There are so many options for technology in the classroom in our society. Since technology is constantly changing, companies are coming out with newer technology all of the time. From new SMART software to using Web 2.0 in the classroom, all of the technology is being used to move education forward. If students have many options and avenues to collaborate, find information, and ask questions of students and staff, it will really teach them more than content. This will also help move them toward furthering their social skills both in person and online. Towards the end of the school year, I became aware of a new technology. I was having a meeting about my concepts class with one of our reading specialists at Clayton High School. She told me about the Smartpen from Livescribe recommending I test it out for potential use in my classroom next year. After this conversation, I went to the Livescribe Smartpen website and read all about it. I purchased the pen and the special notebooks. The cost for the 2GB pen was $199.00.
The Livescribe Pulse Smartpen can be purchased online through their website at Livescribe. According to the Livescribe site, the Pulse Smartpen “records and links audio to what you write.” The pen works by infrared camera and the Pulse dot positioning system, DPS.
The [wikipop]iPod Touch[/wikipop] is a fabulous way to incorporate Web 2.0 into the classroom in a safe, user friendly, and economical way. The iPod Touch is similar to an iPod in that it can play on demand music, movies, TV shows, etc. However this is a powerful tool to connect the user to fun, knowledge, people, organizations, stores and so much more. Since it works on any wireless network connection, the iPod Touch really can provide knowledge and socialization at the user’s fingertips. It has a touch screen that is easy to navigate for any level of technology user. These great applications can be used inside the classroom and are also useful for college students trying to acclimate to their new surroundings.
[wikipop]Web 2.0[/wikipop] has significantly changed the way our society socializes. These social networking sites are quite popular for catching up with long lost friends, help on homework assignments, or updates on the daily news, articles, stores, and organizations. [wikipop]Twitter[/wikipop] is a great tool for linking a user to the outside world in a flash. Many teachers are starting to Twitter the homework assignments daily to their classes. The St. Louis County Library, for example is on Twitter and when a user subscribes to the library on twitter, they then get the advantage finding out of new arrivals, updates, classes/conferences, etc.