Teacher Blogs

Posted: April 9, 2014 in Uncategorized

Blog 1

The first blog I reviewed was the blog written by Fabiana Casella about incorporating cellphones within her classroom. Fabiana teaches at a small school the does not have tablets or computers for every classroom. The computer lab is shared between multiple teachers. After speaking with a number of colleagues and administrators she decided to have her students us their personal phones in the classroom. She first created an account on Edmodo, which is a program used for teachers. Students then downloaded Edmodo to their smartphones. She was able to use multiple online sources, have students post their work, create a discussion board, and respond to other students post. After a full year of using cell phones in her class the students started to incorporate their own ideas into the online classroom. The students started to “tweet” and participate in other major news information sits.

                Before reading the article I was a little skeptical on how Fabiana was able to get approval for cell phone use in the classroom. I was amazed to see the participation from her students. Almost all students have a smartphone, and if you, the teacher, don’t have access to a computer lab then you can use the student’s phones as a tablet.

I also enjoyed looking through her personal bio slideshow. The other personal bio’s I reviewed were plain and to the point. She included motivational words and quotes in her slideshow. She also talked about her teaching career and where she sees herself in the future. I was impressed with her technology abilities because she has been teaching since 1987. She also includes feedback from her students about what they think about her techniques and 21st century teaching style.

Another link that was on the blog was Parking Lot Archaeology. Ron Campbell the author of this blog wrote this to give teachers different suggestion to keep students engaged in the classroom. He wrote about a personal experience he had in his own classroom where a student called the specific topic he was trying to teach “trash.” He then grabbed the trash can and related the content of the lesson to the contents in the trash can. This is a great way to bring the students attention to something that is in their classroom and is a real life experience. He was able to deliver the content with ease and the students were engaged.

Blog 2

The second blog I read was Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto’s blog Teaching Village. The first page on her blog is her biography. Her bio allows people to know where she has been in her life and her specific teaching style before they view her blogs. I also like how she has included additional links to other professional’s blogs. This is crucial for teachers to get an understanding of how other teachers teach.

The first blog post I viewed was titled Kids on Tablets. This is a great blog post because the 21st century student revolves around technology. This blog was about her era and how the children would get involved in specific crazes. She points out students in today’s world really don’t have crazes. Their craze is their tablet and only their tablet. This is very true because a lot of students in today’s world are stuck on gaming or other technology.

I also like how she has incorporated a link to a student’s blog post. Christopher Wilson wrote a blog about what he learned from his German teacher. I think including student’s response about learning experiences will help future teachers to have an impact on students. Within his reflection he points out a number of things that his teacher did that made an impact on him. He said he skipped a number of classes but would always feel guilty about skipping German class. His German teacher connected with him and was able to break through to him. I think this is when students truly learn in a classroom.

                I think this is the story of today’s youth. As a student who is pursuing a degree in Physical Education I wonder if these students will even know what the world is like outside of their technology. I am not very old but I can see a difference between myself and my brother who is six years younger. He is very technology driven where I don’t have a particular interest in it.

                Technology is very beneficial when it comes to activating the mind, being creative and finding an answer to any question. However, there are studies that have shown a relationship between exercise and learning. In addition, if children are not being active the obesity rate will only increase. This is an epidemic that needs to be corrected but how will it correct if students are glued to technology?      

Blog 3

The third blog I read was 5 ways on how to prepare students for the future . Our childhoods are very different from how children live today. Technology is a major part of children’s lives and we need to embrace it and use it has a learning tool. We all know the 21st Century has brought about many changes to our lives but how can we prepare our children for the upcoming Centuries?

                This article has four words that are associated with the 21st century. These words are communication, creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking. The article states these are the four things a student will need in order to be successful. As a future teacher I can see how these particular words can relate to the new teaching style which is geared towards the “new age student.”

                At the beginning of this blog there was a hyperlink titled 21st century skills. This additional blog link is written by a teacher who had a language barrier between students and parents. Many of her student’s parents were non-English speaking. There are different strategies the author suggests to connect the language barrier between her classroom and home. I think the best idea the author suggested was to allow the students to be the educator. This is a great idea because it makes the student pay close attention during instruction time because they will have to go home and teach their parents.

                There was an additional blog link within this article that caught my interest. The next link I viewed was strengthening the school home connection with report cards. Many parents want to know the reason why their student received a particular grade on their report card. The specific content in this blog was reading. An example child was not getting an acceptable grade in reading. There were a lot of effective techniques to use in order to bridge the gap between home and student’s grade. The one example I liked was introducing the students and parents to a bibliography of the author. This allows the student to learn about the author and understand better the style of book they wrote.

  1. calvinhull says:

    The teacher blogs were really interesting because it feels as if there is a really tight-knit community that exists in the online dimension. It is able to bring teachers together and stretch further than the county or district the teacher works in. It is neat how while reading a blog another teacher comments and suggests to the teacher with the non-English speaking parents that the students should be a means of communication–in turn getting them involved in their own education.

    There are so many good things that come of sharing experiences!

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