Literacy Coaching in a World of Technology!

Instructional technology techniques for the Literacy Coach.

Bloom’sTaxonomy and Technology? September 25, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — suzanneb429 @ 8:00 pm

The idea of Bloom’s taxonomy is that we recall knowledge, grasp meaning, apply learned material, analyse material, synthesize ideas and judge the worth of material.  In thinking about technology, I wonder how this concept ties in? Do we go through the same levels of learning when using new technologies? Because some technology is so advanced, do we skip some of these learning steps?

 

What about environment?  Bloom beleved that the environments in which we learn greatly influence our ability to learn new information.  How does all of the online learning tie into this theory?  Bloom believed that all learners achieved knowledge at different paces as well, so with the more frequent use of online courses are we increasing our chances of success or decreasing them?

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Does all this technology increase teacher anxiety? September 21, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — suzanneb429 @ 5:27 pm

Teachers are always under a certain amount of pressure, but I wonder if all the ever changing technology increases their anxiety….  Most teacher education programs now require all teachers (reading majors or not) to take at least one literacy based course, but what about technology?  This is my first semester taking a technology courses and I have to tell you, I am feeling the anxiety!  Just trying to figure out how to navigate new websites, including wordpress, can be very stressful.  Especially when you’re trying to keep up with the class.  Teachers are always given trainings for new technologies to some extent, but still feel a tremendous amount of pressure when trying to implement it all!  The literacy coach needs to be aware of these anxieties and prepare themselves and the teachers for all the new technologies that are constantly changing and being introduced.

Technology in classrooms are obviously beneficial to student learning, but not all teachers are willing to embrace it.  Is it fear of the unknown or an unwillingness to step outside traditional and comfortable teaching methods?

 

Does educational blogging motivate or discourage students?

Filed under: Uncategorized — suzanneb429 @ 3:23 pm

Stephen Downes article, Educational Blogging (2004) discusses and analyzes the pros and cons of blogging in classrooms. The most intesting part of this article was his discussion about the “…..dilemma for teachers” (p. 4).  How can teachers grade students on their blogging?  What problems do they run into when having to monitor students blogs?  Blogging is, in a sense, a diary of ones personal thoughts, feelings and reflections. If teachers cannot allow students to express themselves freely, it defeats the purpose of using a blog… Also, what about students that have trouble writing espressively?  Teachers can’t penalize them for not having a blog that is more elabrate and certainly can’t compare and contrast their work to other students.  Downes also notes a quote made by Mark Pilgrim, “Writers will write because they can’t not write” (p. 4).  I absolutely love this quote because it really makes a teacher think about those students that are simply NOT writers…  Some people truly enjoy the emotional and physical act of writing and reflecting, while others find it tedious and time consuming because they would rather verbalize what they are feeling.  Will educational blogging motivate these non-writers to write or further discourage them?  Is forcing them to participate in blog assignments fair?

Using blogs for class discussions seems much “safer” than assignning blogs as individual assignments.  Online college courses are made of discussions where students post and respond to one anothers posts.  Applying this concept to a blog where students could comment on one anothers comments as part of their homework is a wonderful way to encourage all students to participate.  Those that are reluctant will not have to write a tremendous amount and those that are shy wil not have to worry about public speaking.