Communication Applications

Description
Communication software falls into several categories. Productivity software consists of word-processing, database, and spreadsheet software for communication and data management. Telecommunications software includes email programs and web browsers for electronic access. Desktop publishing and graphics programs heighten visual display. Multimedia and hypermedia software help create multimedia presentations, slide shows and web-based publications. Students develop skills in using the appropriate application to communicate new learning, either through interactive communication or the creation of a product. Use of communication software provides opportunities for students to consolidate knowledge and clarify thinking in preparation for delivery to a specific audience. The process of preparing a final product for presentation develops skills in editing, critical thinking, and synthesizing information to transform it into an effective format.

Method
The teacher:
  • provides access to appropriate equipment and software;
  • teaches the basic skills involved in each software application and allows for peer teaching in areas where students have particular expertise;
  • provides models of exemplary products;
  • arranges for students to share their products with an appropriate audience.

Considerations
Communication applications:
  • require that students and teachers have appropriate access to communications hardware and software;
  • require time to research, prepare, and present the product;
  • can be used for group projects to practice decision-making and team-work skills;
  • should enhance learning and meaning;
  • should be assessed for appropriateness and currency in curriculum implementation.

Illustrations From The Mathematics Classroom

Elementary
  • Using a presentation software program, each student designs and presents a slide show consisting of five slides to show what they have learned about a specific mathematics topic. The structure of the presentation can follow a pre-designed or student-created template.
  • http://www.yesnet.yk.ca/tal/it_softwareres.html (Yukon Education IT Software Resource List)

Secondary
  • Using a presentation software program, each student designs and presents a slide show consisting of five slides to show what they have learned about a specific mathematics topic. The structure of the presentation can follow a pre-designed or student-created template.
  • http://www.yesnet.yk.ca/tal/it_softwareres.html (Yukon Education IT Software Resource List)