First Prompt 01/31/2008

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Please briefly describe your personal connections with technology - successes, challenges, or concerns - and your expectations for this seminar.



P Diddy

Tue, 12 Feb 2008 07:31:24

I think the most important thing out of this article was that kids need to learn how to learn, however this only happens if they enjoy learning.



Tue, 12 Feb 2008 07:36:27

I think that learning to teach yourself has everything to do with being a "life-long learner" though the concept is new or foreign to most people.



Tue, 12 Feb 2008 07:36:50

I find it a little troubling that with all this talk of teaching students how to learn, that (at least at my school) the move seems to be more in the direction of emphasizing core classes to the exclusion of all else.



Tue, 12 Feb 2008 07:37:28

So, my personal feelings about technology are: I can figure out how to use almost anything that has to do with a computer, I don't know the best ways to utilize technology in my classroom, and I'm not sure what I should be teaching kids to use, or how to teach it. I hope to learn about some programs that I can use to really help my kids. I want it to be something that they can use again, and something that will help them to understand the content. Because I think that's the most important part: how to use technology to better access and understand new material.



Tue, 12 Feb 2008 07:38:18

I have been using technology for a while in the classroom. The successes have been being able to share the classroom experiences with my students and their parents through my web site. Challenges are the different ability levels of students and access to the Internet. Concerns are that we are not properly teaching the teachers how to utilize technology in the classroom.

My expectations for this seminar would be to find new ways to integrate technology into my classroom. I would like to learn more "tricks of the trade".



Tue, 12 Feb 2008 07:40:03

I am currently trying to use more technology in the classroom because I find that the kids are excited about it. I have a blog and a wiki that my students use. I have created and executed web projects with my students. I find that they enjoy finding out information more when it relates to their world.

I find it challenging to always use technology because there aren't enough computers to go around, but it is getting better.

I would very much like to find more ways to bring technology into my classroom...keeping in mind my access to technology might not always be ideal.



Tue, 12 Feb 2008 07:40:06

I have been integrating technology into my curriculum for several years now. I have had 25 iBook computers in my classroom for approximately 5 years. I have taught in-service courses to other staff members including PowerPoint and other programs. I use an LCD projector daily in my classroom presentations and the demonstrations of technology skills. I have over that period of 5 years found ways to overcome the organizational challenges of using technology effectively with approximately 85+ students a year with differing levels of ability. I have crossed a lot of bridges and made my share of mistakes but now feel comfortable and confident with using technology in the classroom.



Tue, 12 Feb 2008 07:41:24

Jay Leno, one of the U.S.'s most famous comics, has no problem sharing with his audiences that he has dyslexia. Though he has many talented writers, he had to get the material from somewhere, especially in his days of stand-up and the recent writer's strike. He is truly a sharp comedian who stays on top of news and current events. It does not surprise me that many people, young and old, get their information from the comedy world. I mentioned Jay Leno, because obviously, he has to read a great deal, and somehow he has had to work with the dyslexia. He has obviously learned to learn, whis is a testament to the idea that learning to learn can be a portal to accessing information in ways mo one ever imagined.



Tue, 12 Feb 2008 07:44:53

As a member of a grade 9 team at SPHS, all our students are assigned laptops. Perhaps ideas as to how to use technology more effectively, especially as a speciaal educator, might be a good result for me from this seminar.

I do not like the sedentary aspect of technology use...



Tue, 12 Feb 2008 07:47:05

I think that education in this country is often taken for granted and no matter how much the governments (local and federal) push for better need to take some initiative to learn. I think that Americans are getting lazy and we're teaching our kids to be lazy and I don't think that technology helps some causes.
I'm trying to use technology in my classroom, but find it increasingly difficult because there is so much out there and who has the time to look at it all?



Tue, 12 Feb 2008 07:47:32

I find most kids love to learn. They just might not love to learn what I want to teach them. They might not see it's importance to their life. Technology is something most kids are interested in. I believe it can be used as a tool to engage students.



Tue, 12 Feb 2008 07:49:18

I think there is a motivation factor for some students in the U.S. in regards to doing the hard work necessary in school to get that science or engineering degree. Students in some of these other countries have a much greater motivational factor for wanting to get ahead just to improve their standard of living. Once again I think that technology needs to be incorporated into the education as a tool not an end in itself. It is sometimes too easy for students to get caught up in playing with their computer.



Tue, 12 Feb 2008 07:54:53



Tue, 12 Feb 2008 07:57:42

Hmmm... let's try this again. It occurs to me that in order for teachers to "teach themselves" and get up to speed, administration will have to honor the time required to do so. (release time, etc. ease up on other directives, etc.)


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