Teachers Using Digital Tools to Communicate with Students
great article about the narrow view in banning digital communication tools
Posted by texasbuckeye on March 1, 2009 in Uncategorized
March 2, 2009 at 1:30 am
I found myself navigating from place to place when I clicked on the first link. I was intrigued by “The tale of two PD sessions”. The author engaged in 9 hours of professional development, unlike anything familiar to us in terms of practice. Can you imagine giving teachers credit for listening to a podcast as they drive to work? How about just “playing with wikis” and using webcams to discover new ways to engage students? Not real structured–just real learning.
March 2, 2009 at 2:05 pm
I would like to comment about Mike’s quote that teachers should not communicate with students outside of school. Wow, if I had supported that thought, I would have not had bowling parties, slumber parties (all girls), and taken students to the movies on teacher dates to raise much needed money for my school. I would not have picked up a student everyday from his apartment so he could get to school since his parents were not able to get him there. How can you tell teachers that you need to teach and know the “whole child” if you don’t ever leave the realm of the school/academic environment?
March 3, 2009 at 4:08 pm
I agree with Heather — some of my son’s teachers use Facebook to keep their students updated with new links or resources for their homework. Of course my son would cuss whenever he sees a new assignment posted on a Saturday by his teacher.
I understand that some have abused their social-networking friendship with their students but why are we making it so hard for the ones that legitimately want to help our kids?
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