New Technologies in the Classroom

assinment #2 for ED3801

Computers in the Classroom

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Personal computers can allow viewing of useful web pages or important information located on the hard drive. The Internet has become widely used as a reference, resource tool. Software such as WORD , EXCEL or Powerpoint are now used to speed up or enhance work done. In class networking allows instructors simultaneous access to all student P.C.s to conduct lessons or testing etc. Also in the mix of new technologies that the use of a P.C. make available or interactive are, simulators, digital photography,virtual learning enviroments and electronic interactive whiteboards.

A virtual learning environment (VLE) is a system designed to support teaching and learning in an educational setting, as distinct from a Managed Learning Environment, (MLE) where the focus is on management. A VLE will normally work over the Internet and provide a collection of tools such as those for assessment (particularly of types that can be marked automatically, such as multiple choice), communication, uploading of content, return of students’ work, peer assessment, administration of student groups, collecting and organizing student grades, questionnaires, tracking tools, etc. New features in these systems include wikis, blogs, RSS and 3D virtual learning spaces.

While originally created for distance education, VLEs are now most often used to supplement traditional face to face classroom activities, commonly known as Blended Learning. These systems usually run on servers, to serve the course to students Multimedia and/or web pages.


Written by mepurdy

June 13, 2010 at 5:54 pm

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