Archive for September, 2013

Youtube in the Classroom

Youtube is a free video sharing site that allows users to upload videos that are able to be viewed by anyone that goes onto the website. For my classroom, I believe that youtube would be the best possible technological resource that I could use to help better my students. With youtube, I would be able to share videos of step by step instructions on how to do problems that can be tricky to students, and this would work well in all the different age groups that I will be teaching. This would allow the students to go back over material that they are having difficulty comprehending, and if the students are having to ask questions everyday, it could force me to slow down and get the entire class behind in what they are supposed to learn. With videos on youtube, it allows the students, which take longer to learn, to watch the videos after each lesson to stay with the rest of the class. This would also be classified under applying in Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy.


My EdTech Experience

During primary school, computers were used to take lessons that were boring and make them a fun learning experience. We had different games that we played that made us use arithmetic to get to the next level, and interactive spelling games to help us expand our vocabularies. When I got to high school, the only thing we used technology for was keyboarding. Even though the entire class knew how to do this all ready, the school thought it was necessary, and I did not use technology for anything else that I can remember while I was in high school. 

In my classroom, I plan to use technology to help better my students understanding of difficult subject matter, and I will do this by finding ways to allow students to go through interactive examples of how to solve math problems. I will also post videos that can be reviewed at any time, and this will allow the students to see what I did to solve the problem from their homes without actually having to see me.

I’m not that comfortable with setting up different sites and programs on the computer, but I’m going to do it for the benefit of my students. I haven’t figured out a way to implement technology in my classroom yet, but hopefully in the near future, I will find something to put into my lesson plan.