Future Teachers of Tomorrow

The future of technology in the classroom

Reading Eggs: Where Children Learn to Read October 23, 2012

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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. 

 

Changing into a Digital-Friendly Classroom October 8, 2012

Back in High School, I remember buying a $130 TI-89 calculator to solve my tricky Algebra problems, and I constantly forget to bring it with to class with me. When I found that the class required strenuous computed work, I was faced with making a hard decision; whether or not to use my iPhone as a calculator. On my iPhone, there is an application that performed the same functions as a graphing calculator with a nicer interface. My teacher at the time was a very sweet elderly woman who liked to handle Math the old school way, breaking down the logic in sections and adding jingles to expressions as pneumonic devices, so when the cell phone and lap top came around she found it threatening to her lessons. You can’t blame her, I know many people would take advantage of this opportunity and abuse the privilege of a cell phone, but how are we as future teachers going to change that behavior? In an article by Cindy Matthews on Snow.ocad.ca, she suggests a new format to the classroom experience. Imagine couches instead of desks. iPads, iPhones and laptops instead of paper, that students could use to respond in real-time to questions proposed by the teacher through their own device. The classroom would all be connected without the threat of destroying the true definition of education, but rather redefining it. The modern school system is falling apart, and responsibly inviting technology into the classroom can greatly benefit student learning.