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Student Centered Learning Environment

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Andrew Smith-Fatten

on 26 March 2013

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Technology A Student Centered Learning Environment That Utilizes Technology. In Closing What is a Student Centered Learning Environment? Student centered learning focuses on the student and their ability to discuss and comprehend material with other students. What is a Teacher Centered Learning Environment? Teacher centered learning focuses on a memorization of facts, formulas, dates and so on. In a teacher centered class, the teacher will do all the work, including most of the speaking. Has tendency to be politicized according to the viewpoints of the teacher. First, lets discuss the difference between Teacher Centered Classes
Student Centered Classes The student has a chance to learn by doing with the teacher there only in the mentor capacity. The students will need to focus their time on research, teamwork, problem solving and organization. Example: A music class assignment to create a piece of music using music notation software, Finale. Step 1. Explain the assignment.

Step 2. Let the students work in their groups while they discuss, collaborate, compromise and create.

Step 3. Observe the students' progress and mentor only when needed. All Classes Could Use Technology for Student Centered Learning. Every class on campus could use technology and form student-centered learning. Let's discuss the technology that is available in every room.

1. SMART Boards
2. Computers, at least 4 in every room
3. Ceiling Projector (Hooked up to the teacher's computer)
4. Microsoft Office
5. Internet

Laptops can be checked out from the resource room upon request. The library also has hundreds of educational videos at their disposal. Step One Step Two Take the time to explain to your class about the NETS and how it applies to them and to you.

( A copy of the NET Standards will be emailed to you through school email. I will field any questions you might have.) Step Three Create a lesson plan that puts the control into the hands of the student. For example, in an economics class you could create the following prompt:

"Using digital sources, discuss how the economic crisis of the United States could affect the economies of other countries in the world. Include data showing stock market health from at least three countries from around the world." The NETS
(National Education Technology Standards) The NETS are a resource just like core standards that guide both the teacher and student towards a successful understanding of technology in the classroom and beyond. Here are two concepts of those standards and how they can be related to student-centered learning. Creativity and Innovation In the music example, the students need to compose a piece of music using the knowledge they have already learned from music theory and document it using the music writing software.

With this software, the students are able to compose the music, listen to it immediately and make necessary changes if need be.

The teacher lets the students explore the software and avoids interfering. The teacher has previously shown the students the possibilities of the program. Technology Operations and Concepts The students have used the technology as well as gaining an understanding of its use and creative purpose. They have also used previously learned material and used it with a new medium (i.e. Finale.) (Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations.) (Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.) (ISTE, 2012) (ISTE, 2012) Solutions for Potential Technology Problems There are issues faced with technology in the school. The school needs to be able to buy the hardware and software and then train the staff on how to use it. All of this takes time and money.

Fortunately, our school has a decent amount of technology already installed but some teachers still don't know how to use it.

During one of your conference periods, information will be set-up in the library to go over the technology that is in your class. I also have a list of teachers that have volunteered to assist the teachers having tech issues. Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines Remember that using materials such as software, workbooks, music, videos and images from the web all carry specific copyright and fair use guidelines.

From a recent audit, it has come to the attention of the administration that certain teachers have been abusing copyright and fair use guidelines. It is important to remember the following:

1. However many licenses you have for software is how many you are allowed to run at the same time. I have four copies of Finale. If I want to run Finale on more than four computers at the same time, I need to buy more copies of Finale.

2. All materials from the Internet must have been acquired legitimately. If I want to give copies of audio recordings to my students, I need to have purchased that music legally.

A more detailed outline of copyright and fair use will be emailed to you. Why A Student-Centered Learning Environment? Why Technology? Students who were in classrooms that focused primarily on a memorization approach scored 25 percent less in reading and 22 percent less in mathematics than the national average. (Morrison & Lowther, p. 10, 2010). Teachers say technology’s visual and interactive qualities can direct students’ attention toward learning tasks. The Internet connects students with information, research, data, and expertise not available locally. Technologies such as word processing, spreadsheets, simulations, multimedia, and the Internet have become increasingly essential in analyzing and producing information in school settings and on the job. Students who use these tools in school have a head start on what to do in the workplace. (Roblyer & Doering, pp. 25-26, 2013). The Teaching Channel, 2012 (mrsvasbinder, 2011) Technology is not going to go away and students need a new approach to group learning. Combining student-centered education and technology could help bring the positive reform the education system needs. With your help, we could help make the education system in the United States strong once again. (Pear Tree Education, 2013) (Pear Tree Education, 2013) Hall Davidson, 1976
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