Educational Technology: Teaching and Learning with its Negative Potential
Tuesday, March 26 5:15 PM-6:15 PM Location: Grand Ballroom E
Abstract: In an Eastern United States Charter school, established for science and mathematics, students (grades 9-12) were surveyed (grade 9 only in an introductory Computer Science course) as to their consideration of technologies that they use and their effects in and outside the classroom. The computer science department, having teachers with distinct teaching styles, observed a) an inability for students to focus, b) student distraction due to technology, c) a desire to receive information in exceedingly smaller than expected chunks, and d) an affinity for being entertained. Survey results and rising research globally indicate that technology is as much problem as it is solution. Data are presented along with observations that uses of educational technology bring along baggage that is as impactful as the aspects deemed positive. These findings reiterate recent studies that technology is creating at the very least cultural alterations with which educators must contend to absolute paradigm shifts in learning to which teaching must conform.