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What do your students think about using technology for learning?

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Started by Enabling e-Learning 12 Dec 2011 9:12pm () Replies (5)

Have you surveyed or talked to your students about the technology they use? How they feel about it, or how they would like to use it?

This report, from CDW-G (a Canadian tech company), explores possible disparities between teachers and students' views on the way technology might be used to support learning:

>>> CDWG 21st Century Classroom Report (PDF)

Does this ring true for you in your school?

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  • T M (View all users posts) 02 May 2012 2:20pm ()

    Interesting to read the perspectives of the 3 groups. I have really enjoyed creating learning environments using wikis - and the students who are familar with online skills do enjoy these activities and methods of delivery.

    We have found there are some differences in perception for adult learners - the student's skill and knowledge base varies hugely. Some have never used a computer (mature learners returning to education) while others are very advanced and techno savvy. Even though we think most people have a home computer - we have found this is not the case with many of our students or if there is a home computer it is shared among family members so time and access is limited.

    Some students have found the new technologies and methods overwhelming. It is essential for us to have alternatives - hand-outs and printed documents to retain their interest in course. A softly softly approach seems to be working better - when students know they it is not compulsory to use new technology they are more open to trying it, knowing they can fall back on more familiar formats.

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