Sunday, May 5, 2013

Blog Post 15- Final Reflection

Looking back at my first blog post there is something that jumps out of me. I said that my students will learn by memorization. Dr. Strange taught us that the "burpback method" is no longer acceptable nor useful. True the subjects I will teach, Social Science, is a lot of memorizing facts but I want my students to enjoy learning and retain it. I plan to teach Secondary education and if my students were anything like me, they will be bored of the same boring lectures. I want to find new and creative ways to teach my students!

I am still a neat and organized person, so using a blog will be perfect for me. I can post syllabus, notes, etc., for my students and use less paper. I will like to use a SmartBoard for my lectures in class, my students would not be able to read my hand writing! I loved using the green screen and would like to use it in a big "end of the year" project. In reality all the tools and technology we used this semester can all be used in a classroom. The job as a teacher is the find which one is best suitable for the students.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Final PLN Report

During the semester I have enjoyed making and using my PLN. I went the Symbaloo route. As a educator in a ever evolving Internet world, I need to be organized with my websites. Symbaloo, too me, is the best choice because it is organized in a grid form and allows you to color code your item. There is also an app for you iPhone, so you can use it on the go. I've added several sites to my page like the History Channel, CNN, iTunes, ESPN and other sites that I might use.

Blog Post 14

2.)The article talks about how the program works and it gives the details of how it's used in a classroom with Mr. Guardia. It's being implemented by schools like Texas A&M. It is said that it is Big Brother watching you all over again, but with good intentions. They idea is that professors are able to look at their student's effort. They are given an digital textbook that has software to allow the teacher to see if the student has read it or not.

3.)As a teacher I love the idea. I would be able to track my student's effort on their work. If a student came to me saying they did not understand the material, I could just check to see if he or she had read it. I would probably less lenient on a student if I know they are reading the material and are trying.

4.)But as a student I probably wouldn't like it as much. I wouldn't have much wiggle room if I was to ask my teacher for extra credit when I he or she knows I haven't read all semester. I would definitely try and read a lot more if I knew the teacher could track my efforts.

5.)Questions for the teacher:
Do you like this technology?
Is more beneficial in a small or larger classroom?
Do you think this will help students?
Will you use this in the future?

6.)Questions for a student:
Do you like this technology?
Does it bother you knowing that your teacher is paying a close eye on you?
Does it make you nervous?
Will you try and read more?
Do you even benefit from reading a text book?

7.) I think there are both pros and cons to this technology. First I think it can be positive in changing some students study behavior. Knowing that the teacher can see if he or she read can have a effect. But I think it will have students nervous and always "looking behind them" and afraid of what the teacher might think of them not reading. Some students do better from not reading a text book.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Blog Post 13

Paul Anderson started the Blended Learning Cycle video by introducing the strategy and breaking the words in blended learning and learning cycle. Blended learning is a form of education that combines face-to-face classroom methods with computer-mediated activities. The learning cycle consist of exploring, expanding, engaging, explaining, and then evaluating. When the two are combine students answer questions, elaborate, review and take summary quizzes. I think blended learning cycle can help teachers improve how they present a subject, involve the students and evaluate them. When I become a teacher I will think of using this strategy in my classroom because it will be very beneficial to the students.