Thursday, September 8, 2011
Blog Assignment # 3
It's not about the Technology
The blog Kelly submitted was quite interesting to me.The four steps that were mentioned in the post can really make a person evaluate the way they have or will teach.The 1st thing was that Teachers must be learners This is so true, because there are teachers who are "stuck in their ways" and there is nothing that anyone can tell them. The 2nd concept is learning and teaching are NOT the same just because an instructor has learned something does not mean that they can teach it to where someone can learn and understand.The next step that stood out to me was that Technology is useless without good teaching WOW! How many times have you been in a classroom and the teacher had no clue on how to operate a computer? We as teachers have to be technology literate. This will not only change how we teach, but everyone should be up to date with technology for it is forever changing.
Is it okay to be a Technologically illiterate teacher
Karl hit the nail right on the head with this blog. Technology is forever changing and new things are being developred everyday. It really makes you think when Karl mentioned that not being technologically literate is equavalent to being 30 and not being able to read or write. The children are our future and how can they advance and be successful if they are not prepared for what the world has to offer? Every educator needs to have the basics of technology, and be willing to learn more. Let's have the next generations ready and getTECHNIFIED.
Social media counts
Wait! Slow down! Really?! These were the things I shouted as I clicked to the link.What this says about my career is that every second that I am not learning something new, something I thought I knew is being replaced by something new.I now have a greater understanding of the saying " TIME waits for no man".In the few minutes it took me to type these words about 10,000 or more tweets have been sent on twitter. Wow! I have some catching up to do.
A Vision of Students Today
This video made me feel sad. Mostly because everything that flashed before me is true.Known facts are that the textbooks are expensive and are rarely used in the classroom.The cost to even get an education is so high, by the time you graduate the money you make the first year wil go to student loans. Another thing that made me extremely worried is that we are being taught about things that will not even exist in the future.
I know for a fact that if more classes were multi-media based there would be a better attendance rate. Most people I know who don't come to class say that the class is boring. When they do come to class they are on facebook or twitter and not paying the teacher any attention. If the walls at the University of South Alabama could talk what do you think They would say?