There is a difference between learning about computers and learning with computers. Learning with computers is defined by me as using technology and associated resources to enhance our learning environment.
A desktop, laptop, iPod, and iPad are key components in learning. Each will offer different modes of access to internet tools and information. Yes, you could study without a computer, but why would you?
1. Use resources that link you to specific information.
Consider the Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of World History. Visit Amazon for a list of Usborne Internet-Linked Books. Visiting a web site that has been previously indexed for you is very comforting and accessible. I find that I lean towards the internet-linked versions. I am sure that you will too. Look for resources similar to these when you are searching for a reference for a particular topic or study.
2. Consider materials that teach you to effectively use the applications that are available. Select materials that will help you to enrich the subject matter.
Would you like to take a virtual tour of Ancient Egypt? Would you like to graph the temperature and precipitation? Create a geometry calculator? Track the American population?
This is just a sampling of what Teacher Created Materials has to offer. They cover primary, intermediate, and challenging skill levels, as well as providing teacher learning materials too. They are marked with the suggested grade level/range.
3. Sometimes, the experience is enriched by the connection – literally.
Take a few moments to look at your laptop, netbook, etc. How many PowerPoint presentations or videos from Netflix would you show? Have you considered using your television as a monitor?
There are several ways to connect. These are the direct ways:
You now have a giant whiteboard in your family room. Access the internet, stream movies, play slide shows, browse PDFs, and so much more.
4. Choose rich applications for mobile and tabletop devices.
Look at software and Apps. You will find all sorts of digital maps, flashcards, video camera streaming, models, diagrams, glossaries et cetera. These are some examples:
Google Earth – Walk the streets of Rome or visit the great pyramids.
5. Use technology to learn through unique lesson plans.
Lesson Plans Page – Computer and Internet
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