Sunday, October 17, 2010

Blog Assignment #8

Kids Using a Smartboard
This Is Becoming How We Dream

After watching Richard Miller's, "This Is How We Dream Part 1 and 2,"  I have several things to say.  I think he did a good job getting his point across about how we are changing technologically.  He made the point that times are changing and so should how we teach.  We need to be encouraging students to use technology, more specifically computers, to accomplish whatever they need to accomplish.  There are so many benefits to using computers.  They give you the ability to create with tools you might not have had before.  With increasing technology, the possibilities are literally endless.

As a teacher that will undoubtedly use technology to teach her students, I am prepared to write with multimedia.  I will make sure to learn all the necessary things that I need to learn in order to teach my students how to use the tools they need to to accomplish whatever task is on their plate.  It is my responsibility to do so.  In today's time, not giving them these tools is depriving them of a fair chance at an education and ultimately at a job opportunity.  Who am I to decide their future for them?

If I, as a teacher and mentor, am successful in teaching my kids how to use the technology they are required to learn, then they will be able to write with multimedia.  They will be successful in researching, creating, and even publishing their work.  So, in other words, if I am successful in teaching them how to write with multimedia, they will be successful in doing so.  This video was just another example of how big an impact technology is making on the education of our children.  It also shows how important a role I have as a teacher in teaching them how to use it.


I really enjoyed watching the videos for EDM 310.  I think that instructional videos are very helpful and can be really fun to make.  As a budding teacher, I am very interested in making videos that are informative and using technology to get my point across.  I also think it would be cool to have a video podcast diary.  It could be a great way to keep track of my first year of teaching.  That way, I can go back and try new things when I review the mistakes that I made in the past.  Videos are a great way to inform in a fun way.

Benefits of Smartboards  


  1. Hey Kathryn,

    I love your attitude toward your students. Even if you didn't know about using technology, or what the possibilities were, I think you still would be a great teacher because of your attitude.

    You are missing your comments on smartboards and The Chipper Series, and also EDM 310 for Dummies.

    Stephen Akins

  2. It would be quite interesting recording yourself in teaching for a year. I do know to be a Nationally Certified teacher, one of the steps (and there are many steps) toward the year process is making a video of your lessons and lectures.
    Not only can you correct your mistakes, you can also see how interesting you lectures are by the students reactions. If half of your students are struggling to stay awake, chances are you need to find a better way to teach them.

    PS: Like Stephen said above, don't forget to add the compare and contrast to the view on the SMARTBoard. I don't think you have to take a stance on them right now.