Technology in the Classroom<br />Loni Fife<br />6/28/2011<br />
Where is the technology?<br />In today’s world we are constantly surrounded by technology. We see it in gaming consoles, smart phones, and in many of our vehicles. But how much technology is seen in the classroom? <br />
Why technology in Classroom?<br />One of the best reasons for integrating technology in the classroom is that the focus is moved from the teacher to learning. <br />The teacher then becomes a facilitator; they support students and provide them guidance as they discover new information. <br />
Why technology in Classroom?<br />Teachers can assign more complex assignments requiring students to use higher-order thinking skills. <br />Students are not just memorizing information fed to them they are analyzing and evaluating that they researched themselves. <br />
How do implement technology in the Classroom<br />The teacher can begin the day with students locating an online weather forecast (Starr, 2011). <br />Teachers can use computer as a learning center.<br />Utilizing online news sources students can look up articles that are important to them.<br />
Risks involved when using technology in the classroom<br />Students will come across inappropriate material.<br />Many schools employ filtering software to help prevent students from being exposed to inappropriate websites. <br />Teachers should always discuss this with students before beginning to use the internet.<br />
Risks involved when using technology in the classroom<br />Wasted time. <br />Teachers need to be prepared and have lesson plans that are specific when it comes to internet integration.<br />Allowing students to roam the Web aimlessly is not an acceptable practice.<br />Students should not be spending time on social media sites while in the classroom.<br />Ex. MySpace, Facebook, Twitter<br />
Technology should be used in the classroom<br />For more information on how to use technology in the classroom go to:<br />Using Technology in the Elementary Classroom<br />How to use Technology in the Classroom<br />Technology for Teachers<br />
References<br />Poole, B. (2009, April 3). Risks involved in integrating the internet into the k-12 curriculum. Retrieved from http://www.educationworld.com/a_tech/columnists/poole/poole018.shtml<br />Starr, L. (2011, June 12). Integrating technology in the classroom: it takes more than just having computers. Retrieved from http://www.educationworld.com/a_tech/tech/tech146.shtml<br />U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement. (2009). Effects of technology on classrooms and students. Retrieved from http://www2.ed.gov/pubs/EdReformStudies/EdTech/index.html<br />
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