Peer review is something I have always had trouble with. People used to tell me that I would not be successful as a high school teacher because I am "too nice." I would simply respond and remind myself that it is different when you have to talk to children and tell them what they did wrong. Facing your peers is always scary at every age.
slideshow helped me see that it is fine to correct a peer's paper if you do it in a smart way. Compliments, suggestions, and corrections are key.
After watching all of these helpful things, I felt confident to go and critique my classmate's blog. However, when I went back and read her blog I had to search for errors. It is clear that she proofreads her blog posts. I had to search for mistakes. The only mistakes I could find were simple errors like saying "he discover" instead of "he discovered." A few comma misplaces and a comma splice was also found. It was obvious that she just overlooked these simple mistakes. I knew that these things were not "big enough" errors to correct her on. If she constantly used double negatives and used many more comma splices I would probably take the time to write her an email. I would not comment on her blog because this blog is public for everyone to read, including her future boss. I feel like pointing out mistakes publicly is unnecessary when there is other ways to comment. Thankfully, my classmate cares enough to proofread though.
"It's Not About Technology" by Kelly Hines
After reading Kelly Hines' article, "It's Not About Technology," I felt happy she admitted it is not just about having computers in every classroom. It is more about how the teacher acts in order to have successful students. She gave her readers four things teachers should keep in mind. The first tip was that teachers must be learners. They must be willing to learn and explore in order to keep up with the fast growing technology. Teachers must also keep in mind that teaching and learning are two different things.
Teachers must see it as a successful day when students learn something new. Learning must be the goal of the day and it is important to remember that not all students learn the same. Another tip she gave was that technology is useless without good teaching. Learning is not about computers, but proper training for the teacher and an open mind that's ready to learn. Teachers must also remember that they can be a 21st Century teacher without technology; it all about willing and wanting to learn and share that knowledge with students.
Karl Fisch: Is It Okay To Be A Technologically Illiterate Teacher?
I was surprised after reading Karl Fisch's blog, "Is It Okay To Be A Technologically Illiterate Teacher?" Fisch first starts off by reminding his readers that he was in a bad mood when he wrote this article back in 2006. He did not think it was the right time to publish the article, but he still stands by what he said.
I have read many articles and seen many teachers talk about how important it is for teachers to learn more about technology; however, I have never read such a strong opinion. He stated, "If a teacher today is not technologically literate-and is unwilling to make the effort to learn more- it's equivalent to a teacher 30 years ago who didn't know how to read and write." Although I believe technology is important for teachers to learn, I did find this a little extreme.
Gary Hayes Social Media Count
On Gary Hayes' Social Media Count website, he shows what is happening in real time. These facts worried me. They are happening so fast. It makes me wonder how people know all this and who keeps track of all this information. After the 165 seconds on the page, I paused the screen. Just during that short amount of time 1,918,977 items are being shared on Facebook. 5,756,941 videos are being watchied on YouTube. 3,837,963 searches are being made on Google. $11, 042 are being spent on virtual goods in the US. This one surprised me the most. I honestly thought a lot more money would be spent than that. The YouTube one also surprised me because I did not realize just how popular YouTube was.
Michael Wesch: A Vision of Students Today
After watching Michael Wesch short YouTube video, "A Vision of Students Today," I had mixed emotions. A part of me felt selfish; another part of me felt hopeful. A big part of me thought, "Wow, college is worse than I thought." I am glad I am in school because I do feel like I learn something everyday. Many of my classes feel helpful for my future jobs. However, after viewing many of the signs the students were holding in the video, it pretty much made me depressed. Only 18% of teachers know your name. I honestly think it is less than that. I have only had a few teachers take the time to actually know I exist. Even in high school I started responding to Katherine or Caitlyn or even Sarah or Stephanie (my older sisters). I also agree with the statistic about only completing 49% of the readings assigned by teachers. Now that I am taking so many literature classes, I feel overwhelmed when each teacher assigns 100 pages to read a day. I become stressed and fall behind because of this. I blame this on me though, not the teachers. If I balanced out my time better I would not be so stressed.
I do agree we need to do something about buying hundred dollar textbooks that do not even get open. This is just awful. They should offer textbooks online for free or even a couple of dollars. There is no need to buy a book that will not even be open. Especially after the statistic that the college student will be 20,000 dollars in debt once she graduates. Sadly, since I am going to be a teacher I am going to have a hard time paying off these student loans. However, after seeing that over 1 billion people make less than a dollar a day I feel selfish for even dreading my future salary. This is crazy; that student's laptop in the video costs more than what many people make in over a year.
"I did not create the problems, but they are my problems." This is true. Many believe technology can save us. I am not entirely sure how technology can fix everything, but it is a good start by teaching it in schools. By simply writing on a chalkboard, students do not get to experience pictures or videos or see anything interesting while learning. Having technology in the classroom could help students become interested in learning and teaching new ways.