Why Use Technology inthe Classroom?By: Melanie McCarthy
What is technology? Merriam-Webster defines technology as the specialized aspects of a particular field or endeavor. When we think of technology, we think of tools Cars Televisions Computers Handheld Devices Advances in the medical field
We live in a high-tech world! Technology is a part of our daily lives. Email Transportation Online Collaboration Text Messaging Voice Commands Our lives have evolved as new technologies were introduced and implemented.
How can technology help students? The outside worlds is technologically advanced. Introduces and familiarizes students with technologies they will see once they join the working world. Allows them to develop skills the outside world demands.
Presentation Software PowerPoint Facilitates collaboration among students during group projects Students take pride in developing and editing a final product Smart Boards, Projectors, Lumens, ELMOs Highly visual and interactive Promotes class participation and movement
What kinds of technology can beused in the classroom? Presentation Software and Devices PowerPoint Smart Boards Projectors/Lumens/ELMOs Document Production Word Excel Collaboration Programs Google Docs Games World of Warcraft Civilization Social Networks Facebook Twitter
Document Production Microsoft Word Allows students to create their own product Students take pride in creation and editing of a final product Allows students to quickly and easily spot mistakes and change them Excel Promotes organization Promotes interest in math related subject matter
Gaming Fosters development of key skills demanded from the working world Allows players to create programs specific to their goals Allows players to recruit other players Allows players to create strategies and manage disputes Promotes collaboration and problem solving Creates unique and effective learning environment Bridges the gap between the classroom and the real world
Social Networking 60% of students age nine to 17 report using social networking to discuss school related issues Creates an online educational community beyond the classroom Facilitates collaboration and discussion Proves education is not limited to solely the classroom
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