Sunday, November 14, 2010
Blog Post #12
Post your thoughts on stimulating versus engaging students.
Mr. Kruse’s article presents some interesting thoughts on using technology in the classroom. He did a study in one of his science classes to study the impact of providing students with a stimulating activity then testing them to see what they had learned. The result: although the students participated and enjoyed the stimulating activity, they were not actually engaged in what they were supposed to be learning. In reading through some of the comments on Mr. Kruse’s post, it is apparent that there are some educators who feel like they must use technology to get students’ attention. In this class – and others – we always talk about how students are so stimulated outside of the classroom that we have to incorporate technology into our classroom to compete with everything they are used to outside of the classroom. Educators must use technology appropriately to ensure that students are engaged and learning instead of just going through the motions.