Videos relating to teaching by the Smithsonian.
Videos relating to teaching by the Smithsonian.
The goal of a quality education is considered by most the one issue that would make an immense difference in people’s lives. Education is the one thing in life that will always open a person to more opportunities and experiences. Education is an investment that always gives back tenfold. Some of the statistics about education are:
121 million children and adolescents have never started school or have dropped out, there are 781 million illiterate adults, and 1.4 million new primary teachers were needed in 2015 and over 3.4 million more will be needed by 2030.
The RAT Framework: Technology can be used in three ways
A framework is a guide, and most often it’s an easy to remember guide or easy to follow guide. Frameworks consist of concepts, definitions and theories.
A framework should be…
The RAT Framework is a guide to using technology in the classroom. A great example of an assignment that aligns with the acronym RAT is
R: Replacement, this would be instead of using a paperback dictionary/thesaurus in class and having students substitute it with a dictionary/thesaurus website or app such as Merriam-Webster. Great for English classes.
A: Amplification, this would be if students used a program such as Create a Graph to make multiple versions of a chart using data they found in class. Very useful in math and science courses.
T: Transformation, this would be using a technology such as virtual field trips, 3 Virtual Trips is a site which leads to interactive, first person experiences and simulations students may have never been able to see before. Some of the trips include Anne Frank, Ancient Egypt, and Ellis Island. Elsewhere on the internet you can take virtual tours of the Vatican and Lascaux Cave Paintings. Great for Social Studies and Art teachers to use.
Please watch! Video of Technology Integration
Planning with inspiration…
The subject I selected is English from the Technology Integration Matrix website. The lesson I chose includes a video which shows fourth graders. I believe the lesson though would be great for any grade level. This lesson and the technology involved could help students learning a second language such as Spanish or students who are secondary English learners.It would be useful in drama classes or speech, and could be implemented into adult literacy programs. In the video a teacher uses a program called Audacity. This program records fluency and allows those recorded to look at the sound waves and see their voice inflection. The fourth grade class using the technology are reading a script and partaking as a group in a reader’s theater worksheet. An example of a reader’s theater style worksheet is Henry and Mudge and the Starry Night, a short story about a boy and his dog going on a family camping trip. A script of any sort could be used with the program Audacity, for higher level classes I’d recommend excerpts of classical literature or poetry.
The advantage of this technology is the ability it gives students to self evaluate themselves and their group partners. Also it can build their confidence in presenting and teach them to speak up and practice their pronunciation. As a teacher I would use this because I believe outside of giving them practice with reading I can let them hear the difference between their first attempt and the last and make them focus on their inner self and outside practice at home to reach goals. The technology would give me the ability to teach them to think intrinsically and self motivate themselves with literacy goals in mind. That way on future projects or future events in their lives they can hopefully look inside themselves and what they have done and can do to succeed and accomplish goals.
The lesson from the Technology Integration Matrix was showing how to use technology in a goal directed, adaptive way. These two characteristics are very important to learning and the video shows how beneficial the program Audacity can be. The video provides evidence of just how important technology can be as a whole and the aid it gives to students. To fit the term goal directed, in the lesson you can see the obvious task the group of fourth graders are trying to accomplish, which is reading their script. Each group member has several goals: read their part, keep track of their part, pay attention to other group members parts, project their voice, and focus on any vocabulary or new words. After each recording they can check themselves and then eventually have a final version with them doing the best they can. To fit the term of adaptation, in the lesson you can see how the technology aids students and gives them the ability to modify their actions and goals based on their progress and hearing themselves. This technology also adapts and works with students according to the different multiple intelligence’s. Specifically, visual, intrapersonal, interpersonal, linguistic, and musical. Hitting these multiple intelligences is true evidence of a lesson being adaptive. Making something that adapts to every student is never an easy feat yet this fourth grade level lesson and the technology integrated in it prove that it can be done.
Each level of Bloom’s Taxonomy is important to education. My content area would be Secondary English Education but with any subject this taxonomy is a good guideline for teaching lessons.
There are six levels in Bloom’s Taxonomy:
These levels signify cognitive objectives. In the classroom specifically teaching high school English there are many ways this can be implemented.
HOW TO FORM QUESTIONS TO ENSURE HIGHER ORDER THINKING http://svesd.net/files/DOK_Question_Stems.pdf
It can be used as a teacher or as a student. I would pair this with Bloom’s Taxonomy.
College is all about wanting to better yourself and learn new things. Hard work always pays off! My Intro to World Religions professor has some great pointers to succeeding in college classes. These could easily be applied to any class!
This PowerPoint covers Chapter 2 of Transforming Schools with Technology pages 27-36.
After reading: Transforming Learning through 21st Century Skills (Taylor & Fratto) Chapter 1
1. Why did I choose teaching as a career?
I want to be a teacher because I’ve been a student. The world needs teachers; students need GOOD teachers. Teachers don’t only provide the education we need to succeed but they also build our self-confidence and give us the outside support and realism we have to have to make our own decisions in the future. School gives students a community which they need at their different age levels and the teachers within the schools give each individual student all the things they need from history, science, math, and English to things students didn’t know they needed. For example I had a teacher who went outside the curriculum and taught the class tolerance, she took the time to address the class and our feelings about current concepts in the world. She showed us that we could disagree with something but still be tolerant and kind, she gave us an important life lesson that day. It was information I never thought of or thought I needed. Teachers build our fundamentals and go beyond that by letting us know that through education anything is possible. They teach hope. I want to be a teacher because I know how much they do, I have had several teachers in my lifetime that have influenced my life and made me who I am today. Without my teachers I would not be on the same path I am today. I want to give back, I want to do what my teachers did for me which was letting me grow and learn not only inside the curriculum but also outside as the creative and happy person I could be and am today. I would like to build students with fundamentals they need not only in school but life. I want to make the world a better place by giving students the same opportunity to learn a love of education as I have had.
4. What passion, expertise, and skills do I have that will create change in my classroom and in my school?
There are many things that make up a good teacher and I hope to learn them as I go through school. Some of the things I which make me feel that I could be an extraordinary teacher is that I am humorous, generous, hard-working, ethical, artistic, adaptable, optimistic, and conscientious. Also I always try to help others and be a reliable person. Once in a classroom these parts of my personality will hopefully make students and coworkers feel like they can count on me to do the best. I am passionate about all things I do and with luck I know I can influence students to give their 100% in everything they do and be proud of their achievements in learning.