Monday, November 29th, 2010 | internet
The information held on hundreds of thousands of computers around the world – all linked together to form the internet – is in effect without limit. Anything you want to learn can be found on the internet. This includes knowledge about the use of technology in the classroom.
Of course, all of this information is accessible to you only if you are connected to the internet. If you want to use the internet to improve your technology skills it is best if you have it available at home so that you can use it when it is convenient for you.
Once you have internet access, the next step is to learn how to google. Google is the name of one of a number of search engines – programs used to search for information on the internet – but it has become so popular that its name is now used as a verb. Googling is easy. It’s like looking up information in a library – just easier.
When you want to learn how to use a particular technology device, you simply type the name of the device into Google and you will receive a string of references – perhaps thousands of them. You can make your exploration more meaningful if you are more specific when you specify your search. Let’s illustrate this by means of an example:
A grade three teacher has an interactive whiteboard (IWB) in her classroom and wants to learn how to use it to improve literacy among her learners. If she types in ‘IWB’ she will get several million references. But if she makes her search more specific by typing in ‘IWB how literacy grade 3’ she will receive a shorter list, but the articles will be more focused on her immediate need – some will give examples, lesson plans or worked examples; others may contain useful tips and techniques from other teachers who already did what this teacher now wants to do.
While browsing around the internet in search of information that can help you to master technology in the classroom, you will come across sites that you like. You can bookmark these sites by storing them under ‘Favourites’ on your internet browser or by using programs available at no cost through the internet, such as Diigo.
As a skilled internet user, you’ll be able to use this technology to become expert users of other technologies.
For more technology tips for teachers click here.