If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you will recall that I’m a big fan of taking risks to make things better in our classrooms and schools. How better to show my belief in this statement than me writing about technology in our schools. It’s hard to find a more polarizing issue in the world of public education.
So, let me put it right out front — I believe in the power of technology to make a difference in student learning. Full stop.
I view technology as that tool that makes curriculum accessible to more children in more ways than if we didn’t have it available. Some examples that come to mind include:
e-resources that can be adapted to varying reading levels making curricular content more accessible;
reading intervention software that helps build neural pathways to strengthen the reading centers in the brain;
math programs that provide just the right amount of practice to master basic skills before moving to the next topic
Being a teenager is difficult work — both for the teenager and those who surround them. Mixed within this tumultuous life event are their emotions — those effervescent expulsions that can sometimes leave us perplexed as to what just happened. Brain research may have a possible explanation.
Recent research points to the developing teenage brain and its inexperience at recognizing multiple emotions simultaneously as a possible reason for this sometimes bewildering display of fireworks. Learning and the Brain (one of my favourite sites to go looking for neat stuff related to learning) recently posted a blog by Andrew Watson which highlighted this fascinating research on teenager emotions.
At the heart of the study is an analysis of why teenagers are so frustrating at times, especially when they are experiencing multiple emotions simultaneously.
Do you ever stand up to go somewhere, walk over and then wonder why you’re there? Happens to me all the time — wait, that doesn’t sound very reassuring. It happens to me some times.
Often walking back to where I came from to trigger the thought that made me leave in the first place.
Doesn’t really leave one with a strong feeling of confidence in my abilities now, does it?
But, if you’re being honest with yourself I bet it happens to you as well.
What is it about our memory that makes some stuff ‘stick’ and other stuff appear to vanish? Looking back to my 20s I can still recall studying for university exams … reading a section of a text book … then reading it again … and again … all to no avail. That page of information just wasn’t going to stay in my head.