“Girls and boys will come to technology from different paths; however, the idea is to create a curriculum that is flexible enough so that different people (not just in terms of gender) will make the technology their own in their own way.”
Sherry Turkle, co-chair of the American Association of University Women’s 15-member Commission on Technology, Gender, and Teacher Education.
More and more literature pops up debating the engagement factor of technology in the classroom. Some researchers boast that technology engages boys more than girls and vice versa. I however believe that technology is a universal tool of engagement. How the technology is employed during the lesson determines the level of student engagement. If you are a teacher standing in the front of the classroom lecturing your students with power points and SMART board doodles, the engagement might be there for some. However, give the students Flipcams, microphones, and MovieMaker or PhotoStory software and tell them to teach the lesson to their peers and I guarentee you the level of engagement has just increased 10 fold. You didn’t tell them how to teach the lesson, you just offered them the tools and trusted them to show what they know! The array of projects you will receive will astound you. How do I grade them if they are all different? A rubric. Tell the students what content their final project must cover and then unleash them to their own creative devices! You just might learn a thing or two along with your students. If you get some Photostories, a podcast, a vodcast, a power point, and a movie or two your class will learn the same content in several different methods. Brain research states that it takes 7 different applications of a concept until it is moved into our long term memory. Your students will be well on their way.