Ms. Cassidy is a first grade teacher who is implementing 21st century learning in her classroom by allowing her students to blog and explore certain areas of the internet. Through blogging her students are learning how to write while learning how to use technology. Her students not only write on their blog but they also post pictures and videos. The students also use the homepage website to explore the internet and different websites and games.
Ms. Cassidy’s number one concern is the student’s safety on the internet. She first teaches the students not to ever use their last name and also to never post pictures of themselves. She also makes sure it is okay for the students to use the blog by getting permission from the parents. I think that this is very important especially with young children because if the parents are not behind you 100% then most likely you will encounter some type of trouble.
I really enjoyed how Ms. Cassidy allowed their students to video themselves and place them on widgets to interact with students from all over the world. I can only imagine how exciting this must have been for the students to have people all over the world adding videos to something they started. I would really like to use this in my classroom one day to show students that their work is important and that people care about what they are doing.
I can see where all of these different things would come in handy in my future classroom. These are very fun and interesting ways to incorporate learning into technology. It also really helped me to see that no matter what age your students are they are capable of using technology.