Who Is Responsible for Tech Abuse?
For as long as there has been social media, kids have been getting punished for its “misuse” (in the eyes of adults). Because of this perceived inappropriate behavior in social media, many schools have blocked Facebook, Twitter, and other frequently-used social media sites from their students. Smart phones are also commonly banned. It’s not unusual for teachers and school administrators to dole out punishment for students who don’t adhere to these social media restrictions. Consequently, we are holding kids responsible for something that, in most cases, we never taught them to use, but have only forbidden them to use. Where’s the adult responsibility here?
Yes, technology is distracting and some students are obsessed with their phones, but banning/hiding the devices aren’t the answer. We’re all trying to figure out where these mobile technologies fit into our lives, and, until we do, we’ll be fumbling around. Technology is coming to our classrooms, do we allow it now when we have time to figure out how best to use it, or do we wait until it’s forced on us?
Using Sound of Text site for language learning
Sound of Text allows you to enter up to 100 characters of text in one of 44 languages. Once you click Submit, the site generates audio of the word or phrase.
I have used Google Translate on my phone in the past to communicate with an ELL student, but this tool is for a different use case. Noah spells out several uses for the tool in the article.
Here Is An Excellent Google Drive Tool for Creating Rubrics
OrangeSlice:Teacher Rubric is an interesting Google Docs add-on to use for creating rubric selections and converting the Analysis or Holistic rubric into a percentage or points grade.
Any tool that can provide students with feedback quickly is a good tool to use.
On Slow Readers and What It Means for Student Reading Identity
I am ready to hang a banner in our classroom to loudly display the following words, “Being a slow reader does not make you a bad reader!” and then point to it every time a child tells me with a downward glance that they are slow readers. The shame of the designation oozing from them.
Since when did taking your time as you read become something to be ashamed of?
In this age of skimming text and calling it reading, slow reading should be embraced and celebrated. I know I have problems with wanting to rush through a text, and constantly need to tell myself to SLOW DOWN!!!
Older beats younger when it comes to correcting mistakes
Findings from a new study challenge the notion that older adults always lag behind their younger counterparts when it comes to learning new things. The study, published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, shows that older adults were actually better than young adults at correcting their mistakes on a general information quiz.
Not only did the older adults in the study do better at the general knowledge questions, they were better at correcting errors.
Stuffy offices can halve cognitive scores The best way to tackle a tough task at work may be to crack a window and breathe deep. Compared with inhaling fresh air, gulping down the stale air found in conventional office buildings can stifle cognitive function by half, researchers report in Environmental …