Sunday, February 12, 2012

Blog Assignment 3

An Ipad

Technology in Special Education

In Lacie Cook's video Technology in Special Education, she speaks about how beneficial technology is in a classroom where her students have special needs. As technology advances, the applications for its use broaden. Ipods, specialized computer programs, applications, and even specially constructed hardware configurations all ease the burden on a teacher by helping address each student's individual needs.

As a teacher, knowing and addressing students' special needs is a priority. With technology, each of those needs can be met with a personalized, tailor-made approach using a computer, iPod, or iPad and a plethora of programs specifically designed to assist a specific need.

I looked at Apple's Education App site (which can be found here), and found a program I think would be particularly useful as a Secondary Education Science teacher. Many words used in biology can be dauntingly long and difficult to read or pronounce. Having something on hand to be able to look up those words can be a boon for students with reading literacy problems. Dictionary.com's Dictionary and Thesaurus app offers audio playback of phonetic pronunciation, which would greatly help students who have difficulty in reading potentially complicated words. In using this app, word mastery can be improved for future classes as well.

Gary Hayes Social Media Count


Gary Hayes Social Media Count, found here, illustrates just how quickly internet use is growing in our world - and with that growth, a different method of networking and information dissemination. Connections between educators can be made around the world, and with those connections comes exposure to teaching methods that one might not have heard of otherwise. By collaborating on a global scale, teachers can improve their methods by utilizing methods already in effective use elsewhere.

But this bodes for changes in student learning as well. Students can now go online and be interactively immersed in information - so, we, as educators, should do our best to emulate this immersion in the classroom, so that this modern resource in teaching and learning does not go to waste.

A Vision of Students Today

"A Vision of Students Today" by Michael Wesch (which can be found here) covers how technology is changing education. Being connected to the internet 24/7 has acclimated students to the anytime availability of music and social networking sites - and this availability is spilling over into the classroom. As more and more students bring their computers to the classroom, less and less actively participate in classroom learning, opting instead to surf the web or get on Facebook (I think pretty much all of us have seen people on Facebook in the middle of class).

This is no fault of the students'. Teaching methods just haven't been keeping up with the way that digital users have grown accustomed to learning. It's not interactive enough, it doesn't keep our attention, and unless we use the digital resources we have available to us when we become teachers, we won't be efficient educators.

4 comments:

  1. Your blog post is very interesting. I can tell that you actually looked at the videos and put thought into what you were writing. There was only one mistake that you made that stood out to me. On the assignment he asked us to find an app that would benifit special needs students in the classroom. You found an app for secondary students. Although your idea was great for the science students, you may want to change the app. You did a great job on the other parts of your blog post.

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  2. Thanks for your comment! I actually chose one for students with special needs in secondary education - in this scenario, students with low reading comprehension. With this, they would have the assistance they need to understand complex words and phrases. I'll work on being more clear with my wording from now on. Thanks again!

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  3. The app you found would actually be helpful for every student, as long as they didn't use the dictionary as a crutch. You could even form a lesson around it and every student would be able to participate whether they have low reading comprehension or not! Good job.

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  4. I can tell from reading this post that you sincerely put a lot of thought into writing this blog. The first statement that caught my attention was when you mentioned how advanced technology is and how that lifts a burden off of the teacher. I fully agree with you. Even though the advantages of technology with Facebook, Twitter, Skype, etc., are used for socializing, technology can also aid with teaching in the classroom. Technology is constantly changing every second, and just like you mentioned, it is up to us (the future educators) to be aware of its resources. Keep up the good work, Daniel!

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