After reading this blog http://gminks.edublogs.org/2008/11/24/blogging-as-reflective-practice/ it got me thinking. Most students are using the net to communicate
with their friends and download music. How can we encourage students to use the web for learning? Communicating with other not just to find out what the plan is for Saturday night but to share information and get answers to academic questions.
I feel Web 2.0 is very important in learning. As the world is changing the world becoming smaller and we need to teach our students how to navigate that world. The web in changing and classrooms are changing. The first example I can think of is the Promethean Boards, this is an interactive way of learning and truly keeps the students engaged. Students will soon be making their own flip charts in school. They may even have boards at their homes on day! Another way we use the web is for practice. For example, I use dance mat typing and aaa math with my students. I use these two website for students to practice typing skills and math skills. As I send home their handwriting packets I think, how much will these students be writing? Maybe a grocery list, or a signature. But even a grocery list may be on a Blackberry and our signatures may become thumb prints! If we can connect the students around the world, how cool it would be for a student to hear from another student in China about Chinese New Year as opposed to reading about it in a book or looking at pictures.
I think the most difficult task for me will be accepting responsibility for your own learning. My husband is techie and I know several other people who could help me. I think I need to take initiative to do things on my own. There are many tutorials on the web and just trying things I think I can figure things out. I think the easiest for me will be to teach others. Once I know how to do something I like helping others. I guess that is why I am a teacher. I think teaching helps reinforce the skills so I can remember how to do things. I think it will be important for me to have confidence in myself as I learner because that confidence will help me do things on my own and not depend on others to help me.
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