Sunday, January 27, 2013

Chapter- 2 Transforming Learning with Unique powerful Technology

 Focus Question: How can students express their creativity using technology?
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Students can express their creativity using technology knowledge to make their papers, discussions, group projects and book reviews more powerful with visual aids and graphics. Most students will go into the projects using a constructivism mind. For example, me I am learning to use more of the internet for better use vs. just Facebook. I already know how to use some of the Google programs so I used my prior knowledge to help me to navigate to create an e-blogger and also the Google drive which very much interests me. Our students will do the same in projects like, using websites to enhance pictures or make them do very amazing tricks because they know about it already and they grow on what they already know. They can also express creativity by comparing between classmates and learning from others how to a new thing on their PowerPoint. They can make a poem then create a PowerPoint or a slideshow the emotion in the poem is trying tell us thus, enhancing the knowledge of the pain or happiness behind the poem.   


Tech tool Link: Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus


This tech tool link is amazing on this website I can actually test my spelling in a cool spelling bee! Also as a teacher I can keep up with some issues going on about schooling and even the politics. It is however a little harder understand since there is a lot of stuff going on the page. You can look up words and they give you word that are similar to the word that you looked up. I can also do a crossword and win a t-shirt! You do however have to purchase it, which is always a downer!  But you do get a 14 day free trail and in the trail you can learn how it works. When you look up one word it gives you a diagram that links you to other words in common. It is actually a really creative website and great for teaching kids big words even better words for those smaller words.


 My Thoughts & Review

This Chapter taught me a lot about the way children learn some stuff I already know because of my prior knowledge but it helped me understand it a lot better. The chapter goes into depth on how students benefits from the technology usage in the classroom. In my classroom I want to use a student-centered teaching instead of a teacher-based instruction because I know the feeling of not being able to create my own solution to a answer. Another cool benefit about that is that students get to talk to everyone or the people in their group and create new friends. Every student learns differently and we as teachers should teach in every way to cater to all types of learning styles.


Resources

Maloy, R. W., Verock-o, R. E., Edwars, S.A., & Woolf, B.P. (2010). Transforming learning with new technologies. Allan & Bacon




Friday, January 18, 2013

Chapter 1 - Becoming an e-Teacher

Chapter 1 – Becoming an e-Teacher
Focus Question: How do new technologies create new learning opportunities for teaching and learning?
Technology is always something that will be evolving into something bigger and better every day. I would say that I myself am somewhat into technology because of my generation. Taking my abilities I actually show my mother how to do things on her laptop or her iPhone. This being said technologies create new learning opportunities for teaching and learning because now a days they can be taught to everyone of any generation including our students in our classroom and hopefully their parents also. This also gives our students the opportunity to enhance their learning and not let them fall behind the generations to come. I really do want to include as much technology to my classroom as possible whether it is every lesson or asking for the opportunity to add computer time as a subject. I know second graders will enjoy the ability to do so, with my observations I have done the teachers include it and they are so ready to go up to the board and touch objects with a special pen that makes things sing ,change or to put in an answer. It makes them feel empowered and have some control over their learning abilities. I as a teacher should be able to teach every possible tool to help my students learn the new and old world regardless of the culture gap or diversity.  

Photo Credit to Charlie Brewer on Flickr

Tech Tool link: 7 things you should know about...(EDUCAUSE)

On this website I found a few useful ideas like getting involved with program that are trying to help with forwarding technology with children and even college students. It is very hard to understand some of what they explain to you because they have so many studies about bringing the technology forward but I believe if you read it and watch the few videos you will be able to understand it (Like the one below). I would not use this website as much as I thought I would, maybe if I was ready to get more involved with spreading the word of technology. According to the articles I read it not only is about spreading the word about technology but also about having the money to spend to put them into schools. This is an interesting thought because it is true most schools don’t have enough money to give every student their own laptop or computer to use while in school. If you wanted to get more involved then I would use this website to get more information on it.





Summary & My Final Thoughts 

 This Chapter is very fulfilling for my brain because some things I didn’t know and others I did know. Now I know how to blog and get very very creative with my blog posts. I understand that there are some obstacles about teaching technology to children and other generations, I am willing to overcome these challenges no matter what they might be like disabilities or culture barriers. There is one thing I will try to follow by:
Instead of assuming the role of didactic conveyor of knowledge, the teacher can instead take the role as the visionary, or “lead learner,” in addressing the curriculum. Rather than function as a gatekeeper for technology use, the teacher can instead serve as an access provider, giving students the room to use technologies both in and out the classroom to complete learning activities. (BellSouth Foundations 2003, p. 110)
I want to bring forth the knowledge I learn to my students in my classroom vs. them having to figure it out on their own in the bigger world.
Another thing I want to bring up is that you can teach technology to anyone children or adults with disabilities. Technology has been defined as an innovation designed to solve problems and extend human capabilities (International Technology education association, 2000). Everyone and anyone should be taught and should be given that opportunity to learn the generation regardless of diversity or gap they may have.
Resources:
Maloy, R. W., Verock-o, R. E., Edwars, S.A., & Woolf, B.P. (2010). Transforming learning with new technologies. Allan & Bacon