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Message from my seniors

Message from my seniors

This is what my seniors left me last week. I used project-based learning with them, and they blossomed. This is all the feedback I need about engaging my students by using technology in my lesson plans.

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Whew, what a ride!

 

Whew, what a ride!  It has been interesting journey with this class.  I have learned so much, but I still have so much to learn.  I was put on an amazing team that was the best support I could have ever wanted.  We worked really well with each other and made sure we were there for each other.

This class reinforced my belief that if students are engaged in learning they learn!  I took over for a teacher who had 30-plus years in education.  However, most of the students had checked out of their own education.  They were bored and hated English.

I am very thankful that I have a daughter who is a digital native.  First thing out of her mouth, Mom, please remember that kids are different today.  I really realized that the first week as I watched my students use their phones more than they wanted to read a book.  Then, we had a discussion about cell phone privacy.  Bingo! 1984 by George Orwell’s “Big Brother is Watching” theme came to my mind.

I spent many weeks not teaching but facilitating students teaching themselves using George Orwell’s book that dealt with technology and invasion of technology.  My daughter came and taught us how to do Prezis.   Things took off from there concerning technology.  They loved every minute being able to use technology to present learned knowledge.  I spoke their language, and they flourished.

This class has solidified how important it is to reach these kids.  It will not be with pencil and pen.  I have to speak their language, the language of digital natives, also known as technology.  The rest will be history.

 

 

PPhotos courtesy of Google Images

What is Prezi?

This video explains what Prezi is all about.

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My Crystal Ball – Prezi ——->>>>>>The Future I See……………………………………………..

Will Prezi be around?  I don’t know, but I know that another form of it will be around with greater capabilities and used in the classroom daily.   I see great things happening with online presentation cloud-ware.  I see word recognition capability, and typing will no longer exist.  It is actually happening for some special-education  students as I type.  They use it daily  to do their work since they do not have the capability to use their hands to type.  It will be that kind of software that will be available to all of us.  We will turn on our computers and start speaking.

Right now, Prezi is allowing students to present their learned knowledge in a creative way.  I see future online presentation cloud-ware being interactive.  I see the presenter being able to interact with the audience in various ways.  How, you ask?  I don’t know!  I see students being able to do research from the program itself.  They will not have to go elsewhere for the needed information.  They will not have to copy and paste a YouTube video or insert an image.  I see students having access to everything they need for the presentation right from the program.   Students will be able to link all types of social media with the program.  There will be lots of endless possibilities with future programs.  I can hear me saying…oooo la..la.

My daughter and I taught my students the basics of how to use Prezi.  They have far exceeded my expectations and are outdoing my presentations.  Digital Natives are embracing this kind of presentations with a vengeance.  Give them time, and they will create online presentations that will take our breaths away.  Personally, I am looking forward to what they will create.   As I look into my Crystal Ball,  I see that the possibilities of this program will one day be endless.

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https://www.google.com/search?q=prezi+pictures&client=firefox&hs=wrp&rls=com.yahoo:en-US:official&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=q0uUUYS3D-j2iwLf3YCwBA&ved=0CDEQsAQ&biw=1600&bih=728#imgrc=c0E15_mUenXERM%3A%3BGArDjla9TfnBwM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.dontwasteyourtime.co.uk%252Fwp-content%252Fuploads%252F2012%252F03%252Fprezi.png%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.dontwasteyourtime.co.uk%252Fapps%252Fprezi-app%252F%3B363%3B362

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