perspectives on special education
For those of you who do not get what I have been "into" for the past few months.
Certainly, teaching through digital means provides a vast new frontier. Speaking as one who considers himself one of the pioneers in this area, the problem is access. Some have iPods, but not all; some have computers with Internet access at home, but not all; some have printers that work, but not all; there usually is an LCD projector available, but not always. Interestingly, virtually every student has a cell phone so maybe that is the key for now. Good stuff to think about and find ways to bring about.
Great video...not all of these methods will work for every student every time. However, they do learn from technology more than any other generation before them. We need to get with the program and teach them the way they learn and process information.Watch TV and notice how many times the image changes in a 30 second commercial. This is because of the way the consumers (our students) process information. If something is too stagnant the channel will be changed. Corporate America has spent billions researching this and we should take advantage of the money they have spent and use some of their ideas.Do we fight progress or do we move forward? Fighting it and thinking that children today are the same as they were 20 years ago does not help our students now. I am an advocate for more technology in the classroom. This is not to say traditional methods are completely outdated. Goader is right. There is a huge technology gap and not every student has access to technology at home. We must use a variety of methods to teach to all students.I hope you don't mind I am going to post this video on my blog.
Together we are better. I do not mind sharing at all. I subscribe to the Collective Commons train of thought.I agree getting totally digital is not for everyone, but perhaps most. I have been researching how to include students with cognitive disabilities in digital learning. There are huge social/inclusion opportunities for this population. I will post another video, that has great implications, too, "Shift Happens." A friend of mine who trains FBI agents has used this for a couple months. We ARE in a different world with a different future than a decade ago.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhnWKg9B2-8sorry no YOUTUBE at school.
I messed up and deleted you last post to my blog...could you post it again? Sorry.
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