Is tech devices in the classroom a good idea?

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  1. DreamerSeeker

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    REVISED. I mainly need the following 6 questions answered. If you could please answer them, I would greatly appreciate it. This is for a project I'm doing for university (I'm currently studying for my master's in education) and my assignment requires me to "interview" teachers from several school districts.

    1. What is the network setup for your school/district? Briefly explain.
    2. How does the network work? Briefly explain.
    3. What is the relationship between the infrastructure and learning at your school/district?
    4. What is your vision for technology in the classroom?
    5. How does technology impact your position?
    6. Do you support the use of student devices (i.e. laptops, tablets, etc.) in the classroom? Why or why not?
     
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    I have been retired for a yr, but if you still want me to do this, I will.
     
  4. RichardRichieRich

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    1) I teach a computer science class.
    2) I think it is necessary, at least because, even apart from the fact that I teach a computer science class, technology basically makes it easier to teach, especially to younger children. Personally, I often use it to create a wide variety of slides and presentations.
    3) A laptop and an interactive whiteboard.
    4) I would like to add a projector and a computer for each pupil.
    It will make the lesson even more interesting and informative.
    5)Yes.
    6) Technology should help people to learn, not make our children dumber, we must explain them from childhood that technology is great, but they should develop their minds.
    7) Keep it a secret.)
    8) I would rather keep it a secret.
    9) Straight and strong!
    10) I think that technology should be in moderation. You can do only with computers for students, I would not introduce tablets.
    11)Personally, I think technology simplifies a teacher's routine work.
    I myself use templates all the time to create presentations for lessons. These are perfect for me https://loveslides.com/
    12)I support it. Because it's easier to teach computer science, no kidding.
     
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    Why are you so secretive? I'm not asking for your password or any personal info...
     
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    OP, I'm happy to see you revised your questions.
    Asking about the network setup should be off limits for anyone in the school district to share with outsiders. I'm surprised your professor included those types of questions as it could unknowingly open up sensitive information.
     
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    I don't see how it would open sensitive information...

    1. Does your school use LAN or WAN, etc? That's literally all I want to know. Just those 3 letters. Not your school name/location, not the special codes or configurations, no personal information at all.
    2. How does the network in your school work? Do teachers/students need to login with a password or is it an open access for students and teachers? Just say "open" or "password required login" That's all I want to know. Nothing else.
    3. What is the relationship between technology infrastructure and learning at your school? In other words...Is students' academic performance improved with the use of the technology/network used at your school? Just a simple "yes" or "no" is all I'm looking for here.
    4. What is your vision for technology in the classroom?... Not a personal or revealing question.
    5. How does technology impact your position? Does the use of technology make your job harder? Does it make things more convenient? Do you often experience technical difficulties? etc.
    6. Do you support the use of student devices (i.e. laptops, tablets, etc.) in the classroom? Why or why not? Just a simple "Yes, because it deepens student learning/understanding." or "No, because it comes with too many distractions".

    If it helps, you can keep your answers private and anonymous by answering them on a Google Forms survey at the following link or you can answer in response to this post.

    Direct link to Google Form Survey:
    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1...GQydp7BrI-af_kExTgPeYuOw/viewform?usp=sf_link
     
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    vickilyn Multitudinous

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    1. What is the network setup for your school/district? Briefly explain. Simply stated, we work on a LAN network for the district.
    2. How does the network work? Briefly explain. Students and staff have secure sign in procedures, with a dedicated team of computer specialists who basically fix things in real time, allowing teachers to utilize the technology not only to students inside the school, but also to the students utilizing remote learning.
    3. What is the relationship between the infrastructure and learning at your school/district? I firmly believe that the access to all of the tech resources that we use and have at our fingertips to use at will enhance learning across the board.
    4. What is your vision for technology in the classroom? I envision an almost seamless use of technology to enhance learning across the entire spectrum of teaching and learning.
    5. How does technology impact your position? Technology has been the glue that has kept students learning and teachers delivering valuable lessons of the last year, in a "baptism under fire" scenario that no one could have predicted, and a scenario that we were figuring out even as we were teaching live.
    6. Do you support the use of student devices (i.e. laptops, tablets, etc.) in the classroom? Why or why not? Personally, I don't understand people who don't want tech in the classroom. Tech has just pushed pencils and pens out of the way, allowing students and staff to put information in a place where it is most likely to be utilized.
     
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    Vickilyn,
    Thank you very much for your responses. I greatly appreciate it.
     
  10. RichardRichieRich

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    I don't think that's a bad thing. It's my right. Let's not quarrel. I have answered your questions, hope it helps you! Have a great day!
     
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    1. What is the network setup for your school/district? Briefly explain.
    I have no idea!
    2. How does the network work? Briefly explain.
    Password log in needed
    3. What is the relationship between the infrastructure and learning at your school/district?
    Computer and learning platform helps clarify to students what expectations are for grades. Does not encourage grade hungry kids to go above and beyond. Deep Exploration only happens if there is grade attached. There are ways around this, just haven't figured out the grey areas yet.

    4. What is your vision for technology in the classroom?
    As an organizational tool. that's it.
    5. How does technology impact your position?
    My room is tech heavy and I look for ways to pull my students away from it as much as possible for good ol fashioned conversations! Still, I rely on it as an organizational tool.

    6. Do you support the use of student devices (i.e. laptops, tablets, etc.) in the classroom? Why or why not?
     

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