Technology and Communication in the Classroom

 

Technology to Support Communication

Introduction
In this assignment I will explain why technology is vital to the daily function and success of today’s classroom. I plan to teach 5th grade and I will have my students prepared for middle school and any technical resources to be utilized. The following are some of the few resources that will improve communications between parents, teachers, and students.

Technology to Enhance Communication

Remind 101): This private communication tool is set up for a direct connection between parents and teachers. No phone numbers are exchanged using this medium. All homework assignments and announcements that I post will be sent to all of my students’ parents. I’ll always let them know that I’m open for any discussions. I will let my 5th grade students know that they will always know the assignments that are due even after class is over. There will be no excuses. I plan to make my lessons concise, but this will be a great supplement for my students to stay ahead of the curve. I will also inform any colleagues and other business people of this service and stress how convenient it is. Schoology states that this is the medium “used by over 200,000 teachers, students and parents to send millions of messages every month” (Schoology, 2015).

Mini Computers: Tablets and Handhelds): This communication and data tool is for unlimited research across the internet. This will be one additional medium for parents to contact me. I will be able to send the students private information to their parents. Grades, assignments, and class progress will be accessible for them. For my 5th grade students whatever information that is to be accessed, will be done in a timely manner. Various applications will allow them to have video connections with professors and other contacts relevant to the lesson. Connecting with knowledgeable people can be just as important as knowing how to operate the device for learning purposes. I will also teach my class that with tablets you can access eBooks. These will take regular textbooks out of circulation as the need will diminish and will decrease the number of trees cut down. This is a reliable device therefore Gayle Bennett stated in an article in USA Today that “81% of teachers think mobile devices enrich classroom education” (Bennett, 2014). You can’t go wrong with this statistic.

 Video in the classroom): This communication tool helps teachers run their classes more efficiently than in previous eras. Teachers plug in and can enjoy conferences, lectures, and one on one lessons. With this innovation, it’s possible to talk to someone either in a building nearby, or across the ocean to a foreign contact. I would show my 5th grade class videos in order to further explain the lesson I’m teaching. Informative material in the form of cartoons, service announcements, movies, and documentaries can be obtained. The possibilities are endless. Skype is one avenue that educators can use for these ideas. Learnnc.org states the various ways that Skype “opens doors to several educational possibilities from reading to other classes, sharing projects, and connecting with reading buddies” (Phthisic, 2015). I would also reassure my students’ parents that this is an excellent communication tool if they wanted to monitor the class’s daily routine.

 

Communication Internet Security and Safety

I believe when teachers stress internet safety, they should stress research and self-control. When a student does research, they should choose the sites wisely. The internet is now available to a wider age range. Elementary students have the means to surf the web for any needed information. Catherine Forward stated in the British Journal of School Nursing that “93% of all 5-15 year olds used the internet in 2013” (Ofcom, 2013). At the rate technology availability is going that number will increase. Students can still be held accountable for their actions once they know the rules. In the article, 7 Computer Skills you’ll Need for Success, Tamekia Reece states that “internet safety includes understanding that what you say and do online can work against you” (Reece, 2009). Ultimately, Robert LaRose stated in the article, Promoting Personal Responsibility for Internet Safety where, “Collective moral responsibility encourages safe online behavior “(LaRose, 2008). I believe it and that a safer environment can be achieved this way.

Concluding Paragraph    
The web is an interesting and fascinating place. With the wrong attitude and practices, it isn’t. As adults it’s our responsibility to teach the youth the proper way of web searching. Once an understanding is reached, it’s their choice to maintain good habits. Everyone working the right way makes for an unforgettable experience.

 

References:

Bennett, Gayle. “Tablets Rewrite Classroom Rules.” USA Today 23 June 2014, Tech sec. Print.

Phthisic, C. (n.d.). A Window to the World: Using Skype in the Classroom. Retrieved September 10, 2015, from http://www.learnnc.org/lp/pages/6573

Remind 101. (n.d.). Retrieved September 10, 2015, from https://www.schoology.com/apps/profile/15123003

LaRose, R. (n.d.). Promoting Personal Responsibility for Internet Safety. Retrieved September 10, 2015, from http://cacm.acm.org/magazines/2008/3/20732-promoting-personal-responsibility-for-internet-safety/abstract

Forward, C. (2014). Information and Resources on Internet Safety for Children. British Journal of School Nursing, 9(3), 147-150. http://dx.doi.org/10.12968/bjsn.2014.9.3.147

Reece, T. (2009). 7 Computer Skills You’ll Need For Success. Career World38(2), 20

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