Thursday, July 18, 2013

Blog Post Assignment #11

Part 1: Little Kids...Big Potential

In the video, Little Kids...Big Potential, the students were really excited about the things that they were doing inside their classroom. They showed us all the different technologies they were using. The students know how to use blogger, skype, video-recordings, and much more. They even used their nintendo DS's. I thought that was really neat how they incorporated a video game into the classroom. I also thought this was interesting because there have been many debates about banning video games, and how they are such a distraction from school work. I thought that it was very cool to see a video game used as an educational tool.

Part 2: Skype Interview with Ms. Cassidy

She got involved in technology about ten years ago because she was given five computers. One of the main points that I want to talk about is that pen and paper are not appealing to children. These days, children are always in some sort of technology whether that be a video game, an ipad , or the computer. So Ms. Cassidy chose to have her students write on blogs on the internet. That way her students could get their ideas and thoughts seen by anyone with access to a computer and the internet. I think that this is a good way for students to get feedback from someone other than their peers (in the classroom) and their teacher. I think that this way motivates these students to want to do better and strive to do better. When they see that other people are viewing their blog posts and leaving comments, I think that gets them excited to want to do more.

Students strive to do better when their work is seen by other people.

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