Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Blog Post #11


               Ms. Cassidy sounds like a fascinating educator that really explores all options of teaching. She seems like the type of teacher who really incorporates the full use of technology into her classroom. There are many techniques of hers that I would consider or try using in her classroom, such as, using the blogs for student portfolios. I really like this because it would allow the parents of the students to go on and see what their child is doing in class at any time they wanted. The parents wouldn't have to wait for the mid-school year open house night to see their child's progress in school.
               I have never been an advocate of using all the technology in the classroom but Ms. Cassidy has some great feedback for what her students have done. In the first video we watched of her class, I noticed the students got the chance to Skype with a geologist. That is such a great learning experience and would spark an interest in the students. Another great technique Ms. Cassidy uses in her classroom are Wiki's. She has her students create Wikis with different questions to help them learn about certain things. That is a great collaborative assignment because you get feedback from people from all over the world.
              An issue that I could see causing a problem would be the use of computers in the classroom and cheating becoming a problem. Not so much with elementary but I could definitely see it with the high school level. I have actually been substitute cheating at Gulf Shores High School for a while now and have heard from many teachers that the MacBooks have caused a greater number of there students to cheat then in the past because there is no way to monitor the activity being done on their computers the entire time they are in class. Now, in the past year they have actually had a technology specialist come in and set up to where they can pull up the home screen of any MacBook in the school and see what that student or even teacher is looking at and researching. They can also take control of there system and log them out of whatever they were on. This is a great way to control what the students are looking up and doing on their computers but unfortunately they do not have the staff to have someone monitor every computer all day long. So in this case they just do random screenings of the MacBooks.
          All in all, I think Ms. Cassidy posed a lot of great ideas for incorporating technology into the classroom. I  hope to one day put a few of them into use.

1 comment:

  1. "I have actually been substitute cheating at Gulf Shores High School for a while now and have heard from many teachers that the MacBooks have caused a greater number of there students to cheat then in the past because there is no way to monitor the activity being done on their computers the entire time they are in class."

    OK - let's do a little proofreading:

    "been substitute cheating" probably should be been substitute teaching

    there students should be their students

    than not then Take a look at Then or Than.

    Now to the substance of your comment. First, what is meant by cheating? Using somebody else's "answer". But are we not supposed to find out if we do not know? I think the real problem is what we want students to learn. If we insist on the burp-back method of memorizing facts (temporarily at least) and burping them back then we can certainly say that technology increase the possibilities for "cheating" since "answers' are easier to find than to memorize. But, if we emphasize project based learning, that is no longer an issue. My argument, therefore, is that we are pursuing the wrong objectives. If we engage in project based cooperative learning the "cheating" issue disappears. That is certainly what is desired in Baldwin County and why there are at least 6 teachers from Gulf Shores High School in the Digital Renaissance Leadership Academy. It is vital that we end burp-back education and implement project based learning. That is what Baldwin County is trying to do and what I am trying to do in EDM310. You are making progress toward that goal but are not there yet. I can tell that you are thinking about these issues. You are making progress. You are not there yet, but you are thinking. Keep doing that!

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