Communication through technology

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Technology plays a big part in society these days. Every year, younger kids are thought to use and communicate with others using technology. A good way to communicate with students would be using email and services such as Google Groups. According to Maloy (2011), “after age 11, nearly all children use the Internet,” while spending an average of 48 minutes a day going online. It is a way to connect myself with students and provide additional resources for the learning environment.

It is also useful to have a direct source of communication with parents because it allows me to share with them their childrens’ progress in the classroom. This allows us to correct any issue that may arise before it causes a major issue. As specified in the book, some of the major factors for dropping out of high school include “missed too many days and could not catch up” (Maloy, 2011); this could be addressed to the parent using the media at an early stage to prevent the student from falling behind.

With the use of technology it is very simple to keep everything organized and keep track of students’ progress and assignments. The Electronic Grading Software is one of the most popular softwares for teachers. It is able to “quickly calculate and record student grades on a computer (Maloy, 2011).  To monitor students’ development, it helps to use “student performance rubrics” (Maloy, 2011). Maloy explains that this allows teachers to set certain criteria that needs to be met by students that will later be evaluated to see where the student exceeded expectations and/or needs improvement. Technology also helps teachers communicate amongst themselves and share important information regarding  students, general school information, lesson plans and/or ideas to help improve continuity from one grade to the next.

References:

Maloy, R. (2011). Transforming learning with new technologies. (p. 3). Boston, MA: Pearson.

Maloy, R. (2011). Transforming learning with new technologies. (p. 11). Boston, MA: Pearson.

Maloy, R. (2011). Transforming learning with new technologies. (p. 71). Boston, MA: Pearson.

Maloy, R. (2011). Transforming learning with new technologies. (p. 76-77). Boston, MA: Pearson.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/kindergarten-and-elementary-school-teachers.htm (visited January 28, 2014).

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