First steps for the use of technology in the classroom Towards Digital Citizenship and Inclusion

This learning event has been organised with the support of the I-LINC project which aims to develop a sustainable and all encompassing platform on the topic of ICT (for) learning and inclusion.

We are witnessing a rapid technological development of our society. Technology is everywhere and we all are faced with the challenges of learning how to use it. It provides opportunities but it could also present risks of widening the gap between those that use digital tools and those that feel threatened by them.

It has been more and more obvious that the generation of students that we are trying to educate now are different from their parents and grandparents. They speak and perceive information in a different way and use digital tools for communication and interaction. They are often called ‘digital natives’. Despite their familiarity with technologies, young people are not necessarily possessing the skills and competences to use them efficiently and safely. Nevertheless, they are often conversant with technologies, and include them in the majority of their activities on a daily basis. This is the reason why we think that teachers and educators might want to speak the same language that their students, and start being conversant with technologies as well.

The use of technology affects our thinking and behaviour. In order to be able to educate digital natives we need to adapt our methodology to the changing social environment.

The following learning materials do not aim to convince you to introduce expensive and highly sophisticated technological devices in your classroom. They rather aim to introduce you to the idea of using technology in the classroom as an enabler. A tool that would ensure that students are not excluded from opportunities of the digital society and they use technology to actively engage in and with society.

Module 1 - Why use technology in the classroom

Technology is an integral part of how we work and live. Teaching students how to use technology to learn, research, collaborate, and solve problems from an early age will better prepare them for their careers and for being included in a society that relies everyday more on the use of digital tools.

This first module of the learning event aims to facilitate a discussion on the positive and negative aspects of introducing technology in the classroom. We don’t mean to reach to one single conclusion - the advantages or disadvantages. We only aim to provoke you to think and evaluate whether your class would benefit from using technological solutions for some teaching and learning activities, and if so, to understand how the students in your class use technology to enable you to enthuse them at things that they are interested in doing.

The modules to follow will suggest some concrete ideas of how to take advantage of the positive aspect of using technology and use them for the benefit of enriching your students and ensuring they are on their way to become digital citizens.

One of the arguments which has been increasingly used these days is that using technology in the classroom can help teachers prepare their students for the future. Acknowledging this fact, the I-LINC project is trying to raise awareness of the importance of preparing young people for the digital future. In line with this, I-LINC has asked teachers to use a lesson plan on Future Professions and Digital Skills to help their students learn about different career paths which require digital skills and discuss ways students can enhance their digital skills. You can download I-LINC lesson plan here below. We encourage you to use it in your classroom. Here is the feedback we received from some students in Portugal whose teachers used I-LINC lesson plan

And here is a short video from Sir ken Robinson on technologies in education:

Did you know?

YouTube is a great resource for teaching, as it provides tons of entertaining and relevant material. It has a dedicated channel for teachers and for education.

However, browsing through the millions of videos that YouTube offers might be challenging. You can read this teacher’s guide to using YouTube in the classroom or check these tips.

This is the end of Module 1! Find more interesting content and ideas on how to find, select and store digital content in Module 2

Made with Adobe Slate

Make your words and images move.

Get Slate

Report Abuse

If you feel that this video content violates the Adobe Terms of Use, you may report this content by filling out this quick form.

To report a Copyright Violation, please follow Section 17 in the Terms of Use.