I personally have found Frank Baker to be one of the best resources with a balanced perspective. Frank recently published this post and I have to agree with him, if our students in the 21st century are going to be interacting daily with technology then the proper filters have to be intentionally put into place. You can’t allow a child to feel that a computer is going to be the solution, but rather their skills pulling from the computer what is needed will provide information that has been properly formatted for their purposes. Here is what Frank had to say:
With tablets, laptops, apps, and online games, there’s great promise in technology to inspire and excite students to learn with digital tools. It’s easy to find examples of kids using technology to learn all kinds of things, from learning how to program to using Wii to learn about physics, to learning Latin with an online game. But using technology in and of itself is not a silver bullet for motivating children to love learning and doesn’t guarantee they’ll use it for creative and innovative scholarship. A student’s initiative, self-efficacy and ability to set goals are essential.
Helping kids develop strategies like self-regulation will allow them to use their own initiative and to direct themselves — without adult supervision. A good self-regulator will pay attention to tasks, persist when it becomes difficult, demonstrate flexibility, and be confident that more effort will lead to positive outcomes. As educators move towards using digital media to teach, and we rely more on children’s independent initiative and motivation, it’s important to develop kids’ learning strategies so they stay on topic while they use these tools.
So how can parents and teachers help students develop these skills?
– Frank W. Baker www.frankwbaker.com
This being said now I’m confident that with the proper balance being taught at home, at school and in various secondary sources then the 21st student will do well. But if the child has no direct learning strategies, then the computer would be a very dangerous tool that ultimately will be the guide instead of the resource.