Future Teachers of Tomorrow

The future of technology in the classroom

What Every Teacher Should know about Technology October 23, 2012

 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. 

 

Writing Spaces – Bolter September 17, 2012

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In the contemporary writing space, writing can constantly be changed. Bolter states, “The continuous flow of words and pages in the book is supplanted in electronic space by abrupt changes of direction and tempo, as the user interacts with a web page or other interface.” This is to say that it is much easier to alter and change text using digital technology such as a computer, than it is to change text in a written out book. This changes our society because it makes things more accessible and convenient. For example, writing out this blog post right now using a word processor on my laptop is much quicker and easier than if I were to hand write it. When I make mistakes or typos, I can easily go back and change it without having to rewrite things. If I decide I want to add something into the earlier part of the paper, I can easily do that without having to erase everything.

In the same sense, Bolter talks about the behavior of the writing space becoming a metaphor for the human mind. Where does the mind end and the writing space begin? When we have ideas in our mind, we might write them down, whether it be on our computer, on paper, or in a journal. That is all the materiality of writing, but is that part of our thinking of writing? When I use Twitter, some of my thoughts come from other tweets and discussions that I view on the site. Twitter itself is a place to express thought, and that is when “the writer enters into a reflective and reflexive relationship with the written page, a relationship in which thoughts are bodied forth,” states Bolter. This means that wherever the writer chooses to express their thoughts- paper, stone, clay, computer screen- they fall into that writing style and it is a fine line between their thoughts and the materialistic aspect of the writing.

In conclusion, Bolter makes strong points about the writing space changing and being culturally more powerful than it has ever been. The writing space is defined by culture. During this time, the main writing space is digital technology, which shows we are a digital cultural society. For example, computers, cell phones, and tablets are used in everyday life. However, back in earlier times, Bolter talks about ancient Greece and Rome using papyrus and the inner surface of a continuous roll, divided into columns. He explains that papyrus didn’t have to be used that way, but the ancient culture made that choice. Therefore, culture shows to be a dominant reason behind writing styles and the writing space changing dramatically from ancient times to now.