Provide a 1 page analysis while answering the following question: Ch8. Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide. An abstract is required. Reflection Journal Reflection journal This reading advocates for technology use in teaching. With the introduction of computer, projector, document camera, and interactive whiteboard, teaching methods seem to improve. When I read the information in this reading, I have to admit that as a teacher, I get spirited up to improve my teaching skills. I feel that there is something already lacking to improve student’s performance. This is because I have been used to teach using the “low tech” tools such as chalkboards, chalks, poster papers, and magic markers. However, in the reading, “high tech” tools such as computers, projectors, document camera, and interactive white boards have been mentioned. These tools can highly transform teaching skills and education.
The “high tech” tools offer various advantages that range from lesson planning, lesson presentation, record keeping, and classroom management. Therefore, a teacher can be able to accomplish many tasks within a short period than when using the traditional method. Additionally, the tools can help to show subject-related documents like science and can also enlarge or rather zoom-in images presented in these subjects. Technology also presents internet-based sites that provide helpful information that students can use in their researches (Bates & Poole, 2003). This makes teaching easy and less boring than when using the traditional methods. My personal view is that technology should be utilized in almost all teaching practices.
The reading presents social media as a platform that can be used to form one’s own Professional Learning Community (PLC). In my view, I feel that social media acts as a communication and collaboration tool between me as a teacher and the students. Some of the social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and student blogs support this kind of interaction thus allowing effective learning environment. The social media can remain safe for student to use by ensuring personal and professional barriers are in place and also ensuring the language used is on task being learnt and is respectful (Bates & Poole, 2003). This way social media use will more effective and education level will improve.
Bates, A. W., & Poole, G. (2003). .Effective Teaching with Technology in Higher Education: Foundations for Success. Jossey-Bass, An Imprint of Wiley. 10475 Crosspoint Blvd, Indianapolis, IN 46256.