Student: Karen Powell
Lecturer: Mrs. Maureen Wong
Does electronic learning and teaching have any major effect on the delivery and development of education?
Teaching and learning have evolved over the years; gone are the days when teaching was just chalk and talk and learning was just pure rote. Today with the invention and inclusion of electronic learning and teaching our students are more enthused, involved and active in the teaching learning process. Electronic learning is the type of learning which takes place as a result of experiences and interactions in an electronically rich environment. These experiences and interactions have allowed our students to absorb more content and knowledge in all subject areas, thus making the teaching learning process more meaningful.
Technological advances in education have opened a new area of knowledge and offers tools that have the potential to change some of the existing teaching methods. Integrating new technology into classroom instruction means more than teaching basic computer skills and software programmes in a separate computer class. Integrating technology must happen across the curriculum in ways that enhance the learning process. In particular, it must support four key components of learning: active engagement, participation in groups, frequent interaction and feedback, and connection to real-world experts. Effective technology integration is achieved when the use of technology is routine and transparent and when technology supports curricular goals.
As a grade six teacher, I have the arduous task of ensuring that my students are captivated by the manner in which I impart the content of the lesson to them. I include the use of PowerPoint presentations in my lessons to allow my students to become more involved and interested. A PowerPoint presentation is a computer based tool that is used in most instances to enhance the content being presented to the students. PowerPoint presentations are proving to be effective in the classrooms as images can be easily entered to capture the students’ attention. They facilitate notes pages that can explain the images that were added. They stimulate the students imaginations as media and recordings can be added to create another dimension to the presentation and they have been proven to be more exciting than a simple word document or hand written presentation. PowerPoint material provide examples with greater legibility than overheads; they make the material more clear, colorful, and interesting; they help students stay focused on the material and follow along more easily; they outline goals and tasks for the day; and help students understand exactly what was expected of them.
I have found PowerPoint especially useful in getting my students to work immediately to work. PowerPoint presentations have the advantage of being updated on the spot, so this will get the students energized in adding their own information to a slide presentation; and then the information will be remembered more by the students who actually had a hand in creating the PowerPoint. I would gladly recommend the use of PowerPoint presentations in any classroom as they help to clarify information; highlight major points for emphasis; help students to visualize concepts; especially visual learners; help students understand and remember the material better; and helps the summarization and organization of content.
Another helpful electronic teaching and learning tool is the educational interactive websites. Educational interactive websites are also computer based tools that can help to enhance the teaching learning process. Interactive websites have the significant benefit of improving social skills through encouraging...