Blog #4

•April 15, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Why Our After-School Book Club Can’t Wait to Get Its New E-Readers

 

Part One

 
Summary

Some school districts are trying to get students interested in reading so they are adding e-readers to their book clubs.  There are a lot of students who are not interested in reading and the schools are hoping that e-readers will give students another way to read and that they will become more interested. Students are not lacking books to read but do not seem to enjoy reading. They go home and play video games and use social media on their computers so hopefully this new technology will interest students. The e-readers require instruction and therefore students must learn how to use them before they begin. They require knowledge on how to tell how much of the book they have read, how to highlight passages, and how to increase font size.  They also have to learn to charge them correctly. E-readers are not being used to take the place of books, they are just another way to get students interested in reading. sometimes books are better, there are not a lot of non fiction books that can be used on the e-readers.  They need to choose what method best fits their needs.If a reluctant reader finds that he likes using the e-reader than one more student will be interested in the critical skill of reading.

 

Part Two

 

Q1: How will the issue affect your relationship with your students, parents, colleagues, and/or principals?

I feel that that having e-readers will be a positive impact on your relationship with the students, parents, colleagues, and your principal.  If you can engage more students in reading by using the e-readers than everyone will benefit.  Not every student learns the same way and the e-readers will give some students who were not interested in books a chance to learn to love reading. They will be excited to use a more technology based way of reading. Digital media is new to the schools and students will have more opportunities to learn.  If the students are reading then the parents will be happy.  If literacy goes up then colleagues and principals will have something to celebrate.

 

Q2: What limitations or criticisms of the idea are important to consider?

You definitely have to shift your instruction and if students do not listen they might not learn to use the e-readers efficiently.  They might get bored with them in the same way they get bored with book.  Some students might have access to e-readers at home and others might not, which could cause some problems for the students who do not. They might feel like they want to continue reading at home but are unable to.  Some things need to be worked out in the classrooms before the e-readers are utilized.

 

 

Blog #3

•April 15, 2013 • Leave a Comment

School districts must comply with web-filtering requirements, which is sometimes is very hard.  Each school district is different and must decide what to filter and what not to filter.  They often take a lot of time deciding what to block. For the site not to be blocked it must have educational relevance and not expose the students to negative material. Most school districts tend to over-filter sites rather than under-filter sites. Social media such as face book and twitter is the hardest decision of all and you will not make everyone happy.  You also have to choose a web-filtering tool. Portage Public Schools use The Blue Coat Systems It fit their price range and had all of the capabilities that they needed. This particular program would grow as their needs grow. This investment paid off very well, it has done an excellent job for them.

Part Two

Q1: What is your opinion of the issue in the article? Agree or disagree? Why?

I agree that filtering is school districts is very important! Our children should not be exposed to all of the social media that is available on the Internet.  I am sure that this would be a much discussed topic and even a debate on which sites to block and which sites to allow.  Each school district needs to take into account their age of the students and how the community feels.  Picking a certain web-filtering tool would also be very difficult. They would have to compare their needs to the different programs that were available and choose the best one to fit their needs.

Q2:How will the issue help or hinder your Teaching practice? why?

The issue will definitely help my teaching practice because the students will stay focused on material that has educational value. If a student is allowed to use face book and twitter I am sure that they would be on these sites when they should be on other sites where they could learn.  There would be a lot of unproductive time spent on other sites as well.  Just surfing the web could use up a lot of there classroom time.  Students should not be exposed to inappropriate sites.  This would leave a lot of time for students to learn the information needed instead of being tempted with the social media.

Q3: What limitations or criticisms of the idea are important to consider?

Each and every person has their opinion on what might be appropriate and what would be inappropriate.  Also, What has relevant educational value could be debatable. Not every person is going to agree on these things so a compromise would be necessary! Choosing which web-filtering tool to use in the school district would also be hard decision. Ultimately people are going to have to discuss all of this openly and then come to a decision together which would be hard.

Blog#2

•April 15, 2013 • Leave a Comment

How to Get Hesitant Teachers to Use Technology

 

Part One

Summary:
There are many wonderful, amazing educators that are hesitant to use technology in their classrooms.  Most teachers that are hesitant are leaders within the school. The article talks about ways to help these educators realize that technology will help them and that it is needed. There are certain things to follow when trying to get teachers to see this.  Do not act as if technology will fix their teaching, but show them that it will help them be moreeffective.  Each teacher may have a different need.  Be aware of their need and have someone who they trust show them how to use the technology for this benefit. Introduce the technology in a time frame that will allow them to have plenty of time to play around with it. Let them use it for personal use, that should definitely help them getacquainted with it. Utilize hardware that is easy for them to understand and never judge them.  Soon they will realize that technology will help them be ever better educators.
Part Two
Q1: What is your opinion of the issue in the article? Agree or disagree? Why
I feel that we need to incorporate technology into teaching.  I do know that many people are happy with the way they are teaching now and are afraid to change anything.  They feel like it is going well so why make changes.  I agree with the article. The world is changing and we need to keep up with these changes.  One of the changes is technology and I feel that it is necessary in the school system among educators. We need to show educators how it will help them teach their students more effectively.  This needs to be done carefully as stated in the article.
Q2: How will the issue help or hinder student learning?
Technology will definitely help student learning. The Internet can be used to access all sorts of information.Google earth could help in Science, tutorials could help in math. Spell and grammar check could help in English.  The students could receive information from the teacher via e-mail which would be more efficient and save on paper.  There assignments could be posted and accessed through their computers.  Educators need to learn that technology could enhance the students’ changes of learning.
Q3: What limitations or criticisms of the idea are important to consider?
One limitation that needs to be considered is the availability of computers or Internet access to each and every student.  In the classroom this would not be a problem, each student would have equal access.  When at home some students do not have computers or Internet access.  They may not be able to afford a computer or service.  Some students may live in rural areas and may not get Internet service.  Homework with computer access may not work for those children.  You could not give a homework assignment on a computer if all students did not have equal access.  They would also not have the chance to play around on the computer at home giving them a disadvantage to the students who were able to.

Blog #1

•February 4, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Equal Internet Access Is a K-12 Must-Have

Part One

Summary:

The ability to have high speed internet access at home is imperative for the success of students in grades K-12 and higher education as well. Most students use the internet as their primary source for school projects and homework. More than half of the schools are going to use e-textbooks as well in the near future. Children who live in rural areas or low income communities, and minorities, do not always have access to the internet which puts them at a big disadvantage. There is a lot of free teaching material on the internet that all students need to have access to. There needs to be more affordable internet services so that all students have access to all of the important resources that can be found online. We all need to get involved, (administrators, teachers, businesses) anyone who cares about the future of our education must take action. They need to call on the FCC, the Obama administration, and congressional leaders to support technology policies. The success of the student depends on internet access.

Part Two

Q1: What is your opinion of the issue in the article? Agree or disagree? Why?

I am definitely open to internet learning. I totally agree that all people should have an equal opportunity to learn from the internet. When teachers give assignments that utilize the internet all of the students should have the same resources at school and at home to be able to finish their work. It is not fair that some students have high speed internet at home and some do not have access to any internet. They would have to go to the nearest  local library, which is not always convenient. If all students used to have access to books that were used, then all students need to have the tools necessary to learn from e-textbooks. Internet services need to be competitive and offered everywhere. It is the way of the future and I feel that we all need to get involved to make a difference!  Technology improves daily and everyone needs to have that advantage.

Q2: How will the issue help or hinder your teaching practice? Why?

The issue will help my teaching ability if internet access is available to each and every student. They would all have the same advantages, the same resources to do with as they wish. Because technology is improving everyday it is very important that we stay in tune with the changes. The issue would hinder my teaching practices if more people do not get involved and change things and help all people to have equal opportunities to learn. Each student or person needs to have the same access or it is just not fair to the ones who do not. It is obvious that advanced technology is in our near future, we need to get this issue solved.

Q3: What limitations or criticisms of the idea are important to consider?

We do not have complete control of how many people pay attention to policy decisions. We need phone service in rural areas. We also need all communities including low income communities to be able to afford internet services. Therefore; we need them to be competitive which we cannot control completely. We have limitations on the number of people who will willingly get involved to make these changes. Not all people like the advanced technology, they feel that things work well before and do not want to change.

 

A Trial Blog

•January 14, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Using digital media to enhance educational transfer

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