Wednesday, January 27, 2010

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Buddy System

Blogging Buddies really made me think. Why shouldn't students from other schools be able to communicate?
I never before saw typing as a tool for literacy. That makes so much sense because, as students guess a word's spelling, the computer can help them along. The computer can teach them about capital letters and punctuation. WOW
I remember when I was in the second grade, my teacher assigned us "Pen Pals" with another class. I could NOT wait to recieve my letter every week. Blogging Buddies revolutionizes the Pen Pal system.

Cameron Can!

I really enjoyed Cameron's Digital Youth Portrait. This was probably my favorite video we've watched (I'm working backwords, so I've seen quite a few). It is truly amazing how much Cameron has learned . One smart little boy.


It seems to me that wealth had a lot to do with his advancement. Maybe I'd be as Tech Savvy if I had a lap top-like little game when I was 4 years old,or a Green Screen and a Mac in the 6th grade! The parents seem so proud of him, and they should be. I'm really not trying to be too critical. He's a talented kid, I just think he has a view advantages.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

21rst Century Blackboard

WOw! Watching A Peek for a Week really opened my eyes to the possibilities and capabilities of children. I never would have thought that a six year old could so easily use computers for learning. I knew that there were many computer games that children played without realizing they were actually learning, but I had no idea a little girl in pig tails could be busy blogging!! I am 20, and I just learned how to blog!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

A Portrait of Progress

I was surprised and impressed by The Digital Youth Portrait for Nafiza. Nafiza is so incredibly advanced that technology has become second nature in her life. I am the polar opposite of Nafiza. I just started utilizing something called "speaker phone" about a week ago!! I wish that was an exaggeration.

This video inspired me, and the main thing I took away from it is that technology is a tool not a technique of torture. Technology can actually help make things easier :O . My reaction to new computer programs or right- clicking tricks is always " ahh, confusing! I'll just do it the way I've always done it... that's easier". I now know that my mindset could not be further from the truth. I am making things 10 times harder by not embracing technology as Nafiza has.

When I finally become a teacher, I want to instill in my students that technology is something we are all lucky to have. I want them to know that it is something created to progress and better our lives.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Why I want to be a Teacher

Hello. My name is Laken Slate. I am 20 years old, a Sophomore, an Early Childhood Education Major, and a bit confused at the moment. I'm just getting into my teaching courses, and it is a tad overwhelming. I want to be a teacher, specifically for younger kids, because I love how they always seem to exceed everyone's expectations. I think children are often underestimated, and any time I have had the chance to work with children, they always have a way of approaching things in the simplest ( but, some how, most brilliant) of terms. I can't to witness a new surprise everyday.