturally diverse learning is promoted and valued as family members, community and experts join in chats, forums, debates and sharing information online. Learning about the world and all it’s’ people becomes easily accessible online in ‘The Cloud’. Students participate using: reflective thinking, inquiry, critical analysis, collaborative socio-cultural learning all within a connectivist approach as stated by Siemens, 2004. Learning becomes global and unique promoting leadership in preparation for future employment and life skills (DETYA, 2000). 

I am taking a positive position on Cloud computing and Blogs in the classroom because through higher order thinking everyday tasks become engaging, empowering, motivating in an integrated global community of education. 

In a ulearning environment content is rich and knowledge is expansive (DEST, 2002 & EDC 3100: Wk3.ppt, 2010).  

 Students interact with each other to make conclusions and communicate understandings by posting and interacting in online communities. 

Through Blog links students talk to astronauts live or use simulations in teams 
to learn about the moon’s surface. 

Learning becomes exciting! 

Students choose to learn through a transformational pedagogy that allows multimodal applications to communicate and display their learning and assessments.