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Education in Finland

By clicking on the title above, you can find a link to my prezi on the Educational System in Finland. Finland has consistently had some of the highest test scores according to PISA.  Yet, Finland does not administer high-stakes testing to its students. What makes Finnish Education so successful, and why doesn’t the United States consider more carefully those key strategies?

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July 21, 2013 · 6:23 pm

Integrating Technology Into the Classroom

This link will take you to the Prezi written by myself and colleague Amy O’Rear to present to our faculties about technology integration into the classroom.

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April 27, 2013 · 7:30 pm

Chapter 10: Rethinking Education in a Technological World

Where do we go from here?  Several ways of thinking need to change

  • Learning- now a society of life long learners
  • Motivation- what motivates our students to learn
  • What is important to learn- not rote memorization but HOW to learn and communicate
  • Careers- most people will have multiple careers throughout their lifetime
  • Transitions from learning and work-not just for college any more
  • Educational Leadership- collaborate with others to embrace new technologies

I love the way this chapter ended.  As educators in the Teacher Leader program, we are the leaders of the future.  Even if our interest areas are not technology, we must recognize the importance of integrating technology.

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Chapter 9: What Does It All Mean?

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The Gamer Generation is here.  Whether anyone likes it or not, technology is here to stay, and kids are already proficient users.  Children spend more time playing games than any other activity. Now there are some down sides to this.  But as we look at harnessing the powerful draw of technology to a new generation, we need to exam gaming for some positives.  Gamers are problem-solvers.  Many companies use gaming simulations to train their employees. 

The Internet also offers individuals a chance to connect with people all over the world that share their interests. This is happening now outside of the classrooms. And in some cases, it may be happening without parents knowledge.  More parents are using that knowledge to home-school their children, leaving public education by the droves.

Change is all around us. Learning is all around us now.  Learning no longer happens just in schools or through parent interactions.  As technology leaders, we have to recognize that change and be the voice to bring all that technology has to offer into public schools.  I believe we can make a difference.

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Chapter 8 How Schools Can Cope With the New Technologies

This chapter really struck a nerve with me.  Once again I find another author that is for technology in education proclaiming the downside to standardized testing.  I am so frustrated that this is the direction technology integration has taken.   The authors state that this emphasis on testing is totally against what technology integration should be……customization, interaction, and motivation.  This is totally taking away the creative uses for technology that students long for and will prepare students for the 21st Century.

This week, in my classroom, I am making a stand to do what I have been reading about to integrate technology.  I am walking away from the Pearson Bible of Teaching and teaching authentically and integrating some of the tools I have been researching.   I have four students who are performed below benchmark on the last standardized test, and they are pulled out of my classroom for a total of 4- 5 hours every week to be retested or given a practice test.  I am going to take a stand and have them stay with me, doing authentic learning.  I have spent all afternoon looking at the standards that need to be taught this week and thinking of how I can use technology, cooking, real world examples, etc. to make my classroom alive this week.

I am not sure if that is what this chapter is describing for education of the future.  But I do know that I don’t like the way my teaching of the present has been going this year, as I have been trying to follow rules based on getting the students to test well.   My kids deserve to learn in a fun, motivating way.  I have the tools.  I am going to apply them AND cover the standards. hmmmm imagine that.

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Chapter 7: What May Be Lost and What May Be Gained

Once again, I found the most awesome FREE site to summarize my findings on this chapter.  This one will let students create trading cards on a topic.

Even when not attending school, I spend a great deal of time online through my hobby of photography. I absolutely agree with the authors that technology can lead to less interactions with our real life friends and family as online we find people with similar interests.  Through discussions with my EdS peers, I can see the digital divide clearly.  While my school district has adopted a 1:1 initiative with technology, some geographically close districts still struggle with connectivity because they are so remote.  Other districts do not have the funds.

This chapter was full of questions. I think as Teacher Leaders, we need to think of those questions and how we will lead the educational system in the future.

Check out my link with my card!  Look to the right for a link to the site.

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Chapter 6: The Three Eras of Education

Three main areas of US education are the apprenticeship era, the universal-schooling era, and now the life-long learning era. We can compare these three eras looking at these components”

  • Responsibility
  • Expectations
  • Content
  • Pedagogy
  • Assessment
  • Location
  • Culture
  • Relationships

Each of these components of education have changed as our society changed.  The question is not whether the components were bad or good for any era.   We are now entering the life-long learning era because society is changing and the world is becoming more connected through the Internet.  Schools will change because we cannot stop change. Society will demand it.  I think we are living in the exact moment of change, and I believe we have a choice to make. Do we want to sit by and watch?  or Do we want to have a voice and help lead?

 

 

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