A smart board in every classroom, a Mac Air in every bag

               .Now that every classroom has a Polyvision Board and every teacher has a Mac Book Air and the internet is at our fingertips, what are you supposed to do with all of this? I recommend that you start by checking out the VIDEO RESOURCES page which was recently updated. It’s a list of less than twenty links, but sometimes less is more when you’re searching for something that could be considered “educational”.

              .If you happen to have a bit more time on your hands, then may I suggest you check out Edudemic’s list of 100 Best Video Sites for teachers. Or maybe you only have enough time to read through their 50 Ed Tech Tools for Teachers. Fifty! Seriously, fifty? That list alone is going take you the whole year to investigate. Even considering that included are sites many of us know such as EdmodoSkypePinterestKhan Academy, Fun Brain, WordleYou Tube, TED-Ed, TwitterGoogle Docs … there’s still just too much. This is part of the “problem” with the internet. The overflow (and duplication) of so much information sometimes makes it unwieldy. Especially when you throw in our almost insatiable love of the new, the novel. (Is the iPhone 5 out yet?)

              .These two recommendations come from the same site, Edudemic, which I don’t remember how I stumbled across. It’s another one of those serendipitous finds I chalk up to “surfing”. This site is so ahead of the curve that there’s an article that says Learnist (a social networking site which is so new it doesn’t yet have a Wikipedia entry I could link to for more information) is the “Pinterest for Education”. I haven’t even checked out Pinterest yet, which means I am falling behind the times. Despite this, I found Edudemic informative and entertaining and among the other links I think teachers will find useful are “25 TED Talks perfect for classrooms” and “The 3 Biggest Ways Technology Is Disrupting Education Forever”.

              .Of course, the Polyvision board has many more uses than just streaming videos in class, but it does make for a great viewing area. No more bulbous 27 inch Sanyo TVs perched on top of wobbly and chalk covered AV carts. Because so much video is available online, our DVD collection is sometimes overlooked. Among the new titles in our collection this year are:

Closing Thought:

              .Ed tech has long been heralded as the panacea to many of schooling’s woes. There is a long and colorful history, for anyone who is interested, involving the integration of technology into the classroom. Imagine how excited people must have been when the phonograph was invented in 1877 by Thomas Edison. Suddenly people everywhere could listen to music from anyone in the world … who was recording at the time. Then in 1896, Marconi demonstrated how wireless radio transmission was possible. Suddenly in real time, people could listen to anyone with a radio tower. Imagine the excitement in the 1930s, when television became commercial. Now everyone could see all the things they’d only been listening to for years. At every turn, new technology has excited the masses into believing it could make learning that much more fun, that much more exciting, and that much easier.

              .Technology accomplishes the first two pretty well, but it doesn’t and can’t deliver on the third promise. As I see it, technology of all shapes and from all eras, are simply tools for the teacher and the learner. They allow the information to be packaged and repackaged, but the learning processes are internal to the learner. They require work from the learner that no external technology can substitute for or really assist. In the end, learning takes work and mastery takes practice. And good learning takes a skilled, knowledgeable, conscientious and thoughtful teacher manipulating all the technology they have (from chalk to smartboard) to lead the learner there.

              .Hope you find something useful or interesting, and thank you for stopping by.

Copyright © henry toromoreno, 2012. All rights reserved.

About htwilson

born in brooklyn, raised in queens, massachusetts, that's where I be.
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