Orientation to Teaching I, Grades 9-12

Learning Problems


Relative Advantage

Expected Outcomes

Students are not motivated to learn vocabulary terms
Makes learning more interactive and relevant to their world
Students learn vocabulary terms more effectively and are more motivated to study through this technology
ESL/ELL students sometimes fall behind the other students with content comprehension
  • Allow students to use their iPods or iPads in class to help them learn
  • Encourage students to utilize various online tools to help them with vocabulary or other ESL/ELL issues. ESLpartyland has several resources to help ESL/ELL students.
Students can use technology with which they are familiar and can also have access to it at home
Students will have increased motivation to participate in classroom activities. Students will become more confident in their capabilities if the technologies can help them improve and stay with the rest of class.
Students’ writing skills (grammar, spelling, professionalism, etc.) are not adequate for their grade level (high school)
  • Online software such as TextHelp or ReadWriteThink can provide online tutoring and corrections that will help students practice and improve their writing skills
Students can access these programs online and can practice basic writing skills in an alternative format
Students will improve their writing skills and have an increased motivation to learn due to the alternative format
Students have trouble memorizing educational theorists and their theories
  • The Sims games could possibly help if students created characters based on the educational theorists
Students could use simulation characters and situations to better understand and memorize theorists
Students will be able to connect educational theorists with a “real life” situation and make the theories and theorists more comprehensible
Students do not write lesson plans with enough attention to detail
Students can experience a “walk-through” of the instruction at their own pace instead of having to follow instructions from the teacher
Students will better understand the process of developing lesson plans and make the connection between the importance of lesson plans and teaching the content
Students have trouble making the connection between classroom management theories and practical experience
  • Students could utilize Skype or other video accessing software to video-conference a real classroom at another school or with a teacher or school administrator to interview them about classroom management issues
Without having to leave the school, students could be engaged with a classroom in another school or with an administrator and experience the classroom management first-hand
Students would gain experience and/or advice from a person other than the classroom teacher. This could help students make the connection between the theories and practical experience in managing a classroom.
Students don’t know the difference between mainstreaming and inclusion in an educational setting
  • To learn more about students with disabilities, students should complete a lesson involving assistive technologies. This site has some great information about assistive technology and provides helpful links for more information.
Learning more specific information about how technology is helpful to exceptional learners may focus the students’ attention more on the concepts and make it more comprehensible.
Students would be able to make the connection between exceptional learners’ needs and then could more practically distinguish between mainstreaming and inclusion.
Self-esteem and self-concept are terms that students get confused
  • VocabJourney is an online program for students to help learn new words and play games to help them with definitions of terms
Students are able to practice their vocabulary terms online and through a competitive game so they can compete with others while learning
Students will have increased motivation to do well with vocabulary terms and will enjoy the competitive nature of the site
Students have trouble remembering to bring homework or project supplies from home
  • myHomework app for phones is a helpful tool to keep students organized
Students will be able to use their cell phones or mobile devices to help them remember homework and organize school activities/projects
Students will be more organized and perform better in school because they will have reminders and organizers built in to their phone/mobile device
Students need a way to connect with each other after school hours to collaborate on school work, without breaking academic dishonesty guidelines
  • Edmodo.com is a great tool for students and teachers to collaborate and see each other’s work
Students can collaborate online after school hours and the teacher can view all communication through this site
Students will have a mode of communication that is available to their teacher as well as other classmates. This will help with organization as well as file sharing.