Monday, November 15, 2010

Additional Assignment #5

Pencil: The Original Computer

In Sketchy Portraits, I think the main ideas were that technology and the ways we teach students are changing and we, as teachers, must adapt to these changes and make changes ourselves. What made me think that is the line where he talks about accepting the duality of the students vs. accepting the rules and the structure of school. I think the meaning behind He Just Likes the Class for the Pencils was that students will exhibit better behavior and respect, if they are treated in the same way. Teachers cannot expect students to be respectful to a teacher who appears arrogant and does not show any confidence in their students. In the final post we were to read, The Medium Shapes the Learning, I think the message was that while some tools are appropriate to enhancing education, some only serve as a bigger distraction. We have to be careful what technology we bring into our classrooms, and be positive that they are actually going to help the students learn more and learn easier. 

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