Technology In The Classroom

Technology In The Classroom
This case was a fifth grade English/Language Arts class. The technology used throughout the lesson

was a digital camera, internet search, and power point. The connectivity was a link to the World Wide Web.

The social economical situation of the students were mixed poverty and lower middle class. The teacher has

eighteen years of experience and she used technology consistently at home and in a classroom. She also

worked in a computer related business.This particular class was an upper level reading class. They had to research information about an
athlete. The first page of power point was a picture of the athlete and a portion of a report that they had

found on the internet. The second page of the report consisted of using a digital camera in which the teacher

took a picture of each child and put in on a slide. They then had to create a pop bottle character which was

made out of a two liter bottle. The main outcome of this project was to present it to the fifth grade classes.

This case meets the net standards for several reasons. One of them being that they are required
to work on the internet. The teacher started by giving them a sheet of paper telling them what to look for about

their athlete. They were able to choose whoever they wanted. She had them work individually on their project.

This meets net standards because it shows students have the skills for research. Coming out of this project,

students should be able to know how to use good research skills and know how to use power point. Another

reason why this met the net standards was because it gave the children a chance to show their creativity by

having them create the character from the two liter bottle.

Target Audience: Grade level 5

Teacher Goals: The goals of the teacher were to get the students more familiar with the internet.

Planned Activities: The planned activities were to present the information through power point to the fifth grade classes.

Students Task: The students tasks were to research information, write down the important information about

the athlete, create the athlete out of a two liter soda bottle and experiment with computer through power point

and speakers.

Assessment: To see if the classes would understand the material.

Standards Met: Yes, the creative, writing, experiment, research and speaking.

Case # 4175 ? 1

The next case study was a third grade Science, English/Language arts class. The technology they had
used were several different programs like word processors, power point and internet research. The

connectivity was the World Wide Web. This teacher had twenty years of experience in teaching. She also uses

these same programs at home and in the classroom frequently. She had also worked in a computer related

business. These students socioeconomic situations varied from mixed lower middle and middle class students.

This was a third grade space project. The students were assigned to work in pairs to come up with at
least a full page of information about the aspect of the solar system that they had chosen. When all of the

children are done with their full pages of information, the teacher was going to link them all together to make one

big class project. The students had to come up with different factual; information in order to keep the paper

interesting. More or less, the teacher gave them the freedom to write what they wanted, but they had to seek

out her approval first. The teacher handed out guideline as to what she was looking for. She wanted them to

have information coming from internet articles, facts from other forms of media, and lastly a picture of what they

were doing their part of the project on. When all of the necessary information was gathered, they could finally

begin. They had to type out the information onto their page. They had to organize their facts and make

everything lead into each other. They also had to make sure that when they had linked the page to another

teams work, that all of the links were functioning properly. There were certain cosmetic aspects that the teacher

had had for them. The teacher wanted the background of the sheet colored in. Lastly, when the students were

all finished with their paper, the had to add the picture.

This case met with the net standards because she used high order skills. She had them do a lot of
research on the computer and integrate it with text information. She also had them use power point, the

internet, and a word processor. This was a project where children were in depth with the computer. They

learned how to copy a picture from a web site and paste it onto their power point file. This goes to show you

that even the most advanced programs can be used in even the most amateur environments.


Target Audience: Grade Level Three

Teachers Goals: The teachers goals were to show them that a server can stack more than one thing together.

Planned Activity: The teacher was going to have the class do a presentation using power point for a project

they were doing about space.

Students Tasks: The students were expected to research, use creativity, integrate text information with

researched information, and to use power point to help present their material.

Assessment: Rubric- assessed whether the assignment was of quality and understood by all.

Standards Met: Yes. The students were able to get very creative and learn how to integrate the information

they research into a formal presentation.

These two cases have several similarities. They both have teachers who want to get them more familiar
with the Internet and with technology. They both have them use power point, speak in front of people, digital

camera and do research.

They do have their differences. In the second case the teacher has the students do more work with the
computer. She does it in less time than the other teacher working on a project. In the first case she spends

more time on the project. She has them use less of the computer than the other class. She also monitors them


How can we learn more from the two cases presented above to better meet the standard? One
solution, in regards to the first case, is she could have used more research and more interaction with the

children. They also could have written more. With the second case the teacher could have them draw the

picture on the computer than draw it by hand.

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