Archive | January, 2012

Blog #4 We have spent four weeks practicing how to integrate technology into the classroom. The importance of learning these skills is a given, but is the integration itself at all levels of education? How Young Is Too Young (the reading for week 4) addresses the issue of age limits—what do you think? Is there such a thing as being “too young” for technology? Does technology really interfere with young child socialization?

26 Jan

Yes and No.  I believe that it’s important for our society to have our kids learn technology at a young age so that as a society we become more knowledgeable as well as create newer and better technology and also because the kids themselves become very smart in the process.  But I feel as well that they should do a lot of exercise and be out doors away from technology a little so that they 1) are not out of shape, 2) sociable in person as oppose to only online, 3) get to enjoy being kids and playing with other kids which as I just said before, allows them to make friends and builds in person sociable skills.    So I guess my answer is its ok for them to learn at a age that may seem too young as long as they have an equal time with being outside.

And this is coming from someone who is always on line or playing video games because I don’t do much outside and if I had a little more growing up I might have been in better shape not that I wasn’t outside at all just not as much as I probably should have been.

 

Blog #3 Blogging is about writing to an audience. Do you feel like anyone is reading your blogs (aside from me!)? For this week I would like you to read at least FOUR other blog entries by fellow classmates and comment on them. Then, I would like you to write in your own blog a few insights about what you read: For example, did it feel good to read what other preservice teachers were writing? Was this medium helpful? How did you feel about posting the comments? Do you feel like this exchange gives you any insights into running blog exercises with your own students?

19 Jan

At this time, only 2 others besides me have done blog number 3 so I have only read the blogs of Meghan Willman and Amanda Williams.  Meghan like me and many others believes no one has time to make blogs let alone read them and thats what I’ve thought the whole time.  It was liberating to know it wasn’t just me who thought that way.  Amanda on the other hand thinks that its a great way to get to know someone a little bit and after I read that I thought she is right.

Besides this assignment, I still don’t think anyone will read my blog entries but I think its a great way to understand someone and I think if they do read them, it could be somewhat useful.

Blog #2 Constructivism What does it mean to me?

10 Jan

Constructivism to me sounds like a useful and strategic technique to help students learn material better than if they were to just read from a book.  This is because by being hands on and actually getting involved, they feel more connected to the work and get a better grasp on it.  If I were to fix a car or possibly build one and someone was there to help me and show me how to do it from step 1 til the last step, I would learn so much more about it and have a better idea how to do it more often than if I were to read in a book and study what parts go where and how to go about the steps because by being apart of it, I am able to understand better how to implement the steps.

As a student, some classes didn’t seem to care about constructivism much and those classes were harder and less fun but when I had classes that actually had us work on the material and not just read about it, I did better and enjoyed it.  Science is a perfect example because if I were to have only read from a book and study and nothing else for the class I may have done terribly but since in some of those courses relating to science like chemistry and biology being hands on helped understand how to do it more and understand what the results would be.  I have to say though I didn’t like hands on so much with biology since I don’t like cutting up dead animals but it still helped understand it more.

When I teach math, I will definitely try to incorporate constructivism into the material.  I will have students come up to the board like when I was in middle school and solve the problems shown on the board.  I will have about 5 equations using PEMDAS (Parenthesis, Exponents, Multiplication/Division, Addition/Subtraction) and ask for 5 volunteers to come up, solve the problem and after tell the class how they went from the equation and step 1 all the way to the answer.  I will give out handouts on occasion that will help them remember better how to solve the equations by having each answer correlate to a letter of the alphabet so that when completed it will spell out a phrase to a joke or riddle or question of some kind to make it more fun or maybe each number correlates to a color to color in a picture of some kind.  Something to make it fun while learning and that way being hands on.

 

Blog #1 My experiences and feelings with blogging

10 Jan

I haven’t really blogged much before.  I find its nothing more than an online journal that people may or may not see depending on what the blogger decided he or she wants.  If people do read it, it’s just about a more in depth and maybe more sophisticated version of Twitter which I think is very stupid.  I’ve never been the kind of person who wrote in a journal so this is definitely new for me.

Since I’ve never written or really read blogs before, it doesn’t feel much different being the writer than it does the reader because both are new to me.  Hopefully in time, I will be a more improved blogger and not inexperienced or new to it like I am now.