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Computers and Technology in the Classroom

One of the critical advantages of introducing technology into the classroom, even for the youngest of elementary school children, is that technology offers the presentation of clear problems that require immediate, hands-on solutions with appreciable results. (Roblyer, 2003) Computers have a tactile and visual quality in their applications that are enticing as toys to elementary school level children. Unlike many toys, however, there is an educational and real-life component to using computers that makes the integration of technology crucial to modern education. One must not allow one's students to be part of the much discussed digital divide that separates tomorrow's workers from those whom are technically literate from those whom are not.

There is also a communications aspect to the use of technology in the classroom, as embodied through the use of the Internet and the World Wide Web that would be of value for the school to embrace. For students in grade five of our elementary school, the creation of a weblog chronicling a school drama about the old west would be an ideal way to integrate the communications, technology, and history. Students of this age are ready not simply to assimilate learning and technology, but use that technology to teach others in the online community. Blogs are ideal for students of this age group as they can be "personal journals made up of chronological entries, not unlike a paper diary," thus having a personal and creative element, but can also be complied as a group. Also, "the features of a blog include instant publishing of text or graphics to the Web without sophisticated technical knowledge," but still provide a basic introduction in technical know-how. They also provide "ways for people to provide comments or feedback to each blog post, the opportunity to archive past blog posts by date, and hyperlinks to other bloggers." (Huffaker, 2003) Students can communicate with and educate other like minded and like aged students on the Internet about a school project and use the Internet for academic purposes.

Blogs "promote literacy through storytelling, allow collaborative learning...and remain fungible across academic discipline." Thus, "blogs represent a perfect medium for literacy. Authors must read and write as they would on paper, while increasing their comfort with computers and the Internet. Because blogs do not require exceptional technical skills, but still offer the opportunity to "tinker" using Web programming languages for customization, blogs remain equitable for all age groups and both genders, and still provide a medium for learning programmatic skills." (Huffaker, 2004) Because their…

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Cassell, J. (2002). "We Have These Rules Inside": The Effects of Exercising Voice in a Children's Online Forum," In: S. Calvert, A. Jordan, and R. Cocking (editors). Children in the Digital Age: Influences of Electronic Media on Development. Westport, Conn.: Praeger.

David Huffaker. (June 2004) "The educated blogger: Using weblogs to promote literacy in the classroom " First Monday. Volume 6. Retrieved on September 9, 2004. http://www.firstmonday.dk/issues/issue9_6/huffaker/FirstMonday.

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Roblyer, M.D. (2003). Integrating educational technology into teaching. Third Edition. New York: Merrill Prentice Hall.

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