I have talked before about how we as teachers need to be the change in the classroom. Along with the fact that technology is not going away so therefor we must embrace it.
*Did you know that by 2016 China will be the largest Country whose dominate language will be ENGLISH! Not America, but China. -This is mainly because of the technological advances and resources that they are taking advantage of.
Trying to get students to become engaged can be tricky but it is our job as teachers to find ways to keep them engaged. I ASK YOU! Why are we not using what they love to help them stay engaged? Giving them ways to use technology in the classroom is giving them more opportunities to CREATE, and LEARN. Do all of us learn in the same way? No! some learn through auditory learning, visually learning, and most importantly students learn through doing. Let's give students the opportunity to be prepared for the future. Wouldn't we all rather create something that is fun, exciting, and engaging on a computer like a digital story rather than writing one?
Check out this video.
See how much more exciting it is for students to use technology, and they are learning just as much if not more while doing this. They are still required to write out a script, but then they get to transform it into something so much more than just a required report. There is a world of technology and possibilities out there, and children are begging us to help them use it.
A STUDENTS VISION! Here is another video to check out. It really helps us put into perspective the change that is needed today.
There is great research out there that has proof that technology is giving students so much more than a distraction at school. It builds self-esteem, helps them to communicate more effectively, and most importantly helps them to think critically.
Check out this web cite for more details of the effects of technology. Effects of Technology