I recently read through an article titled Technology and the Classroom – A Disruptive Force or Just Another Disruption? (Andrews, 2016). The author, Alanah Andrews, stole the words right out of my mouth before I could even type them up for my blog. She touched on the questions we all ask as teachers, whether we’re new to the classroom or whether we’ve been there for an entire life sentence already.
The entire article is based around the ever present question in every teachers life, ‘is technology really transforming our students’ learning or is it just a tool for the students to play around with?’ Andrews touches on the RAT framework (Hughes, et al., 2006) and how this has made her realise that she hasn’t been using technology to its full potential. I am single-handedly seconding this notion as I had absolutely no clue about transformative technology until I came face to face with the RAT framework earlier on in the university semester. The framework itself is extremely understandable and, in theory, easy to put into action however it means that not only do you need to know the content that you’re teaching but you also need to know how to podcast, program, blog, video conference, etc. Essentially it means that you’ll forever be in a state of excitement mixed with sheer-rip-out-your-own-hair frustration.
All in all Andrews sums up the topic nicely by mentioning that technology is here to stay and it’s not something that we can ignore. So, the best thing for us to do as teachers is to make use of this technology to really enhance our students’ learning. Whether or not that leads to drinking 3 glasses of wine each night… we’ll have to wait and see.
Andrews, A. (2016). Technology and the Classroom – A Disruptive Force or Just Another Disruption?. Retrieved from http://teachforaustralia.org/stories/technology-classroom-disruptive-force-just-another-disruption/
Hughes, J., Thomas, R., & Scharber, C. (2006). Assessing Technology Integration: The RAT – Replacement, Amplification, and Transformation – Framework. Paper presented at the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2006, Orlando, Florida, USA. Retrieved from https://www.learntechlib.org/p/22293