Instructional Technologies

Unit 1 Module 2
January 23, 2014


The smartboard or electronic whiteboard in the above picture is used in my classroom approximately 50% of the day and is about five years old. This is the most frequently used piece of technology utilized by all teachers at the elementary level. At the child development age, we practice writing, watch short videos, do our daily calendar, graph, use in our work stations and use various internet sites. The features can be endless. According to the website www.TheTeachers.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. No more 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, which can be adapted for use with a wide range of subjects and ages. The smartboard adds to our instructional workflow and I hope only continues to improve.


The Apple Ipad in the picture above is currently used in my classroom with all the classrooms in my elementary school. This ipad along with several others are two years old and are used by all the students in the class. When these are placed in our work station area, four students at a time are using basic writing sites such as Elmo ABC's. We have downloaded several teaching apps to help students learn to write their alphabet and numbers and word wall words. According to a brochure I found in our library, "Net Cetera, Chatting with Kids About Being Online, the author suggested to start children early on these devices playing games. After all, even toddlers see their parents use all types of devices. As soon as your child is using a computer, a cell phone, a DS game, a WII it's time to talk to them about online behavior, safety and security. this ipad is very current and is relative to our lesson every day. The children enjoy everything we use it for and are always engaged in whatever we are teaching on it.

DELL desktop computers

The four DELL desktop printers in the above picture are used as additional form of technology and the least used piece of technology in my classroom. They are approximately seven years old. They are used by the students during our "work station" time for approximately 35 minutes a day. These computers are slightly outdated and should be replaced with something more up to date. Even though this equipment is not the most up to date, it does not change or hurt our instructional workflow. Considering the age, it sometimes prints slow but the problems are solved fairly quickly. Working in a public school and in a "stately funded" program it doesn't get us the best and most modern equipment the quickest. Normally the upper grades get the equipment first and the remaining is passed down to us.

THE LG Flat Screen television is used in my classroom for two purposes only. One for the clock and one for watching something on public television. This television is about 6 years old and needs to be replaced by a more modern television.

According to website, educators use television in the classroom to satisfy a variety of objectives. First to reinforce and expand on content being taught (94%); to respond to a variety of learning styles (83%); to increase student motivation to learn (74%) and to stimulate other learning activities (69%).

Sometimes television is a problem when it promotes negative behavior patterns and it can also take up so much of a child's time it hinders development. Sometimes it can deal with inappropriate subjects. Television in a classroom can also be positive. It can encourage creativity and critical thinking. It encourage creativity and critical thinking. It encourages students to participate in song and dance and it helps to inspire enthusiasm for reading and learning.

The use of the television in my classroom is very minimal and the child development grade level. Having a television in my room does not hinder our instructional workflow because I can use the clock on my computer and as a second option the smartboard for televised shows.share it with, and even how long it lives. So what are you waiting for?

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