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Internet Safety Presentation

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Networking

A tutorial on computer networking.

 
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Relative Advantage Chart

 
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Instructional Software Presentation

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YouTube video on the present condition of instruction in the classroom in higher education.

 
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Posted by on June 21, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Relative Advantage of Instructional Software

The climate of education is changing as more and more organizations, corporations, and educational advocates are pushing for more technological instruction in the classroom.  A large part of this instruction comes in the form of instructional software.  Instruction software has become a major part of most classroom instruction in both public and private education. Instructional software is being used across the curriculum from physical education to math to language arts courses.  Instructional software applications have also come down in price with an increase in newer technologies to produce the software.  There are a lot of advantages to using instructional software in conjunction with a well-taught lesson plan.  Some of the advantages include: delayed instruction (if a learner misses a lesson, it can be given via a software program), enhancing instruction through visual stimulation, interactive applications for hands on instruction, and having the ability to access the instruction 24/7/365 whenever and wherever internet connection is available.  A few applications categories include:

  • Games and Simulations
  • Virtual Worlds
  • Web-Based course (public and higher ed.)
  • Web 2.0 Technologies
  • Audio and Video based instruction
  • Parent monitoring

Instructional software also needs the support of the school district and administration through faculty training.  Generally, this is done during Professional Development(PD) sessions for the faculty of a district or school.  Traditional PD is typically delivered in a one-shot training opportunity occurring over a very short span of time; one or two-day event (Lewis et al., 1999, Mullens et al., 1996, Crawford, 2003; Starrett & Rodgers, 2003). The training is often delivered in an environment isolated from the school setting and context, and using learning tools (hardware/software) unfamiliar to the learner or different than those found in the learners’ teaching environment (Fullan & Stiegelbauer, 1991).  The instructional software has tremendous potential when the faculty is given correct and in-depth training to use the software at it’s full potential.  Faculty training should include curriculum specific instruction models ensuring the faculty is completely versed in applications that directly affect the way they would use it.  The use of new instructional software also takes time to master to fully maximize the benefits of the program during classroom instruction.  This may take a minimum of a year and as long as three for the teachers to be fully versed in the software.

References:

Wells, J. G. (2007). Key Design Factors in Durable Instructional Technology Professional Development. Journal of Technology & Teacher Education, 15(1), 101-122. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.

E-learning’s ability to deliver unlimited 24x7x365 access to content is an invaluable benefit to today’s increasingly more mobile, time-shifting and global workforce, and training executives recognize this (H. Clader 2007).

E-learning advocates tout advantages of e-learning over other instructional

methods, including enhanced knowledge gains, efficiency, motivation, engagement,retention and transfer to new settings (D. Clark 2002).

Roblyer, M. (2006). Integrating educational technology into teaching. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey:Pearson Prentice Hall.

E-learning makes the implementation of many instructional methods easier (D. Cook and F. McDonald 2008).

Clader, H. (2007). Why E-Learning?. Chief Learning Officer, 6(4), 8-9. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.

Cook, D., & McDonald, F.. (2008). E-LEARNING: is there anything special about the “e”? Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, 51(1), 5-21.  Retrieved June 20, 2011, from Research Library. (Document ID: 1413872861).

 
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Posted by on June 20, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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