New Technologies in the Classroom

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Classrooms of the Future

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Innovative ideas are offered on how new technologies and learning approaches can be integrated into schools. It challenges us to think of learning spaces in a new way. Classrooms of the Future are of interest to researchers and students, designers and educators across various disciplines including education, cognitive, social and educational psychology. Amongst the new technologies offered in the realm of multi-media for use in the classroom are L.C.D. projectors, simulators, interactive white boards and personal computers. These can be portable as in lap tops, I-pods, flash drives or permanently affixed and have made various software ei. (word, excel & power point)  along with internet access available to the student. Now we will explore three of these new technical advancements.

http://www.nmc.org/pdf/Future-of-Higher-Ed-(NMC).pdf

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June 13, 2010 at 6:16 pm

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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.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_learning_environment

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June 13, 2010 at 5:54 pm

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Interactive Smart/Whiteboard

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Interactive Whiteboards are phenomenal tools. Don’t know what an interactive whiteboard is? Perhaps you’ve heard of some of their brand names – SMART Board, ActivBoard, eBeam, Mimio, and Webster are some of the most widely used at this time.

“Interactive whiteboards are used in many schools as replacements for traditional whiteboards or flipcharts. They provide ways to show students any thing which can be presented on a computer’s desktop (educational software, web sites, and others). In addition, interactive whiteboards allow teachers to record their instruction and post the material for review by students at a later time. This can be a very effective instructional strategy for students who benefit from repetition, who need to see the material presented again, for students who are absent from school, for struggling learners, and for review for examinations. Brief instructional blocks can be recorded for review by students—they will see the exact presentation that occurred in the classroom with the teacher’s audio input. This can help transform learning and instruction.” (Wikipedia 8/07)

These are some resources for interactive whiteboards. Some are specific to a certain brand, but the ideas can still be used on most of them. We aren’t specifically recommending a certain brand. Some teachers of the deaf like the SMART Board because they don’t have to use a digital pen to write on the board, hindering their signing. Some of the more portable systems like the Mimio and the eBeam are good for more transient classrooms. The ActivBoard has a lot of built-in templates and resources; but there are probably more online resources for the SMART Board (at this time).

Ways to use Interactive Whiteboards in the Classroom (from the Instructional Technology Department of the Wichita Public Schools):

  • Save lessons to present to students who were absent
  • Create video files to teach a software application, a lesson, or as a review to be posted to the server or web. Example- How to create a graph in Excel or hoe to burn a projects to cds
  • Use the built in maps to teach continents, oceans, countries, or states and capitals.
  • Present presentations created by student or teacher
  • Have students create e-folios including samples of their work and narration
  • Digital storytelling
  • Teach whole group computer or keyboarding skills
  • Brainstorming
  • Take notes directly into PowerPoint presentations
  • Reinforce skills by using on-line interactive web sites
  • Creating a project calendar
  • Teach editing skills using editing marks
  • Use in the 6 trait writing process
  • Use highlighter tool to highlight nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc.
  • Use it with Kidspiration or Inspiration
  • Teaching students how to navigate the Internet
  • Illustrate and write a book as a class. Use the record feature to narrate the text.
  • Use the Interwrite software to create lessons in advance at home or at school. Then save them for future use or to be shared with other teachers
  • Diagramming activities
  • Teaching steps to a math problem.
  • Have students share projects during Parent/Teacher/Student conferences
  • Graphics and charts with ESL learners and special ed students.
  • Teaching vocabulary
  • Electronic Word Wall
  • End each day by having students write one thing that they learned

http://rmtc.fsdb.k12.fl.us/tutorials/whiteboards.html

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June 13, 2010 at 5:52 pm

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Simulators

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When the tasks to be taught involve expensive equipment or are dangerous for the inexperienced and too time consuming to perform actually, then software programs in conjunction with a variety of hands on and virtual equipment can be used to drill, practise and assess the trainee.  By using simulators students are able to practice skills in a controlled environment without worry of making mistakes and dangering themselves, others, or damaging expensive equipment. This allows for a safe training experience which is important in operator training of automated and highly complexed machinery. Simulators are computer controlled devices that are programmed to coordinate graphic and auditory stimuli in an interactive setting or work station. Learner reacts to the information presented by the simulator and in turn simulates a reaction that would happen should that skill or information demostration be offered in a real time enviroment. Simulators are expensive, not all organizations can afford them. Through proper assessment,  institutions can determine their needs. If such apparatus is available it must be used wisely. Use of the simulator must be preceded by necessary lower level learning. All simulator activities or practise sessions should be kept short and gradually lenghtened in duration as the student ‘s abilities approve.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simulators#Flight_simulation

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June 13, 2010 at 5:27 pm

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Summary

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This could be a simple list that any evaluator can use to decipher how the technology is being used in a particular lesson.

Is the technology being used “Just because it’s there”?

This would be the use of edutainment software, the use of a particular piece of technology because it happens to be in the room. The teacher dabbles with technology, not having a real focus on its use within the lesson but uses it as an add-on or at a very basic level (no real impact on the learning process).

Is the technology allowing the teacher/students to do Old things in Old ways?

Publishing a piece of writing in Word rather than hand writing it would be an example of this. Also, using an LCD projector instead of a white/black board for a lesson. Another example would be researching on the Internet rather than in an Encyclopedia.

These are all great things, and great ways to use technology, but they are only replacing the way we have always done things with something that might be faster, easier, and more accurate. In the end however, they are still the same old things we have been doing for years in education.

Is the technology allowing the teacher/students to do Old things in New ways?

Examples would be: watching Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech or listening to a recording of Stalin. Old things in New ways could also be reading and evaluation an original piece of writing or visiting a battle site via Google Earth.                                                                                                                

These are not new things…just new ways of doing old things. We used to read Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech to the class, now we can watch him give his speech in Washington D.C. We used to read the words of Stalin, now we can hear him speak them. We used to read from a book, now we can read and look at the original document. Instead of talking about a battle site, we can now visit that site virtually. These are not new things; they just enhance the old ways of doing things.

Is the technology creating new and different learning experiences for the students?

Does the technology allow students to learn from people they never would have been able to without it? Does the technology allow students to interact with information in a way that is meaningful and could not have happened otherwise? Does the technology allow students to create and share their knowledge with an audience they never would have had access to without technology?

Many of our teachers are not at this level yet and many might never get here because this level of technology use requires a new way of looking at learning. One in which many of our schools are not yet prepared to look deeply into. It is great to see teachers using technology in their lessons. It is even more informative if you can evaluate at what level that technology is affecting learning. Is it a replacement for the way we do things or is it something completely new and pushes both the students and teacher to new heights, new learning, and new knowledge.

In regards to the leaps and bounds that technology in the electrical trade has expanded in recent years. Including such things as smart houses, programmable electronic devices and advanced home entertainment centers in residences to programmable logic controllers (PLCs), electronic variable speed motor controls, digital metering and fiber optics in industry we as instructors must keep ourselves up-to-date in order to give our students the most modern relevant information to better prepare them to meet this influx of new technology. To do this we need the most modern training equipment available.

References

http://www.thethinkingstick.com/evaluating-technology-use-in-the-classroom

http://ecmweb.com/mag/electric_faces_future/

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June 13, 2010 at 5:00 pm

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