Thursday, October 28, 2010

Students want Technology in Class

 Findings showed that there were numerous advantages including enhanced student achievement, advanced skills and problem solving opportunities, more comprehensive student assessment, increased student motivation, increased family involvement and instruction and experience in future job-related skills. This study was found in 1996 called "Getting America's Students Ready for the 21st Century: Meeting the Technology Literacy Challenge".

Many students see school as an accepted ritual that one has to endure to move on to the next level, a place where educators are dispensers of knowledge and students are merely the vessels waiting to be filled. There are teachers that make education interesting by interacting with their students which is a good thing because most of these teachers allow the use of technology for an advantage. The Internet world is changing at a rapid pace and the textbook will soon be obsolete because it doesn't keep up with things that happen everyday.

The Motivation of Technology

The use of technology in classrooms is very important. Technology as seen in this video, can motivate students to want to learn.; therefore,  learning in the classrooms has come  along way, with the help of technology.  I believe that it is extremely important to use technology even with the little ones. Nowadays everything is on a computer, so it’s never too early to start teaching with technology in schools. With the help of technology, we can become more advanced in everything, whether it be in school, or jobs. I strongly agree with using technology in the classrooms.

The link below is the video.

Motivating with Technology

The Benefits of Educational Technology and e-learning

Technology is an ubiquitous factor in our everyday lives, including our jobs and our education.  It has been improving the performance of students of all ages.  Teachers use it as a tool to engage students in it’s usage by students as an avenue for creativity, career planning, education, and communication. Technology is used universally and it has definitely paved the way for growth amongst our society.

Teachers have found that technology is a creative way to connect students with information.Originally teachers would read a book out loud and the kids would be either falling asleep or paying attention to other kids. Fast forward to today, teachers use power point presentations to catch the student’s attention, though some students still don’t pay attention it catches many more of the students attentions. The web is another useful tool which connects students to experts in the real world and provides numerous opportunities for expressing understanding through images, sounds, and text. Innovation has found its way into students projects because of the information at their fingertips.  They can now acquire and refine their analysis and problem solving skills as they work individually and in teams to find, process, and combine information they’ve found online thru useful search engines online.

Also, without technology students wouldn’t be able to manage their education or future career. For instance, a web designer needs a computer in order to create a website.  As to an accountant who needs a calculator to do all their calculations as quickly as possible. When students are using technology as a tool or a support for communicating with others, they are in an active role rather than the passive role receiving information transmitted by a teacher, textbook, or broadcast. Technology allows students to think actively about information, decisions, and executing skills rather than trying to figure things out on their own. Furthermore technology is a very useful thing to students, as to teachers, and even parents to communicate and learn about many things. In addition, technology has made it fun, interesting, and has made learning easier for students with the many options out there.

Friday, October 22, 2010

The Vision of Using Technology in the classroom

Ten years ago, computers were scarce compared to the abundance we have now in the classroom. School districts were fighting for funds to be able to purchase them, and now some private schools even offer laptops to students who enroll. If you go into any storage room in a public school, you will find countless CPU's and monitors. Technology has come a long way since then, and now we have handheld computers and iPads. 
A link to a video below represents what can be the vision of education now and in the future.

The Vision of Technology in Today's Classroom