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. Teachers and administrators should select materials and technology that are developmentally appropriate and designed to engage the interest in learning. An effective leader has a vision of learning and allows students to set individual goals and plans to reach these goals; the use of technology can increase students’ success. Since the educational reform of No Child Left Behind, educators have struggled to meet the learning standards set by their state and federal government. High academic standards in all core curriculum areas and accountability through assessment are an important aspect in the educational arena.
Formative assessments provide ways for the teacher to integrate a distinct process of learning that will achieve a preferred outcome. Tuttle, 2011 states, formative assessments is the process of helping students move immediately forward from their presented diagnose learning to the desired learning goals. This means that formative assessments should be used as a tool regularly throughout the instructional process to support high quality learning. This type of assessment can be provided through technology, for example, in the autistic classroom, where I assist the Smart Board has specific software for special needs children to facilitate learning and formative asse... ... middle of paper ... ...s to comprise different approaches of assessments. However, it is necessary that teachers understand the positive and negative aspects of technology, to enlighten the teacher that technology should not be the only source for assessments.
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).
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One way teachers and students can monitor and document learning in order to improve achievement is by using portfolios, computer software, and checklists. Portfolios show growth over a period of time. Students should be allowed to help decide which artifacts to include and know why they are wanting to include the particular artifacts. Portfolios can be used for parent-teacher conferences and can show growth from the beginning of the school year to the end of the school year or even shorter time frames. Portfolios also promote active student learning (“Portfolios for Student,” n.d.).
Curriculum mapping within a professional learning community is a procedure for collecting and documenting what is taught in the classrooms. The focus on mapping is on units, content, skills, strategies, assessments, and resources that can be used to improve student learning and performance. According to Perkins interview with Jacobs, the key to curriculum mapping is that colleagues can share electronic data immediately so that everyone knows what is being taught in other classrooms today, last year, and in the future (2003). Technology makes mapping easier because educators can share and revise instantly. There are many ways that schools can make and use a curriculum map.
The responsibilities of administrators are to support their staff in integrating new technology in order to achieve new levels of productivity and achievement. A new technology plan is needed to decide if integrating technology into the system will be beneficial for the curriculum. The administrators must share this vision with other educators, parents, member of the community, and especially business leaders. Technology will enhance the learning ability of the student and boost the teacher’s morale (November, 1998). In order for the teacher to feel that they are not being left out, the administrators should conduct training for the faculty so that they can learn the system before implemented it into the classroom.
The five articles presented common themes about educational learning. They illustrate the need for teacher reflection and adjustment to meet students’ needs, establishing quality rapport and providing students strategies become an active learners and involved in the learning process through and monitoring their own understanding. In the articles there is research quoted that illustrates how they can dramatically impact student learning and achievement. In (Kaftan, Buck, & Haack, 2006), it states formative assessment is a tool teachers can use to probe students understanding, inform instructional decisions and develop relationships. Unlike a summative assessment which measures student competency at the end of a unit, formative assessment is done daily.
Through PLCs, teachers critically reflect on current practices, brainstorm solutions, and obtain help and advice from others in a supportive growth-oriented environment over an extended period of time (Vescio, Ross, & Adams, 2008; Nelson, 2009; Scher & O'Reilly, 2009; Bolam, McMahon, Stoll, Thomas, & Wallace, 2005). The theory of change guiding PLCs holds that by providing teachers with targeted support from within the school community, as oppose to hiring additional outside experts, professional developments can become for efficient. Implementation of effective PLCs requires intentional effort, school-wide and possibly district-wide restructuring of teacher schedules, and additional resources. For schools considering implementing PLCs, it is important to understand the logic of action and the benefits of PLCs as it relates to teacher improvement and increased student achievement. Analysis of the underlying logic of action and evidence from empirical studies show that developing Professional Learning Communities within schools can lead to increas... ... middle of paper ... ...Nelson, T. H. (2009).