Technology and the Preparation of Students

Technology and the Preparation of Students

Victoria M. Cardullo, Vassiliki (“Vicky”) I. Zygouris-Coe, Nance S. Wilson
DOI: 10.4018/IJAPUC.2018070103
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The evolution of technology has situated learning to create a ubiquitous environment. The progression of technology will require preparation of students and teachers for the 21st century, including post-secondary students, necessitating a fundamental and systematic change for learning to become ubiquitous. Ubiquitous environments should be viewed through the lens of the learner and the learning environment. Equal access for all students should be prevalent so students can have access to mobile learning devices anytime, anywhere, thus, transcending the boundaries of the classroom. Integration of m-learning and ubiquitous technology in the K-20 classroom will require a new pedagogical framework for teaching and learning. At the heart of this framework, is the metacognitive teacher: a teacher who is metacognitively aware of the affordances and challenges of technology in education.
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In just two decades technology has brought vast improvements to teaching and learning. These improvements have empowered teachers and have enhanced student learning. Many educators are enhancing learning using tools such as virtual reality, augmented reality, Ozbots, Ozmos, coding, tablets and many other tools that have become prevalent in this past decade. In twenty short years, we have moved as educators from the dispenser of information to a facilitator and supporter of student learning as students are now consuming information. In today's society and educational realms, students have multiple choices as to how they wish to consume information. This process is often specific to the individual and their learning style.

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