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/

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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!

Getting to Know Our Digital Generation

We as teachers have quickly realized our students are becoming more attached to technology. Through my technology class this week it has informed me that our students’ brains are now wired differently thanks to their use of technology. We now realize that are students are by far more capable of multitasking and doing many things at once, for example they can listen to music while doing homework and still receive a good grade. As educators we have to remember that we can no longer reach our students by just having them learn to read, write, and do arithmetic, it will no longer prepare them for our world today.

We also need to realize that having too much technology can cause technology bombardment so we as teachers also need to present the importance of reading and doing other activities with our students so that they don’t completely rely on technology for everything. Although technology is very important in our lives so are other things.

Some websites that are useful in informing you about technology bombardment can be found at:

http://xebidy.com/the-digital-natives-their-brains-are-wired-differently/

(The above site discusses how the digital generation have differently wired brains.)

http://teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=250273&title=Understanding_the_Digital_Generation__Teaching__amp__Learning

(This site includes a video on how to understand the digital generation.)

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.)

Tablet Use in the Classroom

Tablet use is becoming a great digital tool available within our school systems. However, many teachers struggle to find ways that they can use them with their students. I was able to find a helpful website for those that are needing more ideas on how to use tablets within the classroom. Through this website I was able to get more ideas for different subject areas that I could use iPads for lessons and activities, such as various apps and games.

http://newsroom.opencolleges.edu.au/features/25-ways-to-use-tablets-to-enhance-the-learning-experience/#ixzz2FeufCYe1

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