Using Technology to Enhance Classroom Learning. Facilitated by Dr. Sophia Scott. Agenda. Understanding our students Technology & Learning Tips & Techniques for using PowerPoint technology to enhance learning in the classroom
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Using Technology to Enhance Classroom Learning Facilitated by Dr. Sophia Scott
Agenda • Understanding our students • Technology & Learning • Tips & Techniques for using PowerPoint technology to enhance learning in the classroom • Tips & Techniques for using Website technology to enhance learning in the classroom
Pop Quiz What does this mean? ROTFL • Pneumonic for remembering the 5 plant cell types • Reserve Officers Training Florida • Record of True Foreign Languages • Rolling On The Floor Laughing
Pop Quiz What do these chat acronyms stand for? • LOL • POS • GNSTDLTBBB • CUL8R
Pop Quiz What do these emoticons mean? ;-) >:-( ^5 (((((name)))) (::()::) @[_]~~
Pop Quiz • Web site comparisons • Which of each pair of Web sites is designed for younger learners, which is designed for “us”?
OURS http://www.sciencemag.org http://www.yahoo.com http://www.ask.com http://www.hgtv.com http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com THEIRS http://www.brainpop.com http://yahooligans.yahoo.com http://www.ajkids.com http://www.nick.com http://www.sikids.com Website comparisons
Who are our Students? • Baby Boomers • TV generation • Typewriters • Memos • Gen X • Video games • Computers • E-mail • Net Gen • The Web • Mobile devices • Instant messenger • Online communities
By age 21, The average person will have spent…. • 10,000 hours video games • 20,000 emails • 20,000 hours TV • 10,000 hours on a cell phone • Under 5,000 hours reading Prensky, 2003
Children are exposed to technology for play and learning at a very young age
Neuroplasticity • The brain reorganizes itself through life • Stimulation • Developmental experiences • Their brains are really “wired” differently
The Net Generation… • Born in or after 1982 • Gravitate toward group activity • 8 out of 10 say “it’s cool to be smart” • Focused on grades and performance • Busy with extracurricular activities • Identify with parents’ values; feel close to parents • Respectful of social conventions and institutions • Fascination for new technologies • Racially and ethnically diverse Howe & Strauss, 2003
Teen use of Web • 100% use it to search for information on colleges, careers & jobs • 74% use instant messaging as a major communication vehicle • 54% of students (7-12 grade) know more IM screen names than home phone numbers
Teen use of Web for Communication • 81% e-mail friends & relatives • 70% instant message • 56% prefer the Internet over the telephone
Why do teens go the Web? • Find new & exciting information • Learn more/better • For community • Show others what they can do • Be heard
Today’s Learners… • Digitally literate • Mobile • Always on • Experiential • Social (stay connected) Oblinger, 2004
Hypertext minds: Qualities • Crave interactivity • Read visual images • Visual-spatial skills • Parallel processing • Inductive discovery • Fast response time Prensky, 2001
Concerns… • Short attention span • Choose NOT to pay attention • Lack reflection • Lack text literacy • Lack identification of source quality
NetGen learning preferences • Teams, peer-to-peer • Structure • Engagement & experience • Visual & kinesthetic • Things that matter Oblinger, 2004
Students vs. Faculty Students Faculty MultitaskingSingle or limited tasks Pictures, sound, videoText Random accessLinear, logical, sequential Interactive & networkedIndependent & individual EngagingDisciplined SpontaneousDeliberate
Generational Comparisons • Ctrl+Alt+Del is as basic as ABC • They don’t understand the “return” key • Computers fit into backpacks • They have always had a personal identification number • Photos are processed in under an hour • Gas has always been unleaded • Rogaine is available for the follicularly challenged
Multiple Media Literacy • 2 million children have a personal website (ages 6-17) • 6 million will have one by the end of the year
It is not about AGE… We live in a technologically enriched environment
Compare yourself • Are you comfortable composing documents longhand? • Have you turned “remembering” over to a technology? • Are you connected? (Internet, cell phone) • Do you engage in more than one activity at a time? • Do you play computer or video games?
Environments for learning • Every students learns all the time • Learning is in & out of classroom • Every setting can be a learning environment • Direct experience shapes individual understanding • Individuals learn by establishing & reworking patterns, relationships & connections • Change is stimulating
The Big Question… How can teachers enable students to be successful in education?
What students want in a learning environment… • Teacher to have an in-depth knowledge in their field • Faculty ability to use technology Effectively • Don’t overuse the technology
Interaction Students learn from thinking… thinking is engaged by activity Junassen, 2003
Balance Action Reflection Visual Text Social Individual Process Content Speed Deliberation Peer-to-peer Peer Review
Engaging Learning Experiences Real Project Games Debate Emotional Engaging Voting Problem Solving Case Study Facilitated Discussion Q & A Lecture Passive Active
Tips & Techniques for using PowerPoint technology to enhance learning in the classroom
Preparing Presentations • Use a design template so you can focus on content • Use PowerPoint interactively • Outline the lecture using PowerPoint • Use text sparingly • The “Joy of Six” – max of six points & six words per point
Font Styles Garamond Ariel Comic Sans Bookman Old Style Courier New CG Times Times New Roman
Present in a Variety of Ways Use: • Tables • Charts • Shapes • Graphics • Stair steps • Don’t overuse Bullets
Which slide communicates the clearest visual message?
Non-Verbals Attire 7 Seconds Organization Eye Contact Movement Entry Demeanor Your Visual Image
Your Visual Image Non-Verbals 7 Seconds Eye Contact Entry Attire Organization Movement Demeanor