Technology in Schools

So this week for my assignment, we have been able to familiarize ourselves with Interactive Whiteboards or Smart Boards. I personally have never used one before but after trying it out this week, it is quite simple to use. Here is an EdCanvas of my research of Interactive Whiteboards which includes a video of me demonstrating how to use one.

Click here for my EdCanvas!


mLearning Reflection

For my reflection, I was asked to review a lesson plan and write down where I could incorporate mLearning. In addition, I must write down 3 things that needed to be considered if I were to use mLearning.

Click Here for the lesson plan!

From the lesson plan, Google Docs would be a perfect way for the entire class to contribute on a book together for the “collaborative writing” component. Not only will each student know who contributed what, but it is easily accessible to everyone at once. I believe that if everyone is able to view the document together, rather than passing it along one by one, students will be more interested. Some things that would need to be considered are:

  1. Do all the students have a form of technology that will allow them to access this document?
  2. How can I organize this collaboration in a way that will be active for students waiting to write
  3. Do students have a Google account? Although sign-in is not required to access Google Docs, the student will be anonymous if they do not sign-in which will make it difficult to keep track of who is writing.

Learning Management Systems Reflection

For my reflection, I have been asked to consider 4 tools (communication, assessment, content organization, and content) I would use as a teacher as well as why I would use them and how it would enhance the course for both teacher and student.

As a teacher some features that I would use in my classroom would be:  email, rubrics, folders, and web links. Emails would be used to contact the students if there are any changes to the class plan and/or if I need to speak with the student directly.  I hope to become a food studies teacher and since my students will be doing a lot of hands-on work, I will use rubrics to outline my expectations of what their finished product should look like and what my students should expect.  Folders would be used for students to organize and keep their recipes in an orderly manner, and web links would be used for students to explore and learn about what they will be doing next class (and then completing a quiz), on their own time allowing for more time in class to cook.

I believe that these tools will enhance the course for the student because many students enjoy food studies because they are able to experience cooking in a fun way. The less time spent sitting, listening, and writing, the more the student will enjoy the class. As the teacher, I hope that these tools can make the class more efficient and allow me to spend more time focusing on the students while they cook. I can also utilize web links to possibly allow students to complete the theoretical component of the class online, which would help minimize time spent on marking.

Here is a screenshot of my home page from the website Course Sites.

Home Page

Where am I now?

Philosophy of Teachnology

The least effective way I have seen teachers use technology in the classroom is either poor presentation or zero technology use. I have had teachers create a very dry, boring PowerPoint resulting in me having absolutely no interest in learning the material or paying attention to the professor. I am a visual learner so to me, it is very important that the presentation be as interesting as the speaker.

The most effective way I have seen teachers use technology is in my spring Education Technology course. I have not had a teacher or professor utilize Google Docs where the students take surveys and have the results shown quickly or editing a document with my peers to share ideas without having to move around the classroom. This is something new to me and I was very interested and intrigued to see it in use.