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A Critique on a Journal Article

By: Ramareziel P. Rama – UNI1

The title of the journal article is “The Collaborative Classroom: New


Technology Brings New Paradigm”, written by two authors namely: Ben Clappe and
James Swenson. It was released on December 2013 with a total number of 10 pages. It
was issued in Atlantic Marketing Journal, (Volume 2, Number 3 in Special Issue on
Innovative Teaching, Article 6), by an authorized editor of DigitalCommons@Kennesaw
State University.

Title

The title is suitable for the article. But you have to read it first in order to know the
new paradigm that they are referring to because it is vague.

Abstract

The abstract is clear and concise. It focuses on the revolution and transformation
of education using the new technologies and adapting it in a collaborative classroom set
up where teachers and students openly gather and share information to empower one
another for the purpose of learning. The authors stated that collaboration is a tool used
in classrooms not only to engage students but also to bring them together and teach
them how to work together. They also emphasized the keywords such as collaborative
learning, open leadership, pedagogy and peer review.

Introduction

The introduction is brief but comprehensive. It provides the information to the


reader about the subject matter. On the other hand, it is not completely clear, as it does
not show the utilization and impact of technology and collaboration as a learning
technique in the classroom setting.

Literature Review

The article provides relevant literature review and gives appropriate references
regarding the topic. They supply sections of related literature that support the title.

In my opinion, I think some of the section should be improved or maybe include


more pertinent literature, data and research on the topic. Like on the connective
information and the power of intention. Perhaps they should elaborate more on
collaborative approach in learning process and include the types of collaborative
learning. The authors can cite more study on what it means to use new technology in
the classroom.
Conclusion

Overall, I found the article interesting because as a future teacher, I can use the
information in the classroom setting. The authors provided a clear format of their article.
It is not hard to understand the topic that they are discussing. Though, I think they
should be clear on what new paradigm they were talking about since it was on the title
of their article. Especially on their conclusion, I was hoping to read that they
emphasized the specific paradigm but it’s not clear on their deduction.

I have come to believe that technology can improve learning, promote interaction
and engagement, teachers-to-students and students-to-students, and help improve
motivation of the students. Collaborative classroom creates an open leadership which
empowers individuals, builds relationships and fosters a sense of sociability. With the
help of technology in the classroom, it ensures participation of students, making
learning more fun and effective. Students have instant access to fresh information that
can supplement their learning experience thus they get more involved and they tend to
participate more with the discussion.

The students learn from the teacher and the teacher also learns from the
students because on how easy it is to acquire new information through the use of
technology. However, to truly understand the impact of technology in education, we
must understand the major issues regarding the use of technology, the pros and cons.
In addition, I hope that the authors also presented further evidence, like case studies
with quantitative data that supports their journal article on the impact of technology with
regards to collaboration in the classroom and whether it helps on leadership skills of the
teachers and students.

In today’s society where students are tech-savvy, we should still instill to them
that technology is not meant to replace the teacher. Rather, the idea is to create a
flexible learning environment where teacher-to-student and student-to-student talk are
necessary components of education that can be enhanced with the appropriate use of
technology.