Blog Post 11d: Distributed Cognition

My observations at Millridge Elementary School helped lead me to the conclusion that technologies can potentially allow for an increase in learning, which can make students smarter. By using technology, the students had opportunity to work on their own skill set. Activities, such as those suggested in my Distributed Cognition Blogs, were individualized based off of the students needs and abilities. EPIC! allows the students to look up books that they could use for class projects and activities, or find books for pleasure that interest them. Happy Numbers pinpoints where the students are doing well and where they need practice in math, and focuses in on areas that the students struggle with. ABCYA has various activities based around a variety of topics, such as keyboarding, coding and programming. The students can pick out games that appeal to them and work at their own pace.

Technology allows for my cooperating teacher to increase her efficiency in creating lessons based off of the students’ needs. She can see where her students struggle and create individualized mini lessons. The technology that I have observed in the classroom seemed to increase the cognition of students as they gain new skills and practice old ones. Technology has led to a change in the way that teachers teach today, and I feel that it is important to incorporate technology in the classroom.

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