Unit 411 Ctlls

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a) Produce an assignment which analyses ways you can use technology to enhance learning and teaching. (ref. 3.1) b) Evaluate the benefits and limitations of using technology in learning and teaching. (ref. 3.2)

The impact of the Modern technology on our day-to-day lives is very dramatic and prompt but for embedding the full potential of that in teaching and learning area has still yet to come. If you compare a classroom from 100 years ago to one of the nowadays modern equipped one you will notice lots of changes but still teachers have to stimulate learning by adding accessible and inclusive resources to all learners while enabling them to gain new skills and knowledge and achieve their learning targets. Over the past few years, in many countries especially developed countries, it has become more common for teachers to use technological tools in learning process. VLEs, e-mail, digital cameras, interactive or electronic whiteboards and many more technical resources have been added to the domain of teaching and learning. Although it does pose a number of benefits towards educational system, the drawbacks cannot be overlooked. In this assignment , both pros and cons will be analysed.

The Office of Instructional Development (UCLA) claims a key to successful use of technology is identifying course learning objectives and seeking technologies that can help support those objectives. By focusing on the content instead of the technology, instructors can find success with a minimal investment in utilizing common technologies. Although it might not be used in the class but teachers have to up to date their knowledge regularly and become aware of different resources and learning material to keep their professional accurate and precise.

In my teaching experience in Citizen Advise Bureau (CAB) as a financial capability trainee, most of the time we do not have access to modern technology. The classes are holding in community centres which less benefit from luxury budgets to spend for this purpose. In the other hand the learners are suffering from limited knowledge about computer and internet which is followed by lack of confident in functional skills. As our course is aimed at enlightening and improving the level of public knowledge about financial matters, we try to keep it simple and understandable to cover variety of learners with diverse background and concerns. However for the topics like searching the best deal for utility bills or online banking we need to teach them basic IT skills which mostly give them a boost in their confidence and enrich their functional skills. The need of ICT skill is growing rapidly through the last few decades. On line banking, comparison sites and social networks are a few example of the daily use of ICT skills. Younger learners are pretty familiar with use of computer and internet but for older generation is still something which should be consider as a learning barrier. In my personal experience the amount of confidence which older learners gain through an ICT course is incredible and not only enable them to make better decision around their financial affair but also help them feel contemporary, up-to-date and closer to their children and younger generation.

Gravells( 2007, P69) states that giving the right support is crucial to learning. To support my learners to get familiar with new technology I practise various approaches as some of them can be really unfamiliar to computer and internet. Taking into account and respecting learner’s difference, I try equally to creating a stimulating environment for them. For instance we sometimes use educational toys like plastic cash mashing to help the kinaesthetic learners to approach the experience of using it. It has not been exercise in our classes but through modern technology it is possible to also combined auditory and visual resources to increase accessibility and aid learners if they have visual or auditory impairment. This would also...
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