Top 10 Reasons to Use Technology in Education: iPad, Tablet, Computer, Listening Centers

Technology is ubiquitous, touching almost every part of students lives, students communities, students homes. There are variety of technology tools available like computers, tablets, digital camera, iPods, and video games are great tools to support students learning.

I saw my course mate Choy Yee write up based on the Youtube video from Amplivoxsound (2011) listed top 10 reasons to use technology in education :

1. Students love it. Students love using new technologies in the classroom.

2. It engages the Four Key Components to Learning.
3. Professional Development.

4. Makes Life Easier for Teachers.

5. It Improves Test Scores.
6. Helps Students with Low Attention Spans.
7. Learn from the Experts.

8. Encourages completion of homework

9. Saves money

10. Remove obstacles

After reflects on those reasons listed, I truly agreed with Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach, “Teachers will not be replaced by technology, but teachers who don’t use technology will be replaced by those who do.”.

Amplivoxsound. (2011). Top 10 reasons to use technology in education: iPad, tablet, computer, listening centers. [Video]. Retrieved March 11, 2013, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzi2RIt8_nk

My Mind Map

We had a learning task to create a mind map using an online resource. We shared thoughts and new ideas then we created a concept map using Bubbl.us.  Mind map is an easy way for brainstorming ideas and  to organise ideas, especially for young children.

However, I encounter some problem when trying to post it  here. So after a few attempts I saved it as an image in my desktop and post it as an image here.

Please click on the link below to try create a mind map today. Please feel free to comment and share any ideas on why use ICTs in teaching and how can we incorporate ICTs in classroom an effective manner. If you are hesitate on which tools to use, visit this article page 10 Fun Tools to EasilyMake Your Own Infographics by 

Other resources to create mind map:

Text2MindMap

Popplet

Easel.ly  ( Visit my course mate Megan Lim page to view her beautiful mind map using this.) For more information, please feel free to view the video on the service : infographics from easel.ly on Vimeo.

 

Interactive Whiteboard

In school, we were discussing on an Interactive Whiteboard. Many of us have very little ideas how great this technology can be use in the classroom. We would want to know more how does it work? What does it work?

An Interactive Whiteboard is one of the many technologies which are revolutionising our classrooms. However, not many teachers know  how to really how to use it effectively in the lessons. In my experience, Interactive Whiteboards help to create fun and interactive learning environments where it allows kinaesthetic, auditory and visual learning to happen all at once. Also, it aids many disengaged students to focus on the lessons. It also allows teacher to pre-prepared lessons and resources to create lessons that are better and that will include all the different needs of their learners.

For more information visit this site  Interactive Whiteboard

 

 

TPACK

 

What is TPACK?

Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) is a framework that identifies the knowledge teachers need to teach effectively with technology.

As refer to Koehler & Mishra (2009) – a beneficial resource which describes the complex nature of teaching, identifies the nature of technologies and the challenge brought with them. It also extensively examines the interaction between the bodies of knowledge and how to successfully integrate technology into teaching.

 

 

Source of image : http://tpack.org

For more information about The seven components about TPACK

Reference:

Koehler, M. & Mishra, P. (2009). What is Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge?. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 9(1), 60-70. AACE. Retrieved from http://www.editlib.org/p/29544/

 

Toolbelt Theory – Tool for a lifetime

Toolbelt Theory from Irasocol

Ira Socol’s (@irasocol) Toolbelt Theory. Socol offers this description

Toolbelt theory” suggests that we must teach our students how to analyse tasks, the task-completion environment, their own skills and capabilities, an appropriate range of available tools … and let them begin to make their own decisions. It’s all about our students (and you) taking control of your problems and developing a toolbelt (a collection of tools) that can help you solve the problems you are having.

So the trick to tool use is to learn to evaluate tasks and environments and your skills and the tools themselves as they change and determine what works best for you. I call this the “TEST” – Task – Environment – Skills -Tools, a specifically ordered reframing of Joy Zabala‘s “SETT” protocol. A specifically ordered reframing designed for self-determination.

As an educator, we should educate our students the skills to be success, then they will learn the best way that lead them to succeed in their life. As an old saying “Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for day. Teach a man to fish and he’ll eat for the rest of his life.”

Please visit Faezams blog about his 10 thoughts of “Tool Belt”

 

Toolbelt. (2013). [Image]. Retrieved from http://faezams.edublogs.org/toolbelt/

 

 

 

Why Professional Learning Networks (PLNs)?

Week 1 – Learning Journal II

This is my first time to hear about this Personal Learning Networks (PLNs), I try to find out more about what, who, when, how, and why of PLNs. I read on one of my course mate Kylie ‘s blog post on Personal Learning Network, she mentioned that according to Buchanan (2011), personal learning network (PLN) is where a group of people who get connected to share information. There are many web tools such as  FacebookTwitter,DiigoblogsPinterest which provide us opportunities to get connected easily while enabling us to learn together as part of global community.

I read about What is a PLN and Why do I need one? by Colette Cassinelli stated that  “A PLN is a Personal Learning Network. A PLN is a reciprocal network that you create to learn from, connect with, gather information or resources, create with and finally share what you have learned. A PLN can occur in your school, face-to-face, online, at conferences or through reading, reflecting and sharing.”

How to get started? Here are some  resources:

Read the Edutopia article “How to Create a Professional Learning Community.”

See Sue Waters’s site http://suewaters.wikispaces.com/

See Shelly Terrell’s blog post “23 Resources About Personal Learning Networks.”

Join Classroom 2.0  the social network for those interested in  Web 2.0, Social Media, and Participative Technologies in the classroom.

Join The Educator’s PLN, a personal learning network for educators that offers teacher-created tutorials, discussions, and other resources to spark conversation.

Join Teachability,  a teacher community for sharing ideas, tips, advice, resources, and much more.

View the video on How to build a PLN? by Elena Elliniadou on Vimeo

 

Reference :

Buchanan, R. (2011). Developing a personal learning network (PLN). Retrieved March 13, 2013, from http://www.curriculumsupport.education.nsw.gov.au/schoollibraries/assets/pdf/Buchanan_Scan30-4.pdf

 

Why wouldn’t you use ICT in your teaching?

Week 1 – Learning journal

In the first class, the lecturer introduces us to use Prezi in presentation. The first topic to be discussed in group and present it to the class is “Why wouldn’t you use ICT in your teaching?”

Seeing my first try out on Prezi, I learn to appreciate that technology today is so important for teachers to present ideas, to connect and interact to other educators from all over the world through Diigo, Blogger, Twitter or facebook and many others.

Well, I think ICT is really useful, why wouldn’t we use it in teaching? Instead, we should explore ourselves to a whole lot of new experiences and think about how to use ICT in our teaching.

 

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