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.
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