Student learning is the ultimate goal of education. As an educational technology leader I must create, promote and sustain a dynamic, digital-age learning culture that provides a rigorous, relevant, and engaging education for all students ("National Educational Technology Standards," 2009). In order to achieve this I work with my schools to help develop technology plans. According to See (1992), technology plans must focus on a vision of learning; which should be the impetus that drives technology (Bitner and Bitner, 2002). As a classroom teacher I created units of instruction that incorporated many facets of technology which maximized student learning.
Education-Portal.com (n.d.) also states at this grade level teachers, “Learn how to create environments to facilitate development; how to select developmentally appropriate materials and equipment; and how to work cooperatively with parents to develop specific plans for helping their children in areas where they might need focused attention.” Teachers include many different tools into their curriculum to help them effectively be better educators and one of the important tools they turn to in order to help them meet all their requirements is the use of technology within their classrooms. The kinds of technologies found in a Kindergarten class are electronic devices like interactive white boards that have replaced the good old chalk board. It is able to display the teacher’s computer desktop screen on the board and is capable of manipulating the desktop through its touch screen features. Only about 40% of Kindergarten classrooms are equipped with this type of technology but that will change in the future as more classrooms will have this device installed in the near future as they are able to afford it (Datta, 2011). Portable devices such as the teacher’s laptop or e-reader are used in some schools (depending on the t... ... middle of paper ... ...ents learning pattern in order to effectively guide the child down a path to academic success.
This current form of education takes advantage of the technology readily available for use in education. Students can log onto the virtual classroom platform in order to access their classroom information and online tools. A familiar platform m... ... middle of paper ... ...cument.asp?i=2795 Martens, P. & Brownell, M. (December, 2002). The Virtual Classroom. Retrieved April 12, 2005 from, http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qa3844/is_200211/ai_n9149722 Stockley, D. (2005).
The need to provide professional development courses for our educators to build their confidence and enhance our knowledge to feel comfortable enough in integrating technology in our classrooms. “In order for schools to take full advantage of the power of technology, educators must have a better understanding of how to efficiently use technology in the classroom in ways that will improve student achievement” (CEO Forum Education and Technology, 2001).
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Using Technology as a means of Meaningful Learning V. Summary, implications, and discussions Impact of Technology on Student Achievement There are several ways a teacher can measures student achievement. Teachers can use grades, portfolios, etc. to monitor student’s progress in the classroom. The four main features of the No Child Left Act (NCLB) are ‘stronger accountability for results, more freedom for states and communities, research-based methods, and parent involvement. The ultimate goal of the NCLB is that all children achieved their grade level by 2014’ (Davis, in press).
Before technology can take hold in an environment it first need to go through baby steps. Clemmitt, wrote that Acts are providing brick and mortar schools with technology. For example the programming language BASIC was invented, along with additional computer learning programs (1011). These applications will help development of computers and the versatility of them, and how suitable they will be for school function. Clemmitt, then mentions that the amount of schools gra... ... middle of paper ... ...
The 21st Century school librarian is no longer just the caretaker of the book collection. Technology is transforming the education system and the way children are taught. This paper discusses the many roles and issues that the teacher-librarian plays in creating a flexible 21st Century learning environment. 21ST Century School Library Media Specialist The roles discussed in the articles written by school librarians Mashriqi (2011), Ballard (2008), and Marcoux (2010) were similar in strategies needed for running an effective media center today. The common theme was the importance in being able to evaluate what will help the school meet the needs of todays learners and to connect the curriculum with “hands-on” learning experiences.
But, if teachers show students you can learn from a computer, the students will have the computer for everything. Lastly, have a computer in the classroom helps you understand applications in the real world. Some examples include, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, and Excel. When students get jobs when they are older, they will already now how to use these applications to show a presentation, or make a resume, and even charts! According to a survey than on Pew Internet, “67% say the internet has a “major impact” on their ability to interact with parents and 57% say it has had a such impact on enabling their interaction with the students.” Do you remember when most of math teachers used the projectors that have a really big l... ... middle of paper ... ...28/NEWS/308280037/Technology-helps-teachers-reach-children-new-ways>.
Marcoux, E., & Loertscher, D. V. (2009). Achieving teaching and learning excellence with technology. Teacher Librarian, 37(2), 14-22. Mashriqi, K. (2011). Implementing technology and gaming lessons in a school library.