Technology in the Classroom
Classrooms of the future will be different than they are today; as they will include more and newer forms of technology. These technological advances will be readily available for use by both students and teachers. I see my classroom making use of the many forms of technology that are available, including: PowerPoint presentations, electron microscopes, video conferencing, web-sites, and smart boards. These many forms of technology available will serve both educational and informational purposes.
As technology changes so too must classrooms. This is why I see my classroom being different than those of today, the ones we are used to. I see my students making more use of PowerPoint for their presentations. This will be in place of posters and will help get students ready, early on, for more technology that can be a little challenging. PowerPoint could also help more with the creative process and be used for small (2 or 3 students) group work. Working on these presentations would be very beneficial for cooperation skills as well as make use of communication. Students would also take more ownership of their presentation when they invest more time with it, a great advantage of PowerPoint. Although PowerPoint is already widely available for upper lever classrooms, middle school and beyond, I can foresee them used in elementary school as well, third grade and beyond.
Electron microscopes will also be used in my classroom to help with insects on insects or other small animals. These will most likely be used in a science environment and would aid in better understanding of anatomies. For example, a classroom from the Clear View Charter School used these microscopes to help learn about the anatomy of a bee. As a result, students become the ones involved with research on an insect and the teacher’s role becomes one of observer and answering questions (GLEF Staff, 2000). Electron microscopes could also be beneficial when comparing the human anatomy with that of an insect. These instruments are much more powerful than the microscopes we are used to today, making them more beneficial when wanting to see something up close and really examine its anatomy.
Students will also play a major part in conducting research on a topic. Instead of looking in books, I see students using computers and looking online for their resources. There are more and more periodicals, educational websites and articles online than there have been before; and this amount will be increasing over the years. Students will have the power to go on a computer and put their research skills to work in a different way than they are now. They will be conducting research...