Being able to incorporate technology into the daily lesson plans offers the teacher an endless possibility of communicating the subject through multiple modalities. Technology within the classroom can be seen through proximas, ELMO’s, DVD’s and websites that are incorporated to teach the students. Educators should be open to learning and incorporating the many opportunities technology brings to the classroom. Although technology has areas of strength and weaknesses, if learned and implemented creatively and efficiently students learning will be impacted greatly. Today’s students immerse themselves’ daily in multiple sources of technology.
The end result, and lesson milestones, should provide enduring understanding that students can develop , and they should focus on larger concepts, learning principles and processes (Carson, 2008). This level of integration makes the WEBCALL contribution essential to the lesson and learning (Stanley, 2013). The lesson plan employs a combination of face to face and technology facilitated learning and communication. This ‘blended learning’ approach also adds another dimension into the instructional process, the computer. The computer and the website are not only used as a technical device to create a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), they offer additional opportunities to learn what the target language sounds like, feels like to use, and means through the teacher and students communication about the interactions with the computer and the website.
Technology in the classroom is important to assist in the learning process; however this is creating new challenges for teachers. Teachers are now required to educate students on the importance of technology ethics. Computer ethics is the moral guidelines that govern the use of computers and networks (Shelly, G, Gunter, G, and Gunter, R 2012). Ethics in the classroom also requires teachers to explain what plagiarism is and the proper way for students to give credit for information attained from another source. Teachers must also have a plan in place to address internet security, as well as devise a student use agreement and discuss ethical practices while using technology in the classroom.
I imagine the Internet has various resources for integrating computer based instruction into the classroom. As a Health Science teacher, I set high standards in the process of challenging my students. Critical thinking by inductive and deductive reasoning, analyzing, synthesizing, and applying information to realia--or real world context--is crucial in preparing students for college and beyond. I imagine that computers can enable my students to display these forms of learning through the utilization of computer based interactive curriculum. The Search Prior to my search, I was curious to why computers were not as effective as the general public assumed, as Oppenheimer had concluded.
With strong IT competencies, I regularly implement these technologies throughout the curriculum. Learning tasks are structured to provide for individual learning needs, the diversity of the students’ backgrounds and to optimise effective learning time. I consistently maintain accurate and comprehensive records of students’ progress and achievements, and provide feedback to students on their performance in a way that builds confidence and encourages... ... middle of paper ... ... in order to engage students in the delivering of the content. Within my previous practicums, I have used a range of teaching strategies that incorporate the use of information technologies (ICT). These include the use of technologies such as ‘Moodle’, ‘Learn 2 Teach’, ‘Desire 2 Learn’, interactive whiteboards, tablets and other digital equipment.
Integrating technology requires a comprehensive knowledge of curriculum and content standards and the ways that technology can maximize student learning. In my classroom, I strive to have students using technology as a natural part of their learning experience. By teaching technology concurrently with content, I’ve observed my students making parallel gains in technology skills and knowledge. References Ohler, J. (2008).
The theoretical framework, involves the works of Dewey (1916/1997), Papert (1993/2001), Piaget (1973), Vygotsky (1978) and Augustin & Huang, (2002). The use of social constructivism (SC) will play a pivotal role in building collaborative relationships between teachers and their students. In addition, this framework will also apply Swan and Dixon's (2006) teachers’ technology attitude scale (TAS) to determine wireless laptop training needs for K-12 teachers. As anticipated by the theory of social constructivism, technology into the classroom produces a network of social learning agents. Papert’s (1993) prediction of computers transforming education proves to be true with the demands placed K–12 schools to integrating technology in instructional practice.
As an educator one will be available and encourage students and parents to ask questions on how to better understand the material being taught in class. The classroom will be an environment that promotes learning and welcomes questions. The classroom will be a place of discovery and provide new ways to deliver a lesson plan. Rationale Technology in the classroom is more important today than ever before. Today’s children live in a society where just about every child has access to the internet, text messaging and cell phones.
Technology in the classroom: asking the right questions. (2005. May 8), http://www.enc.org/topics/edtech/context/document.shtm?input=FOC-000694-index Whelan, Debra Lau. (2005) Let the games begin: School Library Journal, 51, 40-44.
Technology Infusion The current trends in improving educational achievement address specific concerns that focus on increasing student’s achievement. Teachers, administrators, parents and community stakeholders want the educational environment conducive for learning. The use of technology will assist students in the workplace and increase their high order thinking skills needed to effectively function in our global society. Harvey –Woodall (2009) suggests that educators of the 21st century must become knowledgeable of different facets of technology available for the classroom to enhance instruction. It is important to note that the use of technology in the classroom can foster learning and improve student’s critical and reflective thinking skills.