I believe computers are critically important in the classroom due to the fact that we are in a technological era. Everything in today’s world revolves around technology and social media. Specifically for my future classroom serving students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing, using technology as an aid will be a great benefit. I hope to be able to record my lectures and upload them for students who might miss that day. I hope to be able to reach out to their parents easier through technology and hopefully show the parents video clips of their students achievements. I do believe that technology could cause a slippery slope if misused. Teachers could promote an inapporpriate image of themselves which, through technology, could be much easier available for parents and students to view. It could also lead to teachers contacting students outside of the classroom in an innapropriate way which could lead to problems. In all, I feel technology is most a hinder when the user is being innapropriate. However if the teacher, or whoever is using the technology, remains appropriate and treats the technology the same as the classroom, then it will be more helpful than harmful.
I very much agree with the term digital native as used to describe today’s youth. A prime example comes to my mind: my mentor (who is 50 years old) did not get her first cell phone until she was 19 years old. My niece (who is now 6) got her first IPod for her third birthday, and now has both and IPod and an IPad of her own. Drastic difference. I believe incorporating technology into the classroom has been much harder for digital immigrants because they are not as familiar with it as us digital natives. I remember my favorite teacher in high school would always ask her students to help her hook up the computer to the projector to use it. Even the school required “Edline” which uploaded grades to the internet for student and parent viewing, was not something she could master. Therefore she didn’t do it. It was definitely a hinder for us students as we view technology as something so easy to master. I feel when I become a teacher my future students will have technology ingrained in mostly everything they do. However I’m sure that will bring up a new range of problems we have not yet thought of, but that comes with the territory of teaching. In all, the upcoming digital natives who become teachers will incorporate technology into the classroom much more than digital immigrants.
My understanding of a personal learning network is that it is a group of people you connect with online and use as a network to expand ideas in your professional field. I believe this concept just makes sense; we have Facebook to connect with friends, Match to connect with new lovers, and PLNs to connect with professionals. I believe the most important part of PLN is keeping it professional. One of my tactics is to use a separate email and username than I use on my personal social networking sites, that way it is not easy to connect from my professional page to my personal page. It is critical to keep everything professional and not mix pleasure with profession. I think a good idea is to have a universal profile picture that you use on all of your PLN sites to remain consistent and not appear to view socializing over networking. While on social networking it is often acceptable to type and submit without re-reading; however in PLN sites it is crucial to re-read before submitting. I treat PLN as though I were networking in person, and that keeps my presentation acceptable and professional. Use it as an aid, and don’t shoot yourself in the foot by posting something inappropriate!
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Through my college experience I have taken 5 different technology courses. At one point I considered majoring in ICT at FSU because working on the computer comes very naturally to me. However, I have very little interest in it. While I do enjoy all the wonderful things technology can do, I do not enjoy coding and creating webpages. With that said, I am able to work most technological devices even if I have never used it before. This online class should be very manageable to me in regards to the online aspect of the class.
From this class I hope to learn how best to incorporate technology into my classroom. As I will be working with students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing, technology is often a big part of their lives. I would like to learn how to best cater to their needs and use technology to aid in their educational journey. I would like to be able to video record my lectures and post them for my students to see if they missed a day, and also be able to record them presenting information so they are able to watch themselves and learn visually.
I was not surprised to see the results of my learning styles as I have taken tests similar to this before. I definitely know I am a strong visual learner, which makes sense as it pertains to my career choice. The test concluded I am an active learner and enjoy doing things rather than watching them be done, which is most certainly true. The test also said I am a sensing learner which means I enjoy learning facts over theories, which I agree with. This has been proved to me through my grades in different courses: for example I performed much better in a technology class where I was dependent on cause and effect, and I performed worse in philosophy which depended strictly on theory. Finally the test stated I am a global learner and therefore depend on learning the big picture before I can master the small details.
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My name is Brooke Roberts and I am the executive director of Sign of Da’ Times, a company that aims to ‘Bridge the gap between the Deaf and hearing cultures through education and the performing arts.’ Through this company I have been blessed with many rewarding interpreting opportunities. I have interpreted RENT at both American Stage Theatre and Blake High School. I have interpreted Parade at Blake High School. We were then blessed with the opportunity to perform for Marlee Matlin during a lecture she was presenting at UCF. Also, during a House of Blues concert by India.Arie we were asked to join her on stage and interpret her song There’s Hope. My interpreting experiences have continued at Florida State University and I have interpreted 2013 Freshman Convocation, 2013 December Graduation, and the Golden Globe Lecture Series by Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson.
I am currently a student at Florida State University studying ESE Education, with hopes to work in a classroom of Deaf and Hard of Hearing children. I have a passion for serving this community and will continue serving for the rest of my life.