Children now are taught completely different now compared to20 years ago, due to the arrival of technology and its affect on the curriculum.One example of this is the revised version of blooms taxonomy. This taxonomywas used as a hierarchy of learning objectives for children in school. At thebase and set as being the most important factor was remembering followed byunderstanding, applying, analysing, evaluating and creating.
This shows that inschool at this time remembering set pieces of information was your key to beingsuccessful however much as changes since then and there has been a shift inthese factors. The revised version of Blooms taxonomy flipped the old versionto now have creating as the most important factor followed by evaluating,analysing , applying , understanding and then remembering. This emphasises hownow in school there is a lot more emphasis or being creative and less emphasison simply remembering info and then re-writing it. Many dispute the effect oftechnologies on learning and disagree on whether or not it should be used inthe curriculum.
Researches such as (Fleer 2001) believe that a new curriculumis needed to match the needs of children in this digital age and thattechnologies such be used throughout it. However some disagree with this andbelieve that technologies have a negative effect on children and how theydevelop. (Armstrong& Casement, 2000) believe that technologies shouldn’t be in the curriculumdue to these negative effects on the children. (Hsin, C.-T., Li, M.-C., , C.
-C. (2014).) looked at all these reports and wanted to investigate thetrue effect of technologies on young people’s earning. (Hsin, C.-T et al)stated “The potentials of using technology to support learning in other domainsand other cognitive fields are needed. As for learning results, 61 studiesreported positive findings, 24 reported no differences, and only 2 reportednegative outcomes. It seems that the majority of the studies indicated anoverall positive effect of technologies on learning.” This data suggests thattechnology does have a positive effect on learning.
However what do the kidsthemselves think? The children’s parliament asked 92 children from differentareas of Scotland about their views of using technology in School. Thesechildren were all digital users who had digital phones. The common feelings ofthe children were that they enjoy suing technology in school as long as itdoesn’t take over the full curriculum. Some also felt that due to a lack oftechnology in classrooms and some teacher’s views on using it, they were notexperiencing the full benefits of having technology in schools.