Response to Chapter 7

  • What types of writing activities would make the best use of technology in your classrooms?

Throughout my adolescence, I always liked free-writes during the beginning of class. I was either able to express my feelings and release stress easily by talking about what was bothering me or I could be creative and write a fictional story. It was always an easy way to overcome everyone’s initial fear of what the first words should be on that intimidating white sheet of notebook paper. For technological writing, I really like the blogging idea. I love to write and talk, so the two combined is a perfect example of a person who should have a blog. I also love to post pictures and explore new things; with a blog, it is easy to achieve these things.

  • Students’ writing improves through multiple revisions and high-quality feedback. Recognizing that your teacher time is limited, how can you have students help each other during writing? How can you leverage this potential for motivation in your classroom?

I have been in a lot of writing classes especially throughout high school where we had to have peer revisions. It was difficult to accept peer feedback because most of these students were my friends and no one wanted to hurt each other’s feelings. I really think that the most effective way to use this tool would be to do it anonymously. If the person who wrote the paper needed more comments or had questions, they can just refer to the teacher who would know who was the editor. It really is a great idea to have someone else read over your paper with a fresh pair of eyes and who is not fully judging for tiny mechanical errors. To help motivate students when using peer revision, students can earn special passes or extra credit for the most in-depth revision, which can be rated on a scale by the person who wrote the paper and saw the comments.


Response to Chapter 1

      Chapter 1 focuses on the main goal of technology, which is meaningful learning for the person using it. The first topic discussed is that the nature of the tasks that many students mostly experience in schools is having to complete standardized tests; also, students are having to memorize information for tests made specifically by their teachers. In my opinion, non-standardized tests and tests that require more knowledge without guessing skills are the most beneficial. I was an all A and B grade student in high school, while taking the most challenging classes and when it came to the SAT and ACT, I realized how much anxiety I got from taking these types of tests. I felt like I was not fully prepared and that this was not the most accurate way to test my knowledge for my future college I would be attending. 

    I 100% agree that, “learning to take tests does not result in meaningful learning”. Also, I agree that “rather than testing inert knowledge, schools should help students to learn how to recognize and solve problems, comprehend new phenomena… set goals and regulate their own learning (learn how to learn)”. The most effective way for a student to gain complete understanding is not through multiple choice testing, but through actually caring that they comprehend the material through engaging them.

Digital Generation

I see myself as a digital native. This would be because I grew up in a time period (1990’s) that included the general introduction of technology. Through interacting with technology from an early age, I feel I have a greater understanding of its concepts versus my parents who were digital immigrants. Being a digital native would help impact my ability to meet the needs of my future students because I would be able to understand their thought process and how they might want to best learn through technology. 

    A key point about the digital native generation with which I agree would be that these people understand the value of digital technology and use this to seek out opportunities for implementing it with a view to make an impact. It is also practical to say that I could disagree with this statement because there are many people in my generation that have used technology to their benefit, but in a harmful way to others. For instance, people that hack into other computers or pirate music, television shows and music (which I am guilty of). There are also many people of the digital native generation that only use technology and their knowledge of it to their advantage and to help others. For example, as a hopeful speech language pathologist, we use technology to help some children with disorders to be able to speak and communicate with us. 
    In the article “Digital Nativism” by Jamie McKenzie, I agree with his thoughts. I think there is a division between the digital native and digital immigrants. I feel that although each generation is different in how they acquired their knowledge- through technology or without- but each is able to adapt to their new learning environment easily. 

January 2012
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