Figuring it Out

Figuring it Out

J.  Bevacqua

http://figuringitouted.blogspot.com/2011/06/giving-up-control.html

This article talks about a teacher, principal, and father who “gave up control” to his high school law class.  The main point to the story is that he believes the more power you give the students, the more they will engage in learning.  He took a simple project of letting them pick their own topic that they wanted to learn about, and go with it however they wanted to.  There were no guidelines on how to present it, no grades were talked about.  The field was open for any type of ideas that the students wanted to discover and learn about.

I really like this idea.  I do something similar in my PE classes toward the end of the semester.  The only difference is that I give them 5-6 different types of activity to choose from and they are allowed to pick what activity they want to participate in for the day.  When students are given choices, they tend to participate better in PE at the middle school age.  They are more engaged in the activity and give more effort.  Which equals what I want out of them and that is full participation and getting their heart rates up for the full amount of time that we have in class.  I teach them the rules and strategies at the beginning of the semester so they know how to play.  Activity choice is a wonderful idea if you teach the basics and responsibility at the beginning. 

There was nothing about this article that I did not agree with or have doubts about.  Students like to be “in control”  so to speak and giving no rules and guidelines lets them have this sense of autonomy.

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An Educator’s Guide to Intellectual Property

An Educator’s Guide to Intellectual Property

http://www.jointhecteam.com/PDFs/intellectual%20property.pdf

 

This article is about the copyright laws for book, movies, films, websites and many more other types of sources.  It tells of ways that you must site your works, ask for permission, and how to use the “borrowed” pieces.  It also talks about the “fair use” of copyrights.  Many teachers are protected by the fair use policy.

I think that many people today overlook the copyright laws because there is so much information out there in the world today, due to technology; they forget or don’t know how to cite it.  One thing that is really good for colleges now is the sites that you can turn your papers in to and they will tell you if it is plagiarized or not.  I personally think there are too many ways and styles to cite information that you never know which one to use unless stated. 

I really like the fact that someone’s thoughts, personal drawings, sayings and ideas are protected in the copyright laws.  Too many people like to take credit for someone else’s work without putting the time and effort into doing it themselves.  There are so many ways you can make something your own without stealing it from someone else.  People just need to use their own minds and create their own work.

NET- T Standard 3

NET-T Standard 3

Model Digital Age Work and Learning

 This standard demonstrates the knowledge that a teacher has using technology.  A teacher demonstrates his/her skills of technology in a professional way, while teaching all types of classes.  Teachers collaborate with students, co-workers, parents and peers their knowledge of current uses of technology.

I think that teacher should be up to date with technology.  Today’s digital world is overruling the older teachers’ ways and newer teachers are having better success with the students.  Although I am not very tech minded, I am trying to learn and the lingo and different ways to use technology in my PE classes.

Strengths and Weaknesses:  I personally do not have any strengths in my class with technology right now.  I am open to different ideas on how to integrate into my daily classes.  Time is my main concern and the fact that I only see the students for one semester.

NET- T Standard 2

Standard 2

Design and Develop Digital Age Learning Experiences and Assessments

 Summarization:   This standard is where technology is provided to the students to enhance learning.  The students use technology to learn in their own diverse way.  It allows creativity for learning.  The students are in control of what and how they learn using technology.

 I think this is a wonderful way for the students to learn.  Since there are so many different learning styles, this standard can cover them all.  The teacher give the topic area and what she wants them to learn, then it’s up to the student to learn the material using technology their own way.  They are allowed to be creative and learn in their own individual way.

Strengths:  I am trying to incorporate technology into my health classes that I teach.  I am giving them assignments where they have to search for answers of questions that they do not know the answers to via technology.  I require them to site all their information.  I am also using the Promethean board as well for interactive games and lesson on health to keep it exciting.  The students seem to enjoy this type of teaching really much.  They have actually tought me some things on the Promethean board that I did not know.  I think that with me being at an international baccalaureate school, technology is going to be the key to reaching all the students.

Weaknesses:  My only concerns with me having the students look up material at home or somewhere else, is the safety issue.  When looking up anything “health” there tends to be inappropriate sightings as well.  I wish I could block them from this title but there are too many bad sites to be able to block all of them.

Through my students eyes

Through my Students’ Eyes

Weblog of Wesley Fryer

http://www.speedofcreativity.org/2009/07/10/through-my-students-eyes/

 

This article is in the eyes of Wesley Fryer and his years of school and technology.  It begins with his early elementary years and works its way all the way to high school.  He speaks of what he learned each year and what technology approaches he used each year.  Each year was exciting to him until high school. The technology usage in the classroom almost diminished.  He wanted to go back to his earlier years and use it like he used to. 

 

I feel personally like he knew more about computers and technology in his elementary years than I know now.  He spoke of some activities that I have never heard of.  I think it is amazing what teachers are doing with the younger ages and technology.  As for me and my school, a middle school, there is a lot of technology integrated within the core classes.  We as PE teachers use I pads for certain thing like FitnessGram and taking attendance and also finding unique lessons that are not your typical PE lesson. 

I heard them say, love is the way

I heard them say, love is the way

by Miss Night on 11 March, 2011

http://missnightmutters.com/2011/03/i-heard-them-say-love-is-the-way.html

 This article talks about a Kindergarten teacher who used technology with her class to talk with other students on the other side of the world.  They use Twitter to communicate.  They learn about each other’s culture, what they enjoy doing, and what they are learning.  Although their day and nights are opposite, Twitter allows them to keep in touch and keep updated.  They learn geography, animals, and nature.  They really get interested in orangutans because the Indonesia class is located beside an orangutan reserve.  The children on both sides of the world really enjoy getting to know each other and learning about each culture.

 I really like how Miss Knight shows a lot of energy and excitement about what she is doing with her class and technology.  These kids thoroughly enjoy this and are eager to learn.  I really think this is a wonderful idea if you have this technology in your classroom to do it.  It goes well with the NET-T Standard 2 for students being engaged and learning on their own with technology.  It creates a type of self motivation to learn more by yourself, given that freedom. 

NETS-T Standard 1

NETS-T Standards

Standard:   Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity

Summarization:   Teachers use their knowledge and technology to teach the students the lessons they have prepared. 

I personally as a PE teacher do not have this advantage on a daily basis or hardly at all.  I would love to be able to have the students interact and do physical activity to videos and web cast with other students around the world. 

 Strengths: Through this class, I have been able to teach health with some technology.  I am willing to learn new ways to incorporate it into my daily lessons in the gym.  I find it hard with time, to see this as an everyday event, but I would really love to see something happen at my school and be one of the first in Greenvilel County to do this. 

 Weaknesses:   If teacher is not technology advanced, this type of teaching may slow them down, become discouraged and not have excitement to teach