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Technology in classrooms

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“It is not about the technology; it’s about sharing knowledge and information, communicating efficiently, building learning communities and creating a culture of professionalism in schools. These are the key responsibilities of all educational leaders”. – Marion Ginapolis

“Education is evolving due to the impact of the Internet. We cannot teach our students in the same manner in which we were taught. Change is necessary to engage students not in the curriculum we are responsible for teaching, but in school. Period.” – April Chamberlain

“Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is most important.” - Bill Gates

“New technology is common, new thinking is rare.” - Sir Peter Blake
Technology in Classrooms

By: Pashminder Kaur
Tanling Tsao
Amna Aziz

Observation from classroom site
Teacher uses technology in class mostly for:

online assessment test
Smart boards
Elmo visual presenter
Computers: create lesson plans
Excel: take attendance/keep test records.
The Internet
- Having the internet available in classrooms allows students to access educational websites, dictionaries, and videos within seconds.

- The internet offers students a diverse look at a subject.
Technology in the classroom:
In today's classrooms, there are many advanced ways of reading, learning and exploring as a result of development in technology.

Observation from classroom site
Summary on Technology
- Tablets are used in some classrooms in order to be eco-friendly and efficient.

- These tablets are used in hopes to go paperless (they replace textbooks, and work as a means to create and return assignments)
How teachers can use technology
Teachers can use blogs, emails, websites, power points, and grading
posting homework everyday
provide exercises online

to communicate with parents
Electronic grade book
To present a lesson in class
Video clips
Helpful for visual/auditory learners for teachers and students
Work at their own pace- pause, play &repeat
Help explore careers
Students spend hours at home watching television so, educator can take advantage of exposing them to educational videos on YouTube.
Students use technology in class mostly for:

online assessment test
Solve problems on Smart Board
Computers: Used only during "free time"
Created specifically for education
Help educators engage students with tutorials, illustrations & experiments
Access educational YouTube videos in a controlled environment
Smart Boards

Digital screen allows images from the computer to be displayed
Can be modify on the screen using a pen/highlighting tool
Touch screen feature
which allows teacher to run programs directly from the screen and get saved automatically
Other general pros & cons of technology in classrooms
Increased productivity
Allows students to complete their tasks quickly and more accurately
Improved communications
students can work together as a group to achieve the common goal. ex: research projects
"Computers as tutors" (Bennett, 1999)
new skills
people need to be learned/trained to successfully use new technology. This requires time and money to do so
Technology is always improving
Schools have to keep updating the newest technology
This also takes time and is very costly
"Computers are smarter than teachers" (Gulley, 2003).
Accommodates different learning styles

- Tactical learners can use the screen by touching and marking at the board.

-Audio learners can have discussion after listening to a video clip

- Visual learners can observe the teaching
What is Technology?
Computers/laptop are used for:
Group work
Portable within the school and outside of the classroom
File sharing; dropbox, emails
Powerpoints, research, excel for grading, workseets, ideas, information, etc.
Do not tolerate the misuse of a laptop
Recharge batteries
Install identical software programs in all laptops (shortcuts)
Plan ahead
Check for technical difficulties
Website availability
Definition: "The use of science and engineering to do practical things, such as make business and factories more efficient" (Scholastic Children's Dictionary)
most often used to refer to high technology--computers, cell phones, cameras, video/voice recorder, DVD players, TV, smart board, tablets, and etc.
Bennett, F. (1999). Computers as tutors: Solving the crisis in education.(p. 3). Sarasota, FL: Faben Inc. Publishers

Fouts, J. (2000). Research on computers and education: Past, present and future. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle, WA.

Gulley, K.P. (2003). Pros and Cons of Computer Technology in the Classroom. California State University, Sacramento

Scolastic Children's Dictionary (2007). Scolastic Reference. USA: Scholastic Inc.

More Advice for Teachers!
Research on Computers and Education:
Past, Present and Future - Jeffrey T. Fouts
The evolution of Technology use
- “The computer was introduced into education in the 1970s.”

Past: (70s,80s,90s)
- Teachers and students first used computers to learn to program.
- No internet, abstract concepts could not be illustrated and manipulated.
- writing teachers discovered the value of using a word processor and soon students were writing more and revising with ease.
- use primarily as a means to deliver instruction to teach the traditional curriculum and basic skills
- sometimes use as a supplement to the teachers’ classroom instruction
- "Early use of the computer to teach foreign language was drill and practice
and placed the teachers in a largely peripheral role, as students interacted with the
machine and could progress through the sequence of lessons alone”(p. 8).
- technology as a transformational tool and integral part of the learning environment (not just a supplement)
- As software gained in sophistication, the computer became the tutor or surrogate teacher (Students followed the commands on the computer screen receiving rewards for correct answers)
- Students began to learn through playing games and simple simulations.
- Using databases, spreadsheets, presentation, and research tools across all subject areas.
- Online courses were available and students in all parts of the country had expanded learning opportunities in a variety of subject areas.
- As delivery modes for distance education. Learn from others from ourside of classrooms
-"Educators can use computers as vehicles both to support new and different
interaction among students and teachers in the target language and to create
opportunities for students to converse with native speakers and others outside of
the classroom and the university." (p.9)

We don’t know how we will develop the use of the technology. However, the article mentions that “as educators and researchers look to the future they are no longer asking the question, “Should technology be used in education?” Instead the focus is “How should technology be used to help students achieve higher levels?”

What we know is that technologies are serving at least four distinct purposes in education:
(1) technologies are used as previously to teach, drill and practice using increasingly sophisticated digital content
(2) technologies are used to provide simulations and real world experiences to develop cognitive thinking and to extend learning
(3) technologies are used to provide access to a wealth of information and enhanced communications through the internet and other related information technologies
(4) technologies are used as productivity tools employing application software such as spreadsheets, data bases, and word processors, to manage information, to solve problems and to produce sophisticated products.
Lesson Activity
: Students will identify, sort and classify things by common patterns or attributes.
1) How do you feel about technology being used in class?
"We love it, the kids love it, after all they are the generation of technology!"

2) What is your favorite way to use technology in the class? -
"Document camera helps students see our thought process"

3) What advice would you give new teachers when it comes to incorporating technology in the class? -
"Try everything at home, and then again the next day. Always have a Plan B"
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