My future plans for this blog are very broad. I hope to use it to communicate, advocate, inform, remind, inspire, and question my students, myself and my community. I also want to use this blog so that I can learn more about technology. To begin with I believe this will be more for me as a learning experience but I hope others will gain some knowledge or ideas from it while I learn.
My students are in elementary and I am not sure how much they will use this blog. I am hoping that their parents and the community will access it and keep up to date. Most likely I will use the blog to explain what events and ideas we are planning for my elementary art class. By the time the students are in 5th and 6th grade I hope they will be accessing it, possibly even using it to comment on artworks. It would be really fun to have them critique artworks on here so others could comment on their ideas as well. Students could even suggests art projects and events through the blog and we could easily vote on which they would prefer.
When reading an article on blogging it was mentioned that technology is becoming more and more important in education because of how important it is in the business world. As a student myself I was always told it was important if you wanted a good job but other than typing I never saw the advantage. Now as technology has grown you can see how much it has influenced the world. Technology is pressuring the school system to have students more prepared before they leave for the work force.
David Thornburg Ph.D made a great analogy by comparing the evolution of clocks to technology. From a clock tower to mantel clock then to a pocket watch and finally a wrist watch. Each time the clock got smaller, cheaper and more important to the public and how it functions. Computers have done the same with in our ever changing world. From a mainframe to personal computer then to a laptop and finally personal computer in your pocket. This progression shows how we come dependent on our upgrades and how we are constantly adding pressure to upgrade ourselves as well.
This pressure has created endless possibilities for application of technology. As a teacher though you must ensure that your students have an easy and safe way to access information and even participate in class outside of school. Living in Ohio the weather is very unpredictable I could even post my blizzard bags so that students could complete them on snow and fog days. I could even use the blog to help my students complete their art technology standards.
Based on the International Society for Technology (ISTE) standards for teachers I believe this blog could help students become an empowered learner as well as a digital citizen. I would love to get my students to feel comfortable and demonstrate their technology knowledge with confidence and efficiency. With that comes the appropriate use of technology and the internet. My hopes are that the students will be able to participate and use technology to interact with others in a safe ethical manner.
As the teacher I should be able to create a safe and creative environment for the students to be able to explore and excel with in the technology world. This will also a great opportunity to participate in technology classes and seminars as well. To prepare for all of the possibilities it would be extremely beneficial to take a few courses on the how to and the pit falls of technology. This would also allow me to meet teacher standards with in the ISTE teacher standards model.
ISTE Standards for teachers. (2016). Retrieved November 2, 2016, from http://www.iste.org/standards/standards/for-teachers-2016