Thursday, July 14, 2011

Day 4

The RCA Animate was the single most amazing thing I have seen all week.  Being an individual with such a short attention span, I was still captivated by this.  This gets me thinking as to how many of our auditory kinethetic learners would benefit from this tool.

I received some great feedback regarding our school website as well.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Day 3, Tech Class

Today's presentations  further illustrate the critical importance that technology plays in student engagement.  I especially think of middle school students.  I loved the CS Lewis quote, "If you do not have their attention, how can you teach them anything?"

I found the discussion around the rise and fall of the CD-ROM, and the reason why it failed, to be interesting.

The emotional connection that technology bring to the classroom is significant, especially after seeing the weather video.

I appreciated the helpful hints regarding clear, concise presentation skills.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Morning Session

The amount of information shared this morning was a bit overwhelming, but fascinating at the same time.  It's amazing how much useful Google information you can pick up when you are able to interact with it simultaneously.

The Kahn Academy website is a tool that Aloha-Huber will definitely implement this coming school year.

I loved the brief graph depicting time vs. intensity, where teachers are hitting their peak instructionally as students are on a steady decline.  Every educator should see this.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Summary of First Day

Today's class was less over whelming than I had previously thought.  I was happy to see that there are others in the class that have a similar level of knowledge. 

I found navigating and creating the blog to be very straight forward and user friendly.

Regarding the discussion of technology in schools, I think the most important aspect is to ask for what purpose will the technology will be used.  Teachers will use technology if they are informed of the outcomes that it will create.

Both videos outlined the importance of technology regarding student engagement.  As Robinson stated, if we are to move from a technical model to an organic one, then we must embrace the technology used by students outside of the regular school day.  

Response to Video

It was mentioned in the first video that most of the electronic devices that our student's are engaged in are, in fact, "locked out" of our schools.  Robinson speaks of the need to shift from a technical model to an organic one, where we focus on each student's engagement and motivation in their own learning.  For the most part, I agree with these statements.  If we are to change our current model of education, we must be willing to embrace the language and communication medium that our students use outside of school.

First Day of Tech Class