Blog 4: Why do I want my classroom to function this way?

First of all, since I spoke about the Smart Board in my classroom, I would like you to understand more about why. You may have noticed that these Smart Boards have become quite a trend, and they are becoming increasingly popular in the classroom. One of the reasons for this, is that they can accommodate many different learning styles. If you have a child in your classroom that is a tactical learner, they can learn by physically touching the board, audio leaners can have discussions on the board, and visual learners can observe a variety of lessons being taught on the board as well (PLB, 2015). Along with the many different learning styles, I think a notable mention is the fact that the Smart Board has a certain aspect of cleanliness to it, and maintenance is much easier. As someone who has spent a great deal of my life being referred to as a “tree hugger”, I appreciate the going green aspect this provides my classroom with. A Smart Board can help to eliminate the need for writing, printing, and photocopying for your students (GBS, 2014). As a 21st Century teacher, I believe it is important to be able to help my students to safely interact and share information. When using a Smart Board, my students are provided with an interactive process and can participate in their own learning. When students participate in this interactive learning I am able to easily identify their strengths and areas that may need improvement (GBS, 2014). Overall, I am providing an interactive and engaging way to provide lessons to my students, and it is clear why the Smart Board is a part of my classroom.

So what about the iPads I have within my classroom? What are the benefits? One of the reasons is that, again, I can allow my students to take control of their own learning. The iPads provide my students with a touch-screen, and therefore allows them to be more interactive and engaged with the information (INKids, 2013). As a media literate teacher, I am aware of the fact that many schools will offer digital textbooks, which is a major way to not only save money, but to save the trees as well! I can even allow my students to do their homework on these iPads and post them to my online blog (which I will discuss further later). When you think of using an iPad, a lot of people will think of the apps that are readily available for these devices. There are many apps that assist children with cognitive learning problems such as Speak Auto-Text, White on Black, and Voiceover (INKids, 2013). This allows direct differentiation methods for students with disabilities. These are only a few examples of the long list of low cost, and readily available apps for use in the classroom. Overall, it is clear that many children are excited about new technology and this is another way that I can better connect with my students’ interests (INKids, 2013).

Finally, I would like to discuss with you why I have chosen to have a classroom blog. My grouped seating allows students to interact with each other in the classroom, and I love providing them with a way to interact outside of the classroom as well. One of the benefits to my classroom blog is that it helps to improve student literacy skills (Morris, 2011). Many writers that may be reluctant to write, feel excited and gain interest in blog writing. This gives me a direct way of providing my class with a sense of community. Along with the group seating, blogging requires teamwork and collaboration among my students (Morris, 2011). Finally, the most important function of classroom blogging for me, is that it helps with my students’ confidence. When a student knows that their work will be read by an audience, and particularly their classmates, they often do their best work. This helps all of the students to be able to support each other and to share their achievements (Morris, 2011). It is clear why I would like my classroom to include these technologies and to function this way…what about your classroom?

References:

GBS. (2014). The advantages of smart boards in the classroom. Retrieved from http://www.governorsolutions.com/the-advantages-of-smart-boards-in-the-classroom/

InKids. (2013). 17 benefits of using ipads in the classrooms. Retrieved from http://www.inkids.com.au/2013/03/17-benefits-of-ipads-in-classrooms/

Morris, Kathleen. (2011). A reflection on the benefits of classroom blogging. Retrieved from http://primarytech.global2.vic.edu.au/2011/01/17/a-reflection-on-the-benefits-of-blogging/

PLB. (2015). Using smartboards in the classroom. Retrieved from https://k12teacherstaffdevelopment.com/tlb/using-smart-boards-in-the-classroom/

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