Why the Modern Technology pyramid matters for Educators?
As an educator, you must be knowing how badly students, in this fast-paced world, depend on technology. A K-12 student needs to have his/her phone with them all the time.
According to the Pew Research Centre, the average teen sends and receives 30 text messages per day and 24 percent of them go online “almost constantly”. But that’s not the only, technology is being used by students.
Evidence suggests that this technology use can be divided into four distinct groups. According to Tony Wagner, Expert in Residence at the Harvard University, these come together to form the Modern Technology Pyramid.
Entertainment, the broadest of the four groups, lies at the bottom of the Pyramid. Above that is information (research, question, answering), then collaboration followed by the creativity which takes the smallest spot at the bottom of Pyramid. This means students fritter away their time mindlessly thumbing through Facebook than stimulating their minds playing brain games, for example.
Unfortunately, this subpar use of technology is costly – not just to their data plans, but to their development.
By engaging students with education-focused apps and tools that fall within the various technology pyramid tiers, luckily, educators have an opportunity to counterbalance the hour's students spend thumbing through Facebook. Here is how.
This category that includes the use of social media apps, like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram as well as messaging with Kiki and Whatsapp and much more falls in the largest tier of the technology pyramid.
The question is how can teachers use this to their benefit? Children, especially teenagers are lured by Skype and Twitter. Interestingly both of them can be easily integrated into the classroom for educational purposes.
Skype has the potential to be even more powerful in your classroom than Twitter— Skype offers the face-to-face interaction and collaboration that Twitter does not, and allows teachers to illustrate the importance of global education. From anywhere in the world, with just a computer and a webcam, you can Video chat with classes teaching students both about different cultures no ways to communicate effectively.
Engage with students in and out of school by posting assignments and updates on Twitter. You can also use it to supplement an engaging, in-class discussion and keep parents informed about what’s happening in the classroom.
“Just Google it” is the new age mantra that answers all your queries and that’s exactly your students also do if they do not know the answers to a particular question or show their friend a new website. Embrace this curiosity, and take advantage of the ease with which you can instantly access information, using tools like an iPad, Chromebook, or Smart Board. These let you present students with instantaneous information that makes a class more exciting, visual, and engaging.
To collaborate on questions, students can use iPads in groups. Individually, they can be used to research and learn from interactive articles or play brain-stimulating games.With a Smart Board, teachers can present supplemental information and dynamic lesson resources by linking to material from the real world.
Technology is used by students to collaborate outside of school, sharing articles on Facebook or texting with friends to plan an event. Teachers can use this inherent inclination to collaborate and share to improve group work.
Various web-based tools like Forms, Google Docs, the endless number of add-ons and slides can be used to start.
Use Google Slides or Google Docs, as a collaborative, online workspace, where students can create and edit the same assignment at the same time from their own screen.
They can see what’s being worked on and the possibility for real-time feedback lets their communication and teamwork skills shine through. It also gives you a better idea of who’s participating—simply join the document and see who’s typing the most (or least) and redirect the distribution of work for the better of the group.
When thinking of the greatest and latest in the technology, students jump right to the latest app or a new add-on for their gaming system. While this technology is innovative and, if used correctly, could have a place in the classroom, it buggers up creativity.
There could be many reasons why creativity is at the top of the pyramid. One of the probable causes is that kids are not drawn to education-focused technologies as they fall into a division of learning, which, to them, equals work.
Facebook or Snapchat lures children, especially kids as through these apps they can instantly connect with their friends expending minimal brain power.
To enhance their creative STEM skills, kids can use many products. With Raspberry Pi, own weather stations may be crafted to monitor conditions in and out of the classroom. Kano is unbeatable when it comes to creating original content, it can be used in conjunction with Scratch to create games, stories, and animations.
However, this is how their creativity is sparked not ignited but still, it is indispensable for the development of children in the 21st century. All it takes is a discovery or one brilliant idea to find what they want to pursue or what they love to learn about as they get older.
The knowledge of Modern Technological Pyramid helps you guide students to derive optimal benefits from the technology. It is true that technology, if used, properly by the students can benefit them immensely and their progress will be hastened multifold times. On the flip side, if they get into the trap of technology misuse, they risk their future. Which is why a teacher is always advised to keep close tabs on their students and get them advised wherever they are using technology incorrectly. This is a responsibility which lies solely on the shoulders of teachers that could not be fobbed off to anybody else.
It may sound a puissant argument that teacher alone can not help them teach and encourage right ways to use technology and help of parents and other elders is also required but student cannot lend their ears to anybody else as much as they give to their teachers for the simple reason that they count more on their teachers when it comes to learning new concepts.
It won’t be an exaggeration to say that every teacher should know about modern technology pyramid as the significant role technology plays in removing obstacles and enhancing productivity cannot be condoned but students can reap full benefits of technology only if they put it to use under able guidance and support of their teachers. Otherwise, in no time, they will be found wrestling with countless problems which are known as hazards of misusing technology.