January 23, 2014
The Smartboard or Electronic Whiteboard in the picture above is the most frequently used piece of technology in my classroom today. It is used approximately 50% of the time. This is used for teaching for all grade levels. At the child development age, we practice learning to write, watch videos, play games, graph, do our daily calendar, use the internet sites and so much more to enhance learning. The features are endless! According to the website http:/www.The Teachers.NetGazette an article written by Dr. Mary Ann Bell, she loves the electronic whiteboard because it can accommodate different learning styles. Tactile learners can benefit from touching and marking at the board, audio learners can have the class discussion, visual learners can see what is taking place as it develops at the board. Dr. Bell states they are clean and attractive tools. There is no messy chalk dust or other by-products, which can limit use. It is a kid magnet!
This piece of technology is very relative in classroom teaching and is the most powerful instructional tool invented today. It can be adapted for use with a wide range of subjects and ages. The Smartboard adds to our instructional workflow and I hope it only continues to improve to make teaching and learning more fun.
The Apple Ipad in the picture above is the second most frequently used piece of technology in my classroom today. The Apple Ipad is approximately two years old and is used by all the students in the class every day for approximately 35 minutes. We have downloaded several basic teaching methods to help students learn to write their ABC's and numbers. According to a brochure I read, "Net Cetera, Chatting with Kids About Being Online", the author suggested to start children early these devices. After all, even toddlers see their parents use all types of devices. As soon as your child is using a computer, a cell phone and any device, it is time to talk to them about online behavior, safety and security. This Ipad is very current and is relative to our lessons in every day teaching. The children enjoy using them and become very engaged once they learn to log in.
The four DELL desktop computers and printer in the above picture are used as an additional technology tool in my Child Development classroom today. They are used by the students during our "work station" time for approximately 35 minutes a day. These computers are slightly outdated as they are approximately five years old. The DELL 2330dn printer is only used by the teachers and is also about five years old. Even though this equipment is not the most up-to-date, it does help the children get practice learning how to navigate the mouse and the basic way computers work. Having these computers does enhance our instructional workflow because it helps the children to learn and listen at the same time. We have downloaded several sites to assist them in learning. The speed of the computer sometimes slows things up the but the basic problems are solved fairly quickly. Working in a public school in a "state funded" program doesn't get us the most modern equipment the quickest. Normally, the upper grades are given the newest equipment first and we get the outdated equipment. Hopefully someday this equipment can be replaced with laptops with large monitors and a laser printer.
The LG Flat Screen television is the least used piece of technology in my classroom today. This television is approximately five years old and is only used for the clock and some public and school announcements. This is one piece of equipment that needs to be replaced with a more modern larger flat screen television.
According to www.idahoPTV.org website, educators use television in the classroom to satisfy a variety of objectives. First, to reinforce and expand on content being taught , to respond to a variety of learning styles, to increase student motivation to learn and to stimulate other learning activities. Sometimes televisions are a problem when it promotes negative behavior patterns. It can also take up so much a child's time it hinders development. It can also sometimes deal with inappropriate subjects. Television in a classroom can also be positive. It can encourage creativity and critical thinking, it encourages students to participate in song and dance and it can inspire enthusiasm for reading and learning.
The use of the television in my classroom is very minimal at the child development level. Having a television is my room does not hinder my instructional workflow because I can use the clock on my computer and as a second choice I can use the "internet" on my computer and smartboard.