This week, I looked into some more tweets that I found would better engage a class of students with the constant trend of emerging technology.
This first article I found from Emerging Ed Tech is relevant to what we’re learning in our literacy class as well. It talks about fluency and engaging students using a different means that paper. Fluency is one of the five key elements in reading that has even passed by the National Reading Panel. These two fluency apps are found on and Read and write for Google is meant to build student’s confidence in reading and writing. There is a great tutorial for teachers on how to best utilize this in the classroom. Some of the features include the reading of the passage aloud and it is able to provide the definition of the words in passages. There are many interactive features that allow highlighting and summarizing passages. The best is that this is free for teachers! Fluency tutor is another app that is through Google reading on Google Drive. This feature has passages for students but it allows them to record their own voice and listen to themselves reading aloud. Both of these features are great for teachers and they are run through Google. I think they are excellent resources to provide more interactive experiences for reading with children.
This next article is about building Digital Citizenship in students. This has been a topic throughout the semester which is why it is especially relevant to us as future educators. There are appropriate ways that should be modeled in order for students to be responsible and protected while they use technology. The three tips are: model appropriate behavior, openly discuss online etiquette, and incorporate social media into your lessons. These are all important tips and it is evident that we are using the third tip right now: incorporate social media into your classroom. Students will not know the correct rules of digital citizenship if they are not actively practicing them in the classroom. Exposure to twitter or even instagram as a class is a way to engage students and teach them the correct way to be using technology as as student. By creating open dialogue in a classroom and consistently allowing for students to have open conversations, you are giving them the supports they need to be successful when using the internet among other technology in a responsible way.
This last article talks about using an iPad effectively in your own classroom. I have seen iPads used in classrooms with no direction or as a means for calming a student down. While I think this is appropriate some of the time, there should also be explicit instruction for students in order to responsibly use technology. Coding is one of the benefits of having an iPad in the classroom. Students are exposed at an early age, or even in time when they have their own choice, to learn a great skill. The animation is engaging and makes it seem like more of a game than work. Video Conference is a really cool way to have pen pals from different parts of the country or even different parts of the world. Students will learn more about the world around them through exposure to other places and cultures. It is a way that we can make sure students are well-rounded in not only academic topics. Just as with another topic in this class, digital storytelling, students can learn how to make movies with stop motion and other technologies. When students progress through their education they are able to have beneficial skills that will allow them to be successful.