Teaching involves much more than just talking and anyone who wants to
become an effective (or more effective) instructor is encouraged to
acquire at least the basic tools described below. In some cases,
some of the tools may be provided by the institution at which one has
been hired as a teacher, but in any event it will be beneficial to
actually own each of the tools described below, maintain those tools in
good working order and update them when needed. This is a basic list and
most teachers will find they need to add tools to the list that relate
to their particular teaching situation.
PLEASE NOTE: Although I have made some current updates to this page, the
basic information dates back to 2004 and educational technology (all
technology) has advanced significantly since then and continues to
evolve at an ever increasing pace. I believe this FA8 assignment is
still a good starting place, but encourage everyone to continue to
investigate new technologies how existing technology is continuing to
PREPARATION OF THE FA8 TOOLS REPORT
Please review the information about each of the tools described
below: SCROLL DOWN and follow the links that lead to related
information. Then prepare a report to e-mail to the instructor.
First list and briefly describe (in order of importance) each of the tools you currently have.
Please indicate when you first acquired that tool, when you plan to
upgrade or replace it, and a specific example of how you use it.
Then list and briefly describe (in order of importance) any of the tools you don't yet have. Please describe the way in which each tool might be, or might not be, helpful to you.
If you teach in a program, such as Automotive Repair, that involves the
use of lots of different tools, DO NOT list those. The idea here is just
to provide information about tools that are, or can be, of value to the
instructor (you) relative to the process of teaching. If you are using,
or plan to use, any teaching related tools not mentioned below (such as
a palm pilot or whatever), please include and describe those in one of
your two lists.
There is no example for FA8, just follow the directions in the paragraphs above, and comply with the Required E-MAIL Standards. Please focus on what you believe to be of most value and endeavor to express that both clearly and concisely.
THESE ARE THE TOOLS:
This is essential for both safety and
convenience. Even if there is a telephone or other communication device
in the room where you teach, having a cell phone will still provide an
added measure of safety and may be the only way to summon assistance in
an emergency. Be sure to actually try calling the number you would call
in an emergency (to make sure it works) and program that number into the
cell phone so all you need to do is push one button to make the call.
The cost of a cell phone will most likely be between $20 and $30 per
month (for service), but some companies provide the actual phone for
free or at a substantial discount. I recommend that anyone who doesn't
already have a cell phone get a copy of the Consumer's Guide to Cell Phones and Wireless Service.
Everyone who teaches should have their own
computer with appropriate related hardware (printer, modem, portable LCD
projector, transporter, etc.). If you have a computer that's more than 2
years old, it may already out of date. If you don't know what you need,
talk to people who are using computers effectively in support of their
teaching, take courses and attend seminars that demonstrate new hardware
and software, but be wary of what anyone who wants to actually sell you
a computer has to say! Take a look at Dr. Pendleton's Recommended Hardware and Software.
NOTE: One small and relatively inexpensive piece of computer hardware that is becoming almost essential is a USB Memory Stick. This can be used to quickly and easily transfer data between almost any computers you have physical access to!
When selecting software (word processing, graphics, digital photos,
digital audio, digital video, web design, warp drive, etc.) be sure that
there are versions available for both PC and Mac computers. This will
facilitate you being able to share documents you create with people who
use either platform. Refer back to Dr. Pendleton's Recommended Hardware and Software.
Whatever kind of computer you get, it's essential that you also arrange to get access to the Internet for e-mailand the WWW as well. Although you may get this for free at public libraries or here
at the University, it can be well worth your while to subscribe to an
Internet Service Provider (ISP) so that you can have access to the Internet from home. Although almost anyone can connect to the Internet via modem,
it is worthwhile to get a faster/better connection via DSL or Cable, if
that is available where you live. Check with people who connect to the
Internet from home and see what they have to say about different types
of Internet access. Wireless Internet access is also available from an
ever increasing number of locations and is highly recommended where
The cost for a basic modem connection will most likely be between $10
and $20 per month. DSL and Cable connections cost more, but provide
faster/better connection. Some good advice about Internet Service
Providers (ISPs) can be found in The Internet for Dummies.
Personal Web Site
Having a Personal Web Site can be a very good way for teachers to communicate all sorts of valuable information to their students. Most ISPs provide space for a website as part of their monthly service fees.
Information about how teachers (with little on no technical background)
can set up and update a simple (and inexpensive) web site can be found
by following this link to TeacherWeb.Com.
Digital Still Camera
"A picture is worth a thousand words."
Digital cameras have all but replaced traditional photographic
processing. Used in conjunction with a computer, any teacher can now use
a digital camera to take pictures of students (motivational) and
pictures of anything related to what he/she is teaching. Such pictures
can be processed immediately and either printed on your own printer, or
posted on a Web Site for students to see. It's also very to add labels
to various parts of pictures and to include pictures as a part of any
teacher developed handout.
Most digital cameras are easy and fun to use. They are also sturdy
enough that they can be used by students in class, and if you also have a
computer and printer in class you can involve your students with taking
and processing photos of things that happen in class. Almost all cell
phones now also have a digital camera built in!
Portable LCD Projector
One of the most powerful uses of an LCD
projector is being able to connect it to a laptop computer so that the
instructor can show a whole class full of students anything that has
been created and stored on that computer. Many schools now make LCD
projectors available for teachers! Additional information from amazon.com about different types of projectors can be found by following this link to LCD Projectors.
Digital Video Camcorder
DV is rapidly replacing VHS for almost all
video applications. Footage from a DV camcorder can be downloaded and
edited in a laptop computer. The software required is relatively easy to
use (especially with Macintosh computers) and there are a number of
ways that instructors can use video materials made in class to improve
the effectiveness of instruction. Many schools now make digital video
camcorders available for teachers! Additional information from amazon.com about different types of camcorders can be found by following this link to DV Camcorders.
This could prove to be very helpful for
teachers who need to transport students and/or materials from one
location to another in an expeditious manner. Follow this link to
additional information about Transporters :^).
There is no "Instructor's ScoreSheet" for this assignment. The 501
instructor will notify each scholar by return e-mail either that all
criteria have been met or, if anything further needs to be done, what
the scholar must do to earn full credit.