The Independent School - Ms. Hadley and Ms. Schmitz
Ms. Schmitz is a technology resource teacher. She is there if the classroom teachers have questions, shows them applications that they can use in their classrooms, and helps them combine technology with their lesson plans. She took me on a tour of all the different grade levels.
For the younger students, they mostly played academic games. I really enjoyed that the computer use was seen as a reward system. Once a student was done with their book work, they were able to access educational games while they waited for the next activity.
For older students, they were allowed more freedom in what they searched and were able to accomplish.
Teaching with Technology
In the 5th grade class, the teacher was not using technology at the same time as the students. Instead, the teacher was helping them complete their computer assignments and answering any questions they had. The 5th grade class was working on digital scrapbooks!
Some teachers used the technology as timers that students could see so they knew when to be done with a task.
Pros and Cons
Cons: I think there are more cons for the older students rather than the younger students. Older students have more freedom in what they can access therefore they tend to goof off a little bit more or may not focus on the assignments they are supposed to. Also, giving them access at this age does expose them to much more than they normally would.
For the younger students, I think classroom time is a bigger con than them actually using the technology. Teachers would have to build in extra time to teach students the basics of computer use. However, it is still a very important thing for students to learn.
What are the disadvantages for student use of technology?
What is your favorite classroom technology? Why?
Ms. Schmitz said that her favorite classroom technology would be a computer or laptop. This is because there is so much more available to use on a computer than there is on an iPad or tablet.