Month: September 2015

Teaching with Technology

Teaching with Technology

Technology makes our life more convenient. It change a lot the way we live,our life style and our preferences in life, even our priorities. On the other hand, it leads us to a greater challenge as an educator, and that is to choose the best tool for teaching.  It also affects education into two ways: first ,by offering new resources to engage students in learning, and second, by giving them an opportunity to learn about the new technological fields, leading to jobs and to a greater understanding of how these fields affect the world.

Technology is an advancements in the methods and tools we use to solve problems or achieve goal.In the classroom,technology can encompass all kinds of tools from low-tech pencil,paper and chalkboard to the use of power point presentation,tablets and conferencing tools and more.

Technology helps us in many ways such as:

  • Online Collaboration tools
  • Presentation software
  • Tablets
  • Course management tools
  • Clickers and smart phones
  • Lecture and capture tools

Efficient use of technology includes concepts, skills, and issues. Technology is indeed a big help to the quality of classroom instruction, as long as it is used wisely.

Technology enhances learning in various ways here are some benefit of technology.

  • Enhance the presentation of the concept.
  • Stimulate Learner participation.
  • Help students visualize problems.
  • Help learners gain access to a wide range of information.
  • Build Community
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These are the examples of how technology helps teaching and learning process.⇒

References :http://www.washington.edu/teaching/teaching-resources/engaging-students-in-learning/teaching-with-technology-2/:

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WEEK 3 Connecting Student Learning and Technology

WEEK 3 Connecting Student active learningLearning and Technology

Computers are attractive in the eyes of our learners.  Educators of today’s generation should not take for granted the importance of technology in teaching; it is a big challenge to the part of educators to keep students’ enthusiasm in learning.

Using different strategies in learning will create a big impact. This could be possible through the use of technology and variety of strategies. Therefore, different strategies can be employed to develop and hone student’s full potential. Active learning strategies should be maximized in the classroom.

Active learning involves students in doing and thinking things and thinking about what they are doing (Bonwell & Eison ,1991 p.2) . It is also a technique that can be integrated into lecture or any other classroom setting relatively easily. This technique also helps reinforce concepts and skills. It is also provides more feedback from the students.

Here are some good points about active learning:

  • Addresses different student learning styles.
  • Teacher is just a facilitator and students are given time to think, talk, and process ideas.
  • It creates a student centered environment.
  • It also allows collaboration among students.

Some Active Learning Activities:

  • Think Pair and Share
  • Free Write/One minute Paper
  • Question and Answer Pairs
  • Focused Listing
  • Two Column Method
  • Scenarios / Case Studies
  • Reciprocal Questioning
  • Roundtable
  • One stay , Team stray
  • Problem-Based Learning
  • Corners
  • Shared Brainstorming

Integrating Technology and active learning techniques would help students learn effectively.

To know more about active learning please visit these websites:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3AUFKC25TI

http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/prod/groups/ohr/@pub/@ohr/@ctl/documents/asset/ohr_asset_314707.pdf