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Personal Reflection #2 March 31, 2011

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Well, since personal reflection #1…to be honest, I have gotten out of the “honeymoon” stage of excitement over new technologies.  Sorry! I am feeling overwhelmed by the different tweets & blogs I follow.  Part of this I think had to do with being away from it for a week, only to find myself with over 400 blog posts to weed through! I need to start trimming down, but I feel bad “unfollowing” someone.

Also, I am starting to feel the backlash from school & students.  For my Ed Tech project reworking a unit, I have found many of my students don’t want to try new technologies.  They are just apathetic towards it.  They don’t want to learn something new that they feel will just change again in a new months.  I told them instead of writing a paper we were going to create a voicethread–most were excited, but others groaned. Next, I dealt with certain website restrictions and lack of microphones….I am powering through though! I do appreciate this project though, because I feel that in the past I have projects for grad school that I can never practically work out in the classroom.  This one I am forcing myself to!

Our Group Project 1 is something that I will not forget tomorrow.  By creating this wiki of our “Ed Tech High School” and discussion 3 on Tech high schools; I felt real hope for the future of Ed Tech.  A lot of times I just feel like we are sitting around in class talking about technology, but it is really great to see it actually happening! By creating our “Ed Tech HS”, I felt that these programs and possibilities exist….just baby steps!

Well, just as I said….baby steps! All of the great things we included in our faux HS, many of them were free and can be actually incorporated into the classroom…tomorrow.  Outside of teaching, I love listening to TED talks and I immediately incorporated it into my Ed Tech HS course…why don’t I do that more often in my actual classes! I hope to in general get out of this rut and actually implement all that I read about!

 

 

 

Blog Post #3 March 24, 2011

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Who do you believe?

http://www.thethinkingstick.com/who-do-you-believe/comment-page-1#comment-41888

My response:

In my World Studies class, we usually spent about 10-15 minutes a day covering current events. We usually use CNN Student News or our local newspaper as our resource. Often times, I spend part of this class time dispelling some misinformation my students have picked up via various forms of media, friends, parents, etc. Thanks for providing that slideshare on evaluating websites–I think I will show and discuss that further with my students.

I want to teach my students to become more self sufficient in deciphering through these various forms of media. I know my students default action would be to google a topic and take the top result as fact–no matter what. I almost feel that the students need to make the mistakes in google searching, etc and see in reality just how wrong/skewed/etc the information is before they can make a generalization.

Thanks again for posting!

-ll

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Mobile Learning & 1:1 Laptop Learning

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I will be unable to make it to class tonight– here is my info on mobile learning & 1:1 laptop learning!

 

Mobile Learning

http://www.upsidelearning.com/blog/index.php/2010/01/19/mobile-learning-mlearning-applications-an-example/

 

In all of my research thusfar for ed tech, my thought process usually follows a process of “wow that is really cool, I wish I could do that in my classroom, hmm, this is going to take awhile to learn, eesh, how would I ACTUALLY implement this into my classroom, this is too hard…”.  So when I began my research I decided as I googled to include “practical uses” in my search terms.

 

I found two helpful posts from upsidelearning.com: http://www.upsidelearning.com/mobile-learning-solutions.asp & http://www.upsidelearning.com/why-mobile-learning.asp. The first post went through basics of mobile learning through the use any Smartphone.  Through the Smartphone suggested uses were: micro courses, video lessons, quiz games, books, and augmented reality.  One of the best uses for mobile learning as a whole is that it provides access to learning anywhere for students.

 

Blending mobile learning is suggested as the best option of how to incorporate into the classroom.  Practically, incorporating mobile learning sounds excellent—students having access to information right at their fingertips…all the time! Yet, of course, affordability is an issue.  But imaging as if students had access all the time, I would of course love to make use of this!  Review quiz games and access to books would be two things I would like to implement through mobile learning if all the sources were available to my classroom.

 

Finally, another practical use I found interesting and perhaps more simple was to record a podcast to review lessons.  Then this lesson could be used to absent students, struggling students, and used for future teacher prep (http://www.k12mobilelearning.com/?p=1441)

 

 
1:1 Learning

Techlearning.com discusses the practical uses of 1:1 learning & tips for managing these classrooms (http://www.techlearning.com/article/5844).  The article suggests that for a successful 1:1 laptop learning initiative would be to have a solid network infrastructure, properly configuring and managing the laptops, track laptop inventory, and having a laptop Help Desk.

As we have continued to discuss in class, there is a debate over how much access to give to our students—enough to allow them to search and still restricted so they can be monitored and managed.  We discussed this same topic recently in class and I believe the solution is to actively use these laptops in the classroom—thus discouraging inappropriate use of the laptops.  Again, this would require teachers to change and adapt lessons to include laptop usage.  Also, it is important to consider that the laptops do not always need to be in use. There can and should be “screen down” time, focus should be on the lesson, instruction, etc.   Actively engaging and implementing laptops into lessons would be the most difficult aspect of 1:1 learning in my opinion.

 

 

Blog Post #2: Technology & the Whole Child March 2, 2011

For my second blog post, I responded to Chris Lehmann’s blog post “Technology and the Whole Child” which was on his blog “Practical Theory”.  I have been following his blog and twitter since he stopped into our elluminate session!

His blog post was concerning how we must use technology appropriately in the classroom, use the right tools of technology, and that to teach the whole child–we must know the child.  To know the child, that means to use the means of social media—a great debate in education, to friend/follow our students!

My comment is as follows:

Hi Chris!

Thank you for this really enlightened post! I continue to struggle in my classroom to integrate meaningful technology, not just to integrate technology for the sake of doing it! Yet, I don’t want this to be my excuse to not use technology at all; finding a medium is key.

As a high school teacher, I really do love learning about my student’s lives outside of the classroom, going to their athletic events, coaching, etc. I have seen how this helps me as a teacher connect more directly with my students. Yet, if I have a student who doesn’t go to the games or participates in school events it can be troublesome to make connections with that student. This is where I feel like social media like facebook and twitter can help me connect with that lonesome student in my classroom, who perhaps finds more enjoyment in technology than some of my other students.

I found it very powerful what you wrote about schools preparing our students for real life—thus we need to/have the moral obligation to educate our students through these various new medias.

THANKS!
ll