Sunday, January 27, 2013

Chapter 2 Journal

How do students use technology for visual learning? Students use technology for visual learning in many ways including internet sites, videos, graphing calculators, software programs, and many other things. For example,things like iPads provide students who are visual learners to enhance their learning abilities with images as well as touch. Technology also allows teachers to promote visual literacy among their students. Visual literacy involves giving student the skills they need through images and colored text in many varieties of presentations. These will include pictures, diagrams, illustrations, charts, graphs, etc. Furthermore, visual displays aid a teacher in providing multidimensional ways of giving the student different perspective on the world.

Tech Tool 2.1 This tech tool provides web resources for visual learning. For example, The e-Skeleton Project provides the student we 2D and 3D digitized images of human and non-human skeleton. I'm actually very familiar with this website because it helped my pass a test I had to take once in my past Anatomy Class. I found this website to be very helpful with the memorization of the bones in the body. All of the websites in Tech Tool 2.1 provide the visual learner with color animations, videos, audio clips, and slide shows that help enhance the mind of the visual learner in order for this visual learner to grasp the lesson in hand.

The following video is a perfect example of how a video could be used through technology for the visual learner:

Credits for this video can be given to YouTube user Anatomyx21 

Summary of Chapter 2 This chapter discusses how technology makes it possible for visual learners to learn from different forms of technology and what these different form of technology provide for the visual learner and the teacher. It also provides the reader with the three learning theories that most educators tend to follow. These learning theories are Behaviorism, Cognitive science, and Constructivism. Furthermore, this chapters goes into the teacher-centered and student-centered theories. Out of both of these theories,i feel like a student-centered theory would probably be the approach I would use because I feel that learning should be a natural process. Although I tend to agree more with the perspective of a student-centered prospective, I think I would incorporate some of the ideas from the teacher-centered theory because even though learning should be a natural process, not all students learn the same way.

This chapter elaborates on Active Methods to engage students and gives the educator different ideas to engage the student like one-on-one tutoring and learning groups. It also explains how to use technology for visual learning.

Chapter 1 Journal

Credits for video goes to EDTP504 from YouTube

New technologies create many opportunities for teaching and learning. These opportunities come in many different format. Not only is the world changing everyday, but technology keeps advancing more and more each day. Therefore, technology lets you change teaching and learning that enhances the way the student learns.

Tech Tool 1.1 is very convenient for me now. Therefore, I could see how convenient it could be for my teaching career. Having an Ultraportable Laptop Computers is great because it's almost like carrying a paper planner but in a much more organized format. You can take it anywhere. The fact that you can work on something at home and save it to share in the classroom is great. In comparison to be able to use saved work from something you worked on at home, you could also use it to reuse material from the previous work which will help save time as well as give you extra time to modify the lesson to make it work better the following year.

Chapter 1 was a great introductory to the book because it shows how technology creates opportunities for teaching in learning. Also, it helps you understand the barriers that come between technology and teaching. It also gives you new ideas of how to overcome these obstacle when trying to integrate technology into the world of learning and teaching. After reading this chapter, I've noticed that many of my professors now have succeeded on integrating technology into the classroom while others have failed. Either way, I think this chapter has given me \great ideas on being successful when integrating technology into my classroom.