Like asking fish to describe water, it can be hard for our digital native students to understand what we mean when we encourage them to reflect on how technology can be used for learning. As digital immigrants, we can help our students by providing perspective into how using technology changes learning, both in and out of the classroom. I try to be explicit with my students about the choices I make about using technology in my teaching. For example, as I experiment with going paperless, I ask my students what it’s like for them to read a chapter in print or on the screen. We talk in class about whether or not it’s worth it to save the trees on photocopying by reading a document online, and if it’s easier or harder to remember the information.
Do you ‘think with your students’ about how they use technology? What should we be thinking about with them?
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