Monday, June 12, 2006
I really liked what happened in the third presentation, and hopefully I can recreate the situation. Prior to this I had simply passed the handhelds around while I gave the presentation. The "Math and Technology" class was really small so each student had an individual handheld (which I brought), and I gave a few minutes of direct instruction on how to use the handheld before going through the math applications.
For larger classes, I think I'm going to group the students, provide some direct instruction on handheld usage, and then go through my presentation with the students in their groups.
The web page for the first presentation is linked to left, I have a Podcast from the second presentation, and I'm working on a podcast from the third presentation. I'm really enjoy these presentations, and I'm learning a lot. My instructor says she'll have me in for the two "Instructional Media" classes she's teaching over the summer.
""I tried with one teacher last year, but they didn't put out any extra effort after school to learn the skills they needed to move the students forward. It takes that kind of commitment to pull it off.""
I think this type of training should begin with the pre-service teachers in college. In my opinion, students in my peer group should be required to place elements of the digital age in their presentations, lesson plans, etc. Fortunately, most of my instructors have allowed me to present my work in digital and alternative formats.
I believe young teachers coming out of college should have a "digital" (podcasting, blogging, etc) mindset when it comes to their practice.