A journey through 3 articles to see the potential progression of technology in education.
While looking at all the great things that technology is doing for the classroom, I wondered what kind of effect does this advancement have on the classroom? Which simple websites contribute to the learning experience? Does it improve the concentration of the student? Is it even used to the best possible benefit by the educator? I found many articles on this subject, but I chose 3 that improved my understanding on each facet of the use of classroom technology.
http://www.educationworld.com/a_tech/columnists/poole/poole011.shtml Click on image to visit the article The first thing to look at is how to successfully implement technology in a school. I found great tips on how to make it happen on educationworld.com . The article on the “Ten Pillars of Successful Technology Implementation” by Bernie Poole gives tips, things to avoid, and how to achieve excellence in technological aides in education.
Pillar 1: Leadership Support Pillar 2: Educator Compliance Pillar 3: Organize and Train Teachers Pillar 4: Keep Up-to-Date Pillar 5: Ongoing Training for Teachers Pillar 6: Ongoing Tech Support Pillar 7: Perfect Skills by Practice Pillar 8: Involve Parents and Students Pillar 9: Plan Financial and Systematic Support Pillar 10: Technology is for Everyone
Visit the research website by clicking the image I believe that the Ten Pillars are valuable to any educational system because they not only consist of great fundamental tips, they also take the right attitude with adapting to individual’s skill level. When any school is starting to implement technology into their curriculum, their plan to introduce this to the teachers and students should be well-thought-out and correctly funded so that it lasts a long time. Bernie Poole. (3/5/2009). Education articles. In Education World. Retrieved 12/1/2009, from http://www.educationworld.com/a_tech/columnists/poole/poole011.shtml.
http://www.educationworld.com/a_tech/columnists/dyck/dyck016.shtml Click on the image to visit the article One of the most beneficial, and most unmonitored free online tools for teachers is Youtube. There are many interesting and fun ways to get the students interested in what they’re learning if it’s used correctly. Even when it’s used correctly, it could be potentially harmful to the learning of the students because Youtube is loosely monitored.
Although this is a more comedic video, it’s just an example of one of the many things found on youtube. The article also mentions a strictly educational video hosting site called teachertube.com . This site is a great resource for educational, clean, and monitored aides for the classroom.
Click the logo. Youtube and TeacherTube are both great resources for the classroom. If a teacher knows how to appropriately use the time to share some videos to improve a student’s understanding of a certain topic, then it’s a very valuable asset to classroom tools. I completely agree with what the quote in the article that said, “Please, let's remember: it's not about how we use the TOOLS. It's (mostly) about how we USE the tools." Brenda Dyck. (5/15/2007). Education articles. In Education World. Retrieved 12/1/2009, from http://www.educationworld.com/a_tech/columnists/dyck/dyck016.shtml.
http://thejournal.com/Articles/2009/12/03/Keeping-on-Task-in-a-Digital-Environment.aspx?Page=2# Click the image to visit the article With all the wonderful things online, in a computer lab is a tough place to keep on task with students. This article tells about software that enables the teacher to maintain control in a computer lab. The software connects all the computers and is controlled by the teacher’s computer.
Visit the research website by clicking the image above. A few features the software has allows the teacher to freeze the student’s desktop and mouse while instructing them what to do. It also can broadcast the teacher’s desktop to all the other computers in the room for a demonstration. Among all the great teaching tools, there’s also the ability to monitor the student’s activity and keep them on task. The only issue with the software is the access of the teacher’s computer with mixed environments of wireless and non-wireless connections.
Visit the research website by clicking the image Bridget McCrea. (12/3/2009). Education articles. In T-H-E Journal. Retrieved 12/1/2009, from http://thejournal.com/Articles/2009/12/03/Keeping-on-Task-in-a-Digital-Environment.aspx?Page=2#. I have experienced how this tool can be used in the classroom. In my middle school computer class, my teacher utilized this software to keep us on task. It allowed him to watch where each student was going on their individual computer and he also showed us exactly what he wanted us to do by broadcasting his desktop on our individual computers. It was a good way to keep control of the class, but it sure annoyed the students. The students that it most annoyed were the ones who weren’t doing what they should have. If I were a teacher using technology, I would want this software to help keep my students under control.
<ul><li>The education system has so much potential to completely morph into the best possible learning environment for students with the appropriate use of technology. If used in concurrence </li></ul><ul><li>with curriculum and with the </li></ul><ul><li>student’s interests in mind, there’s </li></ul><ul><li>amazing possibilities for the </li></ul><ul><li>classroom. </li></ul>Matthew DeBell. (September 2006). Statistics. In Computer and Internet Use by Students in 2003. Retrieved 12/1/2009, from http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2006/2006065.pdf .
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