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Technology in the Classroom

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Technology in the
Intermediate Classroom By: Diana Amaya, Rebecca Courtnage, Jacqueline Goodman, Brian Kennedy, Lea Mudge, and Benjamin Murray Cost
high cost of purchasing and installation
maintenance and upkeep are hidden costs
training all members in a meaningful way is costly and takes a great deal of time
boards in Ontario and across the nation are increasingly facing pressure to cut budgets
incremental updates in both hardware and software are difficult to keep up with Barriers to Use Definition of Balanced Literacy
Each area in literacy is given ample teaching and instruction time.
What is technology? Various electronic devices (Computers, Document Camera, Smart board, hand held devices, cameras, scanners etc) Creating a Balanced Literacy Using Technology Barriers to Use Training
Initiatives such as a SMARTboard in every classroom are useless without proper training for all teachers
a single training session at the beginning of the year is insufficient
training needs to cover troubleshooting and work arounds
are already overburdened teachers willing to attend more training and follow up meetings to discuss strategies? Barriers to Use Hardware
hardware can easily breakdown or stop functioning properly. What happens then?
who is responsible for keeping drivers up to date?
how can boards hope to keep up with incremental hardware improvements without bankrupting themselves
hardware is designed to be obsolete within a certain number of years
even if hardware remains functional will it meet the demands of future software packages? Barriers to Use Software
who is responsible for updating software to the most current version available?
when major new versions are released do you spend the money to upgrade?
how do you block the use of inappropriate uses of software? i.e. browsing to questionable sites or sending cruel or hurtful messages within social media
though open source and freeware are inexpensive options they are also less stable and use formats that are not widely supported
using unlicensed software opens boards to possible legal repercussions Barriers to Use Limitations
SMARTboards and many digital whiteboards have a single point of touch sensitivity. This is not how touchscreens are used in the real world
many parts of North America still lack high speed Internet
you are more likely to find wifi at a coffee shop than in a school
resources are often limited and as such are shared throughout a school. This can make accessing them difficult
all hardware and software is designed with planned obsolescence in mind Sources Adrian, B. (2004, November 4). Incorporating the smart board for smart teaching. Retrieved from http://www.techlearning.com/studies-in-ed-tech/0020/incorporating-the-smart-board-for-smart-teaching/42182

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Balanced Literacy & Technology Integration https://sites.google.com/site/balancedlitteach/new-ela-ideas

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Fowler, P. (n.d.). The disadvantages of technology in classroom. Retrieved from http://www.ehow.com/about_5435887_disadvantages-technology-classroom.html

Groff, J., & Mouza, C. (2008). A framework for addressing challenges to classroom technology use. AACE Journal, 16(1), 21-46.

Kuroneko, K. (n.d.). Smart board - pros and cons of using a digital, interactive whiteboard (in the classroom). Retrieved from http://ezinearticles.com/?SMART-Board---Pros-and-Cons-of-Using-a-Digital,-Interactive-Whiteboard-(In-the-Classroom)&id=1399407

MacLeans. (2010, September 28). MacLean's Online Newspaper. MacLeans OnCampus. Retrieved October 11, 2012, from oncampus.macleans.ca/education/2010/09/28/dont-give-students-more-tools-of-mass-distraction/ Pros of Technology
YouTube Videos students are immersed in technology and it is their schools responsibility to teach them how to be responsible users of technological innovations and resources
schools are not doing enough with nor using enough technology; a language that allows for creativity in many ways, by many individuals.
technology allows teacher to becomes guiders/facilitators, and the students become responsible for their learning outcomes. Pros Jacqueline Goodman Pros vs. Cons technology is too costly to implement and maintain in classroom and schools
perhaps too much technology pollutes the minds of the students and the most basic forms of learning
if technology is expected to be used at home, some students will be unable due to family economic reasons, this effectively sets the student up for peer ridicule Cons Incorporating Technology Changing our lessons to electronic
Begin by transferring information to power points, interactive WebQuests, Prezi, Weebly websites.Prezi is an online version of PowerPoint, that allows multiple users to access it, you can make an interactive lesson for students to follow. (Can be accessed at school or home)
Reading activities, interactive stories that can be projected through document cameras.
Presentations can be electronic, creating videos, websites or power points.
Writing activities can be done by making comic strips, brochures, power points, websites Technology is a great way to engage students.It is not just about substituting written essay for an electronic version.
It helps the student edit their work with the help of Spell and Grammar check.
Gives student independence.
Helps teachers make things more interesting and for those who do not have access to technology daily it is a real treat for students.
Talk to colleagues about how to incorporate technology in your building. Finding the Balance http://www.wordle.net for making word clouds
http://www.neoformix.com/Projects/WordHearts/
for making heart shaped word clouds
http://www.tagxedo.com
for making word clouds from text
http://www.prezi.com 
http://www.glogster.com a graphic blog page creator which can easily be used for digital poster project making
http://www.text2mindmap.com
http://www.mindomo.com mindmap website (but you must sign up for it)
http://www.visualthesaurus.com Visual Thesaurus: The Visual Thesaurus is an interactive dictionary and thesaurus which creates word maps that blossom with meanings and branch to related words. http://bighugelabs.com/motivator.php
http://bighugelabs.com more great ideas
http://www.yodio.com/ a free service for recording over your image
http://www.xtranormal.com/ automatically turns your words into a 3D animated movie
http://www.toondoo.com/ cartoon making
http://goanimate.com/ video making
http://www.bitstrips.com/ comic creation Resources Bill Nye: The Classroom of the Future Ray Kurzweil on Technology in the Classroom Embracing Technology - A Classroom Veteran Adopts Digital Tools A Commitment to High Tech Education Hand-Held Devices in
the Classroom -Students feel that specific technological applications such as word processing and web-based searching were important in enhancing their knowledge in all academic areas
-Students have an interest in seeing more technology in their classrooms – especially laptops
-They are concerned with schools not being up-to-date in terms of technologies, faculty, and curricula
-Students believe that their schools do not look like ‘the world in which they live’
-Students visions of an ideal school were imaginative, with a contemporary environment through the use of cell phones and laptops during class to look up information
-Having Internet access and a Smart Board in every class room
-Overall students expressed a concern for improvements in the educational system by incorporating technology into the classroom to enhance student learning
-Students want more aesthetically pleasing environments that will inspire and motivate them to learn and achieve Let’s Not Get Left Behind -Students want to be engaged and stimulated in school
-They believe that the use of technology would help with this
-Students believe that academic engagement through the use of project-based learning is beneficial for them
-Students feel that technology could be used in various academic areas (Language Arts – writing and research, Social Studies – research projects, Math – problem solving, and Science – science fair projects)
-Students also expressed the limitations with technology as using it for research as it can be used in unstructured web-based environments
-Also some students do not type very fast and sometimes completing research on the computer takes longer as it is not as specific as detailed discussions with the teacher
-Students also believe that there are restrictions around the use of technology at school
-With too many rules take a lot of freedom and fun away from learning
-Students were understanding with technological restrictions to Internet security and safety and were aware of these restrictions due to their safety Engage Us Students Outlook on School, Technology and Academic Engagement -Students are aware of using these ‘every day technologies’ and how they are important for preparing them for future jobs
-Students would like school experiences to be more related to careers they may have in the future
-Students are aware of the use of technology and how it is incorporated through the professional world and they understand the importance of having technological skills Prepare Us for Jobs in the Future -Students use a variety of different technologies outside of school in authentic, personal and social ways
-Students believe that these technologies they use outside of school are an integral part of their daily lives
-Overall students feel that it sometimes appears that teachers do not understand that technology is a big part of students lives outside of school
-Students feel that if teachers understood, they would incorporate more technology into the classroom
-Students use technology outside of school to play games and download and listen to music for personal interests
-Students would listen to music outside of school to help them concentrate with their homework Do You Know Us? Pros vs. Cons - Allows students to be engaged by having access to more information in a different way other than the standard computer through the use of iPad's, iPod's, and other hand-held devices
- Students are able to stay connected to their school work at any time by having their interactive classroom online and sent to their hand-held devices
- Able to reach their teacher's assistance from a distance
- Students can grasp information that has been made readily available to them without leaving their classrooms
- Communicating and interacting with their fellow classmates in a different setting other than face to face

"They are the link to more information and we want our students to be more informed." - Dalton McGuinty Pros of Hand-Held Devices in the Intermediate Classroom: Smart Boards What is a smart board? Smart Boards A smart board is an interactive piece of technology that is used in school classrooms. Often when a classroom has a smart board it replaces the use of the chalkboard. Pro's of the smart board -With the SMART Board, you can control any application through the touch board. So instead of working from behind the computer keyboard, you (or your students) can be at the front of the classroom physically interacting with the display.
-You can use any of the 4 colours of markers or the eraser to write in digital ink over applications, web pages, or moving video. The SMART board still works if you lose the pens. (There are 4 coloured pen holders and one eraser. When you lift the pen out of the slot, it selects the colour or the eraser. When you touch the screen, it uses the selected color or the eraser.)
-Like other digital ink software applications, you can save your work into a notebook file, and you can convert handwriting into text. Cons of the Smart board -Students may find it difficult to use
-Expensive
-The projector is a separate cost, costing approx 800 dollar's.
-Technical problems can interfere with lessons.
-There is no research on the long term learning effects of a smart board - Distraction caused by the "other" use of the hand-held devices such as texting, and other social media sites popularly used by the intermediate students
- Not all students are able to afford such hand-held devices, therefore leading to segregation from those who can and those who can't
- Schools aren't all funded to have such technology in their classrooms therefore some students receive such benefits from bringing in their own devices and others less fortunate do not
- Students in the classroom whom do not use such devices are distracted by those who are using them

-Studies have yet to suggest that using hand-held devices improve the learning of the students in their classrooms Con's of Hand-Held Devices in the Intermediate Classroom: Teacher's Idea's for Hand-Held Usage iPad's and iPod's in the
intermediate classroom: -Young people today are becoming more independent on technologies to communicate, gather information, and extend social experiences as it is important that our educational system evolves to meet these demands for our students
-With economic and technological changes in our society today as well as the advances in understanding how humans learn has created challenges for educators today
-A challenge today is over the concerns in finding the best way to meet the needs of children who are living in a world of information and communications-related digital technologies (web hand held devices, cell phones, gaming consoles)
-With this children growing up today are becoming comfortable with using these technologies and finding information and interacting with others through technology More Pro's dealing with the Smart board -Gives students a hands on learning experience with technology.
-Benefits for special needs and adapts for any age group.
-Helps organize lessons and makes it easy for teachers to share lessons.
-The use of the internet brings a lot of information to the classroom. Student's view on the Smart board Heidi Hayes Jacobs How can an interactive whiteboard be used in a learning environment?
Interactive whiteboards are an effective way to interact with digital content and multimedia in a multi-person learning environment. Learning activities with an interactive whiteboard may include, but are not limited to the following:
• Manipulating text and images• Making notes in digital ink• Saving notes for later review by using e-mail, the

• Viewing websites as a group
• Demonstrating or using software at the front of a
room without being tied to a computer
• Creating digital lesson activities with templates,
images and multimedia
• Writing notes over educational video clips
• Using presentation tools that are included with the
whiteboarding software to enhance learning materials
• Showcasing student presentations Sources continued McCrea, B. (2012, March 14). How to bring teachers up to speed with technology. Retrieved from http://thejournal.com/articles/2012/03/14/getting-teachers-up-to-speed-with-technology.aspx

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SMART Technologies Inc. (2006, March). Interactive whiteboards and learning: Improving student learning outcomes and streamlining lesson planning. Retrieved from http://downloads01.smarttech.com/media/research/whitepapers/int_whiteboard_research_whitepaper_update.pdf

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Stager, G. (2005). The high cost of incrementalism in educational technology implementation. Published in the proceedings of the 2005 world conference on computers in education, Stellenbosch, South Africa. Retrieved from http://stager.org/articles/incrementalism.pdf

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