Sunday, February 26, 2012
Don't Teach Your Kids This Stuff. Please?
After reading this post Don't Teach Your Kids This Stuff. Please? I thought this was me being negative about the internet because of the bad things they could learn and not thinking about all of the positive things that they could learn.
Dr. Scott McLeod J D PhD., is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Kentucky, and is also recognized as one of the nations academic experts on K-12 school technology leadership issues.
I have to say that I agree with Dr. McLeod's position on teaching our children to be technologically literate. I believe that children need to be supervised so that they will understand which web sites are okay and which ones are not okay. After reading his blog, I can say that I used to think that teaching children technology was dangerous because of statements from other people. I found myself saying some of these comments to my children.
My opinions have changed about technology after attending a couple of years of college. Now I have fun with my son teaching him to communicate with his best friend after we moved this year by email. I agree that children will have a better chance of getting a job and communicating with the world in their future if we teach them to be technologically literate now.
After watching the video i School I am excited about the future of public education. I want to a part of the revolution started by these students Travis Allen's Zeitgeist Young Minds entry (mobile learning) i School InitiativeThis is one of the ways technology can be used to in the future to facilitate public education.I am especially fond of the idea of communication between the teacher and the parent. The financial advantages are a bonus too. This idea comes from a student that knows what will work from being on the inside and I for one think it is a great idea.
Eric Whitare's Virtual Choir
After listening to these people perform in Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir my interest in exploring the use of the internet has been spurred. This choir music is so beautiful. They sound like they have been rehearsing for months. It is hard to believe this is all done through the internet, it is beautiful and intense choir music. These people are an awesome display of the use of the internet.
After viewing the video Teaching in the 21st Century Students I believe that an educator's job will not be obsolete. My opinion of teaching is that the teacher has to show the students how to use technology in the classroom. Having the proper skills in teaching students how to integrate technology into the classroom will be a standard required for all teachers.
In order for students to learn and not just memorize facts they have to be engaged in learning. The teacher's job is to help the student to be able to solve problems in life, learn to be creative, and apply what they have learned in real life situations.
I have to say this is a great site Reading Rockets for everyone wanting to learn they have sites for math and science and too. I found the site for Discovery Education and clicked on students and then on help with math homework they have math for everyone up to trig. and calculus. Also, they have science brain blogging games and virtual investigations on this site.
After reviewing the information on the home page of Reading Rockets I found a helpful resource for teachers for starting with kindergarten that will enhance students comprehension.
Doing effective read-alouds includes information in teaching effective read-alouds using the abstract
method, and effective read-alouds practice. There are different methods listed with many of these research based techniques for reading aloud in small groups. I found the second and third read aloud information helpful for clarity and understanding of the story.
Also, I found a reading podcast site at Meet the Author listed under strategies for teaching reading.
Under this link I found one of my favorites Aesop's Fable The Wolf and the Fox. There is so much information for teachers and parents I am totally engulfed. There are resources for all age groups and such a vast amount of information that can be used everyday.