Tech Task #3 Learning from Kids

I found this great presentation on TED.com about adults learning from children. The young girl that gives this talk is incredibly bright and articulate in what she is says in her talk focusing on “What adults can learn from kids”. Ultimately her point is that adults do not give kids the credit they deserve in education. We need to start to learn from them and see how they see the issues in our world and in education.

I definately agree with what this young girl is saying and I think we need to work her concept into the classroom with control. I do believe completely that we as future teachers need to pay attention to our students because we are going to be pleasantly suprised with the amount we learn from them. I remember a time when I was in grade ten, in my biology class, and our teacher (can’t recall his name for good reason) asked us for examples of flightless birds. The class was spouting out the obvious, penguins and ostriches. I put my hand up and answered Emu to which the techer replied “Uh, no thats wrong there is no such bird.” I knew that he was wrong and dissappointed he did not even try to look it up or try to learn from his students. That year I went to the Calgary Zoo and took a picture of an emu with the description of “a flightless bird” on the plaque by the cage it was in. I brought this information back to the same teacher to proove that an Emu was a fightless bird and he was a bit embarrassed for good reason. That experience alone along with this great talk inspire me to be a better teacher for the next generation. If there is a student with a question I do not know the answer to I plan on writing it down looking up the information that night and bringing it back for the class or that student the following day. This is the respect the students deserve and we need to respect that as their teachers. A childs mind is a powerful thing and they may see something in a way, us as adults may not but we need to be open and inviting for them to share their views.

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Tech Task #2 – Facebook use Between Teachers and Students.

As a future teacher I have found myself wondering whether using facebook with my classes would be a beneficial aspect to my teaching career and for the students. After long thought I really think it would be a good idea to stay away from using it with your students. Facebook is a great SOCIAL network but for me, as a teacher, I would not feel comfortable using it as a tool in the classroom. One reason I feel this way is for personal privacy for you and your students. There is a fine line as a male teacher in the classroom that shouldnt be crossed already and if I were to incorporate facebook into the classroom I feel that crossing that line is harder to control. On facebook anyone who writes on your wall or shares in a group, their comments are automatically associated with you. you would need to constantly be on facebook to monitor your profile and comments made in order to keep the site policed in a way that stayed appropriate for you and your students. This could be a dangerous road to journey on in your career. As a teacher I do not want to be exposed to the inappropriate photos and comments of future students. Kids these days put too much personalized information about themselves on the internet. Having access to this information can effect your view of that student, which could effect your relationship with the student in the classroom. This is the same for them of you leading to a lack of respect.
Another point that played into my decision was, what would their parents think of this. While some may think that it is a good thing to use for school, I thought about my parents while I was in high school and i decided to give my good ol’ mom and girlfriends mother a call to see what they think about it…..dialing…..
My girlfriends mother has a 15 year old son in grade ten, she stated, “Why on God’s earth would I as a parent want any teacher interacting on a social level with my child?!” and my mother stated, “No, it’s not appropriate. Teachers have to follow a code of conduct with their interactions with students because they could get into personal issues that they should not be involved with. This could lead to legal implications if content is inappropriate. You, as a teacher, want to insure that you cannot be implicated or you could ultimately lose your job.” and my Aunt who is a retired teacher stated, “It’s difficult, there is an invisible line you dont want to cross. It would be nice to be able to do that but then the line gets murky. There is no control over what content is put up, and that is scarey as a teacher.”
These statements helped me understand that it’s too risky, as a teacher, to use facebook with your students no matter how careful you are.
As a facebook user I am friends with many of my old and current university professors. For me this is okay because I am an adult student and I have the maturity level and professionalism to watch what I post on facebook. There is a completely different level of maturity when looking at the difference between high school and University.
Now this is my personal opinion about using facebook with your students. I will not use it in my classroom, I think its great if my students use it for what it is, a social network, but I will stay away from using it in that manner. Facebook is a great social identity tool on the internet and I will continue to use it that way but not with my students.

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Obesity and Technology

These are just a couple websites that I have found talking about technology and obesity in North America. I found them interesting , hope you do too. I am not against technology, I just think we should be aware of some of the repercussions that come with technology.

http://ezinearticles.com/?The-Connection-Between-Technology-And-Childhood-Obesity&id=862743

http://www.wellsphere.com/weight-loss-article/is-technology-fueling-obesity/33254

http://www.megaessays.com/viewpaper/47588.html

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Task #1, The Intro!

Hello my name is Adam, I am a BEAD student majoring in Drama and minoring in Lit. My previous degree was a BFA in Theatre Acting. I have an awesome Girlfriend and a three month old son! I am a huge Oilers fan and like the muppets.

I am excited to learn more about different programs that I will be able to use in the future.
Personally I feel as though children get a bit too much time with technology, it definitely has its benefits in the classroom but I am one who likes to be infront of the class teaching. I think technology with early elementary students needs to be in moderation. Technology is a bit shakey with me when talking about younger students because this is one major reason childhood obesity has gone up and I think they should be more active.
Regarding technology, I would say I am about average with. I have a couple gaming systems that I enjoy and of course with school I am very familiar with the internet and Word.

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