The “Basic Three” programs, word processing, presentation and spreadsheet software, are all extremely useful tools to use in the classroom (Roblyer & Doering, 2010). They can make learning in the classroom, exciting, engaging and more interactive. When students master these different software programs, they then have the ability to take learning into their own hands. Growing up, I used all three as part of my learning experience and will use the in the future when I am a teacher.
According to Roblyer and Doering (2010), word processing can be used for supporting languages exercises. They say teachers use this software because it “saves time, enhances document appearance, allows sharing of documents, allows collaboration and supports student writing and language learning” (page 114 – 115). I agree with all these reasons. When I am a teacher I will use it for myself when it comes to creating tests, worksheets, take-home letters and lesson plans. Word processing, I feel, has become the backbone of how many teachers run their classrooms. In terms of how I will use it with the students, depending on the grade level, I will introduce it to them as being a using essay writing tool. I will teach them how to use basic features of the software to make sure their document is, for the most part, error free. I will also use it for homework assignments. On the word software , one can make graphs, charts, and other illustrations as part of projects and other assignments.
The authors of the textbook also mention that spreadsheets are used for mathematics, science and business education (Roblyer & Doering, 2010). Some reasons teachers use spreadsheet software is to “save time, display information, and increase the motivation to work with mathematics” (page 121). Again, I feel this software can only be used for certain grade levels. I think it would be most useful being introduced to older grade levels. As a teacher, I will use it as a way to organize assignments and grades to keep track of student records. I can also use it to create call logs for when I reach out to parents. It’s important to document every action taken to reach out to parents and students about each child’s performance. In terms of how students can use this software, I can teach them how to use it to create graphs and teach them how to convert numerical date into graphs and pie charts. I remember when I was learning to use spreadsheet software, I enjoyed seeing the numbers be interpreted into a pie chart. Lastly, students can use what they learn and apply it to a science project.
Lastly, the textbook also mentions that presentation software can be used for graphics and to share concepts in a “clear and persuasive manner” (Roblyer & Doering, 2010). Presentation software was heavily used and introduced when I entered middle school and then was used throughout high school. Every class I had from grade 6 to college used PowerPoint presentation software. Presentation software is highly useful but needs to be used in moderation and as a supplementation to the teaching material. When I am a teacher, I will use presentation software as a fun, colorful, and interactive way to convey information to students. I will utilize many different features of the presentation software such as graphics, video clips and sound. This can make learning fun and less tedious for the teacher and students. In terms of how I will allow students to use it, again according to grade level, the students can take what I teach them and create their own lecture PowerPoints to summarize the main points and then hey can teach the class using their presentation. Also, students can use it as part of a research project which can also include word processing and spreadsheet software. Research projects are a good way to utilize all three software tools.
It’s important for students t use all software programs and technology honestly. In order to make sure students don’t plagiarize and follow copyright laws, I will keep up to date with the latest laws and regulations. I will require my students to cite their sources for every assignment that they research and use information from other books and/or online sources. There is also plagiarism software that can scan a document and highlight when material might have been copied. If students plagiarize there will be consequences enforced and they will understand the importance of citing work.