I am currently taking an instructional technology class as I believe I mentioned in my first blog. Anyways, I have learned a lot about technology and how it can be used in the classroom, and there are some pieces of technology that I never knew existed. There were also a few things I already knew about, but never realized how they were associated with teaching and learning.
To make a long story short, there are many different types of technology that can be used to teach and also help student learn.
Internet- allows communication between parents, teachers, and students. It also allows students to gain information about a topic easily on their own.
WebQuests- allow teaching to extend outside of the classroom, and can be fairly engaging for students. Allows the students to learn information without it being directly taught to them. It allows them to do some work for themselves.
Podcasting- allows teachers to teach untraditionally, and engage the students. It also allows the students to learn as they DO rather than just WATCHING. \
PowerPoint- a great tool to help teachers teach a lesson. It also provide a visual aid for the students who learn best visually.
Microsoft Word- allows teacher to create graphic organizers for students to use during a lesson. It also allows the teachers to communicate with parents, teachers, and students. It allows students to create and present information in a neat and orderly fashion, along with being quicker andmore efficient.
Others include: Excel, Scavenger Hunts, and movies (still and motion)...
ALL of these types of technology are great ways to help teachers teach and students learn!