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Blog Post #4 April 14, 2011

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In Dean Groom’s post “The Downtime Learner Theory”, he discusses his theory that we learn best on our own downtime in quick bursts of searches.  He contrasts this to when often times in professional development we are told to do something on “our own time”.  This rarely works, because during our own downtime is when we are looking through our emails, tweets, newsfeeds, etc…yet through this process is truly where we learn, grow, and seek new information.

Really interesting post!

Recently, at a SMART conference I was bombarded with information and tools for the SMART board.  We were given USB drives with all of the presenter’s information, notebook files, etc.  They basically worked off the philosophy—lets show you the cool things you can do, breeze through the instructions, then on your own time use the USB files to figure out how to create it on your own.  Only one session I went to did the instructor guide us through step by step.  The instructors worked off the assumption that on our own time, we could figure it out.  Which,  as you mention, contrasts in some way to the downtimer theory.  On our own downtime, we are going to search through our PLNs for what interests us, our subjects, and our students.  I learn so much more this way, rather than trying to figure search my way through a USB.  So, if this is how we find that we learn best… what does that mean for our students and how they learn?  How do we embrace this downtimer theory in the classroom for our students?


Blog Post #3 March 24, 2011

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Who do you believe?

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!


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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.



Blog Response #1 February 2, 2011

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I was truly moved by Angela Maiers post “Nurturing Genius” .


She began with a quote “You are a genius and the world needs your contribution” .  She reflected over this quote and actually showed it in action as she clearly “labeled” students as geniuses—a very beautiful lesson in what our words and actions really show and mean.

Here is my posted reflection:


This just shows how truly powerful our words actually are! Especially the words of a teacher. Often times, I find myself frustrated with my students and say not very kind words to them. Every teacher (I hope!), gets to that moment where their frustration boils over and they reprimand their students…loudly. I usually tell myself that my students are high schoolers, thus they can handle anything I can dish out. But, then thinking about myself, I know I feel just as chastised and made little at faculty meetings. Everyone—students, teachers, administration, and staff—needs to be reminded as you’ve stated…that we are GENIUSES. Even more particularly, that the world needs us!

One of my favorite poems has a line “daughter of a thousand generations, this tired world needs you…”. This post really reminded me of that and humbled me! This post was a great reminder of the young minds we mold, speak to, and effect on a daily basis. I want to and I strive to speak/teach each of my students as genius that the world needs.

Thanks again!