Monday, September 7, 2009
in the picture attached to this blog post. Yes, it is merely a
picture of a field, the sky, and the open road. More detail, however,
brings to light the impressive nature of this picture (and blog
post). The "cool factor" can be found in the way in which it is
shared. As I write this blog post, I am riding in a car somewhere in
Arkansas, yet I am able to share an image of what I am viewing outside
of my car window with anyone who so chooses to read my blog on the
world wide web. And just think, one of my blog followers may be
viewing my blog via a handheld device - also riding in a car in a
rural area. Oh, what does this say about the world in which we live,
the communication tools available to us, and the impact it will
continue to have on our lives. Think also how this can change
education. Classrooms without walls are continually being redefined.
That said, perhaps my following comment could go without saying, but
for those who have any doubt about the situation, let me make this
clear: I love my iPhone.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Students of all ages may see relevance for using technology in their everyday life. However, they may see less purpose for allowing such innovation to be used as a teaching tool. They look around the room and at each other, seeming to question the fact that technology could be used within the context of learning other relevant content.
Sure, there is the perception that all of our students are digital natives, living and breathing with technology. However, this is not always true. They, like many teachers, have to learn technological skills (e.g., Web 2.0 tools). Likewise, they want to see the purpose behind the technological use (i.e., technology integration).
Certainly, it is an interesting age in which we live. Many educators and citizens want to see positive school reforms implemented -- especially such reforms that embrace technology. However, the change is likely going to be a gradual process. eSchoolnews offers some survey results related the barriers of Web 2.0 is schools.
What do you think? Are students a barrier or a catalyst to technology integration in your school?
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
Of great concern, however, are issues related to how our students are using such tools. Often, students are living in a world absent of parental guidance. Some students are networking with strangers, using their cell phone to take and post lewd photographs of themselves (a.k.a., sexting), and be involved in such activities as cyberbullying.
To help reduce inappropriate uses of technology, educators have established guidlines and curricular materials to combat such challenges. Mike Ribble and Dr. Gerald Bailey have written, "Digital Citizenship in Schools" (2007), which is available from ISTE. Likewise, CyberSmart! offers free lesson plans to help teachers educated students about SMART technology use.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
The Freed-Hardeman University School of Education will be providing an opportunity for Education majors to interview for a job. On March 9, 2009, representatives from the following schools will be on campus to conduct interviews of FHU Education majors:
- Jackson-Madison County Schools
- Fayette County Schools
- Tipton County Schools
- West Tennessee Children's Home
- Columbia Academy
Students interested in making an appointment for an interview are encouraged to stop by the School of Education or call 731-989-6074.
Additional school personnel who would also like to be present to interview FHU Education majors on March 9, 2009 are encouraged to attend. Interested parties should call 1-888-348-6116 and ask to speak with Rhonda Jones or Gloria Sneed.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Her experience offers some helpful tips to those who are new to blogging. In addition to pointing out the importance of using "quizzes and rewards" as a way to gain student interest in reading her blog, she also provides a list of ten reasons why educators should blog. Her list includes the following:
1. It's free. There's no charge for most accounts, and most don't even have advertising.
2. It's a quick and simple way to share ideas, photos, and thoughts.
3. You don't need paperwork because you're not using the district's server.
4. Students can access it anywhere they can log on to the Internet.
5. You can use it in place of your weekly newsletter.
6. If kids are going there, they're reading. Reading is good!
7. If kids are posting, they're thinking and writing. This is good, too!
8. You can use it as your class Web page, adding links to sites your students will access during the school year.
9. Older posts are archived and easy to access.
10. You can use it to build community. Your students can get to know you outside of the classroom.
What about you? How do you use blogging as an educational tool?