Educational Technology. EDU 545 Katie Hankinson. “Strengthening Educational Technology in K-8 Urban Schools and in Pre-service Teacher Education: A Practitioner-Faculty Collaborative Process ” -Karen L. Murphy, Judith Richards, Colleen Lewis, Elizabeth Carman
“Strengthening Educational Technology in K-8 Urban Schools and in Pre-service Teacher Education: A Practitioner-Faculty Collaborative Process”
-Karen L. Murphy, Judith Richards, Colleen Lewis, Elizabeth Carman
-Journal of Technology and Teacher Education
Superintendent of Falmouth Schools Barbara Powers answered a question about her dreams for her school system and how money would be spent with an unlimited budget:
Third grader Grace Boucher responded to a question about experiences in school with technology:
"I don't know what a smartboard is." (I described it the best I could) "No, I haven't seen a smartboard before. I do use computers for research. There are three computers in my class. I don't use them to type, I would rather write by hand than type. I'm really bad at typing!"
“When you go to the hardware store to buy a drill, you don’t actually want a drill, you want a hole. They don’t sell holes at the hardware store, but they do sell drills, which are the technology they used to make holes. We must not lose sight that technology, for the most part, is a tool and it should be used in applications which address educational concerns” – G. Fletcher
“Gender Inclusiveness in Educational Technology and Learning Experiences of Girls and Boys”
-Irma Heemskerk, Geert ten Dam, Monique Volman, WilfriedAdmiraal
-Journal of Research on Technology in Education
“Do the illustrations and graphics of the program represent male and female persons?”
“Are they represented in a non-
“Are the preferences of girls and
boys taken into account in the
Games/tools of competition
Games/tools that ask for dexterity
Programs with many choices
Boys report more ICT skills and greater ICT knowledge
I think it is important to keep in mind, these “gender scripts” are also generalizations that not all students fall into. It is important not to perpetuate stereotypes and bias, or to confine any one to a role because “most” boys or “most” girls learn better a specific way, or have specific interests.
When interviewing Amy Boucher, a parent of three children, two girls and one boy her thoughts on the issue, she replied: “In my experiences, I do believe this date is accurate for my children, but not all girls or all boys”
“Assistive Technology for Young Children in Special Education: It Makes a Difference”
-The George Lucas Educational Foundation
Assistive Technology Definition: “any item, piece of equipment, or product system whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.”(Behrmann 2012, p. 2)
Interview Question and Response with Eve Hurely, a Special Education Teacher
As a special education teacher, do you believe your students benefit more from advances in educational technology than others? Why?
“I do believe this, and I think it is especially true for kids on the autism spectrum. It just provides a more multisensory experience that is more likely to grab their attention and stick in their long term memory. It also just makes things more interesting and fun - and who doesn't learn better when they are interested instead of tuning out during a lecture?”
“My son has a severe speech delay, and through technology he has been able to implement many technology tools to assist in meeting his speech/IEP goals. For example, he uses an audio recording app on an IPad to record his speech, so he can in turn listen to the sound and recognize the accuracy of his speech. We can then use the same application at our home and practice the same skills, using the same language that his therapist is using during their sessions.”-Amy Boucher, parent of 3
In order to motivate and engage children, it is important to understand their worlds. Don’t let there be such a huge gap between yourself and your students in terms of technology!
“Kids now live in such a media world, that when instruction is presented in a technological way they are immediately being hooked in - sort of like we're speaking their language and playing into their strengths. It also accommodates different learning styles and students with auditory processing issues. It really is a multisensory experience.”-Eve Hurley
“….change can be hard for veteran teachers who are used to teaching a certain way, but I think the research speaks for itself. As a profession, we have to focus on what is best for kids.”-Eve Hurely
Information and communication technology has become an inseparable part of human life and therefore an important skill to teach as an educator. We talk a lot about all of the advantages that technology brings to education, do you have any concerns for the future and what might be lost in this new digital world?
“We worry about interpersonal, face to face skills; preoccupation with all things digital; choppy communication given some text restraints; using google to cull information -- it's well known that google learns what you like and dislike and tends to feed you only things already in your belief system. Excellent digital citizenship is going to be critical and keeping tech. in perspective must be a constant.”-Barbara Powers, Superintendent
“Yes, think of technology as a means to an end, not the end itself. When I was in school, it was all about teaching "thinking skills." Tech. is the same. Don't think about teaching it in isolation but rather has a highly effective means to offering differentiated learning experiences in math, reading, science, languages, social studies, etc. to your students. Also never lose sight of the very significant importance of relationships with students -- that personal connection that helps kids realize their potential and keep their humanity. It makes a world of difference!”-Barbara Powers