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This video talks about how the world is made up of different minds.  Not everyone has to use verbal language to be smart and understand what is going on.  For example, animals are very smart creatures, but they do not need the same communication tools as humans to have successful lives.  We need all these different minds to work together to create a perfect world and to build on things we have already created.  The problem is not all children believe that being different can be a good thing. We need teachers, mentors, and parents to shed light on their children to show them that they can and will be successful.  There is a place for everyone to use their mind to the fullest, but we just have to find it.  This is one of the reasons that I want to become a Special Education teacher.  I want to show that everyone can learn and has the possibility of success. I want to impact the lives of children forever so that they can go forward with their lives and teach others that everyone can learn and prosper.

A lot of people are becoming more familiar with the different learning styles of today. Some examples of different learning styles can be found on http://www.learningrx.com/types-of-learning-styles-faq.htm.  This website shows that even though these are all different way people still learn and become successful.  One way of learning might not be easy for me to learn with, but for my sister it might. It all depends on the person.

 

 

PLN 2

Digital Media in the classroom

http://www.pbs.org/teachers/digitallearners/watch/

Digital media has become an increasingly popular topic for educators as a way to generate their students creativity and thinking in the classroom.  The world is rapidly changing and media is becoming a bigger and bigger hit in the classrooms.   There is such a variety of media out there for the teachers to build on their lessons to make it more interesting.  The teachers who are not using media need to stop fearing the technology because if we teach children as we did before we are holding them back from great success in the future.  The classroom would be nothing if we did not have Internet, chat session, projectors, etc. We also have to be careful and know that it is not always needed in the classroom. Sometimes it is not the best tool to use, but sometimes it is the best tool.   This is when a teacher needs to know when and how to use the technology right.

Media is not trying to replace the teachers, but make the teachers styles new and exciting.  One great way I believed that the video implemented fun, learning and media is through the scavenger hunt.  Middle school children were running around in groups looking for the things that matched the description sent to their cell phones.  Once the students found the item, they would take a picture of it and send it to the teacher to make sure they got the right thing.  Digital media gives children the inspiration to go forth with a specific task they like to do.  It is learning the skills to remaking the content and becoming the creator and producer.

This video is an example of a school that incorporates technology into the classroom.  The students also have the option of staying after school to work on digital media production, digital audio production, game design, and, graphic design.   Students enjoy and are willing to stay after school to work with the technology.  If children are willing to stay longer then the school day that is a great accomplishment because I even remember as a kid looking at the clock and counting down the minutes until I would be let out for the day. I think this is some great progress that teachers and classrooms are making to keep the children active and intrigued.

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How do you make a teacher great?

 

In the video above it talks about a major question.  How do you make a teacher great?  Bill gates answers that we cannot make a teacher great. Lately, education is not balanced and equal for all students.  In a low-income family, it is a higher chance of going to jail than finishing college. In some schools we have what is called top teachers and bottom teachers.  If we had all top teachers we could be better than all other countries in as little as four years for education.  The question I have is why can’t all of our teachers be top teachers or most of them at least?  One school that is doing it right is KIPP (charter schools).  In this school, the teachers have the poorest kids around are help them go to a four-year college.  The teachers say that their main focus is keeping the children engaged and involved.

In this video, there are a few tips that I can take away in becoming a better teacher.  First, I am going to give every student the equal opportunity at learning and receiving a great education.  This is a main problem because some children are not given equal education because of income, ethnicity, religion, etc.  Secondly, every child should be engaged in the classroom. One way to do this is incorporating their favorite social media sites into the lesson of the day. For example, the teacher can use twitter to get instant feedback on how the students feel about the topic that is going on.  That is just one of the ways that twitter can be used. On http://www.teachthought.com/social-media/60-ways-to-use-twitter-in-the-classroom-by-category/, this shows a teacher 60 ways right off the back on how to use twitter in a classroom. Using different forms of technology can help the students become more actively involved in the work. Not only will technology be a great part of getting students to engage in the school work, but also technology is a major tool in school and work nowadays.

 

Is it Ok?

 

Technology and Learning

Given the realities of our modern age and the demands of our children’s future, teachers need to incorporate modern technology into classroom instruction. Technology is a new way of transforming the classroom.  It is a tool to help the class become more productive and interesting.  Not everything needs to be done with technology in the classroom, but it can show children a different side of learning, a new technique to figure out problems, and help them with future technology skills. Technology is rapidly growing and changing each day that if the children do not keep up with the technology they could fall behind.  For example, if one teacher does not use technology in the class and the other teacher has laptops for each child, it will be easier for the children who have already worked with computers to use them in the future for other classes, projects, jobs, etc.

Also, technology is a beneficial learning tool in the classroom!  It can get students more engaged, improve collaboration, and can make it fun for them.   The many ways that children can use technology to become more engaged are video streaming, podcasts, playing educational games, social media, blogging, etc.  The children will become more engaged because most children have a Facebook and/or Twitter nowadays, and incorporating what they already participate in and believe is fun will get them more involved.  The video below shows how children like to get involved with computers to narrate videos of themselves and thoughts they have.  A lot of children like to show themselves and show their work to a wider audience.  The use of Internet and different applications on computers can supply this for them.  For them, they feel like the people not in the classroom who read it actually care about it because they are not from the same classroom and are not forced to participate. Technology gets the kids more involved and excited to learn the material at hand and that is what we want from the children to want to learn. Not only do the kids enjoy it, but also research shows that technology integration improves K-12 achievement, science learning, writing skills, and math concepts.

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