Sunday, September 16, 2012
Blog Post # 3
I left my comment for my assigned student on their blog. I chose to do this, because what I was critiquing didn't seem too harsh that I would need to email them. I guess the way I see it is, would I get offended by my critique? If I wouldn't then I do not see a reason to email them.
The peer editing videos taught me a lot about editing. The first one, What is Peer Editing?, was straightforward with the information. The three major things I took from it was compliment, suggestions, and corrections. We need to make sure we compliment before we critique others. Another point made was stay positive, which I also think is important to do. Even when you are critiquing it should be in a positive manner.
The second video, Peer Edit with Perfection Tutorial, was pretty much the same as the first. They both conveyed the best way to leave a worthy comment. The third video, Writing Peer Review Top 10 Mistakes, was my favorite. The kids portraying the different types of critiquing was pretty cool. They did a really good job showing how to critique and how not to.
Technology in Special Education
Lacy Cook's video was inspiring to me.She say's that the use of laptop's has changed the way she teaches. One of the student's, who used to have to be read to, now can listen to books on the Ipod touch. This is probably much faster and easier for him. It also keeps him in class rather that separating him. Another student's learning was made ,much easier by being able to communicate by laptop. He otherwise has a hard time communicating.
Students also have much more access to the teacher and the teacher to the students. Lacy says that it is much easier to keep the students attention when she uses technology. She wants her student's to be aware of all new technology so they have plenty of opportunity when working in the real world.
How the Ipad Works with Academics for Autism
The father in this video is awesome his son's learning capability using the Ipad was so great. I'd love to use app's in my future classroom to teach. The app I liked the most is called Alpha Writer, by Montessorium. This one caught my attention the most, because it has many possibilities. You can learn to; read, write and spell phonetically. You can even create stories using it. I'm planning to be an English teacher so this app would be helpful for me. If I was having a problem relaying information to a special needs student this app could possibly fill the gap I am unable to fill myself.
Harness Your Students' Digital Smart's
Vicki Davis uses many technologies, as shown in this video, to connect her student's to the rest of the world. She believes that pen and paper limit student's ability to learn, and that with that limitation only certain kinds of them will learn. She expects her student's to think. If you don't know the meaning of something then look it up.
Her method allows her student's to create blogs with people all around the world. It also gets the students truly involved in their work. They are interacting with each other, and you can see they are truly learning. Vicki say's this empowers the students which she believes is good for them, and I agree with her.