Sunday, April 15, 2012

Blog post 11

Kathy Cassidy

Classroom and Interview

In Ms.Cassidy's video and Skype interview I was able to see first-hand what a difference technology makes in a student’s life. In the video Ms. Cassidy makes a comment on how when the project started she had five computers and from there she developed a center of learning through technology. This video shows how much enjoyment the students get from learning with a different learning tool (rather than paper and pencil). Having students use the internet to learn about different traditions and rituals is one of the best ideas I have ever seen!

In the video it showed how Ms. Cassidy’s students are able to post blogs about things they have learned. This allows the parents to be able to track their child’s progress rather than a letter being sent home once every few months. I think this is a great way to help parents make sure that their children aren’t falling behind in school. 

Mario hanging from a Nintendo emblem 
While watching this video I was able to see how well the students work with the use of technology and how they know the difference between learning and playing. The use of a DS creates an illusion to the child that he/she is playing a game rather than learning. I believe that the DS  is a great way to keep the students interested and allows an opportunity for students to work collaboratively.

I would love to have technology used that much in a classroom of my own one day. I know that having kids use the internet at such a young age might be a battle with parents. However, I believe after parents see and track the outcomes and progress of their children they will be satisfied.Technology is always going to be a part of life and what better way to educate someone by using something they will use every day?


  1. Heather,

    I am so pleased that you are willing to incorporate technology into the classroom. It will be a rewarding experience for your students.


    Rebekah Lloyd

    1. Thanks Rebekah!
      I am really excited about discovering the ways technology will benefit my classroom.

  2. Heather,
    You and I had very similar thoughts about his video. I really liked that the parents can keep up with their children's work instead of waiting for progress reports or report cards. I also liked your question at the end. We need to take advantage of the different technologies that interest our kids and use it as a tool of teaching. I didn't find any grammatical errors, which is great! I think you did a really good job on this post! Keep up the good work; we're almost finished!

    April C.