Computers in the classroom are vital for student learning and they provide many aids for the teacher!
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Summary of “Using Blogs to Integrate Technology in the Classroom.”A blog is a “Web publishing tool that allows authors to quickly and easily self-publish text, artwork, links to other blogs or Web site, and a whole array of othercontent” (Crie). A teacher can use a blog to keep students on task withfrequent reminders of when things are due and when tests are coming up. Blogsare easy for classroom use, because as long as a student has access to theInternet (which most schools have access) he or she can be involved in the blog.Mollie Crie, author of this article, gives many benefits for using blogs in theclassroom:• Highly motivating to students, especially those who otherwise might not become participants in classrooms. (Since students are not face-to-face with their peers they may feel more comfortable expressing their opinion about something.)• Excellent opportunities for students to read and write. (A teacher can have students turn assignments in on-line and let them create a portfolio for themselves so that all their work is in one place.)• Effective forums for collaboration and discussion. (Teachers can create polls and discussion forums for the students to reflect and contribute to conversation.)• Powerful tools to enable scaffolded learning or mentoring to occur. (Students can receive help from other students and different resources that the teacher may provide so that the student can better understand the material.)Crie, Mollie. (2006). Using blogs to integrate technology in the classroom. Education Up Close, Retrieved from http://www.glencoe.com/sec/teachingtoday/educationupclose
Mollie Crie gives four basic functions of blogs in the classroom: Because blogs are easy to Blogs give the students make and manage, teachers additional time and equal can use blogs to “give out” opportunity to voice their handouts, list class rules, post opinions about topics a schedule for due dates discussed in the classroom and tests, and have a place because they do not have to for questions and answers. wait with their hands up. Students and teachers can Blogs save work in the order it use blogging as a place to was posted and it saves it review work and offer forever, until the author suggestions and tips for chooses to delete it. This is a improvement. Students can great way for students to also receive suggestions from reflect on their past work to their peers as well. see their improvement.
Blogging is can become an important aspect in the classroom. They are easy to make and manage and easy for students and parents to use.Blogging can save paper and reduce waste. Instead of handing out articles orworksheets in the classroom, teachers can post them on the blog for students toview. Teachers can also have students turn in assignments on the blog as well. Students can sometimes be stressed because of the workload. Teachers can make a schedule so the students can prioritize their work so they can get it turned in on time and stress free. Teachers can also give access to the parents, so they can see the schedule and worksheets assigned. When a student is absent from school he or she can log into the blog andaccess the materials they need for make-up work. He or she can also turn them in online so that they do not need to worry about leaving it at home.
Summary of “Instructor How-to-Tech Guide: Podcasts.”A podcast is a downloadable audio file whose purpose is to inform. Teacherscan use podcasts as a means of letting students know what the schedule ofevents will be for the day.Another use is to give a lesson to the students. A teacher can explain wherestudents can find additional resources for the topic they are discussing andbrowse through them while listening to the podcast.Students can also use podcasts to express their opinions or turn in assignments.For example, foreign language assignments are much more fun and interactiveif you can speak the language. So, students can practice their speaking bydoing a podcast.Teachers can give the students a topic to discuss so that students can expresstheir own opinions and feel as if their opinion really does matter. They can alsohear what other students have to say, and really speak about something thatthey are passionate about.Kramer, S.E. (2009). Instructor how-to-tech guide: podcasts. Instructor, 119(1), Retrieved from http://vnweb.hwwilsonweb. com.proxy.ulib.iupui.edu/hww/results/external_link_maincontentframe.jhtml?_DARGS=/hww/results_common.jhtml.43
Microphones can pick up If you are new to background noises in the podcasting, an editing Many podcasts start and end classroom, so a decent tutorial can help. It can show with music. Also, to fill the microphone is important so you all the cool thing you dead space you can add that it ignores the can do to your podcast to music for the background. It background noises and make it easier for the listener makes the podcast muchfocuses on the voices of the (adding music or deleting easier to listen to and makes author recorded material). it seem more professional. To get the word out that there are podcasts available for listening, you could post on your classroom blog or a Kramer suggests good school website. Also, having software for different a file with good metadata Once you have recorded thecomputer systems: Apple has will get the word out on podcasts you need to postGarageBand, Windows Vista major search directories. them for your audience. has Sound Recorder andWindows Movie Maker. Each Kramer suggest websites such of these are good for as: PodBean.com and recording and/or editing a Podomatic.com. You could podcast. also post them to your blog!
Podcasting can be important to students in the classroom. Some studentsmay be absent from school, and a podcast can help the student receive the lesson they missed. Voicing opinions is important because it builds self confidence and criticalthinking skills. If a student can argue his opinion correctly, he or she can build confidence for conversations in other areas of life. Assigning podcasts as homework can give more information to thestudents, but it is outside the 8 in the morning to 3 in the afternoon time that school is usually in session. The students who find a subject or topic particularly interesting and teachers can provide that extra information for them. Podcasts can be posted to the blogs so that everything is available in oneplace. It is also great for students with eye related disabilities, because theycan put on headphones and listen to an article or lesson rather than reading it on the computer.
Research has shown that computers in the classroom positively affect academicachievement. Because students can have access to unlimited resources (viathe internet) they can search for help and tips when studying or learning newmaterials. Johnson uses political role models when proving that computers dohelp with academic achievement: President Bill Clinton has proposed a $2 billion program to increase access to computers and the Internet in low-income neighborhoods and schools. (Schools with the money to afford computers have them, but they are so important that Clinton believes all schools need them, and he’s offering a program to help them out.) Senator Joseph Biden (D-DE) has proposed spending tens of millions of dollars for computer-based instruction. Vice President Al Gore has made access to computers in the classroom a major policy issue of the 2000 presidential campaign, calling for “[e]very classroom and library [to be] wired to the Information Superhighway.” The President’s Panel on Educational Technology has argued that the federal governement should spend between $6 billion and $8 billion each year on an ambitious program of computer infrastructure development, teacher training, and research. (6-8 billion dollars is a lot of money to focus on academic needs, so it must be important and must have great positive outcomes.)Johnson, Kirk A. (2000). Do computers in the classroom boost academic achievement?. Retrieved from http://www. heritage.org/research/reports/2000/06/do-computers-in-the-classroom-boost-academic-achievement
This article concludes that computers do NOT play a significant role inacademic achievement, but there are other factors that go into academic achievement (such as socioeconomic status, race, parental involvement etc.). Computers are still important in the classroom, because there are some lessons a computer can teach in a way that a teacher cannot. This would then, in turn, help the academic achievement of a child, because they will have learned something not from their teacher, but from thecomputer. Also, games and activities are available on a computer that are much easier to leave on the computer than to print off or collect materialsfor in the classroom. So, in conclusion, computers have an indirect positive affect on students’ achievement in the classroom. The results end up concluding that children whose parents help them with their homework or simply go over their homework with them, succeed the highest among other groups. So, it is important for parents to involve the computer so that students know their options when it comes to research and learning newmaterial. The internet is full of surprises and learning materials! The teacher does not have enough time or resources to teach it all!
I was disappointed to find out that computers do not have that big of an impact on the academic achievement in students. Computers andtechnology have become so much a part of daily life, that it seems vital to be used as help to success in the classroom. I was also surprised about how many political figures believe computers andtechnology are important for students to achieve. They were willing to come up with programs that offered millions and billions of dollars to help out students and teachers around the country. Although computers are not proven to affect academic achievement, I still believe they serve a purpose in the classroom. As I have said, they offer an unlimited amount of resources, which no human can say they offer.
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