The lecture this week left me in Awe, about how much the world has changed and how little I know about it. I always felt very disconnected from modern apps and technology and thought that it’s only for the younger generation. But the lecture cleared many confusions in my mind about the uses of these games and apps and put things into perspective. Now I know why kids passing across me are talking about “the imposter” and why those girls are doing the same dance steps around the corner. I understand now how pictures are sent from Snapchat and how Instagram shows your personality.
This video by Wesch was an insight for me too as I never realized the reach and extent of internet content fully before. I wanted to say “Chaaarlie “ and make a video to upload to the community of “Chaaaarlie”. I felt so happy to see that boy enjoying the song the way that nobody sees him and then the whole world embracing his joy.
I now truly understand the need to change our ways to connect with our students in the age of technology. Times are gone when teachers could get hold of a class by delivering lectures in person only and using pen and paper or simple word documents. Technology has gone way too far from simple typing and reading. We have to synchronize our lessons with new technology. Students these days are attracted to fast pace, interactive, motion objects. Most of them don’t even enjoy normal movies anymore if they are too slow in the plot. Nowadays, any piece of information moves around in seconds by Snapchat, Instagram and other popular social media.
We also have to be ready for this world which is so fast-paced and interesting that it has made kids’ attention span very limited. It means that our lessons need to be very interesting and quick. now teachers are not only fighting against shortened attention spans but also we have to compete with the temptation of their cellphones. As soon as a lesson gets boring or long, students will go on their phones in their fast-paced world. They also only want to show their participation quickly and spontaneously as we saw in the videos coming in response to youtube videos. They don’t want to put effort and time into long thoughtful assignments. We have to shift most of our lessons online to add value to them. Raz Kids (the reading software), Matheletics (Math prep), Knowledgehook (Maths), text editing software etc are already in place in schools .these are more enticing to students as they are attention grabbing and provide instant feedback.
The biggest Challenge to using that technology in classrooms will be the accommodation of devices. There are still many households (including mine) that can not afford a separate device for each member of the family. If all assignments for all students are online many students will be disadvantaged because they do not get as much time to work on their assignments. Even libraries have an hour limit on the use of public computers. So, to accommodate a more technology-based school system we have to address this disparity.