Sunday, April 25, 2010

Reflection on the course Bridging Learning Theory, Instruction, and Technology

As I reflect on all the various theories and learning practices coupled with technology has certainly enhance my knowledge of learning and using my students more. The book Theoretical Foundation; the author indicates that, most theorists identify three modalities for learning, auditory, visual, and kinaesthetic. (Lever-Duffy & Mc Donald 2008) Some students learn best by listening, while others are visual, yet some are practical learners they must be engaged in order for learning to be successful. According to their learning styles student will exemplify their behaviour to align themselves with learning environment. As a teacher we should be aware of the difference in students and create curriculums and instruction to meet the expectations of our students.
As technology become more rampant in our society. The challenge to be creative to reach students with multiple learning styles has become overwhelming. As a teacher I concur with the authors in the book Theoretical Foundations emphasizes the need for teachers to have an awareness of his or her own teaching style to be able to adjust it to meet the needs of the learners. (Lever-Duffy & Mc Donald, 2008) When a teacher is cognizant of his or her teaching style, the transition of using technology to emphasize learning becomes a simple task.
Adjustment that I would make immediately, are the webspiration to enhance students ability to learn. Making use of concept-mapping will facilitate students to dissect information into a more meaningful way. Another adjustment that I would make is the use of voice thread this will enable me to give them a chance to gain access to lesson outside of the classroom. They may use it as a reflection and review tool to capsulate concepts that they have missed or did not quite understand. Another way that voice threading can be beneficial to the students is the idea of having them construct their own artifacts. The use of PowerPoint presentation can be extremely valuable to students not for teacher to just illustrate, but to use this software as an interactive tool for students.. This will meet the expectation of students who are visual, practical and audible learners. According to the book Theoretical Foundations, the authors emphasizes that teaching learning and technology work together to achieve the ultimate goal of effective knowledge transfer. (Lever-Duffy & Mc Donald, 2008)
In my reflection, I have discovered that the need for long term goals. Therefore, I will assess each student as an individual and not collaboratively assuming that all learning styles are equal. This I must do in to order to improve learning within my classroom. I will endeavour to meet and exceed their expectations/
Another goal that must be implemented is the use for more appropriate technological use for assessment. When students are clear with their progress, they become more enthusiastic about learning. In order to accomplish this I post all grades online into software call engrade, so that both students and parents can carefully see the progress that each students are making with the classroom. I will also use more interactive methods to reach student to make learning more interactive for them”. Such as introducing a whiteboard concept to the classroom.
Lever-Duffy, J. & McDonald, J. (2008). Theoretical Foundations (Laureate Education, Inc., custom ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson Education, Inc.

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