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This tweet is valuable to educators because it includes a study that proves that educational games are beneficial to the student learning environment. Like we talked about in class 21st century learners have trouble focusing on worksheets, but rather prefer to use technology. Incorporating digital games into the classroom will increase student attention. Along with that, online games and lessons allow teachers to know student progress and keep track consistently. In my future classroom I intend on using technology and I think that incorporating educational games is a great idea to keep students interested and on the right track.

This tweet is full of very valuable information. It recognizes that the world of education has changed and that it is very outdated to not use technology. This tweet gives 17 things to consider while planning a lesson plan for 21st century learners. A valuable things that the article points out is that student work is now not only submitted to the teacher, but also can be submitted to all students in order for students to collaborate and compare their responses. I think thats important because sharing thoughts forces the students to reflect and analyze the information in more detail. Another thing mentioned in the article is that differentiation is key. Differentiation is one of the main things talked about in all of my current classes. Technology makes differentiating lesson plans more simple because it provides many different ways to present, express and reflect on information.

This tweet is important because although so many people talk about technology in the classroom, the cost of getting the technology is very expensive and out of reach to many low income schools. Different things can be done in order to get the technology, such as writing grants. Writing a grant can be timely, but it is often very affective and can often time get schools IPads and other technologies for free. While considering purchasing technology it is important to consider all students needs and find technologies that are the most up to date because that is the most beneficial to student learning.

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21st Century Learning

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TECHNOLOGY–

This seems to be the focus of anything and everything that is written about the future of teaching. Students and educators alike recognize the value and importance of having technology in the classroom and using it to learn, reinforce, and present understanding. The millions of possibilities there are in the technological world make it very simple to incorporate it into the classroom. In my future classroom, I expect to be working with students with all kinds of disabilities, intellectual, physical, learning, ect. The use of technology in my future classroom will provide me with many opportunities to differentiate my instruction, as well as providing me with multiple means of representation.

The video shows how different students react to technology. With 21st century learners there is no significance behind a lot of curriculum from the 20th century, because technology makes information more readily available to everyone. Along with the many different technological devices in the classroom, students brains are beginning to function differently. The average worksheet does not allow for as much student engagement and often times students attention spans are much shorter when information is presented to them in that way. Some different technologies that are great in the classroom are smart boards, iPads, IPods, computers, laptops, listening devices, and so many more. In the future, I can see myself using as much technology as possible in order to gain student interest, focus, and attention. Technology is especially important in the special education classrooms because it has so many options to accommodate individuals. For example, voice recognition tools for individuals who have trouble with fine motor movement, talking devices for students who are unable to speak, and even just motorized wheelchairs for students with physical disabilities. All these different forms of technology are part of everyday schooling.

Creativity is also increasing through the dramatic increase of technology in the classroom. Coding, music making, video making, and so on are all ways students are getting creative to present information and understanding. This is so important because many studies are showing that many students in school during the 21st century will end up with jobs that do not even exist yet. Getting familiar with technology and learning things such as coding, is potentially going to be so important because this is the future of jobs. The videos also talk about passion. As a young student developing a passion, such a photography/ graphic design, will create drive, motivation and student interest to continue their educational path.

In this day and age, the educators and students all need to be adaptable to change. The educational world is changing, revolving more and more around technology. I personally think that this is important and basically allows every student to be on a more equal level because there are so many different things that can be done through the use of technology. Not providing students with technology or not using technology is only hurting the student’s learning process and abilities. Finally, like John Dewey said,Unknown “If we teach students the way we taught them yesterday, then we rob them of tomorrow”.   

http://www.securedgenetworks.com/strategy-blog/10-Reasons-Today-s-Students-NEED-Technology-in-the-Classroom

This web link above is just a quick read of exactly why technology is useful in the classroom.

Twitter Community

After building my twitter community, here are some interesting tweets I found…

I found this interesting because it reenforces the importance of the past and also encourages the future of education. The tweet stating that “we must lead with learning not the technology” is important because as technology is pushed further and further into the classroom, teachers may start to stray away from the fundamentals and base knowledge which is essential to the foundation of every individuals educational career. Following that statement the tweet reads “pedagogy is the driver technology is the accelerator”. This is equally as important to the first part because once the foundation of a concept is taught to children reenforcing it with technology- computers, iPads, iPods, ect. is very beneficial to students and the way their brains work today.

This is another tweet/article I thought would be important to share with educators. I think is important because, although, everyone today is reinforcing how important technology is, there is still benefits and advantages to doing things the ‘old fashion way’. Reading on screens has proven to decrease student concentration, remove and/or change the students need to think critically, and overall decrease the amount of time and consciousness students put into their reading. I do realize the convince, cost efficient, and accessibility technology brings to the reading process, but educators need to look into better more effective ways to implement the technology because there seem to be an abundance of negatives.

Finally, this is a third tweet I found, which states the educational goals for 21st century learners. Basically this tweet just states that technology needs to be implemented and focused on in the classroom. I strongly agree that using technology in the classroom truly benefits both the students and the teachers, but I also do realize the distractions technology can cause. I just think this is important for teachers to keep in mind while making lesson plans and also when dealing with students that may have disabilities.

Different Ways of Thinking

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After hearing Temple Grandin speak about the different types of thinking and different ways the minds work, I really thought about the future of students in school right now. She brought up points addressing that our curriculum is becoming more and more focused on technology and less focused on hands on creative, mind straining tasks.

One of her major points is, that students with autism range on a very wide spectrum, from having limited communication to being fully able to communicate. Students are all individuals and have different interests and affect ways of learning. Three different types of thinking she talked about were, visual, pattern, and verbal. Each way of thinking was unique and had certain characteristics. A visual thinker, which is what she classified herself as, is someone who is good with architecture and graphic design. I think that this point was incredible because she described her thinking process and to me it made very little sense and would be an extremely difficult way for me to think and analyze information. The second type, was the pattern thinker. I think with my schooling and previous experiences i would classify myself as this one. The pattern thinker uses a more math and science aspect to thinking about things. Finally, the third was the verbal thinker. The verbal thinker is someone who is good at things such as acting. After hearing about the different ways of thinking, I am going to really consider this information in the future.

Having an open outlook on every individual and their learning styles and thinking patterns is essential for all teachers. There will never be two students in a classroom that learn exactly the same, which is way differentiation is so critical. With the world becoming so technology based, future educators need to emphasis the importance of continually using hands on activities to learn. Continuing the use of hands on activities is important because a lot of time this is what activates students minds and encourages them to be more active and involved in the material.

In conclusion, the world needs all different kinds of minds to work together and make a successful and inventive community.

Bill Gate’s Views on Improving Education

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After watching the TED talk that Bill Gate made regarding the education system in American I am deeply concerned. He provided facts stating that the United States is ranked 31st in math, 23rd in science, and 15th in reading. Following up those statistics he states that the only thing America is really succeeding at, is being the country that provides the least amount of feedback to teachers.

Looking also at the statistics that he provided, Shanghai China, is the number one country in almost category. With that being true he further looked into their educational system to see why their successes were so much greater. While researching, he discovered their system for giving teachers feedback on their performance. In China the teachers are required to have teacher study groups, as well as observation hours to reflect and evaluate their colleagues.  I think that this strategy is good because reflecting and having people observe each other would encourage them to improve themselves and also give others more ideas and strategies that could be more effective then what they were previously doing.

Implementing Bill Gate’s plan of action would effect my job in the future and education as a whole in a very positive way. Although there are expenses to doing this, their impact out weighs the overall cost it would take. A major part of his plan was to have teachers video tape themselves in the classroom. This is important because they could then go back and reflect on their work so there would be improvements the next time they instruct that lesson. I think this is a wonderful idea to make improvements, but also because it allows teachers to document which strategies really worked and what needs to be changed.

All in all, American education levels are falling low on the global scale which is scary for our country and the future generations of students. Establishing an effective way to give educators feedback on their work to improve the quality of education students are receiving would benefit our country as a whole. I hope that by the time my peers and I are in our own classrooms we can demonstrate the importance of teacher feedback in order to make a difference in the future. global-education-league

What Learning Looks Like Today

In class we talked a lot about the changes that are happening in education today, a major change was the technological advances. In classrooms all over the United States and even across the world the use of technology is critical. In the video I created, “What Learning Looks Like Today” I walked around campus, looked in classrooms, video taped my friends sitting around our house in order to see what the students of today are really using to learn and gain knowledge. A common thing I saw in every situation I walked in, was laptops. Walking through the coffee shop, walking into classrooms, even just walking through a dining hall, laptops are everywhere. My video overall just emphasizes the tremendous role technology has on our society and the different culture of learning students experience today.

Technology in the Classroom

As I am typing this blog response, I am currently looking around at the library and I have yet to see a single person without some form of technology in front of them. Although, an argument can be made for how distracting it can be in the classroom, I think the benefits of it completely out weigh the negatives. Years back when computers were a newer thing, the internet was dial up, and the screen and monitor of a computer were as big as the desk it was sitting on, it was very easy to avoid using technology in schools. But, now that science is improving drastically it is very unrealistic to not use technology for the learning process. Technology is more efficiant, saves a lot of resources–paper, creates connections to people all the way across the world, and overall just has too much information to not take advantage of.  This is why I strongly believe that given the times and the rate at which technology is advancing, educators should have no choice on incorporating technology in the classroom.

Education is focused around building a community of working individuals. In society today, so many things are run by machines or require working on computers or other technological devices that if students are not familiarized with them starting at a younger age than it could lead to future challenges. In addition to being vital to know about, classrooms could use the thousands of different apps, the internet, and office tools in order to complete work and learn. There are endless possibilities on different ways to incorporate technology in the classroom in all content areas, even physical education. For example, in the special education course I interned for, the students all got iPads in order to practice spelling, count money, and learn about anything that was relative to the lesson. This was my first time experiencing the use of iPads in the school setting, but I learned quickly how effective it was and how many different apps the students could use to practice and discover information.

I think that it is important for teachers to use technology to create lessons as well. Throughout my schooling career thus far, the teachers that incorporate the internet and encourage finding new information are the ones I have learned the most from. Like we talked about in class, there is no reason to memorize random facts anymore, because the information is too readily available that it is a waste of time. This is just a reality of the future and if teachers don’t use technology and introduce their students to it they will be at a disadvantage.

All in all, the times are changing. Technology is advancing at a rapid rate and soon enough machines will be running everything. Schools are in place in order to prepare students for their future careers and withholding the use of technology would actually harm their education.