Technology/Hardware Issues in Rural Education<br />Compiled By Travis Thurston<br />
Benefits of Educational Technology in Rural Schools<br />By the full implementation of educational technology and connecting them to the outside world these rural schools could become the model technology schools of the future.<br />FIORIELLO, P. (2010, September 1). Traveling the distance with rural schools [Web log message]. Retrieved from http://drpfconsults.com/traveling-the-distance-with-rural-schools/<br />
Types of Educational Technology Hardware in the Classroom<br />
Tech Hardware Necessities of a 21st Century Classroom<br />I taught in a rural school in a lower socio-economic district. We didn’t have money for much, but I used what I could find to create a 21st century classroom.<br /> My Resources:<br /> Computer DVD Player<br />(school provided) Speakers (old player from home)<br /> (purchased for $10)<br />
Along with my computer, speakers, and DVD Player I also collected other items to complete my setup:<br />Projector Wii & Wii Fit<br />(Borrowed from the Office) (Wrote a Grant for both)<br />(Found various cords and adapters in the tech storage room at school)<br />
Using the adapters and cords I was able to network my computer, DVD player, and Wii system all into my projector to utilize 3 avenues of source information.<br />Projector<br />DVD<br />Wii<br />Computer<br />
I could now Display nearly unlimited material to my class via the Projector<br />Powerpoints<br />Skype/Webcams <br />YouTube Videos<br />Digital Books<br />Class quizzes<br />Virtual Museums<br />Class Blog<br />Online Encyclopedias<br />History Channel Vids<br />Educational Games<br />Educational Simulations<br />Educational Software<br />News reports<br />Movies/ Documentaries<br />Podcasts/ Webcasts<br />Class to Class chats<br />Webquests<br />And much, much more!<br />
Integrating Technology Hardware<br />From my setup additional hardware could be added to increase viability for Distance Ed, Word Processing & Educational Software<br />Including: <br />Document Cams<br />iPads/iPods<br />SmartBoards<br />Netbooks<br />Sound Systems<br />Clickers<br />
Connecting a PAN to a LAN<br />The educational technology hardware networked together in my classroom creates a Personal Area Network (PAN)<br />Example of a LAN that could be used at a high school.<br />Basu, U. (Designer). (2009). Lan (local area network). [Web]. Retrieved from <br /> http://ep6network.blogspot.com/2009/04/lan-local-area-network-definition-local.html<br />The PAN I created is also hardwired into my school’s Local Area Network (LAN) for internet, printing, storage and overall increased viability.<br />
Local Area Network at School<br />Advantages:<br />Speed<br />Cost<br />Security<br />Email/Chat<br />Flexible Access<br />Resource Sharing<br />Work Group Computing<br />Centralized Software Management<br />Disadvantages:<br /><ul><li>Expensive to Install
Must monitor security issues</li></ul>LAN<br />Florida Center for Instructional Technology College of Education, University of South Florida. <br /> (Designer). (2009). What is a network?. [Web]. Retrieved from <br /> http://fcit.usf.edu/network/chap1/chap1.htm#WideAreaNetwork<br />
21st Century Ed Technology<br />This is one example of how a teacher in a rural, lower socio-economic school with limited educational technology hardware (tvand vcr on a rolling cart) can transform an average classroom into a 21st century educational technology implemented classroomby utilizing the resources available via the LAN at school and then creating a PAN to complete the setup.<br />
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