Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Week 9

What are some ways you can tell that you have successfully integrated technology into your lesson?
Students enjoy the technology and perform better and seem to learn more than when the technology is not integrated

What do you feel technology should accomplish in order to be a legitimate addition to your lesson?
Successful integration of technology motivates students to perform better and participate in the lesson. It is not a distraction from learning, but an addition to it.

What indicators can tell you whether or not you have chosen an appropriate technology for your lesson?
Student participation, reactions, and positive performance.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Digital Storytelling Revamped


It can be hard to integrate technology appropriately for some teachers. They have to focus on the content.
The main idea of the article is that teachers learn about different technologies and how to use them appropriately in the best way possible.
Teachers need to be able to use technology to support their content. Technology should be used to support activities.
It gives good advice as to how to integrate technology into the curriculum, as well as how to learn about it.

Virtual Tour Assignment


Week 7

Technology can help create dynamic experiences for students in many ways. I have seen technology used to help students interact with whatever is going on in the classroom. It gets them engaged in what the class is doing, especially if it's technology they have no access to anywhere else. It can help students hear and see things that allow them to interact, at least partially, with cultures different than their own. Some technologies help students to focus on concepts. I have seen students get excited about the opportunity to use technology.
Technology can also detract from learning. While many great things are available through technology, a virtual field trip is no substitute for experiencing things first hand. A digital story, while it may be fun, is sometimes not as good as just hearing a story read. Technology can be a distraction from learning when students and teachers get too hung up on using it and feel they need to integrate it into everything. Technology should be a tool to aid learning, not a substitute for real, quality teaching.
I have seen smartboards used very effectively in 2 different classroom settings. In one class, the teacher uses the smartboard to take role, causing students to notice their peers, and to talk about the weather and the date. These things could be done without technology, but the use of technology makes ordinary activities much more exciting to students. In the other classroom, the teacher used the smartboard to have students spell words, teaching them letters and sounds. I have also seen fun voicechanging toys used to encourage severe special ed students to talk in a severe special ed classroom. These technologies and others are used very effectively in classrooms.