Too Many Choices???
I watched the video Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz. The author explains in the video how our society lives with the abundance of choice. He shares how we have many choices with everything we do in our lives from grocery shopping to using technology. It was an interesting to hear his comments and I do agree with his comments about how hard it is to make decisions when there is so many options.
As I watched to video, I thought about the choices educators have to make when creating and planning learning experiences for their students. There are many options for teachers to use as resources, especially in the technology field. My colleague had posted some great comments and a video that shares information about the changes that are happening with technology in our society. In the video it states that every year technology information is doubling, which is huge! As a future educator, that comment scares me a little. Currently, there are many choices of technology programs, resources and information to use, which many teachers have only started to place in their classrooms. Like in the video, sometimes having too many choices makes it difficult to make decisions.
I can honestly see why teachers struggle to incorporate technology into the classroom when there is an abundance of options. How do you know what is best to use with your students? How much technology should be incorporated into their education? It is an important role for a teacher to have the knowledge to make decisions on incorporating new information into lesson plans, yet with all the changes how can a teacher feel confident to make these choices? Who can we ask for help for on making these decisions? I think what often happens is that a teacher finds it easier to not make the choice and leaves out using technology in fear of making the wrong choice. I do believe that having options is better than no choice at all, but I do see the concerns and frustrations of knowing how and what types of technology to use in the classroom. I think that a key to using technology is building support teams and finding resources that will help you be confident in making decisions. I hope for my future that schools will provide more supports for teachers and information to teach them about the good resources for their classrooms.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized
and tagged TEDTalks
. Bookmark the permalink