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By Sarah Kessler Don Knezek, the CEO of the International Society for Technology in Education, compares education without technology to the medical profession without technology. Despite these opportunities, adoption of technology by schools is still anything but ubiquitous.
Knezek says that U. But in the following eight areas, technology has shown its potential for improving education. Digital simulations and models can help teachers explain concepts that are too big or too small, or processes that happen too quickly or too slowly to demonstrate in a physical classroom.
The Concord Consortiuma non-profit organization that develops technologies for math, science and engineering education, has been a leader in developing free, open source software that teachers can use to model concepts.
One of their most extensive projects is the Molecular Workbench, which provides science teachers with simulations on topics like gas laws, fluid mechanics and chemical bonding.
Teachers who are trained in the system can create activities with text, models and interactive controls. Global Learning At sites like Glovico.
Learning from a native speaker, learning through social interaction, and being exposed to another culture's perspective are all incredible educational advantages that were once only available to those who could foot a travel bill.
Now, setting up a language exchange is as easy as making a videoconferencing call. Virtual Manipulatives Let's say you're learning about the relationship between fractions, percents and decimals.
Your teacher could have you draw graphs or do a series of problems that changes just one variable in the same equation. Or he could give you a "virtual manipulative" like the one above and let you experiment with equations to reach an understanding of the relationship.
The National Library of Virtual Manipulativesrun by a team at Utah State University, has been building its database of these tools since Now there are virtual manipulative sites where students can play with the idea of numbers and what numbers mean, and if I change values and I move things around, what happens.
Probes and Sensors About 15 years ago, the founders of the Concord Consortium took the auto focus sensor from a Polaroid camera and hooked it up to a computer graph program, thereby creating the ability to graph motion in real time.
Today there are classrooms all over the world that use ultrasonic motion detectors to demonstrate concepts. You could spend a whole period creating a graph for an experiment that you did, and it loses a lot of meaning in that process. By hooking up this ultrasonic motion detector to a graph right away…it gives you a specific real-time feel for what it means to move at faster rates or slower rates or increasing in speed or decreasing in speed and a much more foundational understanding of the topic than you could ever get by just drawing the graph by hand.
Students can compute dew point with a temperature sensor, test pH with a pH probe, observe the effect of pH on an MnO3 reduction with a light probe, or note the chemical changes in photosynthesis using pH and nitrate sensors. More Efficient Assessment Models and simulations, beyond being a powerful tool for teaching concepts, can also give teachers a much richer picture of how students understand them.
But how do we understand how well you know a concept? The students are asked to create a specific dragon. Teachers can see what each student did to reach his or her end result and thereby understand whether trial-and-error or actual knowledge of genetics leads to a correct answer.
The organization is also developing a program that will help teachers collect real-time assessment data from their students.
When the teacher gives out an assignment, she can watch how far along students are, how much time each a spends on each question, and whether their answers are correct.
With this information, she can decide what concepts students are struggling with and can pull up examples of students' work on a projector for discussion. Storytelling and Multimedia Knezek recently saw a video that was produced by a group of elementary students about Bernoulli's Principle.
In the video, the students demonstrated the principle that makes flight possible by taking two candles and putting them close together, showing that blowing between them brings the flames closer together. For another example, they hung ping pong balls from the ceiling and they pulled together.
Asking children to learn through multimedia projects is not only an excellent form of project-based learning that teaches teamwork, but it's also a good way to motivate students who are excited to create something that their peers will see.
In addition, it makes sense to incorporate a component of technology that has become so integral to the world outside of the classroom. E-books Despite students' apparent preference for paper textbooks, proponents like Daytona College and California Gov.
Arnold Schwarzenegger are ready to switch to digital. And electronic textbook vendors like CourseSmart are launching to help them.
E-books hold an unimaginable potential for innovating education, though as some schools have already discoverednot all of that potential has been realized yet. Epistemic Games Epistemic games put students in roles like city planner, journalist, or engineer and ask them to solve real-world problems.The child-parent relationship has a major influence on most aspects of child development.
When optimal, parenting skills and behaviours have a positive impact on children’s self-esteem, school achievement, cognitive development and behaviour. Technology and social media permanently altered the way we raised the first generation of children who were already out in the world, long before they left our homes.
Here are 10 ways my life as a parent was changed, how about yours? 1.
As a parent, your landscape is completely changed by the prevalence of technology available to your kids 24/7. By being aware of how the digital age keeps changing, you can gauge how it's affecting your parenting style, skills and effectiveness. Nowhere is the impact of popular culture and technology on children’s relationships more noticeable than in families.
Both influences have contributed to a growing divide between the traditional. Media technology is here to stay and has become a permanent part of our lives. But there is great concern about how it may be affecting our children.
As a Portland, Ore.-based psychologist, Doreen has developed a specialization in working with parents and child-connected professionals about the neurological, relational and intrapersonal impact of overuse of technology.