<![CDATA[EDIT 2000 - 20% Project]]>Mon, 08 Feb 2016 07:30:36 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Blog Post #7]]>Fri, 04 Dec 2015 03:45:48 GMThttp://andreamayen.weebly.com/20-project/blog-post-7
          This 20% Project was very eye opening for me in the sense that I rarely thought about whether technology benefitted or hindered a student's ability to learn in the classroom. As I have said many times, I am somewhat new to the world of technology and did not grow up fully immersed in it, especially in school. Now that times have changed dramatically since I was in elementary and middle school, I can see why the integration of technology is so important in today's society. The biggest thing I learned was that you cannot hide from technology and you cannot keep your kids away from it no matter how hard you try. We are in an era where cellphones and computers are the main gadgets that revolve around everyone's lives some way or another. Using technology in education will slowly be the main tool if it is not already. Whether students learn better or not is still being studied, but it is not the technology that takes away from education it is the child who does not know how to use the technology properly in order to gain the full advantages of it. If a child is not willing to learn, no matter what tools are used, that child will not live up to their full potential. I found more articles, videos, and websites that supported the integration of technology because it is so common in today's world that there is no escaping it. 
          My target audience was directed towards teachers and parents who were curious about whether they wanted their kids to be in a classroom where technology was readily used. I chose to create a website that could show case convincing evidence and examples that could persuade them to consider using technology in their curriculum. I was able to easily show statistics, videos, websites, and apps, that supported the use of technology. This way the audience could see all the elements presented without have to go to different links and outlets; the information is all in one place. The link to my website is here!
          I was fortunate enough to not experience any challenges during this project. I was able to find multiple media and journal articles that went deeply into this subject and many supported the use of technology. I was more concerned about how I was going to present the material I learned and gathered so that people would be attracted and convinced by it. I believe I made the right choice by creating a website to showcase all my information.]]>
<![CDATA[November 29th, 2015]]>Mon, 30 Nov 2015 04:29:41 GMThttp://andreamayen.weebly.com/20-project/november-29th-2015https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B29lSdOyBOudRGdWTldldEZBNnM/view?usp=sharing

I was able to interview my good friend who wants to pursue a career in education and I thought he was a perfect candidate to present my 20% Project pitch to. It was good to hear someone else's experience with technology because I only knew one side to it. He had a lot of experience with technology because he played a lot of games and had a computer by 6th grade. I had a fixed view of technology, but after the interview it opened up my eyes to what other opinions are out there. It seemed like Rocky (interviewee) was pro-technology and he seemed like he wanted to integrate it into his future classroom. I think I asked all the questions I needed for this interview. My main questions were what his thoughts were on technology and education, his experiences with technology, and if he thinks it will benefit or harm students. The only new ideas I got from this interview was to really do my research and find convincing evidence that will push and inform educators to implement technology into their classrooms. I still believe the flyer/poster website will be a good final product because it is a easy visual to look at while still presenting credible evidence to educators. I think future students could help out by providing their own opinions and self-reports on how technology helps or harms their educational experience. I believe that as time goes on, technology will advance and it will eventually be in every classroom. Maybe a study will come out that compares the average grades of those who had minimal use of technology in the classroom and the grades of students who had full exposure to technology. 

<![CDATA[Blog Post #5]]>Fri, 13 Nov 2015 22:09:14 GMThttp://andreamayen.weebly.com/20-project/blog-post-5
            During the course of my 20% project, I have become more pro-technology. As I have stated many times before, I grew up with the concept of technology but never really applied it to my studies or school. Only until my freshman year of college did I begin to dabble into the world of technology. I’ve learned that there are countless educational based websites and applications that students can use in the classroom. But I still am on the search for an effective tool that truly stimulates and improves the learning capability of children.
            Although there are numerous educational programs out there for students, some might not be as successful as others. For this reason, I plan on trying to find programs that are popular with teachers and students and what qualities they contain that make them this way. I want to find which features make each program efficient and maybe highlight those features in my website which can inform teachers what to look for when they are picking websites and applications to their curriculum.
            As far as finishing my project goes, I still need to find concrete evidence that supports my claim. I believe that if I were to make a website or flyer to promote technology, the findings need to be positively conclusive so that I can encourage my audience. I also need to find reviews or testimonies from teachers about specific applications of websites that they used in their classroom that were either successful or not. I think this will help other teachers and adults that are weary about the topic to see that technology can be a reality by seeing other educator’s success stories. 

Article Summary
            The speed at which technology advances means that a broader horizon is present when it comes to choosing what tool to use in the classroom. In the article cited below, a study was done where a second grade class were given portable reading devices to use in the classroom. This was done to see if using the Nook Simple Touch eReader would improve their reading and English/language arts performance. The children were tested at the end of their second grade year by using the Georgia Online Assessment System (OAS) and also on at the end of their third grade year via Criterion Referenced Competency Test (CRCT). Researchers were able to compare the two test scores that were taken in 2013 and 2013 to find significant results. These findings show that there were improvements in the children's reading and English/language arts ability due to the implementation of the Nook eReader. 

Union, Craig, Lori Union, and Tim Green. "The Use Of Ereaders In The Classroom And At Home To Help Third-Grade                      Students Improve Their Reading And English/ Language Arts Standardized Test Scores." Techtrends: Linking Research            & Practice To Improve Learning 59.5 (2015): 71-84. Education Research Complete. Web. 13 Nov. 2015.

Rough Draft

How Can Technology Help Your Students Learn?]]>
<![CDATA[Blog Post #4]]>Fri, 06 Nov 2015 03:15:06 GMThttp://andreamayen.weebly.com/20-project/blog-post-4          When I narrowed my question down, I found that I was interested in two important components: educational websites/apps and its relation to how students learn. I have not experienced this first hand in my elementary or middle school years so that is why I am interested in the topic and finding an answer. As I became older, I realized that technology is a very important aspect to my life at the moment, but I did not see it as a necessity when I was younger. Although I am considered a “digital native”, I do not feel as if I was completely immersed in the technology that we have today as a child. Even though we had computers and huge advancements in technology, I was still left in the dark when it came to using it in the classroom.
          Growing up in a digital age, I was always informed of technology and gadgets but just not in an education setting. I remember when the most popular technology in my middle school years was the release of the iPod and Apple products in general. All my classmates had to have them, but they were never implemented in the classroom. I believe that the reason for this was because it was new technology that teachers at that time did not know much about them. Other than cellphones and iPods, I had a vague idea of what was out in the world as far as technology goes.
In 2006, my family finally invested in one of those new plasma computers for the sake of my education. I had projects that required me to use the computer to print things out, but not to use any educational websites. I believe this is the difference between my generation and the one now. While I was using my desktop to print things like worksheets and pictures, the new generation is using it to explore and tap into new and innovate websites. I have learned that there are countless websites and applications that are available to young children AND adolescents that can help them educationally, while my generation was deprived from that type of interactions. I plan on finding the best apps and websites so that I can inform parents on the ones that work and the ones that do not.
          I believe that there are two different perspectives to my topic. The first one is the opposing side; those that believe that technology does not work in the classroom and can essentially harm a child’s learning capability. The other side consists of those who believe that technology can be a useful tool in the classroom and can help a child learning better. These two sides seem to either be black or white; either you strongly agree or disagree with the use of technology in the classroom. The reason for this split in opinions is because there are some who have seen the benefits of technology, maybe in their lifetime or from experience, and those who have seen the hindering effects of it.
          I position myself in the positive outlook of using technology in education because although I started really using technology in my later years, it has helped me significantly in my studies. I don’t think I can imagine my life without it, especially when it comes to using it for school purposes. Although my opinions may be skewed due to my matured experiences with technology, I believe that a younger audience could benefit from its use. If I had the ability to use technology regularly, I would be even more advanced in it than I am today. Some people see it as a distraction, but I see technology as a helping hand. 
<![CDATA[Blog Post #3]]>Mon, 26 Oct 2015 21:15:21 GMThttp://andreamayen.weebly.com/20-project/blog-post-3Narrowed question: How do educational websites and apps correlate with the learning quality/capability of students in the classroom?
          The main audience that I am trying to reach out to are educators that are interested in adding technology to their curriculum and parents that are concerned with whether technology helps or worsens their child's learning capability in the classroom. I believe that this will educate my audience about the myths and truths of technology when used in an educational setting. The way I would present my final product would be in a website/flyer format. I will advertise some websites and apps that are useful and helpful in the classroom, while also giving some facts about the use of technology. 
          I did not receive any other resources or suggestions from my peer feedback. I was hoping to get some feedback that would narrow down my research question so I could get more specific results, but I managed to find something that I could work with. The only concerns I have is finding the right research evidence that would support my question. My hypothesis supports that technology is useful in the classroom, but if I only find evidence that says it is harmful then I would have to change how I present the information. The way I would try to fix this is finding evidence that supports my statement and finding studies that say technology helps students learn more efficiently. I believe that there will be sufficient evidence that does support this idea, I just have to make sure I find the correct sources.
          The next step for me is to find the research evidence that can support my hypothesis. Once I find this evidence I will read and analyze it and make sure it correlates with my project. I will also start thinking of ideas for my website that will showcase my findings, which will cater to educators and parents. 
<![CDATA[Blog Post #2]]>Mon, 28 Sep 2015 14:25:32 GMThttp://andreamayen.weebly.com/20-project/post-2Scholarly Article link.

​          For my 20% Project, I plan to focus on how apps on mobile and tablets improve or limit how students learn in the classroom. In "iLearning: The Future of Higher Education? Student Perceptions on Learning with Mobile Tablets", the author conducts a study where college students use an iPad with educational applications installed and measured the advancements and limits of how the technology and students interact in a classroom setting. Their conclusion came as no surprise, but it did involve some negatives about how technology can influence the students and their learning capabilities. But I believe that the good outweigh the bad, and the article supports this belief. 
          This article was the closest one I could find that related to my topic and it used a research study to support my point. The article stressed that the biggest limitation in using tablets and applications in classrooms was the easiness of students to become distracted on other non-relevant tasks. This distraction can lead to being unproductive and a waste of valuable time that could be used for learning purposes. A way to limit this potential distraction that may take place on tablets would be the installation of an app that restricts the use of the internet web and other non-related applications during class time.  My main concern about using technology for learning is the different ways that it can be interpreted by students and teachers. But are tablets or iPads really a waste of time? 
           The main difference I found with this article to my initial question is that the participants used for the study were college students rather than grade-level students. It is quite obvious that middle schoolers are at a different intelligence and learning level than college students. College kids are more tech savvy and know more applications than grade-level children. College students are more likely to veer off on other websites and apps during lecture while middle schoolers would be more engaged because they are not used to using technology in classrooms compared to college kids who use laptops and tablets everyday. I hope to find more articles that help support and answer my question. ]]>
<![CDATA[Blog Post #1]]>Tue, 08 Sep 2015 15:41:08 GMThttp://andreamayen.weebly.com/20-project/blog-post-1Question: How do websites and apps help establish a concrete curriculum for students and educators?
          Growing up in a small private school, I rarely ventured out from the ideas that were established through my peers and instructors. I was always accustomed to what I was taught and never tried to find a more innovative way to learn. I was always taught to learn in the "old school" fashion even though we we a college prepatory school. In fact, I was a complete stranger to technology up until my freshman year of college where I acquired my first laptop. My only interaction with the world wide web was through a 50 minute computer class twice a week, and even then we were only required to use a program that measured our typing speed (Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing 8, to be exact). We rarely ever had to use computers outside of school, which led to my complete denial and confusion to the world of technology. 
          For my 20% project I want to learn more about how schools implement applications and websites to their teaching methods and if they are really beneficial to the students. As someone who had absolutely no idea about the advances happening during my educational career, I am interested to find what types of applications and websites are offered to these students and how they work. My main concern with technology now is if this type of methods in schools is more of a burden than a benefit. Maybe this is my "old school" self talking, but even though I did not grow up with this technology, I can't help but think that these students will just take the "easy" road by not learning the traditional way. Technology has advanced to make our lives easier, but does that mean the future generation won't learn as efficiently as us? 
          I plan on finding these answers through various websites and articles on the Internet. I believe I will have no problem finding material to support my question.  I believe that this topic will interest educators that use more traditional methods and those that are more tech savvy. And here's why. As generations age, so do the traditional methods of teaching. Technology is always advancing and we as the current generation must keep up. Traditional educators can continue to teach their curriculum, but they must know that perhaps there is an easier way to present the material or have the students do a project in a more exciting manner. Chalk boards are like ancient ruins to some kids nowadays, while SmartBoards are like flying cars to some educators. There will always be some kind of barrier between the old and the new, but everyday is a step closer to bridging that gap. ]]>