With this ed tech guide, teachers will find easy ways to use technology in the classroom.
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This article is great in showing ‘technophobic’ teachers how to use new technologies in a simple and easy way. Teachers today are so busy with a number of different deds the school boards puts on them and trying to incorporate technology in that mix might feel like too much. This article gives 12 ways a teacher can easily use technology in their class as a stepping stone for a more flipped classroom. It provides ideas such as showing powerpoints to a younger age group, make a class website, create a class blog, and have your students give multimedia presentations. One tip that really stuck out for me was to do an email exchange between student and teachers. Of course when I was growing up this was unheard of, however my nephew just entered the fourth grade and he has made an email address. He can email his teachers for questions on assignments and even email his peers. It might just be an email address but I believe it has taught him independence and is a great example of how technology can help students grow. There are so many tools today to increase a child’s learning and I think teachers have the responsibility to provide them with it. This article gives simple tips to integrating technology in the classroom andoffer the chance to increase student interest and teach valuable professional skills.
Technology has failed to transform our schools because the education governance system insulates them from the disruptions that technology creates in other organizations.
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This article by Darrell West of the Huffington post talks about how education has changed very little over the past 100 years despite the rapidly changing world around us. The article argued that teachers need to start using technology to their advantage in the classroom because no matter what anyone says technology is advancing and at a rapid rate. It goes on to mention how we are used to putting of these technologies as distractions and banning them in schools. West points out that we as a society need to persuade teachers that technology is useful for our education and will empower them and help their students grow. The article highlights five ways that teachers can use technologies to help students. These five strategies are schools must use technologies that empower teachers, teachers should treat the adoption of technology as part of lesson planning, teachers should not fear open-source technologies, teachers should use online education portfolios to evaluate students and teachers should embrace the Common Core State Standards. I believe this article is correct and going in the right direction for the future of education. While I think this article is correct, I think it should focus more on the school boards changing the rules and not so much the teachers. Technology is advancing at such a fast rate and if we don’t move with it, education will slowly start to fall behind. In my past experience with technology in the classroom, twitter is a great source to use and I believe that schools should try and start using ipads and tablets more as it provides them with so much information.
A tiny Main Line school that prides itself on its peaceful environment is waging a small private war against what experts view as a national epidemic - bullying. Starting with kindergarten, along...
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This article by staff writer Ashley Kuhn for philly.com looks into a school in Philadelphia that has added anti-bullying as part of their curriculum. They are hoping that if they teach social lessons as well as academics, it will lead to less bullying, which is a major problem in the area. If a student has a problem, he or she will go to the teacher where they will do the “Ice cream cone method”. This method is:
Step 1: The cone, calls for feelings
Step 2: The first scoop, involves listening
Step 3: The next scoop, sharing feelings
Step 4: Next scoop, discussing solutions
Step 5: The cherry on top, putting the agreement into practice.
The Principal of the school told the site that the most important step is to focus on sharing feelings and talking things through. I think this is a great way to work because I know from experience once you understand what you are feeling, finding a solution is much simpler. I think that it is very admirable for this school to try and create new ways to deal with bullying. I do think however, they can keep experimenting with new ways for middle schoolers and high school kids who might not want to have their very real issues be associated with an ice cream cone.
Some young boys from Bridgewater show they are truly wise beyond their years when they rally around a boy who was being teased.
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In Bridgewater Massachusetts, a young first grader named Danny Keith was being bullied for his speech impediment and for always wearing a suit to school. WCVB % ABC news channel report what happened next when a number of kids in the school stood up for danny by coming to school dressed in suits and ties. The reported called these ‘band of brothers’ wise beyond their years and I couldn’t agree more. These boys saw that Danny was upset from the constant bullying and took a stand to stop this problem. I believe that this is the change we need to see in schools today a bullying is a greater issue now than ever before. A fifth grader Tommy even choked up talking about the subject which shows he really cares for his classmate. When I was a child in elementary school I was bullied by a group of girls who would steal my glasses and while no one ever did anything like dress up, my guidance counselor helped show me that I was loved and even helped us become friends. I believe this video can be very influential to kids because it shows that the right thing to do is the cool thing to do and that people do care. In my opinion, schools should be a safe place for learning and growth and I think these boys did a great job in promoting that. Danny’s mother stated in the video that danny was “very emotional and even started crying” when she asked what was wrong, he said “I feel very loved”. I think it’s great that this story made the news and I would like to know about more schools that have had issues like this and how they were resolved.
7 Habits Of Highly-Effective Teachers Who Effectively Use Technology
Hayley Groff's insight:
This chart provides 7 habits of highly effective teachers who use technology. These habits include, 1) always start with the why. This means that effective teachers has a purpose for using these tools and does not just use them for show. I believe this is extremely important because there are so many useless technologies today that can just take up space or distract the students. 2) They are malleable and can easily adapt, meaning that they can keep up with the fast paced environment that technology brings to the classroom. I think this is a good habit because things are changing so rapidly now a days and we need to not fall behind. 3) The embrace change and aren’t afraid of it. 4) They share, share, and share some more. In todays world, teachers in the UK can now communicate with educators from Russia, there are so many possibilities and ways to obtain knowledge. Before viewing this chart I never really thought about that before, and I believe sharing what you know and putting yourself out there is a great tool in becoming a better teacher. 5) Think win-win-win-win. To do this a teacher must fully believe in the addition of technology in the classroom and be able to convince parents and the school board to embrace it. 6) They are extremely tough and think two steps ahead meaning that highly effective teachers will have concrete evidence to show any opposition. Lastly 7) They actively care. These teachers want to inspire their students and want to embrace technology not because it makes their job easier, but because it allows them to make a greater impact. Whether or not technology in the classroom is in full go when I am a teacher, reading this list has made me realize the kind of teacher I want to be especially by actively caring. While it’s true that not every teacher has these 7 qualities, I believe it is a good outline for an effective teacher to follow.
A flipped classroom is a more collaborative, student-centered learning environment unlike the traditional classroom. A flipped classroom focuses primarily on technology and how to use it outside of class so class can be focused on discussions rather than lecture. This article outline some of the advantages of having a flipped teaching style for example, in a flipped class, class time is being used to master skills through collaborative projects and discussions which allows the student to own the knowledge the achieved. Other positive notes are it’s easy for parents to see what their child is learning and it can be efficient, so kids have more time to be kids.
The article also discusses the cons to a flipped classroom such as a financial divide in the classroom between low income family who might not be able to afford a computer and the upper class. A flipped classroom also puts a lot of trust in the students to actually watch the lectures and do the work at home. This point is my main concern with having a flipped classroom because I know from experience, once you get on a computer, you will probably become distracted, especially for children with attention disorders.
A flipped model class has a lot of appeal and makes sense in a digital world. However, we do need to address the areas that need our attention before we fully commit to having technology be a number one role in our education.
See how an Advanced Literature class utilizes social media to enhance learning.
Hayley Groff's insight:
This video by Waterloo schools demonstrates how new technologies such as social media and cell phones can be used in the classroom in an effective way. It takes a look into Mr. Cassidy’s high school class and how instead of telling the students to put away their cell phones, they are encouraged to use them in class discussions. This is done by the social media website twitter. I believe twitter is a great tool for higher education because it promotes class discussion and can give someone who might not like to speak up a voice. In the video, they are using twitter to post questions about their assignment during study time so they don’t disturb other students reading. The class even uses a unique hashtag to group them together and provide an easy access to discussions. Twitter is a great way to enhance learning and i believe more teachers should use this tool and embrace it for more than just tweeting about your day. While it is useful, I do think that it should only be used for upper classmen or high schoolers because some of the content on twitter may not be appropriate for elementary students. Also I would be careful in using twitter for the kids in middle school because they could get off track and lose focus. In my EDCI 280 class, we use twitter all the time and it provides as a great tool. Overall I think Mr. Cassidys class has the right idea for the future of education and we should work to implement twitter even further.
Diffusion le mardi 29 octobre à 20h40 sur France 5 Production : Les Télécréateurs Conception & Réalisation : Vincent Lobelle Chef opérateur : Nicolas Loir Mu...
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This video by french director Vincent Lobelle of Les Télécréateurs, shows a middle aged businessman getting heckled, taunted, and physically abused by his co-workers all to the haunting song “Mad World” by Gary Jules. At the end, a message flashes across the screen “A day at work does not look like this. And a day at school?” This video is aiming to promote awareness to adults on the bullying that is happening in schools by placing them in the shoes of the victims. In France, where the video is made, school bullying is a widespread problem where more than 1 in ten students is harassed. While this video is just a promo for a documentary on school bullying, I believe it conveys a powerful message and will really succeed in getting adults to understand the issues. For some parents its been awhile since school and they can easily forget the troubles their child could be going through. I think that by putting it in their perspective, the ad will really get the message across that what is happening in schools is not okay. The video was published on October 17 of this year and the description is in french. I hope that it will circulate to the United States so that our adults can to see its powerful message.
Chloe Grace Moretz is an actress and model. She is the star of the movie Carrie where her character has been badly bullied. Bullying has also touched her family. Hear Chloe’s anti-bullying message.
Hayley Groff's insight:
This video is of actress Chloe Grace Moretz and begins by talking about how bullying is a subject that is close to her heart. She mentions that she has four brothers, two straight and two gay and how she grew up watching her homosexual brothers struggle with bullying. She didn’t understand why they were being singled out and treated badly just because they were different and told the viewer that when it comes to bullies, she always stands up to them. This is why she is now involved with the new organization, Stomp Out Bullying and organization with the goal to end bullying in schools and out. One way that Stomp Out Bullying is helping the cause is by making the first Monday of every October a day that bullying prevention is heard by everyone wearing a blue shirt. The website has many other ideas to stop bullying and even videos of other celebrities talking about their experiences. While i’ve never heard of this organization. I think it’s a great idea show support and promote the issue. It’s a great marketing tool to use celebrities to try and get the point across and I believe it will be very helpful in attracting supporters. One question I have though is why only focus on October. I think the organization should work to make the cause know throughout the year so it is not forgotten.
This article posted by the Michigan Association of School Administrators really stood out to me in that it not only looked at the relationship between the bully and the victim, but took a step back and analyzed everyones impact on the situation. In my past experience in looking into bullying, I usually focus on the victim and how the harassment affects him or her, but this article challenged my perspective by showing why the bully does what he does and how it will affect him later on. For example, The article stated that the one bullying will likely start frequent fights, get poor grades, and also commit greater crimes later in life. I think it was smart to show of the bully is affected because it shows that this issue affects everyone that encounters it and needs to be stopped. Every bully is a person and has a story. In order to make a change we need to find the root of the problem and understand why the bully does what he does. Along with other students, the climate of the school is also drastically changed by bullying because it makes school a place of fear for children and they lose interest in the things that once intrigued them. I believe this is a great point to bring up because in my opinion, school should be a haven to learn and grow, and not a hostile place that evokes fear. The article ended with examples of civil suits brought upon school systems over bullying and left me questioning what were the outcomes? And how will school find the right way to implement these non bullying policies on their kids?
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