How its affect technologies in education?
Technology tools make integration of these foundations feasible, and technology offers new ways to contribute positively to character education. Because the education system is profoundly affected by new technologies, structural changes must be made to teach process skills as well as content knowledge to address the needs of the whole child.
Technology and media provide powerful benefits, no question. Usage alone attests to this power and the human desire to use it. But because of the powerful effects of media and technology, children need help in navigating these waters. Examples of harm done to children – and sometimes by children — are cyber bullying, cyber stalking and video game addiction.
The Internet and technologies like video games appear most likely to impact children‘s development in the moral and pro-social arenas but cognitive developmental neurosciences is revealing powerful learning in all domains of child development from the earliest months of life. In that sense, new media is another cultural ―tool that can be used strategically to affect a child‘s developing understanding of the world.
Media and technology touch all citizens, and media can be forces for good – or not. But when media are looked upon as teachers, it is important to recognize that media are unfettered by local custom or local control. Rather, media are influenced by values, lifestyles and points of view from throughout the globe. In addition to learning to navigate their relationship with their local village and its customs, children must also learn to navigate the global village from an early age. Today, these children need to learn in a conscious and systematic way the values and critical thinking skills that were once a given in a face to face world. When parents and teachers are not present and adults are often absent in the media world of youth, children must acquire and use an internalized process to parent themselves and through which they can negotiate their relationship with media on a lifelong basis.
But acquiring these skills is a long process, and so, for example, to evaluate information, one must be able to set criteria against which to judge information. Such criteria might be a list of specifications for buying a car or for making a decision, many skills are involved in the decision-making process. Values provide another lens through which judgments are made, reinforcing the timeless importance of character education in decision-making.
Technology in the classroom is ever-changing and moving at a rapid pace. The 21st century teacher is one that moves right along with it. Technology in the classroom, whether it’s for lessons, assignments, or grading, can help students learn better and faster, and help make a teacher’s time more effective. A 21st century teacher does not have to have a class set of tablets in every child’s hand, or the latest Smart board. But they can have a nice balance of educational tools in their classroom. An effective teacher knows what technology in the classroom can truly help transform their students’ education. They know what the best tools are, and how and when to use them.