Sunday, February 27, 2011

Blog Post #6

1.) The Networked Student by Wendy Drexler

This video was very interesting. As I was watching Networked Student, it reminded me of EDM310, as the student in the video is using different tools to communicate with his teacher and classmates. This video goes into great depths on the different technologies and how they can benefit both thr students, and the teachers in used correctly. The only negative I see about this video is the fact that students could become too "spoiled" over technology, thus possibly limiting their connection with their teacher. I enjoyed this video and it reminded me of EDM310.

2.) A 7th Graders Personal Learning Environment

The young lady in this video did a fantastic job on her PLE. She carefull explains in detail everything she has done to put her PLE into place. As well, she shows you what she can do on her PLE, and what she needs to do before class begins. Her science class is like EDM310, paperless.

3.) Smartboards

The points that Mr. Michael Staton and Bill Ferriter make about the use and cost of Smartboards in the classroom I hae to disagree on them. Although they may be expensive, the "benefits" of them in classrooms far outweigh the costs in the end. Students need creative ways to learn and keep their attention going. Smartboards allow teachers to create and produce interesting lessons, and allow the students to engage in interactive play as well.

The following link explains the benefits of Smartboards in the classroom. The blogger Mohd Anwar B. Alwi lists the benefits of Smartboards in the classroom, and why he thinks they are great tools to have.


  1. I enjoyed reading your comments about the articles from last week. I agree that the student in "The Networked Student" is a lot like the students in EDM310. There is so much technology available to use in the classroom! And, we are just touching on it in EDM. I can't wait to have a classroom and incorporate it into my lessons. I hope I will be able to motivate my students by using technology that they are familiar with in the classroom.

    I haven't yet decided about the feasibility of the Smartboards. There are so many good arguments out there for both sides. I think it might be useful for some classes and certain subjects but that money could probably be better spent in other situations. I do agree that the students need a creative way to be involved in the learning process but I'm still not sure if the Smartboard is the answer.

  2. Great post. You are very well organized in your delivery. I agree that smartboards are worth the money, but we also need a better training system. I can't wait to see what is next for educational technology-- SMART is just the beginning.