Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Using Powerpoint

Using Powerpoint in the classroom can be great to engage students. There are many different features which can be used in a powerpoint presentation. Powerpoint can be used within a classroom setting while teaching children as sound, pictures, video and many other interactive features can be added to engage all students in some way. Kearsley & Shneiderman's (1999) Engagement Theory states that, "students must be engaged in their course work in order for effective teaching to occur".

This could be achieved with students in small groups and have them create a powerpoint presentation on a topic they are studying during the term. It is important as a teacher to get students involved in, "active, cognitive processes such as creating, problem-solving, reasoning, decision-making, and evaluation" (Kearsley & Shneiderman, 1999).

Challenges could be that you have students in your class who don't know about computers and others that know how to use one quite well, so instruction will need to be given before any productive work can occur.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Wiki space

Well, i have successfully set up a wikispace. That was easy enough, but i haven't quite worked out how to find my way around the site. If anyone has any advice please feel free to leave comments.

As a teacher your abilities of using computers and technologies in the classroom for students learning is endless. Students could use Wiki, powerpoint, avatars, webquests and a thousand other learning tools to help them be successful and learn in an interactive and fun environment. All of these tools are education and when used properly students get the opportunity to learn new skills (using technology) and learn new information in a particular topic. Students in this day and age have been brought up on electronics and technology so why not use it as it is said that students are more engaged in learning when they find it fun and interesting.

Kearsley & Shneiderman's (1999) Engagement Theory Framework states that, "Students must be engaged in their coursework in order for effective learning to occur". Using activities which involve the students are more productive than the handouts/filling in of sheets or the listen/copy techniques that many teachers use. When i start teaching i am going to use technology in my classroom when the opportunities are available. Even if we are beginners in technology we can learn from our students, just as students learn from us.

My grade 2 prac class do lots of group work. At the moment we are doing the First Australians (The First Aboriginals and how they are different from people today, eg food, shelter, weapons etc). If i was teaching the class this topic i would have students use a Wikispace as a class project and have their work read by others.

Avatars in Lessons

An Avatar can be used in classrooms to give short instructions about a task, you could do a greeting, or many other things. I think it is great that you can use your own voice, but if you didn't want to you can use a pre-recorded voice. Students would find this very fun and interesting, in the classroom you could let students make their own Avatars that could give a message back to the class.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Digital Native, Digital Immigrant?

Having been born in the 90's i am classed as a Digital Native. As Mark Prensky (2001) states, "they have spend their entire lives surrounded by and using computers, videogames, digital music players, video cams, cell phones, and all the other toys and tools of the digital age". I wouldn't class myself as a person who knows everything about the new technologies of the century, but i have learnt many things during my time at school and i have taught myself (through trial and error) along the way. Although i had computers in the classroom during primary school i could say that i was taught the Digital Immigrant way as my teachers were not technolgy literate and as a result we were taught sit up straight and face the board, how can they say this is a fun type of teaching? Bring on the TV, videogames, and internet to put the fun back into learning. Come on, "Just Do It!" (Prensky, 2001).

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Welcome to my blog

Hi everybody, I think this Managing E-Learning course will teach me many things. This is the first time i have used blogger and i am looking forward to learning new things that will help me keep up with the new technology in our ever changing world.