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Running head: BENCHMARK TECHNOLOGY TRAINING WEBSITE AND ESSAY 1

Benchmark Technology Training Website and Essay

Lisa Cantwell

Grand Canyon University

TEC-561

February 19, 2019


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Part 1: Website Link

https://lisacantwell.weebly.com/

Part 3: Reflection and Submission

This website provides examples of how multimedia learning benefit students by providing

teachers with research-based practices. When teachers integrate technology and multimedia

tools, students are engaged, and learning becomes interactive. Sharing the tools in this

technology website provides teachers with suggestions and examples to plan for enhanced

technology integration lessons and curriculum.

This technology integration website provides examples of how teachers can use technology

models, such as the TPACK or SAMR, to implement and incorporate technology into their

classroom. These models use a variety of research-based teaching practices. The TPACK uses

pedagogical and technological knowledge to enhance the lesson while the SAMR assists the

teacher in selecting and incorporating technology into their lessons. The presentation located in

the models for technology integration section provides information, samples and suggestions for

how to select the right tool for integrating technology. Teachers have access to a variety of

content in their tool belt to help get them started in incorporating technology within their own

classroom.

By providing teachers with a variety of media tools located in the website, teachers will have

opportunities to differentiate their lessons by integrating technology. Some examples that are

listed on the website are video, audio, text, sound, screen capture software, and webform tools.

Many additional tools and reviews are located in the web-based environment section of the

website. By incorporating just a few of these media tools, teachers can create presentations,

interactive activities, websites and virtual reality platforms, and a variety of other engaging
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activities that can meet the needs of those students who may need visual or auditory

reinforcement for learning. When teachers utilize inquiry-based learning opportunities such as a

mind mapping tool like Popplet, or differentiated digital reading activities, teachers can create

engaging and personalized learning. Once teachers have access to a variety of content that is

technology enriched, they can provide students with hands on and interactive learning

experiences.

When teachers have access to media tools, they are more likely to use these tools within their

own classroom and share with their students. When students have opportunities to engage and

interact with others, they can learn to solve real world problems and interact in ways through

social media and collaboration. Included in the website are examples of tools to interact and

engage students’ collaboratively, such as iMovie, Garage Band, and Pickit Images. The media

tools included are tools to create videos, audio, images and movies. Using these tools can create

opportunities for teachers and students alike to share information and collaborate with others.

Students can create podcasts, movies and presentations that share and inform their peers.

Providing teachers with examples of media tools such as web forms and assessments to

gauge the learning styles of their students, can help them learn how to meet the specific needs of

their students. Teachers can use Google Forms to create short surveys to learn about their

students learning styles or assign quick exit tickets to provide students with additional feedback.

When teachers use a variety of different multimedia applications, they can provide students with

opportunities that include visual, auditory and kinesthetic experiences, which helps students

embrace their learning style (Raja & Kumar, 2010). Teachers can also adjust the content and

delivery of the media tools to meet the individual needs of their students based on their learning

styles.
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In addition, this website provides teachers with information on what a flipped classroom is

and how it can be used in a second-grade classroom. Implementing a flipped classroom can

provide teachers with opportunities to increase student collaboration and discussion. It also

provides teachers the ability to meet the individual needs of the students by providing them

continuous access and review of the curriculum. It also frees up the teacher to provide direct

instruction to those students who may need additional support.

By creating this website and adding multimedia information, I am providing teachers and

colleagues with useful tools and information to integrate technology into their classroom and

curriculum. In addition, when technology is effectively integrated within the curriculum,

technology has the ability to improve students’ learning (Harris, 2016).


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References

Harris, C. J. C. k12. ga. u. (2016). The effective integration of technology into schools’

curriculum. Distance Learning, 13(2), 27–37. Retrieved from

https://lopes.idm.oclc.org/login?url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?

direct=true&db=ofs&AN=118140455&site=eds-live&scope=site

Raja, B. W. D., & Kumar, S. P. (2010). Do multimedia applications benefit learning-disabled

children? Journal of Educational Technology, 6(4), 1–7. Retrieved from

https://lopes.idm.oclc.org/login?url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?

direct=true&db=eric&AN=EJ1098361&site=eds-live&scope=site