Don't Teach Your Kids This Stuff. Please? by Scott McLeod
Mr. Scott McLeod is the Associate Professor of Educational Administration at Iowa State. He is also a co-creator of the Did You Know videos, and the director of the UCEA center for the advanced study of Technology Leadership in Education.
2. The iSchool Initiative (Mobile Learning) by: Travis Allen
I am on the fence with this one, as I can see the pro's and con's from this idea. Travis feels like the idea of the iTouch will replace the textbooks, pencils, paper, and copy machines that the schools have to pay for. If a schools ultimate goal is to "go green" then I guess this would be the best program. However, It also makes me wonder, if we research, how the iTouch is being produced…starting from getting all the precious minerals out of some Amazon region where the rivers are being highly polluted. Does this still typically mean that we are "going green"???
I personally think that technology can be used in any classroom, however, not every lesson requires the use of technology and especially an iTouch.
On the flip side, I do see it helping schools save money, just from the standpoint of cost-savings on the price of books. Can you imagine having textbooks that are interactive and in electronic format; a means of updating your curriculum by downloading the latest updates? That just may not be a bad idea. However, my main concern is if the idea of the iTouch comes into the school and basically forces out the basic skills (ie, teaching students to write,, etc), will this truly solve Americas education problem?
Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir By: Eric Whitacre
One Man Symphony that I watched a few years ago. Eric Whitacre' has done a remarkable job using technology to create this virtual choir. I'm sure it was not an easy task to deliver such a great concept. I am quite sure that he spent numerous hours auditioning every singer and editing the videos. It simply amazes me, to see so many people come together from all over the world to make one thing happen; create music.
I feel that this video shows that there is no limit to what you can learn and create with technology. When enough people with creative and innovative minds come together the possibilities are endless. We as teachers should make sure that we give our students the opportunity to experience school and life with technology.
Teaching in the 21st Century By: Kevin Robert
According to the video, Kevin Robert feels that teachers are no longer the source of information, but the filters of information. With the internet available on all the tech tools and personal devices, students can access information anywhere, anyplace, and anytime. The video stated that entertainment is short lived and engagement has long term results. In other words, as teachers we should not just sit our students in front of computers to study information but to actively engage them to apply what is being taught.
I feel to be a 21st Century teacher you have to use computers, Youtube, etc to an extent where we leave no room for it be viewed as entertainment. When I think of a 21st Century Teacher I think of this class and Dr. Strange. He has come up with a way for his students to use and process the skills needed to be taught. I feel that this is a perfect example as to what teachers are suppose to do. Teachers should guide their students in learning and teach them how to apply it in everyday life.
I can remember on numerous occasions when I would cram all these facts in for a test, thinking when will I even use this information? Sometimes I never even knew how to apply it. This idea brings to mind Standardized Test. How would you measure the learning of students in the 21st Century Classroom? I'm not exactly sure how to do that but, I do feel that Standardized test will probably no longer be the proper test to use in such classrooms. With all of this being said, I think that this is a reminder to me to not just teach the skills but to allow students to apply it and use it in a everyday life situations.
Reading Rockets Website Review
Reading Rockets website that would be very useful.
Having taught lower elementary students, Reading is one of the main focus. I found the site Struggling Readers to be very beneficial to me. There are great articles to read about in understanding why students struggle in reading and ways to help them. The Classroom Strategies page has great research-based classroom strategies to help build and strengthen literacy skills in the following areas: print awareness, phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, and writing. I also would enjoy the Meet the Author Podcasts, as it would be a great way to introduce the author the of books that you read to your students. Although, I didn't get to explore everything on this page, everything that was of interest to me was FREE. Having free resources as a teacher is always a plus.