Four Ages of Educational Technology

In thinking about student work that I might design using blogs, I first met with the Principal of my neighborhood’s middle school to request and receive permission to shadow a Science teacher. I have been a substitute for this teacher’s Science class on many days over the last five years. Therefore, her Science room was familiar to me. As it turned out, this Science teacher and I have known each other through our children’s sporting participation and she now is my mentor for “all-things-science”. Besides shadowing many full days and mentoring sessions, I know I will use blogs with my students and their parents. Students will be able to blog about Science in forums about projects, assignments, and with me. Using “best-practice” in Science education, I will include a blog with resources for advance inquiry and communication. I will use blogs to post information to students who may have missed class and their parents.

CONTENT:  As a secondary Science teacher, I can use my blog as a tool for additional lecture, to assign projects, homework, additional assistance, and for collaborations of students on assignments. Primarily the blog is for learning and communicating. Using the second step of Blooms Taxonomy, “understanding,” I can use web-links for students to follow while classifying the genus species of various specimens.

PEDAGOGY:  I looked under Science resources and I found excellent blogs called Teach Science right and Reflections of a Science Teacher. My stance is that I will use a blog and technology to enhance my Science student’s learning through activities and interaction. I will use visuals to show Science content in various ways so all my students can understand and participate to some degree at their own pace.

TECHNOLOGY:  The local school district where I plan to do my student teaching next school year has specific technology in place for all teachers. This includes blog sights and computers in every classroom. Many middle school students now do have smart phones, but do not turn them own except during specific instructional time. Our local district does not depend upon students having a smart phone, so there are tablets provided to students during class time.

2. I will use multimedia technology in teaching Science in the learning environment such as laptop, personal computer, tablet (i Pad), smart phone (iPhone), white-board, television, DVD, recording device, and/or projector.

3. An obstacle could be a student not having access at home to the internet. Other obstacles for a middle school student would be parental supervision and/or internet distractions to sights not linked to the classroom purposes. Even though there are obstacles to a middle school student having access to the internet in environments other than at school, technology the best learning and communication tool available.