Adaptive & Assistive Features on Chromebooks/Chrome OS

Students at Blytheville High School: New Tech are issued a Chromebook to use in a one-to-one technology, project-based learning environment.  According to legislation entitled Universal Design of Learning (UDL), technology must “give all individuals equal opportunities to learn” (Roblyer, 2016, p. 405).  The Chrome operating system used by each Chromebook offers many accessibility features to… Read More Adaptive & Assistive Features on Chromebooks/Chrome OS

Obstacles to Technology Integration in Math Classes

Roblyer stated in Integrating Educational Technology in Teaching, “a curricular “war” has long raged between those who believe that students must be taught to memorize certain basic math skills and those who feel that the focus should be on deeper conceptual mathematical knowledge and insights” (2016, p. 311).  The first big challenge of integrating technology… Read More Obstacles to Technology Integration in Math Classes

Social Networking and Walled Gardens

Voicethread Link http://ed.voicethread.com/app/player/?threadId=6956465 Think for just a moment about living in a gated community, or perhaps within the walls of a great castle.  What are the benefits of living in such conditions?  For the most part, you would be familiar with those living around you.  Furthermore, you would be protected from dangers looming on the… Read More Social Networking and Walled Gardens

Advantages of Using Multimedia in the Classroom

References: National Teacher Training Institute. (n.d.). Why use video in the classroom? Retrieved from http://www.thirteen.org/edonline/ntti/resources/video1.html Roblyer, M. (2016). Integrating educational technology into teaching (Seventh ed., p. 204). Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson Education. Video Blog Script: My name is Tyler Isbell, and I teach upper level math at Blytheville High School: New Tech.  I wanted to… Read More Advantages of Using Multimedia in the Classroom

The “Basic Suite” in the Classroom

The “Basic Suite” applications includes a word processor, spreadsheet software, and presentation software.  These widely used programs support professionals in the workplace and in education.  According to Roblyer, the relative advantage of this software suite could be summarized in four areas: improved productivity, improved appearance, improved accuracy, and  more interaction and collaboration (2016).  The Geometry… Read More The “Basic Suite” in the Classroom

Instructional Software in a High School Geometry Classroom

According to Roblyer, instructional software is “designed specifically to deliver instruction or assist with the delivery of instruction on a topic” (2016).  This type of educational technology may be divided by the particular functions they fulfill in the classroom.  Each of these functions may be demonstrated in the context of a high school Geometry classroom.… Read More Instructional Software in a High School Geometry Classroom