TechKNOWLEDGEy

Technology takes a lot more knowledge than most people think. It can be very overwhelming to someone who does not understand the basics, so as teachers, we must approach technology positively in order to see students grow in their own personal knowledge.

photo 1In the classroom, teachers must understand and utilize instructional software. Instructional software is programs that are purposefully designed to deliver or support multiple learning activities. The software has changed over the years. It used to reflect behavior and cognitive learning theories, but it now is designed to support a constructivist approach. There are five different categories of the software known as drill-and-practice, tutorial, simulation, instructional games, and problem solving. Several of them may overlap each other as well. In the classroom, drill-and-practice is used for skill practice which can be done through flash card activities, branching drill, or extensive feedback activities. Tutorial is the actual information delivery. There is both linear and branching tutorials, but it takes adequate record keeping, interactivity, and other specific criteria. It is good for immediate feedback and saving time. Simulations can be physical, iterative, procedural, or situational to use as demonstration and exploration. It can be very beneficial as it gets students involved and makes impossible possible. It also is good for discussion work with the whole class, small groups, or individuals. Instructional games are used for skill practice and exploration as they teach through rules, competition, and entertainment. Students usually have a high interest in the activity and see it as a reward. Problem solving can also be used for both skill practice and exploration, but it encourages more group problem solving and provides structure. Overall, the software system must be used intentionally and accurately.

photo 3Computers also are designed for features and capabilities of word processing, spreadsheet, and database software tool programs that can be incorporated in the classroom. Word processing produces documents as a stream of text. It saves time and enhances document appearance through graphics and placement. It also allows sharing of documents and collaboration. It can be incorporated in the classroom through reading and writing assignments at a young age. Later on teachers can use it for easier grading and submission. It should be used for teachers to produce documents and more importantly collaborate with their students in order to save a lot of classroom time. Spreadsheets can be a little more challenging to use in the classroom, but it is still highly effective and used to organize and manipulate numerical data. Though I do not think students should have to work much with spreadsheets, teachers should use it as seating charts, to keep up with grades, and to keep all other information organized in rows and columns, charts, formulas, and manipulations. Teachers may also display spreadsheets to help keep students organized as well. Students may learn at a young age the concept of spreadsheets through a reward system or checklists. Databases take technology to another level allowing users to store, organize, and manipulate data textually and numerically. It allows teachers to increase their instructional skills through records, reports, files, and many other things. It should be used in the classroom by teachers to personalize important documents and to keep an inventory of resources. Word processing, spreadsheets, and databases are all tools that can and should be incorporated into a successful classroom.

photo 2The classroom also is a place for teaching and learning task that planning and organizing tools can support for teachers and students. Material generators, graphic tools, content-area tools, planning and organizing tools, data collection and analysis tools, and research and reference tools all help to make the classroom more efficient. Recent developments of new and improved technology have improved the efficiency, productivity, and appearance of technology which allows for more accurate and time information to support sharing and interaction. Some teachers and students  use generators such as rubrics, worksheets, PDF makers, and others for instruction materials. They can also use software to create lesson plans and outline  tools and concepts. Some support tools are through GPS, GIS, and CAD systems. They can also use graphing calculators, probeware, and reading tools to support specific content areas. Students spend much of their time on electronic encyclopedias, atlases, and dictionaries to look up information. Teachers take information and organize it through electronic grade books, statistical packages, and information, testing, and response systems. I remember my high school English teacher introducing me to the many programs. She gave assignments that required research that also came with using content area tools. I want my students to know how to plan and organize, so I give them tasks to chart a shopping list or draw a map of the classroom. There is no doubt all of these tools can be utilized daily.

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7 thoughts on “TechKNOWLEDGEy

  1. I agree that technology takes much more knowledge than many realize. I am proof of this due to my difficulty I had in creating a blogroll. With this being said, it is very difficult to student especially ones who have had no access to technology at home. Because of this technology instruction is vital to these students success.

  2. Love how you did your title!! Very creative. Technology has become a big part in education now days. There is not much pencil and paper writing and library research like it used to be when I was in school. That is why I think student should have some sort of knowledge about technology. Simple things like how the computer works and how to research.

  3. I agree that technology can be very overwhelming to those who know very little about it. Even as an adult, I still struggle with technology. This blog posed difficulties in the beginning for myself. With this being said, students also have difficulties with technology before they learn. Your title was also very creative. I enjoy reading your post. You have a great understanding of technology.

  4. Yes indeed, technology can be overwhelming for adults and children. I know everyone has to start somewhere, and to some it comes easy where with others it is more difficult. I would like to think I am at a happy medium. Well, until I get to that point that I can’t make a heading look just so, or I get my spacing off, or somehow I have hit a wrong button and the screen goes blank. Those are the times I feel like waking up my son and asking “what did I do and can you fix it?”.

  5. Technology is very overwhelming! It is only getting harder and harder, but technology is what the world is coming to. It is very important for the teachers to know how to use it to be able to show the kids what to do. If the kids are having problems with technology then it is going to be hard for them to succeed in our society today. I am luck enough to be able to go to different technology trainings to see what my students will be doing on the computer. Once the students understand what to do in different programs then they get excited about having something fun and new to do.

  6. Technology can be overwhelming! So many are illiterate in the computer world and it can be challenging for many. Many children are able to pick up on it faster than adults because they are enveloped in a world streaming with technology and hardly lived a day without it!

  7. I know that this class is based on technology in the classroom and perhaps i am the only one who feels this way but i miss the old ways a little bit where pencil and paper use to be used. I think that sometimes teachers depend to much on technology to pull the weight for them and i myself have found my own sons teachers grading papers wrong because they are following the checklist given to them rather than checking the papers themselves.

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