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Multi-tasking Affects Learning - Although using different technologies can support different learning needs, educational objectives, and engage the learner, trying to do multiple tasks with technology can diminish what is learned and be a distraction. In fact, multi-tasking can even permanently alter your ability to learn. (Patricia McGee)

The New Classroom Look A futurist who really wants to see intense technology in all classrooms writes this article. He goes through the difficulties that it might take getting there, such as technology being outdated quickly, and the difficulty coming up with the funding, which is discussed in Chapter 2. The author envisions media walls in every classroom, completely ridding of overhead projectors or textbooks. He talks about kids using USB flash drives to turn in their work and using electronic textbooks instead of paper. The article also talks about changing the classroom around. It goes in line with some of the theories talked about in Chapter 2, that the class should be student-led and have interactive lessons. This was similar to Dewey and Vygotsky’s theories. --- Kimberly Reiffert
URL: http://www.edweek.org/dd/articles/2009/06/17/04classroomlook.h02.html

Project RED To Tackle the Impact of Technology on Education

This article relates to Chapter 2, in the section talking about “When technology works best”. This article is talking about a study to determine the great benefits of using technology in the classroom. “The project will also explore the cost savings realized by schools using technology in education.” This article is talking about trying to get technology into schools lacking it. In this section in Chapter two, it emphasizes how important it is that the teachers get the right training to be able to use the technology, and that the school district has a budget and knows what kind of money they are going to be needing to spend in order to reach their goal. This is one problem pointed out in the article. --- Kimberly Reiffert URL: http://thejournal.com/articles/2009/06/30/project-red-to-tackle-the-impact-of-technology-on-education.aspx?sc_lang=en

Games in the Classroom- We are in a time where teachers teaching at a chalk board all day is history. Games as a means of learning has brought a sense of fun and excitement to the classroom. Games allow children to be competitive with one another. I believe this motivates children to try harder. As Rick Kelsey, the director of Technology at Mckinley High school asked " is this the future of technology." I believe it is. I also believe teachers are starting to realize this also. As stated in this article, there are many down falls to gaming in the classroom. However, I believe the benefits out weigh the bad.- Courtney Kirby

I like what Courtney says about Games in the classroom. I believe people do believe when you say video games they think of Halo. These games though were only made to make money, and money spent on marketing is alot. So yeah it's hard to contend with those games to making video games fun at school for secondary levels. So my question is" How do week keep up with damand of technology especially in the schools if money isalways an issue. Joe Gonzales

Mobile labs are taking over K-12 Education. UTSA is in the forefront of this movement....

Second Life sweeps UTSA...

Technology in a Third Grade Classroom - An innovated third grade teacher shares her success story by utilizing computer technology to build a mixture of projects in her class. She uses the computer as a classroom tool to accomplish her assignments and teaches her students how to type on the keyboard, use the software and setting up slide show programs. With all this knowledge the students are able to complete their projects that involve, Kid Pix, in which the children make a slide show about themselves and something that they enjoy. Also using Kid Pix, in the month of February, Dental Health Month, they make a slide show that informs the rest of the class about dental hygiene. Also throughout the school year they work on a graphing project where their math skills are displayed leading to the main project. All the projects so far are centered around this one, The Multi-Media presentation. The teacher states "These projects are a fun way to use computers to support problem solving, data collection, information management, communications, presentations, and decision making." It seems that using computers in the classroom really does strengthen the learning that is presented.- Santiago R. Baltazar http://www.4teachers.org/testimony/sommer/index.shtml

Using Technology in a Kindergarten Classroom- A kindergarten teacher in Kansas uses technology with her kindergarten students using the program Kid Pix Studio. These children have access to a lab equipped with 25 Macintosh computers. All students start kinder at different levels of knowledge on how to use computers so she starts with the very basics using this program. As the year progresses she begins to teach them various things. She teaches them how to use a pencil, the paint bucket, how to draw. She incorporates this program with the lessons she is teaching in the classroom. For example, the children had to write a book about the four seasons and they did their drawings on the computer.- Allison Sanchez

Use of Technology Changes a Teacher's Methods - Mary Windschitl and Kurt Sahl of the University of Washington wrote an article on how a teacher changes his/her instructional methods when widespread technology, such as a laptop for each student, is introduced into the classroom. The article ties into Chapter 2 by discussing how the use of technology by these teachers often manifests in a move from Directed to Constructivist teachers. The focus is on three teachers in three programs who through the use of technology change from a wholistic learning environment to utilzing technology to successfully migrate to a individual learning environment where the students could work in small groups or individually to further their knowledge on a topic based on their individual learning progress. Students who were already familiar with a current topic, were allowed to use the laptop to further their knowledge of the topic, while students new to the topic were introduced to the subject. This change in teaching method created a learning environment that didn't leave students behind, nor held back the more advanced students. - Julie Gohlke

Student project inspires an entire school is an article about two ninth grade student who are in an advanced course called SPECTRA and for their final project were told to come up a project having to do with problem solving. They created an imitation of the Jeopardy game that connected the entire school to participate in the game. They had to incorporate real information that student from grades 6th-8th had already learned, and they themselves had already learned, throughout the school year. That made playing the game for the student very interesting because it was information that they knew and could have fun learning again. The way that the two ninth grade students learned was through John Dewey theory of Social Activism because they showed they learned through real world information with hands-on activity on the computer. -Emelin Laynez

Using Technology in the Early childhood classroomDr. Bruce Perry answers the question of; Are young children's brains well suited to the use of Technology? He explaines that television, movies, videos and most computer programs are very visually orientated and therefore attract and maintain the attention of young children. However, the problem with this is that they do not provide children with crucial emotional , social, cognitive, or pyhsical experiences they need when they are young. The developing child needs all these at the right combination at the right time in order to develop correctly. This can not happen if the child is sitting in front of the television all day.On the other hand there are positives to modern technologies. The technologies that benifit young children are those that are interactive and allow the child to develop their curiosty, problem solving and independent thinking skills.- Samantha Moran

Computers, Keyboarding, and First Grade Students Enhancing children ability to operate a key board is a great idea. A teacher in Kansas offers that ability to her students in the classroom. She takes her students to the computer lab to work on key boarding everyday for five to ten minutes a day. They also get computer lesson twice a week, the students enjoy going everyday and practicing key boarding. The teacher has many programs she enjoys but loves the Monster Rescue program. This program has three levels that the students are introduce to the home row and lower case letters. Level one home row keys, level two key trios, and level three typing simple words. At the bottom of the screen there are four monster as children process through the program the disappear. This program enhances the students ability to understand and assist with hand movement coordination. This teacher has instructed education technology to her students. --Cyndi Grandt--http://www.4teachers.org/testimony/kgathers/index.shtml

Lab at Chesapeake High designed to bring students into real world. Arin Gencer, journalist from the Baltimore Sun composed an article where she reports that Chesapeake High School received a virtual laboratory. "This virtual laboratory was designed to bring real world situations to students through 3-D simulations and problem solving scenarios that could help develop skills that future employers might expect." Superintendent Joe A. Hairston believes that this laboratory will produce creative problem solving that will give them real world situations that will help them in the future. This article shows one of the strategies to integrate technology based on constructivist that is discussed in Chapter 2 of our textbook. This technology will help with the integration to foster creative problem solving and metacognition. Through practice and time students will become more successful in the way they see a problem and solve it.--Juanita Cruz

eMINTS changes education in Missouri Monica Beglau wrote about how Missouri has implemented a program that is "enhancing Missouri's Instructional Networked Teaching Strategies" by integrating technology into the classroom. The students have numerous technologies at hand and are able to learn and create in a multimedia classroom. The addition of the new technology has created an interdisciplinary, student-centered environment which had brought about many rewards for teachers and students alike. The article outlines the way the program is funded, how the teachers are trained to use the technology and the results the program has provided for the students. I think this is a great article because it shows how important technology integration is, as we see in chapter 1 of our text.--Erica Saucedo

Arizona To Expand Virtual Field Trips A partnership with Central Arizona College and Pinal County Interactive Television Consortium is offering virtual field trips to schools in Arizona. In the recent past these schools have not been able to go on field trips due to time constraints and lack of funds. Eloy Elementary School took advantage of this opportunity and went on a virtual field trip to Toledo Science Center in Toledo, Ohio. They learned how roller-coasters are made and how they function. They even built their own roller-coaster as a class project. This article relates to how valuable technology can be in teaching and learning for students.--Shannon Sankey

Learning on the Ride - Bill G. Hudson, a professor at Vanderbuilt University's school of medicine conceived a program to pay homage to his rural roots. This is a pilot program in rural Arkansas that uses mobile internet technologies to start the day on long bus rides. This program seeks to give the students opportunities to advance in math and science. The students are provided with macBooks or XO computers and video iPods to use on their bus rides which are anywhere from 1 to 2 hours a day in these rural areas. The busses are equipped with wireless internet technology and drop down screens. Those students who successfully complete these online courses for 3 years can keep their MacBooks. In relation to the "chapter idea" this program is a good example on how to incorporate technology where it is needed. This allows the student to further educate themselves in areas which are lacking in schools today which are math and science. John Jones, the program director believes the rural kids tend to have less opportunities than other "big city" schools have and this program seeks to give them those opportunites. -- Mary Micklitz -- http://www.edweek.org/dd/

Integrating Technology into the Mathematics Classroom - As technology becomes more and more critical to the learning atmosphere of K-12 students across the country, a suprising number of Universities still do not have technology courses that are required for their future educators. While most will agree that teachers need to integrate technology into the curriculum for their students and many districts site "Use of Technology" as one of their observation objectives during classroom observations it seems that there is a disconnect between the information being taught to future educators and the knowledge these educators are expected to have once they reach the classroom. This article relates specifically to integrated technology into math classrooms, and preparing future teachers to do so by emphasizing technology integration (such as this course) during teacher preparation courses. - Julie Gohlke

At-risk high schoolers learn health science in an integrated curriculum This article talks about how a teacher, whose school is known for its high risk teen mothers and fathers, integrates technology that teaches them about teen pregnancy. The teacher carefully planes out the way that the technology will be used by adding online research, newsletters and TV commercial that student have to interact and learn how to use technology and learn about teen pregnancy at the same time. He evaluates how they are taking in the information by having the student do a scavenger hunts and make posters about what they learned. By the way that the teacher formatted his curriculum I believe that the teacher uses TIP model to make sure that he has planned out the curriculum in a manner that will be meaningful for the students. -Emelin Laynez

Gradebooks Take Virtual Approach School districts around the nation are searching for electronic answers to alleviate teachers’ grade-keeping worries that allows parents to stay informed of their children’s educational progress. Electronic gradebooks are popping up everywhere. Simple models allow teachers to enter students’ grades by computer, then automatically calculate averages and easily track assignments. The more advanced the gradebook system is, it can map trends of student and group accomplishments and link assignments and assessments to state standards. Also some of the new software has made an impact in certain parts of the country by reducing the number of parent-teacher conferences because parents were not surprised by their child's grade because of better communication methods. However, one of the biggest drawbacks is protecting the security of confidential information stored in the system, such as grades, strengths and weaknesses, special education needs, and attendance records. Many instructors love the gradebooks because they feel "It gives the student an opportunity to improve" and "It also gives the students and parents immediate feedback." - Santiago R. Baltazar

Teaching a Toddler How to Use the Computer When children start kindergarten, they are expected to already have basic computer knowledge, which most do not have. Very few preschools have computers in the classroom, so it is important for the parents to teach their children the basics about a computer. This article offers tips on how to teach your child about the keyboard and hot to use the mouse. It also states that there are some educational websites parents and toddlers can visit together to work on vocabulary words, the alphabet, and basic math. There are also many games that are simple enough for the toddler to play on their own once they understand how to use the mouse. Starting children on the computer at a young age is beneficial to their learning because in elementary schools students do alot of work on the computer and they must know how to properly operate one.--Christi Mewhort

Free At Last
"You cannot use technology as the foundation, if you don't know where you're going. Adding technology just helps you get nowhere faster". The superintendent of Vail School District, Calvin Baker, made this comment supporting his idea of substituting laptops for text books. Baker and his team implemented Beyond Textbooks Initiative. This is a program where the instructors start with the standards of the curriculum and use the standards to select the content of what and how to teach. Through the internet the instructor can now say "this is what I need to teach and here are all the resources I have to teach it" instead of "This is what I have available so this is what I teach". Electronically organizing all the standards and curriculum information has made it easier to update the everchanging information/standards. There is a wiki page for each standard and every teacher is encouraged to post their own material- lesson plans, actvities and presentaions producung an ever expanding library of educational materials created by teachers and tested in the classroom through out the district. All these postings are monitored by a designated staff member. Wiki is a great resource for the teachers in helping them learn what works and doesn't work in the classroom. This article is a good example of how technology becomes a great resource for the teachers who then can implement these technologies into the classroom. - Mary Micklitz - www.thejournal.com

Networking Teachers Coaxing Colleagues to Use Technology
In our text we read about several points that help teachers to get higher stages of awareness about technology. One point that is discussed is the training over time of technology. This is exactly what this article shares with us. This article is about a summer institute that lets teachers see how technology tools can be used to generate practical activities for students to be engage in what they are learning. Institutes and on going training like these help teachers with ideas in how they can integrate technology in their lessons. - Juanita Cruz

The Teaching Power of Hip-Hop
- This article is about a school in Chicago that uses Hip-Hop to teach students. A man by the name of Enoch Muhammad has his students listen to hip hop and then break down the meaning of the song. This is an awesome way to teach children who don't learn the paper pencil way. These students are listening to the music that they like at the same time as they are learning to get meaning or learning language arts. The goal Mr. Muhammad has for these students is turning them away from violence and take responsibility for their own lives. Many students who come from low socio-economic areas are already labeled as ones who are probably not going to graduate. Giving the students a chance to learn using what they are good at and having it work towards them. This is a great way to help these students be successful.- Allison Sanchez

Missouri District Implements Algebra Intervention Program-- Hazelwood School District in St. Louis has implemented a new software program called Carnegie Learning bridge to Algebra, including textbooks.This program is used to help prepare students who do not have the skills to enter into Algebra I. This software program can identify the strengths and weaknesses of the students,which allows the teacher to know what areas need more instruction. This goes along with the systematic instructional design model in chapter 2 of the textbook. Where learning was most efficient when it was supported by a designed system of instruction.--Shannon Sankey

5 Ways We're Diminishing Learning by Assuming Face-to-Face Instruction is Best--Ruth Reynard posted a viewpoint about how face-to-face instruction is not always the best. She says since some students struggle with face-to-face instruction, online technology should be more mainstream instead of viewed as an alternative form of teaching. The article also states recent studies have proven that online based learning communities seem to be more beneficial to students than regular instruction. She also goes on to state that teachers need innovative ways to teach subjects in their classroom to combat student boredom. The teachers also need to be trained as well, in order for the technology to be used properly and efficiently. This article correlates to a part in chapter 2 that helps design integration strategies, which includes preparation on the part of the teacher.--Erica Saucedo

I read an article on www.arcademicskillbuilders.com/success_smeltz.htm that a teacher Ms. Smelts a second grade teacher integrated videos in the classroom. She found that they seemed to be "stuck in a rut" and their progress was at a halt. She found that this video game basically repeated practice of the addition facts in a fun, exciting way! She commented students play video games all the time at the house. This was a way to let them enjoy their playing time, but to practice a skill at the same time. Many parents were glad of the alternative. The children wanted to practice in a good competitive way. She used a game called Jet Ski Addition to the class using a projector. Come to find out that the results of the children playing this game were all positive in percentages before, and after. –Joe Gonzales

Schools Win Wireless Labs CDW-G Sweepstakes and Discovery Education announced their 2009 winners for wireless labs in their schools. Tyler Elementary in Texas was one of the schools that won. The whole reason for the sweepstakes was to promote student maximize achievement and knowledge.
This was to give student and teacher the opportunity to use technology and explore new ways that students can use technology. This will prepare students for future goals. The schools won a $5,000 Discovery Education digital media grant; 20 notebook or tablet computers (HP, Lenovo, or Toshiba);One projector (Epson or NEC);One document camera (AVerMedia);One printer (Epson or HP);One camcorder (Sony);One interactive whiteboard (Promethean or PolyVision);20 student response devices (Promethean or PolyVision);Three wireless access points (D-Link, Linksys, or Netgear); and A Bretford mobile cart.
All these prizes are going to benefit the school and the student. The students in Tyler Elementary will succeed in technology and be able to integrate what they learn to future knowledge. Technology has taken over this era and will mostly likely advance and better the future. **Cyndi Grandt*

Preschool Integration: Strategies for Teachers. In this article Sarah Stafford talks about how letting children with special need work with children who do not have special needs can be a positive experience. Stafford explains that both students benifit from this experience. She describes the long-term benefits as:1) increased IQ scores, 2) decreased time spent in special education classes, 3) reduced education costs, 4) reduced crime and delinquency, 5) fewer teen pregnancies and 6) improved socialization. I agree with Mrs stafford I believe that by letting students work together regardless of there learning disabilities it will help them feel part of the class.I also believe that group work is a very innovative way to keep students engaged and learning. - Samantha Moran

http://www.kidsource.com/education/computers.children.html#teacher This article challenges the age-appropriateness of computers and children. It contends that children under the age of three, are not developmentally capable of benefiting from a computer in the learning aspect. It is believed that children in this age group must first master crawling, walking, and talking. Children in pre-kinder can begin exploring and using developmentally appropriate software. As they grow older, children can improve motor skills, mathematical processes, creativity, critical thinking, and problem solving. As they gain more skills and knowledge, children increase their self-esteem. Children enjoy using the computer as a learning device. The computer motivates children to turn an otherwise mundane lesson into an exciting one. When computers are used as teaching devices, children can learn lessons, reach learning objectives, and attain goals. While computers and educationally sound computer software can be instrumental in educating students of all ages, it is imperative that teachers be trained properly on the most efficient and effective ways of utilizing software programs. Teacher training should include instruction on computer skills, and integrating computers into the classroom curriculum. Teachers can be successful with hands-on and practical experience, workshops, models and mentors, and supervisory follow-up. Teachers can determine which learning objectives can be best achieved with a particular software program. Educators can share knowledge and experiences to implement technology in the classroom and integrate it in the teaching and learning experiences. Teachers need the full support of administrators in the plight to advance learning with technology. - Chrystie Schultz

Text Messaging in the Classroom Helps Student Achievement. According to an article in THE Journal, a new text feature has been added to the 2Know! Classroom response system, where students can respond to surveys or quizzes given by the teacher through hand-held devices. This technology is not only a solution for classroom interaction, but also for better assessment and record keeping. Research shows students enjoy using the device and engage in the learning process while the teacher can easily communicate with the class as a whole. Desktop software for the instructor is included as well, allowing them to create quizzes and keep track of results. The 2Know! System is a great way to integrate technology into the classroom; it is easy to use and allows instructors to quickly assess student understanding of the subject at hand.
---Rebecca Nisson

Enhancing Curriculum and Instruction Through Technology A school district noticed that their students test scores were declining. In order to meet the needs of these lower socioeconomic children and help them achieve more, the teachers, who had been wanting to use technology more effectively, found a way to teach problem solving math skills. The way the district used technology to help these students achieve more, fit the goals of the No Child Left Behind Act. The students were able to learn basic skills at their own pace, by using the computer. The district noticed that these particular students' scores improved and have decided to incorporate more technology usage into he basic classroom.---Christi Mewhort

Do Technology Based Lessons Meet the Needs of Student Learning Styles? This article gives a breif summary of each of the multiple inteeligences and how they each have different learning styles. It duscusses the ways to effectively incorporate computers into lessons to benefit each child's style of learning. There are examples of what specific program will benefit each style of learning the most. By using a computer there are many ways to demonstrate a lesson to a student and many ways to way them complete an assignment. They could be covering the same topic, but one student could be preparing a powerpoint presentation while another student is typing a report, whichever way fits their style of learning.---Christi Mewhort
Instructional Uses of the Internet for Elementary Age Students: Elementary students are afforded the opportunity to utilize the computer to correspond with their classmates, other students, and their teachers via e-mail. Students can practice many skills such as, writing, grammar, editing, spelling, and reading. Sometimes their e-mails focus on a particular topic, making the e-mail more educational and exciting. Students can read a specific reading assignment, and share findings with other students. Sometimes one class writes cliff hangers and other groups of students write conclusions to the stories. Similar assignments in science and other subjects are enjoyed by students. Students can even study the weather, current events, and take virtual tours on online expeditions, as a geography or science assignment. This is a fun and innovative way for students to learn and share ideas. Teachers can monitor, control, and filter the e-mails using certain e-mail services, as a safety precaution. Teachers and students can take advantage of utilizing many free programs that add creativity and zest to learning experiences. This article suggests many assignment/project examples, additional resources, and web links that are beneficial to teachers, students, and parents.---Chrystie Schultz

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