We hear of talk of 21st century learning, and skills and jobs that are completely new. Sometimes it feels like just talk; but then again, there are companies that actually have these kinds of jobs.
Ziba Design, a top innovation and design consulting firm in Portland, has employees speaking 25 languages and 62 areas of expertise, including Color Specialists, Environmental Designers, Information Architects, and Cognitive Scientists. They find interesting patterns and synthesize tons of information. Pretty cool, eh?
So we do need to make certain that our students are ready for these jobs and these fascinating times.
First of all, I love tech and most times tech loves me. But not all the time. I was using Plickers, a poor man's clicker system, with my MacBook Pro and Samsung Galaxy Note 5. Things started slow and ended getting slower and slower, the lag becoming unbearable. Eventually, I had to stop after asking a few questions, less than half of what I'd planned.
I know that using Kahoot! (a similar multiple-choice online system) can be a fantastic time, but challenges arise from each student having a device on the wireless network, which ultimately results in kids getting kicked off the network. I'm sure it's a bandwidth issue.
Finally, FreshGrade works well during the day, as I'm able to upload photos, videos, notes and audio quickly and easily. It's after school when I run into some slower loading times, particularly using the web app on the computer. Again, it feels like another network issue, although I am under the impression that our network had been improved in the last six months or so.
Daniel H. Lee
This blog will be dedicated to sharing in three areas: happenings in my classroom and school; analysis and distillation of other educators' wealth of knowledge in various texts; insights from other disciplines and areas of expertise that relate and connect with educational practices.