The Tweeting Never Ends

One thing I have learned is that twitter never gets old. No matter how many times I go on twitter, there is always new information to help prepare me for my future as a teacher. One tweet that caught my attention this week was one that described ways to be a 21st century teacher.

 

Like most of my other tweets, this one was linked to a blog post. The post discussed 27 ways to be a 21st century teacher. One idea that stood out to me was the idea that it takes more to be a 21st century teacher than just integrating the computer lab into the computer lab. Furthermore, “classrooms should look nothing like a computer lab that we’ve come to know and instead should resemble a set of grouped students collaborating, learning with each other, and having a ‘guide on the side’ teacher who helps steer the proverbial ship”.The article then provides a chart with 27 easy tips to be a better 21st century teacher. Some tips include, making content real-life relatable, let students use their cell phones, collaborate with a variety of teachers, and a lot more! I will definitely look back at this list when I have a classroom of my own to make sure I am taking the necessary steps to be a 21st century teacher.

The next tweet I decided to write about is a tweet that had an article discussing how when students have the opportunity to add technology and be inflectional the results are powerful.

 

This article discussed a school district near my hometown that use “authentic learning” which is an “instructional paradigm through which educators help students master their curriculum at a very high level through real projects and real problem solving”. Furthermore, students have one-to-one devices, “and through them, -access to information- makes a tremendous difference in achieving our vision of what students learning looks like”. This approach to education is just starting to be seen more, but it seems like the effects of it are well worth the switch. The article then describes the overview steps of how to make this schools district experience your own. The steps the article highlights are, establish a solid foundation, create enthusiasm, turn students into experts, foster objectivity, and coordinate interactions. With these tips in mind, schools can successfully transition to “authentic learning”. Personally, I really like the idea of –one-to-one devices, so this article really interested me. I definitely am interested to see what my future school districts approach is and if this type of learning is more widespread when I am a teacher.

The last tweet I chose to blog about discusses ways teachers can connect to their students.

 

This post is applicable to all teachers, because connecting to ones students is something all teachers should do. From personal experience, when teachers connect with their students, it makes learning much more enjoyable and memorable. Remember details about each student and treating them like the individual they are is key. Some tips the article gave are create relationships first, connect with students every day, be interested in their stuff, frequent the sidelines, and be their champion. These simple tips can really make all the different. The better the teacher-student connections are, the better the educational results will be.

The Fear of Technology

Students aren’t the only learners in a classroom.  Teachers are constantly learning and adapting their practices based on different experiences. One idea that scares a lot of teachers, especially older teachers, is technology. Technology is continuously changing and adapting, making it more challenging to incorporate into curriculum. To often we see teachers like the following,

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Although technology can be scary, it is still an essential component of education. Teachers should not let a fear of technology prevent them from utilizing it in the classroom. Furthermore, teachers should not be nervous to try new technologies and use them to their full potential. Too often, teachers use technology, but only at its most basic level. Teachers need to utilize all that technology has to offer.

The following blog post gives tips to teachers, or anyone, who may be nervous to try something new with EdTech.

 

http://www.edudemic.com/nervous-edtech-tips/

 

The first tip the blog post gives is to remember, “you are not first person to do this”. This idea is important to consider because you can “search engine” any questions or concerns you have in regards to technology issues. Since it is very likely that other people have used the technology before, it should be easy to find information about how to use it successfully.

 

The next tip the article discusses is “there is help available for every program/app”.  Although it is sometimes confusing, all technologies have some sort of “help menu” that can provide assistance to struggling users. It is important that teachers try to use the help the program provides, and if they are still not successful they can try using one of the other tips.

 

The last tip in the article talks about is “my peers are a great resource”. Having someone first hand teach you how to use a new technology is very beneficial and helps make the process less problematic. Schools are filled with tons of staff members who have different personalized classroom styles and curriculums. It is likely that one staff member has tried the technology you are struggling with, so by asking for help, you can get first hand help. One good idea is to ask the school librarian for help, because they get to see and participate in a variety of classrooms, so if they themselves cannot help, they might know another teacher who can! Also, a lot of schools have specific people who specialize in technology, so they can be a great resource for any tech issues. It is important to collaborate and work together as a school community to help every benefit from technolog

More Tweeting to Learn

As you may have guessed, this week I continued to use twitter to further develop my personal learning network. It still amazes me how much valuable information can be found by quickly browsing my twitter feed. One tweet that stood out to me this week discussed ways to “infuse digital literacy throughout curriculum”.

 

This tweet had a link to an article that describes ways that teachers can push digital literacy across the K12 spectrum. As discussed throughout my technology course and this article, digital literacy is “the ability to effectively and critically navigate, evaluate, and create information using a range of digital technologies”. Furthermore, the article lists several ways that schools can adapt digital literacy skills into their current pedagogical framework. First, is discusses how evaluating online content is a research skill that is necessary for 21st century learners. Next it talks about how engaging online is now looked at as a modern communication skill. The article states, “Effectively engaging online requires a myriad of skills that we strive to foster in school – effective written communication, brevity and civility”. Lastly, the article describes ways that teachers can have their students create digital projects. Overall, the idea of digital literacy is essential. This article, as well as other articles and class discussions have proved to me that digital literacy should be an everyday dimension of learning, and that it is essential as educators that we foster and encourage digital literacy skills into curriculum.

Another tweet that I came across that stood out to me was one that discussed current issues that students are dealing with.

 

This tweet was important to me because I believe it is vital that teachers understand and can relate to what their students are going through. Since all students are so unique, it is hard for teachers to understand what every student is going through. Even though this is a challenge, it is important that teachers understand what students are going through and furthermore can show necessary compassion. The article in the tweet states that the main issues todays kids are facing are single parent households, living in poverty, parentification, violence, bullying/cyber bullying, obesity, education disparity, depression, and drug and alcohol abuse. As a teacher, I will do my best to consider these issues, as well as others, in order to make my students as successful as possible.

The last tweet that stood out to me was one that suggested apps that benefit the classroom.

 

Since I plan to incorporate technology into my classroom and curriculum, I am always looking for different apps and technologies that can benefit my future classroom and students. As this tweet shows, Twitter is a great resource to use for discovering new apps, especially apps for educational purposes. I can’t wait to further explore twitter and other sources to discover more apps and technologies that I can use in my classroom to benefit my students.

Is the Internet Changing Education?

If my blog hasn’t made it clear, technology drastically impacts and plays an important role in education. I have learned the importance of technology in the classroom and how it should be an important part of curriculum. One idea related to technology that I haven’t thought very much about is the Internet. It is obvious that most people take advantage of the Internet, and that it is used in schools, but one idea I never thought much about is how the Internet is changing education. When one uses the Internet, they are pretty much connecting to the rest of the world.

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This week well looking at my Feedly account, I found an interesting article that discussed how the Internet is changing education.

http://www.edudemic.com/internet-education/

Overall, the blog discusses how much education has changed because of the Internet. Not only is the Internet changing how teachers teach in the classroom, but now, because of the Internet, students have the opportunity to receive their education from home. The article gives a statistic, that; “There are currently 3 million online-only students in the US”. This is more than the totally number of college students in France! Thinking this fact over is truly mind-blowing. Personally, I have always thought about how the Internet has changed class assignments or project, not how the Internet has changed education as a whole.

Although most students who go to school through the Internet seem to be older students, such as college-aged students, the Internet has still changed education. The old/typical model of education forces students through the same school model, when now, the Internet has made education more custom-designed and individualized. Furthermore, for older students, it makes higher education available to anyone who has an Internet connect, not just the elite.

The following video further discusses how the Internet is changing education. This video is targets online education for higher education, but it’s ideas can be applied to all aged students.

 

http://www.discovery.com/tv-shows/curiosity/topics/r-wrubel-how-has-the-internet-changed-education.htm

 

Altogether, the Internet can be a great resource for teachers to utilize. It allows education to be more individualized and personable, which is extremely important. The Internet also gives access to education for people who may not be able to attend an actual school and is very convenient. I can’t wait to further see how the Internet is used in education and see the connections it makes for people and educators around the world!

 

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Blogging About Blogs: Video in the Classroom

The Internet has an abundant amount of resources available for teachers. This week I was able to try a new technology that will be an excellent resource for me to utilize as I continue my journey to become a teacher. Feedly, is a news aggregator application that complies news feeds from a variety of online sources for the user to customize and share with others. This week I created my own Feedly account, and started following different blogs and other sources that I believe with further my education. I found numerous articles that I found very interesting and useful, but one that stood out to me was from edudemic.com.

 

http://www.edudemic.com/use-video-education/

 

This post discussed the importance of incorporating video into education.

 

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It provided different statics, facts, and other information that states the impact video has on education. For example, it says that “video helps students become actively engaged in their learning”, and that “video helps maximize school resources and can help facilitate collaboration”.  These statements, as well as others, do a great job convincing teachers why they should include videos into their curriculum. One main idea that really stuck out to me from the article is that idea that because video combines a variety of media, it allows instruction to be flexible and adjustable, to fit diverse learning needs and styles.

 

After reading this article, I was pretty convinced on the positive effects video has in education. I decided to do a little more research on the idea, and stumbled upon a Ted talk by a man named Salman Khan.

 

 

Salman Khan is the founder of Khan Academy, which is a free online education platform and nonprofit organization. In this Ted talk, Khan discuses how and why he created this academy, which is filled with a series of educational videos that offer complete curricula for many subjects. He also displays the power that interactive exercises have, and explains why he believes teachers should consider making their classrooms different from the traditional classroom. He believes students will benefit if they are given video lectures to watch at home and do “homework” in class, so teachers are available to help. Although I believe this idea is a little extreme, it is defiantly something to consider.

 

Overall, there is a lot of evidence as to why teachers should use videos in education.

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Although there are different approaches to incorporating videos into curriculum, I do believe it is important to do, especially for learners who are part of the digital world. As the blog post states, “It is now up to us to strategically adopt video technologies into the classroom, and guide our students in developing the skill sets necessary to fulfill their role as global citizens of the 21st century”.

 

 

 

 

More Tweeting For Technology

 

This tweet describes the main propose of my education technology class. Society is constantly changing, and it is essential that children are taught ideas and concepts that prepare them for their future. This is easier said then done. Forbes posted an article in 2006 that describes how jobs in the future will be drastically different then jobs today. In this article, futurist Alvin Toffler states, “ In two decades, your job probably won’t exist, at least not in the same form”. This idea is scary, especially as a future educator. It’s hard enough to teach students to be prepared for today’s world, but having to teach them for the future seems impossible. It is hard to fathom the idea that teachers need to teach students to be prepared for jobs that currently don’t even exist. Although it is a difficult task, teachers truly do need to “teach in a way that prepares kids for the future 15 years from now”. That is one reason why it is essential to utilize technology in the classroom. Since technology is one of the driving factors in our rapidly changing world, it is a guarantee that it will play a significant role in the future. Students need to be able to use technology appropriately and efficiently, so that by the time they enter the real world, they will be able to adapt what they know and adjust it to what’s going on around them.

Another reason technology should be used in the classroom is proven in this tweet.

 

 

This tweet shares an article that discusses that technology in the classroom is directly correlated to an increase in graduation rates. The article states, “Educational technology is needed for a variety of reasons. It provides an alternative method of learning for those who struggle to learn using traditional methods. Technology can be used to address multiple intelligences and also to provide authentic learning experiences for students”. This quote displays how technology benefits all students and makes graduation possible for students who may have otherwise thought it was out of their reach. Furthermore, the article discusses how technology acts as an equalizer. In a classroom setting, all students have the same access to whatever technologies are available in their district or specific classroom. So, if a student does not have access to technologies at home, if technology is used in schools, it gives all students the opportunity to work with technology that they do not get to experience outside of the classroom. For example, when computers and other devices are used in the classroom, it gives students who may otherwise not have access a chance to use these tools for learning purposes. Technology also allows for more flexibility throughout the learning process, and makes differentiated instruction easier to accomplish. By using technology in the classroom, teachers can provide students with a more customized learning experience. Plus, utilizing technology in the classroom helps students prepare for life post high school graduation. The article also states, High school students who become acquainted with technology for things like course selection, class management and actual learning modules are better prepared when they arrive on college campuses”. Clearly, technology has many advantages for students when it is properly utilized in school.

Overall, technology plays a huge role in school success. Throughout my education technology class we have learned the importance of incorporating technology into the classroom, and after further exploring twitter, it is clear that it is essential. This last tweet that I chose to share displays a blog post that discusses 3 reasons to have a digital classroom.

 

 

As the article describes, today’s students were “born into a world in which rapid technology, the Internet, even online profiles would play a de factor role in their live”. Because of this, as well as other reasons, there are numerous reasons why teachers should have a digital classroom. The article describes 3 main reasons, which they believe are: easier access, better information, and evolving solutions. These reasons along with others really push me to further my tech education, so when I am a teacher, I can successfully include technology into my classroom and curriculum.

Challenge #1: scenario 3

 

We believe that technology is important to implement in the classrooms for various reasons. In todays world, we use technology in all aspects of our lives. It would be hurting our students to not expose and teach them all the technology has to offer.