Let the conversation begin!!

By Selena Wilke (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

me: i’m here

Denise: I thought the 3rd one could use Glogster.
me: Glogster would be perfect for the third one.
In Glogster, kids can import pics, YouTube videos and more.

Denise: I’m thinking about using the iPad for apps and then the netbooks for other activities. I just feel like I have no time to prepare anything besides pencil and paper.
HOw else could I use youtube?
I need to get an account for Glogster right?

me: What do you mean using iPad for apps? I’ll do some brainstorming for the other two ideas. One of your CC goals is to have kids create webs. I have a few ways for kids to do that together.

Denise: That would be cool- I was thinking pearltrees?

me: No, you don’t need a Glogster acct. I have a subscription and can add your kids to it.
Pearltrees would be a great idea! Pearltrees is about creating webs using websites by Pearling them.

Denise: Do you know how to create an app? I thought that could be cool and see how the kids could run with it- more of a small group enrichment for accel.

me: BRB. I am going to check in Chrome Webstore for app creators.

Denise: cool

me: Ok, can’t find anything right now, but there might be something out on the web.
for which of the activities do you want kids to create an app?

Denise: I’m basically trying to start a doc for major lit skills that students are not really grasping well yet, and then work on others. my goal is to have parents in during EI to monitor and help guide these activities. I think the other I’d really like to work on is vocab. THey never do too well, so I want to use tech to increase abilities. I guess I could start with vocab games, but would like to do more.
For the view selected movie clips could this be on my youtube channel? Need huge refresher on that.

me: I have a perfect solution for game making. It is called Zondle and I am using it right now with Bev Cornett.

Denise: let’s do it. If she has the same planning as me I will come down when you’re already scheduled with her.

me: YouTube is a great place to find movie clips and add to your channel. Plus, the kids can go back and watch it whenever they want. What would you think about creating your own videos to put on YT to help teach or refresh what kids are learning in class? I found a piece of hardware I want to order that would help you do this.

Denise: why not. is it possible to use the wingclip videos in my youtube channel or is this something I’d have to link to Moodle? I’d like to streamline as much as possible. I guess I could link youtube channel to moodle?
not familiar with go animate- that’s an app?
btw I’m logging this as PLC- i will share the form with you.



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Lose the archaic teaching methods

My child’s teacher will need to use tech as a tool to engage her as a learner.  She can use an iPad at age four and her life will be spent online exploring, learning, and creating.  Teacher readiness to integrate technology daily is what will energize her learning.  I say  this because I am concerned for the future of teaching when teachers of my own age are not willing to change their practice to match today’s learners, much less ten years from now.  The angst I feel about this is tremendous.  While I read about many school districts who are moving to a 1:1 or a blended learning model, there are just as many and more who are not moving in this direction.  Maybe it is a funding issue or maybe it is policy or maybe it is a sense of urgency.  Whatever the barrier might be, the technology my kids will have available to them outside of school will likely blow away what they have access to in school.

Beyond this basic concern is a second tier level that administration is unwilling to chart a course and make definitive decisions that take a school or district in a particular direction.  I can only hope that more districts will concern themselves with digital urgency teaching kids how to learn in a post industrialized based society.  Blogs of principals who are “21st Century” minded excite me because they see the bigger picture and are taking their school or district towards a better educational future.  While this is a broad generalization that education is better with technology, education cannot help but fully adopt it in all content areas maximizing its full potential while pushing for higher teacher standards resulting in transformed teaching that is inquiry based and open ended where students are answering important questions at the same time they are learning content and becoming digitally literate.  This is the point at which some teachers, rather than innovate and authenticate their own teaching, refuse to see the panoramic view that education is changing rapidly thus forcing, though with a good fight, them to change.  Knowing human nature, when anyone is forced to do anything the first reaction is to resist and resistance is already apparent.  Resistance is a waste of pedagogical energy dissipating in the melee of learning and education.  If  tomorrow’s students are to sustain a fighting chance of learning with technology then tomorrow’s teacher must change to match the learning style of the next generations.

Foisting archaic, industrial teaching methods upon digital literate citizens will reduce the zeal for the learning process and destroy the credibility of teaching as a profession.  Thrust upon teachers will be the label, as it is when students are labeled with a learning disability, “teaching disabled with moderate to severe neglect,” because we were unwilling to change ourselves for the better outcome of tomorrow’s students.

Regardless of what role technology plays today, tomorrow it will play a larger role in shaping education.  Despite your own comfort level with technology how will you change your practice to meet the needs of digitally literate children?