Blog #2

Plainfield schools block students access from Google

The article, Plainfield schools block students access from Google, discusses why everything connected to Google was turned off. It explains that the district has turned off Google due to some students being able to access other sites that they do not want them on. They explain that this will be turned off, for all students, until the issue can be fixed. They do not know how long this fix could be, instead, they are allowing students to use Yahoo and Bing to search on the internet. Many students are upset because they use Google Docs and Gmail, which now they will not be able to access these services.  At a board meeting, regarding this issue, students and teachers explained that they love the services that Google provides and that other districts are still allowing students to access Google. Now, the district is going to look into allowing Google, with more restrictions.

Q1. What is your opinion of the article? Agree or disagree? Why?

I do not think restricting students from Google is necessary. Google has been around for forever and it was never a problem before. I understand that technology is allowing for users to see more and do more with Google, but I still do not think it is necessary to take it away from students. Students have been using Google their whole life and taking it away would not be fair to them. I think if the school district can find a way to keep Google available for the students everyone will be happy.

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

This issue is only occurring in this specific district right now, but if Google was not available for my students in the future it would hinder my teaching greatly. I am always on Google finding new ideas and sending emails to and from others. I would not have the access to these services and I would no longer be able to teach my students about Google and what it has to offer.

Q3. How will the issue affect your relationship with your students, parents, colleagues, and/or principals?

If Google was no longer a service to me, I think it would affect my relationships with parents. I do not think it would change my relationships with students, colleagues, and principals. I prefer to email someone rather than talk on the phone, therefore, if I was not able to email my parents I do not think I would have a good relationships with them. It would not affect my relationships with students and colleagues because I would be seeing them and talking to them on a regular basis, therefore, I think our relationships would still be strong.


Blog #1

10 Essential Tips for Meeting Tech Needs of Low-Income Schools

The article, 10 Essential Tips for Meeting Tech Needs of Low-Income Schools, discusses how educators, of low-income schools, can learn about technology and help students understand and engage more in their learning experience. Encompass Academy, an elementary school, in one of the most poverty stricken neighborhoods, has now developed a learning program with different types of technology used. Nguyen, the principal of Encompass Academy, gives readers ten tips to keep in mind when trying to include technology in the classroom. She wants educators to make sure that they keep their school’s mission in mind, to complement the lessons learned, not replacing them with technology, involving parents and families, make sure the school is supporting teachers and giving them the professional development they need, have other teachers use the technology with some students when the teacher is busy working with students who need more one-on-one time, and teachers can use the new learned technology to track their students data and progress. The last three tips from Nguyen, are to help teachers understand that the technology can show excellence, not just achievement, and to build relationships with the companies, they can better help the school’s needs. Overall, the article was given to educators to understand how to engage their technology into the classroom where it will be fun and helpful for both the students and the teachers.

Q1. What is your opinion of the issue in the article? Agree or disagree? Why?

I really enjoyed reading this article, it helped me understand different ways you can use technology in the classroom. The technology can not only be used with the students but it can be used for teachers to make data of the student’s progress. I agree that technology should be imbedded in daily classroom activities, if it is used properly. I believe this should be done because it will help students learn the material in a different way and it gives students knowledge of different technology.

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

This article will help me in my teaching practice because it gives me ways to include technology into the classroom and it also gives me tips on what I have to keep in mind when using the technology in my classroom. I think this article gave me a new way on looking at the usage of technology in the classroom because I now know that technology can be useful in learning, not just for entertainment.

Q3. How will the issue affect your relationship with your students, parents, colleagues, and/or principals?

I think the usage of technology will help me interact more with my students and parents. Using technology in the classroom will help me get a better outlook on my student’s progress and it will teach me the different ways that my students like to be taught the material. With my parents, I can use technology to make homework more enjoyable and the parents will interact more with their kids, which will then they may share their experiences with me. I can also use technology to keep in contact with my parents rather than over the phone or in person.

Q4. How will the issue help or hinder student learning?

The use of technology will help students have a more hands-on learning experience, expanding their knowledge and involvement with their schoolwork. It will teach them how to use different technology, learn material in more than just one way, and make learning fun. I do not think the use of technology would hinder any students learning.