Final Exam W-200 Steven Cornelius

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  • This is link shows what's new in Ms word for teachers, students and professorshttp://office.microsoft.com/en-us/word-help/what-s-new-in-word-for-students-teachers-and-professors-HA010200498.aspx
  • Website showing how brainshark improves learning in high schools: http://www.dashe.com/blog/mobile-learning/video-training/
  • http://blog.scs.sk.ca/oskayak/about-us/pages/100-web-20-tools.htmlThis link gives access to over 100 web 2.0 tools that can be used by students and teachers in high school to improve learning.
  • This link provides steps to be used in audio and video production depending on the complexity of a projecthttps://www.planning.org/pas/at60/report150.htm
  • This website contains useful information on how video production can help improve learning in high schools:The Filmmaker’s Toolkit “Students can begin producing videos as soon as they have access to a cell phone for capturing video footage and a computer for editing it. Over time, a school can invest in the necessaryhardware and software.” http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/literacynumeracy/inspire/research/ww_studentfilmakers.pdf
  • This website has useful information on how web quest can be used in high schools: Thinking Outside the Book: Engaging Students with WebQuests: http://www.ala.org/offices/resources/thinking_outside_the_book
  • Final Exam W-200 Steven Cornelius

    1. 1. Introduction  The world today is greatly influenced by technological; advancement and internet.  Learning and classroom experience among other things has been improved through technology and internet advancement.  This presentation will give my opinion on how different technologies can be used in schools. The opinions will be supported by pictures, video clips and links to some websites which support the opinions given herein.  It will look at how Blogging, MS word and excel, power point, brainshark, video production, web quest, web 2.0 tools, audio and visual presentations, the internet, and classroom websites can be used in schools.  A summary description about each of the technologies will be given together with two ideas or opinions on how it can be used to advance learning or classroom experience in schools.
    2. 2. Blogging  Class blogs have become common tools in learning.  Blogs can be used by teachers to post daily assignments, tasks, continuous assessment tests and resources for work that will be covered in class (Thompson 144).  Blogs can also be used by school administrators to update parents and students about what happens in school when absence  Teachers can also use blogs to provide revision materials for students.  Students can also use blogs to post their completed tasks, assignments and CATs.
    3. 3. Cont, Example of a blog page
    4. 4. Ms Word and Ms excel  Ms word is the most common word processing program used in schools and offices.  It can be used in schools by students to complete assignments and CATs.  Teachers can also use Ms word to write word document containing instructions and directions of what will be covered in class, assignments and course tasks (Thompson 22).  Ms word can also be used to write articles and resources for students, teacher and parents.  Ms excel can be used by students to complete projects and other math and business related assignments and projects.
    5. 5. PowerPoint  PowerPoint is a useful tool for presentation by teachers and students.  It can be used by teachers to get their points across to students better and, thus help students learn better.  PowerPoint can also be used by students to present their assignments and projects to teachers.  A clip showing PowerPoint presentation being used in high school https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLr2aqzGxR8&no redirect=1
    6. 6. brainshark  Brainshark can also be used to support e-learning and students management by teachers in high school.  In addition, teachers can use brainshark to turn presentation into YouTube videos for students to view and understand the practical concepts of course work.  Brainshark provides an option to record voice narration for future retrieval. Therefore, students can use it to record teaching sessions and listen to them later when revising or completing assign Brainshark is used to provide web-based applications through special software services. It can be used in schools by students and teachers to create, share and track online video presentations about class work, resources, assignment and practical lessons. Through brainshark online video presentations can be viewed at any time, on computers, smartphones and tablet computers by students while in school or at home.
    7. 7. web 2.0 tools  There various types of web 2.0 tools being developed everyday and can be used to enhance learning and classroom experience in schools.  Some of these tools were not originally made for classroom but can be used as effective learning tools for today's technology geared students and teachers (Means, Penuel, and Padilla 109).  These tools can be used by teachers to ensure productive learning experience in classroom by increasing student participation and involvement.  These tools empower, motivate, engage students in a differentiated learning experience that is more student focused compared to traditional learning and thus can be used in schools.  Some of the web 2.0 tools include wordpress.org, quizelet, Joomla, Go!animate. There are over 100 web 2.0 tools that can be used to improve learning (Means, Penuel, and Padilla 109).
    8. 8. Cont, web 2.0 tools
    9. 9. Audio and visual presentations  Contemporary learning curriculums have been greatly advanced by video and audio tapes in classroom.  They range from recording students and teachers presentation in class for future use or for elaboration.  Producing, watching or listening to audio and video clips is exciting and thus students also have the opportunity to apply artistic and dramatic skills to their academic work (Means, Penuel, and Padilla 109).  Video and audio presentation can be used in the school classroom to enhance understanding a complex project.  Audio and visual presentations can be used by students to compare their imagination and the actual projects when they finally listen or watch the video or audio presentations respectively.
    10. 10. The internet  Technology and internet advancement have impacted education positively. Despite the critiques of internet in schools, internet is a convenient, faster and reliable source of information for students and teachers.  Students and teachers can use the internet to search for resources for course work and revisions without physically going to library thus saving more time and being able to access unlimited materials and resources online (McLeod and Lehmann 201 ).  Students can access materials when they are absent from school for one reason or another and thus be able to catch up with their friend in school.  Internet and social media platform can enable students to share with their friends in different places. When students are absent from school, they can learn what was taught in their absence through class Facebook pages among others.
    11. 11. video production  Video production is becoming one of the most technologies that broaden the scope of education systems in schools among other institutions of higher learning (McLeod and Lehmann 201).  Teachers can use video production to enable learners integrate print, oral and digital learning into a wholesome curriculum that embraces theory and practical learning.  Videos improve students learning, motivation, engagement and participation in classroom.  a video clip showing how video production has been incorporated in high school learning :https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos/mentoring-for- new-teachers
    12. 12. classroom website  Website continue to shape life in the contemporary society. Schools should learn the the importance of investing in classroom websites because of the opportunity they provide in enhancing learning.  Schools can create different websites whereby both teachers and students can post relevant materials for learning and revision as well as for posting general knowledge.  Schools can create a website for vocabulary where students can access all types of vocabularies useful in the learning activities.  Teachers and students can create different websites for different subject where students can post difficult or challenging areas and teacher can help with solutions.  Through classroom websites students can also share a lot of information with each other.
    13. 13. Webquest  Web Quests are activities based on a self-contained set of online resources that follow a predictable format (Wolfe, 458)  They can be tailored to support any personalized content for any class, grade or level.  They allow exploration with web resources and thus teachers in schools can use them to help students transform newly acquired knowledge or concepts into more sophisticated and deep understanding.  Web quests can be used in schools to help students solve problems, think about issues, search for relevant information, and summarize findings. Thus web quests boost understanding and improve learning.  With web quests teachers in schools can design well structured information, guidelines on how to solve problems in class work. Thus students are not left to wander from sight to sight looking for information and materials (Wolfe, 45).
    14. 14. References  Thompson, C. Smarter than you think: How technology is changing our minds for the better. 2013, print  Means, Barbara, William R. Penuel, and Christine Padilla. The Connected School: Technology and Learning in High School. San Francisco, Calif: Jossey-Bass, 2001. Print.  McLeod, Scott, and Chris Lehmann. What School Leaders Need to Know About Digital Technologies and Social Media. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2012. Print.  Wolfe, Christopher R. Learning and Teaching on the World Wide Web. San Diego, Calif: Academic Press, 2001. Internet resource.
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