Martes, Setyembre 27, 2011
The Computer As The Teacher's Tool
The Computer’s Capabilities
The computer can provide vast amounts of information in various forms, such as text, graphics, sound, and video. Even multimedia encyclopedias are today available on the internet.
The computer has been used in communication as evident by social networking sites as to facebook, twitter and friendster. We can even chat/talk friends and families anywhere in the globe through yahoo messenger or the one in facebook or view them through the webcam. We can send messages and information through the internet in just seconds or minutes.
The computer itself can be used for manipulating information, visualizing one’s understanding, and building new knowledge. The Microsoft Word computer program itself is a desktop publishing software that allows users to organize and present their ideas in attractive formats.
Students can use constructive tools to work cooperatively and construct a shared understanding of new knowledge. One way of co-construction is the use of the electronic whiteboard where students may post notices to a shared document/whiteboard. Students may also co-edit the same document from their homes.
By means of virtual reality (RS) extension systems, the computer can create 3-D images on display to give the user the feeling that are situated in a virtual environment. A flight simulation program is an example of a situating tool which places the user in simulated flying environment.
The teacher uses computer as their presentation technology that allows moving through material quicker. Instead of writing notes on a whiteboard as he teaches, the teacher creates a PowerPoint. Additionally, a PowerPoint presentation incorporates images and links to the Internet that cannot be used on a whiteboard. Students who use computers in the classroom learn technical skills that they will use in the workplace. Some of these might include typing, searching the Internet and creating a presentation of their own. Additionally, as students move through school they encounter technology as it changes. This teaches them to adapt easier to progressively new technology as they move into the workforce.