Blog #2

One Teacher Lets Students Prove They’re Trustworthy With Devices

I read an article that had to do with students using personal devices within classrooms. The article specifically focuses on one teach as she seeks a means to provide meaningful and insight full education from students and their personal devices. The idea of students bringing their own technology to classes is referred to as a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy. The policy seeks to allow technology resources to be utilized while not adversely effecting schools with small budgets. There are countless issues that can be associated with students bringing their own devices. However, if the positive aspects of BYOD policies are utilized they could be an incomparable tool in the classroom.

Amy Walker is a Spanish teacher that has made many attempts to implicated the policy into her classroom. She has adopted a policy that allows students to use there phones at all times in the classroom. It is Amy’s hope that technology can help her bridge the gap between students lives in and outside of the classroom. She found success by allowing student to prove there responsibilities and relying on mutual trust in order to maintain classroom order. Being a Spanish teacher allows Amy to be more creative and unique with classroom set up and style. She ties a lot of online homework into her class to allow students to work on mobile devises.

As the popularity of the policy has grown due to Amy’s ambition, she has been able to assist teacher who are less confident with technology and who find the it difficult to allow students free rein with there technology. Amy believes it is important for teachers to include technology in all aspects of teaching because technology is an ever growing resource in the classroom. Finding a mutual trust and respect for each other in the classroom is the first stepping stone when it comes to incorporating technology in a classroom.

Q1: How will the issue help or hinder your teaching practices? Why?

I really believe that technology is becoming incredibly important when it comes to education. I think the incorporation of technology in a classroom will help teaching practices. Technology in the classroom can be used as a fantastic tool when it comes to teaching students. With a BYOD policy students will feel more comfortable using known technology, as well as learning new technologies. I also think that finding a mutual trust with the students and the technology is a good starting ground


Blog #1

Teaching computer science — without touching a computer

I read an article that had to do with students learn and comprehending computer science without even using computers. The article covered and made clear the importance of allowing students to gain the knowledge associated with computer science without actually having to use the computer. Simple aspects, computers are responsible for can be demonstrated and shown through simple visuals and fun games. Some of these include computer sorting, and computer network routing information processes. A core feature important in the understanding of computer science is called computational thinking. One problems that has been found with traditional computer science classes that use computers, are the basic need for programing skills to develop an understanding. This is a problem if the goal is to teach young minds computer science concepts. The older students are the more complicated these tasks and activities can become, furthering and building upon the knowledge they have already attained. There are many people dedicated to develop techniques and ways for youth to understand these concepts. “Computer Science Unplugged” is an excellent program that seeks to work with youth on computer science education in a unique and “unplugged” fashion. In a world profoundly shaped by computers it is very important for people to have at least a general amount of knowledge on computer science. Even with the ever growing importance and reliance of computers in out society today, it will become even more critical to remain sharp minded and well educated. It should be a top priority to continue to increase the most powerful “computer” we own, our minds.


Q1: How will the issue help or hinder your teaching practice? Why?

I find this issue particularly interesting. I have never learned well on the computer and also have struggled with understanding computer concepts. I think this issue will become more and more important with the massive increases in technology we are experience today. I think it will be helpful to start computer science education at a young age, and that it could be done most effectively without a computer. It will be very helpful to have strong games, practices and activities that have already been established to help current and future teachers.


Q2: How will the issue help or hinder student learning?

From a current students perspective I find interactive and fun activities to be the most helpful when learning (even though at the college level it is impractical in most cases). It has also been my experience that young students are kinetic learners who respond very effectively to fun, active and interesting activities. I think it will help the students build up a strong basis for further intensive computer science education.