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Here are the bloggers I'm following this quarter:
  • For the Love of Teaching by Lana
  • Ms. Cassidy's Classroom Blog
  • Teaching is Elementary
  • EdReach by Daniel Rezac
  • edutopia.org

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    Blog Response 2: Week 4
    http://teachingiselementary.blogspot.com/2015/10/lessons-on-go-walking-classroom.html \
    The blog post that I read was called Lessons on the Go - The Walking Classroom and it was a 4th grade teacher sharing how she heard about WalkKits and just had to get them for her class. WalkKits are mp3 players that come with podcasts of standard-based curriculum lessons specifically designed for any grade level and headphones for students to listen to the lessons as they walk around outside. To me this sounds like a really neat idea, however I can see there being both pros and cons to this. Walk Kits are a great idea to keep kids healthy and active by walking around and it is also a great tool to use with kids who are kinesthetic learners or also with hyperactive kids with ADHD and also sometimes when kids are sitting for too long they get antsy so a break outside is a good way to reenergize. I think most kids get excited when the teacher says "let's have class outside" and if the weather is nice enough, teachers should try getting kids outside every once in awhile. Some things that could go wrong or may not work out with the WalkKit is that they are pretty costly and may not fit with the school's budget. An option could be to apply for a grant to get the WalkKit which is what the teacher in the blogpost did but, you can't be guaranteed that it will be accepted.

    Blog Response 3: Week 6
    This blog post that I read is called Technology in Schools: Selling Shackles or Innovation? and it was really interesting because it talks about how even though technology is a great tool for the classroom, it also can have drawbacks. So of course technology is a big part of our lives and used in schools all over the U.S. today but is it possible that it can also be hurting us? Personally I believe that yes, even though it is very useful it is also sometimes a burden. Some disadvantages of technology are that it takes up much of our time, we are stare at screens and loose human connection. Often times when people are trying to get our attention, they have to wait until we are finished sending that one text or checking that one email and we end up loosing time. Similarly in classrooms, if the teacher is trying to get the attention of the students and they are busy trying to achieve the next level of their spelling game then its not ok. By staring into screens we loose human connections and we forget what its like to have a face-to-face conversation. I grew up in a lifetime of technology and I admit that I am guilty of having a lack of human connection. I am terrified of talking on the phone or making appointments over the phone and I only do so if I absolutely have to and I would much rather communicate through email. There is no way we can completely get rid of technology in the classroom, we need it and it is a great resource. However, we have to find a balance between using technology or more simply said we need to use it in moderation.

    Blog Response 4: Week 8
    The post that I read this week was from the site Edutopia and it is called Tech Literacy: Making It Relevant Through Content Learning. This post talks about how we can integrate lessons from the curriculum into technology and vice versa. Jeff Dahl, the technology teacher at Meyer Elementary School says that the first year he taught technology there he mostly taught basic computer skills like how to make something on a word document or how to make a power point but now he says that he talks to the other teachers and uses lessons from the curriculum to teach in his technology class. Dahl says that using technology to teach a curriculum lesson makes teaching technology more purposeful because students are learning both technology skills and common core standards. One example Dahl gives is that if a science class is learning about bats, he will have the students construct a Power Point on bats. Dahl says that Google Docs is a great way in which teachers communicate and share ideas with each other on how to blend their lessons with his technology class. Meyer elementary school uses the SAMR model as four levels in which technology is used. SAMR stands for Substitution, Augmentation, Modification and Redefinition. Substitution is when technology acts in place of an actual lesson. Augmentation is technology acting as a direct substitute with functional improvement. Modification allows for significant task redesign and redefinition is the final level which allows for the creation of the new tasks and that is where we want to be. We do not want technology to just stand in as a substitute for other lessons, but we want students to be able to apply technology to their learning.

    Blog Response 5: Week 10

    The blog I read was from the website edutopia.com and it was co-written by bloggers Fran Siracusa and Jennifer Williams. This blog talks about Periscope, which is an app that allows students to develop technological skills in the classroom and it has many different uses. Periscope is not only for students, but parents and educators can use it as well.
    Students can use periscope as a form of digital collaboration and they can use it to connect with anyone around the globe. Language teachers have used Periscope to take students on virtual field trips and other cultural journeys such as museum tours and large countries. Other teachers have used Periscope to bring guest speakers into the classroom through a video chat type of communication. Students can also communicate and collaborate with each other through Periscope because they can share perspectives and thoughts.
    Periscope allows school events and student presentations to be televised so that parents can get a chance to share those experiences too, even when they can’t be there in person. Parents an also receive parent education sessions or information seminars through Periscope, to be informed about their school’s plan.
    I would be interested in using Periscope in my classroom and I am especially interested in taking the virtual field trips for when I am either teaching my kids about culture and or history/social studies. It would be cool to go on a tour of a museum on the middle ages. Periscope is great because everyone can use it and it is even greater because it is free!