Educational Technology

What Is Technology? Before we can dive into educational technology, I feel that it is important to discuss what technology itself entails. According to Dictionary.com, technology actually has 5 different definitions: These definitions indicate that the traditional, often main definition of technology (see definition 1), is not the only one to exist. Technology does notContinue reading “Educational Technology”

Thinking Back

Being born in 1995 definitely has its advantages. I feel that I was able to benefit from growing up along side technology. In a way, I got to have the best of “both worlds” as technology became more and more popular as I grew up, but I also got to experience a childhood with limitedContinue reading “Thinking Back”

Debate #7 – Educators Have a Responsibility to Help Their Students Develop a Digital Footprint

The first debate of the night this week was very interesting! I find that (similar to other weeks) the topic is a bit vague and there are many ways that it might be interpreted. For example, the debaters focused on the digital footprint itself, but the open discussion time kept heading towards the general ideaContinue reading “Debate #7 – Educators Have a Responsibility to Help Their Students Develop a Digital Footprint”

Debate #6 – Should Cellphones Be Banned in the Classroom?

Although both teams put up some good arguments and many relevant viewpoints came up during this debate, I’ll have to admit that my original opinion of “agree” with this topic has not really waivered. I feel that where people stand on this topic may have a lot to do with the schools they work at,Continue reading “Debate #6 – Should Cellphones Be Banned in the Classroom?”

Debate #5- Is Social Media Ruining Childhood?

When we initially began this debate, I was leaning more towards the agree side. Looking back, I fondly remember (perhaps with rose tinted glasses) a childhood filled with playing outside, camping, and spending hours on our bikes until the street lights came on. I also remember certain technologies being introduced throughout my youth (Nintendo, GameContinue reading “Debate #5- Is Social Media Ruining Childhood?”

Debate #4 – Do Educators Have a Responsibility to Use Technology/Social Media to Promote Social Justice?

I think that debate #4 touched the nerves of a few people this week as things seemed to have gotten a little spicy- and rightfully so. I feel that this topic is one that is more so based on opinion and beliefs rather than research, facts, and statistics. There has always been much debate surroundingContinue reading “Debate #4 – Do Educators Have a Responsibility to Use Technology/Social Media to Promote Social Justice?”

Debate #3- Should Schools No Longer Teach Skills That Can Be Easily Carried Out by Technology?

Debate #3 teams definitely delivered! I will admit I am surprised how heated this debate got as this topic didn’t seem like one that you would peg as having people be uber-passionate on both sides. I will say I am more so a disagree-er on this topic, but it all comes down to which thingsContinue reading “Debate #3- Should Schools No Longer Teach Skills That Can Be Easily Carried Out by Technology?”

Debate #2- Technology Has Led to a More Equitable Society

During this debate, I felt like I was being pulled towards both sides constantly. Originally, I had said that I disagreed with this statement as this is definitely a topic that I have not put much thought into before, especially past the general ideas surrounding access to tech and internet. Both teams presented many greatContinue reading “Debate #2- Technology Has Led to a More Equitable Society”

Debate #1- Technology Enhances Learning

Last week, we began the section of our class for the “Great EdTech Debates” with Megan & I kicking things off. The topic of the first debate was : does technology enhance learning in the classroom? Going into the debate, I was strongly on the agree side that I represent, but I was interested inContinue reading “Debate #1- Technology Enhances Learning”

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