Are you a digital native or a digital immigrant?
I am a digital native because I am born when technology is being introduced and improved for people to adapt. Since birth, I have been surrounded by computers, digital music players, cell phones and used digital toys (Zevenbergen, 2007). Most of my time is spent playing computer games, reading emails, scrolling the internet and instant messaging. Moreover, I mostly use the native language of videos, internet, and computers.
However, I am not a digital immigrant because they are born before introduction and invention of technology. Digital immigrants print out emails and documents from computers to edit them instead of editing them while in the computer screen. (Zevenbergen, 2007). They invite people in their offices to view an interesting website other than sending them the URL. They use outdated language from the computer language.
What do you see as the potential benefits and limitations for IT in classrooms and centres?
Technology in classrooms such as microphones enables to reach a larger audience and cover large geographic locations. Wheel chairs and hearing aids assist disabled students and those isolated by geographic boundaries. Online timetables offer students busy schedules and freedom to work from their homes at their convenient times using their laptops and online programs. As a result, classrooms have no overcrowding (Joanna, 2010). Programmed timetables are designed offer classes at peak times of the day and in the course of the week thus increasing flexibility of scheduling classes. The costs of photocopying papers are decreased thus promoting green revolution. Students access all information taught in class by their tutors through the internet and websites. Moreover, students are taught technology skills that they can use in their work places.
Students create blogs about famous persons and include information. Teachers also create blogs to be filled by their students. Students are asked to tweet the lesson, which request them to summarize information learnt in class (Joanna, 2010). Web pages are also designed regarding the learnt content. Students are availed with drop boxes where they submit their assignments online. There are online grading systems such as web-based grade books where they track records, attendance and compile reports about the progress of each student. Lecturers and tutors send messages to their students about forthcoming tests and change of lessons and venues through emails and mobile apps.
There are various disadvantages of introducing technology in classrooms and centers. These include difficulties in selecting the best hardware and software program to use. There is a higher cost in training the staff and students on usage of the technology (Joanna, 2010). Due to access of internet sources that have all materials, students have a chance to cheat in exams. Students from poor backgrounds find it hard to afford computers to use and thus have difficulties in submitting assignments. Some technology software may be incompatible with the present technology. It proved difficult to motivate classroom students thus requiring self-discipline and motivation.
Have you ever had a technological blooper with children?
Yes, when I forgot to lock their computer play devices where they could not access them when they come back after school. My advice to them was to first do homework before play. Upon reaching home, they found them on the table where they had left them last night. Their work was just to play the whole evening and never did their homework. The reason for restricting their use of computer devices is to make them active out in the fields and kelp them regulate themselves. In addition playing in the fields would help them become more attentive in school and become disciplined students in class. Technology has a major disadvantage to children in that it increases disorders in their behaviors, physical and psychological systems. Diseases such as diabetes and coordination problems arise. Lastly, they suffer from anxiety and depression.
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Zevenbergen, R. (2007). Digital natives come to preschool implications for early childhood practice. Contemporary issues in early childhood, 1 (8), 1-12.