Thursday, February 7, 2013

Journal entry #4

 In this chapter, it will teach how technology and educational change help teachers infuse technology into both the classroom instruction and professional work.  Technology integration refers to ways that build technology into all aspects of their work and educational change refers to innovations by teachers that create new patterns of teaching and learning in schools. In chapter four, it discusses many ways teachers can incorporate both in exciting ways and so many different possibilities. These two do not only mean by using computers and other technology devices. It has two elements: The teacher mindset and multiple pathways. Teacher mindset asks how computers, internet, and other sources enable students to meet their curriculum goals and outcomes, while multiple pathways is about using limited sources teachers can promote successful learning.
            Technology use can be subdivided into three different ways: Inside the classroom, outside the classroom, and both inside and outside the classroom. A key to making technology a substantive part of daily teaching is to think both technologically and educationally.  Technology-based library is where teachers and their students have been able to locate so much potentially useful information easily and efficiently. Technology-based textbook is where teachers can go online to find reading materials from every subject area. Technology based learning environment offers new possibilities for extending beyond the school day while building a greater learning community in the school.
            Technology use in schools tends to follow one of the two broad trends: inclusion or infusion.  Inclusion means that computers and other information technologies are used mainly for traditional purposes of transferring information and practicing skills. Infusion means that computers and other information technologies are ongoing features of teaching and learning in all academic subjects at all grade levels.
            There are 5 stages of technology integration: entry, adoption, adaptation, appropriation, and invention. ACOT studies found that teachers demonstrated greater accomplishments with technology as they moved up the scale on the five stages. These learning developments included:
·         Becoming more socially aware and socially confident
·         Acting as an independent self-starter
·         Working well collaboratively
Nowadays every classroom has at least one computer, if not more. It is rare you go into a classroom and not see one. Only having one computer in the classroom get the students to interact with one another by either doing power points and presentations. Divide the students into groups and each group can take their turn on the computer, while the other students can be doing other things in the classroom.
            Even having limited sources to a computer does not mean technology cannot be put to good use. IT all depends on how a teacher uses their time and sources efficiently. Teachers  now have many options to collect information from different sources such as an electronic textbook, technology-based library, and based textbooks.

Focus Question # 4:  
 What instructional strategies and approaches promote technology integration while addressing the participation gap?

·          One to one laptop computing initiatives provide every student with technology they can use for learning
·         1-3 formats use computers as a learning center or station where students do academic activities while the teacher works with the other group of students
·         Electronic textbooks provide students with learning materials they can focus from any online computer
·         Dialogue among students and teachers is a method for involving students in educational change efforts in schools.

Tech tool 4.1 :

This webpage explores many topics of interest to technology using teachers from any subject field. Going onto the webpage, I first notice many blogs from different tragic moments in the United States including the hurricane in New York and hurricane that hit in New Orleans and how students had to deal with the aftermath. There are many types of blogs that deal with education and real life experiences. You can also subscribe to the webpage and inbox the editors. They have articles about technology and so much more! This webpage can give any teacher, new or old, ideas of what to do in the class.  

Opinion: Unlike before, teachers have many different options to create and look up information to teach a class. Everything has changed since I was in elementary school. I remember when the best technology we had was writing on the projector. Nothing as exciting as what my little sister tells me what she learned in school and everything that they teach her. Students and teachers can put their knowledge together and make the classroom a place that students always want to be at. To keep a students attention is not easy, but to use technology efficiently and correctly can attract any students attention.