Through my Students’ Eyes
Published by Cheryl Oakes in edtech, guestblogger on July 10th, 2009
This article talked about many different types of technology that was used to help students learn throughout their school years. At the beginning of their lives teachers encouraged learning through technology and were able to help teach the standards using these tools. As the students reached high school it seems that teachers encourage students not to use the technology that they do have and would rather have them learn the necessary standards through old methods of teaching. Making class exciting and interesting through the use of technology is time consuming and needs to be constantly adjusted and updated. Also, back-up plans have to be made in case the needed tools are not working at the time. There are many teachers throughout the different grades that would rather teach the way they have been teaching for years rather than adjusting their plans to create excitement in the students and encourage learning.
As a student I remember one teacher in middle school requiring me to use technology for a project. I had to create a PowerPoint of my family and present it to the class. He allowed us to use any backgrounds, fonts, and effects that we liked but that was as exciting as it got. I have a good grasp on a majority of the websites that I use daily for school but that is because I like to click on random icons so I can understand what they do. I usually become frustrated with technology when it doesn’t work as it should and I would prefer to avoid it if possible.
Although I don’t prefer to use technology, I would like to integrate it more into my tutorial classroom. I have a majority of males in my classroom this year so I think that technology is going to be an important tool for me in helping them learn and improve on their skills. I would like to learn about the online writing program that was mentioned in the blog. I think that it would be a great tool for me to use in the classroom since I have several students this year with written expression as a disability.
Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity-
Teachers use their surrounding environment, tools such as technology, and knowledge to demonstrate real world issues and help students learn through different types of learning styles. Students learn through the use of technology but they are encouraged to think outside of the box. Students and teachers are able to use the technological tools provided to create, learn, explore, solve problems, think, plan, collaborate, and reflect together.
- During the year, I have my students work on a transition project for their IEP goals. They are required to research their chosen career and list several aspects about the job such as salary, education, hours, and travel. They then have to create a project of their choice that allows them to share with the class.
- I would like to have the students work on interactive assignments that help them understand what it is like to live alone and support themselves. They would have the chance to pick a realistic career and then pay bills and survive off a “pay check.” I think it is something important that students with a learning disability needs to experience since the drop-out rate is higher than for students without a disability.
- I have downloaded several apps on my iPad that could be used in the classroom but I was unsure of how to incorporate them into my tutorial class. I would like to play review games with my tutorial students to help them prepare for tests but I am unsure how to make the games and didn’t have the tools to do so.
- This year, the special education teachers in Greenville County are required to sign up for Edmodo. Teachers are able to watch webinars in the comfort of their own classroom or home when it is convenient for them instead of meeting at a chosen location with set hours. Special education teachers are then able to take a short quiz showing that they watched the webinar and understood what was being taught. Instructions and needed documents have been placed on Edmodo too for easy access as well. There is also a feed that allows teachers to easily communicate with any teacher in Greenville County as well as special education coordinators and the people in the district making the rules for special education this year. It is definitely an adjustment.
I am also working with an inclusion teacher this year that is having his students set up and Edmodo account where they will complete and turn in every assignment that they do this year. It is our first year doing this so I am interested to see how it works and if it works till the end of the year. I never would have thought going paperless in a classroom would have been possible.
I think as an inclusion teacher I haven’t had the opportunity to help the students learn through the use of technology as much as I would like to. This year is the first year that I have a promethean board in my classroom and I only had wireless during that last part of the school year. I did take my students to the library several times last year to use the computers to complete projects for other classes.
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