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Digital technology device are new era for the 21st century.  Technology is used to enhance learning and give a clearer understand of the lesson begin taught. Smartboards/Whiteboards are used with a computer and a projector is very popular technology tool that teachers use to teach the entire class. Mobile devices are also popular and many students are encourage to bring their mobile devices to school.

 

Blog #4: Assessment Technology

Introduction:

Having software technology in the classroom will provide a different type of support forstudents during assessment.  Utilizing software technology apps products in the classroom for learning has become a valuable tool for students when they are taking assessments or exams.  However, utilizing software technology tools devices have eliminated the traditional paper and pencil that was distributed and collected and graded was all time consuming for teachers.  Nonetheless, having access to the free Google software app installed is  a great technology tool being used in the schools for various educational purposes; which has made a significant impact on supporting teachers in their lessons plans and providing additional educational learning techniques/skills in aiding students to learn.  (“Google application for education is a free suite of hosted communication and collaboration applications designed for schools and universities. With free e-mail, messaging, and shared calendars, everyone on campus is connected. Features include collaboration in real time and access to documents, presentations, spreadsheets, and sites from anywhere, on any device. Google Apps for Education also offers teachers a variety of tools to use in the classroom and for professional development, including lesson plans and online webinars.)                                                                                                       Teachers Discovering Computers, Eighth Edition, Gunter/Gunter – © Cengage Learning  Pgs.92

Technology to Facilitate Ongoing Efforts to Assess Student Learning 

Teachers, paraprofessionals, and staff who are directly participating in a student’s education should be familiar with various type of software technology tools to support the students learning and comprehending that subject.  However, the supervising teacher will plan the lesson by following the curriculum and research the most effective software technology tool to be utilizes when facilitating to the entire group. Therefore, an effective teacher is unfailing in finding new software programs to enhance the students understanding, collect data on the progress of the students understand the subject and have total control over the class and providing educational support so that student or students achieve their goals.  Having a variety of software technology tools can provide clearer understand when the teacher introduces upcoming special class projects is a great opportunity to get students interested and involved.  Google, Jing, and Inspire data, and virtual dissecting software are tools that can be used to meet the needs of the student or students that are being services to succeed.

 Google: 

Google app software have a variety programs/docs that teacher can use in the class. Whenever the teacher need to a send letter to the parents the teacher use the translated feature in google doc to send the letter by e-mail.   The teacher can use google doc spreadsheet to keep track of a student homework by assigning the student a private number shared with the parents too.   However, if in the event a conference is required with the parents the teacher would use a google spread sheet to schedule an appointment.  In addition you can use google spreadsheet and forms to collect data.  (Google.Com)

Virtual Dissecting Software:

Using the virtual dissecting software packages is a tool that both student and teacher like using because it is have another type way to dissect an abject than the traditional way.   The dissecting software is exciting, clean and not smelly like the odor of formaldehyde.  There are a variety of businesses that offer students and teachers a complete package on virtual dissection CD/DVD on a variety of animals to dissect in the lab.  In addition this virtual dissecting software have a Web page online that students and teachers can practice by viewing the demos.  However, this virtual dissecting software tool is used in the high school science lab.

Pgs.92 Teachers Discovering Computers, Eighth Edition, Gunter/Gunter – © Cengage Learning

Inspire Data

Inspire Data software is a visual application that is use to motivate students to do learn how to do critical thinking, look things from another point of view.  This type of software help students to analyze real life situation in the world with this software.  Inspire students to gather data and discover different trends and why they change at various times in life. Inspire data provide teacher exciting opportunity to introduce their students literacy that would interesting to the whole group to share idea and another way of getting all the students involve. Inspire data software application both student and teacher can collect data.

Pgs.92 Teachers Discovering Computers, Eighth Edition, Gunter/Gunter – © Cengage Learning

 

Formative and Summative Assessments

Formative assessment is the teacher observing the student or students in the classroom.   However, observation will support feedback that will benefit the teacher to recognize the students’ strengths, weaknesses and focus on subject that need to target. Google software application spreadsheet the teacher can be used to collect data for an formative assessment that will be provide to the student and parent by e-mail.  Summative assessment are used after a topic have been completed by comparing against standard or benchmark and have a higher grading point. Summative assessment can use google, inspire data, and virtual dissecting software application as students are comprehending and understand the information

Formative assessment and summative assessment are to types of learning assessments. (“There are two specific types of assessment that can be utilized in any type of learning: formative assessments and summative assessments.”) Teachers Discovering Computer Integrating Technology in a Changing World, Eighth Edition Glenda A. Gunter Randolph E. Gunter pg. 320

 Pros and Cons of using Technology to Facilitate Assessment The pro of using technology to facilitate assessment in the classroom allow the teacher an opportunity to focus on the need of the students what type of technology would be needed for students to learn the topic and method that will help the student learn the materials.  (“Authentic assessment helps students not only understand concepts and subject matter, but also develop real-world skills, which they can apply outside the classroom and beyond the school environment”) Teachers Discovering Computer Integrating Technology in a Changing World, Eighth Edition Glenda A. Gunter Randolph E. Gunter pg. 364

  Technology help the student to visualize the assignment by using the computers, smart phones, notebooks and the smartboard/whiteboard to do the assignment.

Cons of using technology to facilitate assessment allows student the opportunity to learn another skill without using the computer.  Teacher can observe the class to see if student interests are still interested the same when working on the computer.

 “Should a teacher only use technology to assess student learning? Why or why not?”

Technology is a great tool to use for learning, understanding, comprehending, and getting our students involve to stay in school.  However, there should be a balance of traditional learning of using paper, pen and reading from a paper book and not only technology learning.

What is the importance of assessment technology in connection with the ISTE standards?

  1. Creative and Invocation – student develop skills of critical thinking
  1. Research and Information Fluency – use technology to collect and process information.

Concluding Paragraph for Software to Support Assessment

            Software to Support Assessment is a great tool to assist students in the learning materials. Software provide the teacher additional information and ideals to be effective teacher in the classroom. Google software application have tons of instructional ideas and spreadsheets to manage your classroom.

Socrative Assessment:   https://b.socrative.com/teacher/#dashboard

             

Socrative Assessment is technology tool that is used in grade level K-12th that is free to assess students during class time on any operating device in the classroom.   Socrative assessment is where the teacher can view the students answer in real time and collect detail information that will measure class data on certain subjects or topics.    Socrative Assessment allow you to answer questions, start a quiz, play space race quiz game and exit the class.  The teacher can do multiple choice, true and false, and short answer quizzes without during any preparation at any time during class time and receive feedback instantly. Using formative assessment to monitor students understand and learning materials will provide the teacher ongoing information on the student progress.

Edmodo:   https://support.edmodo.com/

Edmodo assessment can be used for grade k-12th common core standards.  Clicking on the snapshot icon the teacher class and grade level will appear.   Edmodo allows students take quizzes or test from their technology device either in school or at home and immediately feedback to the teacher.  Summative assessments is used after a unit is completed and a test is given for a grade. 

Polleverywhere:  https://www.graphite.org/website/poll-everywhere

Polleverywhere assessment tool is a fun way to get your students involve in learning the information by presenting a question to their devices and instant feedback goes to the teacher.   Formative assessment would be use to measure the student understand the task before moving on to the next topic.

References

(Google.Com)

Teachers Discovering Computers, Eighth Edition, Gunter/Gunter – © Cengage Learning Pgs.92

Teachers Discovering Computers, Eighth Edition, Gunter/Gunter – © Cengage Learning Pgs.92

Teachers Discovering Computers, Eighth Edition, Gunter/Gunter – © Cengage Learning  Pgs.92

Teachers Discovering Computer Integrating Technology in a Changing World, Eighth Edition  Glenda A. Gunter Randolph E. Gunter pg. 320

Teachers Discovering Computer Integrating Technology in a Changing World, Eighth Edition  Glenda A. Gunter Randolph E. Gunter pg. 364

Blog #3: Differentiating Instruction through Technology

Introduction

Differentiating instruction through technology is how the teacher will determine what technology tool or tools will be adequate to use in her classroom.  Basic technology tools are a great start to accommodate any class; but sometimes the teacher may need a different type of technology tool or devices for special need students to learn. There are a several kind of learning techniques to assist students to achieve their fullness potential in the classroom such as visual technology, touch screens, listening devices and handheld adapt devices etc.. Nonetheless, the teacher should plan know how to fully operate any technology that is needed for any student or students that could requires a different learning style.

Technology to Differentiate Instruction              Smartboard/whiteboard: The classroom in 21st century are filled with students from all types of backgrounds, cultural, genders, different languages, religion and economics problems. Using the smartboard/whiteboard in the classroom to differentiate a variety of learning and styles will assist students in their education to be successful.   Teacher must look at the content of curriculum and see what modification could be used to achieve wide range of learning diversity in the classroom.

Smartboard/whiteboard is a technology device tool that is used with a computer and the projector that students can visualize, understand, hear, touch, and meet their learning capacity of that skill in the lesson. The smartboard/white board device tool allow the teacher to replay the lesson on the smartboard/whiteboard multiple times to ensure that students are achieving, grasping, and staying motivated and interested in the lesson.   Teacher must look at the content of curriculum and see if there are any type of modification that could be added in the lesson when there is a wide range of learning diversity in the classroom. Adjustments in the curriculum could change a student’s attitude in learning the materials when they fully understand the lesson materials will make a student feel hopeful that are reaching their goals and requirements for that class.

The smartboard/whiteboard technology tool have made an impact on students comprehending, listening and visualizing the material with a full understand; have shown a reflection in the student grade. (“Promote student reflection using collaborative tools to reveal and clarify students’ conceptual understanding and thinking, planning, and creative processes.”) http://www.iste.org/standards/iste-standards/standards-for-students

Having this type of smartboard/whiteboard encourages student to interact with students in group discussion and class participation activities and projects.   Having the smartboard/whiteboard technology tool incorporated in the lessons has inspired students to read and increase and strengthen their spelling /vocabulary. Smartboard/whiteboard have allow the teacher an opportunity to work with the entire group and circulate the classroom during instructions to observe students that are having a difficult time.

http://www.iste.org/standards/iste-standards/standards-for-students

Laptop: The laptop technology device is an excellent tool to have students to use in the classroom. Students can work together or individually on special assignments to encourage and enhance learning amongst themselves.   Individual use of the laptops provide students a chance to work independently and responsibly at their desk to research and explore information on the internet for their class assignments. (“ Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources.”)

http://www.iste.org/standards/iste-standards/standards-for-students

Cell Phone: Cell phones are a great handheld device that will allow students to take photos of information and materials of the smartboard/whiteboard and record classroom lecture notes. This type of tool can differentiate instruction by students being responsible for organizing their assignments and e-mailing homework assignments.   Students are provided cell phone handheld devices that are program to take test or exams that eliminate processing and checking papers. (“Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information.”)

http://www.iste.org/standards/iste-standards/standards-for-students

Pros and Cons

               Pro of having technology in the classroom will provide differentiate instruction in a variety styles that the teacher can communicate with students.   Technology in the classroom have assist students to learn the lesson and obtain their goals to be successful. Implementing various technology will enlighten students learning abilities and comprehension of wanting to learn. Technology also provide students independences to research information and materials on the internet with classmates or individual assignments. By having technology differentiate instruction in the lesson for varies students’ needs have motivated students to get involve and take part in class participation that was having trouble.

(“Design or adapt relevant learning experiences that incorporate digital tools and resources to promote student learning and creativity.”)

http://www.iste.org/standards/iste-standards/standards-for-students

Cons having technology in the classroom differentiate instruction that students have not grasp how to use pen and paper to write. The teacher need to incorporate some type of writing assignment by demonstrating it on the board or fine a writing program on the computer that student can watch on the smartboard/whiteboard and practice writing.

Concluding Paragraph

Teachers having a variety of technology in the class will meet the needs of all students. Differentiating instruction through technology have improve students reading and comprehension skills to grasp the information and materials. By, having the smartboard/whiteboards in the classroom have motivated and inspired students to participate in class activities. Nevertheless, teachers need to stay knowledgeable in using technology for their students to be an effective teacher in the 21st century.

References:

http://www.iste.org/standards/iste-standards/standards-for-students

http://www.iste.org/standards/iste-standards/standards-for-students

Blog #2: Technology to Enhance Instruction

Integrating Instructional Technology

Integrating instructional technology in the classroom allows the teacher to present the lessons by using the smartboard/whiteboard along with a projector and computer. .  (“An electronic whiteboard/smartboard is an interactive presentation system that turns a computer and data projector into a powerful tool for teaching and learning.   (“Figure 5-35 Data projectors are used to project a computer’s image onto a large screen.  Teachers Discovering Computers, Eighth Edition, Gunter/Gunter – © Cengage Learning.” Pg.234)

Nevertheless, the teacher using instructional technology in the classroom combined with the lesson or lecture appears that teacher is an effective facilitator.  Besides, the teacher implementing, exhibiting information and incorporating digital educational instructional software in their lessons or lectures or topics; hopeful will inspire the interest of their audiences to pay attention and learn the material at hand.   Overall, integrating technology in the classroom will improve, enrich, and motivate lessons and lecture on the subject being taught.

 Smartboard/White Board Technology    

The smartboard/whiteboard is a great technology tool that have caught the interest of educators to use in their classrooms.  However, the recognition of using electronic technology devices have accommodated teachers in collaborating to the whole groups in an effective influential learning technique style.

In addition, the teacher can display information of the topic being taught on the screen for note taking, play videos, music and games.  Smartboard/whiteboard can be implemented in an Accounting Business curriculum by using media such as YouTube accounting videos, students can write their formula on the board and use free web software application on the internet.

SmartBoard/White Board Technology

Smartboard/whiteboard digital technology visuals and audio can support the teacher in planning techniques to communicate the class assignments.  Whereas, the lesson is presented by utilizing visuals with the smartboard to improve teaching and imparting information into the students to comprehend.   However, audio technology  can be utilizes with the  smartboard/whiteboard to assist the teacher by incorporating a class participation that will allow the teacher to see how many students are paying attention and listening  by implementing a discussion to get students involved.  Visual and Audio technology technique are tools that can be used for Business Education Classes from 6th – 12th grade.

Smartboard/Whiteboard Technology

Smartboard/whiteboard is a method that teachers communicate with.  Nevertheless, the technology is approachable and user friendly to enhance any lesson being taught and improve the teachers’ teaching skills.  However, smartboard/whiteboard technology have nearly eradicate and done away with teachers spending so much time giving out papers, writing the entire lessons on boards, students losing important class documents,  and foremost student are showing an interest in learning by using technology.  Nonetheless, using smartboard/whiteboard in Business math curriculum will allow the teacher target specific difficulties that students are having and getting students involve by answering questions and writing directly on the board.

Pros and Cons of using Technology to Facilitate

Technology sole purpose to use in the classroom will allow the teacher to introduce materials by communicating in different styles. .  Having technology readily in the classroom will provide the teacher and students access to use the internet to research information and materials for lessons or projects. Nevertheless, the benefit of the smartboard/whiteboard utilizes in the classroom use with the projector and computers have improves the teacher lesson and enhances students’ interests and understanding.  In addition, to the smartboard/whiteboard devices there are mobile and handheld devices that can enhances teaching and student involvement in the class.  These devices are smartphones, notebooks, laptops, and tablets which are all great tools to have in the classroom. The pros of having different technology in the classroom is a benefit to the teacher and students an interacting and communicating in a method that is effective for learning.

http://www.emergingedtech.com/2011/06/education-technology-weighing-the-pros-and-cons/

The cons of technology in the classroom rob students from learning traditional basics of using the pen and paper and reading from a textbook.  However, students do not respect the property that the schools provide for free by mishandling and destroying digital technology such as laptops, desktops, smartphones, and smartboard/whiteboard and the projectors in the classroom.  Consequently, to have technology repairs or replacements of equipment is costly and sometimes it is hard to replace depending on the school budget or if the parents can effort to replace equipment that have been deliberately destroy by students.

Wired and Wireless Classrooms

The pro and cons of having wired and wireless devices depends on the individual and cost and what they want.  Wired device are accessible, cost less, the equipment is less, low maintenance and last a very long time and usually stationary and quality of services is good. However, the cons is the wired devices are attractive by dampness and weather problems.

Wireless pros devices are handy, long range in signal and it lasts a very, very long time and it is all over the world.   (“Experts estimate that billions of wireless devices are in use worldwide and that close to a billion wireless devices are sold every year. As the world has gone wireless, Asia and Western Europe have emerged as leaders in wireless device use.”) Glenda A. Gunter,, Randolph E. Gunter 2015.  Teachers Discovering Computers, Integrating Technology in a Changing World, Eighth Edition – © Cengage Learning.” pg. 338

Wireless device have downfalls/cons -it is slow, quality services is not the best, and the signals can be interrupted at any given time.

Conclusion

Smartboard/Whiteboard Technology is a great tool to have at any grade level to support teachers in their lessons and lectures.  Technology have captivate the minds of our students to learn in a whole different way to be successful in the 21st century.  Technology have enhances teachers teaching abilities to become more effective in the classrooms and motivate their audiences.   Teachers and students can communicate in a variety of technique styles to interact together on special assignments and projects.  Nevertheless, technology is founded all over the globe and everyone is responsible to communicate safely and respectfully whether you are a parent, student or educator when using the internet and social media.

References:

http://www.emergingedtech.com/2011/06/education-technology-weighing-the-pros-and-cons/

Glenda A. Gunter, Randolph E. Gunter 2015.  Teachers Discovering Computers, Integrating Technology in a Changing World, Eighth Edition – © Cengage Learning.” pg.234

Glenda A. Gunter, Randolph E. Gunter 2015.  Teachers Discovering Computers, Integrating Technology in a Changing World, Eighth Edition – © Cengage Learning.” pg. 338

Blog #1: Technology to Support Communication

Introduction        Technology is used nearly in every capacity of our lives.  Nevertheless, technology nowadays can be founded in churches, stores, schools, institution, hospital, public transportation, automobiles, and restaurants and in our homes etc…   Having technology in the classroom will expose students how to process and research information for assignments.  Getting students excited and interested in surfing the internet can be a rewarding and challenging activity to explore global communities.

Technology to Enhance Communication

Smart Board:  The smart board/whiteboard can be used with a projector and computer will allow the teacher to find a wide range materials to enhance the lesson so students can have a clearer understanding.  (“The set up can consist of a desk or ceiling mounted data projector and computer or can work on a totally integrated system as is the case for rear projection SMART Boards. The computer can then be controlled from the board itself by touching the SMART Board screen, either directly with your finger or one of the incorporated electronic pens.”) Eriksson, T., & Axelsson, M. (2014). IMPLEMENTING INTERACTIVE WHITEBOARDS INTO TEACHING PRACTICE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF GOTHENBURG.

Parents: The smartboard/ whiteboard can be used to send parents an e-mail of today lessons, pertinent information and the school newsletters.

Students:   Using a smart board/whiteboard digital technology tool to communicate the lesson will allow students in opportunity to participate in lesson that being taught.

Global Community:   Having the application skype installed along with webcam will promote students the opportunity to communicate, explore and share information with the global community from their classrooms.

Cell Phones:  Having use of cell phones is great access that is beneficial to take notes, texting assignments and classwork to the teacher, taking test, research information, and e-mailing. (“Cell phones have become mini-computers; no longer simply classroom distractions and

they are now powerful classroom tools. Your students can use their cell phones to

Document assignments, science labs, record oral exams, and research information.”)

Kolb, Liz. “Cell Phones in the Classroom.” Washington: Iste (2011).

Parents:  Main reason for parents having their children bring a cell phone to school allow the parent immediate contact with their child.   Also, parents want to contact their children first if there is a family emergency and arrangement for child care have change. (“As a parent the number one reason for a child to carry a cell phone is instant communication. Family emergencies or student illness are listed as the number one reason for parents to stay connected with their children. After school activities and making arrangements therefore are done much easier will cell phone communication.”) nlcatp.org/11-critical-pros-and-cons-of-cell-phone-use-in-school/Jun 17, 2015 –

Students: Students should be allow to use their cell phones in school like any other digital technology device.  Having a cell phone in class allow students the chance to do their research for assignments, take class notes, record lectures and take pictures of graphs etc… Students should be able to text theirs parents or call them on break if they are experience a hard time that day in school.

Global community:  Cell phones is just like any other computer device that can be used to e-mail other students across the globe.  Student can share information about their cultural backgrounds that is required for assignment.

Laptops:  Laptops are a device that is used in the classroom that is permitted to do assignments and research on the internet.   (“Allows automation of processes and more efficient delivery of services; also enables data to drive school and classroom management, among other purposes.”)  https://www.ncsl.org/…/item01 National Conference of State Legislatures by H Grinager – ‎2006

Parents:  Letters will go home for parent’s signature allowing the student to used digital technology devices during school.  Parent’s signature is required allowing approval that their child can use the internet and follow all rules and policies.

Student: Using digital technology such as a Laptop will enhances the student learning how to communicate and do their assignments. (“Students will learn content knowledge, develop information and communication technology literacy and cultivate workplace competencies such as teamwork, communication, planning and problem solving”) https://www.ncsl.org/…/item013…National Conference of State Legislatures by H Grinager

Global community: 21st century digital technology allow students to communicate with other students across the globe.  Students can pen pal each other by e-mail or use skype with webcam in a class activity. Desktop computer: Is a stationary device that sit on a desk.  Desktops take up a lot of space.  Mobile device have become popular and teachers allow students to bring them school and they can sit at their desk and work…

Parents:  Desktop are facing out in the schools since mobile device take up less room. Parents are allowing their students to bring their mobile devices to school do their classwork.  (“As computers have increased in power and decreased in cost and size, it has become possible for more and more students to bring their own computers into school.”)    http://www.oregonsd.org/district.cfm?subpage=6453.

Students:  There are more students bring mobile devices to school and it easier for them to stay organize in doing their class assignments.

Globe community:  There are a variety digital technology device that can be used to communicate with students across the globe.

Communication Internet Security and Safety

Teachers and students need to be aware that there is no safe internet security. When students are on the internet they should be monitor and told not to go on any other sites and if something should pop up that is inappropriate should be reported to the teacher.

Concluding Paragraph         Digital technology device are new era for the 21st century.  Technology is used to enhance learning and give a clearer understand of the lesson begin taught. Smartboards/Whiteboards are used with a computer and a projector is very popular technology tool that teachers use to teach the entire class. Mobile devices are also popular and many students are encourage to bring their mobile devices to school.

References:

Eriksson, T., & Axelsson, M. (2014).  IMPLEMENTING INTERACTIVE WHITEBOARDS INTO TEACHING PRACTICE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF GOTHENBURG.

Kolb, Liz. “Cell Phones in the Classroom.” Washington: Iste (2011).

https://www.ncsl.org/…/item01 National Conference of State Legislatures by H Grinager – ‎2006

nlcatp.org/11-critical-pros-and-cons-of-cell-phone-use-in-school/Jun 17, 2015 –

https://www.ncsl.org/…/item013…National Conference of State Legislatures by H Grinager

http://www.oregonsd.org/district.cfm?subpage=6453