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Reading with iPads – the differenc makes a difference


Via Nik Peachey
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 iPads are an effective tool used within classrooms as it keeps students engaged with their work. Walsh (2009) discusses the affect technology is having on society as well as in the classrooms. As students are now given the opportunity to read electronically, allowing students to visually and interactively view novels through technological advancements such as iPad’s, enhances ones understanding of specific issues as it allows information to be read, listened to and comprehended in an interesting manner. Nonetheless the use of technology in the classroom does not come without opportunities as well as challenges for the teachers who use them to support learning. The main aim of the research project throughout this source was to see the effect iPads as an eBook has on students and if it has any impact on their learning. Results showed that although the students participating in the study reported an increase in engagement when using the iPad, there was not a corresponding rise in achievement. It was also seen that at times it served as a distracter and it also frustrated attempts to engage the students in “offline” discussion, suggesting there are strong implications for pedagogy. This source allows teachers to be prepared for any problems they may encounter when using iPads in the classroom as well as being able to relate to the other teachers that had mixed feelings.

 

Teaching strategies that can be implemented in the classroom with the use of iPads include having students use a range of applications that the teacher can download relating to any topic. For example when teaching Maths the teacher can resort to the range of application that teach students how to add and subtract in an engaging manner. Students can also use their iPads as an eBook and read and write about a range of books. This will ensure that all students are engaged and interacting with their work. Following on, as a form of assessment, the students can then read and write about the same book without the use of technology and have students discuss their experience with the rest of the class. Observing and recording how students respond is also an effective tool when assessing students.

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Technology And Society – Impact of Technology On Society

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Technology And Society - Impact of technology on society. Technology has improved transportation: Technology has improved transportation: Transportation is one the basic areas of technological activity.
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Technology is a learning tool that accedes learners to organise, represent and construct knowledge in multiple modalities that includes text, audios, graphics, animations and videos ”(Wang, 2006). As educators, we know that students’ learning’s enhanced when they are actively engaged in their learning. Technology has both positive and negative impacts on the community as this source provides teachers with information based on how technology has enhanced and damaged society through agriculture, education, travel and communication. The website also contains online forums and posts that discuss different issues in regards to technology that can provide the teacher with the knowledge needed to help educate the students.

 

Using this source with stage 2 is effective as students can view the positive/ negative impacts technology has on the environment. A range of teaching strategies can be used such as elaborating on each topic independently, for example travel. Having students create a poster with pictures and words discussing how different types of transport benefits society in comparison to how society used to travel 100 years ago (walking, horses). From this the teacher can then move towards the negative impacts on society such as pollution. Having students create a poster about both the positive and negative impacts of technology (travel) and present it to the class ensuring visuals are clear. This is seen as an effective form of formative assessment as the teacher can visually see if the students understood the topic. Students can then discuss walk to school day and explain to them that we are not only helping the environment but also are seeing how people used to travel 100 years ago. Classroom discussions may be a method for improving social skills and dialogue amongst peers, and furthermore providing a manner for students to engage with peers as well as the topic at hand (Killen, 2003). As a teacher the different strategies will be seen as effective as they are engaging and ensure students are visually and graphically understanding the impact of technology on society. 

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Welcome to Skype in the classroom | Skype Education

Welcome to Skype in the classroom | Skype Education | Changes in Technology | Scoop.it

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It is common knowledge that we are living in the ‘information age’ where technology and the use of technology is second nature. Skype is seen to be one of the most effective forms of educating students globally as you communicate with the rest of the world whilst staying in your classroom. This source is seen to be effective for both teachers and students as it provides a range of topics and resources for teachers to choose from. Krause, Bochner, and Duchesne (2001) declare that “ the Internet is a highly visual medium, using combinations of colourful text, icons , video and graphics in ways that traditional paper based texts do not. Using Skype in the classroom provides students with the opportunity to learn about other people’s cultures, language and school communities.  

 

A teaching idea that can be incorporated using this source includes selecting a topic for example, comparing the range of technology in their classrooms, and selecting another school around the globe that’s also in Stage 2 who is also interested in this topic. Have students present and discuss the range of different technologies found around the classroom such as a computer, smart board and Ipad and discuss how technology has affected their learning (more fun, engaging). Create a classroom discussion about how the students felt discussing their ideas over the Internet and if this was possible 50 years ago? Then have students express how people had to communicate (50 years ago) with each other (letter writing). The importance of discussion is seen not only for the students but also for the teacher as it is seen as a way of assessing the student’s knowledge. Following from this, have them write a letter to a student and allow them to explain the effect technology has had in terms of communication.

 

This resource is also seen as being effective for teachers as they are able to communicate with other teachers, sharing ideas and resources as well as staying in contact with parents. Skype in the classroom solves that challenge by letting a teacher specify what grade or subject they will be teaching, and what kinds of projects they’re interested in working on together. It also solves challenges with people in the work force who need to communicate with others around the world making it more visible and effective.

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Australian Indigenous tools and technology - australia.gov.au

Australian Indigenous tools and technology - australia.gov.au | Changes in Technology | Scoop.it
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Understanding the different cultural sensitivities present within the Aboriginal community is crucial for any teacher to understand the traditions, customs, interests and sensitivities of the Aboriginal culture (Reynolds, 2005). Having students acknowledge how technology has impacted Indigenous Australians, from hunting food to building shelter, this source is effective for both teachers and students as it provides the knowledge in relation to the range of technology that had been used to improve their daily lives. Throughout this source a range of different forms of technologies have been discussed along with what they have been used for, for example spears for weapons and net baskets to catch food. Also reinforced throughout this source is the technology formed, reflect the geographical location of different groups and tribes. This source also provides a range of external links that link with indigenous Australians that help understand their culture, art, customs and heritage through a range of different dreamtime stories.    

 

Teaching strategies that can be implemented in the classroom include having students create a form of technology that is used by Indigenous Australians. Having students use cardboard and paint, they can create a boomerang and allow them to tell the class what it was used for. This improves their English, as they are able to verbally discuss with the class what they created and how it can be used. Students can then discuss how shelter is built today or how food reaches our homes and compare the different times. Discussion can be implemented in order facilitate problem solving tasks and open - ended questions enabling student involvement (Hunter, 2005). Another teaching strategy that can be used is having an incursion by brining an Indigenous Australian to display and discuss the range of tools and technology that had been used and are still being used today. Moreover, observing the students is seen as an effective form of assessment as it provides the teacher the opportunity to ask questions and reflect on the syllabus outcomes and subject matter.  The need to understand the sensitive cultural practices is essential, as this will give the teacher an insight into how one can approach their teaching method (Board of Studies, 2001).

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Timelines - Free Games & Activities for Kids

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In our present context, it is fair to state that most students in school today have constant access to computers and the Internet or have used it at some time.Creating a time line online is an effective tool for stage 2 students as they are able to visually see how technology is changing over time. According to Krause, Bochner and Duchesne (2003) information and communication technologies is defined as “ any technology used for accessing, gathering, manipulating, presenting or communicating information”. The website provides free games and activities that are interactive for both students and teachers. It explores the different features a timeline consists of along with understanding how to read and construct a timeline. Creating a timeline with students will not only benefit them mathematically (dates) but including visuals is also effective as Winch (2010), reinforces through the combination of visual and print elements, it allows students to construct meaning within a text.

 

A teaching idea that can be incorporated using the timeline includes having students discuss the different toys they play with. Provide students with the opportunity to bring in their favourite toys and explain to the rest of the class what they like about it as well as the different features it contains. From this the students will understand that technology doesn’t have to contain electricity. Students will then be asked to compare the toys they play with now in comparison to the toys they used to play with. When all the students are aware of the differences as a class construct a timeline together using the smart board placing the timeline from 0-9 years old. Once a class timeline has been constructed, a form of assessment can include having students draw their own timelines in their book to represent the change of toys as they grow and have them label the different features the toys may consist of.

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Reading with iPads – the differenc makes a difference


Via Nik Peachey
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 iPads are an effective tool used within classrooms as it keeps students engaged with their work. Walsh (2009) discusses the affect technology is having on society as well as in the classrooms. As students are now given the opportunity to read electronically, allowing students to visually and interactively view novels through technological advancements such as iPad’s, enhances ones understanding of specific issues as it allows information to be read, listened to and comprehended in an interesting manner. Nonetheless the use of technology in the classroom does not come without opportunities as well as challenges for the teachers who use them to support learning. The main aim of the research project throughout this source was to see the effect iPads as an eBook has on students and if it has any impact on their learning. Results showed that although the students participating in the study reported an increase in engagement when using the iPad, there was not a corresponding rise in achievement. It was also seen that at times it served as a distracter and it also frustrated attempts to engage the students in “offline” discussion, suggesting there are strong implications for pedagogy. This source allows teachers to be prepared for any problems they may encounter when using iPads in the classroom as well as being able to relate to the other teachers that had mixed feelings.

 

Teaching strategies that can be implemented in the classroom with the use of iPads include having students use a range of applications that the teacher can download relating to any topic. For example when teaching Maths the teacher can resort to the range of application that teach students how to add and subtract in an engaging manner. Students can also use their iPads as an eBook and read and write about a range of books. This will ensure that all students are engaged and interacting with their work. Following on, as a form of assessment, the students can then read and write about the same book without the use of technology and have students discuss their experience with the rest of the class. Observing and recording how students respond is also an effective tool when assessing students.

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