- What are educators’ experiences with online learning?
- How does it inform their perspectives on student learning?
- What policies and practices are administrators considering around the “Bring Your Own Technology” movement?
- How do we transform the classroom from a “one size fits all” model to a truly individualized learning experience for students.
I believe that technology and teachers can get along with one another and create a blended environment, such as the flipped classroom concept where students do their lectures at home online and it gives teachers more time for classroom projects in class, this is how technology is supporting teachers, not hampering them. I have experiences hybrid online classes, and I felt that I got way more out if it than listening straight through a lecture, as I was engaged and challenged to create and maintain my own website, and when I was finished I had something to show for my efforts more than papers stuffed in an overfilled binder and a grade on a transcript.
One of the things that I found interesting about the third question was administrators overwhelming acceptance of technology as a priority in classrooms across America, however the chief complaint amongst teachers in classrooms was having reliable access to Wireless Internet. I found it deeply disturbing when the school I work at vowed to get every single teacher in the district a brand new I-Pad to use in their classrooms by the end of 2012, and come hell or high water it was going to happen. They spent an untold fortune acquiring these great teacher tools for their teachers to use in their classroom, however when their teachers opened the box, and took them out, the schools internet infrastructure, that was so old and out of date, could not sustain the heavy use of the Wireless Internet and crashed. As it turns out no one had thought through the big picture of what it would take to make this technology work, however in public forums, the mantra stays the same "Everyone of our teachers has an I-Pad." Well yes the do, and they make marvelous paper waits, but that is the extent of their function, because no teacher can utilize that technology until the infrastructure is fixed. So it begs the question if that happens with just our teachers using the I-Pads, what will it do to our students when they BYOT?
The way we transform our classrooms from a one size fits all to a more individual learning experience is, by creating situations where students and teachers use technology in a flipped classroom kind of manner, where students do lessons at home, and do more project based lessons in school. The idea of using technology to not necessarily teach your class for you, but to utilize technology to help better prepare students for the lesson you are going to teach is important, as it will create a more rich and intellectual conversation for students. I feel that students will be more engaged if they watch an I-movie on the lecture I am about to give than if they read about it in a textbook, because quite frankly, I spend more time looking at the pictures in my textbooks, than reading them, so if I'm doing it and I'm the teacher, you know our students do it a lot more often. We need to play to our students strengths and identify that our students want to learn, but we have to let them learn in their own way. I believe that technology can pave the way for our students.
This video was created to give a basic understanding about the Speak Up Program. I thought it was a great way to introduce how the survey's work, I like the fact that they talked about how the surveys will be used by local school districts, but that it also surveys all levels of school staff and student teachers as well as veteran teachers. The fact that they leave room for the person to give feedback for the parents, teachers, students, and student teachers...what would you do with technology if you were in charge?
If I were to start a future teachers club on my current campus, I would have to have at least 5 students interested in forming a club, once that is established we would have to find a club adviser and get them to approach the ASB on campus. The ASB will automatically take 10% off of whatever the club makes in terms of money. Once this agreement is agreed to a charter and rules have to be established for a club, such as time and date of meetings, resources needed from the school, facilities requests...etc. Once the constitution has been ratified the club can go forward with meetings and recruitment.