Future Teachers of Tomorrow

The future of technology in the classroom

Reflecting back to Module 1 October 23, 2012

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I want to be completely honest with how I felt before, during, and after my Technologies and the Future of Writing: Module 1, tfwf12 The first day that I figured out that my first module was going to be on new technologies and how it will impact the future of writing, was very exciting and I truly thought it was going to be a piece of cake. But, like I said before, I am starting to realize more and more how much I really thought I did know, but really I don’t, and the amount of information and new skills that I had to learn within a few week period, was way too overwhelming. I noticed how many different technologies there really are, out in our world, during this module and it opened my eyes completely to how important and helpful it is to know what’s out there, that can make our lives so much easier. Now that the module is finished, I think to myself how much I wish that just this subject area could’ve been stretched throughout a whole semester on its own, because I would’ve loved to be able to learn more in-depth on each topic, and had more time to take it all in. But, it’s understandable considering that’s just how our world is growing with new things, and it taught me that I need to learn how to keep up with the pace of things because technology will probably never stop getting better and better, which will always bring something new. So, in conclusion, I enjoyed having the opportunity of gaining a brighter and bigger perspective for my future as a teacher, and the fast-growing world of technology, from an amazing professor, Bill Wolff, who truly enjoys and understands the subject, and keeps up to date with everything, to share his knowledge with others.

 

The Future of Digital Children’s Books

The article, “The Future of Digital Children’s Books,” actually came as a surprise to me, as I continued reading through because I just assumed that digital books, in general, would be more preferred than regular paperback books. With all the new technologies, like cellphones, tablets, laptops, etc. that almost every person in the world owns and/or uses, I was expecting to read about how the future of digital children’s books is rising tremendously. The two important points that Tara Lazar describes about the problems that come along with digitalizing books, are how poorly imagined they could be, meaning that one function could do two different things, which could frustrate a child reading, and the other focusing on how the timing of stories can change, due to the vertical orientation of e-readers. Digital books are very hard to promote and sell, and Williams-Ng warns, “You need a hardcopy book to sell the digital book,” because the classic books are the only ones selling, but if new publishers do want just digitized books, they must think about interactivity at the very start of their creative process. No matter what the future may hold for digital books, people are always going to continue to read and write, which will hopefully benefit, as long as companies continue making new technological reading gadgets. 

      Tara Lazar has a great insight into the future of reading and writing, and she would be a great person to follow and learn interesting new topics of today’s education world.

 

What Every Teacher Should know about Technology

 In the classroom, there is no escaping technology! But, according to the Ed-Tech professor, Bernie Poole, in his article, “What Every Teacher Should Know About Technology,” he writes, “Technology must be integrated effectively if it is to make a difference in the way teachers teach and students learn.” I think this is extremely important, and that every teacher should take this very seriously, and have a clear acknowledgment of it throughout their entire career. After reading through the article, I realized that I am not as “computer smart” as I may have thought, since there are so many specific skills that every teacher should acquire, if they want to be the best teachers. The majority of the technology-related skills, in which Poole covers, I know how to use successfully, but I know I must take all of them into consideration, if I want to be a good teacher and make a difference in my students’ lives. The technology-related skills include, proficiency in the use of productivity tools, troubleshooting problems, knowing where to find technical assistance, the wide range of Web resources related to the subject area, as well as Web searching skills, and most importantly, being open to learning new ways of doing things. Teachers have major responsibilities, and one of those, which I feel is most important, is learning the different ways that each and every one of your students learn, and the only way that this can be possible is by not only knowing what you’re teaching, but how you’re teaching and how you’re going to engage everyone.

 

Reading Eggs: Where Children Learn to Read

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Technology is growing faster than we may think, and it is quickly moving into classrooms, anywhere from kindergarten through college. I am one of those who has always thought I understood, and kept up with the most well-known, and widely used technologies, but that all changed a few days ago. I was overlooking my fiancée’s five-year-old son, a few days ago, while he was practicing and learning his letters and how to read, on a program called Reading Eggs. The program, Reading Eggs, is a website that is used in the kindergarten classrooms, and continues on through Elementary school, which provides the students with a variety of different aspects of learning their letters and reading. The site uses everything from drawing, reading aloud, interesting reading games and activities to help engage the students, to motivating songs and rewards to get students proud to be learning. When the students first start using Reading Eggs, they are given a username and password to sign in, where they have their own account and a fun map that keeps track of their journeys and makes sure that the students are on their most suitable level. The students are given simple placement test that ensure that they are on the correct path and level for their age group.

            In conclusion, I truly feel that this is an amazing program for not only the students’ benefits, but to help teachers with the complications that come along with teaching how to read, as well. I am so glad that I am able to engage and learn, while helping my future step son continue his long journey of learning how to read and write, with Reading Eggs. I think that this experience will help me tremendously with my future career as an Elementary school teacher because it adds another technology, to the list of many, which will be very useful in my classroom. 

 

Why the iPad should be used in Classrooms

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Here is a blog that I wrote, on an article called, “Why the iPad Should be used in Classrooms,” by Vineet Madan. I know it seems a little funny to be a picture of my blog written on paper, but this is one of the requirements for a project in my Technologies and the Future of Writing class, in which I am analyzing a variety of different writing spaces, and of those spaces, I am composing 4 of my blogs in 4 different spaces. I hope that this picture and the text is legible. 

 

Final Prezi Presentation October 22, 2012

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Technology has completely evolved writing over the past years. Writing has gone from a private scene to very public with websites such as Facebook, Twitter, and WordPress. In my final presentation, I discuss the significance of these technological advancements, and explore how these new writing spaces are presently impacting our writing.

 

Final Prezi October 21, 2012

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For my final project, I discuss the different types of writing spaces and how they can be used. I talk about using social networks such as Twitter and Facebook versus Google Documents or Microsoft Word. I explain what Bolter had to say about the different writing spaces. I then went on to show what I think writing will be like in the future. I used Dick Hardt to explain his idea of identity and how that plays a role in writing. The future of writing is exciting, but I feel will be vastly different soon.

Here is the link to my final prezi: http://screencast.com/t/Dt9fT7YT6