Saturday, February 6, 2010

Implementation of Technology

I am personally going to take this blog into a completely opposite direction than I expected I would and play devil's advocate.

I would have to say I have learned about many great tools that could be useful within many different classrooms. Glogster and googledocs are two of my favorites and the research I have done on the Ignite Software I found while doing article critiques for my research methods course is something I believe I will try and utilize in my own classroom dependant on cost. I am however finding myself drifting as we learn many of the things I grew up doing and have often utilized on a daily basis, for years.

I personally came from a school of block scheduling and the use of technology is easily implemented into the lengthy courses. In a 45 minute class how simple or difficult would it be to utilize your instructional time wisely and maximiz the use of technology? As a teacher would you become dependant on the utilization of the computer lab? In a low budget school with minimum access to technology, how would one implement and utilize technology to their advantage or would the teacher be bound by budget restrictions? What ways could a teacher easily work around these budget restrictions? I would love to learn different ways to utilize some of these items and work them into lesson plans based on the content areas we are teaching.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Ignite Software

http://www.ignitelearning.com/

Ignite is an online learning software that can be utilized by teachers to supplement their instruction. There is a 30 day free trial but a license to use it must be purchased by the school if its use will continue. I actually researched this software in my Research Methods course and after looking at studies that including action research of this program it is highly rated in its ability to improve student grades in courses that are content-based such as social studies and science. It can also be used in math classes.
The following are the Ignite Software's goals:
-Accommodate diverse learning styles
-Challenge students to learn by doing
-Help students learn in context by unifying big-picture ideas
-Help students recognize relevance of material to their daily lives
-Challenge students to demonstrate learning in a variety of ways
After trying out the software, I realized it is a great tool for both the teacher and the students. Teachers can utilize lesson plans and assessments from the program and students have the ability to be more hands on with the material through interactive games, music and videos. The range of material available through this program is quite extensive and is available in an easy to use program. Students can quickly become engaged in the variety of activities available learn the content of their courses in a way that they can relate to much more than lecture. Through a range of activities they can be challenged to think through doing in a form of learning many of them are more accustomed to.