Technology and 21st Century Learning

Q: Do you feel school is preparing you adequately for your future? Why or why not?

A:  I feel that the way that schools are structured limits student’s learning and is detrimental to students in terms of preparing them for their future. Schools are typically structured to prepare students for factory work because that’s all that students needed to be prepared for before. These days, with the advent of new technology, factory jobs are steadily declining. Eventually factory jobs will be taken over by robots and machines (for the most part). People have far more options now than before when choosing a career path, meaning that the factory work structure that schools follow has become obsolete, and does not fully prepare students for their future.

Q: How do you personally use technology to learn?                                                          

A: When I’m interested in a topic, I tend to spend my spare time to research into that topic. Although the extent of my research usually only goes to YouTube videos and occasionally going on Wikipedia,  I still learn something. I follow many educational channels on YouTube and their content usually intrigues me to learn more and delve deeper into that content. More than once has topics that I read or watched videos about showed up in my subjects. For example, I once watched a video talking about inter-molecular bonds and that was one of the things that was taught in Grade 11 Chemistry. Another way I use technology is allowing myself to be more organized. This isn’t so much learning, but more so assisting in my learning. Technology helps me be more organized and most teachers have a website that helps me keep track of assignments, homework, tests, quizzes, and any other important dates.

Q: Do classes that use more technology appeal to you? Is it easier for you to learn the content?

A: Classes that use more technology are more appealing to me and probably also for most other students. Classrooms feel more alive and up-to-date when technology is implemented into them. Pretty much all students these days own a form of technology in one way or another. For me, technology is a conduit for communication and connection between students and the teacher and the teacher’s lessons.

Q: Does it matter to you if a teacher uses technology in class? Why or why not?

A: When a teacher implements technology into his/her class, it feels more alive and up-to-date (as I said in the previous question). Without technology, classes feel a lot more sluggish and less interesting. For me, a big factor in whether or not I like a class is how interesting it is.

Q: What technology would you like to see teachers use that is not currently being used?  Why did you choose that technology?

A: A technology that I would like to see teachers use is virtual reality (VR). VR is very immersive and allows the student to become interested into the class, even when they were disinterested before. This technology is already being used in some jobs to train employees. If it’s being used in jobs, why not use it in schools? Schools, after all, is meant to prepare students for the future and their jobs


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