A Study On Computer And Digital Tools

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As a graduate of chemical engineering I was trained to adapt to different technologies available to me, be it in industrial setting or office setting. I learned to program in Cobol and C++ languages and formed a strong grasp of how computer and digital tools work. These acquired skills had been put into good use when I moved to the US to work as a Math Resource teacher in middle school. It was difficult to find resources that fit my 6th grade students that have learning disabilities in Math. Then I started making my own lessons using Promethean Board. Students loved the games and became motivated in learning pre-Algebra concepts. Eventually I had to move and ended up working as a full time Math teacher in a state where I didn’t access to a Promethean board. So, I turned my attention to using PowerPoint Presentations, Excel spreadsheet, TI calculators and creating hands-on manipulatives. In the program I learned to develop website through Wikispaces, created videos using screen-cast-o-matic and jing. I created presentation through Prezi and collaborated with classmates using Google applications. I also implemented online formative assessment programs such as GoFormative, Kahoot, Desmos activity builder and Quizlet. This year our district got full subscription of Office 365 and I began using Myx to record my lessons. I then showed my students how to find the lessons in Notebook. I will be training my students to use Excel Spreadsheet now that they have access to Microsoft applications. The skills I acquired over the course of my career helped my students immensely. I was able to present the concepts in more concrete representations, lessons are designed to fit most of the students and achieved a 90% yearly passing rate. Students al... ... middle of paper ... ...dents will also be provided good structure on giving feedbacks and critiques. For the last standard, another element of a good PBL is to find an audience. Students and teacher will collaborate with other agencies and community to find solutions to the issues that matter to the students. Frequently we hear students in math classrooms say: “Why are we doing it”, “When will I ever use it?”, “this is stupid!” These are the sounds of students that are neglected by the traditional way of teaching. One way at reaching these students is to connect the concepts to their world through their own experiences or the experiences that are provided to them. Project based learning supported by technology can teach them grasp new information, acquire new skills, improvise and solve open-ended problems. These are the 21st century skills that are essential to the jobs of the future.
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