My Blog

Here is the link to Sashi's blog for this class.
It is entitled Read Write Web Kaufman.
I teach seventh and eighth grade science and language arts at Scarborough Middle School.

Here is a link to my Final Project Blog on independent reading.

Read Write Web Learning

  • What do you see as the greatest benefits of the new Web 2.0 technologies? How have you used technology to transform your teaching?
    I think the greatest benefits of Web 2.0 technologies are first of all the ability to prepare students for the technology realities they will face in the workplace and the world in general. Even if you don't use technology in your work life, you will encounter it in everyday tasks. I also think that there are real benefits in terms of increased collaboration between students. Using technology brings another skill set to the table. It's always good to incorporate students with different skill sets. Right now in education I think we are in the substitution phase (for example substituting a word processing program for a pen and paper). We need to move into the modification and redefinition of tasks using technology. I have used technology to transform my teaching in many ways. One of my favorite (though basic) ways I have changed things is simply by using less paper. I have used noteshare to distribute materials, give notes and also to collect work. I have also used noteshare to host discussions of books we are reading. In my science class I have used moodle to host discussions, distribute and collect work. I have also used programs like keynotes and pages to have students create their own study guides for tests and quizzes.
  • On the flip side, what do see as the greatest pitfalls of the new media? What might educators do to mitigate some of these problems?
One problem can be when people think that technology is a blanket solution for any problem. Technology, like any educational strategy has to be thoughtfully and appropriately applied. Sometimes a skit (or other low tech medium) really is the best way to demonstrate their knowledge. I also think that technology can be intimidating to people. One other potential pitfall is when people ignore issues of technological literacy. For example, assuming that because you know how to use google, that you actually know how to to an effective google search. I think the best thing educators can do to mitigate these problems is to start slowly and integrate small bits at a time to make things less intimidating. So true! (Grace) > Also, don't be afraid to rely on students and to learn alongside students.
  • What do you think educators most need to know to navigate the new digital landscape? What technological skills are necessary? How can teachers build the skills and knowledge they need?
Educators need to know where to go find the technology resources that are going to help them the most. I think conferences and classes are a great way to learn ways to "navigate the digital landscape". Also, like I said, allowing students to share what they know with you. This is often the most efficient way to learn a new application because students will teach you specific skills in context, and are available to help at any point you need them, as opposed to listening to (and hopefully remembering) comprehensive directions from a workshop or trying to navigate the technology on your own. As far as technological skills, I think comfort and patience are important for learning anything. I think it's important to be comfortable with using a web browser because that's the first step to going out and finding more information, from blogs, websites, etc.
While I agree with your posts I also think it's important to have some understanding of the new vocabulary technology presents before educators attend workshops, conferences and courses such as ours.

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