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Out with the old, In with the new
September 24, 2008, 8:11 pm
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This weeks reading’s were interesting to me because it explained some new concepts on learning that I have not heard prior to the reading. The article by Rose and Myer really enlightened me on the different senses someone uses while learning. I felt like I do my students a disservice by using a book, lecture, and pictures when presenting a lesson (not that I don’t use any multimedia). I had the same feeling of disservice as I read through Yelland’s article, that despite I am using new media in lessons it is with the old “predetermined curriculum.” But as I read more the more I began to feel or come to the realization that these author’s have probably never taught in a school level lower than a two-year college. I do not think it is feasible to use “new media” at all times while teaching lesson’s to elementary through high-school. Feasible in the sense of time and money. I do believe that using new media is a great way to teach the curriculum but the school’s are too pressed for time and money to truly devote their full efforts to using “new media” properly. I think that within the last 20 years technology has advanced so quickly that our system of education is just not equipped to incorporate all that is useful. I think that the only way to be able to do this with any real value will require a major overhaul on education in America. Are we in need of one? I believe so. But the question really is where do we start?


Theories for Learning
September 17, 2008, 3:22 am
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The reading this week left me in a state of uncertainty. I love the field of philosophy be it political philosophy, educational philosophy, etc. The main problem I have with philosophy is that every theory is “proven” to be wrong by another theory. The Alessi and Trollip reading really left me with this sense of that all of the theories discussed on education were both, the way to teach and not to teach for learning. I feel that the they did a decent job of showing both the positives and negatives of each of the learning theories: behavioralism, cognitivism, and constructivism. I could not discern if the author’s were for or against the constructivist theorists. At times it felt like they really sided with them and agreed that behavioralism “overlooked or even ignored valuable unintended outcomes,” and cognitivists do not always do what they state (cooperative and collaborative work). At other times it felt like they did not think that constructivism was the way to go either. They felt that constructivism had too many contradictions and constructivists were elitists. I feel, as do the authors, that the best approach to educating students is to use the three theories cohesively. This will help to ensure that you are meeting the needs of all learners.

Numero Uno
September 3, 2008, 9:56 pm
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This is the first post for my ISTC 541 blog. I will be covering my views on classroom technology use and a prior experience with classroom technology.

My Views
I feel that technology is a very important tool in today’s educational setting. Students constantly engage with current technologies. Technology can be used to enchance education. I personally attempt to use technology within the majority of my lesson because I feel that this is a great way to connect with my students. The only problem with technology in the classroom is the lack of resources and/or access to them.

Prior Experience
One experience I had as a student with technology was as an undergrad. One of the required courses that I had to take was Integrating Technology Into the Classroom. In this class we had to create a WebQuest, students had to complete an assignment using information from the web. I created the Quest using a word document. The document had links to pre-determined sites that students would use to gather information. I liked this assignment because it showed me a new way for having students engage in learning using the internet. The only problem was gathering all the material for students. It is very time consuming sifting through the web trying to find links that pertain to the material you are trying to cover. Thankfully, I have found numerous sites where people have already created WebQuests that you can use for the classroom.