Technology Infusion Presentation By: Kelly Shea October 14, 2009
My observation took place in a 4 th grade advanced learning classroom. There were 24 students present (14 boys, 10 girls, one hispanic, 11 African Americans, and 12 Caucasians). Seven of these students are in the gifted program.
The lesson reviewed math concepts, including: decimals, rounding, estimation, and fractional decimals
The Use of Technology to Support the Curriculum
A Promethean Board was used to engage students in hands-on review of math concepts.
Students demonstrated their skills using a Blue Tooth instrument to click/drag and write on the board.
Differences Noticed by Educator
Students are motivated to learn and stay focused on the lesson
Students love to participate and use various forms of technology in the class.
Interaction with on-line games and websites create enthusiasm over the typical worksheets.
Improved grades and higher test scores.
Obstacles and Support Issues
“ Reeling” students back in to change classes can be difficult at times.
Difficulties with Blue Tooth happen occasionally, considering the equipment is not hard-wired.
Calling for support services can take up to two to three weeks to get a response. (The teacher reported very little use last year due to wiring problems that went unanswered.)
Lesson in deductive reasoning. Students clicked and dragged answers from left side to appropriate answer.
Deductive Reasoning – teacher orally read questions which were presented on the board. The students followed with a verbal answer and actions on board.
Student first showed work on the board… … then applied it to Promethean Board.
This is the main screen used to navigate through this particular lesson
VERY engaged students! (the teacher was standing behind me…)