Super Digital Citizen

In my past blog posts I have written a lot about incorporating technology into the classroom. Not only is technology in students lives in the classroom but outside the classroom as well. Students are surrounded by technology and it is important for them to learn what it means to be good digital citizens. In a short video from the teaching channel, Mr. Pane, who is an elementary teacher, teaches a lesson on digital citizenship to his students. Mr. Pane begins by saying a quote from spider man “With great power, comes great responsibility,” in order to draw the attention of his students. This quote leads into the lesson plan about having the power to use the internet but to use it wisely. Mr. Pane uses a program that allows students to create superheroes. The students were then tasked with the activity to create their own superheroes and a comic demonstrating good digital citizenship.This lesson was very successful and I think it is a great way to incorporate fun into a serious matter. In this day in age, it is extremely important for students to learn how to be a good digital citizenship early on in their lives. Mr. Pane’s lesson was a great way to explain the topic in a way that the students will truly comprehend.

 

The Effective Presentation

In recent discussions of maximizing technology in the classroom, a controversial issue has been on what is the better method of giving a presentation, slides full of text, or slides with only one key idea. On the one hand some argue that it is important for students to get the most information they can from a presentation in order to take detailed notes. From this perspective, teachers strongly defend the traditional way of giving a presentation by using powerpoint and designing the slides to have as much information as possible. By using this method, teachers believe the students will be able to take detailed notes to study. On the other hand, however, others argue that it is more important for the student to retain the information from the teacher and not the slides. According to this view, students are not able to fully understand the topic if they are strictly copying the information word for word. Thus, this view believes that the best way to give a presentation is to create simple slides with one topic and less text. This allows the students to concentrate on the teacher in stead. In sum then, the issue at hand is whether the best way to give a presentation, in order for the student to fully comprehend the topic, is to create slides with bulleted text or with pictures and less text.

My own view is that it is better to give a presentation with less words and more pictures so that the student is able to hear and understand the full idea. Often when the student is copying the bulleted text, the student is to focused on the text to hear the teacher. Though I concede that the idea of text is important in order to take detailed notes to review, I still maintain that it is more productive for teachers to give simpler presentations. Some may argue that a simple presentation will not allow the student to remember the information, however, if the teacher were to give students sentences with missing words from the key ideas, then the student will need to attentively listen to the presentation in order to complete the activity. This issue is important because students are showing that they are bored from the traditional powerpoint presentation and are not able to retain the information. It is important for teachers to find a way to present information that the students will fully retain, and a simple powerpoint just maybe the answer.

 

Show n Tell; Teacher Tools

Headsprout 

K-5

Learning A-Z

Literacy and comprehension using Gamification.

Interactive games to help teach kids to read and spell, can be expensive if the district does not provide it. Suggest to use it in a teacher group to have more control and less self reign.

Practice Anatomy 3.0

Middle and high Biology and Anatomy classes

Lab study of human anatomy that allows students to interact using technology. Uses pictures of Cadavers to study the human anatomy. Provides quizzes and explorative pictures to explore different cadavers and fetal pigs and cat dissection.

Search Engines; how to get the full potential

http://www.hackcollege.com infographic get more out of google

3rd through 12th Grades

How to use google in order to get the best results and to search for specific topics.

Google apps and sites for education

Google Classroom similar to moodle

Create a class on google to give out assignments and announcements and different topics and questions. Add youtube, google drive documents. As a teacher, able to manage multiple classrooms. Virtual Grade book. Useful to create a digital classroom. students can use the online classroom to give homework and turn in assignments. Parents can also see what you are doing. For elementary target it towards parents to incorporate parents and promote learning at home. Able to get parents involved. Based on gmail.

Class Dojo

an app available on IOS or android

behavioral and class room management

Communication to parents and is free. able to add feedback, similar to badges. For example, Kind Words or good team work. Able to give each badge a point value. In addition, badges to give for needs work. Parents are able to see how students are doing, and an easy way to manage classroom behavior. Able to see reports on each student and add notes.

Class story is similar to an instagram feed and only people who have access can view the class story.

Dojo allows teachers, and parents to track their students behavior and promote good behavior. Also dojo allows you to track attendance.

 Kahoot

Free for any grade

Able to create quizzes or discussion, or survey. Game quizzes are set up to be fun and interactive.

BigBrainz

Game to help learn math. It is adventure base game that works on speed and knowledge of math.

Free version or schools can buy it.

Designed for iPads, and teachers can look at the progress of each student.

Ed Tech Teacher

For newer teachers to help learn how to incorporate technology into the classroom. They give recommendations for apps you can use in your classroom. Ed Tech was designed by former teachers and created by them. They provide a newsletter and summer workshops to help teachers learn new ideas.

Schoology

Connects apps and programs together to get all of the notifications in one places. Students and teachers have access, but parents get a spectator view. It provides a calendar that shows all your assignments for all your class. Also has a gradebook.

Geography App Brainscape

Glorified flashcards. Iphones and ipads

Teachers are able to buy different levels, and add students to it.

Navigating The Digital World

In recent discussions of technology in the classroom, a controversial issue of “information literacy” has arisen. The concept of information literacy is the idea that people can read information and determine if it is accurate or false. The saying “don’t believe everything you see on the internet” is referring to being literate when using technologies, such as the internet. It is important as teachers and parents to teach students the skills necessary in order to become information literate. In most classrooms, technology is abundant and often the internet is a go to technological tool. Even at home, many students have access to the internet at all times. We have already established that students will be in contact with the internet; the issue is how do we teach students to be information literate? A website called Common Sense Education, provides lesson plans to teachers in order to promote healthy use of the internet. This website give lesson plans for all grade levels and it stresses the importance of information literacy. 

My view is that teachers and parents are able to teach students to be information literate by teaching them to be more critical thinkers. We can promote critical thinking by conducting activities to help students think about the information presented to them. The internet can be a dangerous technology and we can be fooled at times. Teaching children, who are constantly around the internet, to be literate and critical thinkers of the information or the things they see on the internet is important in order to receive accurate information. Another issue that arises with this topic is whether or not we as teachers can really prepare students to be effective users of the internet. In my opinion, I do not think we can teach students to be fully capable of digital and information literacy. We can prepare them the best we can, and with the help of parents we can be even more effective in teaching them to be critical thinkers.

Digital Natives; do they exist?

In recent discussions of technology in the classroom, a controversial issue has been whether students born in the 21st century are digital natives compared to people born outside the 21st century. On the one hand, some argue that students who were born in the 21st century are naturally capable of understanding technology compared to the previous generation. From this perspective, it is seen that children of the most recent generation are able to use technology and incorporate technology throughout their day to day life with ease. Whereas the older generations struggle to comprehend and use technology are known as digital immigrants. People who support this idea, argue that the reason why this generation is capable of using technology so effectively is because they are digital natives, meaning that it is encoded in their brain as if they were natural instincts. On the other hand, some argue that the reason people of this newest generation are capable of understanding and using technology is because they were raised along side it. According to this view, children are introduced to technology from the very beginning of their lives and this explains their extensive knowledge of technology. In the end, the issue at hand is how we explain the fact that students from the latest generation are able to understand technology to an extent that other past generations haven’t been able to.

My own view is that students of this current generation are not digital natives, but instead just grew up surrounded by technology. For example, most children have technology at home such as iPads, cellphones, and tvs. Even in the class room technology has been incorporated in multiple ways to use as tools. Children of this generation are in contact with technology sooner in their lives and have learned how to use them as if it were second nature.

Introductory Concepts

In recent discussions of teachers and schools using technology in the classrooms, a controversial issue of whether or not it is more beneficial or more harmful to the students and their educational development. On the one hand, some argue that it is beneficial to incorporate technology within the educational system, but in moderation. From this perspective, people, such as blogger Kathy Cassidy, urges fellow teachers to utilize all the tools and technologies out there in order to grow their student’s minds. Cassidy supported that idea by stating that “technology should be for accessing what was inaccessible.” Teachers have had to rely on only what the schools have provided and the books in front of them in order to teach their students. With technology, it allows teachers to access new materials and tools to help make learning more fun, enjoyable, and effective. However, while technology is a great way to access so many materials, it is important to not solely rely on it. Pencils and books are just as important; when teachers are able to successfully incorporate both books and technology, it allows the students to grow in multiple ways. On the other hand, others argue that technology should not be in the classroom at all. According to this view, technology in classrooms have more negative effects than positive. An article I came across, “Technology in the classroom, don’t believe the hype” written by Tim Walker, goes into detail about how policymakers and tech gurus are wrong about technology being “the golden key to unlocking students motivation and engagement.” While technology can be beneficial it can also be limiting. Technology limits the students brain to imagine and explore ideas. Playing outside and doing science experiments by the creek behind the school, has been known to be a better way to engage students than a computer that tells you about that experience. In sum, the issue is whether to integrate technology more into the educational system or to put limits on it.

My own view is that teachers should utilize technology into the classroom without forgetting about traditional methods, such as books and hands on learning. From what I have learned and gathered from these two sources, is that technology is very important and it allows the students and teachers to access more opportunities. Although, I concede that technology can be damaging at some points, I still maintain that technology should be used in the classroom as another tool to teach and learn but not to be the only one available. For example, doing math on a computer program is valuable when paired with other tools such as counting chips and math problems on white boards. This allows the student to think using different parts of their brain to really understand the concept. Although some may object that teachers need to stick with traditional teaching methods to in sure that students don’t lower their proficiency in literacy and arithmetics, I would reply that technology provides more opportunities to learn. The issue is important because technology is already on a fast track to being a dominate tool in the classroom. While technology can be very beneficial it also can be very over powering. Our students need the best education they can get an technology is a great tool to reach new ideas and opportunities.

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