I want you to take a moment to think about your learning experiences, back to when you attended school. Were you given slabs of information and were required to learn and memorise information without any real understanding of the concepts.
As a pre-service teacher, learning about emerging technologies and the significance it can have in the classroom has changed my perspective dramatically on the type of pedagogy I will be using. Hence, I believe adopting a activity-based learning approach would have a significant impact on students learning.
It is important to make time to discover, explore and analyse the potential benefits of each technology and how it can be integrated to foster creativity into the classroom.
Technology is on the on the rise and are becoming an increasingly prevalent in contemporary classrooms. It is a new way to foster their creativity, intrinsically motivate them to learn and give them a sense of control over their learning. Providing students with opportunities to experiment, explore and create using a range of emerging technologies will support authentic, meaningful learning experiences.
Interactive Whiteboards, Ipads, Computer’s have already been integrated into classrooms and whilst other technologies are entering the classrooms we need to become familiar with the positive benefits that will arise as a result.
What I learnt over the following weeks was using emerging technologies in the classroom to foster creative and critical thinking. However, what I also learnt which I thought to be another crucial component to integrating digital technology was to be innovative and take risks. We can’t expect our students to be creative, if we as their educators are afraid to take those risks and express the content in a way that will capture their attention and motivate them to learn.