Monday, March 18, 2013

Can students focus with technology in the classroom?

Each lecture I attend of Ed & Tech & Design, my eyes are opened a bit wider to the realm of technology and all of the ways I can use it in my classroom. In a general sense, it's pretty fascinating. I recently declared an Educational Technology minor because I like the idea of learning more ways to integrate technology into my future classroom. 

The one thing I'm worried about, in general, is that my students won't be able to focus on productive tasks if they are presented with some kind of technology, like an iPad, tablet, laptop, or whatever is new in two years when I have a teaching job. From what I've learned in Ed Tech & Design, high school students now are much better at multitasking and switching quickly between applications.

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My plan is to approach it like this: I'm going to try hard to use technology in an engaging way that students find relevant enough to pay attention on their own. I get distracted from my homework easily by websites like FacebookTwitter, and I Waste So Much Time. If my students can multitask and still be academically successful, is that a problem? It would be impossible for me to stay on task for an entire class period; why should I expect them to? If they don't succeed, I'll figure out why they're not engaged and fix it to meet their needs. 

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Re-purposing Pinterest

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Since my freshman year of college I've been a member of the popular website we all know and love, Pinterest. Lots of women typically pin pictures of clothes, recipes, and quotes but I prefer to use Pinterest as a means of preparation for my future. I have a specific Pinterest board dedicated to "My Future Classroom" to help me remember ideas that may help me organize my classroom when I reach that point in my career. There are so many innovative, simple ideas available to keep me organized! I know I'll need them because it's a known fact that the first year of teaching is the most stressful. Pinterest is a great way to keep ideas that otherwise you might forget; sharing and repinning helps people stay connected and share ideas on a global scale. Pinterest can be a great educational tool when used proactively!

Here's a short YouTube tutorial on how to use Pinterest if you are interested in getting started!