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Instructional Technology in the Classroom

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Sydney Herrell

on 28 March 2014

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Instructional Technology in the Classroom
How technology has changed over time.
Overhead projectors, initially used for U.S. military training, quickly spreads to schools.
The first television appears in a classroom in Los Angeles.
Headphones became popular in school language labs.
Classrooms began incorporating radios into
penmanship, accounting, history, and arithmetic
Whiteboards are invented to replace the chalkboard.
BASIC is developed at Dartmouth College with the intent of giving students a simple programming language that is easy to learn.
Texas Instruments develops the first hand held calculator.
Scantrons are used to automatically grade multiple choice tests.
The Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium is founded. The organization popularizes school software such as Oregon Trail and Lemonade Stand.
Touch typing software-
Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing - is developed and popularized in schools.
Laptops are introduced and eventually utilized as teaching tools.
Apple Macintosh computer is
introduced. For every 92 students
in the U.S. there is 1 computer.
SMART boards are introduced in schools.
CD-ROMs become a predominant form of storage.
90% of students under the age of 18 have
access to mobile technology.
1.5 million ipads are used
in U.S. schools.
The one-room schoolhouse.
According to the National Center for Education
Statistics (NCES), about 99% of American public
schools have internet access.
"Adults used to be able to ignore, resist, or fool ourselves about the realities going on in children's lives. Once they reached our classrooms, we paid attention to their engagement with our subject matter and their classmates-the world could and did, for the most part, stay out of school. But now, these digital natives...cannot keep their digital selves out of the classroom... The one thing we can not do is ignore the fact that many kids are playing around creatively, finding friends, watching videos, listening to music, communicating online whether we like it or not, whether we talk about it in school or not."
-B. Ganley
digital natives:
People who have grown up using the digital "language" of computers, video games, and the internet.
How many of you plan on using technology in your classroom when you become a teacher? What different technologies do you plan to use? (discuss at your tables)
It falls to the classroom teacher, in any grade level and in any subject, to ask him-or her-self, "What is the best way to make use of the electronic resources, and communication tools that are available to my students?"
Technology is a central part of our lives, and more and more it is becoming part of the work teachers do as educators in the 21st century.

Educational technology, from interactive textbook supplements to games and apps for mobile devices, is reshaping the classroom, offering a personalized approach to learning.
This is not to say that teachers themselves are becoming outdated and that it is all about the technology. Great teachers are needed now more than ever. But what it means to be a teacher and student is changing-as it has throughout history. The main point is that technology is helping to drive a change, and schools need to be mindful of this and thoughtful of how they will use this technology to their advantage. Instructional technology in the classroom is so important and is such a big part of schools today.
"Technology's impact in schools has been significant, advancing how students learn, how teachers teach and how efficiently and effectively educational services can be delivered."
-Carolyn April
However, is technology becoming a much larger part in classrooms a good or bad thing?
What does technology mean for the classroom?
Despite the fact that many students today are digital natives, the structure of most classrooms still remains the same. However, a shift has gradually begun in the way that we view teaching and learning.
52% of schools are using silent films and 3% are using films with sound.
There are two different types of technology classrooms: The flat classroom and the connected classroom.
The flat classroom is a classroom in which students, like the teacher, have ready information, so that the teacher is not the lone expert.
If learners are accessing the Internet from home, outside of school, then those same learners will ultimately influence the direction of learning at that school.
In a flat classroom we can immediately see that the teacher must be a filter, a guide, the one who directs the learning and helps the students develop their understanding as they gain access to more and more information.
Because our lives have been transformed by technology, the life of the classroom is transformed as well.
In a connected classroom there is high-speed internet access for all of the students. In this classroom the ease with which students can access a wide variety of information and with which the information gathering can be integrated into the rest of their work, makes it possible to be truly creative as a teacher.
Not only do most students prefer technology, but the majority of the teachers do as well. Teachers and students realize that technology is a great advantage to have in a classroom.
Over the last 100 years, technology has changed drastically. Every change and ever new step that has come out has led to the great technology that we have today and that we are able to use effectively every day-whether it be for in the classroom or for homework or anything else.
Technology has helped to further education and our knowledge on many different subjects. Education and technology are able to work hand in hand to help further advance the other.
Have you had any memorable experiences with technology in a classroom, whether good or bad?
Have you noticed a difference between classes that used more technology verses those that did not?
Although technology in classrooms is a great advantage and great teaching tool, technology does not make the teacher. Before adding technology to the lesson plan you must first be a good teacher and then use technology to your advantage.
Works Cited:
Lytle, Ryan. "US News & World Report." US News. U.S.News & World Report, 14 July 2011. Web. 18 Mar. 2014.
Grove, Downers, 111. "Press Releases." Making the Grade: Technology Helps Boosts Student Performance, Staff Productivity in Nation’s Schools, New CompTIA Study Finds. CompTIA, 11 June 2011. Web. 27 Mar. 2014.
Koch, Janice. TEACH. Student ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, 2011. Print.
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