Teaching With Smartphones (Blog #4)

Teaching with SmartPhones

http://plpnetwork.com/2012/11/21/teaching-smartphones/

 

Summary:

The article that I read talked about the advantages and disadvantages of having smart phones in the classroom.  Obviously it is a very serious concern to many educators across the country.  Cell phones in the classroom has always been a huge no-no, well this article says that this bias might change.  The article talked about the advantges of students with smart phones aka how they can help in a classroom setting.  With the ability to use smart phones the teacher can no do almost everything online.  They can do online polls, notes, quizzes/tests, make up hw, etc.. Almost everything will now be able to be online with the help of smart phones.  They have done lots of research reguarding this topic and it looks like they are leaning towards doing this.  The best part about this ability is going to be all the searches and research a student will be able to do from his or her own desk.  All they will have to do go to Google and they have virtually every answer in the palm of their hands. 

How will the issue help or hinder your teaching practice? Why?

  This issue will help my teaching practice no doubt.  I’ve been around smart phones since the day they came out, so I know the in’s and out’s of them.  This will help me in my teaching practice because I will be able to easily navigate through the steps with my students.  I think that if this pulls through it will make a lot of teachers jobs easier, including mine in the future.  I also think that with this will come some faults.  The student will now have his or her smart phone out in front of them; this could work as a very good distraction tool. 

How does the news, issues, and trends relate to other issues or theories you’ve learned in this class or other classes?

  This news relates to the theories that I have learned in this class in a few ways.  One being that everything we have done in this class has been online, with that in mind it will be very easy to do the same with my students.  Another thing that relates to this class is the polls and blogs that we have done.  It will be very simple for me to ask my students to create a blog, or ask your other students a question using your polls. 

 

Technology for teachers: The digital classroom has arrived

http://www.thestar.com/living/technology/article/1279789–technology-for-teachers-the-digital-classroom-has-arrived

 

   The article that I chose to read was all about putting more and more technology into the classroom.  This is becoming a reoccurring theme in today’s discussions about education.  Seeing how one day I aspire to be an educator, it is something that needs to be critically talked about.

They talk about all the different sorts of social media and how they are affecting the students in a classroom environment.  This canadian ideal has brought about quite the stir.  I know that there is a huge rise in technology now a days and this article is a very good read.  For example, I had much more technology growing up than my other brother did, and my younger sister had more technology in her childhood than I did.  Teachers need to start realizing that it is not going away and they either need to jump on board or they will be left behind.  This type of technology will help teachers and students alike.  The article went on to talk about “reminder 101”.  Reminder 101 is a technology advanced system in which all of the parents of all the students will receive text messages to inform them of when their child’s deadline is.  This is a great way for students and teachers alike to be successful in the classroom.  

 

How will the issue help or hinder your teaching practice? Why?

This issue will help my teaching practice.  I have been around technology all of my life so I am very ‘fluent’ when it comes to using a computer.  The social media and it’s influence is becoming stronger and stronger everyday and one day will take over how people interact with one another.  I have full faith in my abilities that I would be able to run a classroom with this system implicated.  

 

How does the news, issues, and trends relate to other issues or theories you’ve learned in this class or other classes?

This news article relates a ton to our class.  Since our class is all about technology and how it is affecting the classroom I can understand and relate to this article.  In other classes this relates as well because we are already using the computers more.  Whether it is an online assignment or a whole presentation done all on the computer.  It is all related and the theories that I’ve learned in ALL my classes is that technology is taking over.  So a teacher needs to learn how to use it or they will be left behind.