Posts Tagged ‘edupl370’

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5th and final post about the State of Education

May 15, 2012

This final blog post has to do with social media and its impact on education.  The article I found was about the pros and cons of social media and its impact on education.  For the negative, many students use the information but do not question whether it is accurate or not as well as where they got there information.  The more time students spend surfing these sites, the more their viewpoint becomes polarized and the less they socialize with other students or people in general.  Also, spelling and grammar has become less important to the fast rate at which publications of different social media topics are presented.  On the other hand, the pros that social media presents an increase collaboration among peers leading to increased communication and research.  Since students relate to technology better than those of previous generations, they develop even more familiarity with computers and the technology that can go along with them such as on-line video, articles, and devices that can be connected with the computers for the purpose of helping acquire more information from social media.  Also, the article mentions about increased speed of uploading videos and pictures result in much more creativity and sharing of information among users.  Finally, the article discusses as to what parents can do to help improve face to face social interaction for their kids by having planned family time such as family picnics, cookouts, parties, and the like.  This keeps their social life and their social network/Internet life separate and the kids are more responsive to actual people in face to face (direct) situations rather than less social interaction and more focus on Internet-computer based networking.  This way if they come across information on the Internet or in news articles, they discuss it with those around them rather than creating a skewed viewpoint on a given topic. 

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Outline

April 25, 2012

Mission Statement:

I am an educator.  I believe everyone has the ability to excel, given the opportunity.  I will strive to be respectful and understanding to my students as well as my fellow teachers and administrators.  I hold myself responsible and honest toward my actions as an instructor.  Not only will I aim to instruct my students well, I will also allow them the room to think for themselves.

Classroom Rules:

1.Be seated and quiet when the school bell sounds.

2.Be respectful to the teacher as well as fellow students.

3.No inappropriate behavior, follow the school-student handbook for descriptions of inappropriate behavior.

4.Any homework due is to be turned in at the beginning of class.

Physical Layout:

I want the classroom to be surrounded with books as well as cupboards.  I want educational posters on the wall, I want a smart board at the front of the class with the desks in rows facing the smart board.  In the back of the classroom I want computers lined up to use for the virtual classroom.  Finally I want my desk to be at the front, right, corner of the classroom facing the students’ desks and smart board at a side view with the windows of the classroom directly behind the desk, along that wall.

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Future Classroom #1

April 24, 2012

After doing some research on what future classrooms should look like, I realized that teaching will be much more than just four walls with desks and a teacher in front of the room lecturing (Mind Shift, 1). There will be a classroom of ethnically and age diverse students and part of the day will be spent with learning technology.  Following that will be finding out which students need help moving through a particular lesson and the focus will be for those who are struggling the most.  The type of learning will be more self-guided and the teacher will seem as more of a coach or mentor. Additionally, to take care of those students who were mis-educated such as black and brown students, “the most needy students need the most qualified teachers in the most supportive schools”  (Mind Shift, 1). 

It is important that the schools have a strong relationship with their students in the future. Future classrooms should also have a strong focus on creativity, innovation and skill-based learning (You should read…,1). Of these three, creativity is the most important because it is a much needed skill in the world and is becoming dominant in the workplace.

Critical thinking skills and cultural awareness are another facet to the future classroom. The use of technology will be key in future classrooms and the proper use of that technology will help develop higher order thinking skills and contribute to positive thoughts on learning where as the “textbook teaching” method typically was not as effective in the learning process.