The Role of Technology
How is technology used in your classroom?
My co-operating teacher uses Mathletics for math activities, RazKids for reading online, Starfall - phonics and math, Tumblebooks for the children to can read online.
The teacher has tried, in previous years, buddyblogging but found it too difficult for the grade ones.
Take note of the technologies you see in the classroom and school. Visit the school library...what technology is available for student/teacher use?
There are no computers in the classroom of the grade ones, except the teacher's. There is a smart board but I have not seen it used as yet. There are 4 desk top computers in the library. However, there are computer carts the teachers can sign out to use in their classroom.
How are students engaging with technology (in school and outside the school)?
An interesting activity this week was having the children listen to a recording of different sounds – rocket ship blasting off, an owl, a firetruck, etc. They would then try to name the sound. Some could be tough like the firetruck siren. Was it an ambulance? Was it a police car? The children really enjoyed this activity.
Have an informal conversation with 2 or 3 students to see how they use technology, how they think technology helps them in their learning & ways they would like to use the technology.
Have a discussion with your cooperating teacher to see how he/she uses technology in their instruction, assessment & professional knowledge.