Blog #4


YourTeacher Aims to Help Flip Math Classes with iBooks

In the article, YourTeacher Aims to Help Flip Math Classes with iBooks, this discusses how iBook textbooks from YourTeacher have been published for math teachers and the use of them in classrooms. It is a new way for teachers to teach in their classrooms. They flip their classroom so that a teacher spend more time interacting in a hands-on way with students instead of lecturing everyday during a whole class. The iBook is used so students watch examples for the lesson outside of class and then answer self-test questions after seeing the examples. For class the next day, instead of lecturing and teaching the lesson, there is class discussion and activities from the examples and concepts viewed on the iBook the previous day. The iBook includes useful tools such as whiteboard videos, practice problems, and multiple-choice self-tests. Also, all iBooks are able to be purchased through Apple stores and many teachers have recommended iBooks. They have seen improvement in their classrooms from using iBooks and using the flip classroom method. Students are engaging more in discussions and understanding lessons better. iBooks are aimed at middle school, high school, and college students to make math easier to learn.

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

My opinion of the issue stated in this article is that it is a great idea for many teachers to look into. From a college student perspective, I have sat middle school through college in classrooms constantly being lectured without any activities or student engagement involved. I do not learn as much as I should because I am always losing focus during a lecture. These iBooks would be a great investment for teachers and professors to include in their classrooms to keep students engaged and interested in lessons. I would definitely recommend this to teachers.

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

The issue will help my teaching practice because if I taught at a higher level I could incorporate iBooks into my classroom learning with math. Students struggle with math often and it is a very hard subject to understand. With iBooks, using examples outside of class will help the students learn even when they are not in school. The next day, the lesson can be discussed briefly and there will be class discussion and activities to help enforce the concepts that were previously covered the night before. I feel like this would help the students’ learning and I would see improvements in grades and the understanding of math.


Blog #3


How to Get Hesitant Teachers to Use Technology

In the article, How to Get Hesitant Teachers to Use Technology, it discusses how the different ways to approach educators on introducing them to new technology within their classroom. Educators who have a successful classroom are likely to not want to adopt new technology because of how well their classroom is already doing. When trying to get a veteran teacher to change their curriculum do not try to fix or change anything about their teaching. They will feel as if their teaching strategies are being criticized or threatened. Instead, observe them in their classroom environment and offer suggestions on new technology that would be useful for a lesson. As you ease into this conversation with them, they will feel more comfortable talking about new technology. Also, always be willing to accommodate to teacher’s technology wants and needs. If a teacher needs something for their classroom, they will reach out for help, and you should always be willing to help meet their requests. For example, do not dismiss any of their ideas if they want to use a different internet server. Instead, go with it and let them play and get used to the server. An educator will never seek help if they feel they are being judged. If you want to introduce new technology to teachers, the end of the year is the best time. Teachers have the whole summer to play and get used to the new devices. Always provide them with easy, user-friendly technology to use. If a tool doesn’t work or is difficult to use, a teacher will not want to use it. Many educators do not want to use new technology due to how much schools have changed and base education all off tests. Technology is risky because students may not learn as well with this. If introducing new technology, always be professional, understanding, and willing to meets the needs of teachers to help ease them into new technology.

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

My opinion of this article is that all of its ideas are true. If I had new technology forced onto me, I would not be willing to use it. IT would intimidate me. All the steps and ideas to help hesitant teachers use technology are great. I think they would all work and are important for hesitant teachers to read as well. This is a super helpful blog and has very effective techniques to use for teachers.

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

This issue will help my teaching practice because if I’m weary about new technology I can look at these helpful hints or steps for my own classroom and ease myself into new technology. Also, if any of my coworkers are scared about new technology or hesitant, this would be great for myself or administrators to look back at and use these techniques on the hesitant teachers in the building. It shows how not to force technology on teachers and how to introduce it in a friendly manner.

Blog #2

Racing the iPad in K12 Education

The article titled Racing the iPad in K12 Education, discusses how iPads have been the popular device for many educators. For many businesses, such as Google, Samsung, Lenoro, Dell, and CDI, these are competing against Apple with their electronics. They are manufacturing electronics that are better than Apple’s iPad. These devices have easy content entry, long battery life, price affordability, and safe transferability that the iPad does not offer. For example, Google is manufacturing Chromebooks to compete with Apple for education devices. These are like mini laptops with an external keyboard. It gives teachers, students, and administrators easy access to students’ work. To compete with Apple, Chromebooks are made to outlast the iPad’s defects or shortcomings. Plus, the Chromebooks are affordable. Along with Google, Dell is making a Latitude 10 tablet, CDI has UnoBook, the MonkeyTab and Amplify Tablet. It will not be easy to top the iPad with all its apps beneficial to K-12 students and teachers. Many teachers even use iPads to access homework, and other apps so students can do work at home. With Apple’s popularity and marketing, competitors such as Google, may have a hard time competing with Apple and the iPad.

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

My opinion of the article, Racing the iPad in K12 Education is that I agree with these issues. Since the iPad was developed first by Apple, everyone rushed out to purchase an iPad. iPad’s are extremely useful and beneficial to schools and students’ education. The apps offered are great and extremely helpful to students as well as teachers. Unfortunately, because of other electronics similar to the iPad being produced, these devices do have more apps and affordability than Apple’s iPad. To compete against Apple may be difficult because of how worldwide and popular Apple is with its electronics. These other companies will really have to put their products out on the market to compete with Apple.

Q2. What examples of issues have you observed in your own experience?

I have owned an iPad for two years. I  use it for quite a lot of apps, homework, and games. I agree that the iPad is extremely expensive compared to the other competitors electronics. Also, the battery life compared to other devices from Google and competitors dies very fast. I keep my iPad charging a lot and the battery holds up well, but if I use it online, the battery dies extremely fast.