New Learners of the 21st Century

This video exemplifies many of the new technology advancements that children can use and are at a school that is based all around it. One thing I like is instead of calling the classes by their name they call it more by the skills they are working on and things they are learning. It is also crucial that teachers are still having students doing hands on activities so that they are not solely working on the computers. I like how they integrate the ideas on the laptop and use those to make drawings and organizers on their papers. Students are able to create games on the computer which keeps them engaged and excited about going to class and use other technologies to complete their projects. As a future teacher these are all things that are going to be crucial to consider when teaching students because their is many ways they can do a project. For special education I would love to keep the interest in my students by using all sorts of technologies especially ones that are familiar to them that they may use for communication, activities, enjoyment or anything else.

One idea I really enjoyed was the teacher having a room at the Chicago Public Library that only allowed students in grades 9-12 to enter because this may encourage them to use the space they would feel uncomfortable using otherwise. The after school opportunities not only help then but also in the classroom because these activities can be transferred into the classroom. In my classroom I want students to be engaged in after school activities because many students with disabilities stay home and have trouble getting involved. In my classroom incorporating after school technology activities would be a great way for students to learn from each other the things that are possible and learn of new things they can be involved in. Another great idea brought up is using the technology for things that may seem boring to some like the idea of the technology hunt at a museum. For my students it would be more realistic to do a technology hunt throughout the school where they can decide where the technology is and what they would use it for.

The device that students used to find the history behind things is something that would be a little more difficult to use because there may not always be interesting and exciting things in the community that we teach in so the history may not always be there. Although there is always history of a place not every town is relevant in major history lessons so it could be a difficult tool to use but the idea is great if you have a good location. Going into special education makes a lot of the things presented in the last video difficult but on a smaller scale they would be really interactive and fun. I think it is especially important to let students do technology projects they feel more comfortable with. If I have one student who loves talking, a podcast may be a good suggestion. There may be another student who is not verbal to using online tools to create a picture or presentation would be ideal.

This website that I found has 20 things in the classroom that are interactive for the student and teacher and it is many things that people have never heard of. There is an online whiteboard, bubble maps, yammer which allows peers to collaborate safely, and other useful tools for teachers and students. These are good beginning tools to use for students with disabilities before moving onto larger tools or out in the community.


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