Sunday, November 6, 2011
Blog Post #11
I love Kathy Cassidy's approach to technology. In her video, Little Kids...Big Potential, the work her first graders do is amazing. I love how she lets them use all of the technology that we have been using here in EDM310, and they are more comfortable on it than some of us! Another thing that really impressed me in her video is that she allows her children to work together. So often in classrooms, especially elementary classrooms, students are made to sit all day long and not talk to each other. The only time students in my daughter's third grade class are encouraged to talk to each other is at recess. That's so unrealistic in the real world, and Ms. Cassidy's students are going to have a huge advantage when it comes to being able to collaborate, as they go through school and eventually into their careers. I really want to be the kind of teacher who, like Ms. Cassidy, uses technology to help her students reach outside their classroom and learn about the world. I hope that like her, I will have the support of my administrators as well. I love how she talks in her skype interview about students not having to "power down". How can we expect them to be involved with and exposed to technology in every area of their lives and then suddenly completely dismiss it for school? That's neither realistic nor fair to them. Most of the only experience I have in schools so far is with my daughter in the Mobile County Public School System. I have never seen a great emphasis put on technology in the classroom there, but I hope that changes soon. I will definitely make it a part of mine. I can't wait to have my own classroom, and I will definitely have a class website and blog. I think that that is an amazing way for parents to keep up with what is going on in the classrooms, as well as let students continue to learn when they aren't at school. I wish my daughter's school had those available. I will also use skype as a part of my class. I love that students can include skyping with scientists, or artists, or musicians as part of their lessons. Honestly, before this class, it would have never occurred to me to use these technology tools in my classroom, and now I can't wait to do these things.