Let the blogging beginning (again)! I don’t know if you noticed or cared but my last blog post was roughly 9 months ago, so that means I am rusty at this whole blogging thing. Every now and again in class, we are expected to blog and at first, I am not excited. By the time I change my theme, move things around, change my picture and then sit down to write I am pretty eager to get going, the only problem is I don’t know what to write about. Thank goodness we were given a blog prompt (hopefully we get one each week?) and by the end of the semester, I hope to be able to write blog posts without being prompted. My goal for this semester is definitely working hard on my PLN and continuing my blogging even after class is over.
Now that I got that out of the way let’s get down to the actual post. If you can tell from the title it’s going to be about technology …. in the classroom. Whether you love it or hate it we have become a very technological world. I believe that it would only make sense to include technology into our classrooms. I understand that there are many teachers who don’t want to use technology in their classroom but I think that we can reach students in ways we couldn’t before with technology, as long as it is used in a correct way.
But, what is the correct way? There isn’t only one right” answer to this question. I think the correct way is anyway as long as it teaches and engages the students. I have seen many teachers use the same tool but in different ways that both benefitted the class. I personally love Kahoot, if you haven’t checked it out it’s a quiz game where students log in through a pin number that is randomly generated when you start a game. Students then answer the questions from their phone, tablet or any other electronic device they have. I’ve seen a lot of teachers use this as a fun diagnostic tool or a different way to write a quiz. When I used this app I used it as brain break in my math class. I had a lot of students who could not sit through a sixty-one minute class (I mean who could?) So around the half way point, if there were one student who were working exceptionally hard I would ask them what kind of Kahoot they would like to do, they would give a suggestion (colours, shapes, Disney Characters, The Simpsons, cows – seriously these were all suggestions)I would find a quiz that was appropriate and we would take ten minutes to do the quiz. After we finished I told students to put away their devices and get back to work. In the beginning, I struggled with getting them back on task but towards the end, they knew exactly what to do after a quiz which was great.
I love using technology in the classroom. I think it is a great way to help students learn. I also found that sometimes the students didn’t get what I was teaching, so that night I would find a video or cool website that re-explained what I was teaching in a different way that the students might understand. In science 8 we were talking about the gas exchange process and the students were not understanding how it worked so I found this cool website that together we went through to actually show them how it worked. By the end of that class, students were actually getting it
Just recently I joined in #saskedchat on twitter. Coincidently that night we were talking about technology in the classroom. Why haven’t I done this before?!
I love the fact that I was able to collaborate with so many other people and will be definitely be doing this more often!
As teachers, we need to remember that technology is their to broaden and enhance the students learning. I know through twitter and blogging that I will enhance my own learning and because of that I will have learned how to better incorporate technology in my own classroom. I am excited to expand my PLN this semester and can not wait to continue learning.