Blog #4

Title of the Article: 5 Ways to Create a Safer Digital Environment at your School 

Part One:   In this article, two professors are esteemed colleges review five safety tips for implementing technology into the classroom. There approach is to ensure the privacy of the students work and they also make sure to encourage people to brush up on their education legal acts to ensure they are not breaking the law in order to use technology in the classroom. The first step they give is to encourage the different levels of staff to work together, but not as the same. Having administrators, teachers, faculty, and all sorts of differing people help identify what is safe and what is not since everyone is an expert in their area. The teachers can determine if the technology will help and the administrators ensure its legal. the second step is to understand technology and how it connects to federal policy. Some programs may seem like they harmless, and they are, but can still be violating federal policy. It’s important to understand everything about the program and to ensure its legal for use in the classroom. The experts a lot encourage to check out the technology and all the nooks and cranies of it prior to entering the classroom with it. this will protect the students from any harmful programming. The fourth step encourages reading agreements and legal notices about the app to make sure that there’s nothing fishy about it. Lastly, it is encouraged that everyone works together in solving a problem or determining if an app is fit for the classroom.

Part Two: Q’s and A’s

Q1: How can I use this information in my future career?

A1: This article is full of a lot of information that I was not aware when it came to using technology in the classroom. Growing up in a technological world, =I consider myself quite fluent in tech, but this article helps catch me up on some of the legalities that come with using technology in the classroom. One of the biggest problems this article outlined was breaking the law and makeing sure the apps are safe for your students. After reading this article, I feel the need to look up the various federal acts mentioned that teachers can violate bringing technology into the classroom.

Q2: Why is this important?

A2: This articles helped open my eyes to how technology can not only hurt my students, but it could also hurt my career as a teacher. After reading it, i am now aware that technology isn’t as simply to use in the classroom as I would think. The group approach the authors talk about makes a lot of sense because administrators are going to be more aware of the legal acts, teachers can say whether it can be used, and other faculty can say whether or not its possible to use the technology without hiccups. I’m glad I got to read this article and can’t wait to use this 5 step approach in my future workspace

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Blog #3

Title of the Article: Can Foreign Language Immersion be Taught Effectively Online?

Part One: In an attempt to be more effective at teaching students a second languages, Middle Interactive Languages has released a new program that argues to be the most effective language teaching program students can use. The program emphasizes focus that both culture and language are vital when learning to speak a foreign language and their program tries not to separate them. The developers traveled all over to the world to record dialogues from native speakers of all dialects to truly give the students a good understanding of the language. Instead of easing the students into the new language, the program throws them in and provides to the tolls to navigate within the new language.

Part Two: Q’s and A’s

Q1: What is the most effective way to use the Middlebury Program?

A1: Aline Germain-Rutherford, the academic officer for the Middlebury program argues that while the program is in fact a great program, it can’t stand alone. She encourages school to use a blended classroom so they students not only learn the language, but practice its use outside of the computer. Doing this will create fluent users of the new language, instead of student who just know about the language.

Q2: How are schools responding to Middlebury?

A: For the most part, schools that are using the Middlebury program are enjoying how easy it is to use. In Baltimore, schools are using a blended classroom method where students work on the computer and with a teacher and the district can use 2 teachers that can reach 10 school a week. While the program is not perfect and does have its own share of criticisms, the feedback on it shows that i can be a great addition to a foreign language classroom.

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Blog #2

Title of the Article: How One School Supports BYOT with a Parent University

Part One: This article was explaining how you can begin to update a school with technology and new gadgets and teach the students how to use it, but still need to do more to help the students get the full picture. Canterbury School in Florida, an independent college prep, has been increasing in technology over the last couple of years thanks to grants and donations. The school officials liked this getting with the times, but felt something was missing. The school now offers what they call Parent University, which is an online training of sorts for parents of the students so they can learn about the technology being used in the class room too and understand how it works. The school thinks this is a great idea so students can’t take advantage of parents ineptitude for the technology and creates a tech fluent environment both at school and home.

Part Two: Q’s and A’s

Q1: What are some of the topics that the Parent University covered?

A1: The Parent University that Canterbury school covered a wide variety of different topics. From Google Apps to supporting research in Technology integration. The subject of the training sessions were driven by the questions of the parents since they were the ones that got the most out of the session

Q2: What does BYOT mean and how does it apply to the classroom?

A: BYOT stands for bring-your-own-technology. The concept of the program is to help quench the thirst teachers and students have for more technology in the classroom. Students are allowed to bring in laptops and other approved devices to be used as learning supplements in the classroom and so that they may become more fluent in the technologically word.

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Blog #1

How Professors Can Bolster Inquiry in College Using K-12 Tech Tricks

site: http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2015/02/how-professors-can-bolster-inquiry-in-college-using-k-12-tech-tricks/

Part I – This article takes an example of a professor from a small college, talks about the small tactisc he uses in his classes to improve his students’ learning experience, and how he does that. The professor is a religion professor and while he may not be the most tech savvy professor there is, uses it to help make connections between images and what he is teaching. He uses tools like screen casting to see what the students think about the topic at hand, and can respond to their exact thoughts. He also uses this to help students who are more soft spoken in the class to share their ideas without having to speak in front of the entire class. Another really cool thing the professor does is assign different readings from experts in the field they are studying, and then Skype that professor into the class so they can ask the author direct questions on their readings. These stradegies help make the learning more personalized and give students the chance to enrich their knowledge what is being taught. During the normal class, the professor is a bit strict on what technology the student can use, restricting use of laptops for notes and such, but uses classroom Ipods to display what each student thinks in an active learning envirnoment. The trend in education these days is making strides to large on-line learning classrooms and the article hints at how these tactics can be used to ensure that students still learn all they need to, even if they aren’t face-to-face with the professor in class.

Part II – Questions and answers

Q1. What are the major perks of this teaching style?

A1. This teaching style gives the studetns opportunity to show exactly what they know and think about a certain subject and the professor the ability to respond directly to this information in a way that addresses the questions the students may have and not know they have. Not only does this make learning a personal process, but adds enrichment to their learning. Even though it may seem that the professor isn’t necessarily teaching his students directly, He still establishes that all grades are coming from him. The article made a reference to the professor intentionally undermining himself as an authority in the classroom so the students have a chance to make mistakes which he can correct instantaneously. Thee tactics help not only the students learn the content, but clearly gives the professor an image of where each student is at in understanding.

Q2. What can I take from this as a Teaching Student?a

A2. This article emphasizes not only making sure the students learn, but gives hints of the best ways to instruct. Going into Sepcial education, I realize that imagery will stick with my studetns more than oral instruction. THe professor in the article uses tools like Prezi to help connect imagery to what is being taught.  In my teaching career, if I am able to employ these stradegies in my classroom, I believe I will see a huge increase in student understanding, even if they are unable to vocalize it. Over time, I think being able to understand the subject will be more helpful to my students than just nknowing the face knowledge. Overall, it was a great article to read and I look forward to this trend goriwng in popularity in the College envirnoment, based on the success it has shown in the K-12 learning environment.

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Blog #0

3 things great teachers do with technology

Part 1 – Summary

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PArt 2- Questions and answers

Q1. WHats your opinion of the article? Agree or Disagree?

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