May 4 2013
Summary of the project
GOALS- To build a student -centred class with Technology integration in the learning environments.
Description: To lay an understanding of digital integrated classrooms and focusing on pedagogical changes in teaching by using technology integrated setting in the classroom environments and focusing on the true student centred learning which is created with technology by understanding education to new boundaries. To build in a way in which we can incorporate digital technology in everyday teaching.
To understand what blogging really means with the help of Edmodo which is a free online learning space designed especially for schools allowing children and the teachers to communicate with each other online. And finally understanding the need of having a classroom website. Teaching and analyzing that we need a proper mind set to take control of the content and to make meaning and creating knowledge from its multiple forms, styles, and, media.
Target audience: Elementary teachers
Discuss the various patterns of teaching and learning which are seen in the field of Education.
Discuss pedagogical changes with technology integrated class.
Learn different tools that can be initiated in the settings of the classrooms.
Learn strategies in using technology both in and out of the physical classroom
Discuss classroom management with blog and creating class website Weebly since it’s a free web-hosting service with a simple drag-and-drop web builder. Weebly is super user-friendly and supports basic features for blogging and embedding HTML codes.
Video Reflection : There was a sense of great achievements after finishing the workshops with the teachers as my motto was to help the entire school with the vision as per the needs of making teaching and learning to be effective than never before. As the motto of my NGO is NVLB (NO VILLAGE LEFT BEHIND) and we know improving quality of teaching and learning is the only way by ensuring that No teacher is left behind to finally leading to NCLB. There is a strong and evolving visions required where I find myself in a situation here I need to give in but at times succeeding to make it all happen. Surely I would say that this like laying the brick for bringing innovations in the field of teaching to the areas hard to reach.. If we will not change the traditional classroom set ups than we it will not be a Death by Powerpoint, but it will actually be a Death of Educational practices not reaching out to the rural child.
Introducing the concept of Blogging by nurturing on the fact that Blogging helps in as to lay down creating a community of ripples as commented by Kathy Cassidy. Having a blog creates a community around our classroom. The articles, podcasts, images and video we post are like stones dropped into a pond. The first ripple in our circle of community is the circle of parents. Parents can watch their child’s blog and observe their child’s progress first hand. They don’t have to wait until our student-led conferences to see what and how their child has been learning. The growth is obvious for them to see. The next ripple is the circle of the child’s extended family, friends and our local community. They, too can watch, encourage and interact. Often, this circle includes students who have been in my classroom in the past and who come back to our blog to comment and encourage the younger students.
But the next question is as to why do we Blog. Victor Lee lays the grounds as per Jeff that after going over what Blogging really is, the next step in it is to ensure that we use it in a effective manner. Educators need to have their solid grounds to understand how to use this tool by benefiting it from the experience and in engaging in their learning process. A blog which is basically a Journal in which there is someone who writes and someone who reads it. The Blog allows the collaboration between multiple people and conversations which can be extended by evolving it right from an entry, then also bringing it back in the classroom for further discussions. At the same time commenting on the blog is also an important part of Blogs by pulling up our curtains of what our audience really is? Thus teachers to make children a critical bloggers by reflecting on
1. What strategies do you use in blogging?
2. How does blogging help you as a writer? As a reader? As a publisher?
3. What are some tips on how to proofread on a blog?
4. When you post how do you get the ideas to post about your topic?
5. What is your favorite blog, your favorite post, and your favorite comment and please give your reasons for your choices?
6. Has anyone given you tips about blogging? What would be the 3 most important tips you would give?
7. What is your favourite or the most interesting thing you like about blogging?
8. What makes you want to comment to a blog?
9. What is the worst problem you have in blogging?
10. How does blogging help you in school or anywhere?
11. How has blogging gotten better since you started?
12. What is your perspective on blogging?
Whatdoesblogging mean to you?
13. How have other people’s comments helped you in
14. What are some verbs you would use to describe
blogging? Some adjectives?
15. What inspired you to do blogging? Do you think you will
16. How do you feel when you get comments?
17. What have you learned in blogging?
18. How does blogging help you make friends?
19. How have other people’s comments helped you
20. How did you feel when you first started blogging? Were
you nervous, scared, happy? How do you feel now?
21. Does blogging help you learn more in writing and
22. What do you think of your blog?
23. How has your blogging gotten better since you started?
24. Is blogging a part of your life?
25. How do you respond to other blogs (what sequence)?
What’s Next: To have meeting with the technology coaches of few other branches of the school. Apparently at this stage we have 122 schools running in various other locations. Though at this point I must say that Reaching Out to them is going to require more persons understanding at my side of the graph which at least at this stage is not easy. But I am sure with time it will become better but not perfect.
To go step by step by
1. Professional development
1. Lead professional development for faculty, staff and administration
1. Just in time
3. Small group
4. Monthly workshops
5. Bring in and facilitate the presence of outside voices
6. Create digital How-To guides and step by step tutorials
2. Present and share at local, national and international conferences
2. Life Long Learner
1. Practice what you preach: You want your teachers and students to be learners, you have to be the model.
2. Continue to take classes, attend workshops, conferences, meet with colleagues, skype with experts in the field
3. Avid reader of educational blogs, wikis, twitter, podcasts, professional journals
4. Stay abreast technology AND education trends and how they relate to student learning
3. Plan and Co-Teach
1. Plan regularly with classroom and resource teachers.
2. Be informed and able to reference curriculum across grade level
3. Support teachers by co-teaching with them, then let them fly
1. Teach at least one class (a tech club or after school activity) to keep it real
2. Don’t loose touch with what it means to teach real kids and not to just theorize about how teaching and learning should look like
5. Personal Learning Network
1. Create, actively grow and nurture your own PLN- local as well as global
2. BE a part of a personal learning network for others- (you get out of it what you put in it)
6. Model 21st Century Skills
1. Communicate and Connect with other educators (local and global) in order to Collaborate
2. Take active steps to make connection for your teachers and their students around the world to open the classroom walls
3. Write, reflect, and grow on my own professional and school blog
4. Share resources on the blog and/or wiki
5. Create new opportunities for myself and for colleagues and students
6. Be flexible with curriculum or calendar related changes as well as guaranteed equipment failures
7. Be part of school’s Technology team
1. Participate in and make hardware and software purchase decisions
2. Participate in and make budget decisions
3. Attend Technology Committee meetings
4. Present to school board
5. Work closely with network administrator, media specialist and other team members