ED-101 Introduction to Educational Technology Lab

Student Reflections on Technology in Education

 


Students in ED-101 are asked to reflect on their experience of producing and using software in the classrooms in which they are placed. What follows are excerpts from selected reflections that communicate the kind of learning we strive for in this project-based learning experience. Back to Teacher as Software Developer Home


Tobin J.

ED 101

Reflection Paper

 

The technology lesson I did with Mrs. Warren‑White's first grade class was probably one of the best experiences of my life. I learned many things about myself and my personality because it showed me that I have what it takes to be a decent teacher.

Thanks to this lesson, I will never look at the words "I get angry when . . .” the same again.

My technology lesson involved the social studies' curriculum. I taught the children that their different feelings were acceptable. The three feelings we focused on were happiness, sadness, and anger. During the lab session, the children were to concentrate on what makes them angry and, using KidPix, draw a picture about it.

The first session was hell on earth. The children forgot the directions and were all being very inappropriate. Mrs. Warren‑White was not there, and the kids knew it. I was forced to take the authoritative tone which I hated to do. Questions were flying at me from left and right; I was running around like a chicken with my head cut off. Children were not able to get their projects finished due to their interest in the damn eraser option, some children opted to run around rather than sit in their chairs, and much, much more. When I somehow herded them back into the classroom, Mrs. Warren‑White had to send them back into the hallway because they were far too noisy. It was awful!

I thought that I had failed as a teacher. I was very stressed out. I craved just one cigarette even though I quit over a year ago. I was then sent back into the lab to make sure all the pictures were saved and to save them all to my disk as well. It was then that everything changed. I saw the creations of those little devils that danced on my last nerves just moments before. They all had wonderful, adorable pictures. They all spelled their names correctly and their sentences all had periods. To me, those first few drawings were masterpieces. It showed me that all I had done over the weeks paid off. They had learned about KipPix and about their feelings.  I then had a feeling of success that I had never experienced before. These kids had learned something from me!

The following week's session went like clockwork. I knew exactly what to expect. I anticipated questions, had all the children working quietly and appropriately

(for the most part), disciplined quickly and quietly yet effectively, and had fun doing it. The second session went perfectly.  The children even had a chance to save their own work.  They had all finished in time to clean the lab and still be back in the classroom five minutes early allowing them a free recess.  The way the kids went back to the classroom exemplified the fact that I had learned something. As opposed to before when they ranlike wild animals back into the classroom, the second session walked back quietly and

eagerly. They did this because I said that we were going to play a little game as opposed to "Okay, let's try to get back to he classroom as quietly as possible." The game was that

we were going to surprise Mrs. Warren‑White and sneak into the classroom then all cry "BOO!" This worked magically.  Students were even disciplining themselves with "SHHH!" and "Zack, stop that!" I somehow managed to manipulate peer pressure to my advantage‑it was so exhilarating!

            Through this technology  lab, I was able to put all I have learned in ED 100 to use.  I learned how important self‑reflection truly is. I learned how to adapt myself to the students' needs rather than try to ádapt them to my own needs. I was able to teach my students, and they were able to learn from me. This experience has shown me that being a

teacher may not be just a passing fancy but a lifetime vocation

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ED101 Reflection Paper

Amanda R.

 

Before this semester, the words “technology in education” meant having a computer in a classroom and the ability for students to learn the skills of word processing for papers in primarily the upper grade levels (middle school and high school). However, during the course of the semester the course has successfully exposed me to many various uses for technology within a classroom at all grade levels. My view of technology has shifted to the belief that technology, when used correctly, is an asset in the classroom and a useful tool in the learning process.

 

The projects were very helpful in learning the many ways in which to use technology in a classroom. It was also a warning for me on the difficulties which can sometimes evolve from using technology.

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ED101 Reflection Paper

Holly R.

 

I feel technology can be used for teachers to help students learn, but I do not think it is vitally important. I still feel there is too much emphasis on technology. Teachers are not prepared to use technology in their schools and they are being forced to use it. The results are poor and students are not learning what they need to. I feel teachers need to be taught properly on how to use technology in the classroom and once this occurs technology will be beneficial to students’ learning. More and more teachers are being taught how to integrate technology in the classroom. ED 101 is a perfect example of future teachers being exposed to the use of technology in the classroom and the best methods in using it. I feel there is still a long way before technology can be important to teachers to help students learn.

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Reflections on Technology in Education

Kathy Z.

 

            Taking this course has reinforced my beliefs about technology and made me realize how important technology can be used in the classroom. Computer and other forms of technology can help teachers create interesting lessons and allow students to be engaged on different levels. If technology was not incorporated into education we would be depriving our students of a large portion of knowledge that will help them throughout the course of their lives.

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ED 101 Reflection Paper

Julie F.

 

            Technology in schools, in spite of ED 101, is a difficult subject for me to address. This difficulty is for one very simple reason: public schools have a profound dearth of funds, and many states pay their teachers appallingly little. Therefore spending the enormous sum of money required to purchase, maintain, and update technology while continuing these low salaries seems to send the message that we value machines more than people. On the other hand, if schools have a sufficient quantity of funs to support both teachers and educational technology, I see no reasonable objections to be made to having as much technology as is affordable in schools. ED 101 has forced me to think about these issues; before I took this class, I had so rarely encountered technology in my schools – and I did not really consider my education bereft as a result – that I had never really thought very deeply about it. I have come to believe, however, that technology certainly has a place within our schools as long as we can afford to provide it.

            The most valuable part of the class to me was the two essays we read; I know, that it sounds like I missed the point of the class, but I confess it would take more than an hour a week to make me significantly fonder of using computers for purposes other than word processing and chatting online with my boyfriend; I realize that my own feelings of incompetence lead me to avoid computers and thereby continue my incompetence, but I still generally avoid them. However, I certainly appreciate finding helpful websites for teachers and I am quire sure I will use them frequently myself for planning and instruction.

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ED101 Reflection Paper

Victoria S.

 

In this class I learned that various ways to help students learn through the use of technology. Learning could be scene as fun for some students that have difficulty learning in the traditional setting. Additionally, with the impact of technology in society as a whole, it is important to prepare students for their future, which will undoubtedly include the use of technology in all aspects of their lives.

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ED101 Reflection Paper

Kristin M.

 

This class and the final project have been very thought provoking. I have learned this semester that I know very little about technology, and this is not a good thing. The technology that is available to teachers in today’s classroom is amazing and very useful. I need to learn how to access and use these tools effectively before I become a teacher.

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ED101 Reflection Paper

Maria C. G.

 

The ways in which the technologies of the day can be utilized in the classroom are so diverse, that any class can surely benefit from them, though the main goals of the class should not be lost to the quest for newer technologies. In every way though, the new technologies can expand the horizons of teacher and student alike and help them to share more in the way of learning.

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ED101 Reflection Paper

Susan P.

 

My opinions about using technology in the classroom have changed quite a bit over the course of the semester. When I started this class, I didn’t know all the different software and capabilities a computer can have. I thought use of the computer was appropriate at older ages, but not for young children. However, I now think differently. If a school is equipped for the technology, I think classrooms should all have a computer. However, if they aren’t, I think some children may be missing out on a very educational tool.

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Reflective Essay

Katherine G.

 

There are currently teachers teaching in schools across the nation who refuse to accept and use technology in the classroom. Teaching their lessons through lectures, group projects, and an occasional video satisfies them. Contrary to these teachers, I refuse to settle for simply using these methods of teaching and entirely ignoring computers and their importance in society. While I do not believe that computers can or will replace teachers, they are a useful tool that can be used to further unlock students’ minds and imaginations. Computers are here to stay, therefore; it is my duty as a teacher to ensure that my students know how to use computers to aid them in both their learning and in the every day living of their lives.

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Technology in the Classroom

Jenny E.

 

I truly believe that what I have learned in this class will help me in my classroom in the future. Learning how to use a MacIntosh, when I have been using a PC my entire life, also just expanded my knowledge of computers in general. I want to be able to create lessons for my students using both books and computers, as well as numerous other sources, and this class helped me to develop a more comfortable feeling in working with computers. I also believe that it will continue to help me in other classes. The ability to effectively use computers can help in all areas of study in today’s world.

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Julia L.

ED101 Reflection Paper

Dec. 10, 1999

 

I returned to class the next Wednesday with a folder of corrected poems and excitement to start the technology branch of my lesson. I took half the class, 11 second-

graders down to the computer lab to start typing in their poems. It was a little crazy when we were getting started because the students had to select Mrs. Scott from the menu and

then type in a password. There was a lot of jumping up and asking me five‑million questions at once. Finally, we got into Kid Pix and I explained to the class how to create

a text box, which they did and typed in their poems. Then the fun part began: Drawing! Most of the students stayed on task and had time to start a picture before it was time to

switch‑ groups.

The next two‑ ‑weeks, I got a cow (Computer on wheels) and worked with students individually to finish their pictures. They managed to finish up and I began to create a slideshow with their slides. I had planned on recording their voices reading their poems, but it took longer than expected to finish the pictures and my supervising teacher didn't really want to take time to do it. I was a little disappointed, but I think I learned a good lesson‑about elementary, school students: they take twice as. long to do everything as you expect.

This past Wednesday, was the day I presented the slideshow to the students on the"moose" (the computer attached to a TV). I have never seen anything hold their attention for as long of a time. They waited in anticipation for their slide to come up. After viewing the slide show once, we had each child come up and read his/her poem to the class. It was wonderful to see the pride on their faces as they read their poems.

Technology engages children in a way a teacher sometimes can't. I'm glad to have been able to share it with them.

 

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ED101 Reflection Paper

Antionette R.

December 13, 1999

 

Before the field-work portion of ED 100 began, I was expecting to sit bored in the back of a middle school classroom with little to do except take notes and occasionally help a few students. I was unbelievably wrong. To begin with, I was in a first grade classroom at an elementary school. My cooperating teacher, Vicki Davidson, believed that the only way I would get a taste for teaching was if I was highly involved in the daily activities of the classroom.

 

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Adam F.

ED101 Reflection Paper

November 30, 1999

 

We could say that learning how to operate a computer is like learning how to operate a very important appliance, like an automobile. Proficiency in both computing and driving are virtually necessary to get around in today's world. But, do we learn how to drive in the same school that teaches us reading, writing, and arithmetic? No. Likewise, should schools be responsible for teaching students skills in computing? Nope.