Learning and the use of classroom software

By Staci Eisman

What is Classroom Software:
Classroom software is any educational program. These can be individual student CD or DVD’s; educational games on the internet, collaboration spreadsheets such as Google Docs or VoiceThread, the use of video chat, email and more.

Ways to implement in the classroom:
-screen-sharing technology
-students create presentation with PowerPoint or other collaboration sites
-create pen-pals in other schools, districts, cities or states and countries
-students outline stories or brainstorming
-Practice skills: Math, Vocabulary, Typing, Writing, Reading
-Embed in lessons with Smart-board

Pros of using Learning:
-Modify lessons for all students
-Supports all learning styles
-Time Efficient
-Self Paced
-Develops computer and internet skills
-Changes up the classroom environment
-Cost effective
-ALL students can be educated using technology:
-Websites geared toward young learners, but Exceptional Students who are at lower levels or have physical disablities can learn

Cons of using Learning Software:
-Lack of interaction between students/teachers and student/student
- Unmotivated students may not be motivated enough to self pace
-Teacher may not be knowledgable enough to help with glitches
-Lack of, or slow internet connection
-Not truly hands-on; Interactive is still on the screen
-Cost: classroom tools

-It was found that 8th grade students who used learning software for High level thinking in Math, increased their math level as much as 15 weeks above grade level
Wenlinsky, Harold. 1998. Does it compute?
National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP).
-According to research, it was found that in order for people of all learning styles to be able to learn to their best abilities, Teachers and parents should be open to multiple ways of teaching.
Makel, M.C. 2001. “Think your child is a visual or auditory learner? Think again.”

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