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  • Audio: As a group, we initially discussed what topics we felt needed to be included when considering the advantages that technology brings to any teaching environment. The areas we brainstormed are: Administer and staff state mandated reporting Technology is the future/Our students are the future Keeping and increasing parent and community involvement in the schools National and State mandates Classroom advantages like individualized instruction, advance work, remedial work, missed work. We will take a look at each of these areas an show that technology brings with it skills, advantages that can not be created nor maintained with out the advantage of technology.
  • Audio: In short we can't. We must have technology in the classrooms and more importantly in the hands of our students. As was the case 100 years ago and has not changed, we must meet them where they are and they have technology and are using it – Daily, Hourly.
  • Audio: Not matter age or experience, teachers must acknowledge and act upon the changes in the world of education Technology is no longer just a tool, it should be integrated daily.
  • Audio In 2003 (five years ago) that 68% of children UNDER 2 will use screen media for 2 hours 5 minutes A DAY. Kaiser Family Foundation, 2003. In 2004, children and teens spent 2.75 hours a week using home computers. Children will learn technology, the question is are challenging them them to think with it, to communicate with it, to construct, analyze, evaluate, and create with it. In short to use it to better themselves?
  • Audio Read slide and What is the nature of technology. The Nature of Technology is first questioning and then having the desire to use what you have at your disposal to find the answer. Before Google many questions went unanswered. Now with technology, when a toddler asks “why is the sky blue?”, we can show children how to find that answer. Knowing the answer IS NOT as important as knowing how to find the answer, and having the desire to do so.
  • One of the biggest challenges we face in education is individualized instruction: trying to provide a means for every student to learn. Current research says that technology is the solution to this problem. Technology can benefit student success by assisting with formative assessments and providing immediate feedback to students. Assignments can be adjusted to fit a student’s point of need thus providing engagement and personalized support. Also important when considering the use of technology is embedding assessments so that students cannot move forward until the instruction is mastered. The data provided from this type of technology can be helpful to teachers and administrators to assist in the success of meeting AYP goals.
  • Technology is not means to an end. It provides the tools students need for authentic classroom learning. Technology gives students an opportunity to explore, to become active learners. In a classroom where students are using technology, teachers can create and expect a variety of outcomes to suit student’s needs. The learning environment that is rich with technology can be beneficial to all.
  • Audio: Recap what slides 6-17 say. There are endless benefits to using technology but here are some of the most important. First, students test scores have increased on standardized tests. Although testing should not be the primary goal for teachers, we live in a world where test scores matter. Second, software is available to enrich student’s learning in many areas. Programs are available to support early literacy skills, phonemic awareness, vocabulary development, reading comprehension and spelling. A good example of this is the Scholastic Read 180 Program. Mathematical software systems can support experimentation and problem solving skills Science labs and simulations can enhance student’s understanding of key concepts. We also have digital archives which can support research skills across the curriculum. Along with these benefits students learn about collaboration and the value of working together. Technology can also be a form expression and communication for students.
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  • What this means for students is that they begin to feel comfortable in their own skin. They begin to find ways to show their talents and skills; ways that were likely not available years ago.
  • Audio: As educators, we must pay attention to what our educational leaders are saying. The National Education Association supports the use of technology in classrooms as should all members of an educational community. Below you see a list of thoughts from the National Educational Association. They realize that more funding is needed to make technology implementation successful. The NEA also believes that teachers need good training and professional development in order to serve our students well.
  • Students live in a digital world. Their future as citizens relies heavily on technology and media. Students must be capable of using and implementing technology into their daily lives. Such things as banking, shopping, and paying bills are quickly becoming more prominent through the use of various technologies such as Internet.
  • Technology today must be integrated within curriculum rather than seen as a separate entity. No matter what job students have, technology will be found; whether by way of a cash register or by taking measurements for a building. Before students can use technology in their jobs, they must have a basic knowledge of what kinds of tasks a computer can perform. In order to solve problems, they must know what program to choose and when to use it.
  • Technology use doesn’t just involve teachers and administrators. It affects everyone in an educational setting. Counselors need to support students to develop emotionally and socially in the context of rapid technological change. School ancillary staff need technology to support students needs a variety of contexts. Maintenance crews, librarians, instructional assistants, and cooks all need to be familiar with how technology fits into their job. In order to make schools the best they can be for students, we must have the technological skills and knowledge to help our students advance. Technology use doesn’t just involve teachers and administrators. It affects everyone in an educational setting. Counselors need to support students to develop emotionally and socially in the context of rapid technological change. School ancillary staff need technology to support students needs a variety of contexts. Maintenance crews, librarians, instructional assistants, and cooks all need to be familiar with how technology fits into their job. In order to make schools the best they can be for students, we must have the technological skills and knowledge to help our students advance. Technology use doesn’t just involve teachers and administrators. It affects everyone in an educational setting. Counselors need to support students to develop emotionally and socially in the context of rapid technological change. School ancillary staff need technology to support students needs a variety of contexts. Maintenance crews, librarians, instructional assistants, and cooks all need to be familiar with how technology fits into their job. In order to make schools the best they can be for students, we must have the technological skills and knowledge to help our students advance.
  • The National Academy of Engineering and National Research Council states that Learning about technology should begin in kindergarten and the connection between all subjects and technology should be emphasized throughout a student's education. Technology content should be infused into curricula, teaching materials, and student assessments. What this means is that students need to start now in order to become fully functioning “techies” for their future. If a student does not understand the basic of programs like Microsoft, then they will be unable to perform classroom assignments with success in later years.
  • Audio: Parent involvement is key to helping our student achieve academic success. Communication with parents via technology is becoming more prominent in schools. Teachers and administrators use technology to inform parents of meetings, open houses, and various activities. Teachers can use technology to address progress and problems in the classroom. Many schools are using software that makes classroom grades available to parents with the click of a button. Technology is an important partner within the educational team.   Educating a child is not a one man game. It takes a team including teachers, staff, administration, and parents to educate our students. Technology can provide a valuable avenue to inform and communicate together.
  • Education and Teaching has made tremendous gains since the 1800. The expectations are no longer to fill the lamps, clean the boards, and keep the fire burning. Teachers are surrounded by the future on a daily basis. It is up to us to be sure students are educated in a manner that supports their careers and citizenship of the future. Technology is key to the future.
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    1. 1. Pro-Technology inElementary Schools Erin Ryan Tamara Dodge Amy Farmer CEP 810 Next
    2. 2. The Future of Our WorldTechnology is past, present andespecially our future. Childrenmust know the importance oftechnology. They must know howto utilize computer technology tobecome educated, successfulcitizens in our world. The time isnow! Next
    3. 3. Pay Attention Since most of todays students can appropriately be labeled as "Digital Learners," why do so many teachers refuse to enter the digital age with their teaching practices? Next
    4. 4. It is a goal of No Child Left Behind that schools will “Assist everystudent in crossing the digital divide by ensuring that everystudent is technologically literate by the time the student finishesthe eighth grade, regardless of the student’s race, ethnicity,gender, family income, geographic location, or disability.”Without technology how can we do this? Next
    5. 5. Technology in the K-8 Classroom"Technology is transforming society, and schools do nothave a choice as to whether they will incorporatetechnology but rather how well they use it to enhancelearning" (North Central Regional Educational Laboratory& Illinois State Board of Education, 1995). Next
    6. 6. Reasons for Bringing Technology Into Schools Support thinking processes Stimulate motivation and self esteem Promote equity Prepare students for the future Support changes in school structure Explore technology capabilities Next
    7. 7. Technology in Elementary: Why and HowSo what is the proper age to start teaching technology?Remember the phrase“early intervention? It refers to identifyingstudents with special needs at a young age. Well, incorporatingtechnology is the same: The earlier the better. Students who areexposed to technology often enough, begin to think of it as aregular part of life. Case in point, while many agree thattechnology exposure should be moderated in young childrenlives, its presence is essential. Alamaki, A. 1998. Technology Education in Elementary School: Why and How?. Eric Digest pg. 1-14 Next
    8. 8. Software for the Elementary Classroom Children like to do things that can be used. They enjoy hands-on activities. Technology can be integrated to assist in the development of a child. Some educational software that can help students in develop skills are Searching Software (Google, AskJeeves, etc.) Knowledge Adventure TM+YAHOO&HBX_OU=51&HBX_PK=educational software&utm_source=yahoo&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=educational software Type to Learn 4 (School Version) Smart Steps Learning Company Next
    9. 9. Technology in Elementary: Why and HowTechnology education should correspond to a childs stage ofdevelopment to support later learning situations. Teachers needto not only teach the instruction of facts but also the nature oftechnology. “Pupils have to learn to use technology in ameaningful way, understand its cultural meaning and the issuesraised by or use of technology” Next
    10. 10. Individualized InstructionRegardless of how hard teachers and administrators work, it is still a difficultrequirement to provide individualized instruction. individualized instruction forstudent achievement requires that:  Students are assessed on a formative basis throughout the year;  Appropriate instruction is assigned and delivered immediately upon completion of the assessment;  Assignments are right at the students point of instructional need;  Assignments are engaging and provide personalized support, tutorials and opportunities for practice;  Assignments contain embedded assessments to determine the point of mastery so students can move forward; and  Data is available for teachers to track student progress and for administrators to determine whether districts are meeting AYP goals.Current research shows that there is a solution: technology. Teachers must bewilling and able to incorporate technology in order to help each individualwithin their classroom to learn. Next
    11. 11. Technology as a ToolTechnology lends itself to exploration. But before technology can be usedeffectively, exploration must be valued as important to both teaching and learning.In such an environment, acquiring content changes from a static process to one ofdefining goals the learners wish to pursue. Students are active, rather than passive-- producing knowledge and presenting that knowledge in a variety of formats.In such an environment, educators can encourage a diversity of outcomes ratherthan insisting on one right answer. They can evaluate learning in multiple ways,instead of relying predominately on traditional paper and pencil tests. And perhapsmost importantly, teachers and students can move from pursuing individual effortsto being part of learning teams, which may include students from all over the world.In a technology-rich classroom, students dont "learn" technology. Technologymerely provides the tools to be used for authentic learning. It is a means, not anend. Next
    12. 12. Benefits to Tech. Increase in test scores on standardized tests. Software supports early literacy skills phonemic awareness, vocabulary development, reading comprehension, and spelling. Mathematics software supports experimentations and problem solving. Scientific simulations, labs and visualization tools support students in understanding key science concepts. Digital archives support research skills. Collaboration between students and teams. Kids can express and communicate ideas. They develop positive attitudes towards their peers and understanding the value of working with others. Next
    13. 13. Administrative and Staffs Use of Technology Their is substantial evidence that technology has become a vital component for success in an education enterprise. Technology provides administrators with better data to improve decision making and policy implementation. Next
    14. 14. Administrators and teachers are required to use technology andthe Internet by the State of Michigan to record student data.Recording MEISs 5 core databases (SRSD, REP, SID, FID,SAID) via the Net saves time and paperwork.Teachers and Administrators use of SIS (Student InformationSystems) allow them to access student and parent informationquickly and easily.Additionally, parents and community members are requesting thatschools and classrooms have more of an online presence. WebPages and class information like syllabus as well as grade booksposted online are becoming a parent expectation. Next
    15. 15. No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) The NCLB has mandated that all schools meet Adequate Yearly Progress by meeting certain standards that have been set. This same act also requires that all teachers be highly qualified to teach the subject area they are teaching. This act is aiming to improve the performance of U.S. primary and secondary schools by increasing the standards of accountability for states, school districts, and schools, as well as providing parents more flexibility in choosing which schools their children will attend. Technology has had a major impact in both of these areas. Allowing parents and educators easy access to this information. Next
    16. 16. Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) School Districts currently meeting or trying to meet AYP can gain instant access to the status of their district. Parents researching school districts can learn which schools have met AYP and which have not at just the touch of a button.,1607,7-140-22709_22875_43127---,00.html Next
    17. 17. Technology Support for Administration Highly Qualified Teachers Winocular Portfolio Highly Qualified Teacher (HQT) analysis is a core functionality of the Portfolio software and it allows you to log the Highly-Qualified (HQ) status of every teacher in every assignment. For many employees, their HQ status has already been determined. In these cases you simply set the appropriate status in their NCLB profile. Should an employee wish to switch assignments, you’ll already have the information at your fingertips to determine if they are Highly Qualified for the new assignment – no more extensive paperwork! Next
    18. 18. Highly Qualified Teachers Professional development providers have taken note of the new requirements of NCLB for teachers to become HQ, and many have already shaped online courses aligned to NCLBs standards. Beyond general professional development is the challenge of getting teachers to meet NCLBs specific certification requirements. In recent years theres been an explosion of organizations offering distance education programs for teachers-in-training, from traditional bricks-and-mortar institutions to Web-only schools. Next
    19. 19. Technology Supports Changes in School StructureTechnology can support schools in a number of ways.Administration, teachers, and staff will likely have more time to“teach” when technology is present. Students in this environmentcan receive more individualized instruction to fit their needs. Next
    20. 20. Technology Helps Teachers and AdministratorsToday, life in technology-rich schools is different-- better-- forteachers. Handheld devices for reading assessment, electronicresponse systems, software programs for assessing and grading,and skills-based online resources provide teachers with anabundance of tools for evaluating students, producing informationteachers can then respond to with instruction tailored to the needsof each student. Next
    21. 21. Technology allows for Exploration of CapabilitiesTechnology helps all members of an educational community toexplore opportunities. Many students and teaching staff simply doso to find that outcome is a rich learning environment, with endlessprospects. Next
    22. 22. NEA Positions on Technology and EducationTheir thoughts on how to make technology useful to schools are:  More funding is needed at all levels to better integrate technology into schools and classrooms.  The technology available to educators and students should be compatible with, and at least on the same level as, technology in general use outside of schools.  Education technology budgets should reflect the importance of professional development. At least a third of all tech budgets should be reserved for school staff to become proficient in using and integrating technology into their classrooms.  Educators themselves should be involved in decisions on planning, purchasing, and deploying education technology.  Teacher education programs need to embrace educational technology and help prospective teachers use it effectively in the classroom.  Technology should be deployed and applied equitably among all students and educators, regardless of geography or demographics.  Students should also be taught the appropriate and safe use of technology. Next
    23. 23. Technology and the FutureStudents live in a digital world. Their future as citizens reliesheavily on technology and media. Students must be capableof using and implementing technology into their daily lives.Such things as banking, shopping, and paying bills are quicklybecoming more prominent through the use of varioustechnologies such as Internet. Next
    24. 24. Technology & Future Cont… “Our goal as effective teachers, is to lend students theopportunities to be successful in life. Every student needs theability to navigate through the 24/7 information flow that todayconnects the global community. For students to thrive in a worldenabled by information technology, we must give them the skills tomake sense of and use the information that engulfs them” (NEA,2008). Technology today must be integrated within curriculum ratherthan seen as a separate entity. No matter what job students have,technology will be found; whether by way of a cash register or bytaking measurements for a building. Before students can usetechnology in their jobs, they must have a basic knowledge of whatkinds of tasks a computer can perform. In order to solve problems,they must know what program to choose and when to use it. Next
    25. 25. A Technology WorldTechnological advances have changed education, work, and leisure in oursociety. Although most people experience the benefits of these advances,most also know the anxiety and frustration that accompany rapidtechnological change as well as the alienation generated by impersonalaspects of technology. Elementary school counselors need to help childrendevelop emotionally and socially in the context of rapid technologicalchange. Counselors often need to deal first with their own concerns abouttechnology before helping children understand the benefits and limitations oftechnology. Elementary school counselors especially need to acquirecompetencies with computers, to overcome anxieties about using thetechnology, and to integrate computer technology into counseling programs Next
    26. 26. Technology is the Future!The National Academies National Academy of Engineering andNational Research Council in their new report, calls for a broad-based effort to increase the technological literacy of all Americans,a goal that will have many benefits including more informeddecision-making by citizens and business and government leadersabout the development and use of technology, and a more eruditepopulation that will be better prepared for the demands of todayshigh-tech work environment.Learning about technology should begin in kindergarten, and theconnection between all subjects and technology should beemphasized throughout a students education, the report says.Technology content should be infused into curricula, teachingmaterials, and student assessments. Next
    27. 27. Life Skills- Outcomes of Technology Capable information technology users (e.g. 3rd grade students using teacher generated links to learn more about Australia ) Information seekers, analyzers, and evaluators (e.g. 4th grade students researching pioneering activities on the web ) Problem solvers and decision makers (e.g. 1st grade students using an Elmo projector device to share three-dimensional math problem solving solutions for whole-class feedback) Creative and effective user of productivity tools (e.g. 3rd grade students beginning formal keyboarding ) Communicators, collaborators, publishers, and producers (e.g. 3rd grade students creating fables with words and graphics 4th and 5th graders publishing their work on their own web pages ) Informed, responsible and contributing citizens (e.g. students investigate current events in debate ) Next
    28. 28. Parent Involvement"Seventy-six percent of parents reported that their schools usedtwo or more technologies to communicate with parents. Whilenewsletters and telephone calls are most common ways forschools to exchange information with parents, school are nowbeginning to explore the additional opportunities for interactionafforded voice mail, websites, and electronic mail"Technology Facilitates Parents Involvement- Next
    29. 29. Future of Technology Teaching in the 1800s Next
    30. 30. Future of Technology -Teaching in the 1900sMr. Hartmann bangs his gavel: As president of the school board, I call this meeting to order. First on the agenda, Mr.Stephens, high school English teacher, would like to address the board. Welcome, Mr. Stephens!Mr. Stephens: Thank you, Mr. Hartmann, and all the members of the school board, for allowing me to speak thisevening. I will be brief: I want to suggest that we encourage our students to change to fountain pens for theirschoolwork and move away from the use of quill pens.Mr. Oliveri: Change?! What’s wrong with a good quill pen?Mr. Stephens: Fountain pen points last longer. We won’t lose as much time when students break their quills and haveto sharpen a new one during class.Mrs. Jasperson: Mr. Stephens, you should keep a jar of quills on your desk and let students use them if they needthem.Mr. Stephens: Yes, Mrs. Jasperson, I do. Some days, however, they need more quills than I have. Fountain pens alsohave a better ink delivery system, less likely to spill and ruin papers.Mr. King: If students have to buy ink, they won’t learn how to make good ink from berries. What will they do when theirfountain pen runs out of ink?Mr. McNeeley: I’ve never used a fountain pen, and I’m getting along just fine. My children can use quill pens, too.Mr. Stephens: In the city, people are making the change without too much difficulty. I have been using a fountain penmyself for a few months now, and the finished documents are much easier to read. Here, let me pass this pen aroundso you can see it. Next
    31. 31. Mr. Hartmann: Let me interject a note here. As you know, I took the family to St. Louis during our Christmas break,and I saw many people using fountain pens. The hotel desk clerk let me try his out, and I must say a fountain pen isa very nice writing instrument. I bought one myself, and the whole family takes turns using it. I wouldn’t be surprisedif they caught on, down the road.Mrs. Jasperson: So you’re saying that businesses are switching to fountain pens?Mr. Hartmann: It looks that way. If we are preparing our students for the business world, we might want to considerthis.Mr. McNeeley: My son will farm and my daughters will marry farmers. Quill pens will be just fine for them.Mr. King: So are you proposing that the schools purchase a fountain pen for every student? That would beprohibitively expensive!Mr. Stephens: I agree that there would be a cost at first. Perhaps the board could purchase just a class set of 30 atfirst. But eventually students will bring their own fountain pens to school. And consider that the school would nolonger have to supply ink.Mr. McNeeley: This is out of the question. Fountain pens are unnecessary! We could put those funds toward the newgymnasium for the basketball team, instead.Mr. Hartmann: Mr. Stephens, perhaps we should table the matter for now and give people some time to think aboutit.Mr. Stephens: As you wish. Thank you for your time this evening. May I have my pen back, Mr. Oliveri? Next
    32. 32. Educationcan not revert to the 1800s Education can not revert to the quill Education can not ignore technology Next
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