Project Tomorrow is a nonprofit that gives students a voice on the education they are receiving. This organization hosts the Speak Up Research Project which polls teachers, students, and parents to see how technology is being integrated into classrooms and what these people think about it. Whether we like it or not, the Speak Up Project has been finding a lot of data that suggests we could be seeing heavily digital-based classroom sooner than we think.
While some are not comfortable with the idea of videos and online games taking over our children’s education, Speak Up claims that this is a process that has been seen throughout education. The first technological advancement started when the oral tradition of storytelling was taken over by Plato and his written stories. All of these processes started out the same, with a sense of fear. Eventually, just as written stories took over oral stories, these once feared ideas become the way of life.
The Speak Up findings help to “connect the digital dots for learning.” Their findings do this by “mapping a personalized learning journey and moving from chalkboards to tablets as part of a digital conversion effort.” In these findings it seems that a majority of educational leaders and principals are on board with technology integrated classroom, seeing them as “key drivers to increasing student achievement.” However one thing that is slowing this process down is individual teachers and them not wanting to differentiate and add technology into their lesson.
There were a couple of facts that helped me think about how I would integrate technology into my classroom. The first thing I saw is the fact that elementary school students were more likely to use game based learning. They had the highest percentage of users. With that being said as an elementary school teacher I will try to use a lot of this strategy to help increase my student’s achievement. I think playing a game can better motivate students, as well as keep them more entertained and involved than a black and white book may.
Another statistic that stood out to me was, “scientists say that human brain processes visuals 60,000 times faster than text.” Giving students more picture and video based examples is proven to help children process information better. In my instruction, even if I am given written instructions, I am going to put pictures next to them to help students really process what they are being asked to do.