Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Saturday, August 2, 2014
We are getting ready to start setting up our classrooms soon, so we should be asking ourselves:
Is our classroom ready for the 21st century learner?
The great news is that 21st-century learning can take place in every school and in every classroom!
It is evident that technology influences how our students learn. Not only educators and learners have changed, but also learning tools have evolved. While I was training teachers, I realized that some of them are reluctant to prepare themselves for this change.
Their main concern is that they do not feel like they have enough tools, knowledge and time to implement technology.
It is crucial for us to know how to use technologies to make material accessible and engaging. It is never too late to learn and if we are in education for our students, we can at least start somewhere. Let's not forget that technology is ever-changing, and we should not leave our children behind.
Where can we start?
The main question we should ask ourselves is—what do we want students to learn? Then we can choose what technology is appropriate for our students.
- What tools and technologies will help my students (and
perhaps colleagues) create, collaborate, and communicate better?
- How can I let students learn with technology the way that they already live with their technology?
- What is the appropriate role of the web, social media, mobile technologies, interactive white- boards, etc., in today's classroom?
Here are more questions that can help you get ready:
Monday, July 7, 2014
They are everywhere!!!...schools, restaurants, stores... we see children of all ages (including toddlers) handling tablets, cell phones, computers and video games in many cases, better than their teachers and parents.
The rapid change in technology is creating both opportunities and challenges for education.
Teachers are constantly trying to catch up with technological innovations.
The controversial questions are:
1.How do we keep up with the constant change in technology?
2.What technology is effective?
3. How do we balance it?
4. How can we implement it successfully?
My goal with this 4 part topic is to answer these questions and share ideas on how to incorporate technology in the classroom.
How do we keep up with the constant change in technology?
Voice amplification systems, digital projectors, document cameras, interactive whiteboards, personal response systems, and other handheld devices–these are among the many technologies that are quickly becoming essential tools for helping 21st-century teachers engage their students' interest and make learning more interactive.
As educators, we need to educate ourselves on how to use all these devices, educational software and how to effectively implement it in the classroom.
Not tech-savvy? No problem! Nowadays most school district value the use of technology in the classroom and will invest a lot of money in devices, training, software, etc.
It is never too late to take a class, attend a training or even watch training videos or webinars.
Here are some helpful links that can help you start keeping up with the overwhelming change in technology:
1. Great video on the history of technology in education:
The History of Technology in Education
2. Millions of resources, trainings, videos
3. Keep up with the latest news in education
Sunday, June 8, 2014
Here is a great resource to help your students' parents.
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Why is important to help parents become
We all now that a strong partnership
between the home and school, will help children succeed academically and at
home. Teachers need input from the parents about their
children. Sharing information and teamwork is essential.
How can teachers be proactive?
One of my main goals as a dual language teacher was to get my students' parents more involved, not only in their child's academic lives, but also in the community... to empower them!!
I realized that this was not an easy
task because there was a huge language and cultural barrier.
I decided to be proactive, so I created
a parent academy that grew from 4 parents in my second grade classroom to being
implemented in 13 schools in my district.
How can you start a parent academy?
I started by creating modules that were based on a survey I sent at the beginning of the school year, asking parents about their needs and for suggestions for topics.
Then, I asked my principal for funds to
cover food (you HAVE to offer snacks) and materials. When my academy grew, I
approached the multilingual director for Title III funds.
I also asked around in the community for small door prices and volunteers for daycare, while the parents attended the sessions.
Finally, I asked my district's and region's specialists and consultants to donate an hour a month to present.
This does take a lot of work and it was certainly a team effort.
Some of the modules I created, include:
1. US School System
2. Math/ Reading/ Writing/ Science Make-and -Take sessions
3. Parenting classes
4. Computer classes
5. College Prep
6. Community Involvement
7. The 21st century classroom
Here is an informative video on parent involvement.
More ways to help parents
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
I hope this summary of everything we have learned about content and language objectives is helpful.
Consider content and language objectives as a road map for student learning.
I. Content Objectives:
• I will create a collage depicting some of the main features of French culture as well as products that France exports.
• I will analyze the nutritional data on a fast food menu to create one healthy meal and one unhealthy meal.
II. Language Objectives:
• My job is to write sentences describing the main features of French culture.
• My job is to role-play a conversation between a parent and child or two students regarding choosing a healthy meal.
III. Language Functions
Language functions are specific purposes that we
use language for, such as:
• form a question
• give an example of
• make a connection
Now it is your turn: Share what you know about language and content objectives or any ideas on how to plan using both effectively.