Monday, 3 December 2012
There are multiple impacts of technology tools both good and bad. As with every thing there are advantages and disadvantages of technology. The advantages are that technology can reap good reward in a class. Technology gets students interest, have them participate more which in turn helps them to perform better, both with behavior and school work. The disadvantages are that it may cause distraction during the lesson if it isn't used properly, students may also use this an opportunity to act out and try to disrupt other students.
Having knowledge of the different technology related learning styles is extremely relevant as teachers need to know what technology best suits each learning style. Knowing this a teacher can bring out the best in each student. Having knowledge of each technology and how they relate to each learning style can make students more interested in class which will get them to participate.
Connectivism is "a learning theory for the digital age," and has been developed by George Siemens and Stephen Downes based on their analysis of the limitations of behaviorism, cognitivism, and how we learn. Donald G Perrin, Executive Editor of the International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning and says the theory "combines relevant elements of many learning theories, social structures, and technology to create a powerful theoretical construct for learning in the digital age." (Excerpt taken from operation technology).