Initial Thoughts on the Read/Write Web in the school

I am motivated to become up to date on current technology.  I have a M.Ed. in Reading and my principal certification so I am looking for ways of using technology that would enhance my teaching of both staff and students.  I feel that technology has become a weak area for me.  In the past, I always considered myself a tech savvy person.  I quickly lost pace with what’s out there that would benefit me and ultimately my students.  Having three teenagers of my own, I know they moved on to Twitter, Instagram, and something new to me called Vine.  I’m still stuck in the Facebook only era.  When they’re asked to do a Powerpoint presentation they roll their eyes and talk about teaching in the stone ages.  How else would they do a presentation?  This is my dilemma.  I would love to gain knowledge and try out new pieces of technology and talk to others about how to seamlessly incorporate it into my student’s learning. 

My district recently adopted a new reading program.  Very little technology is embedded in the program.  Unfortunately, many teachers have returned to using the paper and pencil “writer’s notebook” because that’s what the program calls for and they want to implement with fidelity.  We need direction on how to seamlessly use technology in our current lessons without losing sight of the essential teaching.  For example, instead of a writer’s notebook, wouldn’t blogging serve the same purpose plus address some of our technology standards (that are currently being overlooked)?  My goal is to become familiar with current technologies, use them with my small groups, and share them with teachers.  Technology needs to be a solid part of our teaching not just a once a week computer lab class.

2 thoughts on “Initial Thoughts on the Read/Write Web in the school

  1. I can really relate to your comments on keeping up with technology. (OK, I have never even heard of Vine.) My kids (25, 22, 19) also kind of assume that I am going to be sort of a tech incompetent, even though I use technology in my college classroom and am always trying to learn more. It does seem, though, that the minute I learn one thing something new has come along. Like you, I’m trying to learn new technologies to enhance teaching and learning, and want to meet my students in the technology world that they have grown up in and are comfortable with. I think we have to give ourselves some credit for hanging in there as opposed to just throwing up our hands and giving in. So kudos to you!

  2. Karen,

    I’m with you. You’re absolutely right about the power of blogging in replacing a writers notebook. I’ve successfully used blogging with my students for the past 4 or 5 years. Students regularly tell me having my class is like a bonus English class because of all the writing we do. I think there is a real opportunity for your history teachers to help support your English teachers in writing different types of posts in their blogs.

    I’ve found the easiest way to set up a classroom blog is to have the teacher set up the blog and let their students post comments to the prompt. I’ve also tried giving individual students their own blogs, but have not had as much success with this. If you want to talk shop at all on using blogging, I’d be happy to discuss with you:)

    I think your instincts to move toward technology instead of away from it are commendable and I hope your teachers and students appreciate them!

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