I attended several sessions today and visited the exhibits. The keynote speaker addressed The Five Essential Questions for e-Learning. Her talk focused on what should be included in an electronic learning environment. Though the information was geared toward business one could correlate the information with education utilization . Specifically, e-Learning should include strong content that should be valid and appropriate for the children. Sound, color, knowing the audience should be included when developing e-Learning.
I attended during the morning sessions The Effects of Handheld Computers on Teaching and Learning, Laptop Computers in Teacher Education:What Difference Does It Make? and Best Practices...It's Elementary! I learned about Instructional Technology, Internet based software and how it effects teaching and learning in the classroom. The laptop computers could assist the teaching and learning process for preservice teachers. This could help uneven access to techology for preservice teachers. Additionally, using technology in early childhood education can cultivate literacy learning and address the standards.
During the afternoon I focused on Preservice Teacher Preparation and collaborative strategies to prompte integration of technology into field experiences. I may use video conferencing with student teachers in the future. Integrating Clicker4 Software will assist non-readers to become readers using multimedia software program. Professional Development is good for mentoring beginning teachers through innovative technologies. It is good to capture, create, and communicate uisng the digital camera in the classroom.
Dr. Audrey W. Beard
Albany State University