technology in the pr. schools:school visit Jesmarie Villanueva González Prof. Mary Moore March 10, 2010
General info. The school I visited was AnselmoVillarrubia Elementary School. Located in Aguada. The school principal, Emilia Lorenzo received me. This is the school where I’m doing my practice. I did my observations specifically in the classroom I’m giving classes.
things I observed and found at the school Good things Bad things The director is always present and she pass by the halls to supervise classes. School is always clean. Students always use their uniforms. Secretary Club Has a library One problem with the school is that teachers are very competitive to the point of competing among themselves. Another problem is that some printers (5-6) aren’t working and teachers aren’t willing to fix them because they will also have to buy the ink.
Technology in the school All English classrooms have
computer labs. (30 laptops each)
TV, DVD, radio
* two printers
* laminator machine
* reading area: Reading Garden
* games area
Cont. All the classrooms have desktop computers, printers (some printers don’t work) and projectors. * Most of the materials in the English classrooms were obtained through a grant made by my English Cooperating teacher.
Programs they use Almost every Friday students have the opportunity of using laptops to do their tasks. Kindergarten and First grade for example know how to work with Max Write (Word), Encarta Kids and Max Paint (Paint). Second and third grade know how to use Max Write (Word), Encarta Kids, Max Paint (Paint) and Power Point (basic). They also know how to insert a picture and insert a movie.
ideas of how the problems could be fixed Since the major problem I found was that teachers are too competitive, then I have NO idea of how to fix it, because I can’t change the way they think. It is a personal issue. They all have their own opinion on how to teach and what to teach even though there are standards and expectations to be follow. On the other hand with the printers and computers that aren’t working, teachers should buy them if they really want to use them to create innovative classes. They should also buy ink, because if we wait for the Department of Education to do it then classrooms will stay the same for years.
administration and staff My opinionon the backup the administration and staff would give to fix this problem if money was available is the following: I know they will love to have new printers, ink, and computers to be able to use them. They will do whatever is necessary to obtain new materials.