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Technology in the Classroom
Transcript of Technology in the Classroom
A Modern World
As a teacher, technology gives you the ability to function more as an instructional guide than as a primary source of information (Armstrong et al., 2009).
A Passion for Teaching All Children
A New World
Bridging the Gap
A History of Using Technology
The University of Iowa
It is important to build upon educational strategies through the use of existing technologies. Educators must be proactive, lifelong learners as new systems are created. It is imperative that teachers...
... create a personalized learning environment where every student's needs are met, passions are explored and goals are achieved, teachers need to be enabled to do more than simply provide students with a tablet. They need the flexibility to tailor lessons to the differing strengths of every student and the insight to respond to individual students' needs (SMART Technologies, 2013).
Interactive White Boards and Tablets
Multimedia Equipment and Computers
After high school I applied and was admitted to the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA. My educational career started as a Vocal Performance major. However, it did not take long to realize my love of teaching. While obtaining my music degree, I was required to take a conducting class. One of our class assignments was to direct a children's choir at one of the local elementary schools. Through this experience I became more aware of my love for children, my success working with them, and the impact I could have. As a result I applied to and was accepted into the College of Education.
While in the College of Education, I learned about classroom management, methods of all subject areas, and more. One of my favorite learning experiences was utilizing the SMART Board. I loved how creative and engaging it was for both the students and the teacher. During student teaching, a day did not go by without using the Promethean Board. In my own classroom, I have used the Mimio as well as applications on my iPad for academic purposes. Technology creates a fascination in the learning environment which helps eliminate classroom management issues. More importantly technology allows students with different learning styles to participate in the same lesson.
I have also had the opportunity to work with an assortment of
multimedia equipment such as projectors, ELMOs, ladybugs, document
cameras, and computers. These technologies allow all students to view an enlarged image when working on and developing certain academic skills. It also provides them with a more exciting and colorful presentation. Computers are also a wonderful classroom tool because they provide an opportunity for children to utilize the internet in a multitude of ways. I have used the computer to show academic videos, model how to compose a piece of writing on a word document, display information on other cultures from around the world, and much, much more.
Students today live in a world filled with technogadgets, cell phones, computers, and MP3 players... (Pence, 2010).
In my future professional career, I will utilize this technology to:
New and emerging technologies can provide opportunities for optimal challenge through adaptivity, promote academic mindsets, teach learning strategies, promote the development of effortful control, and provide motivating environments (DeBarger et al., 2013).
Engage students' attention in innovative lessons.Technology allows for learners to take ownership of their own learning.
Allow students to be creative with their learning. Children can create their own art work, their own math problems, and more.
Technology allows the opportunity to level the playing field for all children. There are many different people in this world who have very different needs. Technology assists in targeting all learners.
Education has been a part of my life since I was a young child. Before starting school, I remember going into my mother's special education classroom, interacting with her students as well as helping her around her room. Being involved in her classroom was a major influence in why I decided to pursue a career in education. These experiences instilled a dream of becoming a teacher one day and working with children from all backgrounds.
In high school I volunteered in many different elementary classrooms. The majority of my volunteer hours was in music and special education classes. I have had an incredible passion for music and sharing it with others all of my life. It has provided me with many opportunities including traveling the world and connecting with people on a global stage. I also have a strong passion for working with and advocating for people with special needs. The connections that you can make is sometimes not even possible to be described in words. However, it is very special and has touched my life significantly.
While attending college I spent several summers as a camp counselor for children with special needs - specifically working with children who had Autism Spectrum Disorder. One child in particular was non-verbal which created uncertainty regarding how to communicate with them. Communication was achieved by using an application on a smart phone and tablet. This form of integrating technology to communicate was successful and amazing. This was a "light bulb" moment in my life.
If teachers utilize technology to bridge the gap of success, all learners will be able to achieve as this child has:
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