Monday, July 9, 2007

Review of the article "A day in the life of a young learner"

While reading, I was doubtful these days could come in the future. I think this will be the exact scene that students will do in the classroom sooner. Students in the article did learn themselves. They decided their lesson plan, homework, and discussion through technologies in the classroom. The teacher in the article just instructed directions what the students did. For example, the teacher stopped by to observe students' discussion and suggest a better idea for students.
Also, the students can go on their project easily when they are at home since school's library information system is connected and widely available wireless network. Next morning, the students in the group gather together and share the information each other that they have found the previous night.
There are several interests that I like in this article. First of all, through online language learning system, students can improve 2nd language. As an English teacher, I was interested in this part. Malia in the article practiced her Chinese by using a handheld digital devices serving as Chinese-English dictionaries for looking up words and phrases in text and audio. Through this online system, she is also able to converse with students in other countries and engage in mutual language tutoring. Therefore, a student in Shanghai appears on screen, speaking in English while Malia practices her Chinese as they help each other with vocabulary and pronunciation.
The other thing is assistive technology for students who needs special needs in the classroom. I'd like to teach English to disabled students in Korea. Compared to America, technology for them is farther behind in Korea. Many students are not able to participate fully in activities with sighted students. I am certain that disabled students need more technology than any other students in the class. Last, students need not visit every single place to learn for their history or science class. The students didn't have to go to the Hawaii Volcanoes. The Global Learning Network had led them to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park website and they could witnessed several hours of video footage of volcanic eruptions, observed volcanologists at work tracking and measuring lava flows, and watched interviews with them. Students can get as much information as they need through technology in the classroom. By doing so, they can save time and meet a variety of the world just sitting in a classroom.
Not All children learn the same way of have the same needs for successful learning experiences. I think technology and career and technical education teachers should have the skills, knowledge, and tools in order to offer successful learning experiences for children with wide ranges of abilities beyond that may be expected of traditional teachers. By recognizing these needs and using assistive technologies, students can create new horizons opportunities in career and technical education classes.


Janet said...

Thanks for sharing you thoughts. I also am interested in assistive technology and how students can participate in class when give the correct tools. I'm looking forward to hearing more of your thoughts about our class discussions.

Nancy said...

I agree that students learn in different ways. Have you done any reading on multiple intelligences?