The Importance of School Resources for All Ages

School resources seem to become easier to come by as technology advances and the people around the world become more interconnected. Arts and crafts for kids are available all around the world because of the way the global economy works. Teaching resources are becoming more available because of advancements in technology, such as the Internet. A teacher can now grab additional information from the Internet that can be used to go into more depth about a topic that is being taught from the book. Nowadays, students can be shown pictures, videos, and other information related to the learning topic instantly through the use of the Internet. School teachers and parents have had a hard time when it comes to getting children to pay attention in school in the past, but these problems have become much less prevalent as technology has advanced and made learning more enjoyable for everyone involved.

Children cannot resist the interesting aspect on learning created by the Internet, which is why young children are becoming smarter at a younger age these days. While computers can definitely be used to waste time playing video games, they also have their use as a tool for education. A child left on his own would probably just play video games all day, but it is the job of the teacher and parent to make sure they are using technology for learning and not for laziness. A teacher can only do this job with enough available resources to grab the attention of a child and teach him or her about the world. Many resources for teachers are being cut out by advancements in technology these days, but this is actually a good thing. The resources being cut out are those that have been proven to be slower and less effective. A child is much better off using the Internet than an Encyclopaedia, so there is no reason to force outdated resource books to be used by students. New technology is available to help make learning more fun and exciting for both the students and the teachers. This technology should be used since it is likely to help children enjoy learning and strive to learn more each day.

One of the best resources for learning today are games that help children have fun while being taught the facts of the world. These games have become even more entertaining for children with the added use of various pieces of technology. Today, teachers are allowed to interact with the World Wide Web during lessons, which helps them gain more resources to show the children and teach them about the world. Fun activities in the lesson plan of a teacher are always a positive for the learning environment. Kids just care about having fun all of the time, so they have to be having fun while they learn. You cannot just teach by the book because that will leave most of the students bored and uninterested. This is a problem with many school systems around the world. The children simply do not care about paying attention to someone giving them a lecture all day. They will be much more open minded about learning if it is through the use of fun and games.

Learning is impossible without school resources, but learning can be taken to the next level with the use of fun activities for the students to do during the lesson. Arts and crafts for kids are a great method to get them to learn because most children love to colour and paint. This is often used in geography lessons where countries can be learned by colouring in maps with different colours for different sections of the world. Teaching resources are important, but how those resources are used are just as important. If a teacher really wants to get through to their students, they need to let them have fun every now and then. Starting the day with a lesson and note taking is fine, but the students need some kind of hands-on activity to really have the material sink in. The best way to get students to care about learning is to make it as fun as possible.

Can You Really Change a Grade F Student to Grade A With Net Technologies?

As one knows there are many things that can be said about the education system. In many areas there is a distinct advantage if the school is private or public. In the area of public another distinction is social status of the educational establishment. There are teachers who under perform and those that excel. That can be said of the students too. To date, it has been very difficult to find a school system where every student can hit the A grade status. Is this possible or just something out of Sci-Fi. Well pay careful attention to an area that is accessible to all – The internet – a area that should be used to unite that I personally believe is undermined.

Lets explore the areas of how the current approach is to the internet and why this is a flawed approach ( well we really do not have to look to why it is flawed with so many educational establishments failing against the world stage to create top flight students).

In a debate by Barak Obama and John McCain, Barak mentions that Americans spend the most per child then any other nation in the world but get incredibly low results. First people go to blame the government, then the teachers, then the students, then the resources -STOP already!

In all fairness, many of the above are instrumental in the failure, but how do they constitute themselves to success in the rapid phenomenon known as the internet? Well :

1. Understand its worth
2. Understand its user
3. Control the environment to your terms.

Simple and you have success. Under the simplicity are specific notions of complexity. For example the net has a billion uses, so you have to understand what it is worth to you.
Also the user is unique so the number of uses can become staggering.

Being able to control your environment can create the a clear path through this all.

Here I will begin to explain how you can achieve that A grade success and retain all teachers ( remember many teachers are only resourceful to the resources they are given and trained to observe- an old saying “a bad workman blames his tools” – the teacher being the tool and the educational system being the workman!).

Well many of us know that virtually all schools have computer access now and those that do also have internet access. Currently schools use a specific scoring system like FCAT or TASK (depending on state). They often also include weekly tests. Many see them as critical in record keeping on student progress which is reciprocated on school achievement. Yes to some degree but then with all these high tech net related systems, why do so many students continue to fail or get low grades?

It lies again in the understanding the core – the student. Teach the student right and they will achieve the goals. Many people look into issues such as limited teachers, resources, socioeconomic issues etc to try to explain the faults. This is the wrong way to analyze.

There is a study that suggests how to understand human interaction. It is commonly used in buyer behavior and is called “association”. What this means is that if someone associates with you then they respond more effectively. For example, you are currently looking to go on vacation to Barbados and are watching the TV. An ad comes up for Barbados – you instantly associate compared to someone who is not looking for a vacation.

The schools have it right to a certain extent with the record keeping system but what should be noted is that these are designed on stringent generic setups that allow uniformity to the programming style of the organization. However are students uniform? Ask yourself that question and you will come to the same conclusion as me – NO!
This is why these products alone are not getting the results in.

What is needed is a system that can easily integrate with these current multibillion dollar spends while not tapping out the resources we already have – ourselves!

In an average class there are the bright students and not so bright students. We determine due to time and resources, some will get the grades and others will fall behind. Although no teacher wants to look at it this way, under the current system this is what happens. Unfortunately in areas where there are too few teachers and too many students ( predominantly in the poorer areas of society) this disparity gets larger, to an extent that crippling society’s and America’s future success in the world.

In a typical class lesson, the teacher conducts the lesson, then has a Q&A session with their students. Some kids put their hands up while others do not. Then the next lesson comes and the same happens again. Now with students often not answering questions, it relates to their lack of knowledge and as lessons go by the failure of previous lessons leads to the problems of associating to the lessons of now ! We all know that disheartened students are not engaged students where other disruptive manners could offer a different corridor of inopportunity!

Now as I mentioned there are correctional techniques such as premade weekly tests and seasonal tests. However this misses two core points:

1. First they are usually made by someone not actually in the classroom so the teaching style of the teacher is lost ( a very important part of interpretation by the student).

2. Secondly, if you lack knowledge of the fundamentals, you are already behind and the school is often pressed to move on due to limited teacher and resource time.

Well certain products which are primarily online testing tools offer a really good solution, if they address the “Teachers and Students need”. The technology should empowers them from day one to use the tool under their terms. How?

Now with such technologies, from day one, the teacher can do the lesson, go online and create a test in a few minutes which is saved to a databank for future tests etc. This does not just include the standard generic tests to meet structure standards but also the teachers personal questions which allows for their teaching style(very important). Add to this the fact that the teacher for the first time can add video from common devices such as a cell phones ( say for a physics experiment), or vocal sound (for a language lesson) as well as the normal pictures and text within a few clicks of a mouse, makes this product clearly more user friendly to the teacher then any generic tool given out by the large state institutions ( I am sure many will disagree because they have huge vested interest but realty check with people who use the products will tell you the truth about why a product with so much flexibility for micro level use can actually heavily improve the macro environment of such structures). Remember pictures paint a thousand words so video description can trigger the mind as never able to on text, the same can be said about vocals with respect to text and real language skills.

With this in mind let us move to the student. Each student is told to do the lesson’s test at school or at home after the lesson. The teacher gets the results within seconds ( as does the school or anyone else who needs oversight). It is like as if the teacher asks a question and every student raises their hand.

Here the teacher can “INSTANTLY” see where their teaching style is failing and needs a change or exactly what each student is failing in so he can direct that student in the following lesson in a manner that will help them understand.

Now under conditions prior to such tools, an expectation like this would be impractical. However here the teacher and student waste less time ( due to more accurate methods of spotting errors based on the content on that particular lesson, by way of teaching style( as the teacher’s own style is used) and by way of student perception(as the teacher is seeing directly how the student has understood the teacher’s method of teaching).

By reducing the learning curve time by using such efficient methods everybody wins. First of all lesson by lesson the accuracy of the learning is very controlled using less resources and time. Secondly when it comes to the standardized tests, the concepts are grasped well by the students so they can interpret the questions regardless of layout by the standard. Thirdly the educational establishment saves money, time and resources and can keep the teachers they once were looking to cast out.

Remember the key to all of this is that everyone is bright if you use the right method to get their attention. You should not overlook technologies which offer a user-friendly approach with the power of the latest video, sound etc, which empowers the student and teacher as never seen before.

Some Types of Classroom Technology Are Effective in Teaching

Classroom technology can enhance the way they learn and influence how they understand and retain material learned. There are many forms of technology available that teachers can integrate into the classroom. An example of how teachers can use technology to their advantage when teaching is to create websites because it is now very easy to do so. Teachers have many websites available to host them and they include class notes online, school and teacher, educator pages and teacher website among others. These websites make it easy for teachers to start using websites as a form of classroom technology. However, teachers can also create websites by using the Microsoft Office Front-Page software program if they do not need hosting or want to control their own websites.

Having a class website is an effective tool for teaching because students like visiting websites belonging to their teachers. Such a website can carry many functions for teachers. For example, it can list the assignments given to the students and make it possible for them to download it, teachers can display work created by students and communicate with parents. The students can also add content to such a website and teachers can have the option of opening it to other internet users.

Another form of classroom technology that teachers can use effectively in the classroom is a web log or blog in short. The web log allows students to put in short information online regularly. A teacher can have a blog where students can read information that may be tips on homework, advice or any other information. Students can also put in their own entries into blogs that other students can respond creating a form of journal. Information passed on here will relate to the specific subjects taught by the teacher.

The other form of classroom technology that teachers can effectively use is pod casting. Podcast work like radio shows where many people pass information. The information passed in the class will relate to lectures and the teacher may add music and pictures depending on the topic of discussion. The equipment required for pod casts is a microphone that one connects to a computer and software that allows for pod casting. The software is available for download. Students can podcast discussions or create podcast to share researched information. Pod casting also allows the students to interview people who may be more knowledgeable in the specific subject or topic that the teacher is teaching.

Another type of classroom technology that teachers can incorporate into lessons is e-books. These are books available for download online and teachers can create e-books that the students can use. The steps to follow are to research information, put it on Microsoft Word and make additions that make it interesting and then upload it to Lulu. The students will then be able to access it. The use of such technology in the classroom will not only make the lessons interesting, but will also enhance the understanding of material covered in class.