As you know, I am working on my masters in Educational Technology. As part of my cohort’s Capstone requirement, we have to contribute to the education community in a way that uses technology. I’ve offered my blog space to anyone interested in doing a tech review or sharing any topic they’d like. My classmate Gillian Keller took me up on my offer! Please find her review of YouTube below… please, give her some love!
By Gillian Keller, candidate, M.Ed, Educational Technology, American College of Education
I get to school an hour before the school day is expected to start. I am glancing over my plans to review what we are doing for the day. I look at my reading block and see the book we are supposed to focus on for our reading lesson. I check my classroom shelf and even the library but can’t find the book. So what do I do now? I go to YouTube. I type in the title of the book I am looking for and 8 out of 10 times I can find a digital version of the book I need. Sometimes it is someone reading the book and other times it is a screenshot of each page while someone narrates the pages. I make sure to skip the ads, check for any advertisements, make sure the book is appropriate (no surprises will pop up during the story) and then I am set for my morning read aloud. Read the rest of this entry
Bare with me, I have time to think and its going better than expected.
I’m so blessed to be living in a time and space in this great country of ours where I can have a discussion with people who think with their brains and not simply regurgitate the noise of other, less worthy souls. I just needed to say that.
So, in my Diverse Learners class, a side bar to this week’s discussion on differentiated instruction involved a scenario:
Drama teacher (white male) wants to put on a Black History Month program. He discovers, (apparently to his horror) that he doesn’t have enough students to play the “black” parts in the program. Our instructor asks us, should he put some white students in black face? (our instructor is black and according to him, this is a true story, btw.) Read the rest of this entry
I’m the Technology Liaison in my school building. I was asked to take on this teacher leadership position near the end of the school year last year by my principal. At the time, I thought, this would be cool, it will look good on my resume and I can apply all this stuff I’ve been learning in my Masters’ program to it, etc.
The happy band of 4 teachers that started as the PLC Team, have been sitting round considering how to do things, what to ask about teachers’ needs and what our mission and vision is. That was the fun part of this. As I’ve begun to attend district level Tech Liaison meetings, it has occurred to me how powerful this position is and how in it, a large group of individuals can be turned into a humming machine of educational greatness by using technology as a tool to enhance the learning experiences for our students AND learn new things for ourselves. Read the rest of this entry
Its that most wonderful time of the year in the education business.. . Black History Month. I love the history of my people and how we have helped to mold and change the landscape of this great country. I, however, dislike being black during Black History Month in my school building. Read the rest of this entry