I found it fascinating to look at different blogs, that all focused on the topic of Education. Each one had its own individual style, and each one had its own focus. I noticed, that not every blog had a flow or transition between posts. Let me clarify this, for instance if you looked at Education Weeks Blog on Special Education, though each post had a particular focus on Special Education they were not written in a linking way. In other words not describing what happened one day, then what happened another day. This doesn’t mean that there is anything won’t with this type of flow. It just differs from that of a classroom blog designed to depict a student’s progression. Now don’t get me wrong, Education Weeks Blog on Special Education, is absolutely fascinating, I loved How they were able to Talk about how test accommodation not being a solution to students with ADHD, for one I am a student that struggles with ADHD and secondly I know I will have students that also do. This will defiantly be one of my go to blogs to find up and coming information, to assist my own classroom implementations.
Now, lets refocus back to blogging flow, specifically on on a day by day class blog, done by a teacher in the field. I loved Larry Ferlazzo’s blog entitled websites of the day, First of this might not appear to be exactly what I am talking about, but if you look close, he has found a way of mixing the day’s events with what is happening in the classroom and cultural. Not only that but he usually has a week in review blog, essential if this is the flow you are trying to achieve.
Finally not exactly an education blog, but if you are a tech teacher and want to stay updated on the latest and greatest tech, with a Canadian twist. MobileSyrup will fill that Canadian sweet tooth. This is a blog I follow passionately on a daily basis, and it will surprise you how many things they discuss that is relented both in the classroom technology implementation but also current Canadian events. Which if you were a socials teacher might come in handy. Plus, their layout is fabulous, great mixture of modern with that touch of minimalism, can I say that I have a little Blogvy(envy of a Blog). I hope some day I can have a blog that looks as refined as theirs.
Until next time Keep Smiling, and grow that minimalist side of yourself.
Lets now look at the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) framework which has been laid out by Alberta Education. First, of I I think that every student should have access to the latest and greatest tech, especially in a world that is driven by Software and Electrical engineers. But this poses a couple of significant problems, not every child will have access to the latest and greatest technology, and secondly, you are probably not going to be an expert on it. Therefore What do you do with the kids that are now at a significant disadvantage to the others and what do you do when your time is now being spent fixing or helping students through the hiccups on multiple operating systems and devices. If you talk to any large corporation, they will tell you how important it is to have a cohesive Technological system. Many of them require their employees to carry and use a dedicated work cell phone because they know the productivity benefits that follow a well-oiled machine. So I pose the question, where do we draw the line between an effective classroom and technological growth for our students?
Being a minimalist I love the latest and greatest technology, but if it is not productive and it creates undue issues I have to find that middle ground. Wherein though I am not as fluent on windows I see the need to use it and the school devices that are provided, to create the efficient machine that I so long for. Give and Take, herein lies the key to the rivers flow. #MininalistTechnology
Technology and I have always gone hand in hand, I can remember back to my elementary school where the teacher was trying to use a typing program with my fellow students and myself. Most of the time it went great, but then there was always those occasions that something would go wacky and it seemed like the whole world turned upside down for her. On the other had I loved these times, I was always ready and willing to step in and help, problem-solving is a passion of mine. Now and then neither her nor I could figure it out. It is these moments that frighten me, what happens when I am teaching a class, and something goes wrong, and I can’t fix it and neither can the tech savvy kids in the class either. As an educator we are always looking for better ways to teach our students, but what happens when the better way turns itself into the worst way ever. This brings me to my point, Have made ourselves so dependent on technology that we can’t work without it. Here is where my minimalistic side kick in, maybe the key is to use just enough technology in uncomplicated ways that everything just flows. You see I love Smart NoteBook, but the key is simple lessons that flow. With that being said, always have a backup!
Now being a minimalist does not mean using the least amount of technology as possible, on the contrary, it means to make every piece useful. In other words, if you are doing a lesson on robotics make sure you are an expert with the technology first and implement it into the classroom in the most straightforward and simple way possible. There is no reason to complicate you job more than it already might be. In the end, if you find it is too difficult a task for you to accomplish on your own, well there is always someone who probably is an expert in it, therefore use every resource possible. By doing so, we will be able to meet our Teacher Quality Standards in straightforward and efficient manner.