In a typical h.s. a student has access to a teacher about 40 minutes per day. Only 5% of her waking day and that is shared with 25 other classmates. She has access to the internet 100% of the time (in most cases) Students can access from anywhere at anytime, no book required. Interactive simulations and illustrations can produce a much greater depth of understanding of a concept. When virtual manipulatives are used in a classroom setting they can go far beyond a chalk and talk. Using a projector, the teacher can conduct onscreen investigations and demonstrate concepts far more easily. Technology allows the tables to be turned. Instead of teaching, students can be given projects that require them to learn the necessary materials themselves. The key to this ability is to be able to get the info they need anytime, anywhere. This project-based pull approach makes learning far more interesting for the student. In the old days, students could write in a notebook and what they wrote was seen only by the teacher. Using modern technology they can : make a powerpoint presentation, record/edit spoken word, do digital photography, make a video, make a website, create a blog and much more. A vital skill in the new digital world is the ability to work collaboratively on rojects with others who may not be physically close. This can be done using modern computer tools such as the web and e-mail. Rather than laboring alone on homework, students can work in small groups wherever they happen to be and at any time. They are doing this already (it used to be called cheating) it can now be formalized and taught as a vital skill. Many university projects are undertaken by teams spread around the world. Students need to be prepared for this. The worldview of the student can be expanded because of the zero cost of communicating with other people around the globe. The internet permits free video conferencing which permits interaction in real time with sister schools in other countries. From an educational viewpoint, what could be more important than understanding other cultures through direct dialog and conversation. information tech can allow students to break step with the class, they can repeat difficult lessons and explore what they find interesting. with time it will become more like having a private tutor rather than being lost in a large class. three textbooks and three binders easily weigh more than 25 pounds. A laptop weighs 5 and provides access to infinitely more material via the internet. At the same time many students may be ill and miss several days or even weeks of class. (give example of Britni) Students need productivity tools for the same reasons you do. They need to write, read, communicate, organize and schedule.
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Transcript of "Technology for Foreign Language Teachers"
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