Monday, 3 December 2012

The impact of the various technology tools you encounter on the teaching and learning process

      There are multiple impacts of technology tools both good and bad. As with every thing there are advantages and disadvantages of technology. The advantages are that technology can reap good reward in a class. Technology gets students interest, have them participate more which in turn helps them to perform better, both with behavior and school work. The disadvantages are that it may cause distraction during the lesson if it isn't used properly, students may also use this an opportunity to act out and try to disrupt other students. 

The relevance of having knowledge of the different technology related learning theories

       Having knowledge of the different technology related learning styles is extremely relevant as teachers need to know what technology best suits each learning style. Knowing this a teacher can bring out the best in each student. Having knowledge of each technology and how they relate to each learning style  can make students more interested in class which will get them to participate.
     Connectivism is "a learning theory for the digital age," and has been developed by George Siemens and Stephen Downes based on their analysis of the limitations of behaviorism, cognitivism, and how we learn. Donald G Perrin, Executive Editor of the International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning and says the theory "combines relevant elements of many learning theories, social structures, and technology to create a powerful theoretical construct for learning in the digital age." (Excerpt taken from operation technology).  

Thursday, 22 November 2012

The importance of technology integration in the teaching/learning process

       Technology integration in teaching/learning process is very important as it not only to get the interest of the students but it also get them to participate willingly. "Technology has indeed revolutionized the world. The current generation of students learns better, when they are taught with the aid of technology." said by Preeti Singh who is a grade three teacher. This thought is shared among the teaching most teachers in the profession. Children today are very technologically aware and every aspects of their lives are filled with it so in order to capture their attention in class technology integration is needed.
       "There is a growing body of evidence that technology integration positively affects student achievement and academic performance. The Center for Applied Research in Educational Technology (CARET) found that, when used in collaborative learning methods and leadership that is aimed at improving the school through technology planning, technology impacts achievement in content area learning, promotes higher-order thinking and problem solving skills, and prepares students for the workforce."
      The IMS (Instructional Management  System) this speaks to multiple intelligence and the best way of dealing with multiple intelligence. All the ways that the IMS says brings out or best suits the the different intelligence are based on technology.