Assignment 1 – Journal Entry
For teachers and students in the educational field, technology has been a mainstay in the development of our world ( Li, 2015, p. 1). I was born after 1985 in China, but we did not have technology in class until middle school. We started using overhead projector (OHP) in Physics lessons. I remembered my teachers using it in a pre-lab session to show students the process of Forces and Momentum experiment. Having OHP in teaching will aids in any Physics lesson more vividly than only having monotonous theories. However, OHP will not create collaboration between teachers and students. “Using an OHP, the teacher demonstrated ‘annotation’ and the divide between teacher and student was marked in gaze orientations and the distinct spaces of interaction these created” (Jewitt, 2013, p. 145). Moving forward to 2009 to when I graduated from university, I started teaching in a public secondary school with Interactive Whiteboard (IWB) technology. As an ESL (English as Second Language) teacher, implementing various teaching methods enriched the contents in my class. Jewitt (2013) mentioned that English has always had a relationship with the visual but the roles, commonplace and ease of use of the visual- film, photography, drawings and so on (p. 148). Having IWB in my classroom brings more interactions and collaboration with my students. Furthermore, teachers and students can share a centralised gaze.
Technology is not only use inside the classroom, it also plays a vital role outside the classroom learning. Online learning mode has dramatically increased in recent years. Our MPEd program is one of the examples. In Sugata Mitra’s TED talk, his idea of building a school in a cloud is another example of learning outside the classroom with assisting of technology.