Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Comments4Kids Wednesday

The real value of using technology in your classroom is not:

  • student engagement- If you want better student engagement, design better lessons.
  • the "cool" factor- see above
  • 21st century skills- Identify what that means first, then we will talk.
  • parent involvement- Do we really need to make more excuses for unengaged parents?
  • learning how to keyboard- I won't even dignify this one with a response #oopsIguessIjustdid
The real value of using technology in your classroom is:
  • creating connections- We learn so much through others that are different.
  • sharing- We are smarter than I.
  • conversations-A post is an attempt to start a conversation, a comment makes it happen.
Technology is not only about doing old things in a new way (although  there is nothing wrong with that). Technology should be about creating opportunities for us to learn from others when that would be impossible without it.

Today let us find some real value with our technology. 

  1. Leave two excellent comments on your peers blog posts. 
  2. Leave two excellent comments on students blogs outside our community. (See Below)
  3. Copy and paste all four comments to your blog and include the URL of the original post.
  4. Publish your post. 
Mr. Boylen's 8th grade students have been doing some writing too, give them some good, critical comments.

2 comments:

Jeff Richardson said...

Great post! Technology really does make connections and conversations possible like never before and it's obvious that you are helping your kids realize this and DO IT! Well done! Sharing this with some of my teachers.

computermorah said...

I really like your line, "A post is an attempt to start a conversation, a comment makes it happen." Your site made me realize that I need to think about the rules of commenting and what I expect from my kids. Thanks!