Wednesday, January 30, 2013

My thoughts on chapter 2

In chapter 2 we read about content learning.  We learned that knowledge according to research can be broken down to three categories which are declarative, structural, and procedural.  It went on to explain what is type is and an example of it.  I really think the figure 2.2 on pg. 40 gave a great simple breakdown of what they are and how they go with each other.

Something the chapter made me really think about was just how the technology would be physically in my classroom.  With I mean will my classroom even have a computer and if so how many?  I know most classrooms I have gotten a chance to observe didn't have any computers in it.  The closest it came was a laptop the teacher used.  The classes would each get time in a computer lab.

The chapter went on to talk about different technology that can be used besides a computer such as whiteboard, overheads, and microphones to name a few.  It talked about the different softwares that could be used for the different learnings.  I liked the software they talked about from Tom Synder where the students have to make a decision and they do it several times to see the different outcomes from their actions.

This chapter was about how to get you to start thinking making lesson plans and having them technology-enhanced.  You have to think about how the technology will work with all students such including special needs and ELL students.  I think the computer and certain softwares will benefit ELL learns by being able to use their language and English.  The chapter also gave good guidelines to remember when making your lesson plans.   I think with the United States being such a melting pot of different cultures it is good to remember guideline #3:  Teach in a culturally responsive manner.   It was a good chapter and one to look back on when writing future plans.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Creating my first blog!

Greetings everyone!

This is my first blog and I am still trying to figure everything out.  I'm glad though that +Blogger makes it easy to to set up a blog.  I really hope my blog is easy to read and naviagte though.  I think I'll probably still make mistakes, but it is a learning process for me.  Hopefully by the end of my course it will so vast improvements.