I can’t tell you exactly when it began, but I consistently think about the present world from the perspective of a history book written 100 years from today. What trends will seem ridiculous? Clogs and Bump-Its come to mind. What will we remember and cringe about knowing what we will know then? Will we realize that putting too many silly bandz on your wrists causes arthritis as early as age 8?
Will our future generations roll their eyes at the school systems’ turtle-like ability to adapt to change and embrace technology? Will they laugh at the fact that administrations tried so hard to keep the students off of social networking sites, only to find that in a structured context, they provided many positive learning experiences, because students became much more interested?
I think so, and as a 126 year old woman, I’ll be thinking, “I told you so.” This is why I am ready and willing to jump into the new technology that is here and waiting.
If you would have asked me where I rated in the use of technology in my classroom a couple weeks ago, I would have given you a confident, “I’ve got that covered: A!” I create the bulk of my lessons in ActivBoard format, and often include web video clips and student manipulation of sentences and skills using the pen on educational sites. I thought I was doing a zippity doo dah job. However, after examining some of the awesome ideas for “Classroom Uses of Weblogs” on page 39 of Richardson’s book, and looking at Anne Davis’s “EduBlog Insights” blog http://anne.teachesme.com/my-weblog-projects/, I realize there is so much MORE! Hold the phone! I am still in Web 1.0! Ideally, my students will eventually have the opportunity to create their own piece of the blog and have their voices heard. I am geared up to make the jump to 2.0 and can’t wait to see how it plays out to benefit my students!
Richardson mentioned in Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms that a Weblog is a tool that supports different learning styles. He suggested students that are more introverted and wouldn’t normally participate in classroom discussions would be more likely to respond to a blog post. I see blogs appealing to different learning styles way beyond this. Images, video clips, and the actual organization of the blog will assist visual learners in comprehending the material. Uploaded audio explanations and jingles would appeal to audio learners. Depending on the willingness of the designer to experiment with different forms of media, nearly all the learning styles could be met.
Richardson got me thinking, “Am I actually missing one of the undeclared intelligence list toppers? Is technology a new intelligence that is shared by most of our students? If so, where am I having students interact with technology on a regular basis?” Enter, my new blog. Dun dun duunnn…
(On a side note, why is the wealth of information about “Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms” presented to us in the form of a paperback book?)