Friday, December 9, 2016

What Ways Can I Use Technology in My Classroom?

As I was looking through articles, I found one all about the different ways I could incorporate technology in my classroom. 

1. Do A Powerpoint "Game Show Review" 
This is actually one I have seen many of my professors or previous teachers use. It's useful and informative and it's easy to make. You can use different templates online for different types of games like "Jeopardy", "Who Wants to be a Millionare?" and more. 

2. Webquest
After using a webquest in my educational technology design class, I feel as if students are able to get a lot out of either creating one, or getting information from one. They are extremely informative, and they do not take that long to make. 

3.Create a Class Blog or Wiki
This could be for either my students or myself. I could create a blog for the parent's to see what we did in class that day, or to get information on upcoming events we are having in school. I could also have the students create one for an assignment during a unit. 

4. Listen to or Create a Podcast
This could be extremely beneficial for students. Like I said before, during a unit I could assign them a topic or even a person, and I could have them go out and find a podcast on that person. Using that information, or even information from the internet, I could have them create their own podcast regarding what they are learning. 

5. Develop Multimedia Presentations
Instead of myself creating every presentation, I could have the students do it. If we are working on a unit and I wanted to create a game, I could assign each student one topic and they would have to create 5 questions they would want to see on the test. After that, I would have them collaborate all together and create a final review and present it to the class.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

How is Technology Improving Education?

As I read this article I learned about the 8 ways technology is improving our classrooms. Throughout this blog I will discuss them with you. 

1. Better Simulations and Models
While telling a student how evolution works or even how, molecules work and move throughout objects can seem important, technology is improving this day by day. As of right now, there are simulations where instead of talking about evolution or how molecules interact, the simulation can demonstrate and give a visual representation. 

2. Global Learning 
Students are now able to set up global interactions with peers from other countries through different apps like Skype, Facetime, and many more. A student is able to work with other students across the world as well. I can connect with this because in high school I took a Digital Tools class and we were assigned a group project where we had to connect with students from different countries. 

3. Virtual Manipulatives 
Say you're learning about the relationship between fractions and decimals. Your professor could just give you a variable which manipulates the equation or he could give you this "virtual manipulative" and let you experiment with the equations and reach an understanding of the relationship. 

4. Probes and Sensors 
By using a probe or sensor you are getting accurate information in a short period of time without having to do the long hand version. This makes it possible for students, professors, and researchers to actively and accurately collect data. I have interacted with a probe and sensor in my Physical Science class this year for heating up different objects and collecting their temperature. 

5. More Efficient Assessment 
With understanding simulations and models, it can give your teacher a better representation of how much you understand. A teacher is able to ask you different types of questions, or even give you a problem and to learn how you assess and solve it. 

6. Story Telling and Multimedia 
Students are able to use technology to help them complete projects. In this article it stated a group of elementary students use a website to create a video over an author they needed to research. Without technology, this becomes difficult to do. Asking children to learn through multimedia projects is not only an excellent way to learn but also motivates students who are excited to create something. 

7. Ebooks 
Ebooks hold an unimaginable potential for innovating education. Students are able to carry this "textbook" around with no weight and easy access. It's no longer us carrying around 5+ textbooks, instead it is all on our Ipad, or Ebook. 

8. Epistemic Games 
Epistemic Games are essentially games that teach children to think in innovative ways. They are put in situations like a city planner, journalist, or electrician and they have to solve real-world problems. Creative professionals are finding more and more real life professions and situations for students to engage in to think critically and innovatively. 

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Computing in the Classroom

B.F. Skinner observed his daughters classroom and words like "sluggish", "inefficient", and "slow" described what he saw. "A classroom in which machines are being used is usually the scene of intense conversation". This is prominent in education today. Very little does an observer find a classroom without some type of technology whether it be computers, tablets, or smartphones. 
I can remember when I was a kid having a computer in our classroom or even having laptops was a new trend. Now-a-days, it's unlikely to find a classroom that is just face-to-face interaction. Virtual realities are able to immerse students into interactive simulations such as historical eras, or remote areas. With using technology in the classroom comes more opportunities for students to excel. Technology gives students opportunities to explore different routes and ideas. With the amount of technology in education, there is nothing a student can succeed at.

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Does Technology Belong in the Classroom?
There is no arguing that technology exists in the classroom and plays an important role in education. However, recently there has been disagreements about technology in the classroom. Like, should children really be using tablets, computers, and even smartphones in the classroom when they are so prominent outside of schools?
Lisa Nielson, director of digital engagement and professional learning for the New York City Department of Education, believes the use of technology is what students need. She states that using technology, students are still able to think for themselves. They are able to creative interactive maps and tables, and they are able to publish their work on social media sites.
Jose Antonio Bowen, president of Goucher College and author of "Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of Your  College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning", believes that face to face interaction will always remain the most important. Bowen stated that bringing technology into the classroom is a distraction to why teachers are there: teachers taking the time to help students learn to process and think. 
Both of these points are valid and are important when thinking about how students learn. Some students may learn well with technology, whereas, some students may learn better with face to face interactions. 

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