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Lecture 5 Intro to Software Support Tools


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Here the categories of software support tools we will be considering in this course. They will help you with your projects.

Here the categories of software support tools we will be considering in this course. They will help you with your projects.

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  • Who remembers what is instructional software? Remember earlier on in the course we said that instructional software is software that exists for the sole purpose is teaching something. We also looked at 5 types of instructional software functions (drill and practice, tutorials, simulations, instructional games and problem solving).
  • For this course for example: I am using powerpoint, edcanvas, edmodo, MS WORD …and so much more. So have you!
  • It is ironic that one of the most useful and widely used of the technology tools is one that communicates information in the traditional PRINT medium. However desktop publishing tools give the important advantage of complete control over the form and appearance of the printed page. There is a difference between desktop publishing and word processing software. While word processing may allow you to mix text and graphics on each page, desktop publishing allows pages to be viewed as separate units. It provides more flexibility. It is not linear. Documents are created as separate pages that are then linked together. The user clicks on an icon representing each page and only ONE page or facing pages are displayed. (Like an e-journal or e-zine). In a Word document however, you have to scroll down in one continuous stream.
  • A webquest is an inquiry-oriented lesson format in which most or all the information that learners work with comes from the web. The model was developed by Bernie Dodge.
  • Databases are computer programs that allow users to store, organize and manipulate information including both text and numerical data.Electronic gradebook programs allows a teacher to enter student names, test/assignment names, data from the tests, weighting information for specific test score. The program then analyses the data and prints reports based on the information.
  • How may these be used in classroom activities? [ We did some of this already when we used PICASA]
  • How may these be used in classroom activities? [We have done some of this already]
  • How may these be used in classroom activities [We have used some of these already as well]
  • You should meet in your groups and draft out the details.What will your topic be? For example: “dental hygiene”What age group are you targeting? For example: Standard four What are the three main categories of software you will select for your project? For example: A blog on dental hygiene, with a short video embedded on brushing and flossing teeth, with an embedded crossword puzzle or quiz on the content contained in the post.
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    • 1. +Technology Software SupportTools in Teaching and LearningEducational TechnologySANKARSINGH,C TECH1001
    • 2. +Session 5 What are software support tools? What are the benefits of software support tools? Types & examples of software support toolsSANKARSINGH,C TECH10012
    • 4. +What are software support tools Software support tools are different from instructional software. They were not explicitly designed or created to performinstruction of any kind. Software support tools refer to any software that ASSISTSteachers in producing resources and materials for theclassroom. Can you think of any?SANKARSINGH,C TECH10014
    • 5. +Benefits of Software Support Tools?Depending on the tool and the needs of the situation, they offerthe following benefits: Improved efficiency and productivity Improved “appearance” of resource/product Better accuracy and timeliness of information More support for interaction and sharingSANKARSINGH,C TECH10015
    • 6. +Types of Software Support Tools Material Generators Data Collection and Analysis tools Graphic tools Planning & organizing tools Research & reference tools Content-area toolsSANKARSINGH,C TECH10016
    • 7. +Material Generators Allow the creation and useof documents, web pages,tests and various lessonsand exercises. Desktop publishing software Web design software Whiteboard software Test generators and test itembanks Worksheet and puzzlegenerators PDF and form makersSANKARSINGH,C TECH10017Purpose & Benefits Examples
    • 8. +How may material generators beused in classroom activities? Have students create a flyer, brochure, magazine articles onfield trips [ practice grammar, spelling & communication skills] Create a web-based lesson using a WEBQUEST. Use a test generator for revision procedures Use a puzzle generator to produce revision exercises withfacts, definitions, etc. in a game-like activity Use graphic document makers for certificates of achievementSANKARSINGH,C TECH10018
    • 9. +Data Collection and Analysis tools Allows teachers to collect datafrom students; Supports decision-making Allows users to analyse datafrom experiments and research. Database software Online survey software Electronic gradebooks Statistical packages Student management systems Testing systems Student response systemsSANKARSINGH,C TECH10019Purposes & Benefits Examples
    • 10. +How may data collection and analysistools be used in classroom activities? Use electronic grade books to keep track of and to calculatestudent grades Use statistical software to analyse data from experiments Use survey software for student polls, to visualize thedistribution of opinions on a topic. Use student information systems to track learner performanceand participation.SANKARSINGH,C TECH100110
    • 11. +Graphic Tools Allow user to create illustrationsfor use in documents and webpages; create visual datasummaries Draw/Paint programs Image Editing programs Charting/Editing programsSANKARSINGH,C TECH100111Purposes & Benefits Example
    • 12. +Planning & Organizing Tools Help user to organize ideas forwriting and discusions Help user to organize, plan andschedule activities Outlining and concept mappingsoftware Lesson planners Scheduling, calendar and timemanagement softwareSANKARSINGH,C TECH100112Purpose & Benefits Examples
    • 13. +Research & Reference Tools These are tools that letstudents look up information inelectronic versions ofencyclopaedias, atlases, anddictionaries. Online encyclopedias Online atlases and maps Online dictionaries andthesaurusesSANKARSINGH,C TECH100113Purpose & Benefits
    • 14. +Specific Content Support Software Some software tools supporttasks that are specific tocontent areas such as:technology education, music,reading, science, maths, socialstudies, foreign languges etc. Do you know any professionalsoftware support tools? Computer-aided design Music Editors Geographic InformationSystems Online translatorsSANKARSINGH,C TECH100114Purpose & Benefits Examples
    • 15. +Now that you know the 6categories…SANKARSINGH,C TECH100115Research &Reference ToolsContent AreaTools
    • 16. +It’s your turn nowThink of the scenarios in which software supporttools can be used for your ed tech project.SANKARSINGH,C TECH1001 16