Thursday, February 4, 2010

What is the difference between effective and ineffective media in the classroom?

For one of my education courses I have been going into classrooms and observing the teachers. The first school I visited was an elementary school and surprisingly I LOVED it! One particular thing I appreciated was the different forms of media used in the fourth grade class. Bill Nye the Science Guy made evaporation, condensation, precipitation and all other kinds of weather fun. School House Rock aided the students in learning their multiplication facts with catchy tunes. When I taught I used a smart board so the students could interact with maps and follow the Dominguez-Escalante Trail. At Walden, a unique charter school, technology played an integral role.
The internet was indispensable, especially Youtube. Video clips, photographs, and music enabled students to understand the creative side of education. However, in many situations the technology distracted the students from their real assignment and while it was entertaining they did not extrapolate the meaning of a particular principle. Technology can visually recreate a period, an event, or a person but it remains important to read and ponder the significance of history. The human element of teaching can be lost and be replaced by media.

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