Why Use Different Media/Technology for Instruction?

If you notice any typical classroom, there is a tendency to use the chalk-talk method to teach. But as a teacher we also know the students have different abilities, come from different homes and backgrounds and have acquired different learning styles. The question is how to deal with these heterogeneous classrooms?

The learning theories covered earlier help us in understanding the complexities of classrooms and provided some solutions to handle such situations. Of course one of the solutions is to use technology in instruction. The research has indicated that there are possibly three learning styles, namely visual learners, auditory learners and tactical/kinaesthetic learners. Further one can notice by studying the following figures from Dale's Cone of Experience (Figure 2.4) that people remember 10% of what they read, 20% of what they hear, 30% of what they see 50% of what they hear and see, 70% of what they say and write, and 90% of what they say and perform at a task. In this context it is obvious that the teachers should provide different kinds learning experiences so as to meet the requirements of all categories of students and to achieve the optimum learning outcomes.

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Go through the video clips and list out the reasons to use technology in education, and explain in brief each of the reasons.

Top 10 Reasons to Use Technology in Education: iPad, Tablet, Computer, Listening Centres

Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzi2RIt8_nk (Accessed on 4 March 2012)


ITC - Understand Integrating Technology In The Classroom - Teacher Professional Development

Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzpACGwXNlQ (Accessed on 4 March 2012)

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