Monday, November 9, 2009

Week 10

Technology can be as simple as using disposable cameras and websites. Even very young students can use a disposable camera. This teacher used the technology to tie in science (types), geography (where spiders are found), and literacy (communicating with other classes on the internet). Technology made her lesson exciting for the children and they learned a lot.

Use of technology required students to use a pattern (Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?). Students really enjoyed drawing on the computer and were able to improve over a couple of semesters. They like to experiment with computers in ways that adults usually don’t. Many don’t have computers at home so they are able to learn at school how to use one.

Teachers need to be aware of the resources available to them and how to use these resources. They also should be able to teach students how to access information for their research. Family and friends can take part in the use of technology as well.

Monday, November 2, 2009

PLE Week 9

I completed the informed consent and the midcourse evaluation.

There aren't enough computers for all students to use them, but the computers are used on a daily basis. I also thought it was interesting that students have a typing class. I didn't learn to type until I was in 7th grade. The TV in the classroom looks very nice, and so does the DVD player. Also, the teacher has her own computer so she has internet access and can save teaching documents and stuff. All in all it wasn't a super high-tech classroom but I didn't feel like it was really lacking either.