Why technology? Why would do we need to consider the use of internet technology in our school? How do we meet the needs of our students through integrating internet technology with strong instructional practice? In this presentation, we will explore the uses of technology in today’s schools and ways that we can incorporate these technologies to better prepare students for the workplace.
There are three big things that all educators hope for: enhanced instruction, increased learning, and improved attitude. By using technology, we can get all three. There are countless possibilities and support systems that technology can provide us to meet the needs of our ever-changing future. Through Administrative vision and community support, we can build a better educational system.
Research has shown that students who use technology on a regular basis learn more in less time. According to the Milken Exchange, student who use technology Learn more, Are more prepared, Have stronger research and organizational skills. With Student-centered instruction that engaged the student and with individualized and differentiated instruction that incorporates specialized content, our colony students will learn more in less time and be more prepared for the work place. They will have a better understanding of the specialized skills they will need to be competitive in a modern society.
With the use of technology, we can raise achievement scores in our colony English Language Learners. Research shows that students of all ages who are exposed to technology demonstrate increased achievement and develop higher-order thinking skills. This increased learning is seen in all subject areas and the results are demonstrated by higher scores on achievement tests like the North Dakota State Assessment. Teaching with technology gives us a stronger chance of meeting Adequate Yearly Progress.
Studies show that a positive school climate leads to improved attitudes. Both teachers and students report that lessons that include technology are more engaging and interesting. This interest leads to more enthusiasm in both learners and instructors and improved academic success. Students and teachers who feel success experience improved self-concept.
If internet were installed at the colony school, there are countless ways that technology could be incorporated to improve instruction. Through the accelerated reader, accelerated math and compass learning programs, students could learn at their own rate in individualized programs. This is especially important in the colony’s multi-grade classrooms. Smart boards can lend themselves to engaging, interactive lessons. Through email and skype technology, teachers and students have improved opportunities to connect and communicate with other colony schools and teachers. Older students could enroll in independent online study courses for high school credit rather than repeating 8 th grade coursework, and online coursework could lead to specialized training to better prepare students for the workplace. Internet technology provides opportunities for adult education as well.
Administrative vision and support is gained through identifying key facilitators, aligning technology with improvement goals, (based on student, school and community needs,) and then support the instructors and students with ongoing training opportunities and financial commitment.
The key to naturally incorporate technology in everyday instruction is through professional development. Studies show that professional development has the greatest impact on student achievement. On-going teacher training is a must.
By working together, we can create an environment rich with opportunities for student success.
Why Internet Technology? Using Internet Technologies to Improve Instructional Practice at Sundale Colony School by Betsy Buckhouse
Internet Technology <ul><li>Enhanced Instruction </li></ul><ul><li>Increased Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Improved Attitude </li></ul><ul><li>Possibilities </li></ul><ul><li>Administrative Vision & Support </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Development </li></ul><ul><li>Getting There </li></ul><ul><li>Bibliography </li></ul>
Enhanced Instruction <ul><li>Learn More in Less Time </li></ul><ul><li>More Prepared for the Work Place </li></ul>
Possibilities <ul><li>Accelerated Math & Accelerated Reader </li></ul><ul><li>Compass Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Smart Boards – Interactive Lessons </li></ul><ul><li>Stronger Communication Possibilities </li></ul><ul><li>Independent Study of High School Courses </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunities for Workplace Training </li></ul><ul><li>Adult Education </li></ul>
Professional Development <ul><li>Teaching with Technology makes Instruction – </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Effective </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Integrated </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Engaging </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teacher Training is a MUST! </li></ul></ul>
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