Recommendations for technology spendingPresentation Transcript
Recommendations for Technology Spending Mr. Christopher Johnson
Introduction to Instructional Technology Technology and Improved Student test scores Technology as Preparation for the Future/Great Equalizer Technology and Teacher Efficacy Summary of Arguments Works Cited Menu
Includes hardware (computers, clickers, eno boards) and software (programs/applications) Goal is to allow teachers to create a more interactive teaching style in which students are able to take ownership of learning responsibilities. Prepares students for tools that are used in the business world, outside the walls of the classroom. State Educational Technology Directors Association. 2011. Education Technology
Numerous studies have shown that when technology is used in the classroom: Test scores goes up Students score on average almost 94 points better on the SAT test than non-technology using peers! (Cradler, et al) Standardized test scores are up to 20% higher than non-technology exposed peers. (Cradler, et al) Students are more engaged, and are able to help in the constructing of their own knowledge, therefore learning better. Technology and Test Scores
Students are able to better store the information in their long-term memory storage Students are better able to connect what they learn in school with the outside world. Students who participate in technology intensive classrooms are more likely to develop higher level thinking skills. (Schacter, et al) Students who used English and Math software during the school year advanced at a rate of almost a school quarter faster than their non-technology using peers. (Schacter, et al) Additional advantages of Technology
Teachers are more likely to use collaborative learning methods- which lead to better comprehension of material Learning is more interactive and experiential; making students responsible for what they learn. Multiple senses and areas of the brain are stimulated through the mixture of auditory, print and visual information. Why does technology improve scores and learning?
NCLB requires that all teachers be highly qualified. Technology allows for students to learn via online learning from HQ teachers. Technology usage in school allows students to learn skills that will make them successful in college and the workplace. Erases disadvantages related socio-economic status and lack of technology at home. Technology as the Great Equilizer
The number one deciding factor in student learning regardless of technology usage or not is teacher efficacy Is the teacher able to communicate the material effectively and make students understand the significance of it. A teacher who uses technology, but does not use it effectively is hampering the learning of their students. Students would be better off learning with “traditional” methods from an experienced and skilled teacher Teacher Efficacy and Technology
How are teachers to become “effective”? Teachers need to be properly trained in progressive teaching methods using the technology. Otherwise they still teach ineffectively; they have just added technology to the picture Training is best done in a format that the teacher experiences continued support over an extended period. Introduce the technology and applications Give teacher time to explore in a supportive environment. Avoid training in a one-time, short, intensive format.
Teachers should move beyond focusing on how to implement technology into current lessons. Rather the focus should be to created interactive, engaging lessons that meet standards using technology. This takes time and practice, but with good mentoring and a willingness to learn, teachers can do it! (Harvey-Woodall, 2009) Scott Scheuerell lesson plan Effective Teaching cont.
21st Century learning is engaging, stimulating and allows students to learn while gaining exposure to technology; a necessity for success. It prepares students for the future, and allows them to see a world beyond the walls of their classroom. It requires dedicated teachers who are committed to gaining experience in teaching using technology. Summary
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