The iSchool Initiative (Mobile Learning) – Travis Allen
Travis Allen, at seventeen, made a video about the advantages to learn through iSchool. Now in college Travis and his students travel the world to encourage others to support Mobile Learning. The idea of the school is pretty much evolved around the apple products: iPad, iPod, iMac, iPhone etc. With all the apps and accessories, the iSchool could become an actual mobile school. The entire school revolves around technology, the homework, books, notes, lectures, tests and more. With this usage Travis mentions the budget of public school versus the iSchool. The iSchool is much cheaper mostly because there are no paper books. The iSchool is up to date with technology and is good for the economy.
I honestly agree with Travis regarding the iShcool as a new revolution for learning. However, I do not feel it is necessary to create a whole school based on apple products. I think some technology should be involved in the class room, but not for all of the lessons. The iSchool seems to go a bit far with all of education in one source. Having lectures on online are good, but sometimes students work better with hands on material. I would not want my students to only have an iPad for learning. Plus looking at a screen to long can cause irritation.
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Teaching in the 21st Century - Kevin Roberts
Roberts’ video questioned viewers, “What does it mean it Teach to the 21st century”? He also asks a key question if students know how to find information on a computer? Information on the computer such as, Wiki, Google, Facebook or any sources online are not easy to find. Do teachers acknowledge the fact that some students do not even know how to use the internet? Robert describes how these sources are a must in the 21st century. When giving students permission to use the internet, you have to properly show them how to find information. The information has to be important, daring, and engaging! Learning has to be engaging. This is the answer Robert wants teachers to know; a teacher has to engage their students in a classroom setting. Not entertain and not just teach the students, but hold their students attention. Therefore, a teacher of the 21st century must be up to date with the world.
Why I Flipped My Classroom - Katie Gimbar
I would use Dr. Lodge McCammon’s system in my classroom setting. If the students know the resources ahead of time, it is great way to manage classroom activities. They can watch the videos online and come with an open mind to the classroom the next day. It will help them get use to using the computer, and myself as a teacher to connect with my students. The Flipping the Classroom Method has the power to reach out to the students.