Education: “The Times are a Changing”

27 Nov

“A look at the progression of student communication and classroom settings from the past to the future”

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Technology Educators Should Be Thankful For

27 Nov

This Thanksgiving... Give Thanks to Social Networking

Technology Educators Should Be Thankful For


A look at how far we have come…

Twitter in the Classroom

27 Nov

 

The student who collaborated with the professor from the University of Texas explains the reasoning behind the use of Twitter in the classroom: “Dr. Rankin, professor of History at UT Dallas, wanted to know how to reach more students and involve more people in class discussions both in and out of the classroom. She had heard of Twitter… She collaborated with a graduate student, Kim Smith, from the Emerging Media and Communications (EMAC) and reached out to EMAC faculty for advice. As a Graduate student in EMAC I assisted her in The Twitter Experiment and documented the project to share with others”

While it is being used in this video at the collegiate level, it can be transferred to any high school classroom. How could this type of lesson transfer to the high school setting? Which subjects would it work best for?

The student goes on to add that, “The feedback is varied, but the lesson for me, as a student, was the importance of a professor’s attitude and willingness to try new technologies in the classroom, especially a more traditional class such as History. It was a great pleasure to assist Dr. Rankin with this”

Social Networking is a way to engage students in a new, interesting way. It is a fast, response system. As the professor explains, “This is a very different format than your [typical] History class… I think I remember saying that it is going to be messy, but messy doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to be bad”. Her words here are true for any lesson which takes the teacher outside of their comfort zone, but as this professor learns, it might be a value for the students, as it is in their comfort zone. Students who were not able to comment during large class discussions, for either time reasons or lack of confidence, it gives all members of the class a voice in the discussion.

Introduction to Video Blogging

27 Nov

What is Video Blogging? You might be asking yourself this question. The “blog” has become a place for people to share ideas, recipes, their own personal writing, opinions, and educational philosophies. The video blog is simply a transfer of everything we love about blogs, and making them even more digital by incorporating live videos and moving images into our posts.

Through this blog, I hope to showcase videos which are interesting to technology and English Language Arts and how both fit into the field of Secondary Education.