Session 135: Do new technologies in the classroom change student behaviours? If so, how?

-Session 135 – Do new technologies in the classroom change student behaviours? If so, how?
Date: Thurs 24th January

Summary of the session:
[pullquote]I don’t think tech should be a reward, there’s a growing digital divide that we should bridge,not reinforce” @bekblayton.[/pullquote]

I found this topic really interesting due to the nature of my job, and I really enjoy using new technologies myself. I am relatively new to #ukedchat and I was initially slightly anxious about hosting… My anxieties soon disappeared though!

I was interested to see how using new technologies in the classroom made a difference to student’s behaviour’s. Did they value it and use it properly and responsibly or did they simply take advantage and play with it rather than staying on-task?

The chat started well with majority of people saying that technology made little difference and that it was good teaching and learning styles that mattered. If educators didn’t know how to use the new technologies properly, then the students wouldn’t benefit at all.

However, this then developed to discussing the topic in greater detail. Is it a novelty someone asked? Not so much, was the conclusion due to the fact that many children use this technology at home. To them it is second nature. Someone noted that very young children at their school were ‘pinching’ the screens of a tablet, convinced it was an iPad.

Technologies mustn’t be used as a reward was the general opinion… some people disagreed with this, but on the whole it was felt that it should be used as any other learning tool.

eSafety was a big topic too. The introduction of BYOD means that students often have internet access and there can be issues with filtering unless schools act responsibly and appropriately. Transparent proxy filtering can help greatly with this, but again, staff need to be fully aware and competent.

Blogging was deemed to be a great success for those that had used it. Not only did the children enjoy it, but it has proved positive in terms of literacy and also collaboration from parents, friends and family.

Top 5 tweets:
1.    Ian Crowford?@Musomic @TJAMhd @swgfllaura society is dependent, and will be increasingly, schools should prepare for life!
2.    Vicky Harrison?@Vickycarl @MrGsBrain @queendineen @SWGfLLaura I have also run a blogging for parents course at our infant school. Over 50 parents attended #ukedchat
3.    Edward Turner?@edwardturner_ @SWGfLLaura @OnlineEllen Skills for tech would be great. But we must focus on their basic skills such as reading and writing first #ukedchat
4.    Chris McWilliam?@mr_macmac  @SWGfLLaura when it’s well planned and utilised, yes they do go off task less. Support, differentiation, extension still vital
5.    Carrie Dineen?@cadineen @SWGfLLaura I think they welcome, IF they can see there is a point to what they are doing. Make it something that engages them #ukedchat

Tweet of the week:
Rebecca ?@bekblayton @eschoolsuk @SWGfLLaura I don’t think tech should be a reward, there’s a growing digital divide that we should bridge,not reinforce #ukedchat
About your host:
Laura Pearce @SWGfLLaura is Training Officer at the South West Grid for Learning. ( Her background is secondary ICT teaching  and she also works closely with the UK Safer Internet Centre ( on a range of eSafety initiatives.


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