307.1 ENG Hit The Lights

When I first read that we were going to have to create a twenty minute radio show, my jaw nearly dropped. Right then and there I knew I was in way over my head. Being that we were assigned partners, it definitely helped. It allowed us to brainstorm and collaborate on different ideas of what we wanted to talk about. I am still not up to date on various technologies, especially when it comes to Mac’s so it was great that my partner knew a thing or two about it. The first thing that was tough was let alone listening and accepting my own voice. I was convinced that I sounded like a man. We wanted to create a show that people can relate and have an interest in, so we decided to broadcast about the blackout that happened on campus. Once our topic was figured out, everything started to fall into place. We had to be creative and not afraid to step out of our comfort zones. Our group was timid at first and dreaded talking out loud and recording. But once we warmed up to the idea, we had fun with it and made the best of the situation. We loosened up and had some good laughs throughout. But not everything is all fun and games.

Once we thought we were almost done, we unexpectedly ran into some technical difficulties. Go figure. This very well tested our patience and willingness to not give up. Everything just seemed to be going wrong and not in our favor. It was very time consuming and overwhelming. Even when we had all the materials in order and knew what we were going to say, putting it together piece by piece was very tedious and annoying for lack of better terms. But all in all, we came out on top and can proudly say that we accomplished out goal. Our show turned out to be better than we anticipated. It was a learning experience that I will never forget. Creating a radio show takes hard work but when you get to sit back and listen to your accomplishment, it makes it all worth it in the end.  Check it out!

https://soundcloud.com/jenpetrosino/hit-the-lights-radio-show

But Why?!

            We need to break the barrier between school and the real world. Schools need to focus not only on learning certain topics, but how to incorporate it and use it to our advantage. In order to see a change of attitude and have teachers make a switch into using technology in the class to help reach that goal, they need to be aware of WHY it is so stressed upon. You can’t expect someone to do something unless there’s a good explanation behind it. Technology is the future, better yet, right now and we should embrace it and take hold of it. In an article by Edutopia Staff, they explain the reasons of integrating technology in classes. It is stated, “In particular, it must support four key components of learning: active engagement, participation in groups, frequent interaction and feedback, and connection to real-world experts.” All of these skills will help prepare students in the future as they start their journey into the work force. Technology these days is such a buzz and no matter where you are, someone is taking about it. We need to be aware that there is a good justification to this subject and that it can really make a difference in a student’s educational experience. So before you think negatively about technology, sit back and think about all the potentials that it holds. They possibilities are endless!
 
check out the article for additional information!              
http://www.edutopia.org/technology-integration-introduction

Not Just Any Table, But a Smart Table

             The smart table is one of the newest technologies out there for the classroom. It is a table that allows up to eight students to be interactive at the same time through multimedia interaction. It has touch screen, 360 degree rotation, can sync to the teachers smart board, and is even scratch and spill proof.  It allows students to come together and collaborate through media and work together while learning at the same time. Teachers can pick and choose what they will like to display on the table through its software.

It has yet to enter classrooms because it is still very new, but I think this is a very cool thing without a doubt. Being able to create a work station for students through technology and allowing them to discuss and work together is a very good skill to have. This can change the way a class functions by instead of the teacher being the center of attention, the students alone are in charge and work accordingly. This can help kids become more interested in various lessons because they have images and pictures to work with, rather than the basic pen and paper. This is another big step for schools and hopefully we will be seeing them in classrooms sooner than later. For more information and what the smart table can do, check out this link!

http://thejournal.com/articles/2013/02/04/smart-technologies-intros-collaborative-learning-center.aspx