Observation 1: Team-Taught Biology Class at North Springs Charter High School
On May 11, 2010 as a student at Argosy completing an assignment I observed a Team-Taught Biology class for approximately thirty minutes during sixth period class. The students where involved in a lab activity. The students were going from table to table answering questions about specimens in containers that represented different species from different kingdoms. As I left the classroom, the teacher began to show a short video on Insects and to answer questions at the end about the Insect Video. This video presented technology information on the LoTi 2-Application level as it shows, records, concludes, determines, and illustrates learned knowledge in a minimum direction. LoTi-2 Comprehension is also used as there is understanding and describing information in the students own words after watching the video and during the lab. Loti-Knowledge is also involved as the learner must recall or recognize ideas in the appropriate form that were learned.
During the lab, the students were working in small groups answering questions about the species. Students were engaged in the learning process. There were no computers in the classroom except the teacher’s computer. During the video, the students appeared engaged.
Observation 2: Chemistry Class at North Springs Charter High School
On May 12, 2010 as a student at Argosy University, I completed an assignment by observing for approximately thirty minutes a Chemistry Class during fifth period. The teacher was reviewing for a final exam and was using the Jeopardy Game to do so. Students appeared engaged in the process. The class was divided into teams and the students appeared extremely competitive in the review game. The game was teacher directed.
The game appeared to present technology information on the LoTi-2 Comprehension level. The learners were recalling information that was previously learned.
Observation 3: Health Class at North Springs Charter High School
On May 13, 2010 as a student at Argosy University, I completed an assignment by observing a Health class thirty minutes during third period. The teacher was using a PowerPoint presentation to review for a test. At the conclusion of the PowerPoint presentation, she gave the students a test. The students appeared engaged for the most part. A few students had their heads down and were not engaged in the review process. The lesson was a teacher directed lesson that appeared to present information on the LoTi-2 Comprehension level. The learners were recalling information they had already learned. If the students did not know the information then the teacher would present the information again.
There were three computers in the classroom and during the class two students from Physical Education, classes came into the class and were working on assignments from other classes during their Physical Education class time.
Observation 4: Physical Science class at North Springs Charter High School
On May 14, 2010 as a student at Argosy University, I completed an assignment by observing a Physical Science class approximately thirty minutes during fourth period. The teacher was using a PowerPoint Presentation to give the students notes. The notes were information that would be covered on the last test. The last test was a review test of general science principles.
The lesson was teacher directed. The emphasis was on learning or recalling information that students should have already learned regarding general science principals. The lesson also appeared to be presented on the LoTi-2 Comprehension level. The learners were to recall information they had already learned in the past. The teacher was reviewing information that the teacher expected the students to be exposed to in the past that was important to review and make sure the students knew the information for the final test.
There were no computers in the classroom other than the teacher’s computer. Most of the students were engaged in reviewing or learning the information. A few students had their heads down and there were students who were off task.
All lessons observed were using LoTi-2 levels. All classes observed were Science classes at North Springs Charter High School. As an observer, I saw no indication of infusion, integration, expansion or refinement in use of technology in the classroom. Observations did not indicate use of higher levels of cognitive thinking skills, problem solving, and emphasis placed on higher levels of student cognitive processing and development, or technology access extends beyond the classroom. Students today use technology in every aspect of their lives. Teachers must also reach out at a refinement level to make sure that there is no longer a division between instruction and technology use. Today technology offers a seamless vehicle for information queries, problem solving and product development and teachers need to include technology more into their lesson plans as a way to use higher levels of cognitive thinking skills, problem solving, emphasis placed on higher levels of students cognitive processing and development and show students how to extend technological experiences beyond the classroom. Teachers must change the way teachers’ teach to meet the needs of changing students in a 21st century technological society.