Back to the Future By: Brian Crosby
This video by Mr. Crosby is probably the most interesting video I have watched all semester. Mr. Crosby is a firm believer about the use of blogs in the classroom. In this video he talks us through a demonstration of a Science lesson. This lesson incorporated language arts and technology. If you watch this video you will realize the use of technology in a classroom is endless.
Mr. Crosby demonstrated a lesson about the Earth's crust. He did different activities with his students about the effects on different types of material whenever they travel through the Earth's layers. Instead of giving his students a multiple choice test to see what they learned, they had to put a video of the activities done in the classroom on their blog then write about what they learned during the activity. Once these activities were published on the web different classes from around the world wanted their teacher to do this with them. The only problem was that the teacher did not know how to do the activities. So Mr. Crosby and his class Skyped the class around the world and preformed the activities for them. This gave Mr. Crosby's class the chance to shine on their own. He also had a "High-Hopes" project. This included his students setting goals for themselves, their community, and the world. Mr. Crosby did not stop there he set up a wiki for individuals around the world to share their "high-hopes" on. These goals were published and sent up into the sky on a balloon. The balloon was also a part of the Earth's layers lesson. This is a very neat video, if you are not sure how to incorporate technology in your classroom, I encourage you to watch it!
A Vision of Students Today
This video was made by students at Kansas State University. A Google document was made that asked the students what it is like to be a student today. The students were invited to answer the question and make edits to the document. By the time the document was completed, 367 edits were made to the document. The video then shows students sitting in a classroom holding up a piece of notebook paper with different random facts about being a student today. Some students said how much time in a day it takes them to eat, how much they sleep, or how much time is spent doing homework, ect. With all of the hours added together it came out to be 26.5 hours a day. So how does all of these tasks possibly get done? It is call MULTITASKING! If we did not know how to multitask, we would never get any sleep.
I enjoyed watching this video. It is amazing that students in 2007 felt the same way about technology then, that I do now. Technology has definitely brought an entire new way of learning into classrooms. Some teachers are not using textbooks any more and relying strictly on technology and the web. It is really no need to be required to by a $100.00 textbook whenever it will never be opened or whenever you can find the same information on the Internet. Technology can help save some money by possibly cutting down on the money spent on textbooks.