Technology Basics: <br />A Great Place to Begin<br />
What is educational technology?<br /> It is about the processes and tools used to address educational needs and problems, putting emphasis on applying the most current tools: computers and other electronic technologies.<br />Roblyer& Doering, 2009<br />
Why use technology in the classroom?<br />To motivate students: <br />Technology helps teachers gain the attention of their students.<br />Students are more eager to do higher level exercises when the lower level skills are done using technology tools.<br />Creating their own products using different technology can be fun.<br />Connecting students with others around the world has been motivating to others<br /> <br />To enhance instruction:<br />Technology has been used to provide students with the interaction and immediate feedback that many need.<br />Help students visualize concepts and abstract topics <br />Giving students access to different information sources and populations<br />Provide self-paced learning for capable students<br />Facilitating the work of cooperative learning<br />Roblyer& Doering, 2009<br />
Cont’<br /> To make student and teacher work more productive<br />Using less time to produce projects. <br />Grading and tracking student work<br />Saving money on consumable materials<br />To Help Students Learn and Enhance Their Information Age Skills<br />Provides students with much needed technology skills for future vocations.<br />To teach students how to seek, use and evaluate information <br />Roblyer& Doering, 2009<br />
Emerging Technology Trends<br />Wireless Connectivity – Using “drops” or “hotspots” around the school building as areas where students can connect to a wireless network. <br />Merging of Technologies – Using devices that incorporate different forms of technology. For example a digital camera that lets you take video and share the images easily over the internet.<br />Developments in portable devices – Using portable, hand held devices that allow projects to be completed outside the classroom or school.<br />Availability of high-speed connections – Faster connections make it easier to use different applications at the same time.<br />Visual immersions systems – Giving students access to 3-D images to bring abstract concepts to life.<br />Roblyer & Doering, 2009<br />
Using the Three Basic Types of Software<br />Word Processing Software – It saves time in producing projects, easily enhances documents, and allows the sharing and collaboration of documents.<br />Spreadsheet Software – It saves time in producing projects, organizes information, helps visual changes in information when numbers are applied, and increases ease in mathematics.<br />Database Software – Lets people share information easily, saves time locatiang and updating information, allows comparisons of information, and helps reveal relationships among data.<br />Roblyer& Doering, 2009<br />
Software Tools<br />Materials organizers – worksheet and puzzle/IEP/test generators<br />Data collection and analysis tools – electronic gradebooks, Student management systems, statistical packages<br />Graphic Tools – draw/and programs, image editing software, clip art, animation, sound and font collections<br />Planning and organizing tools – lesson plan software, scheduling and time management tools<br />Research and reference tools – e-encyclopedias, atlases and dictionaries<br />Content area tools – CAD systems, reading tools, GPS systems<br />Roblyer & Doering, 2009<br />
Multimedia and Hypermedia Resources<br />Audio – CD audio, recorded sounds, prerecorded sounds<br /> <br />Video – digitized videos, prerecorded video clips<br />Photographs – scanned, digital camera images, commercial collections<br />Graphic images – animations<br /> <br />Texts – by author or imported<br />Roblyer & Doering, 2009<br />
Great Websites For Teachers<br />WEB SITE: Teacher oriented web site by Houghton MifflinURL: http://www.eduplace.com/ssDESCRIPTION: Gives you outlines, information on Houghton Mifflin BooksIMPLEMENTATION: Great resource for teachers<br /><ul><li> WEB SITE: The Education Place</li></ul> URL: http://eduplace.com/DESCRIPTION: Links and activities in four subject areas for grades K-8. Many choices.IMPLEMENTATION: Content correlates to the Houghton Mifflin reading program. All appropriate for elementary grades.<br />WEB SITE: Education WorldURL: http://www.education-world.com/DESCRIPTION: All subject areas. Many options and links. Grades K-8IMPLEMENTATION: Worksheets available for copying. Brain teasers and games are especially good for math. Hints and solutions provided.<br />Retrieved from http://www.wmtps.org/techini/bestsite/bestsite.html<br />
References<br />Gridley, N. & Oakes, L (2010). Best websites for teachers. Retrieved from<br /> http://www.wmtps.org/techini/bestsite/bestsite.html<br />Roblyer, M. & Doering, A. (2010). Integrating educational technology into teaching. Pearson <br /> Education: Boston, MA<br />
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