Communication involves connections, the way of interacting, relating and mostly handling the way information is exchanged from one place to another. Technological evolution has made communication as a whole to have many options, with various advancements that have enabled many things to be done just in a simple way. In the past, people believed only in face to face learning but today, it’s possible to offer lectures in the comfort of your home, have a degree programme online and most importantly attend or lecture in big halls with the help of projectors. Today assignments and hand outs are given online.
How can technology be used to communicate in a classroom setting?
Technology can be utilized or employed in the education sector preferably in classes where virtual classes or education facilities can be created effectively. These education sectors may be virtual universities, high schools, middle level school and Cyber School. For the year of teaching, a lot of things have to be put in place. To begin with, course contents are important if good communication structures are to be adopted in a classroom set up. To ensure that the course content is distributed out well to all students, video conferencing may be one of the methods that I may employ to issue out the course content.
This is because the students will have a direct link up with me, the session will be live and most of the students may have a chance to ask questions. The process can also save time for both the teacher and the parents when the parent contacts me. Through the same way, it will be convenient for him and me as little interference of one’s way be encountered, also resources may be saved in the event of a particular incident. For all the learning process to go on well, communication has to be there between various parties involved; the teacher- student communication, the parents and other stakeholders including the school administration.
Through the internet, I may be able to issue assignments and get feedbacks through the same channel. As long as the parents avails their emails, any issue concerning their children that I will be feeling they need to know the internet and the video conferencing seem to provide me a proper solution to that. The internet can help me bring the whole world in the class through the search engines way of retrieving almost everything. The internet also can be used to communicate about assessment, curriculum redesign and test evaluation to the larger community; the administration and most importantly the parents. Educational software like the drill and practice may be suitable in some of my class session if there happens to be deaf students. I may use laptops connected to overhead presenters in my classroom lessons and also other projects. In the use of this technology a wireless mouse would renter it effective class mobility incase of a big learning whole I may be entitled to take my lectures in. the I Campus will enable me record communications with parents, keep grade records and general student information.
Creating an appropriate website requires that I provide; good and attract materials for my students so I purpose to bring in good materials that are both educationally convincing and also good for general uses. For the website to have relevant and marketable my professional work portfolio will help this to be achieved. The website has to be interactive and I intend to do this by having web Quests and probably electronic communities. The website will be structured in a way that communication or information search would be easy to find. Emergency contact list will be part of the information the website will be carrying, the emergency unite intends to have an emergency operations and planning team together with the response team.
It will serve both the school and the global community at large especially with information regarding safety and emergency issues. Alternative communication methods range from the use of emails in cases where classes cannot be held normally, meetings, training sessions can be held live online through programs like Elluminate live and many more. Online portals will be the major facilitator for course communications. The critical communication links that I may allow for communication are like the Google groups and sites that allow students share specific academic and social information. Project information and assignments are easily shared on the net. On the same note, blogs will provide an effective link for parents, students and teachers to share small sentenced information easily.
Because communication between VOIP users is free, then it will make my work a bit easier when conversing with the students, parents and among students themselves. Partnership with other schools will help my students exchange good programs especially with the availability of a student website, which I intend to launch in the beginning of my course work. To help address the security issue on the internet, the rights of students and the general rules and guides of using the internet will be extensively given out to students as an awareness strategy to help students know their rights. The students should be helped to learn about internet safety online including good behaviors so that the children may know how to deal with any unusual situations.