This week has brought up many issues that teachers may face when using online resources in the classroom. But one of the main questions that I found quite poignant, was the question ‘why (not) use ICT and pedagogy?’. When posed with this question, I decided to sit down and think about why I would use ICT in the classroom in some instances, and not use it in others. I definitely believe that there is a time and a place where you should use ICT, and where it can really benefit students in the classroom. But there are also times where it isn’t deemed appropriate, and there is no real use for it. I completed the concept map for the Week 2 Learning Path, and came up with the following image, created on Gliffy.com, a site that helps with making flowcharts and diagrams.
I found it really interesting that I could come up with many reasons to use ICT, but that there were also downfalls to using it as well. One thing that really stuck with me was that students lose their autonomy when it comes to creativity and imagination. If they are constantly influenced by ICT and digital technologies, how can they be creative in their own right?
An article on the LiveScience page, titled ‘Are Today’s Youth Less Creative and Imaginative’ (Rettner, 2011) addresses this, stating that since 1990, ‘children have become less able to produce unique and unusual ideas’. It’s also been mentioned that children are lacking in humour, imagination and elaboration on ideas.
Nurturing the imaginations and creativity of children is such an important aspect in our roles as educators, as our students need those skills in order to be creative in their learning. It is my personal belief that constructivism can not be successful in the classroom if students do not use their imaginations and creativity in order to come to new ideas.
Rettner, R. (2011). Are Today’s Youth Less Creative and Imaginative. Retrieved on July 20, 2016 from http://www.livescience.com/15535-children-creative.html