Tuesday, October 25, 2011


Immediate adjustments I will make to my instructional practice regarding technology integration as a result of my learning on this class would be to always consider the different learning styles of all students.  The best approach to take is to address a variety of learning styles with a teaching plan. Also i would encourage students to understand their preferred leaning style. With me encouraging students to understand their learning styles, by the time students reach the college level they would have figured out the best and most productive way to study to retain information. With my knowledge gained in this class I will also make students aware of the various learning styles and encourage them to consider their preferred style as they complete their studies.

The first technology tool I will use with instruction in my classroom would be eThemes.  eThemes is a content-rich, kid-safe online resources that enhance teaching. eThemes provides free, fast access to over 2,500 collections of websites. eThemes researches and creates resources for the student, eThemes saves the student time  unlike wading through millions of hits on Google, trying to find a few websites that meet the student needs.  eThemes does the searching for the student by giving them more time to improve their objective and actually learn. 

The second technology tool I will use with instruction in my classroom will be WebQuest. WebQuest will be a toll specifically for me as a teacher to use.  WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented lesson format in which most or all the information that learners work with comes from the web. I see WebQuests as a way to make good use of the internet while engaging my students in the kinds of thinking that the 21st century requires.

My repertoire has expanded in one of many specific ways. One way that stands out beyond other ways is I have many different instruction strategies that I can use to address different learning styles. With these strategies I can make my instruction more effective because it specifically addresses the specific student learning styles. 

Lastly, long term goals I would incorporate in my instruction would be ALWAYS  consider the different learning styles in my instruction and always make sure the technology tool I incorporate keeps all my students engaged in learning.  One way that I will achieve these goals above would be to always monitor my data. I feel if I monitor my data correctly I will be able to see which students are gaining knowledge and which students are not. With this knowledge I will be able to make the needed adjustments for student achievement. 

Friday, October 7, 2011

Voice Thread


Instructional Strategies and the social learning theory

The social learning theory is the vision that individuals comprehend/learn by monitoring others.  It’s also said that students are actively engaged in developing meaning in developing meaning while conversing with peers and interacting with their surroundings. (Laureate Edition, Inc., 2011).

Cooperative learning is one instructional strategy discussed in this week’s discussion and it supports the social learning theory. Cooperative learning is an approach to organizing classroom activities into academic and social learning experiences. Technology can help cooperative learning to be more effective. When I give students a cooperative learning project more than likely students decide to create PowerPoint Presentations where their research is Internet based. The assignment that I love to give the most is when I assign students to research 3 famous people, tell their history, and their role in the community. After research students will work together to present a group presentation. I think PowerPoint presentation is a good group tool mainly because students have the opportunity to collaborate their ideas into one slide and make it one complete thought. Also, technology can be a vital tool used in the classroom to incorporate cooperative leaning. In my classroom students use TV’s and camera’s to have online class with students from other districts, this gives them a great opportunity to hear other student’s ideas and be able to compare those ideas to their own. Our course text talked about students creating websites, social bookmarking, web-based multiplayer games, and blogs as ways to boost social interactions amongst students. The tools listed above can be incorporated in instruction to boost cooperative learning and reinforce social skills that 21st century students need to succeed in the world today.