Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Blog Post #11
Ms. Cassidy is a first grade teacher in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada who allows her students to use different types of technology in the classroom to help with there studies. For example, the smartboard, skype, computers, and even their Nintendo DS. Ms. Cassidy was introduced to technology about ten years ago when she was randomly given five computers for her classroom. They were the normal computers with a monitor, tower, and keyboard. They did have internet access but were not able to put programs onto the computer. She started her webpage ten years ago and she started blogging five years ago. She did a lot of this on her own. There is a technology coordinator there to help her with the things that she needs help with, but she tries a lot of things on her own and has great supporters behind her. The children's blogs have so much of their writing work posted on the blogs. She said that the children feel better with doing things on the blogs rather than on normal pencil and paper. Technology is not going anywhere, so we need to make use of it.
If a teacher does not allow children to use the technology, he or she is in a way handicapping them from the things that they will be using for the rest of their lives. No, they may not have a "blog" for their job, but they will most defiantly have some sort of technology they will have to use.
I believe that in my classroom in the future, I will allow my students to create a blog and have them do some sort of "weekly work" on it. I believe that students today are more technological literate than most of today's adults were. With having the students use the computer to have a blog will allow the students to post their ideas that they may have on a specific subject and to also view other children's blogs around the world and collect ideas from them. I enjoyed watching the SKYPE interview with Mrs. Cassidy and learned lots of ways to incorporate technology into my classroom in the future.
Here is the link to the interview if you would like to watch it.
SKYPE Interview with Mrs. Cassidy