Saturday, October 31, 2009

Chapter 6, Drawing Elementary Education

This chapter focuses on the importance of simple computer drawing programs that could be used in elementary classrooms. Drawing supports non-linguistic representation which allows students to create their own visuals to show vocabulary and curricular concepts that they have learned. When implementing drawing programs into the classroom, big fancy softwares are unnecessary. Simple computer drawing programs that often already exist on the computer can be suitable. It's important not to overwhelm young students with too many options because that could disrupt their imaginative ideas.
There are numerous reasons for why teachers should use drawing programs in their elementary classroooms. A few that the book discuss are that computers are an integral tool of the classroom and students need to learn how to manipulate a mouse and keyboard, the computer can motivate some students, and they can help disabled students (non-literate students) to demonstrate their knowledge. This chapter provided great reasons why these programs are useful and examples of computer drawing projects that would be beneficial to use in the classroom, however my concern would be when there would be time to do these things.
While working in elementary classrooms it has become more apparent that time goes by quickly. Teachers barely have enough time during the day to cover core subject areas such as science and social studies. Also, not every classroom in every school has enough computers for every student, so again it could be difficult to use drawing computer programs. I think that using these programs in elementary classrooms could be beneficial and enhance some learning, but finding the time, space, and materials to make it all work may be difficult.


Ben D. said...

One section that stood out to me in your blog, Carlie, was the fact that overwhelming students with technology at such a young age is a terrible thing to do. I agree that it can take away from their imaginative ideas and that it decreases their interest in technology. I think it is important to start simple. For some kids, their first experience with a computer is in a classroom. Therefore, I believe it is vital to teach the students the basics of how to use a computer, such as using a mouse and keyboard. Simple tasks such as those should be taught before you begin to try and implement technology within the classroom.

Katie Dietrich said...

I think that time and space are legitimate concerns. However, I know that in the math chapter, it was emphasized that any form of technology should be used as a tool rather than for just the sake of technology. I believe that if it is useful, adequately pertains to the lesson, and familiar, technology will not be a burden to a teacher with time constraints. It will be beneficial and engage students, rather than hinder their ideas as long as it is used appropriately.

awilkey said...

I definitely agree! Introducing technology to younger students can make them actually scared of technology in the future. I think that early elementary students should be using their creativity and imaginations when it comes to creating art - not trying to tackle a large project like drawing on an art program. It's hard enough for my Kindergarten students to control their writing utensils, how are they going to work with a mouse. I even have trouble drawing on paint with a mouse.