After viewing a Power Point presentation and reading the textbook on the use of Digital Media in the classroom, my views on the use have not change. I believe that copyright laws make it very difficult for educators to implement technology into their classroom curriculum. Not only does it make it difficult, but it also discourages many educators to even look into using technology and sources in their classroom.
The use of technology in the classroom is definitely growing. Although technology is a wonderful learning tool that many teachers are using, it is very important to use appropriately any type of digital material. Technology and any type of digital material are great to bring into the classroom. Plus it is somewhat easy to control if you, as the teacher, are properly and ethically utilizing the content. However, if you are still worried about using technology or integrating certain digital material into your classroom, there are many teacher resources that can help. There are websites that have links to specific, kid-friendly search engines. There are a plenty of websites that will provide you with a checklist to ensure that you are utilizing the material correctly, effectively, and most importantly morally.
To ensure that we are not violating copyright in the classroom I would make sure the student’s know what is appropriate technology use and why this is the case. I would also include making wise choices when faced with the temptations of potentially harmful or illegal computer activities. Primarily for middle to high school students, need a frame work of digital ethics and values that defines how to live and act in a digital world. It is crucial that teachers are spending time educating their students, as well as their colleagues, on this material. This instruction should be guided with worksheets, and small quizzes similar to the one taken in class. Another great instructional tool would be to have the students create real and fake plagiarism scenarios. Then each student can present their scenario to the class and this presentation can serve as a hands on, and interactive quiz of knowledge.
I believe that ethical use of digital media is about the misusage, without permission, of digital content, inside or outside of the classroom. Specifically for educators and students it is the misuse or copying of digital content from the WEB. The copying of digital content from the WEB to complete assignments is an increasing problem for schools and known plagiarism. Therefore ethical use of digital media in the classroom is something that needs to be communicated and monitored to prevent any lawful violations as it relates to the misusages of it.
The use of technology among colleagues is essential to enhance the professional development of teachers. Networking with colleagues and sharing lessons-learned regarding tools and ways to improve teaching can only benefit the students. The more you work with other teachers of different subject areas, the more you’ll be able to learn different ways to help your students.
Ideas shared can be enhanced and applied in different settings to improve teaching in our classrooms. Local colleagues can be a resource for sharing teaching ideas, for example the library, art, music and physical education teachers are excellent resources. Perhaps conducting formal teachers’ meetings to discuss ideas, research, or experiences can be a way to help each other elevate our teaching performances.
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As thechnology eveloves, teachers need to contantly look for new ways on how to improve their commuications with students. Creating electronic communication means can motivate students, also facilitates learning activities. Teachers could communicate ideas, information and expectations in a variety of ways that would be fun and interesting – using technologies, such as classroom website, online discussion, wiki, emails and blogs. These social media/information communication cahnnels are a great source of communication for teachers and students to provide a very passive classroom communication.
It is vital that teachers and parents share and communicate with each other anything related to their students learning. When it comes to sharing information or reporting student work, missing assignments, or behavior, using technology is the most rapid and efficient way to inform the parents or caregivers. Instead of giving assignments in writing, parents and students can locate assignments and due dates online. Keeping parents informed by using technology on a daily basis will increase parents’ involvement and will provide teachers more opportunities to communicate.