Technology is becoming more and more prevalent in the classroom. Schools have class sets of chromebooks or ipads, and teachers have smart boards at their disposal at many different districts. For this reason, it is critical that teachers spend time getting to know how to use these different resources effectively. If this is not done, then it is likely that teachers will use technology to simply replace different aspects of their teaching that could have been done on paper. Blogs are created instead of notebooks, and google documents are filled out instead of worksheets. While this is using technology, it is not utilizing it to its full potential. Teachers need to spend time getting to know the different technological resources that are at their disposal that can help to transform their teaching. For example, this can be done by showing students how molecules bond at a molecular level through a simulation, how people travel in another country, or the formation in which the the Confederates attacked the Union Army and why this was important. Technology can make what was very difficult or almost impossible to illustrate in a classroom, and make these concepts more accessible to students.
This can also transform student learning by engaging them in higher levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy. Instead of answering questions about what the student has just read, the student can utilize technology to use higher levels of thinking to create. Technology has opened so many different doors for students to do this and show their understanding of the material. Students can create videos and online presentations, which allow them to further delve into the material they are learning, but also engage in it in a inquisitive way in which they are responsible for what they want to learn more about. This differentiated learning can be more attractive to these students as they feel invested and take ownership in what they are learning.