Technology and Learning<br />. “Technology should enhance learning. There is no value in just having access to it but more important how it is used.”(Lam, 2010). <br />
Adapting for Today’s Learner<br /><ul><li>Student’s expect to be entertained
They are used to quick responses and feedback thanks to the popularity or social networks and texting
Students must be technology savvy in order to complete in the future work environment </li></li></ul><li>New Tricks for Old Dogs<br />Goldberg says, “Moreover, the right questions about technology are not broad ones about which hardware or software to use, but about how each works in a certain curriculum, right down to its effect on how individual problems are posed to the student” (p.1). This can be addressed, in part, by the following advantages of the Promethean Board: <br />With Promethean software, it’s easy to convert old PowerPoint's into Flip Charts, which prevents reluctant teachers from re-inventing the wheel.<br />www.prometheanplanet.com offers great resources for free, including a venue to share flipcharts. This would allow you to find one on the topic you needed and download for your use. <br />
Learner Response Systems<br />With the use of learner response systems, you can gain immediate feedback as to if a student answered a question correctly.<br />If you use the multiple choice feature, you can also see what answer choice was the distractor and discuss then with the class why that was a problem. <br />Activexpression<br />Activote<br />
Which Best Describes You?<br />Traditional <br />Engaging <br />
Remember When…….<br />Despite some reluctance to use technology in classrooms, consider this: <br />How long ago was the first bag cell phone? Maybe 20 years<br />Now we have phone that are smaller than the palm of your hand.<br />What was considered “technology” in the classroom when you started teaching? Projectors or graphing calculators, maybe even an overhear<br />Now it’s laptops, interactive boards like the Promethean Board<br />What will be considered technology in 5, 10 or 15 years?<br />With the ever changing technology, can we afford not to expose children to new uses in the classroom?<br />
References<br />Goldberg, E.P. (2000). Thinking (And Talking) About Technology in Math Classrooms. Retrieved from the website: http://www2.edc.org/mcc/pdf/iss_tech.pdf<br />Promethean (2011). Images of Promethean board, classroom, and learner response systems from ActivInspireresource pack. Retrieved from www.prometheanplanet.com .<br />Lam, J. (2002). Technology in the classroom. Retrieved from the website: http://www.teach-nology.com/tutorials/teachinclass<br />
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