after all of that excitement… (or goodness, I want an Iphone, but I would LOVE a Smartboard)

(in playing w/ my friend’s Iphone)…I had to start daydreaming about what it would be like to be in a “wired” classroom. Not one that just had “access” to technology, but one that actually had technology integrated into it. Would my students sit down, pull out an Iphone like device, and peruse the map of the original 13 colonies I was streaming to them? Could they walk in after being ill and sit in the back with a podcast telling them what they missed the day before?
Would I finally feel comfortable “requiring” that they ALL type their essays/writing before they turn it in? (right now, I make about five exceptions, total, but I would love not to do that…)

Technology, as great as it is, depends on mass access to really be useful for education. I spend quite a bit of time reading, and loving, other teachers’ journeys with their students via blogs and wikis. Unfortunately, at my school the internet is shot more often than not, and our IT department often calls me for help–even if I’m the one that called them first!

Why is it that schools are always just that bit behind? How can we convince ourselves that we’re preparing students for a future when we’re teaching out of the past? I sincerely believe that I’m teaching my students to think and that thinking will enable them to learn anything new they have to–but I would love to also be able to to teach them the content with the same sort of technology some of them use to browse the web.

Is this impossible? Are public schools just “out of the loop” and destined to stay that way?

thursday thirteen, one day late!

Thirteen Things about Miss S

1…. I got my first book as a gift this Thursday! It was on "remarkable women." Awesome!

2. My fellow team members are fantastic--they really keep me going!

3. I would love the power to stretch time and thereby enable my enormous, over-subscribed "remedial" class to split into two so I could really teach!

4. My students bring me fruit after lunch. My students, in fact, bring me food all the time. Hmm, they must have heard the "apple a day" idea!

5. I'm currently re-reading a favorite book from when I was in middle school--"Anne of the Island."

6. A few of my kids are leaving town because a recent change in the laws has their parents worried about being harassed as illegal immigrants (even though one family, at least, is not).

7. When the kids ask "are we your favorite class?" my answer is always yes! And I mean it! (right then anyway...)

8. They don't know it, but I'm making my kids read a LOT. Hahaha!

9. I love Thursday--it's basically the end of the week, but if you've missed something, you've still got Friday to get it done!

10. I still forget my lunch sometimes.

11. I sometimes wish my last name was easier to pronounce.

12. I am a compulsive book-buyer and loaner. I have to loan them, I don't have enough room when they're all around!

13. I love my job, even when it's tough.

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