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LEARNING WITH COMPUTERS

Elizabeth Hammond
229 Taylor Education Building
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky 40506-0001

As we all know individuals learn in a variety of ways. Using the computer as a learning tool helps to:
1) Empower and engage students, as they will take on new tasks without prompting
2) Create enthusiasm and ignite imagination in students and teachers
3) Lead to questioning and exploration
4) Provide a tool with which students may show what they know

Computers help stimulate multi-sensory learning, which allows each individual to learn the most efficient way possible keeping in mind his or her learning style. Computers also teach students real world skills with real world knowledge. It is a wonderful organizational tool, which enhances attention of the students. All students have an equal opportunity to be successful in academic work. The classroom dynamics are changing, as teachers will lecture less and use collaborative learning more. Teaching becomes reciprocal. The teacher isn't the only one teaching, but instead the teacher also learns from the students. This is where the control factor comes in, as kids are more productive when they have control. The technology age is here, and being educators we need to make sure that the schools are on top of things. We are educating our future.

This presentation will utilize PowerPoint to exhibit pieces of work from many different disciplines and created in many different applications that middle and elementary school students have created on their computers. All projects were created by children with learning disabilities.


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