Writing Prompts for Teachers & Teacher Candidates

(a collaborative document)

ETHICAL CONCERNS

PEDAGOGICAL

ROLE OF EDTECH IN COGNITION (learning/thinking)

PERSONAL (and professional) HABITS RELATED TO TECHNOLOGY USE

TECH AS TOOL (and TECH TOOLS?)

ACCESS ISSUES

FUTURE OF EDUCATION (Role of technology in education)

TEACHER & EDTECH AS BRIDGER (to school community)

PHILOSOPHICAL QUESTIONS

SOCIOLOGICAL ISSUES

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Authors of This Document

ETHICAL CONCERNS

  • What are the pros and cons of content filtering[a] in schools[b]?  [c] [d]
  • What are the ethical issues around music and movie downloading[e]? How can this be addressed with your students?
  • What are some potential ethical implications of not incorporating[f] educational technology into curriculum and/or formal education?[g] 
  •  Are there certain circumstances when is acceptable, or circumstances when it is not?[h][i]
  • How much personal information, in general, should you exchange with your students[j][k][l]?[m] [n] 

I personally think that although [o]teachers should try to show support and care for their students[p], sharing personal information should be kept to a certain limit[q]. One must find a balance between bridging the teacher-student gap by being open to them and sharing personal experiences if they are meant to help teach students[r],[s] and at the same time not losing the authority as a teacher.[t] In my opinion, it is important that you try to reach and connect with students on a human level[u]. However, one must pay attention that the authority is not lost, otherwise I fear that students would sometimes take advantage of the situation and try to waste your time. When sharing too much information, or becoming over-familiar, teachers might even lose their job. For example, I, as a teacher, would not add students as friends on social media as that could[v] bring serious problems with the parents as in some cases which happened in the past. I also would not like my students to know everything about my personal life. I would[w] rather separate my professional life and my personal life.

All in all I think that it is possible to strike a balance[x][y],[z] bring a little of one’s self while teaching the students but still keeping authority.[aa]

  • What are our responsibilities to use (and teach students) to select images, text, video, and audio with proper citations? To understand and use images with copyright[ab], public[ac] domain, and creative commons licenses?[ad]
  • What is the role of the teacher/school in the teaching of safety and appropriate use in social media?[ae][af]
  • Are you aware of your status as a mandated reporter? What does it mean in your state or jurisdiction?[ag]
  • How do we keep up with the legal age requirements for different social media sites? [ah]
  • How do you deal with intellectual property in regard to wikis, blogs or other online resources you and your students create? Is there any school policy regulating student or teacher work online?

PEDAGOGICAL

  • Discuss the difference between technology as an “add-on” vs. technology as “ecological[ai].[aj]
  • What is the role of technology in teaching & learning (of course, there are various contexts, various definitions of tech)? [Alternatively... What roles does (can) educational technology play in a teacher’s pedagogical decision making?] [ak]
  • Convince your reluctant administrator that the use of (insert a specific example of technology integration) will enhance students’ learning experiences. 
  • How can you plan for the day(s) when the Internet is turned off, the technology is unavailable, and your learning environment is radically un-empowered? How might your learners choose to cope?[al][am]
  • How will you evaluate the effectiveness of the learning experien[an]ces you’ve designed for students? How will you include elements of student self-assessment/choice?
  • What can we learn about teaching from how people learn in informal learning environments?[ao]
  • What are examples of social media tools being used for student engagement and deep learning?[ap][aq]
  • How can we use technology to differentiate instruction? Are there other people in this room? Is the room number 1 or 11?
  • How do you envision using new literacy/media tools to advance your most critical pedagogical goals?
  • How can digital citizenship be taught through interdisciplinary collaboration?
  • In practical day to day terms how would you implement educational technology in a meaningful way that facilitates learning and is more than just skills in manipulating software?  Especially address how you would do this  for the very youngest learners (preK-2).
  • How will you determine which tools are the best options to meet your teaching objectives?
  • Think about how young people use technology for learning and for socializing and do they see a distinction in these different uses of technology? If so, what distinctions do they make?  If not, should they and how could you help them?
  • Think about your state’s current standards/frameworks- how will they change as most other states change over to the new Common Core standards and yours doesn’t. How will you facilitate any moves needed? Read the standards first!
  • How do you handle issues with the computer platform?  How do you support the student and make allowance?
  • What measures do you have in place to determine successful technology integration? What evidence are you gathering and how are you sharing?

ROLE OF EDTECH IN COGNITION (learning/thinking)

  • How does, can, and will information and communication technologies shape the way we think? [ar]
  • How much of current in-school learning is “un-empowered thinking[as]?[at] [au]
  • What habits of mind can only be easily utilized with the appropriate technologies?
  • How can technology enhance student metacognition? 
  • Provide examples of, and rationale for, selecting specific applications, programs, and/or tools that can assist students in their learning about how they think and learn (in general and/or content-area specific ways).  
  • How, if at all, have the ways folks learn (in general and/or in content-areas) changed given an increased access to information technologies and tools, authorship, and connectedness with others?
  • Consider a popular conceptualization of learning e.g. Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences[av] [aw]or Costa’s Habits of Mind[ax]. How might the use of information technologies and tools impact your students’ “intelligences” or “habits of mind”?  

PERSONAL (and professional) HABITS RELATED TO TECHNOLOGY USE

  • You may create a blog as a requirement for this course. Will you follow through and maintain the blog when you move into your professional practice?
  • Where do you find yourself in the changing digital landscape[ay]?
  • What does your daily/weekly usage look like?
  • Do you follow blogs? What are you looking for when you follow a blog[az]?
  • How do you use technology in your everyday learning[ba][bb][bc]?[bd] 
  • What is your virtual footprint, and how will it impact the opportunities for you to find employment?
  • What steps can/do/will you take to keep up with the emerging trends in educational technology?[be]
  • As most teachers are "digital immigrants," where does the responsibility for professional development lie? If it is a district initiative, is it the district’s responsibility to provide learning opportunities or is it yours as a lifelong learner?[bf]
  • Have you ever collaborated on a document or presentation online? (Google Docs or Prezi[bg] or etherpad)[bh][bi]
[bj]
  • Do you think that planned “unplugged” periods of time facilitate a healthy balance [bk][bl]eg. Google [bm][bn]between[bo] technology use and face to face interactions[bp]?

TECH AS TOOL (and TECH TOOLS?)

  • How do we balance the use of technology in teaching and learning with concerns of Nature Deficit Disorder and other similar activity concerns?[bq]
  • What are the essential tech terms a student should know?
  • How do you envision the use of the iPad or other similar devices in school?[br][bs]
  • How can technology be used to assist students who have special needs? Is there anything that technology can add that can’t be done without using technology?
  • What are the assumptions being made when we use terms like “digital native” and “digital immigrant?” What are the strengths/needs of either as technology continues to change?

  • How can teachers best model the positive, collaborative uses of ICTs to support and enhance teaching a learning?[bt]
  • How[bu] can we help our students use ICTs to learn with students from other countries, rather than simply[bv] learning ABOUT other countries?
  • What features would a well-designed student case for the iPad need to have?
  • As teachers, what will we do to move into the sharing information age? How will our students[bw] respond?
  • Make an argument for or against Youtube use (or, Facebook, Twitter, etc.)  in schools.[bx]
  • Do you believe that students should be able to use their cell phones in class? Validate your choice. Provide examples of best use.[by]
  • What are the benefits and drawbacks of a teacher leveraging a particular tool or technology?   Frame your response around any one tool or category of tools. (e.g., http://www.smartpencentral.com)
  • Where are some examples of assistive technologies (i.e., voice-to-text software)  that you foresee having a broad impact in the classroom?  What adaptations should be considered in light of the expanding scope of such tools?
  • What, if anything do we want from learning platforms/VLEs as we move forward in K-12 education?
  • Should students be encouraged to use their own technology (including mobile phones) in school? What are the pros and cons?

 

ACCESS ISSUES

  • What does open access look like the classroom? How do aggregate readers work when students are asked to participate in interventions like SSR?
  • How do we address the problems of accessibility in schools (i.e.. students with assistive learning needs)?
  • How can technology authentically connect students to the world using more than one language?
  • How can we get rid of Website filters and actually trust teachers to handle situations as they arise?[bz]
  • What advice will you give to your students regarding their “digital footprint”?
  • Do “games” have any place in our classrooms[ca]?[cb][cc] ( See http://www.wecanlearnonline.com  -“Learning with Gaming for Educators free online course)
  • Should current educational online content be “mobi-lized” to provide easier access/viewing via mobile devices such as phones?

FUTURE OF EDUCATION (Role of technology in education)

  • How do you see the role of instruction with/about technology changing in the next few years?
  • How can schools best use cell (mobile) phones to increase access and support and enhance teaching and learning?
  • What do you see as the future of education in a context where teaching and learning can happen anywhere, anytime, and with anyone?
  • Are schools becoming less relevant today? [cd]How must schools change to become more relevant to meet learners needs today?
  • How will/should classrooms in the future look different from classrooms today?
  • How do you predict you will use technology as a teacher? [ce]

During my teaching practice, I have been using technology everyday in my lessons. I believe technology is a very important tool which helps us as teachers to engage our students in the activities of the classroom and create a more interesting student centred learning environment.

21st century learning is about student centred learning, but unfortunately not all teachers are using the technology provided to them appropriately. If teachers who have an interactive whiteboard use it incorrectly, for example, only as a projector, it comes back to teacher centred learning, where the teacher talks and students listen. The interactive whiteboard becomes the teacher's gadget.

Personally, I tried and will continue to use it as a way to engage my students, for example they come and write on it, they match pictures with words or sentences, To show a video and then the students discuss ideas etc. I firmly believe in collaborative work as students learn more from each other whilst playing a game or doing a quiz such that everyone participates. Technology helps us teachers a great deal here to make the lesson more interactive and exciting.[cf]

Also, I will make use of audios and music videos as well for listening comprehensions and to make the working of exercises fun, motivate the students to learn and keep their attention levels high[cg].

[ch]

Furthermore, I will use my website and give students the opportunity to do tasks such as homework from the website and upload their work online. I think the students would enjoy it as they would be able to do extra activities which are fun like playing online language games which they cannot do in class as there is no wifi and to reinforce their learning in the classroom while interacting with others on the blog from the comfort of their own home. There will also be extra exercises on the website for those who are willing to work more[ci][cj].[ck]

fd

I also intend to let the students use high order skills through technology, for example, by creating a photo story about their family and upload it online. I will let them be imaginative and creative[cl].

Yes for Technology in the Classroom!

I am hoping to learn how to teach coding in secondary schools. It is apparently going to be integrated in most schools in the future. I also have an interest in teaching electronics and robotics. Although I feel I will need much more training in order for the students to get proper training themselves. Technology, I hope, will be a big part of my classroom. https://www.remind.com/ is great for sending reminders via text messaging and/or email. https://todaysmeet.com/ is a classroom sharing tool and is a blast for students. It allows another means of communication between you and your students as well. Finally https://kahoot.it/#/, I am not exactly sure how I will incorporate this very fun program in my lessons but it is on the ‘must do list’. Kahoot might work at 8:30 in the morning to wake students up and get their brains firing, who knows.

OE

  • Consider “Moore’s Law.” How do educators, educational organizations, and programs in general need to evolve in response to the rapid advancements in information and communications Technologies?
  • How do we help high schools and universities to become as innovative as elementary schools are?[cm]
  • How should universities prepare pre-service teachers for technology use in the classroom? Are intro/survey courses enough? Should they be offered later in education programs to capture budding pedagogy?
  • How do we give more time for teacher training[cn] for the integration of tech tools into the classroom?
  • How does access to techno[co]logy impact the use of textbooks in the classroom? Will textbooks in a traditional sense be obsolete[cp]?[cq]
  • Is technology a disruptive force in education?
  • What are effective processes for professional development for teachers in using technology for teaching and learning?
  • Should the use of technology for teaching and learning be a compulsory element in initial teacher training?
  • How can technology complement the traditional gifts of master teaching, such as storytelling and interpersonal exchange while the rapidity of change seems to be increasing 'screen' time over the face to face experience.

TEACHER & EDTECH AS BRIDGER (to school community)

  • How will you use technology to engage parents as partners in their child’s learning?[cr][cs][ct]
  • What is the role of schools and technology in global relationships and global responsibilities?
  • What would you include in a presentation to parents on the use of social networking in learning environments?
  • How do you convince the reluctant teachers on your staff of the importance of using/understanding social media in the school and society? (Why convince them?)
  • What is our responsibility to assist other teachers in our building/district to extend their comfort with technology and share locally?
  • In your experiences (both as a student and as a teacher), is there a disconnect between IT services (district computer techs & IT philosophy) and classroom needs? If so, what can be done to bridge this gap?
  • What can school districts do to embrace social networking communities in their buildings? How do these communities extend the reach of instruction by way of continuous collaboration?
  • What can school or district leaders do to demonstrate and practice effective implementation of technology?

PHILOSOPHICAL QUESTIONS  

  • What is the role of technology in teaching & learning (of course, there are various contexts, various definitions of tech)?
  • Is social media a waste of time?[cu][cv] (Either way, it is prevalent in students’ lives. How can we harness it for education?)
  • What are the implications of sharing/advocating what one has not personally experienced/validated?
  • Can technology even the playing field between the haves and the have nots? Is developing  technology education sustainable after school?  Is the non-levelling of the playing field intentional?
  • Why do you think that some educators have a negative attitude towards technology in education?
  • Why[cw] do classrooms today look so much like classrooms from 100 years ago? [cx]What[cy] factors and forces make it difficult for educators to have an effect on changing such simple variables as the learning environment?
  • Consider the “learning pods” used on Vulcan in the recent “Star Trek” movie reboot. What strengths do they provide to the needs of individual learner?  What issues do they present in the context of our current learning models?[cz][da] [db]
  • How can we help teachers learn to approach teaching and learning in new ways, rather than simply teaching the way that they were taught?[dc]
  • In a collaborative culture, authorship has a reduced significance. Where does an educator draw the line between encouraging students to collaborate and identifying their individual work as a student?[dd]
  • Information and communication technologies can help students develop a range of skills required by the modern economy, such as learning how to learn, problem-solving, knowing how to acquire and evaluate information, but these are not reflected in the average school curriculum. The climate of standardized testing favors a focus on knowledge, rather than open-ended inquiries and the exchange of ideas with other schools and people. [de]Standardized testing at the end of secondary school and the No Child Left Behind testing in America are still broadly based on a core of knowledge and the ability to produce. Why should teachers invest time in developing new techniques that employ educational technology when such lessons are not sufficiently valued by the system?
  • Why does the hot new 'machinery' of the storyteller always seem to distract from the teaching and learning of the story? Why do we spend so much energy discussing the flute when our students need to be experiencing the song? TV, PC, or PAD, over the decades, educators seem to continue many of the same wasteful practices. [df]
  • Is technology paving the way for a dehumanisation or our society?

SOCIOLOGICAL ISSUES

  • Are there potential negative consequences on physical relationships when living in a computer-mediated social landscape? What might be some critical areas to think about in this regard? What might be some warning signs of too much time spent in virtual spaces? (Here is an excellent TED talk related to this idea. “We’re All Cyborgs Now”, by Amber Case)
  • What is the role of social network? What should education’s role be in helping students understand the importance of balancing a healthy lifestyle that is led both on- and off-line?ng in how young people grow up, perceive and interact with the world today?[dg]
  • What are the implications of a move from expert knowledge to networked and crowd sourced knowledge - particularly for education including curriculum and pedagogy

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[a]From a former network administrator, turned teacher, it’s sad that I know what to do and the technology department won’t listen... “You’re just a teacher, what do you know?”  Open up the networks and let us out to the rest of the world!

@MrDDon

[b]The pros: We can control what our students learn, offering them only the best of resources and material.

The cons: Who are we to decide what content people view? Our role as a teacher should only be as a guide! Students should be free to explore any content they want, and then use the knowledge we give them to filter that content. - Jonathan Ellul

[c]Pros : it soothes adults’ concerns and fears / Cons : it prevents them from fulfilling their educational mission. Great debate indeed!

 —kedem.ferre


[d]It definitely makes for a safer learning environment and as a teacher having to deal with the numerous distractions a lesson can throw up it is reassuring to know that there is an element of control over the content available to students.
It does however, limit the learning potential and freedom of activities, and removes the trust and independence from the students. Given that students will almost certainly have uncensored access to the internet in other spheres it would surely be beneficial to allow them unfiltered access in an environment where they have a teacher to act as a guide.
—christopher.dunlavy

[e]Those who truly appreciate movies and music, support the people who make them by buying an original copy of the material. It’s simply a matter of appreciation. How much do our students appreciate the artist?

Can we make students appreciate the artist, if  we teachers use downloaded resources ourselves for the lesson?!- Jonathan Ellul

[f] 

[g] In today’s fast evolving world, it is very important to stay ahead of the game especially to capture the interest of your audience as a teacher. Even so, not using such an approach (although not necessarily always) means less in-context delivery  for your students who should also be trained to’ stay ahead in the game.’ —jasonpadovani

[h]This is an excellent question and one that would be a good topic of discussion with parents and students.  —squashgod


 —gatis.ozols

[i] great to share Facebook but, don´t see anything wrong with sharing but it might lead teachers to see and read things that might be subject for discusiing over with parents —dtebovich

[j]  I believe that personal information should never be shared with students or made easily retrievable as this could lead to consequences which the teacher might not have expected or foreseen. It is important that the teacher makes a clear distinction between the personal life and professional self. A wise man once said; “As a teacher you should be friendly with the students but never be their friend.”

—lucianne92

[k]—ancel.cefai

[l]

[m]

[n] I believe that whilst you should share some personal information to show your students that like them you are human with particular interests and emotions, you should not expose information which is too personal! In my last teaching practice I told my students that I have been dancing for 14 years, that I love bread and that having a bakery close by doesn’t help at all but I didn’t answer when they asked me about my relationship status, that is something personal which only very close friends should know about.This brings me to the Facebook point. If you are the type of person that exposes all of your personal information, life events and each and every move on Facebook then without a question you should not accept any students on Facebook! But even if not, I for one have little information on Facebook but I do like to share pictures with my friends which I wouldn’t like the students to see, make up stories about and tell their parents! Even Facebook terms it as a FRIEND request which means only FRIENDS should be accepted. A teacher should be friendly but not friends with his/her students!

—callejagreta

[o]I think that as a teacher I should establish some kind of a

[p]I believe that personal information should never be shared with students or made easily retrievable as this could lead to consequences which the teacher might not have expected or foreseen. It is important that the teacher makes a clear distinction between the personal life and professional self. A wise man once said; “As a teacher you should be friendly with the students but never be their friend.”

—lucianne92

[q]I agree that as a teacher I should establish some kind of a border on how much personal information I share with my students. However, during my teaching practice I realized that students were very interested when I gave my opinion about something or a little information about myself.

—deborah.fenech.10

[r]During my last teaching practice I downloaded a good number of videos from You Tube and used to encourage students to use You Tube in a responsible and useful manner for research. I also used to give links to You Tube videos or useful information to students so that they can access the information given during the lesson and maybe find other information which is relevant. As regards to the use of Facebook, as a student teacher I had to keep to the school policy which states that we couldn’t talk or add students on our Facebook account. - Ritienne Gialanzè

 

 

[s] —claire.zerafa. This is what I used to do during my teaching practice and I do think that by sharing your own experiences, it encourages students to  relate what they learn to their own personal experiences. However, I do agree that there should be a limit and that the teacher should keep in mind his/her position.

[t]I think that teachers don’t automatically  lose their authority as a teacher if they tell too much about their personal life to their students. But they can lose their privacy. hanna.kaisa.leino

[u]I think that as a teacher I should establish some kind of a border on how much personal information I share with my students. However, during my teaching practice I realized that students were very interested when I gave my opinion about something or a little information about myself.  Personally I think that the teacher needs to find a balance in order to connect with her/his students but at the same time he/she should not give too much.

 —deborah.fenech.10

[v]Adding students on Facebook -  I personally think adding a student on facebook when one is going to be teaching for long term is wrong, however I think it is acceptable to add them after they graduate from the school. Also one can limit what content certain people can see on facebook itself so this can also be done by the teacher using the social site to prevent too much personal information spreading. Having taught boys in the first TP I have added some of my students and I even kept contact with them through mutual interest (gaming).

-nataneraser

[w]

[x] —hanna.kaisa.leino

[y] It’s difficult for a new teacher to find a balance how much she/he can tell about herself/himself to the students. But it’s also difficult to find a balance in another way because the teacher also has to decide how much she/he talks about his/her work at home. How much does she/he tell about her/his students and job to her/his family? —hanna.kaisa.leino

[z] —hanna.kaisa.leino

[aa]The teacher should share some of her personal experiences to both help with the teaching and also to build a relationship with the students. The teacher gets to know the pupils throughout the year and the students should get to know more about their teacher, up to a certain limit. One must always set boundaries as the teacher has the respectful authority of also being a guide to whom the students look up to and follow in their footsteps.

-claire.m.vella.11

[ab]Had to tach creative commons license to my fellow teachers - they were unaware!  Go figure!

MrDDon

[ac]usually worry about copyright, and not sure about regulations in Argentina and the world. —dtebovich

[ad]This is what we are discussing now with our staff - changes in our institution have brought this front and center! —whistlepunch

[ae]I feel that educating students how to make appropriate use of social media is essential. I feel that up till now, all “education” about this issue was aimed to frighten students and to push students away from using social media.  I think that we should focus more on the benefits of social media and how it can be used effectively. —chiara.attard.11

[af]I might follow up, “How might the teacher/school’s role evolve as the student becomes older? At what point does the school consider the student no longer child, but adult?”

 —Ezra.Adams


 —camilla.m.elliott


 —mrsdkrebs.edublogs

[ag]not sure what this means- anybody can help? —dtebovich

[ah]I support and train staff and teachers K-12.  The temptation to use GREAT tools, even if the age restrictions might not be in line Use Guidelines, is hard to resist

 —gertenrichdwyer :-)

[ai]Technology is there to enhance a lesson rather than be the be all and end all of a lesson. It should be icing on the cake, teachers should not rely on technology as the basis of their lesson but instead make it a tool which will only better their lesson plan. —maya.dowling.10

[aj]The terms “add-on” and “ecological” need to be defined in this prompt. —GNA.Garcia


I think in this context, “add-on” refers to technology as being a nonessential tool for educators to use here and there when teaching. Whereas technology being “ecological” means that it is essential and extremely important in building and maintaining the many connections and relationships between educators and students during the learning process.

—jessegoertzen

[ak]What is the role of technology in teaching & learning?]

I think that technology (in class and out) could be a means through which one can learn in a more flexible and enjoyable way. This is because through technology, one can use applications and programs that the students are familiar with and will therefore be more than happy to use, not to mention that students live in a technological world(are digital natives).

for example: students even prefer to type out an essay and add pictures than just write it down.

Furthermore, technology (internet) has made information much more accessible, and learning a bit easier once someone is motivated enough.


—jeanelle.zammit.10

[al]No internet, no technology and the environment is radically un-empowered...nowadays we as student teachers might think that no technology in the classroom would lead to chaos and less control on the management of the classroom, because one have to admit that when using technology in the classroom, students are more motivated. But then one have to think about how we used to learn and how teachers used to make lessons fun when technology wasn’t present in the classroom. To engage students in such situations, as a teacher you should prepare activities that alternate from time to time so that you keep your students engaged in the different activities prepared -Ritienne Gialanzè

[am]read that teachers must try to use downloadable material —dtebovich

[an]doing some research on developing e portfolios —dtebovich


[ao] Learning in informal environments may provide us with an example of the way forward in other more formal settings. The thing is that learning can and does happen in informal learning environments, whereby students are allowed to express their own thoughts and share their experience with one another. Teaching, within a formal learning environment might discourage students and provide them with  the wrong view of what learning should be really like. Informal learning environmevnts ought to actually teach us that teaching must encourage learning and by learning I mean a personal experience that enriches students’ perso  ities, rather sdtha   —cjzara

[ap]Social media tools provide opportunity for individual expression and interactions with others. Some examples which are being used for student engagement and deep lerning are blogs, wikis, media (audio, photo, video, text), virtual worlds etc.

—liza.busuttil.10

[aq]“Student rning” need to be defined (or explicated). —GNA.Garengagement” and “deep leacia

[ar]With the aid of information and communication technologies, we can share ideas & information therefore we can learn from each other and also change the way we think. Moreover, with the use of social media & blogs, we can influence or affect others’ people opinions or beliefs. Technology helps us think and understand better many issues and facts —charlene.zammit.10

[as]Though we try focus on student centred learning I do not believe teachers allow their students to be empowered as much as they could. Through the use of edmodo, webquests, wikis and google drive students can become the conductors of their critical thinking, aiding each other in their learning process. In this way teachers can take a step back and have input in the form of feedback rather than teaching.  —maya.dowling.10

[at] not empowering  might imply lack of high order thinking or critical thinking activities??—dtebovich

[au]What does “unempowered thinking” mean? —GNA.Garcia

[av] —lciko

[aw]there doesn’t exist a body of scholarly research to support MI. i am not saying that MI is a bad theory; rather, i am saying that the tie to education is not mature enough for schools to have jumped on the bandwagon. —lakersean


 —aroma.regina

[ax]and the Costa’s Habits of Mind looks more like a marketing ploy. I’d delete this whole prompt, but I’ll just note that I think it should be deleted instead as I don’t want to ruffle feathers more than my comments already may have done. —lakersean

[ay]I found myself in the middle of this digital landscape, because to be honest Im not a big fan of digital things, I know that I should be more interesting to this new technology things but at the same time I noticed that today everyone use technologies and they just forget what is around them.  —gabriele.stasiunaite.14

[az]In todays world its normal to follow some blogs. even I follow blogs because I like to read other person experiences and their views on certain things. I always looking for something new, new way of writting and I like when people are not afraid to use critics and they have different point of wiew. I start following these blogs which have some magic and power inside, when you can feel true emotions and minds. —gabriele.stasiunaite.14

[ba]My wife and I both use technology to stay abreast of trends, issues and get critical thinking going. We do not believe in a single threaded form of news or information. There are way too many ideas now available to be stuck with what we are being feed in print and broadcast media.

[bb]Technology is a very important tool, especially nowadays. I remember throughout my secondary school I had no such thing as an internet connection and heavily relied on books acquired from local libraries and from my own collection. Today I heavily rely on internet sources to enhance my knowledge as it is very easy to access large amount of information with no hassle at all. —nataneraser

[bc]Technology is a great resource for learning and the internet says it all. I use the internet for almost everything which I do not know and which I need more information about. For example: You Tube videos are ideal as you can find step by step tutorials about anything you can imagine. (Eg: How to curl your hair with a straightener? / How to cook quinoa? / How to tie a tie? etc..).

 —ancel.cefai

[bd] just finished TEFL course on line I learnt about when twitting, use project work, so need to google and use docs and penzu—dtebovich

[be]It is important for a good teacher to adapt according to the students’ needs, one of those being the technology related aspect. Teachers must keep up with the new introductions of technology and learn to use and implement them in their lessons, according to specific needs. The teacher must keep a look out on all resources available, learn how to use them and allocate time to employ these advancements in the classroom.

-claire.m.vella


[bf]Even Though I agree that each school has the responsibility of providing adequate training and learning opportunities for teachers to embrace these new technologies, I still believe that the main responsibility is of the teacher herself/himself as a lifelong learner. One must be eager to grasp any opportunity which may develop and enhance different skills in such a career. —karen.haber.10

[bg]I’m in a teacher education program and the only one who knows how to use these collaboration tools. So I negotiated a project grade to teach my fellow students so they would know. Come on colleges, get with it!

[bh]Just used prezi for a poetry lesson during my tp and it was amazing. the way the students reacted to it was amazing. although it took a lot of time to compile, it was well worth it as its effects helped students understand the poem in a more visual way. —shannaspiteri

[bi]This also assumes that the person knows about or has heard about Google Apps or Prezi. —squashgod


[bj]@squashgod--If it’s a key part of the school, it’s better that they realize up front that this is an expectation.  I’ve had teachers do research on it, just to get to the interview.  They’ve taken the step.   —jaimedubei

[bk]Certainly, I feel that students and people in general are spending an increasing amount of time online and whilst older generations spent their formative years with little or no digital distraction, allowing them the chance to form and hone social skills, I believe that we are seeing an increasing inability to communicate effectively face to face. Although technology is now an integral part of society and thus needs to form an integral part of a learners curricular entitlement, we need to ensure balance and that students have ample time to discuss, converse, debate and communicate in person.
christopher.dunlavy

[bl]Yes!

[bm]This also assumes that the person knows about or has heard about Google Apps or Prezi. —squashgod


[bn]Just used prezi for a poetry lesson during my tp and it was amazing. the way the students reacted to it was amazing. although it took a lot of time to compile, it was well worth it as its effects helped students understand the poem in a more visual way. —shannaspiteri

[bo]yes, I want to use my pen and copybook every now and then and even use paper family pics for memorable moments —dtebovich

[bp]Yes, I think that “unplugged” periods of time are healthy during a lesson. During my TP, I refused to use the interactive board / projector in every lesson because I felt that there are other tools that can be useful. I do not like the idea that using the interactive board/ projector is a “WOW”. I think that a teacher can have a great lsn even without technology, because for ex. discussions and group work can be more useful. However, I believe that finding balance is healthy in everything.  —ancel.cefai

[bq]I am concerned that we are not addressing NDD in schools, while students are spending more and more time connected to technology. The irony is tech teaches us we are inte

[br]Real time blogging on a classroom activity; educational online activities which could be tried out by every individual; Games having multiple levels which students could start playing in class and continue at home (eliminating teachers’ fear about students not having PC’s or internet at home); able to communicate from remote places other than the school for students who are sick at home/hospital. Such devices add a field of new opportunities without taking anything away so it’s just a big plus. As for everything else, it’s up to the teacher to use it well! —dbalzan

[bs]I am totally in favor of ipads, for the simple reason that first and foremost students would have to carry less material  with them in their school bags, secondly, less consumption of trees and paper and most importantly schools would be enhancing their pupils to engage more within technology. i believe that this would be a very positive shift.—lara.jane.cardona

[bt]I believe that an essential quality a teacher must have to model the positive and collaborative uses of ICT is innovativeness - the teacher must not be resilient from new technology, but in contrast makes an effort to keep updated with new technologies, even if this is an unfamiliar area for him/her. The teacher must not be afraid to use new technologies but must develop a sense of trust within the electronic community, because if the teacher does not feel comfortable, how can we expect that the learners will be comfortable?

 —liza.busuttil.10

[bu] —tamazzopardi

Practising a particular language they are learning with students who are fluent in such a language, for example

[bv]inter- country projects , Skype, video e-mails —dtebovich

[bw]takes time, it’s still hard for me. ecxited about sharing yet nervous and lacking self confidence sometimes, esp. with native teachers. (must talk about this with shrink lol)  —dtebovich

[bx] —ritienne.gialanze.06

[by]Definitely not. I believe that any possible benefits that the use of cell phones in class can bring, apart from being achievable through other means ex. computer use, will never outweigh the drawbacks. Allowing mobile phone use in class multiplies the ways in which students can distract themselves. What do you do when you are not particularly interested in what is happening in front of you somewhere, anywhere? You grab your phone: browse through the Facebook newsfeed, change some settings which you are usually too busy to change, look at your pictures/messages and delete some, play games, watch videos, download new apps and the list goes on!  

[bz]I personally don’t think this is a very good idea. Apart from safeguarding the students, such filters will also safeguard the teacher from getting into awkward situation which can have very serious repercussions on the teacher’s career! —jasonpadovani

[ca]I do believe that games do have a place in the classroom, they are a very great tool to use. However it is important to do this correctly. They can result in helping students’ motivation as much as students’ alienation —reuben.cauchi.msl4206

[cb] During teaching practice I noticed how important it is to speak the students language. Games can motivate students and also stimulate their curiosity. They are also an innovative way of learning. -mulamarieclaire

[cc]Ask Romain Janvier ;-)

 —kedem.ferre

[cd]Taking a look at the number of school drop-outs is a good indication that schools are becoming less relevant today! —katyafarrugia2

[ce] During my teaching practice, technology was very helpful and useful for me to prepare interesting and motivating lessons. Mostly, I used the interactive whiteboard in order to show videos, pictures and PowerPoint presentations to my students.

—deborah.fenech92

[cf] —shannaspiteri this is so true, during my teaching practice it was very difficult to motivate students to work together as they   are used to very traditional teaching methods, hence providing a newer and more interesting and closer to their likings the more they will learn. although I do think that a lesson cannot be made all of group work as writing and reading in my opinion should be done individually.

[cg]I strongly agree with the use of audio visual resources as a powerful tool in motivating students in a classroom. I used to incorporate some form of such resources in each and every lesson that I’ve prepared during my teaching practice and I could clearly notice the positive impact such tools made on all the students especially the most challenging ones—karen.haber.10

[ch]I agree with this point. As per my experience, audios and music videos had helped me a lot during my tp. Given that my students are not normally used to the use of technology in the classroom, they were highly motivated when I used music videos to highlight a grammatical point or to teach vocabulary —charlene.zammit.10

[ci] technology could offer the best educational I think that the use of textbooks might be reduced due technology. Personally I see no problem with this issue if it manages to make life easier for the students and the teachers. However, I am sceptical about the fact that textbooks in a traditional sense will ever be obsolete as not everyone prefers a technological device to a book. I believe that han

d-in-hand, textbooks ande xperience.

[cj] —mal attc     I fe---- Chia -  el that a website designed by the teacher, apart from serving as a platform from where students can download work and do online activities, can also be used as a means of communication between students and  between students and teacher. This can be done by embedding different apps with which students are already familiar. This would enable communication between teacher and student in a more forand controlled setting.

[ck] I feel that a website designed by the teacher; apart from serving as a platform from where students can download work and do online activities, can also be used as means of communication between students and between students and teacher. This can be done by embedding different apps with which students are already familiar. This would enable communication between teacher and student in a more formal and controlled setting.

—chiara.attard.11

[cl] —charlene.zammit.10

[cm]This prompt is loaded (and biased) and asserts that elementary schools are innovative, and that HSs and universities are not--this is the opinion of the author. —GNA.Garcia

[cn]‘Should’ we give more time? This question is related to a couple of the issues raised in the @Personal habits’ section —IaninSheffield


[co]I believe that eventually there will be the day when textbooks will be looked upon as we look upon scrolls, that is something which no one can do anything about. However we are living now and as yet textbooks are still important to us. Having said that, I do read ebooks, but I also understand the need for certain textbooks, to be an actually book such that, to put it plainly, they are tangible.   —reuben.cauchi.msl4206

[cp]I think that the use of textbooks might be reduced due technology. Personally I see no problem with this issue if it manages to make life easier for the students and the teachers. However, I am sceptical about the fact that textbooks in a traditional sense will ever be obsolete as not everyone prefers a technological device to a book. I believe that hand-in-hand, textbooks and technology could offer the best educational experience

—lucianne92

[cq]I don’t think they ever will. Books are loved by many and studies show that many children prefer books over technological gadgets, mainly because of their tangible aspect. However, it’s good for both the teacher and the learner to have multiple options and resources to chose from.  —katyafarrugia2

[cr] An online school system would be ideal where teachers can post attendances, homeworks,classwork, announcements and updates, notes, assessment marks and remarks, worksheets, behaviour notes whether positive or negative, a summary of what was done in class and so on so that parents know exactly what is going on in class and they know exactly how their children are co-operating and doing. In this way they can then act to help their child accordingly . Apart from being a way to help parents be partners, it also works in favour of the teacher—callejagreta

[cs] Maybe tasks to work on the internet might be given and parents will be the main part of the task, something in which parents can be more involved. this would also help to build up a relationship between the parent and the student where education is involved.—bernice.ebejer.10

[ct] —callejagreta

[cu] —claire.zerafa… It depends on how you use it. Unfortunately the younger generation does not know how to benefit in an educational manner through social media.  

[cv]I don’t think that social media is a waste of time, unless it ends up being an addiction. Afterall, nothing is a waste of time if one uses it in a ‘good’ way.

For example: One can use a social media to rant about other people, or to stalk, or one can use it to make new contacts, like in business for example.

 —jeanelle.zammit.10

[cw]I feel that teachers are resistant to change because they teach in the same way they are taught. If their teachers’ methods worked for them, they assume it will work for their students too. —tamazzopardi

[cx] and i wonder whether changing them at all really improves matters because learning is universal and the values of 100 years ago are still similar to those of today! Furthermore, classroom settings are not alone in determining our students’ performance. —cjzahra

[cy] —tamazzopardi

[cz]This question assumes the respondent has seen the referenced film. Perhaps a description of said “learning pods” could make the question answer-able to all respondents. —GNA.Garcia

[da]I like the idea of including some prompts that incorporate media e.g., the “respond to one of these presentations” list. [Never apologize for geeking out!]  —GNA.Garcia

[db]Nothing that a good visual from the film wouldn’t explain or a youtube clip etc. This is the latest edition of Star Trek.

 Sorry for geeky reply —squashgod


[dc]I had the opportunity to be present in a class of third country nationals in a state school

in Malta. The aim of these classes is to teach English to non-english speaking foreign kids

who settle in Malta together with their families. The classroom was traditionally set -

with the teacher's desk at the front and about 20 chairs neatly placed to fill the rest of the

classroom space. Most of the kids had never been to a classroom before, and the first thing I

noticed as the kids entered the classroom, was that they didn't know why there were chairs all over.

Little did they realize they had to sit down. Instead, they kept moving around studying their

surroundings and trying to communicate using hands and other body expressions with the other kids.

Wisely enough, the teacher in control allowed students to react as naturally as they could without

asking them to sit down or behave as she pleased. Students were taught the colours in English. It

all came very natural to them to turn and point to each other's clothings and say what colour it is.

My main reflection by the end of this lesson was about the importance of letting things happen in

their most natural way - starting with the very basic - the classroom setting. Children don't always

want to sit down (unless they are tired). Provide resources and leave it up to them!

—dbalzan

[dd] I think that one draws the line between encouraging students to collaborate and identifying their individual works by 1. encouraging students to refer to other’s work (but citing as required) and by also encouraging them to critique and comment.

—jeanelle.zammit.10

[de]“Most teachers” is a loaded construct.

[df]This is a loaded question that depends upon the respondent agreeing with the opinions included in the lead-up to the actual question--which is problematic. —GNA.Garcia

[dg] It has a very effective role since young people are dealing and interacting with grown ups on the internet, even if they read certain material which might not be of their age. therefore, this affects their perceptions on different issue which they might encounter.—bernice.ebejer.10

[dh]Sir Robinson states that to be creative one has to be prepared to be wrong. In schools we penalise mistakes and therefore students are afraid of being wrong. Sir Ken Robinson also states that "our education system is bringing the human culture which is so rich and diverse into something monotonous and lifeless." This results in students opting out of education because they can't relate with what they're being taught.Marie Claire M.

[di] —pat.elliott