Digital revolutions have brought new generations new ways of interacting and being in the world. On the one hand, access to information is much greater and there are new ways of interacting with people, on the other hand, there is great concern about the loss of creative freedom, critical thinking, and the loss of naivety of children when they are exposed to universes. consider adults.. How to deal with the distractions of technology in the new generation?
“Already born with knowledge”
Children are increasingly in contact with mobile phones and computers. It gives the impression that they were “born with the knowledge” of how to handle and use this equipment.
The number of Brazilian children who access technologies such as computers and cell phones is increasing every day, according to research published by the Brazilian Internet Management Board, according to which 65% of children between the ages of 5 and 9 use a mobile device, and 57% have ever in their lives accessed the computer.
Mediation is key
Even if media and machines provide new learning and new ways of learning, researchers emphasize that the use of technologies alone is not enough to develop critical thinking and creative use. The mediation of adults and educational institutions is necessary not only for understanding media messages, but also for their creative use, hence the importance of organized and planned initiatives within the school environment.
Digital in education
In this context, it is necessary to include digital technologies in education. It is not a matter of using them only as a tool or support to promote learning or to arouse student interest, but to use them as a means of building knowledge.
The digital atmosphere of Colégio Elvira Brandão favors the interaction of everyone in the school community, focusing on the following axes: digital literacy, digital citizenship and maker culture (DIY).
Through the Google Education Project, students and teachers can share work, make it available online, and access it from anywhere, anytime.
We also have a Culture of Innovation curriculum infrastructure, which includes socio-emotional work, entrepreneurship, technology and design thinking. Through this atmosphere, we strive to promote the development of critical and reflective thinking, encouraging our students to be protagonists in building their own knowledge.
Technology in routine
When we develop digital facilitation strategies in an online teaching format, the communication process is fundamental to qualify the interaction between students and teachers. The availability of support for Google Classroom, as a space for interaction and storage, is an important support for maintaining this interaction, but also for organizing content and productions. When it comes to online educational strategies, we rely on synchronous and asynchronous moments. Synchronous moments, when videoconferencing with everyone online, via Google Meet for example.
Asynchronous moments, when interaction occurs at different times for teachers and students, such as assignments and questions via Google Classroom.
So what to do?
The use of digital tools and technology can enable the spread of knowledge and access to new ways of learning. Today’s school knows that it must form critical citizens who know how to question, reflect, evaluate, create, recreate, collaborate, and we can do this by using new technologies as one of the tools for building learning, as we said above.
We are a school that moves, learns, is connected and current. We promote learning situations that allow individuals to feel and experience everything they learn, in a collaborative environment that respects diversity and individuality.
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