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Week 6:

On page 147 of the text (7th edition), the Hot Topic Debate is "Do Classrooms Need Interactive Whiteboards?"

What are your thoughts on this debate?
In a world where mobile devices and 1:1 initiatives are bombarding campuses, are Interactive Whiteboards still necessary or effective?

There is no "right" answer here. I want to know your position and some reasons which back up your stance. This is a space to have some debate on each side with fellow classmates who may have a different standpoint.

Comment on at least one other post as well! :)

Do Classrooms Need Interactive Whiteboards?

I wish I had more training on interactive whiteboards. I have been teaching for 2 1/2 years and have not found a good way to integrate interactive whiteboard into my classroom. I use the interactive whiteboard mainly for a projector for my bellwork assignment. We are not a 1:1 campus so I feel like my students would benefit from me using the interactive whiteboard. I teach math and would love to find ways for my students to be able to graph and transform functions on the interactive whiteboard. I believe the interactive whiteboard would help keep the students more involved, as well as engaged in the lesson.

Week 6:

"Do Classrooms Need Interactive Whiteboards?"

I am blessed, in that I do work at in a district where my students are 1:1 with iPads. Even with students having an iPad in hand, 4 out of the 5 days I am using my whiteboard. I teach math, so I might be in the minority. But I create my daily notes and examples through google slides and then use my whiteboard, or interactive iPad as I move around the room to work through my notes and examples. I push out the slides to my students on some days, and some students elect to take notes on their iPad, other prefer to still use their journal. I feel like a negative aspect of the whiteboard is that you are anchored to one position rather than having the freedom to move around. Having mobility to stand at different locations give power to and eliminates some classroom discipline issues.

I like being able to navigate anything on my computer while teacher, for instance moving from google classroom to slides, or to easy transition to quizzes or nearpod. A simple project, again, anchors you to your computer.

"Do classrooms need interactive Whiteboards?"

Although I am not a teacher yet, I used an interactive whiteboard in my student teaching in every classroom that had one. Even in a 1:1 classroom I think there is still value in the whiteboard. I feel like something can be lost between the teacher and the Ipad on the students desk. Watching a student walk up to the board and work out a problem seems like it is more likely to stick with other students then to watch the Ipad graphics solve the same problem. Also as a teacher, I can look out over the class and make sure all of their eyeballs are pointed at the specific area of interest I want them to see, Sans whiteboard I wouldn't be sure, I would see them staring at their desks, possibly at the Ipad, and maybe at the point on their screen I want to emphasize at that moment.

"Do Classrooms Need Interactive Whiteboards?"
What are your thoughts on this debate?

I personally have an interactive whiteboard in my classroom. We are not a 1:1 campus (I really wish we were), this is the only means of sharing technology with my students in the classroom. I have zero computers and only 4 iPads in my class. I hate my SmartBoard 75% of the time. I use it more as a projector screen than the interactive piece. Don't get me wrong, I would love to make use of this in my classroom, but the location of the board is awful, it doesn't pick up my touches, and it is too high off the ground that some of my students can't reach to interact with it.
If I had the technology, I would say that the board is obsolete. I feel that it's too time-consuming to have students rotate through a lesson to participate with the board.

Week 5 Google+ Disucssion:

On page 95 of the text (7th edition), the Hot Topic Debate is "Should Students Play Video Games in School?"

- What are your thoughts on this debate?

There is no "right" answer here. I want to know your position and some reasons which back up your stance. This is a space to have some debate on each side with fellow classmates who may have different stance.

There was no SoftChalk for Week 4. I apologize for leaving it on the Checklist and confusing some of you. Please disregard that checkbox and don't think you missed something! Have a great Week 5! :)

Students,
Final grades were entered after midnight! Overall, I am beyond impressed with the Web 2.0 projects. They were some of the best I've seen in my time teaching this course. I hope you are all able to enjoy what's left of the summer and I look forward to working with many of you again! Thank you for a great semester!

~Ms. Howell (Dr. Howell next Friday, praise the Lord)! :)

Remember, there are NO NEW MODULES this week. Everything is due by 11:59pm this Wednesday, August 9th! :)

The digital footprint comments are so on point in this class. I am going to use some of these comments in my undergrad lab to help teach them the importance of their footprints. I want them to see what grad students and current teachers have to say about it. I learn from y'all every single day and absolutely love it! This group has been such a pleasure to work with this semester! I hate that we are almost finished. I can't wait to see your Web 2.0 projects! :)
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