Blog #4

What online tutoring programs can do for kids

Part 1: Summary

This article talks about how more and more students these days are using online tutoring programs to help them with homework or studying something that they do not understand. The article focuses on three different cases, for three different children. First is 6-year-old Maria Baker. Maria uses an online tutoring program called Reasoning Mind. This program helps Maria do things that she didn’t once understand by using games and activities to demonstrate things and show how to do them in an easier way. Next, there is Daisy Gumin. She uses a website called Tutor.com which she uses for help in math. She explains in the article that you take a picture of a problem that you are having a hard time with, and then post the picture to the website. Within a few moments, a tutor is chatting you and virtually writing on your screen a demonstration on how to do the problem. Daisy says that this helps her understand the math that she ones didn’t get. And lastly, there is Kairy Yates, who has her three children using an iPad app called Tabtor, which almost like having the kids interact with a human tutor. Tabtor is just for math, but it’s a dynamic interaction, as Kairy describes it. Overall, the entire article explains the benefits that the children see with these tutor programs. They are not free, but they are all at a reasonable price. The article also clearly explains that as adults, we probably prefer to have a real-time, face-to-face tutor, but the kids in this generation like it better to be taught with fun apps and programs over technology.

Part 2: Questions

Question 1: What is your opinion of the issue in the article? Agree or disagree? Why?

I think that this article does a great job of explaining the benefits of tutoring programs. The whole idea of being tutored through technology is something that is good, in my opinion. In the classroom, a lot of students have a hard time keeping up with the pace of a classroom and its class work, so they often need more help that the school does not have time to provide. Other times, the way that the teacher is explaining something sometimes doesn’t click with some students. These online tutoring programs can be a way to get more experience and also help explain some of the concepts that the student didn’t understand in the first place.

Question 2: How will the issue help student learning?

Online tutoring programs help the students to learn things that they did not understand when it was originally taught to them in the classroom. Sometimes all a student needs to understand sometime is that one-on-one help, and that is what these tutoring programs are doing to students. They are helping the students explore other ways of learning something that is hard to learn in their minds.

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Blog #3

Schools tackle social media

Part 1: Summary

This article is about how social media is a huge reason for the heightening of cyber bullying. A lot of people do not realize that things like verbal or physical fights at school, or the suspensions and expulsions from school, almost always begin with things said over social media. Someone will post something mean about someone and then it escalates from there and eventually ends up being a brawl at school between students. As said in the article, on average, social media causes issues at school about ten times a year. A typical fight includes students who attend the same school or even students who attend different schools. The most common drama that comes up is about someone’s romance with someone else, or from one student disliking another student. A lot of schools have had different ways of handling these situations, but some are more unique than others. For example, Visalia Unified School District has adopted the anonymous crime-reporting resource, WeTip, for students, parents and others to report anything that has or may cause an issue. The site is accessible to all through the district’s website. And for those who don’t have computer or Internet access, information can be shared with Visalia school officials through a confidential hotline number. Other schools have less drastic way of helping the students, and some schools have no way to intervene of help students. The article concludes with basic Internet safety hints.

Part 2: Questions

Question 1: What is your opinion of the issue in the article? Agree or disagree? Why?

I think that this article touches on a lot of important key factors of cyber bullying. Bullying itself is already at an all time high all over the country, and now with social media being something that every student has; it is getting even more dangerous. This article does a good job touching important factors of what schools are doing to help with the issue of cyber bullying. I agree with having some sort help for the students who are being bullied. I think that it should be anonymous with an option not to be anonymous. I think that is a very important factor that the students who are getting bullied have somewhere where they can tell someone about it so that the student doesn’t feel trapped.

Question 2: How will the issue help or hinder your teaching practice? Why?

I think that students who are getting bullied in school are definitely at risk of doing worse on their schoolwork. This will hinder on my teaching practice because I wont know why the student is doing bad. And, if I do know why the student is doing poorly, I will most likely have to intervene, and the student could not want that, but I will have no choice.

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Blog #2

One Teacher Lets Students Prove They’re Trustworthy With Devices

Part 1: Summary

This article is about a new policy some schools are trying to incorporate called BYOD, which stands for “bring your own device.” Some schools are looking to this new policy because their school cannot afford to get a computer or an iPad, or any other device for their students to use during school. The policy is an interesting one because it puts a lot of faith and trust in the students to bring their own devices. The article focuses on Amy Walker, a teacher at a school with only 200 students. She tried the BYOD policy out in her classroom, and she explained that she found some success by giving students a chance to prove they can be responsible and trustworthy by bringing in their devices. Amy took into consideration that devices are almost needed in classrooms these days, and so she tried her best to be patient with the kids in her classroom as they tried to do the BYOD program. The one worry she had was that students would get off task with devices. Most of her students were mature and could handle it, but some were not as mature about it. The kids who aren’t as mature, Amy tried to keep those few students as engaged as she could. She made it clear that even with the immature students, each student walked into her classroom with a clean slate each day, so if they were bad the previous day, they could win her over if they were good that day.

Part 2: Questions

Question 1: What is your opinion of the issue in the article? Agree or disagree? Why?

I think that the whole BYOD policy idea is a great idea. I think that as classrooms are evolving more and more as the years go on, devices are more and more essential to have in a classroom. I do think that it comes with some negative aspects, such as immature kids who will get distracted by having their devices. But, I also think that the issue of immature kids can be easily fixed by having consequences for the students who act out in class or who do not properly get their work done. I agree with the whole idea od BYOD and think that if a school cannot afford devices, that this policy should definitely be considered.

Question 2: How will the issue help or hinder student learning?

The BYOD policy could possibly hinder student learning because having a device can sometimes be very distracting to some students. Personally, if I have a device in front of me, I get pretty distracted. It could hinder some students ability to learn and that could not be good.

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Blog #2

With Tech Taking Over Schools, Worries Rise

This article titled “With Tech Taking Over Schools, Worries Rise” talks about the risks and worries of all of the technology that is used in schools across the country. The article gives examples of how in certain schools, technology has gone too far. According the article, a New York elementary school uses an app to determine which student have a bad attitude and which students have a good attitude. At a few schools in Georgia, high schoolers use a bionic identification system to allow students to pay for lunch using the palms of their hands at the checkout line. Because of things like this, the government has now gone as far as to start taking action. In California, legislators passed a law prohibiting educational sites, apps and cloud services used by schools from selling or disclosing personal information about students from kindergarten through high school; from using the children’s data to market to them; and from compiling dossiers on them. Part of the reason they took action is because parents are starting to grow more angry with all of the technology and how it is effecting their children.

Q1: What is your opinion of this article?

I agree with this article. Some of the things schools use technology for is getting very ridiculous. I cannot believe that there is a way to see if children have a bad or good attitude during school. Some schools just take it way too far. Schools worked just fine with no technology back in the day, why cant they now? I think its okay if computers are used, and some electronic overheads for the teachers, but when it comes to things like the things that were listed in this article, it’s just too far.

Q2: How will this issue help or hinder your teaching practice. Why?

Technology will both hinder and help my teaching practice. When I become a teacher, I will use technology but only an appropriate and necessary amount. I don’t want the kids I am teaching to think that you cannot get through school without a huge amount of technology because it will only hinder their ability to make it in the real world. It is hard because I know that technology will grow in the years to come and it will get worse and worse and it is up to everyone to keep it under control, especially in schools.

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Blog #0

How to avoid eRate rule violations

 

 

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