Communication Technology- Educ3508

Saturday, September 24, 2005

ICT Outcomes Post
Related Outcome Technology being integrated: C.1.4.1 Plan and perform complex searches, using more than one electronic source.
Subject: Science
Description: During Unit D (in the new Science 10 curriculum) students will be asked to do research regarding global warming and its effects on current weather/ weather events. Students will be required to choose a certain current aspect of weather (for example an increase in precipitation) or a current weather event (for example Hurricane Katrina). Using the internet, students will research how this idea is related to, or impacted by global warming and climate change. Students will be required to search for at least 2 online newspaper or journal articles and at least 3 websites and use them in their research. From this research, students will compile their information using Power Point and give a presentation to the class on what they have found. The Power Point presentation must be at least 5 slides long and must contain 2 of the following: picture, video clip, graph, table, diagram. Students will also be encouraged to use the internet to search for tips on creating an effective Power Point presentation.

Friday, September 23, 2005

Technology is an important tool for the classroom, providing that it is integrated in an effective and positive way. There are many good ways in which technology can be integrated into a classroom successfully. Technoloy can be used to build on skills that a student has already or to teach brand new skills to students. For example, technology can be integrated and used by students who are excelling in a certain area, by allowing them to take online courses and further their knowledge in that area without inconvieniencing the rest of the class. In addition, those students who are physically or learning disabled can use technology to become more independant and more productive. It is important to keep in mind that a student's interests drive the learning process and they will work longer and harder at something they are interested in. Therefore, technology may be integrated in a way that gets students interested in learning.
On the other hand, using technology for the sake of using it and with no other intended prupose is not a good way of integrated technology into the classroom. For example, having students do what is intended to be a short, brief and small presentation using Power Point and giving them 10 minutes to prepare this presentation is not going to teach students how to use technology effectively. Furthermore, using the wrong equipment or type of technology is also inappropriate. For example, using the wrong equipment for those who are sensory impaired or physically/ learning disabled becomes a burden on those students and on the teacher.
In order to use technology effectively in schools, teachers must become comfortable with it. It is also important for teachers to use technology to meet all students' needs (for example it must be free of gender bias). Finally, teachers must be aware of the technologies that exist to help them run there classrooms in a smooth and positive manner.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Blogging can be used in many different ways as a teaching tool in the classroom. Students of varying ages and abilities may be able to create their own blogs or view others blogs in order to learn. These learning opportunities include practicing reading and writing skills as well as skills in using technology. They also provide opportunities for cooperative learning such as group and partner work. Students can be given the chance to read and, if done in a positive way, comment on their fellow classmates' work. Because each post can be viewed from most to least recent, blogs can be used as tools to help track student progress and chart a student's improvements throughout the year. Blogs can also provide an outlet to students where they can share their feelings about certain class issues and have their teacher read and possibly respond to or comment on any number of these issues. Blogs can also teach students about publishing their work and what is appropriate or inappropriate to post. Finally, blogs can provide parents with an important link to their child by allowing parents to read their child's work online. If done correctly, blogging can have some extremely positive and very important results in learning for students, teachers and parents alike.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Personal Introduction-
Welcome to my blog for Education 3508- Communication Technology! My name is Janelle Newton and I am a fourth year student at the University of Lethbridge. I am currently completing Professional Semester I with a major in Mathematics education. I will also be completing a General Science degree for which my three streams are Math, Biology and Chemistry. I am originally from Red Deer, Alberta and did my first year of post-secondary studies at the Red Deer College. I enjoy dancing and had the opportunity to teach dance lessons to young students in Red Deer for a few years. I spent this past summer in Red Deer, working for the Canadian Red Cross doing a variety of things and truly enjoyed and learned a great deal from this experience. I am looking forward to this coming semester and having the opportunity to practice and improve on my teaching skills.