Monday, February 14, 2011

Teaching and Sharing

After watching the video presentation fron Dean Shareski I have gained some perspective on teaching and sharing. It is interesting to see how much eduaction has changed in certain areas. The speed at which technology has evolved in education is truly amazing and with the evolution of technology in education has came the evolution of sharing in education. Before teachers began incorporating internet tools in their classrooms information was not often shared in education. It was all to common that teachers hardly even knew what was going on in the classoom across the hall let alone in a classroom across the country or world. With the introduction of web devices such as Facebook, Twitter, social bookmarking sites, blogs or wikis educators can share all sorts of ideas and information to different teachers all around the world. I think this is such a helpful process and is such a benefit to teachers everywhere today. In order to become a good teacher and create a postitive classroom envrironment I think it is absolutely necessary to get ideas and suggestions from different people all around the education world, professional development is so important in education.

I understand that the availability to share is greater in some areas than others. Not all school divisions can afford to place the types of technology in their schools to allow sharing to occur. As we move forward in education I truly believe that most, if not all, school divisions will begin to rearrange their budgets so that more devices can be made available in schools. I know that it is easy for teachers to go on the computer and share different ideas from the classroom and grab ideas that they can pull into theirs but it can be hard for some classrooms that do not have computers for every student or screens in their classroom. Teachers have to sift through information carefully and take the ideas that will work best in their situation they have in the school.

My time being a student is almost over but that doesn't mean that I will stop learning. I will admit that moving forward out of the education program and into the school system where I will be in control of my own classroom is a little intimidating I'm sure every teacher is nervous entering their own classroom for the first time hoping everything goes smoothly. The chances of that happening are probably not great because as Im sure most of us have all seen so far in our placements is that things in the classroom are subject to change and do not always go as planned. It makes me feel better than I inderectly have the support of teachers from all over the world to help me through as I learn what works best in my classroom. I look forward to sharing ideas and gaining insight from other educators through sharing on the internet. I plan on using sharing websites to help in my classroom and make the learning experience for the students the best I can. I believe that sharing and teaching compliment eachother well and I am excited to be a part of it in the near future.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Digital Citizenship - GC

We are officially in the middle of the digital age and as we prepare to begin down the road of teaching this is an issue that we will have to deal with immediately. We have talked about different ways to use social media in the classroom and how the internet can benefit a teacher and the students. It is no secret that most kids today are savy when it comes to dealing with all the new technology as they play video games, listen to ipods, surf the internet, etc. but most of them are not taught digital ethics. It is important that the students learn to become good digital citizens know about intellctual property, privacy, and security issues.

Digital citizenship is something that I think is important in all schools. As we move forward in the digital age I think it is a good idea to teach students about the risks of technology as well as etiquette and what is considered right and wrong. If we just let students surf the web, without being told what is considered appropriate it is like handing a child keys to a car without ever teaching them road laws or how to drive. There are many instances in which a student may use technology inappropriately in school and there is a responsbility on educators to explain what is considered to be proper behaviour.

Some examples of being  poor digital citizen include:
- e bullying
- copy and pasting info from the net
- friends exchanging passwords
- stealing tests from a teachers computer
- texting or talking on the phone in class

These are just a few of a long list of examples where students may cross some lines in the digital world. Digital citizenship is defined as appropriate responsble behaviour with regards to technology use. I truly believe that as the technological world continues to evolve along with the education system it will not be long before there are outcomes created based on being a good digital citizen because of the amount students will be using technology in the classroom. This is an issue that we should just be aware of as we enter the profession. seein yas!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Internet Making Us Smarter or Dumber?

Well folks after reading the two articles presented to us on the Faculty Ning I can say that I do not feel any dumber or smarter for using the Internet but I can agree with points put forth in both articles. This is an interesting debate and I am sure that after questioning a few people about their thoughts on the issue the results would most likely be split.

On the dumber side of the argument I like how lots of the points in the argument are backed up with results from research. I can understand that with the use of the internet through computers, smartphones, ipods, etc. it does create a lot of distraction in our lives and I agree that with the amount of distraction people may tend to lose concentration in school. Today the world goes by so fast that people are constantly multi tasking as they go to work send emails, text their spouse, schedule appointments, jot down grocery lists, plan the weekend activities. It does not surprise me that because of all this multi tasking people have become less creative and inventive as they are just trying to get by. Although I can understand what the article is presenting that does not mean that I like it. I am not a huge fan of an article that basically tells me that I am becoming dumber along with the rest of society. Lets face it that is not something that people want to hear.

The internet can't be all bad though right? People are constantly making contributions to society through the internet such as Wikipedia, Facebook, Twitter, etc. The people who create these social media devices are brilliant minded. There are so many things on the internet that people use that can expose them to new information or facts. It is our responsiblity to take the time to concentrate on the information and connect it to prior knowledge so that it eventually has meaning and is stored in our long term memory. People tend to scan so many different sites and facts at once that it just goes in and out of our working memory. The internet most definitely has the ability to make use smarter we just have to use it correctly.

This is a debate that could go on forever as we are smack dab in the middle of the digital age and is something we will be a part of for likey the rest of our lives.

Thats all folks!
Oh and yellow, congrats Pack!