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WELCOME! TED Talks- Can Technology Change Education. What do you want kids to do with technology? Integration of Technology in Learning. Technology Leads Education in the Future. Learning Outcome 1: Analyze the use of technology and examine its effects on cognitive, social and emotional well-being. How the Use of Technology Enhances Children's Development. Through the use of technology, children learn technology skills, while enhancing social and cognitive development. Technology Skills As children use the computer and other forms of technology, they have the opportunity to meet the following technology standards. Established by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), these standards are for children ages prekindergarten through second grade (2000). Use input devices (e.g., mouse, keyboard, remote control) and output devices (e.g., monitor, printer) to successfully operate computers, VCRs, audiotapes, and other technologies.

Social Skills Though initially some educators expressed concern that computers might reduce socialization, researchers suggest that instead computers may increase the amount of communication and positive interaction between children (Clements, 1994; Haugland & Wright, 1997). Often computer “experts” arise in classrooms and become teachers of the other children. Cognitive Skills. David Elkind: Technology's Impact on Child Growth and Development. CIO — There is considerable disagreement among experts regarding the effects of technology on child growth and development. Some regard technology as advancing intellectual development.

Others worry that technology may overstimulate and actually impair brain functioning. One of the problems is that most researchers have taken too narrow a focus on the issue. They have looked at the impact of a particular technology rather than at the technological environment as a whole. One might argue that taken as an aggregate, technologies such as computers, television and cell phones create a digital culture that has to be looked upon in its entirety rather than piecemeal.

Digital children evidence other worrisome traits, but first, let’s explore the culture itself. Second, it is a screen culture. Third, it is an information culture. Finally, it is a communication culture. Continue Reading. Instructional Design | Teacher Education- Techn. Technology and interactive media. Rethinking Learning: The 21st Century Learner. Emotional Development. The news media is filled with horror stories about young people and the Internet, but what is often overlooked and not reported are the benefits that technology, the Internet, and Social media have in building and enhancing social-emotional skills. Young people are doing what they have always done as part of their journey into adulthood, including socializing with peers, investigating the world, trying on identities and establishing independence, but now they are just doing so using the Internet and social media ( Seeing Social Media More as Portal Than as Pitfall ).

In 2011, the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Communications and Media issued a clinical report, “ The Impact of Social Media on Children, Adolescents and Families .” It began by emphasizing the benefits of social media for children and adolescents, including enhanced communication skills and opportunities for social connections. ( Seeing Social Media More as Portal Than as Pitfall ) References Collier, A. (2012).

Social Development. By Rick Nauert PhD Senior News Editor Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on October 24, 2011 A new research project suggests virtual worlds can help autistic children develop social skills beyond their anticipated levels. In the study, called the Echoes Project, scientists developed an interactive environment that uses multi-touch screen technology to project scenarios to children. The technology allows researchers to study a child’s actions to new situations in real time. During sessions in the virtual environment, primary school children experiment with different social scenarios, allowing the researchers to compare their reactions with those they display in real-world situations.

“Discussions of the data with teachers suggest a fascinating possibility,” said project leader Kaska Porayska-Pomsta, Ph.D. “Learning environments such as Echoes may allow some children to exceed their potential, behaving and achieving in ways that even teachers who knew them well could not have anticipated.” Cognitive Development. Learning Outcome 2: Evaluate the use of technology as a reflective practice for children. Dewey Sequence Problem-Solving One of the most effective methods of problem solving is the Dewey Sequence. Developed by educator John Dewey, this reflective thinking process which is a structured organized series of questions is best described by the questions listed below. Every member of the group must come prepared to answer each of the questions in steps one through four as it pertains to your topic.

Step One: Define the Problem 1. Step Two: Analyze the Problem 1. Step Four: Propose Solutions After the group has analyzed the problem and suggested criteria for a solution, it should begin to suggest possible solutions in tentative, hypothetical terms. Step Five: Evaluate Proposed Solution After the group has compiled a list of possible solutions, it should be ready to select the best possible solution in light of the criteria that the group developed in step three. 1. Step Six: Select a Solution 1. Reflective teaching: Exploring our own classroom practice. By collecting information about what goes on in our classroom, and by analysing and evaluating this information, we identify and explore our own practices and underlying beliefs. This may then lead to changes and improvements in our teaching. Reflective teaching is therefore a means of professional development which begins in our classroom. Why it is importantBeginning the process of reflection Teacher diary Peer observation Recording lessons Student feedback What to do next Think Talk Read Ask Conclusion Why it is important Many teachers already think about their teaching and talk to colleagues about it too.

You might think or tell someone that "My lesson went well" or "My students didn't seem to understand" or "My students were so badly behaved today. " However, without more time spent focussing on or discussing what has happened, we may tend to jump to conclusions about why things are happening. We may only notice reactions of the louder students. Download diary suggestions 51k. A voice for Social Good. I was teaching a Psychology of Adjustment course to undergraduates. Most of them were 18 and 19 years old. It was a college in Georgia with a class demographic of about 2/3 who were White and 1/3 Black. We got to the section on cultural diversity awareness.

Because it was the South, we began our discussion about racial differences. Fast forward one class session, I did the “White Privilege” activity with the students. I told this story to a colleague. Given the way the US politicians communicate regarding the country’s issues, they could have benefited from learning how to communicate, listen, debate, and compromise over diverse issues and ideas. Topics covered in this post include: A Rationale for Learner Voice in SchoolThe Role of the TeacherSuggestions for Establishing and Encouraging Student VoiceLearning Voice in Online EnvironmentsSocratic Seminars for Learning Civil Debate and Discourse A Rationale for Learner Voice in School.

Flipping Online- Maintaining the In-Class Feel. A different approach to child portfolios. More Progressive Ways to Measure Deeper Level of Learning. Big Ideas Erin Scott How do we measure learning beyond knowledge of content? Finding that winning combination of criteria can prove to be a complicated and sometimes difficult process. Schools that are pushing boundaries are learning that it takes time, a lot of conversation, and a willingness to let students participate in that evaluation. “Most schools and most of our learning stops at knowing and we need to move that and broaden it to the doing and the reflecting,” said Bob Lenz, co-founder & chief executive officer of Envision Schools while participating in a Deeper Learning MOOC panel.

The charter network’s teachers follow three steps for assessment: know, do, reflect. “The real power comes in the reflective process, both individually and with peers,” Lenz said. Teaching rubrics are a common tool in any classroom, but they can easily become a disguised checklist of tasks, instead of a living document designed to structure learning towards a desired skill or outcome. Related. Social Networking Sites | Protect Children Online.

Learning Outcome 3: Develop strategies on how to integrate technology with the curriculum. Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligences. Getting children to appreciate what technology has to offer. Grammar Help with Technology. A Reflection: Getting Started With Google Drawing. Show Me The Potential I had not used Google Drawing at all with students prior to the Alberta GAFE Summit and dismissed it as something similar to Microsoft Paint but online. I decided to go to the session Getting Started With Google Drawing to see if there was more potential for use with my grade twos than my assumption led me to believe. First The Basics Michelle Armstrong gave a good all around session. She started with a simple how to that reviewed the standard Google Apps toolbar and the Drawing specific toolbar features. One of the tips that I thought was useful was about page set up- she suggested setting it to letter paper size.If you want to learn the basics you may want to start by watching this short video.

More resources are listed below. Classroom Use Once she covered the basics, she got to the part I was there for - classroom use. Then she shared other possible classroom uses. Implementation I left with more ideas than I remember. Social Studies Natural Resources Poster. Using Apps and E-Books in Early Literacy Programs. Here are our slides from ECRR 2.0: Using Apps and E-Books in Early Literacy Programs. There were also a number of ALSC blog posts about our session: E-Books and Apps in StorytimeEarly literacy and appsUsing Apps and eBooks in Early Literacy Programming A large list of LittleeLit-vetted ECRR-supportive apps is on it’s way! Stay tuned! Parents and librarians want to know how to safely integrate apps and e-books into their lives without feeling guilty. Like this: Like Loading... Children's interactions with iPad books: research chapters still to be written | Developmental Psychology. Children's interactive e-books are novel literacy tools with interactive and multimodal representations of story contents and increased customizable features.

The learning opportunities represented by these new affordances demand a thorough consideration of children's engagement, including the contextual and socio-cultural factors which influence the books' deployment in home and classroom settings. Currently, there is inconclusive evidence about how the affordances of interactive e-books support children's learning, with studies mostly limited to comparison studies with non-digital books and observational studies of children's immediate engagement. In both lines of research, the content of the stories, the overall context of interaction and the background of the interactants are neglected. This article makes recommendations for future research and highlights the value of iPads as a new medium enriching children's experiences but also challenging traditional research assumptions.

In Defense of e-Books | Teacher Education- Tech. Are E-Books Better or Worse Than Print For Kids? Both. Are E-Books Better or Worse Than Print For Kids? Both Those fancy interactive e-books on tablets may not be the improvement over print that they appear to be: Research indicates reading comprehension is higher in kids reading plain old paper books — but that doesn't mean e-books don't have a place in education. The New York Times reports on ongoing research by Jordan Schugar and Heather Ruetschlin Schugar of West Chester University of Pennsylvania; the couple have been comparing the reading habits of grade-schoolers in e-books and print for some time.

Their latest findings were presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association. Bebeto Matthews / AP What the Schugars found is that e-books can, at worst, result in far lower reading comprehension as kids skip whole pages in search of noise-making character illustrations, interactive passages and other distractions. Teachers learn to integrate technology into curriculum. Apps for iPads in the Classroom. Best Science Apps For Kids.

Learning Outcome 4: Discuss different strategies on incorporating technology in the classroom. When technology integration in the classroom is seamless and thoughtful, students not only become more engaged, they begin to take more control over their own learning, too. Effective tech integration changes classroom dynamics, encouraging student-centered project-based learning. Think about how you are using technology with your students. Are they employing technology daily in the classroom, using a variety of tools to complete assignments and create projects that show a deep understanding of content? If your answer is "No," is it because you lack enough access to technology? Is it because you don't feel ready? Or do you feel ready, but need additional support in your classroom? Depending on your answer, your path to tech integration may look different from someone else's. This article contains the following sections: Handhelds Go to Class: Teacher Josh Barron and one of his students go through the strange-looking rite of "beaming" information to each other.

Getting Started Back to Top. 21st Century Education. How teachers and students are adjusting to the digital classroom. An occasional series on how digital culture affects the way we think, learn and live The kindergarten student, a shy, Mandarin-speaking five-year-old immigrant in the tiny community of Sangudo, Alta., had barely spoken a word during the first three months of class. So her teacher was surprised one day last year when the girl struck up a conversation. The subject of their animated discussion? An image on the screen of an iPad. “The iPad just opened up her world,” says Sarah Healy, the school district’s special education co-ordinator, saying it made her more comfortable communicating with classmates and teachers.

The impact of tablets on learning outcomes is still being assessed. Dr. Not every researcher is convinced. Tech companies are not waiting for more positive research results before they jump into the potentially huge and lucrative education market. Tablets do not have to be a prohibitively expensive investment for schools. Special to The Globe and Mail With files from Simona Chiose. Digital Citizenship. New Tactics For Teachers. Resources For Teachers. The Use of Cell Phones in Class. "I Can" Statements. More useful apps! An approach to homework with assistive technology. Student Moodle Homework Assignment What is the Moodle Homework Assignment? The student Moodle Homework Assignment was created to help students become familiar with Moodle, and with your course site.

The Homework Assignment attempts to cover many of the aspects of Moodle that are commonly used in courses, and which students may encounter difficulties with if they are new to Moodle. It is our hope that students will resolve any potential issues or questions as they work through the Moodle Homework Assignment, making for a smoother semester for you! Why should I use the Moodle Homework Assignment? Asking students to complete the Moodle Homework Assignment at the beginning of the semester can help you, the instructor, to solve any technical glitches early on. How do I start? We recommend that you start by building your Moodle course with the resources and activities that will be beneficial to you and your students. 10-Step Process for Instructors Click on the tabs below to explore the 10 steps.

Angry Birds Rio Online - Play Angry Birds Games for Free at! Educational Benefits of Video Games. Learning Outcome 5: Discover technology programs to formulate children’s drive for creativity. Teachable Moments For Digital Citizenship. Study's the name of the game - Sydney Morning H. Love, the app for iPad - Digital Storytime. Technology, Instruction and the 21st Century Classroom. Creativity for children with the use of apps. Learning Outcome 6: Critique the effectiveness of social media as a means to create constructivism in the classroom. How social media helps bridge the gap between home and school | Teacher Network | Guardian Professional. New York City Education - Social Media Guidelin. Apps for Healthy Kids. This Is How Teens Are Using Social Media. Let’s go on an up walk | Form of Documentation.

Using Twitter for Learning. Education Week. Final Thoughts. The White House Student Film Festival: Technology in Classrooms. Assessment. References.