How to Use New Media In the Classroom Environment
On a micro level there’s the essential collaboration between primary and secondary schools. After all, the best way to adhere to the clear pathways and defined structure of the key stages along National Curriculum lines is to ensure a sense of linear progression, hence the primary and secondary institutions must be more or less consistent in approach. It’s important to recognise the rise and significance of ICT and new media in contemporary secondary education and, with this idea of collaboration and consistency of approach in mind, it’s only right to encourage a similar focus in our primary institutions.
If we add to that the significance of new media in contemporary society, we must accept that, on a macro level, the educational institutions’ implicit partnership with the wider society dictates that education must evolve, develop and reflect the needs of the evolving economy. New media is here to stay and here to take such requests as write my essay today; we must accept it and prepare our pupils accordingly.
The term “new media” covers a range of particular techniques, many of which can be wholeheartedly embraced in our primary schools. The significance of the computer is undeniable in its value to our pupils; both on a personal and professional level. The considerable rise in popularity of the internet has made the personal computer- and in particular the laptop- a regular household item. Therefore this has raised its profile, and by extension the significance of the knowledge of how to use it. Word processing has become an almost essential skill for a significant amount of employers, so its usage must be encouraged and framed within contemporary employer expectations. The debate rages about whether word processing inflicts upon writing skills, but if used in combination with handwriting its value in helping a child enjoy ‘writing’ a story in a clear, concise way, with grammatical and spelling assistance will only be beneficial to the child’s development.
As secondary schools continue to emphasise class collaboration and group work, it must be recognised that a new media resource such as a PowerPoint presentation can only serve to excite the children’s enthusiasm further, again not as a replacement for drawing and creating with pen and paper, but to work alongside it: to stimulate interest and broaden a child’s creative capacity and individual skills. Both working in teams and delivering a presentation are extremely important personal and professional attributes and with the new media tools now so evidently at our disposal, it is our duty to help equip our pupils as best as possible, and at an early stage, to ensure sufficient practice, confidence, and ultimately: ability.
Another resource which could be used is the digital camera. Images are always provocative subjects and can stimulate a lot of excitement and consequential creativity. For the budding photographer, it can spark an interest and genuine flair that lasts a lifetime and becomes a career. For others it can simply be another way to harness creativity, energy and imagination. Again, taking photographs and writing about them represents an alternative and contemporary form of stimulation; it can focus a child’s mind and give them a sense of pride in what they’ve done. In addition, it can get them up and off their feet, investigating, probing, thinking, and having fun.