My Reflections: A Possible Grant Proposal
In the Connected Educator: Learning and Leading in a Digital Age, Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach states, “Only through reculturing – changing the values, dispositions, and beliefs we have about the purposes of school – will we be able to shift teaching and learning to a higher level” (617). I believe that this quotation represents the challenge that we, as educators, must embrace in order to bring technology into the classroom and engage students in a digital school environment. The school environment has not changed in the last fifty years. When one thinks about a school, what comes to mind? Students sitting in rows with a teacher standing in front writing on a chalkboard? Or students sitting in groups utilizing different technologies in order to meet their learning goals while the teacher roams around the classroom engaging with his/her students? I believe that most people would think about the first scenario, even though the second one has the most potential to reach children that live in this new technological world.
This class has forced me to think about the processes of learning that we see today. With all of these new tools at our disposal, why not integrate them into the curriculum? Most students are utilizing these technologies at home. I believe that it is imperative for schools to integrate these technologies into unit and lesson plans in order for students to become engaged and receive an education based on authentic scenarios that they may find themselves in the future. We need to keep up with these constantly changing technologies in order to better prepare our students for what will come in 2050 and beyond!
Taking my experiences in this class, I would love to utilize a flipped classroom, collaborative format in my prospective classrooms. I would love to be able to record my own lessons, as well as have my students record their own work. In order to make this a reality, I would like to write a grant proposal for twenty iPads and one Smartboard for my classroom. My students would be able to take the iPads home and watch the videos for homework, as well as create their own videos in class using the iMove app. I would be able to integrate more technology into my lessons through the use of the Smartboard, as well as display my students’ movies to the rest of the class. With these tools at my disposal, students will be able to complete their online assignments at home, gain experience using a new technological tool, and use their creativity to create authentic assignments that can later be posted on a class websites for others to see and benefit from.
Reculturing needs to start in the classroom, and what better way to help our future students by starting this process now.
I really enjoyed reading this article. Elizabeth Woyke’s article discusses the pros and cons of using iPads in the classroom from a study conducted at the University of Notre Dame. Students were given iPads as a replacement to most of their needed textbooks. Overall, students had a favorable experience when using the iPads, but still felt that improvements were needed and the cost was simply to high.
Check out the full article here.
While scanning Google articles, I found this great article that highlights how teachers are utilizing iPads in the classroom. As a prospective English teacher and Technology specialist, I found this to be a great article for inspiration and ideas!
Five ways readers are using iPads in the classroom:
3. Assistive Technology
4. Digital Literacy
5. Organizing Resources – and for Reading
Check out the full article: http://www.eschoolnews.com/2011/05/27/five-ways-readers-are-using-ipads-in-the-classroom/5/?
Check out this article written by Ben Johnson, a school administrator, discussing the benefits of incorporating iPads into a classroom of kinesthetic learners. He names some great applications that are available for students!
Here is the link to the full article: http://www.edutopia.org/blog/ipad-teaching-learning-apps-ben-johnson
I can definitely see how “classroom responsibilities and pressure to raise students’ standardized test scores” can prevent teachers from focusing on their leadership opportunities in the classroom. The state continues to demand high standardized test scores from all students, placing blame on the teachers if students’ scores are not up to par. With these scores looming over their heads (and potential jobs and salaries), I could see how teachers would concentrate most of their effort on preparing students for these tests rather than creating collaborative environments that support authentic learning opportunities and leadership potential.
My hope is that this will slowly begin to change. I do not understand the emphasis placed on standardized test scores when we are also emphasizing the importance of differentiation. Ironic, isn’t it?
This quote really forced me to think about my future with technology. I have another semester in this program, and that is wonderful, but what am I going to do afterwards? Technology is always changing, and it is very difficult to keep up with it.
“Growing a personal learning network takes time, effort, and perseverance.” – While I really hope that I can continue my posts on this blog, my work on my website, my networks on Schoology… it scares me to think about the time I am going to have to commit to keeping updated. I am starting to understand more and more why many teachers shy away from technology. It is an amazing tool in the classroom, but teachers must work very hard to incorporate this tool into their lessons, work, and overall lives.
I know that I am going to have to work on my impatience in order to continue my work with media and technology. I believe that I am ready, but that is easier said than done.
Here is a 1st-2nd grade lesson plan that I have created that utilizes the “flipped classroom” approach. In this lesson, students will conduct a research experiment in order to prove that plants need sunlight to survive.
Take a look at the video, and lesson plan that are uploaded:
– Take a look at the video.
– Take a look at the lesson plan.