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Corey Madison
EDU 225
March 10, 2016
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Technology to Support Communication


Information communication technology has taken communicating with
parents, students and the global community to entirely new heights. Recently, the
addition and eventual use of Information Communication Technology or ICTs has
been shown to have a very big role in improving education (Safitry, Mantoro, Ayu,
Mayumi & Azmeela, 2015). Technology can aid teachers in communicating to
students, parents and the global community in many ways. The improvements in
educational technology create an entire new method of gathering, distribution and
testing of all sorts of educational information. The communication between
students, parents and the global community can be greatly improved through the
use of technology.

Some students with disabilities have trouble communicating what they want
to their teachers and staff. With the use of technology a student can pick what they
want to say from a variety of pictures and the device can put the choices into a
sentence and say it aloud to bridge the communication gap. The student is able to
use the computerized communications board to create phrases which are converted
into speech (Schaaf, 2013). In the inverse of this problem a student that is hard of
hearing can see what is being said to them without the other person using sign
language through the use of technology. With the technology available many gaps
in communication to students can be bridged.
The communication to the parent can be very important in the progress of a
student. If the communication of a students progress is not presented to the
parents than this gap of communication can leave the parents in the dark about
where their child is at in the progress of their education. Through the use of certain
software progress reports are made simple and easily placed into graphs and tables,
making the reading of the progress reports easy and very visible. With this bridge
gapped parents can work with their Childs teacher by focusing the student and
pointing them in the right direction to understanding the lectures and getting the
most out of class. The teacher can also create a web page or blog that makes
communication between them only a click away. Finally the old school emails can
keep constant communication between the two easy and can be seen at the leisure
of both the parent and teacher. Technology once again proves to be useful in
communicating and in this case makes teaching and parents a more possible
collaborative experience.
Being connected to the World Wide Web can give teachers a collaborative
effort with people, especially teachers, around the world a chance to collaborate.

Keeping a class current and correct can be very difficult with the changes and
advancements in gathering data and discovering the past. Since textbooks after
having to be replaced in order for the correct and current information to be given to
the students, wouldnt an online book resource be the best and least wasteful of not
only the school budget but also on the material being used to make these books.
Staying connected and informed about the changes and alterations of technology
should be on the teachers' list of priorities.
All together Technology can help teachers communicate in and outside of the
classroom. Special needs can use the technology to understand as well as be
understood by their teaching staff and Paraprofessionals. Communication can be
very essential in order to keep students on task and have the help of the parent to
get the student focused on certain aspects of their education. Curriculums around
the world are continually altered because of the connection possible of teachers
from across the globe. The communication between students, parents and the
global community can be greatly improved through the use of technology.

Resources
Kasprowicz, T. (2002). Managing the Classroom with Technology. On Progress
Reports and Online Communications, and How To Manage the Two Different
Communication Techniques. Tech Directions, 61(10), 26-28.
Safitry, T. S., Mantoro, T., Ayu, M. A., Mayumi, I., Dewanti, R., & Azmeela, S. (2015).
Teachers' Perspectives and Practices in Applying Technology to Enhance
Learning in the Classroom. International Journal Of Emerging Technologies In
Learning, 10(3), 10. doi:10.3991/ijet.v10i3.4356
Schaaf, D. D. (2013). Assistive Technologies in Florida's Classrooms. Journal Of
Applied Learning Technology, 3(2), 6-12.