In addition to randomly selecting students for participation, my program would include a field for feedback where I could quickly rate the selected student’s contribution on a 1-5 or 1-10 point scale. These scores would be used informally as a gauge of how well the student understands the material. I may also write in an algorithm into the program that pairs students up for group work based on these scores. The purpose of this would be to pair students who demonstrate a strong understanding of the material with those students who appear to be struggling. In addition to my own programs, I will use the standard Microsoft Office suite for document creation. My handouts and assignments will be created using a combination of Word and Excel. My presentations will be made using PowerPoint. I’ll use Access for a number of different information storage uses. My personal website will most likely be
Dave Carrier Edu 261 MW – 11:00a created and maintained using FrontPage. Although I can author html documents on my own, it is easier to use an html editor. During my college career, I have used all of these programs extensively, and consider myself to have a relatively high degree of expertise with some of their advanced features. With all this talk to technology integration, there are bound to be challenges to overcome. In some cases, as I mentioned before, students may not have access to a computer or the internet outside of school. There may be limited computer resources at the school that have to be shared by several classrooms. Sometimes computers and other technological components break down. There are a number of different things that, as a teacher, I’ll have to overcome. Many of the issues may be unpredictable. For most of the issues that may arise, it is of critical importance to have a backup plan. A good backup plan can keep the momentum of the day going in case of a technological breakdown that would otherwise lead to confusion and possibly disciplinary issues. Other issues may be more difficult to deal with. Having students who do not have access to a computer or the internet outside of school may affect the homework that I can assign. In this case, I’ll have to see what kind of in-school access the student or students might have, and plan my assignments accordingly. Also, if the assignment were simply problems posted on a web page, I could print the page and give copies to the student or students without internet access to take home and work on. If there was an issue where there were limited computer resources being shared by several classes, I would make sure that there was a clear sign-up schedule for who was able to use the computer lab or portable computers. This would help to limit conflicts over limited resources. All in all, I believe that the benefits of using computers and other forms of modern technology in the classroom to enhance education far outweigh the negative aspects. In order for students to become productive and influential members of society, they simply must have a solid understanding of computers an how to use them to interact with the rest of the world.
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