Ed 3508

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Related (specific) technology outcome:
P.3.4.1
select and use, independently, multimedia capabilities for presentations in various subject areas

Subject: English Language Arts

Grade: 10

Description: Power point is a great way for students to blend text, images, and sound in a presentation. They have access to many different layouts and designs which will allow them to personalize thier projects.The students who have a lesser understanding of technology will still be able to use this program effectively, though not in such a creative way as those who are familiar with it. The result will be a sophisticated multimedia presentation combining all required elements.
Technology integration can be a very useful tool in the classroom. However, that is only if it is used properly. Bad teachnology integration occurs when it becomes the primary focus, using teachnology just for the sake of using it. Some example could be using a spreadsheet document independantly just to show the use of a spread sheet, or creating a powerpoint just to show that you can use the program. Programs change at such a rapid rate that this is not advisable. Instead you need to use good technology integration, where technology is the means to the end. This could be using an internet site to show children communities outside there own to compare and contrast them for a social studies unit. They are using technology just to use it, they are using it to expand thier knowledge of communities and what makes up a community. Some barriers to technology integration in the classroom can sometimes be teacher ignorance to the programs available to them, but it could also be an unwillingness to change. Some teachers like a certain structured way of doing things and new tachnology means having to step out of their comfort zone. It could also be that a tecaher just doesn't know how to implement a program successfully in their classroom even though they can personally use it and are not opposed to change.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

After starting my own blog I can see how blogging could be used in the classroom. I found this program relitively easy to navigate and think that younger students could do the same. Within the classroom there are many different ways in which blogs could be incorporated. If in your classroom you do not have a school email system and you wish to reach your students over the internet, you could create a blog for the class where they could get class assignments online. This would provide an oppertunity for those who my have lost the assignment requirements a way to still get the assignment done. Also with parental or student permission you could use blogs to publish student work. As we are studying in our Language and Learning class it is very important to be able to publish your students work in some way as it increases thier ambition to do the best that they possibly can. Publishing a students work through blogs could increase thier desire to learn and therefore assist classroom teaching.
My name is Jennifer MacNeill and I am from Grande Prairie. I'm a drama major and I also love to dance. I danced for 13 years in the disciplines of ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, and hip hop. I am the middle child of seven and the only girl and as a result have a quite loud and outgoing personality. My mom is a teacher along with five of my aunts and uncles, and one of my cousins, it seems to run in the family. I am not a very tech savy person and hope to learn a lot from this course.