Meeting Students’ Needs Instead of our Own

As I have mentioned in previous posts about us as teachers primarily teaching towards the test and having our own ways of teaching to our preference but we have to keep in mind is this type of teaching really helping our students? We know that simply having students memorize material isn’t cutting it. If we take a look at the “Learning Cone” we find that talking at our students is one of the worst approaches we as educators can use. We need to allow our students to discover while they are learning this is how we reach them, by finding ways to relate to the student. We need to become more of a facilitator of learning, guiding our students instead of telling them.

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Time to Play Catch Up

In order for teachers to best help students, especially those teachers who may not have as much experience with technology as others, it’s important for them to prepare themselves as much as possible. There are many opportunities available to teachers so that they may be able to learn and teach new technology to their students. Workshops can be found online or locally to help teachers with technology. Training are also being done within school systems to help their teachers learn new technology and how it can be used. Professional developments are also available to those interested in learning more about technology. Remember to always reach out to your co-teachers!!

I was able to find two specific websites that offer professional developments to teachers, they can be found at:

http://edtechteacher.org/ 

http://www.pbs.org/teacherline/

Drop Out Rate Linked to Lack of Technology?

This week in my technology class I was shocked by my reading. I found out that the primary reason our students are dropping out of school is because of boredom and lack of technology. I was able to find some incredible numbers within my weekly reading. “More than 1/3 of students in the United States are dropping out of school, only 28% believe school work is meaningful, 21% find their courses interesting, and 39% believe their school work will bear success in their future”. (Understanding the Digital Generation, Jukes, McCain, Crockett) I was able to find a couple of websites that help support why we as educators should use technology in school and some strategies to using it. Check them out!

http://www.edtechactionnetwork.org/why-technology-in-schools

(Discusses why we should incorporate technology in our schools)

http://www.dropoutprevention.org/effective-strategies/educational-technology

(This site gives educators strategies on using technology with students.)

Differences in Learning Preferences Educators VS Students

Due to our changing world our students want to learn through technology based tools, however, most educators prefer their original way of teaching through lecture and talking. This week I wanted to include a chart showing the different preferences between teachers and students. I’m hoping this will give you a little insight on what our students prefer versus what educators prefer.

Learning Preference Chart

Just for fun I was curious as to how much you use technology in your classroom. Please take a few minutes and participate in my poll. Thanks!

The Gap Between Us and Our Students

Our students are termed the “digital generation” simply because they have grown up in a world full of technology; it’s all they know. In order to better reach our students we need to teach in a way that we can relate to them. In order to better understand the gap between our children and adults today I have provided two very interesting articles you can take a look at. We as teachers need to do as much as we can to help close the gap!

http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/uae/education/technological-gap-between-teachers-and-students-widen-1.714232

(The site above discusses the gap between teachers and students and how it continues to widen.)

https://saywire.com/bridging-the-technology-gap-in-education/

(The site above discusses ways the technology gap can be bridged.)