Technology has become a vital aspect of the educational process. Incorporating technolgy into lessons and interactions with student is as imperative as teaching reading, writing and mathematics. Utilizing technology in the classroom looks very different at the various grade levels; however, at any given grade level it all begins with the teacher.
Becoming proficient with technology should be a requirement for all teachers, because unfortunately "today’s schools are faced with a difficult dilemma that pits a student body that has grown up immersed in technology against a teaching faculty that is less facile with the tools of the trade” (Richardson 2009). In order to have an impact on my students, I must be technologically savy. One of my greatest strengths as an educator is that I am in my mid-twenties. I have the iphone and all of the latest technology. However, I am pursuing this degree because I am not yet profcient with blogs, wikis, podcasts and many other technologically advanced items. By furthering my education of how technology works and can be utilized, I am better equipped to service my students.
Incorporating blogs into learning, can be beneficial for many different reasons. To begin with, "blogging has quickly become one of the most effective learning tools in education today" (Benzinger 2009). Students in middle and high school are able to express their thoughts freely without worrying about confining their ideas to a standard written English format. Students can discuss, critisize and argue their view points without fear of embarassment. In addition, students are engaged when blogging and take pride in their reflections and ideas. Students become involved to the point that they will "publish to their school blogs even when not instructed to" (Benzinger 2009). The meer student dedication to blogging encourages me to utilize this tool in the classroom.
In a 2nd grade classroom (all subject areas), blogging will look very different than at the middle or high school levels. Here are some ideas for utilizing blogging in the classroom:
(Due to the grade level and developmental level of my stduents, this would be whole group/teacher directed and the teacher would scribe the student's ideas, comments and dialogue. The projection system would be used, so the entire class could view the blog while it was being made.)
*Incorporate a weekly post on a current events website.
*Incorporate a blog search for scientific questions or research on a particular science topic.
*Participate in an international blog to discuss academic or world issues with a class overseas.
Any thoughts on these ideas?
Benzinger, Brian, Educational Blogging (2009) Retrieved November 11, 2009, from http://www.solutionwatch.com/519/back-to-school-with-the-class-of-web-20-part-3/
Richardson, W. (2009). Blogs, wiks, podcasts, and other powerful web tools for classrooms (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.