Would you accept children being failed to be educated on maths or language? Although they are being brought up/growing up surrounded by it and to have a successful, positive experience within and out with school they must have developing knowledge and skills of these subjects. I’m assuming your answers would be no, therefore, why do you sit back and accept the fact the majority of children are being failed to be educated on technology. Why is this the case when children are completely surrounded by digital content whether that’s; television, mobile phones, games, tablets, kindles, laptops…etc. These are all digital tools which children will see within their everyday life yet it gets pushed away within the classroom. By doing so children are merely consuming the content of the TV, game, kindle etc. rather than learning about HOW the content is created, why do we not teach children these skills and promote the creation to allow children ownership of what they are growing up admiring.
When exploring the different website’s Derek shared with us my brother was sitting in his bedroom playing Minecraft in his own little bubble. My brother is someone who loves to learn, as soon as he finds something he is interested in he researches it meaning he knows SO much about Minecraft where he has a number of books he’s read inside out, a huge youtube playlist with a number of videos of Minecraft and a notebook with a number of notes he’s taking when watching his friends play Minecraft. My brother is 9 years old. If someone this young is so interested in learning about this game it would make perfect sense if he was taught a little about it. Therefore I sat with him and we went through the website which explains how Minecraft is coded. He was stunned at how HE could code and make the game work exactly like it does when he plays it. He was so engrossed in the whole process that he completed all the challenges and watched every single video intently. Seeing him so inspired and enthusiastic to create something which he and all his friends play every other day was very rewarding. The next day I came downstairs to witness my brother sitting with 4 of his friends (of various ages and genders) going through the challenges learning how to code. Honestly i was amazed and my eyes were opened to how much children are actually interested in the ‘behind the scenes’ of games they play.
After exploring coding and sharing it with my brother I showed him Mozilla and the features of X-Ray Goggles and Thimble. We explored these together and learned how to use these together, it was a great experience as I realised he actually knew a lot more than me about digital tools and he actually educated me on different factors as I was educating him. During these activities I realised we were actually learning collaboratively as he and his friends were. We were also sharing our; learning, knowledge and skills. This highlighted to me that this could easily be adapted to a collegiate learning culture if it was introduced into schools.
In this video it is stated that learners are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunities offered by technologies and by doing so it will help raise attainment, ambition and opportunities. This is stated for digital learning week however from this video it is clear this should be the case for the whole year through and when looking at the principles and practice of technologies this is also the case. Angela Constance also discusses the fact that schools should embrace digital technologies and I think that with most/if not all schools have access to digital tools therefore we should continuously embrace this fact and take advantage of it.
As a developing student teacher I feel it is essential to reflect on how we are embracing digital technology within the classroom. I think this is something which is advancing and improving within schools however I think it is essential that we introduce different ways of using and developing digital technology in teaching and learning. As I stated before children are growing up surrounded by digital technology therefore I believe their interest and enthusiasm for using and learning about digital technology is there embedded in them, it is up to us as teachers to enhance this and take advantage of the children’s interests to allow teaching and learning to be the best it can be within the classroom. I think there are many possibilities and opportunities when looking at technology and I am very excited to be part of the growing/developing teaching and learning of technologies.
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