When I think about what the world will be like in 2020, I have two different thoughts. The first thought that comes to mind is, “2020 is only eight years away… how much can really change in eight years?” The second thought is, “Look how much has changed since I graduated high school…. And it hasn’t even been eight years.” My second thought is a little more of the reality, I have a feeling. There have been so many changes in the education world, as well as the real world. Technology advances in the world have had a direct influence on our educational world. School has transformed into a collaborative work space for students, and there are so many more hands on activities. Students are doing projects on the computer and online, and are able to learn concepts in so many different ways.
As I ponder on all the changes that have occurred since I was in school, I can’t truly imagine all the changes that will be taking place without doing a little cringing. I have taught in two districts, and have had so many implications happen within both districts. We are changing the way we teach, the way we communicate with families, and the way that we assess our students. I am sure all of these changes will continue to morph into something that will make sure to please as many as possible.
The choices and innovations that I make in the classroom with affect others because I will want to be a technology leader in the classroom. This is also a major way teaching will be different in 2020. Technology is present in the classroom now, but it will become a major part of the classroom in the upcoming years. I will want students to know that I am living in the digital era, just like they will be. I will be working hard to incorporate and intertwine as many aspects of our curriculum with technology as I can. The world that my students will be living in after they’re out of school will be all but a small bit of technology, so I’ll do my best to prepare my students for the endless possibilities while still incorporating and enhancing their math skills.
The web application that I would recommend to all educators is Google Docs. We currently use these in our district and it is convenient in every class that our students take. The students currently use them every day in their 21st Century writing class. This makes checking of papers easier for the teacher, and she always has access to students’ work. This allows for quick feedback for students, too. They’re able to log on at home, and easily finish any work that isn’t completed at school. This also works well with teachers, as we’re able to create documents for team notes, notes on students, notes to students who have been missing, and documents to share with parents. If you’re able to use this with your students, I would HIGHLY recommend this! 🙂
A paperless class would definitely change my role as a teacher. I wouldn’t be as directly involved with my students, I don’t think. However, I love the idea. It would be different because I wouldn’t be as involved with them as I am now, but I would be online. I would be able to communicate with them while online, as well as in the classroom. However, most students would be able to access the class and me at all times if the class was online. Like the article, I would also want to have “lecture” time in class in order to totally make sure that students were grasping the concepts. I think math is a little more difficult to do online, so having a mixture of both online resources as well as lecture times would be perfect for my 6th grade math class. I would have to really train my students on how to use the resources online in order to make math on the computer less difficult. I would be able to measure learning the same way that I do now with my students if we have a paperless class. We do standards based grading, so I would still be able to do that. I think paperless space would make building a learning network a lot easier. Students would be able to constantly have access to unlimited resources, and shy students would be able to better express themselves and collaborate with their classmates. Overall, I love the idea of paperless classes and if we had access to computers all the time, I think students would enjoy them as well!
The big shift that I chose to write about is the Big Shift 3: The Social, Collaborative Construction of Meaning ful Knowledge. This shift talked about how students used to be expected to work independently on their work, but are not collaborating with their classmates. The shift has affected my teaching practice in many ways. Since I started teaching, I have always had my students work collaboratively to learn materials. I feel that when students work together, they’re able to learn from another student’s point of view and it’s taught more in “kid-friendly” language. We also have used computers to work together a little bit. We don’t always have access to computers, but when we do, there are activities we can do together. I think it will positively affect me in the future because I will get more out of my students. I will be able to relate the material more to their own lives when we work with technology. I will also be able to let them learn from one another, instead of just me. My views haven’t really changed since I started this course. I have always enjoyed collaboration among students. One thing that has changed though, is my motivation to work even more with online technologies in order to interest my students. I have been exposed to so many new ideas that I really think my students will enjoy! A lot of the information that we have learned about in this class has been technology, and I will be able to use all the ideas to facilitate this shift in my classroom! 🙂