The iSchool Initiative
This video by Travis Allen, 17, was a good presentation on iSchool initiative. Travis talks about how the iSchool Initiative is trying to get schools involved with iTouch hand held devices. Many of the devices will be like iPhones, iPads, and mostly iTouch technology. He believe, and so do I, that with this new way of learning money can be saved. Apple Store has a third party app for all assignments, which can be very helpful for the teacher and students. It would save a great amount of money for students, teachers, schools, and even the country. It will help many schools save money on books and other sources, so they can focus on the main problem, helping kids learn and achieve. By the time I become a teacher, it would be nice for the iSchool Initiative to be put in effect because it will not only save money, but it will also help our students get ready for the future ahead. I think what Travis and his organization is doing is a great thing. When students learn through a different method other then paper and pencil, they have fun and learn more. Using technology in the classroom will be a great way of teaching.
I fell in love with this video. It must had took a long time for each person to get on each note. For all these people to have never met in person and made a amazing piece like this just through a webcam is awesome. This just make you look at technology a whole different way. I sing in a choir and sometimes it can be hard trying to get on key. For Eric Whitacre to put this together was a work of art. I will most definitely show this to my future classroom. I feel its something everybody should see, amazing.
Teaching in the 21st Century
I think Kevin Roberts believe that students should be taught skills and not facts and information. He states that we should not be entertainment to our students, but we should be there to engage with the students. In other words, interact with the students because teacher can learn from their students as well as the students can learn from the teachers. I agree that teaching the students to memorize the information and then testing them on it is very pointless. Teaching them the skills to obtain and use the information will be more effective.
Flipping the Classrooms
Katie Gimbar Why I Flipped My Classroom and Ms. Munafo Flipping the Classroom-4th Grade STEM was good sources of information on flipping the classrooms. They both made good points about lecturing in front of the classroom is boring. It's not inefficient, not engaging and the students do not be focus. Dr. Lodge McCammon's idea of FIZZ is a great idea. I like how the students can view a video at home or before class, for the next day letting them know what they will be covering in class and they can practice and review a head of time. So when the students get in class there is more time for them to have one-on-one with the teachers. The videos are very efficient, can be viewed multiple of times and creates a lot of classroom time. I can see myself flipping my future classroom because I want more time helping my students then lecturing them. I do not want them to think I'm boring by talking them to death instead of helping them learn and have fun. I think FIZZ is a great idea.