Education and the methods of teaching are changing at a fast pace, and they have change majorly since I have been in elementary school. I never had the types of technology that young students have today. Technology in the classroom is supposed to provide more student engagement and the motivation to learn, but it can also provide a distraction from learning, because the technology being used, such as iPads, are also used in many of their home environments, for entertainment purposes. Personally, I have been in the classroom where iPads are being used for helping students read, and for this class it is working, where there are limited distractions. This type of new found technology in the classroom is not only for the students, but also for the teachers and faculty members in the use of utilizing social media in the classroom. According to Dian Schaffhauser, in her article, “Classroom Tech, Professional Development Top List of Faculty Concerns“, many teachers and faculty members have utilized the concept of social media in order to “provide social development and opportunities for teachers to collaborate with colleagues”. Social media is being used as a resource in order to communicate and also find inspiration for their lesson plans and correlating activities. According to this article’s research, social media will not be seen as a “distraction”, and it will be seen as a resource in order for students and teachers to be successful.
— Sami Sugarman (@SamiSugarman) November 6, 2014