3240 Reflections 1

Teaching Naked- How Moving Technology Out of your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning – Chapter 1-3.

 13838107 Retrieved from http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13838107-teaching-naked


“YES: New Tools Let Students Learn More, and More Deeply” By Lisa Nielsen (Bowen, does-technology-belong-in-classroom-instruction, 2015)

 “While higher education is under pressure for change as a result of new technologies, equal pressure comes from increasing expectations from parents, students, and public officials, all of whom are interested in the value and quality of education: where do students learn the most? (Bowen J. A., 2012 , p. 14)

Technology is being utilized for learning, and educational technology resources are increasing to accommodate the learner. Is the learner, learning more by using technology? Is there value using technology tools for educational purposes?


I agree with Lisa Nielsen’s statement “YES: New Tools Let Students Learn More, and More Deeply”. My thought process was, why do I agree with this statement? When in the traditional classroom environment, I have learned not to be distracted by technology. Even so that, it is imbedded in my head as a natural reaction, that in the learning environment not to use my phone, social media, other audio resources, videos, computers or even a calculator (back in the earlier years high school maths). We were taught not to use technology in the class, however I am talking about the 1980’s and 1990’s. It is now 2017, and people have changed to accept technology to be used for learning. I realize now how much technology I am using to learn, and the various tools I am using, such as Facebook, LinkedIn and just recently a blog to increase my typing speed. Technology is an increasing trend in education, and it has been for twenty plus years – “One way of another, new technology is drastically changing market conditions and the nature of our product.” (Bowen J. A., 2012 , p. 24). Learning in the 1980’s era, it was a learning curve for me to accept social media for learning. However, it is acceptable now for the learner and educator, both to be using social media. If I am using my social media I am spending more time learning, and therefore I must be learning more, right? Using technology for educational purposes closes the gap between the outside trending world of technology and the educational traditional views learning.   



Retrieved from  http://www.wsj.com/articles/does-technology-belong-in-classroom-instruction-1431100454 (Bowen, does-technology-belong-in-classroom-instruction, 2015)

Shown on the article published on the Wall Street Journal website; a high percentage of the students are using technology either in the classroom or for completing their assignments, and only 28% of the teachers surveyed said that technology was a major issue, (Bowen, 2015). Further, the article outlines how students use technology for learning; research, assignments, submitting assignments, share work, discussions, edit or revise work, feedback, collaborative work and for peer review. These technology tools listed are used for learning activities. “Edgar Dale’s Cone of Experience” – Often referred to as the “Cone of Learning,” it purports to inform viewers of how much people remember based on how they encounter information, (wikipedia.org/wiki/Edgar_Dale). This supports that using technology for learning provides better learning outcomes.


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            As an educator, for my learners to learn more by using technology, I need to know who my learner is first, “Relevance and credible analogies are critical for good teaching; being unable to understand a fundamental premise of your students’ lives will make it harder for you to teach and relate to them.” (Bowen, Teaching Nake, 2012 , p. 30). If my learner uses technology, then I would need to use different teachings methods that includes technology tools into the learning process to adapt to the learners needs. In general, the use of technology is trending, it would be one of my preferred methods used for planning, evaluating, communicating, facilitating, delivery, feedback and building an engaging environment. If I chose not to use methods that adapt with the learners needs, the learner could disengage from the learning process, as well as feeling connected with me as an educator-  (Center for Mental Health in Schools., 2008). These types of outcomes have a negative impact on the learners learning outcome. To give an example how I could use a learning technology tools; for an online customer service course, I would create a community on Facebook for learners to discuss their thoughts on different customer service experiences, in an open non-judgemental environment they can discuss and share their experiences. By using these strategies, I am setting creating an environment for the learner to engaged therefore the learner learns more.


Bowen, J. A. (2012 ). Teaching Nake. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Bowen, J. A. (2015, May 10). does-technology-belong-in-classroom-instruction. Retrieved from http://www.wsj.com: http://www.wsj.com/articles/does-technology-belong-in-classroom-instruction-1431100454

Center for Mental Health in Schools. (2008). Engaging and Re-engaging Students in Learning at School. Retrieved from http://smhp.psych.ucla.edu/pdfdocs/: http://smhp.psych.ucla.edu/pdfdocs/engagingandre-engagingstudents.pdf

wikipedia.org/wiki/Edgar_Dale. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edgar_Dale