Archive for October, 2010

Teach-Ology Website

Media Presentation

Teach-ology

Link to my media presentation! Enjoy!

Elevator Proposals

Mid-Term Proposal of Online Presence

Elevator Pitch One: Teach-Ology. Connecting the teacher to the technology for their entire classroom needs.

Elevator Pitch Paragraph: Teach-Ology is an up and coming website devoted to helping teachers integrate technology into their everyday lesson plans. It takes the most modern technology and shows how teachers how to best use it in their classroom. Teacher’s can learn to integrate the technology to best meet their students needs. There is also a forum section where teachers can share their lesson plans with each other by technology!

Elevator Pitch Two:  Ask a Teacher! A website about education, for those not in education.

Elevator Pitch Paragraph:  Ask a Teacher! Is a website for people in the non-educational world, to ask questions to those who are. If a parent has a question about math, or science, or educational or special ed laws, they could post to the appropriate forum, and receive answers by teachers who are experts in their field.  Parents can look up and ask teachers in a particular region about the education there, and gain more knowledge about what their students should be learning.

Literature Review

I’ve been arguing the pros of technology in the classroom for the last couple weeks, but haven’t really covered the cons. The Luddites of education certainly have a list though. I’ve listened in on many conversations in the faculty room, and have found that the biggest complaint among teachers is that they don’t know how to use it, so they don’t. Using technology in the classroom can be tricky if one hasn’t been taught to do so. Being a technology education teacher, it is assumed that using technology is part of my job description. What isn’t part of my job description, is teaching other teachers to use what is readily available in their own classrooms. How many times I’ve gotten requests for “a quick lesson” or just “show me quickly how to do..” it always ends up taking far longer, than either party previously anticipated. What is lacking is teacher education and training in these areas. Some schools that are lucky enough have the technology in the classrooms, or available through the library. Things such as, SmartBoards, LCD projectors, DVD players and TV’s, laptop carts, and so on. A portion of teachers are familiar with all of the technology and use it so some extent, but other teachers, scared of using it, don’t bother with it. There are so many resources out there for the classroom, that are technology based, that is one isn’t willing to at least look and consider those options, they are doing their students a great disservice.

The use of technology in the classroom can’t be understated.  In an article by Victor Rivero he states the following,

“Social media and learning technology have been hot for some time now, but with the sudden proliferation of ebooks, e-readers, etextbooks, and interactive digital content, technology in education is approaching its flash point.”

There are an abundance of resources out there for the teacher who is willing to look, put in the time, and investigate other ways to get information across to their students.  There are no shortage of sites that cater to different educational levels, and subjects. Sites like Shoop.com, get students excited about literature, poems, humanities, and even standardized tests! Not to mention the boom in online textbooks. College students are finding them easier to access, and cheaper by 10-40%. There are a plethora of sites that are edging their way into the etextbook market by offering high school editions of many textbooks. Companies like Amazon, Apple, Hp, and Sony are making it easier by designing devices that can read these textbooks, in the classroom, at home, or anywhere. Devices like the iPad, and Kindle are not only redefining the face of publishing, but also of public education.

All of these different avenues of finding and presenting material to the students have benefits so great, it’s almost a crime not to do it. A popular initiative in public schools is SRBI, which is a nice acronym for what educators have liked to call differentiated instruction.  The benefits of which are widely stated by educators in special education. According to the Learning Disabilities Association,

“Students need choices as to how they will engage in classroom activities in order to be successful. They have to be excited and interested about the topics discussed in order to participate and make academic gains. Furthermore, connecting curriculum in the classroom with life happenings outside of the classroom makes learning meaningful” (Voltz, 2003)

Using multiple platforms to get the information across really makes sure that the most students are receiving the information. Presenting information as test, or lecture, and in a presentation, in a movie clip, in pictures, as a tangible object, those are ways to reach the most students. Every student has a different learning style, and without these kind of technologies it would be nearly impossible for every student to succeed with just basic lecture and note taking.

Using technology in the classroom fits right in with differentiating the students instruction, and isn’t the whole point of education to reach as many students at possible?

Use of Technology in the Classroom

Use of Technology in the Classroom.