Monday, March 5, 2012

C4T #2

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Beth Knittle is a K-12 Technology Integration specialist in the Barnstable Public School System in Hyannis, Massachusetts. She works to help teachers integrate technology into their classroom. Her blog centers around technology and modern teaching methods.

Private Schools and Educational Reform

In this post, Mrs. Knittle focuses on the differences between Public and Private schools, and how public schools tend to latch on to the mandates set forth by State and Federal Government - even though private schools do not and still produce excellent students.

Like other progenitors of the modern teaching style we've studied, Mrs. Knittle believes that it's more important to teach knowledge and skills rather than how to do well on a test. In public schools, she feels that although emphasis on individual education still exists (in the same vein as private school), the process of standardized testing still alienates those who don't progress at some predetermined, 'standard' rate.

At the end of the day, she says that the Schools' following of State and Federal mandates is for one reason only: money. And while that may be understandable, is that really the best thing for their students?

Making School Related Digital Texts

Mrs. Knittle made 3 separate posts about points she wanted to make in her lecture session in the upcoming MassCUE / METAA Technology Symposium. In her third post, she talks about creating custom digital content for the upcoming utilization of iPads and other technology in the classroom. I think it would be great for schools to create custom, focused, interactive and engrossing media in order to help facilitate learning. Not only would lessons be more fun (and all information therein more relevant), but students would probably LOVE using Apple hardware in the classroom. Mrs. Knittle also points out that after the initial creation of the media, upkeep would take far less time than creating it from scratch, so the time invested would initially be high, but then taper off.

I love this idea. Personally, I wish this sort of thing was available back when I was in primary and secondary school - but even though I probably won't be able to use anything like this specifically in my school career, I will still experience it in my classroom when I'm an educator.

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