Sunday, November 14, 2010

Blog Post #12

teacher at blackboard
Assignment: Read “What is the Purpose of Educational Technology?” by Jerrid Kruse:
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.


  1. I totally agree with you. I think that we are so caught up in our tech savy world outside of the classroom therefore, sometimes when we are in the classroom it feels like we are just going through the motions. In doing this, we don't remember what we have learned. I think it's all about the approach of the educator as well. Great assignment and post!

  2. Great idea! I agree it is important to use technology in the classroom. However, I think engagement is only one part of the bigger picture. Technology is also important for networking, offering students a variety of resources and maximizing the depth of the learning. SS