Sunday, February 13, 2011

Blog Assignment 4

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Don’t Teach Your Kids This Stuff. Please?

I really enjoyed this post. I know that everyone worries about what kids will encounter on the internet, but should this stop us from allowing them to grow and learn. Yes, a child can learn without computers, but will they be learning what is going to prepare them for their future. Can you teach them the things they will need to know without involving technology?

Dr. McLeod is an Associate Professor in the Educational Administration Program at Iowa State University. He is the co-creator of the video, Did You Know (Shift Happens). He is the director of CASTLE, the only academic center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators.

The iSchool Initiative

I think the idea is a little far fetched. I see how it would save money, but how can you insure your students are following along in class. I know that even when kids have books on their desks and pencils in their hand they can still be drifting off into their own little world, but I could see students finding a way to have games on there iTouch or listening to music. I just see it being too easy to get distracted. The guy in the video had everything being done on the iTouch, what about writing? Are we not going to need to write anymore?

Let’s say this does start becoming the way that teachers teach in class. What grade would it start with? I’m sure elementary school children would not be learning this way. Or maybe, I just do not have the kind of expectations I should for these kids. I mean I guess it is true I have seen 6 year olds running around with iPhones, so why couldn’t they learn from an iTouch? It’s just seems so unreal to me. I enjoy taking notes and following along in a book. That’s not to say that I don’t feel that technology should be incorporated in the classroom, but I don’t think there should be no writing or books.

The Lost Generation

This was so neat!! It took me a little while to realize that what it said one way it said the opposite the other way. It’s sad to think that our families don’t come first, work is the most important thing, money makes us happy, and in thirty years we will be celebrating our ten-year anniversary of our divorce. I know, I want to be the exact opposite. I want my life to be life that you read from bottom to top.

Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir- ‘Lux Aurumque’

I’m not much into music, so unfortunately I don’t believe I understand why this is so different or impressive. I mean for the people to never actually meet one another must be difficult to sing in sync, but then again I’m really not sure how that all works.

Teaching In the 21st Century

This video really caught my attention when it pointed out that teachers are no longer the main source of knowledge. I remember growing up and thinking that my teachers had all the answers, but now we head straight to the internet to find everything we need. Are teachers going to be as involved in learning in the future, or are we going to be being taught by computers? Makes you think…. What will we be teaching in the 21st Century?

Monday, February 7, 2011

C4T Summary Post 1

Post 1

My Thoughts and Predictions on Grading Parents
By: Lee Kolbert

This post was about Lee’s predictions on how parents would be graded. She mentioned the extra work it would bring on teachers, but also mentioned to job opportunities it would create if it were actually passes by representatives. She said that parents would receive or lose points based on their interaction with their children and their children’s school. For example, they would receive 5 points for responding to emails or phone calls, and they may lose 5 points for doing their child’s homework.

Post 2

Protecting Reputations Online: A Lesson to Share and Then Create
By: Lee Kolbert

This post was about Lee making it very evident that what you post online can stick with you forever. She posted a video along with her post she felt we should make students watch so they will think twice before they post something that can ruin their reputation. She also mentioned making middle and high school students watch the video then form groups to make their own similar video.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

My Google Presentation

Blog Assignment 3

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A Vision of Students Today

I felt this video was very accurate. The main thing that differs for me is the work hours. I work about 8 hours a day rather than 2. Yet, at the same time I am only taking 2 classes rather than a full load. It is hard to find time to fit everything in. According to the video we use twenty-six and a half hours of a twenty-four hour day. That definitely would tend to catch up with a person.

One thing that really caught my attention was how only eighteen percent of teachers know students by name. I know for me if a teacher doesn’t know my name I am more willing to be lazy in a class. If the teacher takes time t o get to know my name and face I feel more liable. I get a guilty feeling if I miss class or am late on an assignment rather than not really worrying when a teacher has no clue if I’m there or not.

It’s Not about the Technology

I completely agree that if there is not good teaching then no matter how much technology you put in the classroom it won’t be effective. We should be being taught to incorporate these things into our teaching skills now. It seems that in the future using technology in the classroom is going to be a must. How do we better prepare ourselves, and how do the teachers who have been teaching for numerous years prepare themselves?

I feel that not only is it important to have good teachers, but it is important to have consistent teaching throughout each school. It is hard for a student to spend all year learning one teacher and then the next learning another. Teachers should build on technology just as they do on math, reading, science, ect.

Is It Okay To Be A Technologically Illiterate Teacher?

I like how Mr. Fisch compared not being able to read or write to being technologically illiterate. I have never looked at it that way, but these days it is very true. How can we expect the students we are teaching to be able to become successful in the future if we are not preparing them? We know that technology is not slowing down, so how can we feel good as teachers if we are “not good at computers”?

Once again I sit here and think how I can incorporate these things into my field of Physical Education. Is it necessary for me to be technologically literate? Do I need to worry about all of the issues that this presents? It is seriously becoming clearer to me that it is really important. I want students to get the most out of their education so I don’t think it should stop in the P.E. classes. We should include technology as much as possible.