by Randy Fairfield, 5/19/17
For every three likes this Google Classroom promo video has, it also has one dislike. Seeing all the dislikes got me wondering why so many people were turned off, so I decided to investigate! If you would, watch the video and let me know what you think on Twitter (@RandyFairfield)!
My feelings on the video are mixed. Here are some reflective questions I think the video begs:
- Are you intimidated by all the devices coming into classrooms?
- Do you feel like you should retire if you don’t “get it”?
- What problems can devices help solve?
- Can the use of educational technology help close the achievement gap?
- Is it a waste of time to write on paper instead of typing something out?
- Will students’ “beautiful thoughts just come out” because they are using Chromebooks and Google Classroom?
At first I thought the negative comments about the video would be coming from teachers offended by the implied answers to some of questions begged by the video. What I found instead surprised me:
Reading stuff like that from kids really gets me thinking about a previous blog post I made about what kind of backwards planning needs to be done by school districts to lessen the likelihood of this unintended outcome on students when it comes to district and building technology initiatives. If this kind of planning does not take place, unfortunately, students are the ones that ultimately end up getting hurt.
When integrating technology in the classroom, best practices and student-centered outcomes need to be at the forefront! A tool like Google Classroom is great, but only if used intentionally.
Randy Fairfield, MEd and MBA, is a teacher and consultant in the Richland School District in Eastern Washington. He is also a Google for Education Certified Trainer, Edmodo Certified Trainer and Hapara Champion Trainer and Consultant.
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