Bridging the Gap- How Technology Impacts Teachers, Parents, and Student
One major problem in education is lack of communication between the teacher, the parents, and the students. As addressed in this article, technology is being used to solve this problem with several helpful tools available for teachers.
There are several websites that are used for educational communication purposed only, here are some useful ones I have found:
50 Fab Apps for Teachers
“Education—there’s an app for that”, states Scholastic handy web page devoted to apps designed especially for teachers. The capabilities and options of apps in a classroom are endless. Developers have focused on creating easy-to-use programs, as the demand for technology tools in the classroom have gone up, “that serve as learning platforms for students and as organization tools for teachers”. Here are “50 fab apps” that are currently being used by teachers everyday in the classroom and “helping to change the face of education”.
With the schools systems and educators being looked to for finding beneficial ways to introduce technology at a young age and incorporate it into the classroom, here are a few ideas based on different subject matters put together by The University of Scranton.
MATH AND SOCIAL STUDIES
Putting students into groups and sending them on a web-quest is an effective way to get them to collaborate with technology as the median. Students can then record their answers online and with different tools such as Padlet, PowerPoint, SMART Boards or a classroom blog.
READING AND WRITING
This is a good opportunity to let the student use their own personal technology devices, such as a Kindle or Nook. Students can then present book reports via a blog or other technology tool to present to their book to their classmates.
There are tons on free teacher science resources that are technology focused. One widely used and trusted tool is Discovery Education. Put together by the Discovery Channel, this site has a plethora of lesson plan ideas for different age groups with a wide variety of topics.
With the push to have teachers use technology on a regular basis in their classrooms, the possibilities and the resources are endless, these are just the tip of the iceberg.
Technology Makes Better Teachers?
The findings of a 2009 report issued by the Department of Education showed, “while technology cannot necessarily make a bad teacher better, it seems to enhance effective teaching.” Online classes and teaching are holding their own, showing success rates greater than the traditional classroom, and “that quality teachers can implement technology to the benefit of their students.”
In reality, the concept of technology making a “better teacher” is still vague, who knows if it could ever make the bad teacher good and the good teacher better. “Or maybe technology will eventually replace all teachers, good and bad.”
Technology Teacher Blog
This is a great blog that I found written by Barbara Schroeder, Clinical Associate Professor with the Department of Educational Technology at Boise State University in Idaho.
Barbara has posted a ton of great information related to technology in education that I plan on researching for my blog, however, for this particular post, I have picked a few items that I though especially good to focus on for my topic.
This post, 10 Reason Why You Should Use Google Plus Instead of Email, is about all the advantages that Google+ can bring bring to a teacher and their classroom versus the traditional email. Some examples of the reasons highlighted include, you can create circles of friends, or in this case, people in the class, and send messages to one person, like the teacher, or share something with the entire class. Also, while an email in isolated in your inbox, Google+ allows you to create, read, and share a document with one or multiple people in your class circle.
This is just one of the many post about technology in education that are out there and just one example of the many tools available to help benefit teachers in their classrooms using technology.
For more great information about Google+ written by Barbara Schroeder and others, check out these other links!
1. What technology tools are available for teachers to use in their classrooms?
2. If the teacher was more involved with technology in the classroom and used it as an effective tool in education, would it get students more involved in the learning?
3. Most people are concerned with how technology can be a beneficial tool to students, however, I want to explore how technology can benefit the teacher, the way they teach, and the resources they use?
Many big name technology companies are creating special apps within their software and products to help with technology in education. For example, Apple has a Volume Purchase Program, Apple Education, and Google’s, Google for Education. There are also many student, teacher, and parent resources that give ratings and suggestions on Educational Apps. For example, Common Sense Media . Twitter is a also used as a center for sharing these different websites and resources. There are specific organizations, such as, TEACH.org and TCEA that are devoted to improving and motivating technology use in the classroom.