Archive for March, 2012


Reflection #2 Curriculum & Intruction 579

March 15, 2012

By participating in this technology course, I have come to the certainty that technology is a great resource in teaching the 21st Century Student.  I am also certain that technology is second to the intimate understanding of one’s particular area of instruction.  Technology is also second to the development of the bonds that must be earned to properly serve one’s clientele, the student.

In this course the one notion that stays with me the most is that I must empathize and teach responsibly at every turn of my career.  Learning and subsequently using new technologies with a rigorous time table has made me very aware of my expectations of my students regarding the introduction of new concepts, techniques, and technologies.  As I grow older, I will hold seriously the reality that I must maintain abreast of change or suffer the consequences of feeling disconnected to a present.  Worse than a student left behind is a teacher that has been left behind.

My teaching has already reaped the benefits of technology.  The use of Voice Thread and Screen Cast-O-Matic have served me well in generating meaningful sub-plans.  In the future I will hold no apprehension in matriculating into a course that is offered online.

Juan J. Medina


Blog Post #4

March 11, 2012

Digital Literacy Will Lead us Back to Innovation

I also wonder if the United States did not participate for fear of ranking too low. The Obama administration is in fact addressing the socioeconomic divide that bifurcates digital literacy into educational technology versus technology that is just for entertainment. The student that has a computer at home in tandem with supervision that understands the need to support educational technology is one who naturally approaches learning with the skills necessary to mitigate 21st Century approaches to learning. However, the student who does not have the benefit of educational technology and support in the home is in my experience one who understands technology as nothing more than a diversion. This is where we as educators need to push and equalize with every trick we own. Our teaching needs to be linked to technology as text is the communication modality that our students live the most. Multimedia is what holds our students attention best. We need to return to the days when we were comfortable leading in the realm of technology. How best than to support our students with an education that focuses on digital literacy as a means to achieve the spirit of innovation once enjoyed in America.
Second grade teacher from North Carolina
Posted on 2/8/2012 3:43pm

I wonder why the United

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I wonder why the United States did not participate in this study. Possibly they were afraid about ranking too low? I absolutely agree that socioeconomic status plays a huge part in digital literacy. Fortunately in my classroom most of my students have Internet access and a computer at home. However, I can always tell which students spend time reading and investigating websites and which students spend their time viewing silly videos. The computer and Internet are vital tools that we as educators must use in our classrooms in a productive way, I agree. I feel that some teachers may be a little frightened and reluctant to turn their students loose on the Internet at school without any direction, in order to do research or find an answer to a problem. We have several “safe” websites that children use to conduct searches, like NetTrekker (, as well as access to WorldBook Online( and Britannica ( There is no reason that the United States cannot be a leader on the digital literacy front in the coming years.