Article #1 “Creating technology literate educators. <ul><li>Noah Tonk is a twelfth-grade English teacher who in his classroom uses Profcast( www.profcast.com )to sync recorded lecture audio with Power Point or Keynote slides, turning them into quick time movies for pod casting and then he publishes them to the web using Rapid Weaver ( http://www.realmacsoftware.com/ ). </li></ul>
Article 1 continued <ul><li>By using these new technologies in the classroom, it creates and environment where students can review lessons at any time. The principal Tricia Pena states “It’s an open door that I want shared among all high school teachers and our middle schools”. The Vail School District(VSD) also uses Power – School and Power Teacher by Pearson ( www.pearsoned.com ) to make parent-teacher conferences more productive. </li></ul>
<ul><li>I am personally impressed on how much technology has changed since I left high school in 1996. The way that Mr. Tonk is communication with his students by using these different forms of technology is amazing, this is definitely preparing the students for college and the future. </li></ul><ul><li>(“a-ha” moment) - I never knew so many different technologies existed in education. </li></ul><ul><li>QUOTE- “ It has power in what it enables-not what it controls”. </li></ul>
Article #2 “Palm Gives schools a Helping of Handhelds” <ul><li>In 2001 a program using Palm’s in the classroom was implemented; PEP (Palm Education Pioneer). This first started with eight high tech schools through out Oregon, since the beginning of the program 100 schools nationwide have implemented Palm handhelds. </li></ul><ul><li>A subsequent nation wide study revealed a positive out look. Some of the handhelds being used are; Palm, RIM unite, Treo and Black Berry’s. </li></ul>
Article # 2 continued <ul><li>The use of the handhelds are to provide a “creative mentoring” program to train school officials attempting to make the transition from pen and paper to Palm. A couple of examples on how these Palm’s are being used: </li></ul><ul><li>Keeping students on task </li></ul><ul><li>Helping the students become more successful </li></ul><ul><li>Graphic organizer </li></ul><ul><li>As well as creating spreadsheets and word processing functions. </li></ul>
PERSONAL REFLECTION <ul><li>In my personal opinion using Palms in the classroom is a great way to boost the morale; usually in high school students are more concerned with fashion than technology. By using these Palms students have become interested in learning. This technology tool is aspiring for all students world wide. </li></ul><ul><li>(“a-ha” )moment – “Handhelds are becoming so common in our classrooms now that the idea of using them is an instructional capacity is much less foreign”. </li></ul><ul><li>Quote – “Motivation is huge” </li></ul>
ARTICLE #3 Lights, camera, learning (usage of technology) <ul><li>Project LIVE (learning through Instructional Video in Education), started four years ago to get teachers more interested in using technology in the classroom and students more motivated to learn. This has been credited with helping to raise scores by as much as 30 points on state standardized exams. </li></ul><ul><li>The project’s goal is to foster critical and visual literacy skills, using digital media tools to help teach core subjects, in alignment with state standards. </li></ul>
Article # 3 Continued <ul><li>Project LIVE began in September 2003 as an off shoot of an initiative by the San Diego County Office of Education, called the iVIE (Innovative Video in Education) awards, that recognizes standards-based uses of digital media. Shirley created the iVIE awards and later altered the model to make it work in the classroom; Shirley, who is a former Apple Distinguished Educator. More than 100 instructors applied to participate in Project LIVE for the 2006-2007 school year. Shirley states; We’ve made such terrific gains with Project LIVE. </li></ul>
PERSONAL REFLECTION <ul><li>The way that technology has taken over learning is very interesting to me; never in a million years would I have thought that education could reach this level of excitement. I almost feel that I was short changed when I was in school. Not only is the learning interactive but now there are interesting ways to learn more than one subject at a time. I am totally impressed and I tip my hat off to the creators of making learning fun and enjoyable. </li></ul>
Personal Reflection cont <ul><li>(“a-ha” )moment – “You have D-average kids who are staying after school and working on projects related to core subjects and they are starting to make real academic progress in these subjects.” </li></ul><ul><li>Quote – “We’ve made such terrific gains with Project LIVE, our students, our teachers, everyone who is using this program is really thriving. </li></ul>
Conclusion <ul><li>All three of the articles that I have read have one thing in common; using technology in education. The different forms of teaching is were the articles differ, however the message to the students is being heard loud and clear. Learning does not have to be boring; it can be fun and interactive. Not only are the children learning at a new pace but they are excelling in it and if this is the new “wave of the future” then today’s child is well ahead of most adults. </li></ul>
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