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Chapter 3: On Becoming a Global Teacher

Lesson 4: Educational Technology and Innovative Teaching

Introduction

Technologies as link to new knowledge, resources and high order thinking skills have entered classrooms and
schools worldwide. Personal Computers, CD ROMS, online services, the World Wide Web and other innovative
technologies have enriched curricula and altered the types of teaching available in the classroom.

Schools access to technology is increasing steadily everyday and most of these newer technologies are now even
used in traditional classrooms. With the diversity of learners, breakthroughs in technology and multiple teacher
perspectives, an innovative teaching is one of the answers to the global demands for quality education.

Technology for Teaching

The use of technology in the classroom has never been underscored than now. However, survey data suggest that
technology remains poorly integrated into the schools, despite massive acquisition of hardware. Some observation
indicates that the most frequent use of computer is for drill-and-skill practice that supplement existing curricula
and instructional practices.

Some thirty years or more ago, the dominant model of teaching was directed instruction or lecture in which
students memorized facts. Because of its limitation, educationist began exploring the use of technology that
supports the models of teaching that emphasize learning with understanding and more active involvement. Thus a
decision to use technology to go beyond facts-based, memorization-oriented curricula in which learning with
understanding are emphasized was embraced.

When to use technology, what technology to use, and for what purpose cannot be isolated from theories of teaching
and learning that support learning with understanding.

Roles of Technology in achieving goal of learning for understanding. (Goldman, S. Williams, R. et al, 1999)

Technology provides support to the solution of meaningful problems.

Finding answers to complex problems brought to the classrooms is important function of


technology. Unlike authentic problem or problems that occur in the real world some problems
brought to the classroom can be simulated and created with graphics, video and animation.

Technology acts as cognitive support.

The use of technology provides cognitive support to learners. It assumes interaction with others
who are knowledgeable who can coach, model, guide and give reminders in the accomplishment of
various tasks.

Technology can help learners visualize processes & relationships that are invisible or difficult to
understand.

Technology promotes collaboration as well as independent learning.

The concept of network can be traced to technology.

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Technology provides avenues for discussion and communication among learners

Technology Programs for Teaching

There are various technology programs that can be used to assist teachers to be innovative in
teaching.

Stand Alone Programs

1. The Jasper Woodbury Problem Solving Series

2. Little Planet Literacy Series

3. Magic Hats

Programs available in the Internet

Knowledge Integration Environment

It teaches students to think web information as evidence and evaluate critically with
regard to authorship, credibility and relevance.

Global Learning and Observation to Benefit Environment (GLOBE)

Involves students in gathering data about local environment and creating database
open to the GLOBE community.

Information Databases

Many forms of print-based materials are now available in electronic form.

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With students creativity, they can produce products that are worthy to be shared with other students, parents and
school officials. In creating and producing multimedia by the students, great opportunities are given to them in the
following aspects:

1. Selection of their 2. Conduct research, plan


the development and
own topics to provide presentation of the
a sense ownership product

Aspects

3. Selection of simple 4. Opportunities for


multimedia teaching grammar,
writing, spelling within
presentation that the context which is
gives only limited meaningful to the
number of options. students.

As teacher in the future, who will be both learners and users of technology, there are performance indicators that
are offered for your guide. Meeting these standards will guarantee your ability to cope with the rapid demand for
use of technology in the global classrooms.

1. Technology operation and concepts


a. Demonstrate introductory knowledge, skills, and understanding of concepts related to technology
b. Demonstrate continuous growth in technology knowledge and skills to keep abreast of current and
emerging technology.
2. Planning and Designing Learning Environments and Experiences
a. Apply current research on teaching and learning with technology when planning the learning
environments and experiences.
b. Identify and locate technology resources and evaluate them for accuracy and experiences.
c. Plan for the management of technology resources within the context of learning activities.
d. Plan strategies to manage student learning in a technology-enhanced environment.
3. Teaching, Learning and the Curriculum
a. Use technology to support learner-centered strategies that address the diverse needs of students.
b. Apply technology to develop students higher order skills and creativity.
c. Manage student learning activities in technology-enhanced environment
4. Assessment and Evaluation
a. Use technology resources to collect and analyze data, interpret results, and communicate findings to
improve instructional practice and maximize student learning
b. Apply multiple methods of evaluation to determine students appropriate use of technology resources
for learning, communication and productivity.
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5. Productivity and Professional Practice
a. Use technology resources to engage in ongoing professional development and lifelong training.
b. Continually evaluate and reflect on professional practice to make informed decisions regarding the use
of technology in support of student learning.
c. Apply technology to increase productivity.
d. Use technology to communicate and collaborate with peers, parents, and the larger community in order
to nurture students learning.
6. Social, Ethical, and Human Issues
a. Apply technology resources to enable and empower learners with diverse backgrounds, characteristics
and abilities.
b. Identify and use technology resources that affirm diversity
c. Promote safe and healthy use of technology resources.
d. Facilitate equitable access to technology resources for all students.

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