Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Digital Citizenship inside 10th Grade English

We had to construct a Prezi describing what Digital Citizenship means in your grade level that you want to teach. Well I want to teach 10th grade English so my Prezi is based off of the 10th grade.
Here is a short video on Digital Citizenship and why schools should teach it.
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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

learning to un learn

          In todays world of technology and discoveries of new learning methods, things are changing every day. Teachers must learn to be able to change their curriculums and methods of teaching. Everything must be up today all the time. Back in the day teaching was always pretty much the same old thing and never really changed that much until a couple years ago when the 21st century and technology took over. Everything started changing and the way of teaching changed drastically. Teachers had to relearn the way they taught before all the new types of inventions. 

          For students to unlearn the way they started to learn they must go through 3 concepts of knowledge

  • The first is knowledge for practice which is basic guidelines and research to improve practice. 
  • The second is knowledge in practice which is actually applying that knowledge to see if it works. This stage is based on inquiry and reflection.
  • The third stage is knowledge of practice which is the systematic, critical, and collaborative inquiry in teaching and learning. This stage allows teachers and even students to figure out new ways of learning and improving knowledge.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Interactive Whiteboards in Today's Classroom

Interactive whiteboards or IWB are now almost in every classroom in high schools in the United States. Interactive whiteboards are electronic smart boards that allow teachers and students to interact and draw on the board or giant computer screen and learn lessons on the large white board. IWB's can be a lot of fun and help out students learning. Students can play fun games on the touch screen and learn all different subjects, math, english, history, and science. 
     I believe that IWB's can be a large help, but from what I have seen in my own experience most teacher don't know how to use them the way they can be. In my History class my 10th grade teacher knew how to use it and it was a lot of fun. We played study games on it and learned lessons, but my English teacher didn't know how to use it at all and it just sat up in the front of the room collecting dust. If a teacher doesn't know how to use it, then it is no more useful then a chalkboard or a dry-erase board. 
     I've also seen kids just get bored of it and not really be interested at all, to them its interesting for three weeks and then its the same thing as a chalkboard. It is a lot of money too, schools should be using that money they are getting to buy more books or writing supplies, since most schools don't have enough for every student. I believe that technology just grows and it really is all the same, it makes small changes in students learning abilities and how much they learn. I would like to see school spend more money on supplies or make sure all teachers know how to use the IWB's effectively as discussed in The Journal
    IWB's can definitely make a difference in Differentiation. Different lessons can be taught or taught in different ways. It can also have lessons and activities for all different learning types and levels. 

Tuesday, March 26, 2013


       I see differentiation as a way to get all students of all different learning levels to learn the same material and pass the same grade. Differentiation is the way the teacher wants to split p her class or divide up the work so that all students can succeed at their own pace. I experienced it as a way teachers can divide up learning activities and divide up students that needthe same help or are slow in the same subject. The teacher can individually help each student or focus on a few students at a time that need help in math or English. It doesn't even have to be just a problem with learning, the student can have problems at home or not really be interested in school and the teacher has to give that student a little or attention to get that student interested and help them out. Or the student can have a learning disability or autism and the teacher can get that kid to pass in the same class room as the normal class kids by differentiation and splitting up the class into groups and out ways of teaching to help out everyone and challenge everybody. 
I believe that technology does have a huge roll in differentiation and it can help all students learn and challenge themselves at there own pass. If the students need help in an area the teacher can use the computer or i pad to help the students in that specific area. It really can help and make it easier for students and teachers. especially since computers have all different programs and stuff now the teacher wouldn't even need to talk to some kids to get them to learn a subject or a topic they can do it right on the computer. 

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

twitter and me

       Twitter is a very fun and easy social network to use.Before our class and really getting to know about twitter I thought it was kind of dumb and just people complaining but  today in class our activity included using twitter to complete a quiz that showed you how helpful and easy it is to complete a task in a group if you need too. The activity was to take a quiz in a group and help each other answer questions with out talking. The test was very interesting and really did help to show how useful twitter could be in the classroom.
       I think twitter can be very helpful and easy to use inside the classroom. Twitter could be used for teachers to help plan every day activities together and be on the same page with other teachers and even parents about students. It is easy to find things and join groups to get things done together.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Final Frontier

         My group and I were asked to create a presentation to convince teachers that do not like technology in their classrooms to start using it more. We were asked to to change teachers minds on how they feel about technology being used in the classrooms, and here is our project .
         The article Teacher Pedagogical Beliefs: The Final Frontier in Our Quest for Technology Integration? 
 By. Peggy A. Ertmer 
          The article talked about how teachers are not use to technology and are not comfortable with it. It also discussed how students feel about technology in the classrooms. Ertmer also discussed how attention spans differ with the use of technology. One last thing that the article talked about was how students performances are with technology. It discussed the difference between collaboration and cooperation. collaboration is people working together together and helping each other out to get answers and cooperation is people working separately.
        The project was fun and really showed how much technology helps to teach students. It also showed us that technology really is making a huge jump in teaching in classrooms. 

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Getting to Know Me

           Hi my name is Patrick Jennings I am a sophomore at Edinboro University. I am 20 years old and I'm studying  to become a secondary level education English teacher. I am on the Edinboro wrestling team where I wrestle 174 pounds. I have one brother and one sister, my brother also attends Edinboro University.
          Technology is a great thing and it makes not only teaching but life so much easier. Everything is right at your finger tips. Technology is great for teaching students everything. You can use smart boards to teach subjects on a projector and allows students to see what the teacher is talking about. Technology has also come so far as to help handicap kids to learn and do things in the class room. Technology is a great thing and can help out so much, but the teacher has to know how to use it correctly and be able to show the student how to use it.
          I want to become an English teacher and teach high school students. I believe that teachers are great people and can change a students life not only in the class room but out side of it. Teachers have to love their job and want to help students out otherwise they shouldn't be teachers.