Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Blog Assignment #11
Ms. Cassidy's First Grade Class Video and Interview with Dr. Strange:
Ms. Cassidy's first grade class video is pretty impressive. I know that these kids use technology in and out of school and it is there first nature to have them. Using it in class would just be normal and taking it away would be a negative. I understand why she uses games to help the kids learn and uses blogs and podcast to help with their language and reading. The students really like it. I really like the idea of using technology as a means to help my students learn in a way that is fun for them so that they don't just forget the material after they have tested on it. I would be scared that my students would use their computer or cell phones or whatever to look up noneducational sites or cheat. In her Skype interview with Dr. Strange, Ms. Cassidy didn't really seem to have an answer for this specifically because with her students, she can just sit down and talk to them and solve the problem. For secondary students, this may not work. I think if the students like the work they are doing and they understand it then they may not need to look up other stuff or answers. She did, though, describe cheating with the internet as learning collaboration. She says that it's not really cheating but instead just sharing your learning experiences with others. I'm not sure how this applies to math. I'm not sure how any of this applies to math. I love the idea of technology and all the wonderful things we are learning in EDM310, but I am having a really hard time thinking of ways to use it all in my classroom. Please, someone show me how to use it in my future math class, and I would be happy to. All we ever used in my classes are Smartboards and some swivel laptops. I'm interested to see how next week's blog assignment is going to go. Fingers crossed I find something I like.