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monique06 | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted March 24, 2013 at 2:27 PM via web

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Identify profound revelations that students should want to have absorbed upon completion of a Comprehensive Technology Course.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 24, 2013 at 4:40 PM (Answer #1)

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I have to admit that I really like the wording of the question.  In the end, each teacher should be striving for "revelations" out of their curriculum.  I would suggest that upon completion of a Comprehensive Technology Course one particular revelation towards which a student should be striving is increased empowerment.  The world in which students will inhabit will most likely be one where computer proficiency is even more of a demand than it is right now.  The ability to navigate some part of this setting is where greater empowerment lies in students becoming digital citizens.  Consider the words of a teacher who uses technology in the classroom and the goals she sees for her children in the technological domain:

I see more confidence in the kids here. . . . I think it's not just computers, it's a multitude of things, but they can do things on the computers that most of their parents can't do and that's very empowering and exciting for them. It's "I can sit down and make this machine pretty much do what I want to," and there's something about that that gives them an extra little boost of, 'Wow, I'm a pretty special person."

The dimension of being able to do something that previous generations might struggle with is another element of empowerment that students have upon completion of any course of study in which technology is evident, but more so in a course dedicated to greater use of it.

Another revelation that can be designed in the hopes of student achievement is the increase in collaboration.  Technology is a forum where collaboration is intrinsic to its being.  While the stereotypical vision of technology is an alienating notion, teachers of technology courses can strive to use the medium in facilitating greater collaborative possibilities.  In a globalized world that is becoming more dependent on technological capacity, the need to depend on others and work with others on problem solving is critical.  Technology courses can strive for this end as becoming a part of how their students relate to one another and the world, in general:  

I've also seen kids helping each other a lot at the computer. The ones that pick it up faster, they love teaching it to someone that doesn't know it yet.

A significant revelation that students in technology courses can strive towards is to develop their capacity for collaboration and willingness to use technology as a means of enhancing bonds between individuals.  In these revelations, a comprehensive computer course can aim to transform students and their learning from what is into what can or should be.

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