Blog #4

 

Live from the First iPad Summit.

This article has to do a lot about the future of teaching with a great Apple product, the iPad. Many educators met for the first time in a group like this at Harvard to discuss what the iPad can do for the benefit of their students. This was not just a prestigious combination of peoples but, a group of educators from a very diverse background. Elementary and Secondary educators, principals, educational consultants. If its anything important with teaching children in today’s world, they were there. This summit was held for nothing else but how the iPad can be used in the classroom which was a great way to get the ideas out there if you ask me. The meeting seemed to go greatly with little takeaway on the iPad itself was that it is just a tool for teachers to use. Educators can not just give them these and expect them to learn the educators must still help them through everything; Educators need to know what they are doing on the device before they are used in school for the betterment of the students; and, they need to be something more than a computer replacement.

Q1. What is your opinion of the issue in the article? Agree or disagree?

Well I do not know what to think of this article. I mean if the setting are right with everything, there could be a major way to get to the children in an exciting way and in a way that they will stay focused, have fun, and learn something new. However, the iPad really is like a computer. As flashy as it may be for now at least, It is going to be difficult for teacher to teach using these devices because these apps they need are not there at the time. Plus with all of the training that they need for these new devices it puts more stress on the educator, when the same exact outcome of using an iPad can be achieved on a computer.

Q2. How will the issue help or hinder student learning?

I feel as if this issue will hinder my students learning. The problem is that the iPad itself is too distracting. There is too much you can do with it and not that big of a way to control it. For all we know kids could just be playing online or in other apps while I the educator are trying to better their education. It is a great idea to get the iPad into the learning community but i think it has a long way to go still.

Blog #3

Using digital tools to make a difference

What can children do to make a difference in today’s world? Realistically there is not much that they, themselves can do. They can do fundraisers and that sort of thing but realistically their parents and parents friends are paying for that, so there is not much that just the child can do on their own. Well, even as an adult the best they can do is serve food at a homeless shelter or donate food products. But, many children have been getting into whats been called “clicktivism” they can draw attention to issues that they find important. There are things that children are getting behind such as the Ryan’s Well Project where a first grader realized that many places do not get clean drinking water like we do here so he (with some help from an adult of course) has a website now that takes donations, and with all the money that he has raised he has now been able to create more than 700 wells. There are many other projects like these that children are getting behind to make a difference in their world today.

Q1. What is your opinion of the issue in the article? Agree or disagree? Why?

I am going to have to agree with this article. As long as the student/ child is teamed up with a parent of some sort to get things rolling, it sounds like a great idea. What other ways can children get their issues across? Because realistically most parents or grown ups are not going to listen to them too much about these kinds of issues. With the impact of technology in today’s world, it is a perfect opportunity for children to get out there and spread their message of what they want to be changed, and even get lots of support for it. With all of the different websites and organizations like this there is always something out there for the children to do, and to get involved in.

Q2. How will the issue help or hinder student learning?

Realistically i would hope that this issue would help my students in their learning because they now would want to learn more, so they can do more with these organizations. The students will now want to Learn more so when they are older they know better ways to get this issue out there in the real world. A little education goes a long way, and so does begin able to know that your doing something good for this world already, at such a young age.