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Blog Post #4 April 14, 2011

Filed under: 579 Blog posts,Professional Development,Twitter — LC @ 5:55 pm
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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 #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.



Twitter Success! February 1, 2011

Filed under: Lesson Ideas,Twitter — LC @ 9:40 pm
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I have been using twitter for over a year now.  I was convinced into using twitter by friends & by my last ed tech course with Cheri.  I mostly followed celebrities, comedians, news sources, Catholic stuff, and very few ed techies.  I would jump on and off reading it–sometimes it just was too overwhelming reading it.  I did really like the few ed tech people I followed, but I their blogs were in my google reader–so I felt like that was all I needed!

Well, now here I am again in an ed tech course with Cheri Toledo annnnnd jumping back on twitter! I was not all that excited about getting into it again, as I felt I really did not get too much out of it the first time.  Then we had our elluminate class session where we got to see the “magic” of twitter!  This really impressed me and got me excited to use twitter again to really develop my own PLN.  So, I started to lurk again and see what was out there.

I never really knew when I was going to put my own voice and question out there….just sorta waiting.  Well, when I got to school on Monday I knew I really wanted to teach my World Studies class about what was happening in Egypt, but I did not feel that I knew enough to do a sufficient job.  Normally, I would have scoured the internet for a while, printed out some pantagraph articles and called it day.  Instead, I went to twitter! I put a message out right away to some members of our class & other ed tech people.  I was not flooded with responses, but it did really help me and more importantly my students!  I ended up showing my students a video from CNN Student News that did a great job of laying the foundation (and even provided discussion questions!).

After this experience I feel WAY more comfortable using twitter—I even tweeted my sources I found!