Archive for February, 2013

INDT Week 6: To Flip or Not to Flip

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

More than anything else Flipping of classrooms reminds me of home educating students. As I watched the videos and descriptions of the methods used, I could not help but think of my own education growing up as a homeschooled student. The idea of constant application and the use of videos as lectures has become a popular movement among homeschoolers in the last two decades. I think that there is a lot of positives in the pedagogy of flipping a classroom including real world application, multi-student participation as well as opportunities for students to use a variety of different learning styles throughout their time in the classroom.

I think that some of the difficulties that flipping a classroom could present are classroom management, preparation time for teachers, and the transition from a tradition classroom to a flipped classroom. If videos from websites like Khan Academy are used I think that that would help teachers in preparation time therefore giving them more time to interact with their students and differentiate classroom time, etc. One of the other difficulties that I think a flipped classroom presents is the lack of preparation that it gives students for being in a college classroom. I think that it prepares them for the real world, but not necessarily for a lecture style college class.

I do not think that flipped classroom just consists of students watching lectures outside of class and doing worksheets during class. I think that class needs to be an interactive time in a flipped classroom. A time where students are applying knowledge to projects, discussions, and debates, a time when they can express themselves and demonstrate their understanding of the knowledge gained from lectures outside of class.

I think that this pedagogy still has some kinks that it needs to work out, especially for some classrooms. But I do appreciate its desire to make a more dynamic learning experiences for students and its use of technology in the classroom.

IDNT Week 5

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

Using videos in the classroom is a great way to engage students in the curriculum. By using videos it peaks interest and is an efficient way to introduce new material. It can be difficult to find a video that uses the same “voice” that one might want to use the with the curriculum though which is why sites like Animoto are so beneficial. I found that by using Animoto I could add my own unique ideas and spin on the content that I was trying to introduce to my students. Through the use of music, words, and visuals one has more of an opportunity to serve various learning styles and use technology efficiently in the classroom.

I think that videos can be used all of the time in the classroom, from introducing new material, to reiterating a point, to reviewing for a test, by using videos educators are able to present material in a succinct way to hopefully help students remember it more effectively. Animoto and other similar sites could be used for student presentations as well. By giving students the option of creating a video, teachers give them an opportunity to express themselves in more unique ways.

Animoto was not only easy to use, its tools helped convey the message more easily and it provides educators with various tools to aid them in presenting material. I am excited to use Animoto again and recommend it to other educators.

IDNT Week 4

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

This week is teaching me a lot about how much I still have to learn as a teacher, and how important it is to constantly be learning new things. I have always claimed to be a “life-long learner” and this week made sure that I was definitely learning new things. Oftentimes as teachers we are going to be stretched in new ways as we try to learn about the latest technology or techniques in teaching. I feel that it is important for us to learn how to do these things so that we can set our students up for success. Learning new things can be frustrating(as a teacher or as a student). As a student sometimes one comes up against a wall in learning. A place where you are not sure where to turn. It is in those moments that I know as a student I have to step back from the situation, take a deep breath, and look at the concept a different way. This is not always easy to do but I know for a fact that dealing with this over the last week will help me aid my students in the future.

As a teacher when students are learning new things we need to keep in mind that every student is not going to understand everything on the first try. They might not even understand everything on the fifth try and patience is extremely important. To be able to effectively use technology in the classroom with my students I know that I need to become more and more familiar with it so that I can provide support and input for them as I ask them to do projects and use technology in the classroom. Dr. Coffman was an encouragement in this since she helped me and gave me the needed support that I needed to be able to accomplish the assignments that I needed to do. I hope that I can provide my future students with similar support in my classroom.

IDNT Week 3 Copyright

Sunday, February 10th, 2013

After a couple of frustrating searches I finally grasped what I needed to do with this assignment. I think that it was important for us to learn how to do this because as content area teachers we are often going to want to put together power points, assignments, and information for our students that contains images from the web. Prior to this assignment I did not know all of the different types of licenses for images on the web, I also was very thankful to discover Google Advanced Image Search because it so clearly allows you to be able to search for the types of images you are looking for, for your projects. I did most of my searches on google since I am most familiar with the interface. I searched “Building in Washington, DC, but then it did take me a little while to find an image that was listed under Public Domain. The following image is the one that I found that was listed under public domain. It is nice to know that it is free to use and that I do not have to worry about searching out the author, etc.

I feel that it is important as educators for us to be able to use these skills in the classroom since we want our students to be able to use similar search skills as well as to teach them not to plagiarize. Solomon and Schrum write, “In creating digital stories, students often include images created by others that are stored online”(Solomon & Schrum, 2011. p. 107) If my students are going to be using images stored online I want to make sure that they know how to filter through the results they will receive and to know how and if they can use specific images. I have always been a stickler about plagiarism, so I value the fact that we learned how to even properly give credit to authors of images and not just written works. I think that this tool will be extremely practical for me to use in my future classroom.

Solomon, G., & Schrum, L. (2011). Web 2.0 how-to for educators. Eugene, OR: Intl Society for Technology in educ.DC Architecture

EDCI 506 Module 2 Blog

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

Why is public education essential to democracy?

It was unheard of prior to the founding of America. The idea of a free public education for every student. It was a radical, crazy idea, much like the idea of forming a new nation. But in building a nation, our forefathers started realizing that forming schools were a necessity. As some have stated is in school that children “become aware of something larger than themselves.” According to Thomas Jefferson the survival of democracy depended on education. People needed to be taught how to read, write, and comprehend so that they could make informed decisions and therefore change the course of the young nation.

In 1778, Thomas Jefferson pushed for three years of public schooling for children to teach them the democratic basics. He wanted the United States to become a meritocracy where it did not matter what social class you were from, you could be the poorest farmer’s son and one day be president.

People argued that for what purpose would farmers or blacksmiths go to school. It was these people that America was founded for, for not just the most successful or wealthy, but for the common man. For the common man to be successful he needed to be educated and that is why Thomas Jefferson made such a push for it. To Thomas Jefferson, and later to Horace Mann it did not matter the family you had been born into, it mattered what you were capable of and how you would learn. Thomas Jefferson’s feelings about public education and democracy were in sync with the American ideals of democracy and a people that were created equal.

With public education America was able to teach a certain set of ideas to students giving them a foundation for being able to survive as responsible American citizens.