To App or Nap?

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On November 2, 2015 I welcomed my first baby into this world. Ever since then i’ve found myself come across many questions and majority of them have to do with technology. I mean do I or don’t I post an announcement picture on Facebook (which I did)? If I don’t well its almost a guarantee that someone else is going to. I mean what do I make people sign a waver that they won’t post pictures of my precious son on social media?! I doubt it.

All kinds of questions arose for me around my child’s identity and social media. I mean I know he’s just over four months old right now but I already see signs of him being oddly obsessed with my iPad/iPhone/TV. Perhaps it is just a coincident or perhaps our offspring are just being programmed to have an urge to use technology. Im not sure but I find myself struggling with the question of when am I going to allow my son to have time on the iPad/TV/video games? Do I give him unlimited time if he’s playing educational games or do I limit his time to a few hours a day?

Well I came across and article on my Feedly that intrigued me “Children and Technology: should small kids be encouraged to use tablets and computers?” Well let me tell you this article stated some great points that i’m sure most parents are guilty of time to time again. Either it be entertaining your child while they eat their food, or while you’re out and about; whatever it may be the children have the ability to get their hands on a devices one way or another.

This article also stated something I was a little bit torn with; like that kids “…familiarize themselves with animals and plants they would not have the opportunity to see in their regular lives.” I think that in some cases this may be true but whatever happened to going outside and exploring some of these plants/animals or picking up a good informational book. I mean I guess I have to take into consideration that some kids (urban kids) don’t have the ability to go outside and see different animals and plants like rural kids do. I guess you could go as far to say that I not fully sold on the whole technology is our future. I am still a strong believer in books, and paper and exploring the many wonders the world has to offer us.

I guess all in all I am somewhere in the middle between encouraging kids to use technology. Id say in the middle because I agree its important since we live in a technology driven world, but I also think it is more beneficial to get out of the house and learn about new things rather than doing it all on a device. Or even just going to the library and picking up an informative book about something you are interested in.

So this article closes with a question that you can vote on at the end (so go and vote!!!) asking:

Should small children be encouraged to use tablets and computers?

Let me know your reasoning behind this question:)

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Saving The Trees One Card At A Time:)

 

Photo by Teaching Learns with Multiple Needs

Photo by Teaching Learns with Multiple Needs

While scrolling through my feedly I found a story labeled iCardSort. It is basically an app used for sorting cards. Since I am always looking for new ways to conserve paper I thought this was defiantly something I needed to look into.

Teaching Learners With Multiple Needs writes about the endless ways to use iCardSort. You can have students sorting their numbers, arranging the alphabet in the correct order and so much more. It allows for students to learn without using a bunch of paper.

It talks about some of the features it offers like Public Decks which is simply a place where you can find other decks others have created. I also really like how this app allows you to share your deck with someone else as long as they have the app and an iPad.

I think it would be really fun to play around with this app but I don’t think i’ll be purchasing this soon since it is $10. But if you have a classroom of young children I think this would be a great app to invest in!

Check out a quick video of the possibilities this app allows!

Technology Driven

When I used to think of teachers including technology into the classroom it frightened me. I mean I hated technology because if you forgot to save it was gone; lost forever in a world unknown. But that all changed when I graduated and continued on to univeristy  three and half years ago.

I was introduced to a world of new possibilities. Not only just for teachers but also for students. There are a so many wonderful ways to allow students to incorporate technology into their learning.  So I guess now I am totally for including technology into the classroom.

I believe that technology allows for a whole new style of learning. It allows students to communicate with others outside of the classroom. Allowing them to build a digital citizenship along with a digital identity. It also allows for communication between the teacher and students outside the classrooms and for parents to be included  as well.

I have yet had the opportunity to bring technology into the classroom since I am still a little fearful of the idea. I guess I’m still fearful of not knowing everything about the specific piece I bring in. But the truth is I have come to learn that it is ok to not fully understand how the particular piece of technology works. Just like the students are going to learn about it so can you! You will learn hand in hand with them as you discover this new world inside a certain piece of technology.

When I have the chance to go back into the classroom thesauri some way I plan to integrating technology into the classroom. Some of them being Remind, BuzzMob, Classdojo, Planboard, Gonoodle, TellagamiKahoot and so many more. I truly believe that intergrating technology into the classroom make it a lot more fun.

 

To Dream Is To Live…

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My Dreams For My Future Classroom:

1. Firstly I dream to have iPads for each of my students. This iPad would benefit each student in all their subjects. This would be great for students to keep up with classes outside of school using Edmodo or Classkick. Edmodo and Classkick would also benefit the parents of the students to keep them up to date with what going on in child’s classes. Most importantly is it would make it easy for teacher student interaction. This would be a great start to a paper free classroom.

2. Incorporating apps. I would find apps that students could use in different subject areas. This would allow students to learn in new ways rather than just a simply pencil on paper manner. Students would be able to explore learning in new ways threw educational apps.

3. I dream to have a classroom that is colourful and welcoming to all my students. A place that lights up students eyes as they walk in. A place where they can create and make their own dreams come to life. A place that is exciting to students. Rather than the typical classrooms I went to school in with white walls, and barely any colour.

 

To be continued…