Looking back on the semester what project benefited you the most and why?
One of the new applications out there for teachers is Google Classroom. With many public schools starting to use Google For Education for everything (I know there are people that hate this but I love it!!) this is one of the new tools they are offering, It could take the place of Blackboard or Angel in many ways. I am just starting to use this with two of my middle school classes. My classes, my media specialist, and my self are all learning together on this one, Below is a clip of what you can do with Google Classroom. Find an artical, blog post, or YouTube video about Google Classroom and share your link and your thoughts,
There are lots of things online that can be harmful to our students if they are not informed. There are many ways that people can get personal information from our students that can be used to harm them and the growing use of cyber bulling is something that we have to deal with. One question that gets asked a lot is who should teach our students about internet safety? Some people think it is the parents and others the teachers. Even teachers can't decided on what teacher should teach the kids about internet safety Some think just the computer teacher. In an ideal world how should we be teaching internet safety? If this is a topic that you do not have much back ground knowledge on I would suggest doing a bit of reading on the topic. If we are asking or students to use technology then we should make sure we know what then need to do to be safe. (I can tell you from personal experience many kids are TOTALLY clueless when it comes to their safety on the web).
I know that several of you teach at the post secondary level but one of the big changes is taking place in MO is the introduction of the Common Core standards. With the change to Common Core we also get to move away from the MAP test. There are several tests out there for the Common Core. Listen to the story from NPR and then take one of the sample tests. I looked at the 3-5 English test and I know that when I think of my 9 year old sitting down to take this test I am not sure how well it would go.
Some things to think about:
What do schools do that don't have the technology to test the kids?
How do we teach students to take a test on a computer?
Links to PARCC Field Tests
Right now many buildings are in a BYOD situation. I am one of those this year. Next year I will be 1:1 iPads in 6th grade and might be 1:1 in all grades. Many teachers are facing these same situations. What are some of the pros and cons to both? Is one better than the other? How does is change classroom management? Who is responsible for teaching digital citizenship and internet safety? What responsibility fall on the teachers and what falls on the media specialist? These are just a few of the questions we face as we integrate more technology into our classrooms. Find an artical about BYOD or 1:1 and share your findings. Share your feed back and the link to your artical.
When I got my undergrad I did not even have to take a computer class to get my BME. We did use computer for papers and music notation. There was a SMART Board in T.Berry 209 but we never got to touch it (and my Professors used it as a projector screen for notes on Power Point) . We were not prepared for the world of Technology that was out there then and there is no way we could be ready for what we have today. This brings me to this weeks question....Are teacher education programs preparing teachers for the 21st centenary classroom?
More and more schools are requiring their teachers to use Google products. Find an article about Google in Education and share your reflections and the link with the class.
We have now talked about what kids think they should know. Now we need to cover what the state and the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE) say/mandate students should know. These standards are meant to be integrated in to all classes and NOT just taught in the computer classroom. These standards will be used in projects that you will be making in this class so please look them over. I know that these standards are meant for k-12 education and most of you work with higher ed. You should look at these as what you students should be able to do when you get them in college. Read all the stands below. Do they cover what they need to? Are they missing anything? Can schools really do this? Will these skills have them ready for the workforce or college? With the move to Common Core some of the state standards may change but are still aligned to the standards below.
ISTE NETS-S Standards
Information and Communications Technology Literacy Grade-Level Expectations (MO grades K-8)
Information and Communications Technology Literacy Course Expectations (MO grades 9-12)
At some point I found this post byCindy Danner-Kuhn. She had posted about the Educational Technology Bill of Rights for Students. The Educational Technology Bill of Rights for Students post was first made by School Technology Solutions. I read it and it was just one of those WOW moments. After trying to figure out my own feelings about some of the points on the list I thought about this class and want to know what YOU think about the post. I come from a time where we did not have computers in classrooms, only in the lab, and an overhead and VCR were fancy. I did not even have an email address until my senior year of high school. Read the link below and tell me what you think. This post is now a few years old is there anything missing?
Educational Technology Bill of Rights for Students
Last week we took a quick look at how Twitter can be a part of your PLN. Find an artical about how Twitter can be used in the educational setting (in the classroom or for professional development). Share the link with the class in the comments below and share your thoughts/reflections on the artical.
This blog is for class conversations for Ed 514 at Central Methodist University. We invite input form other teachers about how they use technology in their classrooms.