Technology and our minds

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

I believe that school is preparing me very well for my future, but like many things always has some room for improvement. The current school system is based upon old practices that were designed for factory work, work by the clock, and bells signalling changes in classes, having different subjects separated in different areas.

How do you personally use technology to learn?

I use technology in several different ways to not only learn, but to facilitate my learning process and make doing work more efficient. I use google drive, a cloud service, as a place where I keep all of my homework and documents that need to be readily accessed from time to time in the cloud so I can access and edit them from any one of my devices.

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

Classes that use more technology do appeal to me, but to a certain extent. If the class is using the technology for what it is meant to be used for, and not as something to overcomplicate something that was previously easier when left alone, like offering all the work online, which may seem like a good thing, but many students are used to physically holding a pencil and paper and writing the work down.

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

It does not matter to me if a teacher uses technology in class, as long as the information that is being taught is correct, and being delivered effectively. When a teacher is engaging the class, all students within the class have the potential to be more successful in the class regardless if the teacher uses technology to deliver his/her lesson and work.

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

A very useful piece of technology that is not currently being used by teachers in our school would be 3d printers. 3d printers allow students’ imagination of what is possible to expand and think outside of the box to solve problems in a new ways by designing models that were previously inconceivable, or very complicated to visualize.

3d printers can also help students who are kinaesthetic learners who learn best when working with physical objects, or models. The ability to print out a 3d model rather than just visualizing how one might look from a 2d image on a computer screen can benefit students in many ways, one being easily understanding how the detailed components of a model work.