In a world that seems to be taken over by the powerpoint presentation a lot of use are caught in the trap of making bad powerpoint presentations. Take heart for you are not alone. This has become an increasing issue among all presenters. There are ways to fix this issue by changing a few elements of the slides. One thing that I was already aware of was that less can be more when it comes to the construction of slides. By taking the number of extra things on a slide you increase focus on what you really want. Something that I learned is that 3-D is not a great idea for the presentation as it may distort your data. Also adding pictures seems like a great idea but at times its just adding more unneeded stuff for a viewer to take in. Its the simple things that can make a major difference in the presentation stick to the bare bones.
As far as the classroom goes this can help students give better presentations. By teaching students simple foundations of powerpoint presenting the students will have learned a skill that can be utilized throughout their entire life. The way that I would Incorporate this into the science classroom would be to have students get in groups and develop a presentation. Then after presenting the class could then discuss what they found worked best to convey their message. By doing this the students will make the connection on their own. In my personal career this can help in how I convey new material to my students through powerpoint. In a world where technology and presentation materials are constantly misused I will be better prepared and ready for the task of making my presentations count.
In this age where finding the truth isn’t always an easy matter there are constant debates about how to find out what is actually true on the web. The first step in finding the truth is becoming information literate. This means that as a consumer of information you are responsible for finding out whether or not the information you use is truthful. I know its a major shocker but not everything you read is true. Being information literate means that you can sift through everything and find the truth. There is hope though. As teachers we have the power to better equip our students and train them to be information literate. By teaching students to cross reference their sources as well as other techniques they will be better prepared when they need to research. One might argue that with the constant change it is impossible to prepare students. My response to that is thank you for the that ray of hope. It may be true that everything is constantly changing, but as long as we keep adapting we will overcome any adversity that faces us.
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There are several new technologies that we see appearing in classrooms all over the world. Of these there are three that I have found to be highly innovative. The first is mainly a science technology and is close to my heart for that reason. It is the new lab probe system. These probes are sweet they collect the data and graph it at the same time which saves a great deal of time. It also takes the struggle out of making a pretty graph. There are also a wide variety of these probes to serve almost any purpose.
The next piece of innovative technology that I believe changes the game is the virtual dissection. In previous years children and teachers dreaded dissections. This is a thing of the pas because now anyone can do a dissection without actually cutting anything. As well as not being a nauseating experience the virtual substitute can answer student question as they dissect. This saves time, money, and emotional trauma making it a worthwhile advancement in the science classroom.
The final piece that I would like to share is the clicker.The clicker is an excellent use of funds because it can involve students who normally sit absentmindedly. It also has a function that will allow the teacher to view the stats of how many students got a question right or wrong. Allowing the teacher to refocus on what the students need.
These are examples of how the technology is used in a 21st century classroom. These technologies currently affect k-12 students because its how they learn now is through the screen. Making the teacher an even more important component than ever. The teacher must help students navigate this never-ending well of knowledge. The modern teacher must be able to integrate and adapt to the ever changing level of new tech. These learning environments have more screens to find the answer and less texts to look through. making finding information as easy as the tough of a button. This is the way that the classroom must be in this new age in order to better educate students.
Personally I am a skeptic of technology and often times I find it easier to imagine myself in the year 100 B.C.E. However, this is not the world I live in so I need to embrace these new changes in order to better myself as a future teacher.
In recent discussions of technology in the classroom a controversial issue has been whether or not technology has been incorporated into the classroom properly. On the one hand some argue that in this new 21st century world students should spend most of their time using this new technology. From this perspective students are learning far more from technology than they learn in school, as well as finding it more enjoyable or less boring. This being said the school should then help to nurture this use of technology and provide context to the learning.
On the other hand their are still those who have the belief that simple things still get the job done. Based on this view simple technology such as the pencil can still be used in the classroom to the advantage of the student. This side also argues that sometimes technology is misused in the classroom as simply a replacement for the pencil and paper. this opinion then evolves into the belief that technology should be used to explore things otherwise impossible.
To sum it up the issue is whether to incorporate technology into everything or to leave some aspects of education as simple as pen and paper.
My view is that technology needs to be incorporated but that there is a time and place for it. Even though I personally prefer less technology than most, I concede that in this new age of teaching it will be necessary for the classroom to use technology in order to better benefit the students. I still believe that there is no substitute for written practice in some aspects of the science classroom such as lab experiments. It is my steadfast belief that students should get to experience real science hands on. To this one might argue that they can watch it online. However, my reply would simply be that there is no substitute for being there to watch a candy fish burst into flame in the middle of the classroom. This issue is important because it will directly impact me and how I will teach in my future classroom.