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Technology Tools for Change Module Objectives Describe change including technology and how it affects the classroom Explain how technology can motivate learners Give examples of how technology advances can break down many types of educational barriers Describe how the use of technology enables unique instructional capabilities Describe instructional changes that can occur with the addition of technology to the classroom Technology Tools for Change Change is a possible outcome of learning Change is inevitable in society work environments and classrooms Change is rarely easy Technology Tools for Change Educational Technologists face many challenging issues as they strive to promote systemic change in the educational environment while breaking down the barriers Educational Technology Educational Technology is a combination of the processes and tools involved in addressing educational needs and problems with an emphasis on applying the most current tools computers and their related technologies M D Roblyer 2000 Technology Use in the Classroom Can Motivate student s learning Remove societal barriers Provide unique instructional strategies Encourage life learning skills Motivating Learners Student s perception of themselves as being in control of their own learning can be intrinsically motivating for most students Motivating Learners Technology s visual and interactive characteristics capture and hold students attention which is essential for effective instruction See Motivation through ICT in Featured Links Motivating Learners Technology can engage the learner throughout a longer time span such as the production process of creating editing illustrating and publishing a story Students pride in final polished products is often evident Breaking Down Barriers Technology can provide resources and alternatives for overcoming many barriers to learning Presenting information differently Re teaching lessons or specific skills Providing enrichment activities Lessonplansearch is just one of hundreds of available lesson plan resources for technology integration See Featured Links Breaking Down Barriers Technology use can bridge learning gaps caused by Special needs Gender Socio economic Distance Cultural Language Breaking Down Barriers Technological advances can provide powerful assistance for special needs students allowing them increased class participation and peer interaction Watch a screen reader demonstration presented by Pat Sheehan of U S Veteran s Affairs Office See Featured Links Breaking Down Special Needs Barriers Technology is an enabling tool allowing special needs students to function as other students without the barriers that their handicaps impose M D Roblyer 2000 See Computers for People with Special Needs in Featured Links Breaking Down Special Needs Barriers Many of today s current and emerging technologies were developed as adaptive or assistive technology Examples Joysticks Voice Recognition Software Optical Character Recognition OCR Breaking Down Cultural Barriers Technology use allows students to Freely exchange ideas and experiences Breaking Down Cultural Barriers Technology use allows students to Freely exchange ideas and experiences Create and build a variety of multicultural relationships Breaking Down Cultural Barriers Technology use allows students to Freely exchange ideas and experiences Create and build a variety of multicultural relationships Develop global understanding and friendships Breaking Down Distance Barriers Technology use can link isolated rural areas to many different communities of learners making available many new opportunities See Equity in Featured Links Breaking Down Distance Barriers The use of e mail in the classroom can connect learners from around the world overcoming time and distance TEACHING TEACHING TIP TIP When When introducing introducing this this activity activity to to your your students students aa quick quick response response from from e mail e mail partners partners is is desirable desirable Initially Initially choose choose correspondents correspondents to to the the north north or or south south but but within within your your same same time time zone zone Communicate Communicate with with your your distant distant partners partners before before getting getting your your class class involved involved Breaking Down Distance Barriers Internet resources are available to educators interested in integrating electronic pen pals or e pals into the curriculum Many matching sites include Moderated discussion boards Monitored emails Language translation capability Lesson ideas See ePALS in Featured Links and Electronic Communities in Supporting Breaking Down Gender Barriers Recent research provides conflicting information about the narrowing of the technology gender gap See the Cyber Sisters Club article from T H E Journal in Featured Links and other articles on the Digital Equity page in Supporting Material Breaking Down Cultural Barriers Communication with people with culturally diverse backgrounds can spark learning on a variety of topics in content areas Cultural exchanges also give ESL and bilingual students an opportunity to contribute personal experience in the classroom Breaking Down Barriers By enhancing students communication opportunities technology use in the classroom has the potential to reduce socio economic ethnic and cultural barriers through increased multicultural awareness Closing the Equity Gap in Technology Access and Use provides hints for educators and is in Featured Links Unique Instructional Capabilities Linking learners at distant locations with each other and with a variety of online resources can both support instruction and enhance learning U S News and World Report 1993 Marcus 1995 Unique Instructional Capabilities A hypertext learning environment Calls on and develops new text skills Unique Instructional Capabilities A hypertext learning environment Calls on and develops new text skills Assists readers to build links among texts Unique Instructional Capabilities A hypertext learning environment Calls on and develops new text skills Assists readers to build links among texts Constructs meaning based on hyperlink relationships Unique Instructional Capabilities A hypertext learning environment Calls on and develops new text skills Assists readers to build links among texts Constructs meaning based on hyperlink relationships Helps learners visualize problems and solutions Unique Instructional Capabilities


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