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Technologies in Classrooms
Transcript of Technologies in Classrooms
Old-fashioned teaching exercises like reciting times tables and verb conjugations are better than trendy new teaching methods, a study suggests in the Journal Science. The retrieval exercise actually worked much better to strengthen both short-term and long-term memory.
Students were required to:
recite times tables and conjugations
memorizing math facts
learning cursive writing
rhetoric and argumentation
Infusing Cutting Edge Technologies in Today's Classrooms
What is a 21st Century Learner?
Technology plays a major role in today’s society, especially in today's classroom environments. Teachers have the ability to administer educational resources modified specifically to students needs, activities, organizational work, and so much more. Technology plays the role as the teachers’ personal assistant, whether it is lesson planning or communicating with his/her students. To prepare students better for their future, it is essential that teachers incorporate and engage their students with new cutting edge technologies. As technology changes with time, so does different methods of learning.
The progression of technology has come a long way, especially in modern day classrooms. From chalkboards to white boards; slates to calculators; overheard projectors to interactive-boards, technology has transformed and established new learning methods in classrooms all around the world today. It has revolutionized new spectrums from industrial teaching approaches to student centered approaches. The old traditional way of teaching is basically non-existent as modern technologies have taken a more prominent role in today's classroom!
In 1853, When chalkboards were first introduced, they came in as a replacement to the old hand-held slates. The slates where very small and made it very difficult for teachers to write lessons on, complicating teacher-student interaction and efficient learning. “This has been at the forefront of societal change, making a clear impact on our education systems.” (Kajan, 2011)
Importance of Integrating Technology
Effective technology integration is achieved when the use of technology is routine and transparent and when technology supports curricular goals.
Technology changes the way the teachers teach, offering educators effective ways to reach different types of learners and assess students understanding through multiple means.
As new technologies emerge, more of the previous technologies improve and develop new learning approaches for students. Where they now have control over their own learning theories with the revolutionized technologies available.
Today teachers are using technology more than ever in their classrooms. Technology helps students to critically think, understand concepts, grasp information and make choices. There are now a variety of different types of technologies out there that assist teachers.
Additional Technology Classroom Tools
Technology Cons in the Classroom
Technology is normally expensive.
Training to use computers can be costly and time-consuming for teachers.
Teachers fall behind on lesson plans due to loss of time from the constant distractions and find it hard to integrate materials online for their lesson plans.
Some students will not get their work done because they will get distracted by other activities on the internet.
Training to use computers can be costly and time-consuming for teachers.
Technology Tools for Special Needs
Technology Benefits In The Classroom
students at different levels are engaged
accelerate learning based on each student's unique pace
accelerate struggling students to close the learning gap
help track growth
extra resources availability
real-world problem solving provide a whole new world of opportunities for learning
communication spanning the world makes multicultural learning easier
gives teachers more options and tools to cater to each student individually
Integrating Technology with the curriculum
It is so important to teach students the way they learn, but not many teachers are comfortable with using technology and integrating it with traditional curriculum.
Testing also has been gradually moving from traditional pencil and paper to online testing.
21st Century Learners
In classrooms today curriculum needs to be:
open to exchange of free thoughts, ideas and information
let's them participate
Classroom of today
Clusters - students desk are placed to accommodate group work of two to six students
Unimpeded access - teacher is not fixed to the front of a classroom and has flexibility to move from group to group.
Learning zones - students may need to access different learning tools such as computer, interactive boards, individually or in groups to collaborate.
Student-centered learning, empowers student and makes them active participants in the learning process. Collaborative learning has educational benefits as it encourages students to work together and to communicate, by expressing their thinking and defending their thoughts rather than working on their own.
Classrooms today may vary in they type of technology that is used to engage students in the classroom and to teach student the way they learn with technology.
Using technology also aids in engaging special needs students and teaching to different learning styles.
Special Needs Classroom Technology
Classroom Tools Then & Now
Notebook & Pencil
iPad and Tablets
Classroom Of Yesterday
Pen & Paper
Resource on CD-ROM
Encyclopedias were a great resource for students for research, which transformed to CD-ROM in the 20th Century. Pen, paper and pencil were still a common item in the 20th century classroom and cursive was still taught, as a means of showing penmanship and building the creative process.
Classroom Tools Then And Now
Dry Erase whiteboard
Interactive board with wall mount Projector
Wall mount projector that makes any surface interactive
Projectors that make
Districts and schools are moving to classroom that have 1:1 student laptops or tablet devices.
The definition of one-to-one computing is essentially providing every staff member, teacher and student with a portable laptop, notebook or tablet PC for continuous use both in the classroom and at home.
Students in this initiative have the flexibility to customize their device to meet their individual learning style, as each student learns differently and at a different pace.
Great for sharing content
in text books.
Give student access to
educational software via
the web at school or at
Aids in student participation.
Enable better classroom
management. Keeps student
engaged. Saves on teacher energy.
Interactive table tops improves communication for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). These table tops are already proving invaluable to students with limited communication capacities.
Most students with disabilities can and do benefit from technology in the classroom. Incorporating technology increases students’ motivation to learn and personalizes lessons to a student’s individual needs. Even the students with the most severe and profound disabilities can use assistive technology to join a classroom of typical students, and their potential can be reached in ways we didn’t have before.
On Screen Keyboard
Voice recognition systems
Alternative mouse device
Screen reading & talking browsers
Onscreen Keyboard aids student with limited movement or motor control to low strength in the
hands and fingers.
Screen magnification software is used by people with visual disabilities to access
information on a computer screen.
Switches are a common solution for users with mobility disabilities, such as muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, cerbral palsy, spinal cord injuries, and head injuries, who need to use computers or other electronic devices, but have difficulty with the physical interface.
A screen reader is the commonly used name for voice output technology.
The Multi-Cultural Classroom
Classrooms today are are rich in a wide variety of cultures. English Language Learners or ELL students as they are known comprise a large amount of students found in classrooms. The importance of being able to provide the necessary adjustments to your teaching style is crucial for their success.
Key strategies for achieving success in education with ELL students include emphasizing visual literacy, using graphic descriptions such as graphs, charts, and figures.
Technology for the Multicultural Classroom
Mobile Assisted Language Learning otherwise known as MALL
found a way to be
integrated into the
classrooms of today.
These devices allow
ELL students to have
the help they need at
Apps made specifically for
ELL and foreign language
students provide specific
assistance in the desired
Translation software allows for easy translation from English to a wide variety of other languages and vise versa
Closed-Captioning for the ELL Student
Automatic Spelling Correction/Word Processing
Other Forms of Technology for the ELL Student
By allowing ELL students to visually see the words being heard has been shown to help them learn and understand the words in a more efficient manner.
Allowing a student to learn
at a pace better suited to their needs,
e-books, or digital books also allow
for highlighting of trouble words.
Allows students to practice
their spelling skills with