1 of 5 CCA blogs to be read (1) 2 of 5 CCA blogs to be read (1) 3 of 5 CCA blogs to be read (1) 4 of 5 CCA blogs to be read (1) 5 of 5 CCA blogs to be read (1) EITf12 (15) How Google Docs can be used in the classroom. (1) Second Life (6) The use of blogs in the classroom. (1) Why assistive technology is important to have in the classroom. (1) Why the 1:1 learning philosophy is a great to teach in education. (1)
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
The week before Spring Break my class and I got the opportunity to visit a local elementary school to see how they infused technology into their classrooms. This was Lincoln Elementary School in Cedar Falls. For more information about this school that I visit their school website. Let me just tell you that it was amazing! I mean I went into one first grade classroom and the students were working on these mini math activities that they did in place of yet another year of boring daily calendar work with an interactive white board that was projected onto a plain old dry erase board. However, the amazing part wasn't that the teacher was using the board, but the students. The students weren't just coming up to the board to put their two cents worth in, but they were actually running the activity. The teacher was in the back working on other things and meeting with students while the class ran the math activities. At first I was taken aback because they were first graders and the teacher was just letting them run the show. I have always been taught with the teacher being front and center and delivering the lessons, but not at Lincoln. A classmate of mine asked the teacher, "What if they get something wrong?" She replied that the other students will speak up and fix what was done incorrectly. I couldn't believe what I was hearing as well as what I was seeing. The first graders can use the technology, the first graders, run the lesson, and the first graders correct any mistakes made while the teacher can work on other things. Is this the model of the new 21st century schools or what? I'm telling you we are at the dawn of a new age and it's time for future and present educators to jump on this band wagon before it leaves without us and we are left in the dust. Yeah, the chalk dust.
Thursday, March 8, 2012
|Photo from flickr.com by David Toccafondi|