I’ve always been a firm advocate for integrating technology into the classrooms of any grade. There are numerous advantages for having technology and interactive media integrated into curriculum. It presents the information in new and engaging ways. In this day and age, it is silly to say that our students are not using technology at home. Why not bring that knowledge and skill into the classroom?
Douglas H. Clements’ and Julie Sarama, authors of “Strip Mining for Gold: Research and Policy in Educational Technology—A Response to “Fool’s Gold,” explain the misconceptions of a research report called “Fool’s Gold.” In this report, the results deem to be misleading and half-true. Clements and Sarama explain how using the results to “Fool’s Gold” to frame how we use technology in education can be dangerous and unfair. I agree with them in that while there were valid concerns included in the report, the conclusions made from those concerns do not represent what is it really like to have technology within the classroom.
Unlike “Fool’s Gold”, “Technology and Interactive Media as Tools in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8,” lays out some valid concerns for using technology within the classroom. However, the author explains that the research done on this subject it divided and conflicting. He or she also admits that there is more research needed in the long-term effects of using technology in the classroom. I agree with the author of this article. I do think that we still have a lot to learn about the long term effects. However, I also believe that the use of technology in every day life is going to be unavoidable. To not bring this skill-set and source of information into our classrooms would be doing our students a disservice.