New Technology in the Science Classroom

There are several new technologies that we see appearing in classrooms all over the world. Of these there  are three that I have found to be highly innovative. The first is mainly a science technology and is close to my heart for that reason. It is the new lab probe system. These probes are sweet they collect the data and graph it at the same time which saves a great deal of time. It also takes the struggle out of making a pretty graph. There are also a wide variety of these probes to serve almost any purpose.

The next piece of innovative technology that I believe changes the game is the virtual dissection. In previous years children and teachers dreaded dissections. This is a thing of the pas because now anyone can do a dissection without actually cutting anything. As well as not being  a nauseating experience the virtual substitute can answer student question as they dissect. This saves time, money, and emotional trauma making it a worthwhile advancement in the science classroom.

The final piece that I would like to share is the clicker.The clicker is an excellent use of funds because it can involve students who normally sit absentmindedly. It also has a function that will allow the teacher to view the stats of how many students got a question right or wrong. Allowing the teacher to refocus on what the students need.

These are examples of how the technology is used in a 21st century classroom. These technologies currently affect k-12 students because its how they learn now is through the screen. Making the teacher an even more important component than ever. The teacher must help students navigate this never-ending well of knowledge. The modern teacher must be able to integrate and adapt to the ever changing level of new tech. These learning environments have more screens to find the answer and less texts to look through. making finding information as easy as the tough of a button. This is the way that the classroom must be in this new age in order to better educate students.

Personally I am a skeptic of technology and often times I find it easier to imagine myself in the year 100 B.C.E. However, this is not the world I live in so I need to embrace these new changes in order to better myself as a future teacher.

Introductory Concepts

In recent discussions of technology in the classroom a controversial issue has been whether or not technology has been incorporated into the classroom properly. On the one hand some argue that in this new 21st century world students should spend most of their time using this new technology. From this perspective students are learning far more from technology than they learn in school, as well as finding it more enjoyable or less boring. This being said the school should then help to nurture this use of technology and provide context to the learning.

On the other hand their are still those who have the belief that simple things still get the job done. Based on this view simple technology such as the pencil can still be used in the classroom to the advantage of the student. This side also argues that sometimes technology is misused in the classroom as simply a replacement for the pencil and paper. this opinion then evolves into the belief that technology should be used to explore things otherwise impossible.

To sum it up the issue is whether to incorporate technology into everything or to leave some aspects of education as simple as pen and paper.

My view is that technology needs to be incorporated but that there is a time and place for it. Even though I personally prefer less technology than most, I concede that in this new age of teaching it will be necessary for the classroom to use technology in order to better benefit the students. I still believe that there is no substitute for written practice in some aspects of the science classroom such as lab experiments. It is my steadfast belief that students should get to experience real science hands on. To this one might argue that they can watch it online. However, my reply would simply be that there is no substitute for being there to watch a candy fish burst into flame in the middle of the classroom. This issue is important because it will directly impact me and how I will teach in my future classroom.