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Running head: TECHNOLOGY IN THE CLASSROOM

The use of Technology in the Classroom


Terri-Ann Clarke
September 10, 2015
Valencia College

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According to the University of Hawaii, Department of Education Technology


Connections (ETEC, 2015), Educational Technology is the study and ethical practice of
facilitating learning and improving performance by creating, using, and managing appropriate
technological processes and resources. It is also stated that, as a field, educational technology
emphasizes communication skills and approaches to teaching and learning through the judicious
use and integration of diverse media. Scholars in the field examine the uses of innovative media
and technologies for education, examining all aspects from direct student learning to
management and impacts on institutions. As in all forms of applied technology, the field studies
how theoretical knowledge and scientific principles can be applied to problems that arise in a
social context. Practitioners in educational technology seek new and effective ways of organizing
the teaching and learning process through the best possible application of technological
developments. The use of technology has changed the way educators teach, how students learn,
and the means of communication between educators and their students. However, there are
measures to consider when choosing to integrate technology into your classroom. These include;
different the types of technology you would use and why, the components and supporting
technology that are required, and the cost to incorporate these devices into your classroom.
Types of Technology
Technology has made it super easy to stay connected with our parents and students. It
helps make the business aspect of communication easy for teachers. Fixing lessons each week,
sending a quick email, or newsletter, all of these things help improve communication and may
help to keep parents and teachers involved and connected. Nevertheless, it is important that
educators know what it is they hope to achieve from using these technologies, and the hardware
and software that are essential to help them achieve these goals. Since, my research as lead to see

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the benefits of administrative and academic software which is described as; software that assists
in accomplishing the administrative, professional, and management tasks associated with the
profession. Also, in preparing memos, reports, letters and budgets. Track students information,
grades and plan lessons. It should also help to gather data for academic decision making. I will
definitely choose academic software that will assist both educators and learners in the
teaching and learning process, and one that my student will be able to access
outside of the classroom. In addition, I would recommend hardware with RAM that is at or

above standard and will support newer software. According to Pearson Education (1995-2010),
Both

types of software are important tools for educators in helping them to work

efficiently and effectively as classroom managers, educational and professional, and


ultimately, architects of the learning environment.
Supporting Technology

Technology provides a gateway to valuable programs and websites. The Internet is an


amazing place that I believe students should have great access to during class. There are
applications that allow students to paint with their finger, look at the brain in 3D, and make
complex models for objects to be printed in plastic. A vast quantity of our learning is using the
web. (Bultena, 2015) For my kindergarten classroom I would require a computer and projector,
because with this I would be able to do all the necessary research for my group and with the
projector available I will be able to demonstrate to and accommodate all of the students at once if
necessary. A printer will also be necessary, so that we can print and distribute activities and other
essential paper work immediately. In this case we will not only offer students a chance to view
and hear about elements, but they can also touch and manipulate it for themselves. This will help
to deal with diverse learning, making sure we address all learning styles. Also, having a printer at

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hand will help with efficiency and preparation. These devices will help to make the teaching and
learning process more fun, interesting and up-to-date.
Cost of Incorporation
Of course, technology like this comes with a price tag. Based on my research a basic
computer, projector and printer could cost between two thousand and five thousand dollars.
However, it is important to note the significance of this technology in our classroom. Technology
use in the classroom is rapidly changing how we teach and how children learn. A lack of funding,
bandwidth, technical support, mobile devices, software, teacher acceptance, and district policies
are among the reasons that students are not using this technology more often at school.
(Armstrong, 2014) In essence, technology is transforming students into explorers and teachers
into guides. Because the fact is, most students already own and know how to use these tools.
Determining the full cost of a program that uses technology goes way beyond the cost of
faculty, software and the transmission system. Accounting for the cost of learning involves
paying attention to those institutional resources that supports the students engagement.
(Johnstone & Poulin, 2002)
FAMU describes technology as, "how human modify the world around them to meet their
needs and wants or to solve practical problems." Technology is the way forward and it will be a
part of our lives whether we chose to or not. So, I believe knowing the right technology that will
satisfy your group and making the necessary adjustment to incorporate it in our classroom is a
smart thing to do. Moreover, aided by technologies, students are more able to work together in
groups to solve problems or challenges. Theyre also working independently with adaptive
online software that tailors the lessons to meet their needs. (Pierce, 2015)

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References
Armstrong, A. (2014). Technology in the Classroom It's Not a Matter of 'If,' but 'When' and
'How'. Education Digest, 79(5), 39-46.
How Does Technology Improve Learning?. (2015). Educational Leadership, 72(8), 92-93.
Johnstone, S. M., & Poulin, R. (2002). So, How Much Do Educational Technologies Really
Cost?. Change, 34(2), 21.
Pierce, D. (2015). 3 Ways Mobile Technology is Transforming Learning Spaces. (Cover story).
The Journal, 42(5), 10-15.
Pearson Education online. (1995-2010). Retrieve from google.com
University of Hawaii online. (2015).Educational Technology. Retrieved from google.com.