Academic journal article Childhood Education

Integrating Technology with Teaching: A Peek into a Classroom

Academic journal article Childhood Education

Integrating Technology with Teaching: A Peek into a Classroom

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Off we go, bucket and net in hand, in search of tadpoles. Our hunt takes place at Cooper Elementary School. In the library media center, we use research skills to locate information on tadpoles. We use such materials as electronic encyclopedias, books, computer software, videotapes, and the Internet. After compiling some facts about tadpoles, we head outdoors to begin the search. With the video camera charged up, the anxious group of 2nd-graders trudges to the marshy area to scoop up creatures in search of the mysterious eggs. As their teacher tromps through the marshy swamp fishing up specimens, we capture the thrill of it all on videotape.

Upon returning to the school, we eagerly enter the library media center to inspect our findings, using the electronic microscope. I connect the microscope with the Flex Cam color video camera and record our findings onto our videotape. Students are able to see the specimen up close on the television monitors. They enjoy watching the waterfleas and shrimp-like creatures. …

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