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Week 1: Benefits of Technology in the Classroom

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Benefits-barriers.pdf.

This article discussed the benefits and barriers to having technology integrated into the classroom. Benefits include positive effects on student engagement, teaching experience and student participation. Barriers include teachers lack training, lack support, loss of class time, and lack visibility. I did like the fact that percentages are given in the form of visual graphs. Citation: Digedu (2015) Technology use in the classroom: benefits and barriers. Retrieved from – estherpepin

Effects of Technology on Classrooms and Students. A r c h i v e d I n f o r m a t i o n Change inStudent andTeacherRoles When students are using technology as a tool or a support for communicating with others, they are in an active role rather than the passive role of recipient of information transmitted by a teacher, textbook, or broadcast.

The article reviews the change in the role of the teacher towards facilitator and goal setter and reviews the benefits of technology. These benefits include: increased motivation & self esteem, technical skills, accomplishment of more complex tasks, increased collaboration, increased use of outside resources, improved design skills and attention to audience. Citation: US Department of Education (n.d.) Technology and education reform. Retrieved from – estherpepin

The student is actively making choices about how to generate, obtain, manipulate, or display information.

Effects of Technology on Classrooms and Students

Technology use allows many more students to be actively thinking about information, making choices, and executing skills than is typical in teacher-led lessons. Moreover, when technology is used as a tool to support students in performing authentic tasks, the students are in the position of defining their goals, making design decisions, and evaluating their progress. The teacher's role changes as well. Project-based work (such as the City Building Project and the Student-Run Manufacturing Company) and cooperative learning approaches prompt this change in roles, whether technology is used or not. From Curriculum to Communication, a School Immerses Itself in Tech. Editor's Note: Although most of the teachers interviewed for this article have moved on since it was published in 2002, the school continues to infuse technology throughout its curriculum.

This article presents technology integration into the school environment as a positive shift to education as communication. Technology enhances communication in the classroom and with parents through emailing, keeping parents informed through a website, collaborating, and supporting academics through integrated learning. Citation: Curtis, Diane (2002). From curriculum to communication, a school immerses itself in tech. Retrieved from – estherpepin

When Chapel Hill, North Carolina, teacher Kathleen Eveleigh goes over the day's activities with her students, she does so with the gratifying knowledge that she is fulfilling a host of educational goals.

From Curriculum to Communication, a School Immerses Itself in Tech

As she asks for examples of the day's highlights from her Mary Scroggs Elementary School kindergartners or first graders (all Mary Scroggs teachers loop, which means they teach the same group of students for two years in a row), she types their answers into a computer. Then the children follow along as she reads their dictation aloud. The students are honing both reading and writing skills in line with an approach called balanced literacy.

"Who has something to tell me about what we've done today? Engaging Your School Community Through Social Media. When I started my career as a school administrator, the closest thing we had to public relations and communications was the biweekly school newsletter that we cranked out in MS Word.

Engaging Your School Community Through Social Media

Photocopied newsletters stuffed into backpacks on a Friday afternoon seemed to do the job of communicating with parents. For teachers, memos were placed in cubbyholes in the staff room. As technology progressed and the schools where I worked got larger, new options became available. Google_This.pdf. Using Facebook and Other SNSs in K-12 Classrooms Ethical Considerations for Safe Social Networking.

Examines the potential risks in using social media in the classroom. – estherpepin

Rural Elementary School Teachers' Technology Integration. Assistive technology in special education and the universal design for learning. Using Nearpod in Elementary Guided Reading Groups.

This article relates a teacher's experience using an app called Nearpod in guided reading groups. Findings of the study showed that Nearpod showed benefits including: improved group organization. Aspects of the app included user-friendly interface, ability to engage students, and built in progress monitor. Citation: Delacruz, S. (2014). Using Nearpod in elementary guided reading groups. Techtrends: Linking Research & Practice To Improve Learning, 58(5), 62-69. – estherpepin

Technology-Enhanced Project-Based Learning: Effects on Historical Thinking.

This article is a study on middle school student's historical thinking examining the before technology and after technology was integrated in a project based learning environment. Results of the study included positive benefits including but not limited to a leveled playing field between students with and without disabilities. Focused on diverse students in an inclusive setting. Citation: De La Paz, S., & Hernández-Ramos, P. (2013). Technology-Enhanced Project-Based Learning: Effects on Historical Thinking. Journal Of Special Education Technology, 28(4), 1-14. – estherpepin