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Video “I teach, therefore you learn…or do you?” March 1, 2009

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I came across this cool video by Jose Picardo entitled “I teach, therefore you learn…or do you?” I think it really captures the dilemma of education. The first is that education is stagnant when it comes to how today’s students communicate. I think he is correct that even though times have changed the same basics still exist (socialization, friendship, entertainment, etc.) but in a new form. In writing my Masters paper today I realized that I teach how I was taught and that there is where the disconnect is between us. With technology becoming much more prevalent, I have forced myself [I think successfully] to learn new technologies to communicate with my students. I get teased from more mature teachers over my texting and computer use. The students at first teased me but have since begun to make use of my new technological literacy. I have begun to listen to my students, not simply hear them but listen. The second issue that is the problem is the comfort of not changing. Many times I find myself getting trapped by the comfort of doing things the same way as it is easier. This may be best for me, but not for the students. In one hand I do not get left behind, on the other hand I may. Take a look at this video, it is well worthwhile.

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My Classroom Blog February 3, 2009

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As I am becoming more comfortable with technology I thought I would resurrect an idea I ran with a couple of years ago when I was first exposed to blogs.  I attempted to have daily blog updates upon classroom activities to assist students and parents in the daily activities of the class.  There were problems though that made it difficult to go on with.  The computers and server were notorious for going down, which caused me to not update the blogs regularly.  Also frustrating was the fact that I had a stat counter that seemed to be going nowhere.

This time around I am trying a few new things.  The first obstacle was getting the school division to unblock the blog site.  With new filters in place, security was making updates and students seeing it very difficult.  Secondly was communication with parents.  So this year I sent a form home, that the parents had to sign, with the blog address clearly indicated for them.  I hope these measures help students to succeed more as they can have a constant connection to what is going on in class.

That said I would like to find a way to have students access to forms, assignments, etc. on the blog.  I think I have researched this by using Scribed.  I understand as a third party software it is supposed to do so but I have as of yet to try.  I am also hoping by forcing some of the Journal entries upon them via the blog to get them used to checking it out.

The blog address is http://handspiker.blogspot.com/