Saturday, January 19, 2013

Emerging Technologies Blog Week 2 Assignment 1: Educational Technologies Blog

The URL’s I have selected are: http://www.slidenet and

I selected Interactive Whiteboards initially because they provide unlimited amounts of learner involvement. Everyone is involved and the learners are able to work through critical thinking skill activities, create vocabulary games or become as creative as possible, Whiteboards are simple and easy to use in the class environment. Richardson (2010) states: “The sudden explosion in online content creation could not occur if technological barriers to entry were high, and these barriers will continue to come down as the tools themselves continue to evolve. Simple and easy is brilliant for me at this time in my educational pursuit.

I would use whiteboards to present content such as vocabulary development. The learner would use the concepts to fill in the blanks, respond to open-end questions, complete a word search, word scramble, word jumble, and puzzle or write a short story using the designated concepts. According to Teich (2009): “Research has repeatedly demonstrated that students learn better when they are fully engaged and multisensory hands on learning are the best way to engage them. Interactive Whiteboards facilitate multisensory learning whether it is a collaborative exercise for math problem solving or a Google Earth tour of the Amazon rainforest.

The E-Portfolio allows adult learners immediate accessibility to their most prized possess-their work. It gives them opportunities for reflection-to see how far they have progressed and what else must be accomplished. It is an excellent tool to teach organizational skills and time management also. They can be viewed as an instrument of assessment and a visual showcase of excellence and their accomplishments. E-Portfolios are instrumental in reducing the amount of paper, storing files and maintenance for the educator. With the use of technology everything is at our fingertips immediately. “In general, e-portfolios are helping students become critical thinkers and aiding in the development of their writing and multimedia communication skills. E-Portfolios can help students learn information and technology literacy skills and how to use digital media. They can help students learn information and technology literacy skills and how to use digital media”. (Cambridge, 2005).


Cambridge, B. L., Personal Communication, February, 2005.


Richardson, W. (2010). Blogs, wikis, podcasts, and other powerful web tools for classrooms (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

Teich, Anne (200(. Interactive Whiteboards Enhance Classroom Instruction and Learning. Retrieved from



  1. I found your blog informative. I will definitely utilize the whiteboard technology as an educator. I look forward to your next blog.

  2. Hi Dennie,

    I enjoyed your blog, I have not thought about whiteboards but after reaading your post I think that whiteboards is a emerging technology that I would use in my learning enviornment to enhance my students learning experience.

  3. Dennie,

    Interactive whiteboards sound like a very interesting tool to engage students in their learning. I especially like the ability to use or add any type of activity or content to the board to bring about and maintain that involvement and engagement. Learning is such an individual yet collaborative experience and the use of whiteboards can really enhance both aspects of that experience for my students through collaborative group whiteboard activities as well as individualized interactive games and exercises for each student.