Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Chapter 9- Technology in English and Language Arts Instruction

Wicked Problem- the term used for teaching and learning with technology

TPACK is when a teacher uses the knowledge using technology, pedagogy, and content

A teacher might want a student to do a story telling but another approach than writing or typing is using more of a TPACK method such as using digital mediums such as iMovie.

TPACK’s important feature is:
            -“The use of appropriate technology in a particular content area as part of a pedagogical strategy within a given educational context as to develop students’ knowledge of a particular topic or meet an educational objective or student need.”

For a literate person the fundamental skills should be reading, writing, and critically analyzing written texts

Throughout history literacy has changed a lot from a person signing their name, to being able to read and write and understanding the meaning of words, to being “proficient in 21st century skills that are context specific.

Teachers are expected to provide instructions and teach students to be able to locate, critically evaluate, use, and communicate through technology resources.

Students also need to know what hardware they will use, such as computers, camcorders, digital cameras, and webcams

The most common way to input text on a computer is a “QWERTY keyboard”

Some discuss if it should be a prerequisite for students to learn how to type because if they learn another way which is improper it will be difficult for them to change their habits

Sometimes the teacher should let the students be the teacher’s teacher. Students sometimes will be more of an expert on technology.

Today, thanks to technology and the Internet there is no more traditional classroom. There is a worldwide classroom, which allows us to communicate with people around the world.  This can also be beneficial by allowing multicultural in the classroom.

The schools today are more diverse than ever. The classrooms are very rich in culture, but also more complex. This is an advantage for students to socialize with other races, nationalities, and ethnicities. It also creates new challenges for English and language art teachers.

Students learn to improve their writing and language skills as they read more. The teacher’s challenge is to get the students to read more. Students do not like to use their free time to read and fortunately it shows that both students and teachers show more motivation in using “new literacies.” Teachers are using more interactive and visual qualities of software to motivate students with their reading and writing.

The International Reading Association says that some of the rights that students have are:
-Teachers who are skilled in the effective use of technology for teaching and learning
-A literacy curriculum that uses the new literacies of technology in the instructions.
            -Equal Access to technology

Language Skills Development
            -Teaching decoding skills
-Developing other reading skills (students’ fluency in phonics, comprehension, and vocabulary skills):
                        -Software-based and online systems
                        -Reference resources
                        -Electronic devices

Literacy Development:
-Networked literacy projects (use Internet sites to engage students in reading books)
-Activities with interactive storybooks
-Uses of reading management and intervention programs (i.e. Accelerated Reader) 
-Digital storytelling
-Connections to online reading materials to engage students
-Writing in blogs
-Motivating writing with video projects
-Threaded discussions at a distance

The process that should be approached for writing
                        -Electronic outlining
                        -Concept mapping software
            -Revising and Editing
                        -Traditional publishing (paper)
-Electronic publishing (websites, electronic books, multimedia slide shows, and news broadcasts.)

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