Sunday, August 31, 2014

Blog post #2

In the Professor Dancealot video, he shows what not to do as a teacher. The teacher "Professor Dancealot" teaches a dance class from a powerpoint presentation. He expects the students to learn from the powerpoint rather than physically doing the activity. The video shows us that engaged learning is the best way to teach. The author so this during the final exam when the students have to physically dance their way to an A. None of the students know how to dance. I agree completely with the author that students of all levels need to be engaged in their learning rather than just being taught without interaction.

Teaching in the 21st Century
-Teaching is changing with the years and advancements
-Teachers should teach students how to use the web correctly
-So things like plagiarism doesn't happen and professionalism does
-Teachers should stay up-to-date with new technology
-Examples: Blogs, podcasts, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and more
-By doing this teachers learn new ways to reach out to students, meet other teachers, and find new resources for teaching.

Roberts believes that in order to teach in the 21st century, a teacher should be up to date with new web resources. He also believes that teachers should teach students how to use the internet properly to prevent plagiarism. I agree with Roberts; that teachers should be technologically up to date and teach students the web. Most high school and middle schoolers have a "Technology" or "Business Tech" course; however, in my own experience, we sat in front of a computer learning how to type without looking at the keyboard. Typing is a life skill in the 21st century, but students should be taught how to find proper sources. Roberts is right, the way teachers teach has to keep up with the latest social media among other things to capture the attention of students in the 21st century. This affects me as a future educator, but not as bad as those who are already teaching. I've grown up learning through technology, although I'm learning new things in this EDM class. I am confident that I will learn how to teach and engage students with technology with ease.

The Networked Student Video was very informational. I don't know if I could trust my students to actually use networking, but I would teach them and encourage them to use this tool to go further in life. I appreciate the answer to the question,"Why do I even need a teacher?" The teacher is there for support and encouragement. I'm wondering though if we as future educators will learn how to network? He stated that "blogs are mostly opinions," but is this not a form of networking?

Ms. Vicki Davis doesn't believe you have to know everything about the internet to teach students about it. This video answered the question in my previous paragraph. I can learn how to network with my students, and sometimes my students can teach me. I noticed that she allows her students to teach; I learn by teaching someone else. This is why I will enjoy this EDM class, because I will be able to learn and teach at the same time.

Dr. Strange's Comparison of Technology by grade levels
Well I'm an undergraduate and after watching this video comparison I feel I'm not adequately sufficient in the tech world. I'm jealous that these kids get to learn through technology. When I was in elementary school the only thing we did on computers was take our Accelerated Reader tests. I do feel by the end of this EDM class, I will be more on these elementary school children's level of knowledge of technology.

Flipping the Classroom
This method is new to me. I have heard the phrase but was never explained exactly what it is. I believe it will be very useful to both the teacher and the students. Attempting problems on the upcoming lesson will help the student know what is coming. If they have problems with the questions, they can be more apt to ask the teacher for help or research the method to do said problem. By doing this, the teacher can pinpoint the problem in the classroom and help.

Keep Calm and Love Computers


  1. Keep calm and …. Fill in the blank. These signs are everywhere! I think the original was Keep Calm and Carry On which was taken from a poster used by the British Government in 1939 to boost morale when Britain was threatened by Hitler.

    Well done.

  2. That's an interesting fact. I had never heard that before. It's nice to know the history behind popular sayings.