Aspiring Teachers and Technology

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Today we decided to split into groups of four and make an ideal classroom. The following are our results.

Google Presentation

Google Doc

Collaborated with Paige Kloefkorn, Drew Biery, and Nick Johnson

Google Drive is exceptionally wonderful and should start to be mandatory for group projects in classes. Gmail accounts are free, and up to 50 people can be typing on one Google Document, Presentation, etc. A teacher can give each student their own spreadsheet to work on even.

Google is changing the way I’m thinking about education.

So why is it important to play with media?

One fantastic resource is Wesley Fryer’s interactive eBook Playing with Media.

Fryer talks extensively about digital bridges. Fryer states, matter-of-factly, that “the mere use of technology does not constitute or guarantee good teaching.” As future educators, we need to be the bridges between knowledge and application. We need to impart relevant knowledge, content knowledge, and technology to our students. These three things fill the gap over the troubled water and build a bridge our students can cross. Simon & Garfunkel would be proud.

So it’s important to play with media to stay contemporary and keep your students’ interest. Technology offers nearly endless ways to learn especially those who are visual (and with the rise of iPads and tablets, tactile learners as well). Sites like StudyBlue help those students who can’t handle traditional notecards and papers and pencil and pen. Playing with media proves that, as Fryer puts it, “Older dogs CAN learn new tricks.” Also importantly, playing with media helps us understand and stay connected with the youth who will be growing up with said tech.

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