EDTC 6431 ISTE Standard 4 Reflection

My question was; how can students use technology for problem-solving activities?

The ability to problem solve effectively has been, and continues to be a crucial life skill.  It is used both in academic settings and in everyday life.  This means that it is absolutely necessary for students to learn and for educators to teach. There is a strong correlation between problem-solving and decision-making.  Both are skills that will be of great use to students beyond the classroom, extending to their daily lives.  Developing the aforementioned skills can help students avoid conflict and be more empathetic.  Technology can be effectively incorporated into the teaching of problem-solving.  Using technology allows students to identify problems more efficiently and also facilitates stronger and more in-depth analysis of more complex problems.  Technology also allows students to find information from a wide variety of sources.  It fosters creative thinking.  One great use of technology to develop skills is coding. “Coding is the language of critical thinking. It requires students to define problems, break them into parts, and be resourceful in finding the answers to their problems” (Kiang, 2014).  Teaching and using coding can be a great tool for facilitating student engagement and supporting learning in different content areas as well as at different levels.  It is creative, has a lot of freedom, empowers students and is highly interactive.  Coding also allows for collaboration and is helpful in building powerful skills the students can use in the future.

Sources:

Saxena, S. (2014, January 8). Problem-Solving Activities With the Help of Technology. Retrieved July 26, 2015, from http://edtechreview.in/trends-insights/insights/749-problem-solving-activities-with-the-help-of-technology

Kiang, D. (2014). 3 ways coding and gaming can enhance learning. Edutopia. Retrieved from http://www.edutopia.org/blog/coding-and-gaming-enhance-learning-

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