Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Blog Post 3:
I would have to say that my collegiate experience is frighteningly similar to these students. On a positive note, my class sizes have been considerably smaller than the 115 average that these students have and I believe that more than 18% of my teachers have bothered to learn my name. Of course, that could be because they have had smaller classes. This semester I have so much reading to do, I feel like I get less than 49% of the readings done. For me, going from a small high school, to a small community college was an easy transition because they were both very much the same. Last semester was my first here at USA and I was completely blown away by the work load and the expectations of the professors. I know that I will read WAY more than 8 books this year. Between my two History classes this semester, I have 10 books that are assigned for me to read! Until now, I didn't really know what it meant to be a multi-tasker, but they are right, we have to be. Multi-tasking well is not my forte! The most depressing thought off all is the amount of debt I will face when I am done. I will have more than the $20,000 they had as an average. Some of the things that I would have added to the story board would have been in regard to how many full time students are also full time workers or single parents or English language learners or how many students have a language besides English, as their home language.
IT'S NOT ABOUT THE TECHNOLOGY
I found this to be a very thoughtful and well thought out post. Ms. Hines is correct; it is not about the technology. If teachers aren't life long learners; how can they effectively teach our students? If teachers don't want to be learners; why would students want to be learners? If teachers don't know how learn new things; what kind of example does that set for students. I think Ms. Hines hit an important point in that technology is useless without good teaching. What good is a tool if you don't know how to use it? I have seen, with my own eyes, how computers and Smart Boards are being wasted in the class room because teachers haven't been trained properly and feel intimidated by technology. A teacher can reach students effectively without technology but having the technology can only add to and enhance the classroom.
IS IT OK TO BE A TECHNOLOGICALLY ILLITERATE TEACHER
I initially felt defensive towards the many teachers I know that are technologically illiterate (namely my mother). Most of the teachers that I know in this position are wonderful educators; they love their students and they are fun and creative in the classroom. They try to always give 100% to their students. But I do understand what Mr. Fisch is trying to say. Our children do deserve the best. They deserve to have a teacher that can introduce them to new technologies and to help prepare them for the future. Therein lies the problem. Are the teachers who are not literate in technology unfit to teach? I think there is no cut and dried answer. What I do think is that teachers should be willing to learn and that more training should be available to teachers who want it and need it. To me, there are more alarming things than a technologically illiterate teacher. Such as teachers who no longer like to teach or those teachers who no longer like students but they continue to teach for a paycheck or so they can get a full retirement.
GARY HAYES' SOCIAL MEDIA COUNT
The changes that I observed on the count progressed at an absolutely mind blowing rate. As a future educator, I wonder if I can keep up. It reminds me of the video, Did You Know 3.0. The video stated that when a student starts a four year technical degree, by their third year of study, what they learned in their first year of the program is already outdated. That means that my classroom has to continually evolve and progress. While it will be good to introduce new things and implement the use of different technologies, I will not be able to be satisfied with the way things are. I will always have to look forward.