Sunday, September 18, 2005

Module 2

Part A:

Technology integration is the use of technology in the classroom to assist in learning and teaching the curriculum in the classroom. Technology is used to supplement traditional forms of teaching as well as to make the classroom a more interactive and fun place to learn. Good technology integration engages students learning through the active use of technology whether it is computers and software or other devices. Technology integration is a great tool to help students with impairments, physical disabilities or learning problems. Students are able to learn at their own pace using software and programs that fit their needs. Good technology integration makes learning enjoyable for students and spurs their interests by catering to their individual needs. Poor technology integration can be frustrating for both student and teacher. Students are frustrated by the lack of "know-how" the teacher has and also find technology a time wasting device in the classroom. If not used properly technology can use up valuable class time with waiting and problems. Students and teachers can be turned off of technology when it is used inappropriately or in a manner where problems are prevalent. Barriers to technology integration exist in number. Firstly, teachers must be educated in the type of technology that is to be used and then they must also be educated on how to use the technology to teach their students. Secondly, technology is expensive and the implementation of technology in the classroom is therefore an expensive undertaking. Finally, students many times view technology as a game or just for fun. Students need to have fun using the technology and should be engaged by doing so, but they have to understand that the technology is a learning tool and should be used accordingly for such purposes.

Part B:

Related (specific) Technology Outcome being integrated: P.3.4.1. select and use, independently, multimedia capabilities for presentations in various subject areas.

Subject: Math

Grade: 12

Description: Use presentation software such as Microsoft PowerPoint to incorporate graphics, audio, video and text to create a tutorial guide on solving problems in the conic section (Quadratic Relations) of the grade 12 curriculum. The presentation should solve a minimum of 3 examples from parabolas, circles, ellipses and hyperbolas. Include pictures of you examples by scanning images or creating images to be inserted into the presentation. The presentation should show step by step how to solve the examples. Audio and video is encouraged where appropriate.

PowerPoint could clearly be used to reach this outcome by creating such a presentation. Students could spend time in class and at home creating the presentation when the unit is nearly completion and then the presentations could be used as a study tool for the upcoming test. The presentations could also be put online so as students could download them at home and use them as study tools for the tests.

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