Instructional Technology in the Elementary Classroom Miriam P. Rodríguez
Technology in Education
Technology and Educators Technology is an integral part of education. Teachers need to know how to use the technology in their classroom.
What is Instructional Design and Technology? “Technology is commonly thought of in terms of gadgets, instruments, machines and devices … ” (Muffoletto, 1994)
Defining Instructional Design And Technology (IDT) “The field of instructional design encompasses the analysis of learning and performance problems, and the design, development, implementation, evaluation and management of instructional and non-instructional processes and resources intended to improve learning and performance in a variety of settings, particularly educational institutions and the workplace” (Reiser & Dempsey, 2012).
Sunshine Elementary Teachers feel ill prepared to use technology that is available in the classroom. New staff is not trained on software used by campus.
How it All Began! The current problem began two years ago when almost half of the teachers at Sunshine Elementary transferred to other districts. Eleven new teachers were hired. Six of the eleven teachers had no prior teaching experience.
School’s Strengths Supportive Staff Some software programs can be installed at home Lack of resources that address required concepts New Tech Liaison Constant Software Upgrade School’s Weaknesses
Current Strategy Send teachers to workshops Open Lab Online learning modules
Future Strategy Change the role of the technology committee Open lab will address teacher questions on the software in their classroom.
Specific Problem A new work force that is not properly trained on all the available software.
Alternatives Complete online modules at home. Bring in help from the district level on a monthly basis to help address questions about software use.
Conclusion Teachers must receive additional support to prepare themselves to use the technology they have while staying abreast of any changes they might encounter along the way.
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