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Educational Technology

Technology that aid in education involve computers, tablets, smart boards, ect. Through experience, I use a variety of educational technology in tech support. For my independent project, I am using a variety of technology tools for web development. On the mac computer, I use programs such as Brackets, Text wrangler, Aptana Studio for programming and designing websites. I use HTML, CSS, and Javascript to build websites with the aid of these software. I use YouTube tutorials to learn how to use these programs and code academy to learn how to use the coding languages. There are a lot of educational sources online for students to use to learn various topics in computer science.

Computer Science in education is spreading all around the world. One way that computer science awareness is spreading is with the Hour of Code. This week is Computer Science Education Week and teachers around the world are teaching an Hour of Code. The Hour of Code is a hour long introduction to computer science and aims to enroll 10 million student to participate. They provide several different tutorials such as learning code to create apps, websites, and more.

Here is a link to learn more about the Hour of Code and CSED Week:


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The SMARTBoard is a useful tool in a standard classroom. It allows for teachers to project their computer screen onto a screen and they can use that screen as a white board. The teacher can navigate through a web page, for example, by using a pen on the SMARTBoard. The teacher can also write out the lesson on the board, for example a math lesson, and it can be saved onto the computer. The SMARTboard is very useful for the teacher and students in many ways. A teacher can use their computer to teach a lesson – one that faces the students at the front of the class. The pen can act as a mouse and can navigate through web pages, documents, slide shows, ect. This allows teacher to face their students as they lecture and students can follow instructions more easily. Another benefit in using smart boards are the ability to use  them as a white board and save the notes written on the board to your computer. A long math problem, for example, can be used for a later date and can be accessed by students if shared. This way, students can always reference back to the notes if they need any revision of if they were absent from class. The teacher can also manage a more organize schedule and don’t have to rewrite lessons. The SMARTBoard is very useful and efficient, and it is a great addition to any classroom.

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Google Docs – Sharing/Editing

Google Docs is one of the most popular google products. It is widely used everywhere for business, education, and personal use. This products allows for people to write documents and keep them saved through the internet.  A particular feature that is very useful in google docs is document sharing and editing. Documents can be accessed through different devices and can be shared with other people. People can also be allowed to edit the document. This feature is very resourceful in education.

Teachers and students both use google docs exclusively. The sharing feature allows teachers to share important  documents regarding the student’s studies, such as class notes, class syllabus, and assignment details. Teachers can also share between other teachers lesson plans, teaching techniques, ect.  When students have to work on group projects,  they can share a document and perform their part of the research. Another part of the sharing capability is also allowing others to edit their documents – even when multiple people are working. Students may change or improve what other students wrote on the group projects. And because google docs can be access in many different devices any where, students can work on projects together through the internet. On the document, one can see who is also online and they can communicate and work with each other simultaneously. And while the document is constantly being edited, it automatically saves after every edit to ease the group experience.

Ultimately, google docs is a very resourceful product in an educational setting due to its sharing-editing features. You can allow people to view your document and edit to make changes. In addition, the ability to access google docs if very useful when working on a collaborative project. Teachers and communicate class notes and lesson plans to their students and other teachers. Google docs a a very good application and it changes the way we work together.

~Toyin Yusuf

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