Distributed Cognition 2

The first lesson I observed that included technology in my cooperating teachers classroom was regarding the students spelling words. Each student went to their respective spelling group and my cooperating teacher handed each child the correct spelling words and told each group to discuss what was similar about the words they had or if they could see any patterns within their group. All of the students figured it out fairly easily, as the one group had -tion and -sion words. After the groups figured out the pattern and discussed the general meaning of all of their words with my cooperating teacher they broke off individually and got their iPads. They then logged on to google classroom and went to their spelling section and opened up their word work folder, in this folder they had a chart that made them sort their words weather they had long i versus long a words or different suffixes….etc. They would have all of their words at the bottom of the page and then the chart dividing the sections and would have to click and drag the words and move them to the correct box, then when they believed they were finished they would turn it in online.

This lesson is an effect through technology. This is because Salomon and Perkins define an effect through technology as “ the use of new technologies qualitatively and sometimes quite profoundly reshapes activity systems rather than just augmenting them” (Salomon and Perkins, 79). Technology in this lesson reshapes it because students can do it at their own rate instead of having to do it with the class all together on just the teachers computer. The iPads let the technology reach each student on an individual level and reshapes it for that specific child. I don’t think technology here alone made the students more intelligent. Yes, the technology was helpful in keeping track of each students work, eliminating paper, and being able to individualize more, but it really did not affect how much the student understood what they were doing. I believe that they could have done this with a piece of paper and have had received the same information.

Works Cited:

Salomon, G. & Perkins, D. (2005)”Do Technologies Make Us Smarter? Intellectual Amplification With, Of and Through Technology.”In: Robert Sternberg and David Preiss (Eds.).Intelligence and Technology: The Impact of Tools on the Nature and Development of Human Abilities. Mahwah, NJ : Lawrence Erlbaum and Associates, Publishers.


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