I had the chance to review several blogs and bloggers who support technology in the 21st century classroom. Many of these bloggers are educators themselves, ranging in academic levels, nevertheless they have great insight as to the role technology plays in the classroom. I really enjoyed reading through blogs on Scott McLeod’s website, Dangerously Irrelevant. I was instantly grabbed from his most recent post on finding the balance between connectedness and disconnectedness in the classroom. A struggle I’m sure is ever present in teacher’s lives. Also, his other blogs are very interesting reads on the presence of technology in the classroom.
As well as reviewing many blogs on technology in the classroom, I have also watched the videos: A Vision of K-12 Students Today and Rethinking Learning: The 21st Century Learner. Both videos offered a great insight into the need of technology in the classroom. The first video, A Vision of K-12 Students Today, presented students calling for a shift in their education. One of the biggest things I took away from this video is that only 14% of teachers allowed their student to create something with technology once a week. The second video, Rethinking Learning: The 21st Century Learner, offered some great advice to combine formal learning with technology in order to have a well balanced classroom. I feel that kids are around technology 24/7 and it can be a great assist in the classroom. It’s a great vehicle to teach them with because they understand how to use it and it allows them to create freely. Lastly, allowing students to be creative through technology allows them to be more competitive out in the world.
Wordle is a great tool to use in a classroom. I created one that contains common tempo markings in music:
This can be a great tool to use because you can group vocabulary together in a fun and readable format. As a future music teacher, I could use to group instrument families, dynamics vocabulary, and parts of an instrument. This is also customizable in the fact that you can create shapes using the words.
Lastly, through reading several blog posts I found a technology that will be very useful in my classroom. It is a website called Dragontape. This is a website that you can mix videos and music for your classroom. This will be a great tool to use when discussing characteristics of different composers. For example, if I’m discussing the works of Mozart with my class I could create a mashup of some of his most famous works.
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