Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Virtual Field Trip

Week 9 PLE

* What are some ways you can tell that you have successfully integrated technology into your lesson?
If the students learn what they are supposed to learn, then the technology was successful. If the technology is solely for entertainment than it is not appropriate to waste classroom time. However, if it inspires a child or encourages a child to seek learning, than the technology was helpful to their learning experience.
* What do you feel technology should accomplish in order to be a legitimate addition to your lesson?
There are certain criteria established by the state what a child should learn at a certain age level. However, it is difficult to know what a special education student should know at their age. So, it should be evident that a student is learning.
* What indicators can tell you whether or not you have chosen an appropriate technology for your lesson?
If the child is distracted from the purpose of the lesson, than the technology is a hindrance and not appropriate. If it engages a student, especially one that doesn't normally enjoy participating in usual activities, than the technology is appropriate.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Week 8 PLE


Content goals must match up with the technology used, and sometimes this is difficult. Also, a computer and matching up certain things cannot possibly be perfectly accurate. The student's personal and individual needs must be addressed.
The main idea of the article is that Technology and content and pedagogy can be matched up to find the best possible activities using technology to be used.
Integration is what will be focused on by the teacher in deciding what content-based activities to do.
It is important that a teacher understands what a certain activity will teach a student. Because a lot of the time, school time is wasted on activities that don't focus on the content goals.

Week 7 PLE

i. Technology is able to teach students dynamically because, at this point in history, it is not fully integrated into society. Technology exists, and is a huge part of our lives and of the learning process in schools. However, new technologies are coming out. This is able to amaze and keep a student entertained while learning important principles at the same time. It reminds the student that learning can be fun. This is great because many students can easily get bored or discouraged by school.

ii. Technology may detract from student learning because they may not be focusing on what they need to learn. Also, many technologically savvy things have more than one application on them, and may interrupt steady learning. For example, graphing calculators are extremely beneficial in a math class, and most of the time necessary. However, a student may not learn because he is distracted by the games on the calculator.

iii. I think that the computer, as well as the internet, is the most useful tool for learning. Now students can type papers or type more in depth and helpful notes during class. The internet has soo many resources for every kind of learning. Research papers are more easy to to write with more accessible information. In calculus class, the newer version of graphing calculators allow one to solve problems more accurately and efficiently. Google documents are amazing. They make study groups very dynamic. One can share a file with multiple peers and they can all add their thoughts to the document.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Week 6

Some other sensory experiences that can complement a virtual tour: Video sources, such as Youtube or Teachertube. Clips of songs. Pictures. Sound effects playing in the background. Spray a specific smells. Bring sand, water, souvenirs, or something else for the kids to touch.
I went on the Google earth tour involving volcanoes. I thought it was useful to the learning process to put in follow-up questions and other activities within the tour to encourage the students to pay attention. In the Holocaust/ WWII example, I liked how events, linked to places, were put in chronological order. The overlays in the Civil War example were really professional.
The obvious upside of a virtual field trip is that the kids are interested in technology and this makes learning fun. Also, the kids are able to break off into groups and go through the tour at their own pace (if extra computers are available). A downside for the virtual tour, is that the kids may want to go on a real field trip when finances can’t cover it.