If Parents Approve, Then We Should Too.

          Every great parent wants what’s best for their children. It is important that kids are getting the necessary support that they need in order to be successful and on task in their learning. Years ago, parents frowned upon the fact of using technology for educational purposes. They only saw it as a distraction and nothing else. But today, they have learned to realize that it is very helpful and effective for their kids. Under the age of 12, 70 percent of children have access to a mobile device or tablet within their home. Parents are now learning of all the different apps that are not only fun, but also educational and creative at the same time. If they have the ability to learn with this technology at home, then why not incorporate it at school? Parents are constantly letting their kids use their mobile devices throughout the day, whether they are out running errands or trying to keep them occupied while trying to clean the house. In an article by Katie Lepi, it is said that more than half of kids use these devices for educational purposes and not only for gaming.

More than 600 school districts incorporate Ipad programs in schools, and there are currently 1.5 million tablets being used by students in the United States. Being that more people are on board and support using various uses of technology, then educators should come on board and promote using them in their classroom. In society today, kids are surrounded by this all the time and already have a great knowledge and understanding of how to use it. Furthering their comprehension and abilities of using it does more good than harm. For more interesting fun facts, click this link provided!

http://edudemic.com/2013/02/students-and-parents/

Who says school can’t be fun?

          Have you ever walked into class anticipating you were going to have tons of fun? I highly doubt it. Once you think about school, things such as homework assignments, deadlines, and stress usually come to mind. School shouldn’t feel like jail or a drag. Granted, life isn’t all about fun and games but it’s sometimes needed and can be helpful for your sanity. I remember years back when I would get to class and every once in a while my teacher would put together a review game to help prepare us for our upcoming test. It instantly got me interested in the materials and subject matter and helped me retain important information. It got everyone into it and turned out to be rather effective.
            So as future educators, I think that it would be a good idea to incorporate game based learning and activities for our students. We need to drive them in and get them enthusiastic and excited about learning. This can even help teach lessons that are somewhat dry and flat our boring. From an article by Inma Cazar, a teacher in Europe, she stresses the importance of doing so. She reminds us that it helps with social skills, and being able to communicate and collaborate with others. It also increases motivation and the use of critical thinking and problem solving. Digital games are continuing to become more popular due to the shift towards technology in classrooms. There are plenty of varieties of games to choose from with the use of apps, but also ways to create and customize your own. Digital gaming is new and exciting and can definitely spice up the environment in class. The link provided explains further of the positive aspects that gaming in class has to offer. Check it out! http://myeslcorner.blogspot.com/2012/04/digital-games-learning-english-by.html

The Power of Creativity

If you have a creative mind, then you are on the right track to success. It makes us who we are today and separates one from the crowd. This article by William Lester stresses the importance of this and how technology can help guide us on the right track. I think it is important to have a creative mind and be imaginative when teaching a class because it helps with the overall effectiveness of the lessons.  We are all unique one way or another. It’s just a matter of exploring it and using it to your advantage.

To read more about this, feel free to check out this article…http://gettingsmart.com/cms/blog/2013/02/creativity-the-most-common-superpower/

The Student Comes First

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          The more I read about it, the more I realize the significance of technology within the classroom. It is something that truly needs to take place. I sometimes feel like some people are only concerned with the fact that they don’t know how to use it, so they might as well not care. But we should be thinking about the children’s academic future and how we are at fault if we don’t make a change in the education system.  I am beginning to understand the importance of it and hope that I will continue to be positive and open minded when it comes to learning about new technologies. Knowing that I helped make a difference in a student’s life is the best reward that one can hope for, and promoting change is the first step into reaching that goal.

Technology Is Change

        

           I believe Ken Robinson is absolutely correct. He really hit hard on the issues of the education system and how it is hindering greatness among young people. We as a society need to wake up and promote a more modern twist in education to better off children who will someday be running our future. At this day in age, it is much more competitive and difficult to make a name for yourself and become successful. In the past, once you accomplished getting a degree you were almost guaranteed a job. That isn’t the case anymore. It takes future collaboration and creativity to enable yourself into getting into the career in which you desire. You need to think outside the box and affiliate yourself with various resources in order to make yourself known.
         One solution to this concern, if not the only solution is technology. Technology is everywhere. It is something we should take advantage of and work with. It can only help us in the long run by giving us resources that may seem unimaginable at the time. Being able to communicate and share ideas with people from all over the world is one example of expanding your horizons. The way the education system is now, it only teaches you to do a certain thing one way, and that’s it. But in reality, there can be many ways to look and approach something and can go beyond the surface of what you see at first glance. The end result can very well be far greater than the initial solution to a problem. Technology can help us explore and be different as individuals while working with others along the way. I think Ken Robinson greatly expressed how education needs to change so we can better the conditions of young learners to guide them in the right direction, and help them grow to their full potential.