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Technology

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This tweet caught my attention since cyberbullying has been an issue in schools for the past few years. Teachers teaching social media ethics can have an impact on reducing cyberbullying. Teachers are able to impact this issue through the teachings of social media ethics. Educators must be prepared to teach students how to use the internet properly. There are many ways to attack this issue through technology. I could see myself in the future teaching about cyberbullying and explaining how this can impact many people. Educators can find it beneficial to share different ideas on how to deal with this issue and different methods they can use to teach students about it. 

 

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I was familiar with Google Docs but not Google+ Hangouts in the classroom. I thought this was really interesting. It seems like a great tool that teachers can use when trying to reach students out of the classroom. I did read that teachers need to put in time to learn how to use this but at the end it is worth it. The article shares different tips that can help the teacher use this effectively. It is great resource to use since it can be integrated into any classroom. I can definitely see myself using this in the future when I have to reach students that are out of the classroom. 

 

 

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I found this tweet interesting since I’ve heard about teachers having trouble with technology in their classroom. Sometimes they don’t get properly trained or get no training at all. The article shares ideas of how to learn to use technology. A great tip the article mentions is building a team of educators that are using technology. This provides great feedback on what is working and what things need to be adjusted. I can see myself building a team like the one mentioned in the article. I would find this very beneficial since special education classrooms are filled with assistive technology. There is always going to be new devices coming into the classroom each year and teachers must be prepared to learn how to use it properly. The built team can help with this particular situation. 

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Technology in the Classroom

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This tweet would be beneficial to other educators especially special education teachers. This is a digital storytelling app called Pictello.  It can be used with a variety of students. This app can allow the teacher to make their own story and share it with their students. It doesn’t necessarily mean that the students have to create personal stories they can also create stories related to topics being discussed in the classroom. Teachers could integrate this app into lessons. I’ve used it a few times and I personally like it since you can tell your own story with the recording of your voice. I can definitely see myself using this app in my future classroom.

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I thought this tweet was pretty interesting. Teachers can start planning in their lessons students using computer time instead of just working on a typical worksheet. Using computers or other technology devices makes the role of a teacher a bit easier. Students can advance to different levels on the assignment only if their device or teacher sees they are ready to. Teachers can observe the different progress the students are making through her/his computer. This decreases time of going around the class and trying to help every student even when sometimes they don’t need support. Allowing students to use technology like this permits the teacher to see who actually needs extra support in a certain area. I believe this is a great thing for classrooms. I could see myself using this in order to track my students’ progress in certain lessons.

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This tweet could help many educators since it teaches about ways to to have classroom management with iPads. The tips that certain resources like this provide could benefit many educators. Not all the classrooms are the same but all the tips and advise out there could help one of those teachers. Technology has come a long way when it comes to tracking behaviors of certain students whether they are positive or negative. Before teachers used a paper and a pencil to do this but now teachers could have this information online and even send it to the student’s parents electronically. This is just one of the pros that technology offers. Various of these apps reward students with games or other types of rewards when they get a certain amount of good points. It’s like a reward system but now integrated into the app. This would save the teacher time of tracking every students points and when they can receive an award. I could see myself using this since many students tend to need a type of reinforcement that will motivate them to model good behaviors.