The Evolution

EVOLUTION OF CLASSROOMAs I watched the TV News Program in GMA 7 “24 Oras” last June -3, 2013, it featured Parańaque National High School’s ICT-based Classroom equipped with state-of-the art facilities in fostering better learning among students. Based on the report, that 20 Million worth classroom has been donated by a certain Korean Organization (if I’m not mistaken). The school boasts its widescreen interactive board where the teacher can just “touch” the icons to present videos, write some notes, and many more. The teacher also has a laptop in his or her area and the students can actually submit answers through the use of other remote-facilitated computers.

Truly, I was amazed by this high-technology innovation considering this was observed in our country. Lately I have known that the concerned school is the biggest public school in the Philippines. So, I asked my classmates to share their experiences if they happen imagesto see or actually used this so-called “smartboards” and the like. I was surprised when many really had their opportunity to this technology in classroom, particularly those working abroad.

According to Eric Fernandez, they are actually using these “smartboards” in some of their classrooms which really help in making the class interactive.  Further, it increases efficiency in the delivery of lessons and provides easy access to all the modules and presentations prepared.

images (1)Health wise, both Eric and Julie Ann (Jules) Sańez agreed that It is very good for health because with this, teachers and students no longer inhale the dust from chalks or powdered ink which may also rigger allergy attacks for those with sensitive cases. He even added that based on his observation, are more interested in the class with the use of it than otherwise.

As shared by Ayesha Penuela, Interactive LCD Touch Screens are revolutionising the way teachers teach, train and present. Interactive technology enables a person to present and capture all of the contents of the training or teaching session in real time. The latest in Interactive Touch Screen Technology is the eBoard. The eBoard is an integrated LCD Interactive Touch Screen that utilises Optical Sensor Technology. An added benefit according to her is that these encourage “technophobic” teachers and learners to use technology more comfortably using a familiar interface which I do agree.

To add on its list of advantages, Maria Aster joy “Aster” Garcia posted the following:

  • Learners show increased motivation and enjoy the interaction the technology offers
  • It makes the subject come alive
  • It captures the attention of learners
  • It encourages the involvement of learners in the subject
  • It enables tutors to use multimedia resources and the internet with a whole class
  • It is great for demonstrations
  • It is an excellent tool for the constructivist educator

Finally, to apply the previous learning theories that we’ve discussed (as suggested by Teacher Malou), let me post here what I’ve posted in that forum.

  • Those students who are “audio-visual learners” (Gardner’s visual-spatial and verbal-linguistic Intelligence) will most likely benefit on the use of the smartboard. They will be given the chance to enjoy different graphics and presentations in a good size that will somehow help them retain what was seen and/or watched. Likewise, the sounds coming from the video presentations as well as that coming from the teacher during interactive process with the students will promote optimum experiences for those who prefer to “hear” what is being discussed
  • The above though is also supported by Dunn and Dunn’s Learning Style Model whereby some of the enumerated elements were present (the presence of sound, peer and group interaction, auditory and visual stimuli)smartboard
  • I also gathered this one from the net. To understand the potential of technology implementation in enhancing the teaching-learning process, the impact of constructivism on classroom practices has been studied by many researchers.  Constructivism is a doctrine stating that learning takes place in contexts, and that learners form or construct much of what they learn and understand as a function of their experiences in situation (Schunk, 2000). Rakes, Flowers, Casey and Santana (1999) report that as the amount of technology available, the level of technology skills of the teachers, and the use of technology increased, the use of constructivist strategies in the classroom also appeared to increase. “Technology can provide the vehicle for accomplishing constructivist teaching practices” (Rakes et al., 1999, p. 3). So, increasing the skill levels of teachers with regard to computers and providing additional opportunities for teachers to integrate technology into lessons may encourage the use of constructivist behaviors.

Happy learning and Good bless! 😀

Reference:

Reynaldo “Rhed” S. Flores Jr. Blackboard to Whiteboard to INTERACTIVE WIDESCREEN. Retrieved June 17, 2013 from http://myportal.upou.edu.ph/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=47083

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