Final Reflection

Teachers, Throw Away the Old Playbook

Us vs. Them

With technology advancing at the speed of light and new educational reforms being created what seems like everyday, it is no wonder we are now experiencing a split between 'new' and 'old' teachers. Teaching styles have advanced so much in the past several years that veteran teachers are having a hard time keeping up with the fresh faces trying to get their feet in the doorway everyday. At one point in time, experience in a teaching career seemed to be an invaluable resource for educators, but now eagerness and new ideas seem to be at the top of the list schools are looking for in their educators. Sandy Banks goes on to talk about the bitterness many veteran teachers are feeling due to the lack of appreciation they are recieving in her article, 'New, old teachers: It doesn't have to be 'us vs. them.' So who is to blame here? Should we still value the experience and knowledge of our 'older' teachers, or should we kick them to the curb and go with the innovative 'young' teachers? Neither. The answer lies in 'teaching our old dogs new tricks.' Our experienced teachers are an invaluable resource, and new teachers need mentors to give them a realistic view of the classroom. As educators, we need to be open to change and adaptable. We should want to be able to give our students the best education possible, and that means trying everything out their to encourage learning.

Technology in the Classroom

Video in the Classroom

With many schools now pushing to get iPads into the hands of every student, it's no wonder people like Salman Khan are urging educators to take their lessons online. Allowing students to do and submit their homework online, or being able to re-watch recorded lectures are great ways to use technology in, and out, of the classroom. I personally have had experience taking online tests, and have preferred this method to the traditional paper and pencil tests. I don't have to worry about my pencil breaking or running out of lead, and my hands don't get tired nearly as fast when writing out short answers questions or even essay questions as they do when I write them by hand, and because most students can type words at a much greater speed than they can had write them, this gives students more time to think, and less time worrying about scribbling their answers out as fast as they can. You can check out what else Salman Khan has to say on the subject below.

Final Thoughts

Below is a video I made using videocrisp that really just wraps up my thoughts on why we should use technology in the classroom. It is really just the classic, teach using what is relevant to your students. In our current time, that is technology. Our society is only going to keep on advancing and creating new and better technology for our everyday lives. Teacher, either old or new, can either jump on this bandwagon and utilize it to strengthen their instruction, or get left behind and suffer the consequences of not providing their students the best education possible. Just like using videocrisp. This was an easy program that I could make a short video with in a relatively short period of time. By allowing students to use a program like this for projects and presentations, it livens up the instruction and learning process by engaging students in creating the videos, and the students who are watching it. As a future educator, I'm going to do my best to always keep up with new ways in instructing my students, or showing them how to instruct themselves. My plan is to make sure I never even develop a playbook because I will always be on the lookout for what is the best for my students.

Educational Technology