Another great topic from Jerry in my 3240 class who writes:
What are the nine essential skills in Education? Well they are:
For more detail on each one check out this website http://www.wem.mb.ca/the_9_essential_skills.aspx
I had a friend that was home schooled and completed a good portion of learning online. He later told me it was his parents choice to have him home schooled. He felt by being out of the classroom deprived him of many of the Essential skills and some of the “life lessons’ that you learn in a public environment.
Can online learning teach you oral communications?? how about working with others?? Sure there is group work online but is it the same as meeting face to face?
Personally I think learning about information and skills is good online but many of my “essential skills’ were developed in a classroom setting. Oral presentations, reading out loud and wanting to do better because people snickered when I could not pronounce words..
I think technology is a good thing, but I noticed the path technology is taking is to make things easier for the user.
I think we need to be careful as advanced technology can take over some of the critical essential skills like thinking, Writing, Oral Communications, Numeracy, Reading.
Has technology effect your skills??
Interesting thought. For me I had gone to daycare/preschool/elementary/Junior high/High school/vocational school so I’ve always been in a classroom setting.
For the technology part I believe it has helped me in all facets , I use it on a daily basis for many things, research, efficiency and confirmation etc. It has helped enhance on who I am and definitely assisted on me having a better skill set.
I think in this day and age we all want it “now” from knowing an answer to a question you have or trying to remember something and having to look it up.
This is where technology plays a major roll. In my class it’s almost faster for the student to Google something but I still refer to the textbook to find the answer.
The reason for this is that I find when you are skimming through pages to find the answer your reading over material that you may or may have not known, so this can confirm what you already know or you learn something new.
I believe the classroom setting will be there for quite some time and should always remain there, this is due to the social aspect in communication.
I can only compare it to my personal experience with my two kids, 2 and 4 years old. When it came to daycare I used to think that it was just a “babysitting” service, kids are just kept busy to pass the time. After putting my first son in daycare I soon realized that this was not so. The stuff he has learned ( both good and bad) has helped him develop much faster than a friend of ours son who is a week younger. I know this may be an isolated case because all kids develop at different speeds but this is based on what I’ve seen and also comments from friends and ECE staff at the daycare. One of the main things I believe that he is learning is disappointment and understanding why he feels this way ie. him wanting to play with a toy that someone else has but he has to wait for it. Something that he probably wouldn’t get at home for if I were to try to teach him disappointment he would probably end up resenting me!
As for technology with my two sons, I firmly believe that if my kids are not partially educated by the use of technology that they will be behind from other kids when it comes time to school. For technology in school is becoming the norm and I believe it will only make a stronger presence as time goes by. Both my sons at 1 1/2 years old were able to do simple navigation of a tablet from finding videos on You Tube to finding a color matching app. We still make sure that they are looking at traditional books , coloring activity books and good old fashioned supervised play outside.
I know I’ve gone on a few different tangents here but anybody else feel the same way on some of them?