Margo's World with Leadership In Educational Technology

An adventure of leading and learning technology simultaneously

Reflection

It was interesting reading about all the different projects. It looks like they have all gone great. I really liked Amber’s idea of surveying the students how they liked using the technology. It has given me the idea of asking my students if the tutoring program mobymax has enhanced there math learning. Christine has experienced how mentoring can open up dialogue. It sounds like they have a good working relation. I work with a teacher I think I can improve our working relation with some mentoring. Ginger gave me some great feedback on how to write up my paper to look better. 

I shared some ideas with my peers to reflect how they are coming along with their project. I looked through some of the suggested websites and gave some feedback on ideas about them. 

I will finish my mentor project paper next and put together the powerpoint for the presentation. 

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Essential Question: What are you finding as you analyze the data related to your Mentor Project?

Essential Question: What are you finding as you analyze the data related to your Mentor Project?

 

Kelleigh and I have taught together for weeks. We plan and implement lessons and progress monitor student’s growth together. It has been hands on instead of scheduled lessons to teach the technology. Things have gone well. Kelleigh is a fast study. She is able use aimsweb independently. We are still working on iplan. We will be continue training with that program this week. We continue to use mobymax and monitor and adjust lessons to meet student growth and support the regular classroom math program. We have extended the plan and included Promethean boards to the plan. We have developed flipcharts for Step Up to Writing program we have implemented this last month. Kelleigh has used a smart board but not the Promethean Board. Her familiarity with a smart board has made teaching the Promethean board a breeze. 

The data shows that we are progressing well with the timeline to master the programs before Christmas break. I have noticed that we work on aimsweb the most, mobymax next, and iplan the least. I will focus more on iplan this week. Kelleigh is comfortable with aimweb. She is able to use the charts on mobymax to review progress. She is still developing the skill to determine what lessons to assign in order to support the regular classroom math program and individual level of skill. 

The mentoring project has gone well. I am looking forward to working with others in the future. 

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Blog #11 Reflection

It was interesting taking the time to reflect how I use technology for myself and my students. I find that I have embraced technology and use it more and more in my classroom. Technology has enabled my to become more of a facilitator of learning instead of a provider of information to memorize and use. I am more excited to be a teacher today than any other time. 

I learned from other blogs about the importance of being resilient  from Ginger with teaching and learning. From Heather the importance of jumping in and not letting fear stop you from learning new things.  Ginger also gave me wonderful feedback about how to make my blog posting even better. I will use them. 

I shared with others my ideas of how the future of technology may look in our classrooms. Its a whole new way of interacting with technology. I look forward to it. Games from xbox and playstation lead the way of advancing interactive games. The technology they create will filter into our online games. It will be fun. 

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Philosophy of Adaptation

Philosophy of Adaptation
1. My motto for creating 21st Century Learners.
JUST KEEP SWIMMING
I have used this motto since the movie Finding Nemo came out. It works for multiple purposes for myself and others I support, coach, and lead. To teach means to be busy. To use technology means to be flexible and responsive to its uses. Just keep swimming reminds me that there will always be something new to learn and apply while I maintain and change what I have implemented currently. I am committed and excited to use technology to enhance the education of children and adults. Every year I introduce more high and low tech into my educational programs. I read, implement, adjust, and throw out on a continuous motion. I work together with other teachers do the same. We just keep swimming. We never stop.

2. How do I adapt to change in my environment?
Technology is a tool to enhance education. As teachers facilitate a child’s educational journey; technology provides multiple ways to reach their individual level of skill and unique way of learning. It opened the door to new methods of educational delivery not available in the past. Educational interactive online websites and apps are highly useful for students to practice as much as they need for any academic skill with immediate consistent feedback Academic instructional videos are available to preteach, teach, and reteach just about any skill. Cooperative learning may be enhanced with the use of any technology. Technology changes and grows everyday and new and more tools are available on a daily bases. I have an assortment of technology today in my classroom. I predict in five years my classroom will look completely different.
I am excited to use technology as a tool in my classroom. Every piece I use provides me greater access to children’s ability to learn. I use low tech to high tech as I see fit in order to meet a student’s growth with their education. Technology today frees me to work with an individual or small group while other students use an app or website to practice a skill that will give them immediate feedback. Students are able to view educational videos at home or school in order to learn or relearn a concept. I use the flipped classroom approach at times in order for students to take control of their learning and for me to have more time applying and practicing the skills they are learning. The use of technology allows me to implement tacit knowledge in order to personalize learning, increase motivation, collaboration, and pro-social behavior, and student efficiency and productivity. My classroom is a flurry of the educational movement as students take charge of their learning.

3. How do I support my students in adapting to change?
The most effective method I use to support students with technology is to give them the technology and get out of their way. I facilitate the educational goal for them and provide the structure. The students learn so much faster than I can teach. The introduction of moviemake is a prime example. I began with formal instruction and quickly went to letting the kids get with the program and play. I then gave the structure from Jason Ohler’s book Digital Storytelling in the Classroom to guide the student building of their story. The kids came in on their recess to do this project. It is a good example of tacit learning. However, only the students interested came in to do the project. I also read and research on a constant basis to keep up with the changes of technology and provide the new information for them to implement. As technology such as iphones and kindles are used I predict students will be sharing with me what is new and fresh to try.

References
Burgess, Dave (2012) Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc. San Diego, Ca Teach Like a Pirate
Carl Straumsheim, (April 8, 2013). Digital Research, Not Teaching.Retrieved from the Inside HigherEd website:
http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/04/08/study-shows-gap-between-research-use-classroom-adoption-technology
Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown. (2011) Design Soulellis Sudio. A New Culture of Learning Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change.
Eddie Makuch on November 14, 2013. Jimmy Fallon and Ice-T play PS4 on late night TV.Retrieved on he GameSpot website:
http://www.gamespot.com/articles/jimmy-fallon-and-ice-t-play-ps4-on-late-night-tv/1100-6416179/
Ohler, Jason. (2008) Corwin Press Digital Storytelling in the Classroom
ROBINSON MEYER (SEP 13 2013). The Post-Lecture Classroom: How Will Students Fare?. Retrieved from The Atlantic website: http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/09/the-post-lecture-classroom-how-will-students-fare/279663/

Tina Barseghian | October 11, 2013 |. Surveys Synthesized: What Are Teachers’ Attitudes About Classroom Technology?. Retrieved from the MindShift website:
http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2013/10/surveys-synthesized-what-are-teachers-attitudes-about-classroom-technology/

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Blog #10 Sunday Reflection

I am sanicle for sure about how this is all suppose to work. Ginger and Christine had some good comments about how they gaming allows them to take risk. However until we change the environment and demands of our education system I do not see this happening anytime soon. I use technology in my classroom and increase the use every year. My goal is to create individualized instruction. After this class I will also focus on creating an environment of support and community that allows kids to take risk and learn at their own pace. To hell with the state test. Shhhhh don’t tell anyone I said that. 🙂

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Blog #10

Can We Take from Gamers ?

 

 

From what I could tell about Gamers is that it’s an extension of everyday life. There are good communities that work together to build, and then there are bad communities that destroy.  Some people hack into your account and steal what you have collected.  It is a place that people communicate about how to build something or work together. Then there are people to talk smack and put you down. Seems to me they have the same challenges we have now except that in is in a digital world.

While talking with the kids I interviewed, they shared that some games are fun and others boring. Also, some cater to a younger crowd and others an older crowd. Which leads me to my same conclusion of the difficulty of creating a collective learning environment about academics. Overall kids are not going to just participate in a learning environment on their own. I am at the end of this book and I have not been convinced to this way of teaching.

However technology in the classroom is a must for today’s teaching. Technology will be a mainstay of kids’ adult life. They will utilize technology in ways we do not even understand today. Kids need to learn how to use technology to support their own learning style. It is a way to not only differentiate but to individualize instruction. 

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Reflection #9

I have found this book interesting thus far, but it has also been frustrating. How do we teach this way and still have kids pass their statewide assessments. Our district has moved to a growth model. I hope that will make a difference. I would like the freedom to teach to where the student development of performance. I would love for students to explore their best way to learn. No easy answer.

I shared some websites that teach how to use today’s technology in the classroom. I think more of these types of classes will emerge. Hopefully the government will support this different way of teaching. 

I enjoyed Ginger’s video of Ted talks, It inspires me to continue to try new ways of teaching in my resource room. 

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Blog #9

Blog # 9

Essential Question: What are the challenges in shifting content from “what” to “where” and “how”?

I am not sure I understand the whole what to where concept. From what I gather it is not so much what you are learning as to where you gather the information and how you apply the information. The how is how do you learn the information. Instead of being fed you discover through other sources.

The challenge is to set up an environment which allows students to learn the core standards while students explore many avenues to learn. Todays world promotes a variety of ways to learn. New sources pop up on a daily basis. The change is exciting but difficult to keep up. While I work with teachers and students we use the internet to look up information for reports, play online games for additional practice, and save out information via jump drives, drop box, and others. We continue to expand this way of learning by the use of moviemaker, gaggle, and edmodo. It is difficult to keep up with the changes. Thankfully students take the technology like a duck to water.

 

There multiple ways to learn new information about you field of interest The site http://www.edudemic.com/free-online-courses-for-teachers/ offers on online classes for teachers and individuals who might want to pursue the field of teaching. It is yet another avenue for learning as a community that is different from the traditional format. The best is that the classes are free. ITunes offers online college classes for free. The internet grows on a daily basis. It makes me wonder if college will not be the only track to a professional field. 

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