Teaching All Students

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The post I recently read was about how a teacher is changing the way that he teaches writing to his students. The teacher incorporated Google Docs. The first time I heard of a Google Doc was my freshman year of college, and then it was not until sophomore year that I was actually able to create and share one on my own. I agree on the benefits of using Google Docs  to allow collaboration on writing, however the editing I would not recommend the editing of things in Google Docs. This is because anyone who has access to the Doc can edit and change the Doc. This being said students can correct each others grammar and spelling, but the student who made the mistake is not learning from it and may not know that it is incorrect and people have changed what they wrote.

 

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“One day we will see a library with few book…” Teachers want their students to be constantly learning, exploring, and growing their minds. When you look at two students and see on on their phone and one with their face in a book, you assume on of them is blowing off classwork and the other is expanding their mind. Today, students do not need to be reading text books to be learning. They do not need to be reading paragraph after paragraph of facts. However as the quotes continued “…kids will go into a library and create.” This shows what can come from allowing students to have an empty room and given technology they can create. Students can connect virtually, go to class online, and gain cultural knowledge from the comfort of their own school setting. People need to realize that students are learning to survive and learn with the resources that are provided for them. Online learning will take people far, they just need to put the effort into it. I know in college online-courses are known as blow-off classes that students take for an easy A. However, if students did the reading for those classes and took the online discussion boards seriously, than more learning would occur. The next generation of learners will know how to effectively take online classes and benefit from them. Online learning is important and it needs to be taught to students.

These tips are important not only for teachers to teach their students, but also for teachers to follow. If students are using the internet from an early age they need to know that what they do on the internet never goes away and that what they do on the internet will follow them for the rest of their lives. Students should be taught the proper etiquette when using technology. Learning about their  “digital footprint” is critical for them to understand the consequences of using the internet. Although it is important to teach that digital footprints are not all negative ideas. There are benefits to what the good things that student share on the internet that could be found years later, or used by other students. I would highly recommend reading this list of tips and making sure that student and teachers understand them.

I am going to end talking about something that is not technology based, but should incorporate it. If teachers are going to have digital learning and digital classrooms, it is important for student to still receive hard copies of things and to have students create things with a paper and pen even if they are using technology before they create things. I found this article about classroom cart organization. I think it would be important for students to print what they create with technology when it is applicable. If students create power points they should put all of the power points of a classroom together, so that students can then grow and learn more from their peers. Depending on the grade level of the class the idea of sharing things through google drives, iCloud, and dropbox might be too complicated. So, using the cart idea, a class can create their own “database” of knowledge and their technology based and created creations.

Also check these tweets out!

Twitter

I was never the person to tweet. I had a Facebook, an Instagram, and a Pinterest. However, twitter is foreign land for me. To me it was a social media page were people created posts that were sometimes funny, random, or a play-by-play of their morning routine. When we created out Twitters, you had to add a certain amount of people, celebrities, and other twitter accounts. I added my beloved Blackhawks, my classmates, and the helpful twitters for teachers accounts: @coolcatteacher, @shannonmmiller, @web20classroom, @ISBEnews, @P21CentSkills. I realized that the posts that people were commenting on and talking about were informative and interesting. While I also received  the scores and updates for the Blackhawk games quicker, I was able to find articles that people posted about digital citizenship and other technology in the classroom topics. Without having to search the internet and go through databases and venture onto the third “0” page of “gooooooogle” I was able to click a link and have new information in front of me.

http://novemberlearning.com/educational-resources-for-educators/teaching-and-learning-articles/how-twitter-can-be-used-as-a-powerful-educational-tool/

The first article that I found was about finding a deeper level of learning that involved going beyond just knowing facts. “What you want to have is a sense of imagination, intuition, and inspiration, and those don’t miss-predict based on socio-economic status, race, gender, or language ability.” The article discussed the difficulty of teaching students who don’t seem to want to learn. I know that as a teacher I can use some of the strategies. There are motivation techniques and strategies to spark curiosity. I believe that technology from YouTube videos to hands on stimulations will allow students to be pulled into the discussion and enjoy learning. I am not going to lie, I have a fear of planning a great lesson and then presenting it to the class and the student’s eyes are heavy, they are uninterested, or simply don’t want to be there. In general education classes, sometimes students are pulled out for special education instruction. The student does not want to be away from their peers and doing something different then everyone else. I am stubborn and if I did not want to do something, then I was not going to do it. But, on the other hand I was self-motivating and I knew what I wanted to accomplish and what I had to do to accomplish it. Some students are not self-motivating, but they do not want to learn. Sometimes the best YouTube video in the world will not motivate a student to participate in a discussion. This article talks about the deeper learning that should happen. If students do not want to learn, technology might allow them to learn it independently: at their own speed. This might allow them to get interested and motivated, then they can go back to discussing it with the special education teacher.

Other topics that were discussed was saving time with technology. There were 46 problems and then solutions. It was beneficial because it states the problems that you might have and then there are solutions that would help those problems.

Here are the tweets that I think deserve the retweet!

TWEETS that deserved the RETWEET

http://coolcatteacher.sharedby.co/share/85ch2z

https://twitter.com/coolcatteacher

http://steve-wheeler.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/just-how-far-can-they-go.html?showComment=1368189901577

https://twitter.com/web20classroom

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/02/how-do-we-create-rich-learning-opportunities-for-all-students/

https://twitter.com/web20classroom