Technology Is The Future In Education

When I began this class, I thought I was just going to learn about some tools to use in my classroom. This course taught me so much more than that. I did receive tons of ideas to use, but I also was able to explore the use of technology in the profession. My eyes were opened to things other than just an iPad or a SmartBoard. I also got to begin my PLN and interact with other education professionals. This class only began the start of my collaboration and learning from others. So, when I think about 6 words to sum up this course, I say that “Technology is the future in education.” As I look back on the evolution of technology in the time I’ve been in school, it amazes me at how far we’ve come and that excites me to think about where we’ll be in the next 10 or 20 years.

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Daily Personal Technology Usage

I use technology a lot in my personal life, especially social media. Every morning, when I wake up, I pick up my phone to check my email and my social sites. Before this semester though, I didn’t really use it in any educational way. I’ve really enjoyed being immersed into the technological side of education. I’ve enjoyed growing my PLN and virtually meeting so many big names in education. I can’t wait to get into my own classroom and use social media to let my 1st graders network with other classrooms around the world. I saw this modeled during my internship in the Mooresville school system two summers ago and I fell in love. It made my heart happy to hear that group of kinders talk about all of the people they had met and pictures they had seen. I’ll never forget the little boy that said, “They go to school beside cows!” It was precious and I can’t wait to do that with my students!

Do games have any place in our classrooms? Why or why not?

Before taking my online class about using technology in the classroom, I had never really thought about using gaming in the classroom. But, I’ve always believed in keeping learning fun. I never want my students to be bored. Usually, they’re in 1 confined space for about 8 hours each day. That’s a long time and I try my hardest to make my lessons fun and something they want to do. My cooperating teacher always keeps her students moving and I have learned a lot from her already. When our speaker talked about Minecraft, I automatically pictured several students in my class. I’m going to try and incorporate Minecraft into a lesson or unit next semester. I think games in the classroom can be so helpful in keeping students’ attention, as well as making learning relatable to them.

What advice will you give to your students regarding their digital footprint?

Working with first graders, it’s so important that they understand that what they say online is attached to them. I think one of the main reasons it’s so important to introduce this concept early on is to prevent cyber-bullying. In my first grade class, we look at other class’s twitter sites sometimes and I’m constantly reminding them that when we talk to people like this, we have to make sure that we are respectful and that we say nice things because we don’t really know them. We don’t want them to thing we are mean or disrespectful. As students get older, it’s also really important they know that whatever you post is permanent. You can delete it from your page, but you can’t ensure it is deleted everywhere, and you can never delete something from someone’s eyes. If someone saw it and it hurt them, you can’t just say sorry like you would to your friends. Social Media is a great tool, but it’s so very important that we teach cyber responsibilities just as we would teach how to use a technological tool.

The Benefit of Using Social Media In Schools

Many teachers view social media negatively, but most just aren’t aware of the vast educational benefits social media has to offer. As the use of social media is on the rise, I think it is important that we become aware of this and use it to benefit our students. There are many school policies that forbid students from using their cell phones during class. However, we all know that students do it every day. So, why not give them an educational reason to pull out their cell phones? If they’re engaged in a Twitter chat on the book you’re reading during class, they’ll have less time to text their friends about what’s happening later.

Should students be able to use cell phones in class?

As children are receiving cell phones at younger and younger ages, this question is one to ponder. Most schools have a “No Cellphones Policy” and if you get caught using it, it will be taken. This forces students to try to better hide their usage, rather than stop using their devices. But, what if we gave them a way to use their cellphone in class for an educational purpose? What if we used cellphones as a method of student input during a discussion? Not only would it let students use their phones, but it would also increase the “learning time” versus “texting time.” There are several great online tools that can be used. One of my favorite tools is NearPod. It serves as an interactive PowerPoint almost. You can create slides, just like in PowerPoint, but you can also add in “slides” that ask for student input. The teacher controls the “flipping through the slides” and when it comes time for student input, they can type and send it to the teacher’s screen. A great quizzing app is Socrative. You can create a short quiz as an “exit ticket” and when they’re done, you automatically see their score and they can leave. I believe if we started using cellphones for the great educational tool they have potential to be, we would lessen the non-educational use of cellphones in schools.

Cooking with TPACK

So I was given an assignment for my Technology class to use the TPACK method for cooking. Our instructions were to have someone (my Mamaw) get us a plate, a bowl, and a cooking utensil. We then had to draw a number 1-5 to find out what our assignment was. Mine was to slice hard cheese (e.g., cheddar, gouda, havarti, wensleydale) as though you were going to add it to a cheese plate. Here is how it went…