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.
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?