What inspired me to help students learn how to navigate technology?
What originally drove me to begin thinking about researching technology was the idea of lack of resources in the classroom. Sometimes resources are not always there for science experiments and other science activities and technology can bridge that gap. I am passionate about using technology to get more kids engaged in science and make up for lack of resources. For the past few years in our district we did not have a curriculum. We have been using the old science textbooks which are not aligned with our new standards. Not only is technology important but it is essential for students to be able to access the content we are teaching. Without textbooks, technology has been the key to getting the content across to our students.
Background and Need, Literature Review and Action Research.
Students need to learn 21st century skills through navigating technology in order to prepare them for the future. Problem solving and being able to navigate technology appropriately are important 21st century skills to teach students.Teachers need to provide learning opportunities for students to demonstrate their 21st century skills, like problem solving and critical thinking, through the use of technology. In California many districts are focused on teaching students 21st century skills to prepare their students for when they graduate. Students must learn these 21st century skills to navigate new technologies in order to prepare for the future. To do this teachers must allow time for students to play around and explore new websites and applications. Then through that exploration, students will learn skills which will help them in the future.
Analyzing the needs of the learner from the sociological, instructional, technnological and educational needs of the learners.