Integrating Technology into the Classroom Allison Biles University of Houston-Clear Lake
Utilizing hands-on technology tools in the classroom...● Gives students ownership of their learning● Intrinsically motivates learners in their progress● Provides those from lower socioeconomic backgrounds with opportunities to interact with and use technology in educational ways
By actively engaging our students in learning,teachers take on the role of facilitator or coachrather than a more traditional all-knowingposition of one who directs information in theclassroom.Check out this video of kids in the UK using anELMO machine, otherwise known as adocument camera during a math lesson.<iframe width="420" height="315"src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/htE4TSRjs40" frameborder="0"allowfullscreen></iframe>
Various ways to put technology to use in the classroom:● Books/stories on CD● ELMO projectors/document cameras● SMARTBOARDS/interactive white boards● Microcomputers/laptops/notebooks● Handheld learning devices
Appeals to ALL Learners (Gardners Multiple Intelligence Theory) Integrating technology into the classroom provides enriching and engaging activities for students of all learning types...● Linguistic● Logical/Mathematical● Spatial● Bodily/Kinesthetic● Musical/Rythmic● Interpersonal● Intrapersonal● Naturalistic
By requiring our students to become proficient in using advanced technological tools,we are better preparing our students for thechallenging job opportunities of the future.
Technology with Learners with Special Needs AT (Assistive Technology) “makes learning and teaching more effective for students with special needs”. Some examples include:● AlphaSmart● MathPad● Triangular pencil grip● Talking calculator● Large computer monitor● Voice amplifier Retrieved from http://www.edutopia.org/assistive-technology- enhances-learning-all
Using technology in Professional Counseling...● One Note 2010...stores info, tracks clients, helps with scheduling appointments and meetings● Saves time with online preliminary assessments that can be administered by the clients themselves● Can quickly and easily collaborate and consult with colleagues, mentors, and other helping professionals via webcam/Skype interaction
Further helps clients to help themselves by...providing them with free online resources suchas information on local support groups,outreach programs, and other communityservices that best meet the clients needs.
Just as we have learned thus far from this online course,TECHNOLOGY is everywhere so us teachers/counselors need to... stay updated with technological advances through educational workshops and professional development seminars.
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