Coming into teaching, I never thought that technology would play as big of a role as it is now. After watching these videos, I have a new idea on what technology in the classroom does for students’ motivation and engagement, as well as the teacher. Technology in the classroom definitely has its benefits. After viewing the video I have a totally different perspective.
For students, technology increases engagement in motivation. While wanting to be a math teacher, watching the video on math online in the classroom, definitely brought a new insight to me. I thought having students being able to work online for math would be boring. In my experience, we did math online and I didn’t learn much. However, this new program they are using really has awesome features. Students work on problems, are allowed to watch videos to reteach concepts, or ask for hints during the project. This allows them to see what they are doing wrong, or lead them in the right direction. The teacher also allows them to work with each other in order to collaborate and learn. Finally, if they still do not understand the teacher will provide clarification to the students. The students are more apt to do their work because they want to see the improvement and their score go up. Students are able to get feedback right away with the online system and this is giving them positive reinforcement as they go along.
Another idea I liked to engage students were the use of the Imovie with options to present something from their life or that they knew. The students worked on a project by themselves but could help each other with specific skills. Each project was based on the students’ lives but incorporated language skills, technology, and collaboration. In one project the teacher was able to cover many standards. The Imovie was a neat way to incorporate skills into the classroom, An idea I had while watching it was having math students teach a concept at the end of a unit and using Imovie in a creative way to present this concept. I think this is a fun thing and we could look at the movies before the test as a type of review. I think these ideas are fun and allow the students to present concepts rather than listening to the teacher review them would engage students much more.
For the teacher, it is a lot less work on them. The focus is taken off of the teacher teaching and more on students taking responsibility for themselves. The teacher is more of a reference source rather than the primary source. The teacher can give more attention to one student because the online source is providing videos and resources to help others. The teacher can take more time to help a specific student on a problem instead of having only a couple seconds before moving on to the next student. The teacher has access to look at data from the class to help provide clarification for everyone in the room.
The use of technology in the classroom is a growing idea. The more I go through this class I see different ways to incorporate it and the benefits are has to education. Students become more attentive. They enjoy learning. They’re more motivated to do their work. The teacher isn’t as stressed trying to help 25 students because the students have additional help by video and hints online. While I do not think technology is to be used all the time, I am starting to like the concept of integrating it with what we consider “old school” teaching methods. With these two different teaching methods in the classroom, students are sure to stay engaged and learn more. I think I’m really excited to incorporate it into my classroom on day. I’m excited to keep going throughout this semester and learning more ways to integrate it into my classroom. This is making me feel very prepared to address any situation in the classroom. (:
** I watched CASE 6: FREE ONLINE RESOURCES ENGAGE ELEMENTARY KIDS and CASE 5: BLENDED LEARNING ENERGIZES HIGH SCHOOL MATH STUDENTS in order to write this blog.