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Technology Assisted Learning. Jeanna Johnson. Remember that technology is a tool….just like a pencil. Using the tool effectively… will promote learning in a 21 st century global economy

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remember that technology is a tool just like a pencil
Remember that technology is a tool….just like a pencil.

Using the tool effectively…

will promote learning in a 21st century global economy

  • If students use technology to complete lower level tasks, the technology is ineffective. Technology is not the means to the end.
  • Students must learn to create and use other higher level thinking skills.

Other examples:


I asked students to type the definitions of vocabulary words on the computer.

  • I asked students to explain several topics by completing a brochure template that I had created and saved on the student drive.
  • I asked students to express what a network means to them by using AutoShapes in WORD after a mini field trip and notes that relate to networks and how they work.
  • After students learn basic computer devices and components, I give them a scenario of something that has gone wrong with the computer. They must play a technician’s role to diagnose possible causes and solutions. Their product will be a computer created quote from their computer company.
  • I ask the students to use the internet to justify why they would make certain decisions when buying a personal computer. (Purchase bundled software or not? Which is better for you? Why?
  • I ask student to use the internet to research equipment, software, and office furniture, then use a program to create a floorplan, to ulitmately design a Desktop Publishing business based on a scenerio.
investigating technology assisted learning
Investigating Technology Assisted Learning

Students, Teachers and Technology

  • My 11 year old was invited to a webcam party a couple of days ago, is constantly texting and using the computer and internet on a daily basis. Is she ready for an online learning community? How about other forms of technology assisted learning?
  • Are teachers trained to integrate technology into their classroom or curriculum? Are teachers ready to lead online learning communities for public education students?
  • Monitor the results of assisting softwares for effectiveness. Have a plan to purchase effective softwares and devices. Make sure to remember that technology is a tool, teaching needs to continue to be inspirational and well planned.
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Investigating Technology Assisted Learning


  • Entertaining.
  • Can offer interactive experiences that may not be available otherwise.
  • Can produce an increase in individualized learning and academic growth.


  • Can be expensive
  • Requires innovative teachers that are properly trained
  • Can be used improperly
assisting learning with technology
Assisting Learning with Technology

What is out there now…

  • Online learning communities for public education students.
  • Software designed to assist learners with reading and math.
  • Devices such as SmartBoards, Responders, Interwrite Pads.
how do we reach our goals
How do we reach our goals?

What to do now?

  • Remember that teachers will remain the key, even in the future.
  • A balance of technology with teachers acting as facilitators may be the answer.


Mr. Pai

conclusion technology assisted learning
Conclusion-Technology Assisted Learning

Not a new way to learn and teach, just new tools to enhance both!

Based on some of the same theories that have been around for a very long time…

Thank you!