Pro-Technology: this is why we need technology in our classrooms. Presented by Jackie Chomic, David Crewes, Anne Eichler, and Wendy Kopitsch.
You might ask yourself: “Why do we need technology in our classrooms?” Let’s look at the traditional classroom compared to a modern classroom with modern technology.Traditional classrooms use chalkboards, students raise hands to answer questions, and students do assignments on pencil and paper.In modern classrooms, they use SMART boards, where lessons can be saved, clickers to answer questions so that the teacher can have automatic feedback on what the students are comprehending, and the students do assignments using computers – including blogging, wikis, and online classes (to reduce paper, time for grading, and many other great effects). The modern technology classroom is taking over and giving many more perks than the traditional technology classroom.
Using clickers in the classroom. This is how your life can be much easier in the modern classroom.
The use of blogs and Wikipedia in the classroom offers a myriad of teaching tools--- alternative ways for interaction and collaboration in the classroom-- for those that want to innovate and motivate students!
Fad or function?Blogging is short for Web Log; and, Nearly every day we hear about blogs, blogsphere, blogfarms, and even blogspeak. Recent estimates report the number of blogs has passed the 4 million mark. By commenting on posts blogging becomes a forum for interacting with one another. Enhancing education thru Social Learning – Social software.
Blogging is interactive; it can be an extension of the classroom where discussion are continued and where every student gets an equal voice. OR, it can be a place where new ideas are formulated through collaboration. Unlike sending multiple e-mails to those in the group and not knowing whether the message was received or even read, blog writers can both post to the group blog and automatically send e-mails advising the members of the blog that a new post has been entered. Everyone can see who has responded, what comments were made and when they were made. In this way, blogs can support the collaborative element so important for peer-to-peer learning and review.(refer to bullet 1). Blogs can be a secure and trusted environment for social learning in the classroom– especially positive modeling is provided by the teacher. BLOGGER, a free web-based tool allows the blog administrator to limit access to athorized users, who aree the only people allowed to contribute posts or comments to the blog. There are others I found as well– edmodo and liveJournal are just two.
21st century education requires innovation that keeps up with the learner; today’s learners or students experience life via media; social media; wiki’s and blogs both offer balance to the experience of classroom learning; they are current; they encourage peer-to-peer response; they are generational; all of these aspects make them a viable enhancement to the classroom that enables the student to provide his/her best work.
Classroom performance system, also known as cps.
Classroom performance systems, or cps, is a clicking device much like a remote control. It allows students to be able to answer multiple choice questions given by the teacher. There is a main hub that all the clickers feed their answers into. Each student is assigned their own clicker, so that the teacher knows how each student is answering each question. The students can answer multiple choice questions with up to 8 answers because of the 8 alphabetical buttons.Classroom performance systems come with a bank of questions to use for each subject tied to standards. This is much easier for teachers so that they don’t have to come up with their own multiple choice questions. However, if a teacher wishes to, they can also make up their own questions.The cps gives teachers and students automatic feedback on how each student is doing in class. It grades each of the questions/quizzes/tests for the teacher (giving the teacher more time to do other important tasks) and also allows for automatic feedback on comprehension. The teacher and students know instantaneously whether the student is understanding each individualized question and whether the teacher needs to re-teach that particular part of the lesson. I have one colleague who is done grading 200 exams in 2 minutes because the computer automatically does it for her. She sits and completes her behavior calculations while the rest of us are working on grading our many exams.In our schools today, we need to be looking for ways to save money-paper is one of the top ways we are wasting money. Clickers are one way to eliminate paper. Many classrooms using clickers are completely paper free.
Another kind of clicker: cell phones!
Cell phones can now be used as answering devices. There are many ways that cell phones can be used including collaborating, applications such as calculators, GPS, and notepad, and texting to use as clickers. Cell phones as clickers have a lot of the same perks as the cps. The teacher will get automatic feedback on grades, comprehension and attention. Cell phones are also cost effective, maybe more cost effective than cps.Many students already have cell phones, so the school will not have to buy the product. We also have the advantage of paying for less paper.At www.polleverywhere.com, teachers can set up a free account to have students text in answers to polls and questions. The extra perk of using texting is that students don’t have to answer only multiple choice questions. First, set up whatever questions the students will be answering. Then have the students text their answers to the number that the website gives to you. Then the website will give live updates to the polls and questions given to the class.
Vernier Technology: Innovative solutions that engage and excite students through hands on scientific explorations
Established 25 years ago by physics and physical science teacher Dave VernierCleveland’s inner city Student engagement through numerous demos and interactive labsDeveloped own software which led to Texas Instruments120 countries
What is Vernier technologyData collection interfacesHigh end Labquest, to simple CBL2Wide range of different probes
Why do we need this Technology?Old school data collectionCompared to this data
Evidence:my own experience, interactive hands-on labs obtain better resultsState of MI requirementsBrabec: adding technologyZhao: integration of technologyPitler: Higher levels of Blooms when evaluating
Technology since day one, plain and simple
Here are the websites that we got our pictures and information from.
Pro technology presentation
WE NEED TECHNOLOGY IN OUR CLASSROOMSJackie Chomic Anne EichlerDavid Crewes Wendy Kopitsch JC
in education they can be used for student journals and portfolios, communication with parents and community members, faculty coaching, classroom management (e.g., posting assignments), and other tools for enhancing classroom discussion blogs can support the collaborative element that is so important for peer to peer learning model for our students habits of communication that are positive and productive even outside the bounds of the subjects we teach WK
current up-to-date information immediate fact-gathering base Wiki selection specific for schools : to prevent students from accessing irrelevant or inaccurate information useful learning activities that can be facilitated by Wikipedia and the aspect most valuable is that it lists many current and past scholastic projects mediated by Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:School_and_ university_projects WK
wiki blogscurrent info Web 2.0 fact social media gathering school peer-to-peer focused WK
allows the students to answer questions electronically and automatically there are 8 alphabetical buttons that students can answer multiple choice questions with up to 8 possible answers automatically grades the questions that students answer gives the instructor automatic feedback on how students are comprehending the material reduces paper JC
cell phones are now being used as answering devices much like the CPS, cell phones can be used as clickers the teacher gets automatic feedback on whether the students are comprehending the material cost effective http://www.polleverywhere.com/ 1. set up a question 2. have students text their answers to your poll to the number given by the website 3. get live updates and be able to organize information into charts, graphs, and spreadsheets JC
“Instead of just receiving informationin a lecture format, our kids areactively engaged in constructing theirown knowledge.” -Cathy McDonald School based Technology Specialist AE
a way for students to actively engage in a visual, kinestetic, and written way teachers are able to use them as a way to introduce, reinforce, or reviewcurriculum materialsSmartboard Demo: YouTube - Smart Board demo - King Kaumualii School inKauai AE
Cofounders Dave and Christine Vernier Physics and Physical Science teacher 25 years of service to industry Partnership with Texas Instruments Over 100 employees DWC
Data collection interfaces Easy to use Over 50 different sensors DWC
Remember the “good old days” in the science lab? Today’s lab via Vernier technology DWC
From my own experiences, student learning is usually higher when methods associated with interactive hands-on learning are employed State of Michigan entry level standard requirements for teachers requires the increasing use of technology in all aspects of instruction. For example “7c - Implement curriculum plans that include technology- enhanced methods and strategies to maximize student learning;” Brabec article on Building Better Instruction, “Building lessons on a solid, research based foundation of effective strategies, adding appropriate technologies, and consistently applying those strategies should help insure high quality instruction that has the potential of maximizing student achievement” Zhao summarizes “Teacher education programs could take two different approaches to teach technology: separate technology courses or integration of technology into the existing curriculum” Pitler illustrates through example that as students use Vernier probes, “students spend much less time calculating and representing data, which is on the lower end of Blooms Taxonomy, and more time working at the higher levels: analyzing and evaluating the graphic patterns…” DWC
A simple solution to a complex question: technology works for this age of technology saturated learners DWC
We would enjoy hearing your feedback about your views about usingblogs, wikis, cell phones, clickers, and smartboards in the classroom. Pleaseclick on the link below to take our short survey.Survey link: AE
www.vernier.com Brabec, K., Fisher, K., & Pitler, H. (2004). Building better instruction: How technology supports nine research- proven instructional strategies. Learning & Leading with Technology 31 (5). p. 6-11 http://www.michigan.gov/documents/ELSMT_&_PED_as_ SBE_approved_Oct__24_02_57198_7.pdf Zhao, Y., (2003). What Teachers Need to Know about Technology? Framing the Question. What Should Teachers Know about Technology? Perspectives and Practices. Research Methods for Educational Technology Series. Ed. Yong Zhao. Information Age Publishing: Gre Pitler, H., Hubbell, E., Kuhn, M. (2007) Using technology with classroom instruction that works. McREL DWC