Monday, November 14, 2011
Visualizing with Technologies
I think that visualizing with technologies is an awesome thing. I never even knew that graphing calculaters where considered visual tecnology. I always thought of them as just calculators. Having visual technology is extrememly helpful because it allows us to be able to "visualize" from all aspects the situation and the solution to the problem. Chapter Nine does a really good job of using examples of how such programs as Tinkerplots, Spartan, and Sketchcast benefit students by allowing the students to use their programs to create examples and solutions to their problems and assigments at hand. GIS allows students to graph and map ideas for geography assignments. Tinkerplots alllow students to visualize and work out problems for critical thinksing skills. Spartan allows students to have a visual of what cetain strands and molecules look like. Google Earth allows us to see different parts of the Earth through zooming and/or providing an address. These tools allow us to get a thorough image and answer what we are trying to gather for a solution to a problem, plan, or activity.