Sunday, February 12, 2012
Blog Post #3
Technology In Special Education
As Lacey Cook stated "Technology is an essential tool in the classroom, because it facilitates students participation". I totally agree with her statement, because with the way technology is being widely used throughout the world, everyone should have knowledge of how to use computers, iPods, iPads, and other gadgets. For example, the child Corbin in the video was using the iPod touch as an enhancement tool. He used to have to get someone to read aloud to him, where as now it is a silent reading tool and he is able to keep up with his classmates.
I would technology for special needs students as an enhancement tool. Technology can be an asset in plenty of ways. I never knew special needs were able to use computers as a learning tool. After watching the video I was in awe! The students basically type out what they are trying to say which allows for easier communication at a faster pace. My vision for my future class is to incorporate technology. I will need to know how to use it effectively and make sure my students understand as well.
How the iPad Works with Academics for Autism
I chose the My First Words app helps autistic children with their vocabulary. The app will keep the autistic child's attention, because they are able to keep repeating what appears on the screen. This app is great, because it helps with a wide range of vocabulary for the kids, making way for expansion.
Gary Hayes Social Media Count
What does the changes mean to me? As a future educator, I am aware that I will be efficiently using technology throughout my classroom. The way that technology is growing, I will need to be up-to-date with it. The astonishing rates amazed me!! I did not know that such things were happening at the rate they were. I'm almost afraid to even get certified as a teacher, technology may take over!! Lol
Michael Wesch: A Vision of Students Today
After watching this video I was just shaking my head. Seem like every thing they showed was true, or atleast I thought it to be true, because I am a college student. The one thing that really stood out was the fact that the teachers rarely know any of their students names. I have been in college for quite a while and I cannot count on one hand how many teachers knew who I was without looking at the roll or simply calling upon me to participate. I must admit that I text, tweet, get on Facebook, and other internet sites during class. I know this is wrong, but it's just something that is done. The fact that some students are going to school for a certain field and it possibly won't be a job for them in the future is a bit disturbing.