Immerging Technology, Tools, And Trends


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Immerging Technology, Tools, And Trends

  1. 1. Emerging Technology, Tools, and Trends<br />By: Leigha Thompson<br />
  2. 2. Many advancements are being made in the world of technology. These new tools are being incorporated into the classroom through technology integration. Some of these tools include:<br />Twitter <br />RSS<br />Podcasts<br />SMART boards<br />Emerging Technology<br />
  3. 3. Twitter is a free social networking and blogging service that enables its users to send and read messages known as tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters displayed on the author&apos;s profile page and delivered to the author&apos;s subscribers. Senders can restrict delivery to those in their circle of friends or, by default, allow open access. Users can send and receive tweets via the Twitter website, Short Messaging Services (SMS) or external applications. <br /><br />Twitter<br />
  4. 4. Twitter could be used to hear students opinions about certain subject topics<br />Challenge students to write 140 character stories among other activities<br />Teacher could post reminders of up-coming events<br />An outlet for students to ask their teachers questions<br />A place for students to blog about the day’s lesson<br />Teacher’s could set up short response questions for students to answer on a daily basis<br />Use in the Classroom<br />
  5. 5. Twitter is a way to record thoughts and ideas that you search – it’s a history<br />Parents can follow and stay involved by viewing what is going on in the class<br />Twitter connects you to a larger world outside of the classroom and even the country <br />Students can follow people who do what they want to do or who they admire and get a sense for their job and life <br />Twitter can also improve writing and punctuation <br />Effectiveness of Use in the Classroom<br />
  6. 6. Twitter itself is free for anyone to use<br /> Accessing it through SMS may incur phone service provider fees.<br />Twitter is easily accessible via the Internet, a mobile phone, or Short Message Services<br />Technical Costs and Concerns<br />
  7. 7. RSS<br />Most commonly known as &quot;Really Simple Syndication“ or &quot;Rich Site Summary“. RSS is a family of web feed formats used to publish frequently updated works, such as blog entries, news headlines, audio, and video. Document’s includes full or summarized text. These documents are know as web feeds or channels. Web feeds benefit users by syndicating content automatically. They benefit readers who want to subscribe to timely updates from favored websites or to aggregate feeds from many sites into one place.<br />RSS feeds can be read using software called an “aggregator&quot;, which can be web-based, desktop-based, or mobile-device-based. A standardized XML file format allows the information to be published once and viewed by many different programs. The user subscribes to a feed by entering into the reader the feed&apos;s URL or by clicking an RSS icon in a web browser that initiates the subscription process. <br /><br />
  8. 8. Teachers: If you already use Weblogs with your students, the uses of RSS should be pretty apparent. Instead of checking out all or your student Weblogs every day, you could just collect their work in your aggregator using their RSS feeds.<br />Students: The idea of aggregating research feeds is especially interesting. Say you have a student that is doing a project or a paper on global warming. That student could actually create an RSS feed that would bring any news about global warming to his aggregator as soon as it was published. And you can create a feed about any topic you want. <br />Use in the Classroom<br />
  9. 9. Student feeds drastically reduced teacher reading time and allow teachers to make all of their classes virtually paperless<br />In addition, you can provide individual student Weblog feeds to parents or counselors or whoever else might be interested in that student’s work and be savvy enough to know about RSS.<br />Effectiveness of Use in the Classroom<br />
  10. 10. is a web site that allows you to use RSS to your web pages for free<br />Technical Costs and Concerns<br />
  11. 11. Podcasts are audio recordings that are available online. <br />The word “podcasting” is a portmanteau combining the words “broadcasting” and “iPod.” <br />There are other audio file types that are used for podcasting but in general as long as you have a music player on your computer you should be able to listen to a podcast file.<br /><br />Podcasts<br />
  12. 12. From lectures and slideshows to tours and interviews, podcasting engages students in ways the printed pages cannot. <br />Podcasts can be easily supplemented with other downloadable content such as notes, references, and links to related resources<br />Teachers are able to select podcast that go along with subject matters that they are teaching in order to add another teaching method for students who may learn in different ways<br />Use in the Classroom<br />
  13. 13. When students know that their lectures will be available as podcasts, they can focus more on what’s being discussed in class, ask questions, and be more engaged rather than worrying about note taking.<br />Podcasts provide constant access to classroom information. <br />Podcasting also reinforces your school’s reputation as technologically savvy and committed to providing a leading-edge learning environment.<br />Effectiveness of Use in the Classroom<br />
  14. 14. Podcasts can be played on any Mac, PC, iPod, or iPhone. So anywhere your students are can be a place for learning.<br />iTunes is a free download for both Mac and PC. iTunes organizes your music and podcasts for free.<br />Podcasteris a Fee-based software for creating audio podcasts<br />Vodcaster is a free download for creating audio and video podcasts <br /><br /> Technical Costs and Concerns<br />
  15. 15. The SMART Board is a large whiteboard that uses touch technology for detecting user input that are equivalent to normal PC input devices, such as mice or keyboards. A projector is used to display a computer&apos;s video output onto the whiteboard, which then acts as a huge touch screen. <br />It usually comes with 4 digital writing utensils that use digital ink replacing the traditional markers. The digital ink works by using an active digitizer that controls the PC input information for writing capabilities such as drawing or handwriting<br />There are also buttons that launch a popup keyboard and a right mouse click menu for more input options. The interactive whiteboard is usually mounted on a wall <br /><br />SMART Boards<br />
  16. 16. Great for demonstrations<br />The board can accommodate different learning styles<br />All ages of students respond favorably to board use <br />One-computer classrooms can maximize the use of limited computer access<br />An excellent tool for the constructivist educator <br />The boards are clean and attractive tools<br />Students with limited motor skills can enjoy board use<br />It is interactive<br />It can interface well with other peripherals<br />The board is great for meetings are lessons where the participants need printed copies<br />Use in the Classroom<br />
  17. 17. Learners show increased motivation and enjoy the interaction the technology offers <br />It makes the subject come alive <br />It captures the attention of learners <br />It encourages the involvement of learners in the subject <br />It enables tutors to use multimedia resources and the internet with a whole class <br />The whiteboard is a colorful tool. Research indicates that students respond to displays where color is employed<br />Effectiveness of Use in the Classroom<br />
  18. 18. SMART Board :$1200 - $3000<br />LCD Projector:$750 - $3000<br />PC or Mac:$750 - $4000<br />Projector Light Bulb:$50 - $150  <br />Total Cost: $3,450 -  $10,050<br />There are grants in some states and in the nation that will support the cost to purchase the SMART Board.  However, because the cost is high, it is unlikely an entire school district will equip every classroom with this technology.<br />Technical Costs and Concerns<br />