How Digitally Enabled Educators are Using Technology

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Survey Results: Today’s Tech-Aware Educators are Focused on Engaging Students, Learning About New Tools, and Enabling Active Learning.

Lena Leirdal«s insight:

Here you can read about the results of an interesting survey addressing educators» attitudes towards educational and instructional technology. What I fund the most interesting was the responses to the question «What ways do you like to use technology to enable teaching and learning?» where 72% answered » to better engage students». I agree, there are many exiting possibilities for that with technology, but I thought it was even more interesting that the option with the lowest score was «to practice reading and writing» (27%). Shouldn’t teachers strive to combine these two aspects? It was also concerning that only 30% responded that technology in the classroom should play a role in preparing students for their future careers. Perhaps this shows that we still have a long way to go from using digital tools as «entertainment» to actually teaching the 21st century literacy skills? Must remember this survey for my masters thesis!

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Reflections and resources: The importance of critical thinking

In a digital world with a constant flow of information, critical thinking is more important than ever. According to Fremmedspråksenteret, the ability to critically reflect upon both information and practices is one of the basic foundations in a digital competence. This is also clearly pointed out by the Department of Education, in for instance in Læringsplakaten, where it is stated that it is the school’s responsibility to stimulate the learner to develop his/her own learning strategies and the ability of critical thinking.

Therefore, when I came across this video and some posters about learning critical thinking I thought it might come in handy, not only for my self, but also for my students and my readers? Les meir

Is Google making our memory weaker??

In my digital competence class a few weeks ago, we discussed whether or not our access to digital tools is making our memory weaker. In todays digital world it can be argued that there is simply no need for us anymore to remember facts, numbers, contact information or important dates, because our smart phone or Google can tell us in no time. It has also become a habit of many of us to just take a picture or a screen shot of something we need to remember instead of writing it down! Does this sound familiar to you?

I believe that when we take pictures, or trust Google to find the information, we are simply telling our brain that there is no need to remember, because we have stored it elsewhere.  But is this making out memory weaker? Or are we just using our “storage-space” in a different way?

A challenge is also that many students believe that Google has all the answers, and that they are all correct! Hey, chances are that us teachers even Googled the last piece of information we were looking for (though hopefully with a more critical eye).

Some therefore argue that Google is changing the way we think and remember. But how does this happen? And how can Google really impact our brain? Check out the infographic  from below to learn more!