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Tuesday, February 28, 2012
This past week my college course instructor was unable to meet with us for class in person. No, he wasn't sick our on vacation we all know that teachers don't ever get time for themselves to take a personal day or to even get sick. He was at a conference about technology in the country of Jordan. For those of you who don't know where Jordan is it is by the country of Saudi Arabia. For those of you who don't know where Saudi Arabia is then you need to get yourself a map and possibly take a geography course because that's just embarrassing. Most of the world's oil comes from this area and you should know where it is because we depend on it so much. Anyway, back to the topic at hand. Even though we were unable to meet in person we unfortunately had to Skype with the professor instead of just cancelling class like we should have done ;). Just kidding! Even though I did not know it at the time this was global learning. Global learning is where you connect with people from all over the world. I have never Skyped before and it was amazing that we could still hold class from thousands of miles apart. Not only did we get to speak with our professor, but we got to speak with an Australian man that was at the same conference as our teacher. To recap my experience we held class with our teacher who was in the country of Jordan while we were in Cedar Falls, Iowa in our classroom, we heard about what was going on in a place very far away from us, and spoke with a man from a place that is even farther away from us all in one quick and easy Skype session. Before participating in this Skype session I didn't really see or even believe that this global learning could actually exist or even work. But, because this experience was so amazing I am seriously considering using this approach in my future classroom. I think that many students would be engaged in this process if it were used in a classroom. This is something all teachers should consider using. It may take some time to set up, but will be worth it in the end. It was for me. Well, that's all for now and don't forget to get a map if you don't know where Jordan or Saudi Arabia are. Oh, and if you want more information on global learning check out this blog.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
|Photo from flickr.com by Schilling 4th Grade|
Friday, February 10, 2012
My Classroom Computer Applications course was given the opportunity to visit an R & D school to see how technology and problem-based learning is not only incorporated into the classrooms but strongly encouraged. This school is Malcolm Price Laboratory School. It is widely known for the innovations it implments in its teaching style. To form a better understading of this school visit its homepage. In my classes we have been told that technology is becoming a rapidly used tool within the classroom and that it is important that we have a wide knowledge base of different types of technologies that are out there and that the students are using on quite a frequent basis. This is why I decided to pursue a minor in technology because of the increasing amount of technology being created. In light of this it was great to be able to go into a classroom where each of the students had a laptop in front of them and to actively use them during the lesson. Many teachers would be afraid to allow students the access to computers during instruction time because they may abuse it. However, the students in this class used their laptops to help facilitate their learning. After our trip to the classroom we spoke with another teacher about project-based learning and how she uses it in her classroom. We also got the chance to hear from one of her students and how much she enjoys doing these projects. After hearing what they had to say this about type of project I feel it is something that I would be willing to use when I am a teacher because of the benefits that it will provide to my students as well as to myself. Teacher directed instruction is a thing of the past; its time to embrace the future where student directed instruction is used.
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
|Photo from flickr.com by Andrew Forgrave|