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Digital Story Telling Through App Smashing (2014) http://flip.it/k4_O4

Discussion 2

I honestly enjoyed the article, "How to Transform Teaching with Tablets." I know that it's extremely difficult to change the way we have been doing things for years. However, when I looked at the Global Book Series that Kristen Paino and colleagues created I was in awe. This really makes you want to learn more about each of the places the students or teachers talked about. I kept thinking during the one there was a picture of Smurfs, I am sure that one of my students would need to find out what that was all about. Another clip talks about the largest St. Patty's Day celebration in Nebraska. I bet that would encourage someone to look up the largest St. Patty's Celebration in the world. In doing and activity like this students are teaching others with technology and sharing it with others which is teaching above the line on the SAMR model. It also is able to be shared with many people, not just the teacher like in old assessments and reports.

Module 2 Discussion
This was yet another great read on how to transform education with technology. Several of my colleagues have already posted some awesome reads, just as this one, but this article points out some key components that are neglected by district administrators. I found the article titled, “Someday to Monday” a great read as I've first-handedly experienced this in my district. (However, we are on the right path with technology, thanks to our new technology director. He is very proactive and open to new ideas.) The “this” that I am referring too is a lack of proper initiation, development, education, continuing education and support to our educators. This is not just an issue within my district, but also across many others in the state of PA. I’ve had the opportunity to work with teachers from multiple districts around the state, I’m hearing the same issues. Schools across the keystone state have these amazing devices, but most educators don’t understand their potential. In fact, many educators see them as a distraction, because of the doors they open with the Internet and collaboration through social media. Its vital districts allocate resources accordingly and responsibly. We need to educate our teachers and the parents on how they are a wonderful extension of learning where the possibilities are endless. 
The youth of today are different than the youth of thirty or even twenty years ago. Children today have grown up connected with electronics such as: mobile devices, the Internet and cell phones, a virtual world that opened the doors to so much! And we as adults, for the most part do not understand it. This has created a big gap between our adults and youth today. We parents, educators and guardians need to step outside our comfort zone and learn this technological world we live in whether we want to or not. We need to be actively engaged with our children all the time. We need to be “in” to what they are doing. This not only teaches up, but it strengthens our relationships with our children. I am a big believer in actions speak louder than worlds and living out a model life goes a long way as little eyes are constantly watching and imitating us. Technology is the future and its not going anywhere! We need to learn how to help our children problem-solve, imagine, create, evaluate and socialize just as the past without the need for that instant gratification that our “now” world provides. However, we can’t get away from responsibility, respect, motivation and hard work. That is where education, autonomy and adaptation come in!
The second article that I favored was on self-regulated learning and collaboration with technology in conjunction with the SAMR model. The “Beyond Pockets of Education” helped to clear up the evolving informative world we now live in. The utilization and implementation of computer technology harnesses amazing potentials and results. We need to realize that this is where we are and that this is what children are engulfed in and grew up in. We mentors need to stay focused and learn to keep our youth respectfully engaged in the learning goal. Teacher collaboration, continuing education and an open-minded optimistic attitude with much patience plays a big role.

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