Some how I was hoping that technology would spring to the forefront in due time but alas just the opposite is happening. What can I say? Our Principal is top notch and the school well respected graduating students with exceptional GPA’s and SAT’s. I decided to write to the principal and supply him with some resources to help him reconsider the ban. Here is an excerpt from the email I sent him this evening:
I am aware of the 2020 on iPOD use for ‘cheating’ but have you considered the flip side? Here is an article which makes a case for encouraging students to use iPODS during testing. Frankly in the information age, technology is an extension of our brains. We can’t possible retain all of the information but must learn to resource it instead. A students who can figure out how to record, organize, edit and then find what they need on an iPOD has valued 21st century skills. I don’t condone cheating but this is higher order thinking, problem solving at work. Isn’t it? These are my words, the article says it better. http://www.macworld.com/news/2007/05/04/ipodban/index.php
I am a proponent of technology in the classroom and would like to see students engaged in vodcasting and podcasting as part of their curriculum. Easy for me to say, I teach kindergarten. Instead of closing doors to things that inspire consider ways to use these new tools to benefit teachers and learners.
Do you have an iPOD or other mp3 player? If not I strongly suggest you take the time to use one as a professional development tool. I’d be happy to suggest some beneficial podcasts. I think you’ll begin to see the flip side of the coin. You could be embracing the future instead of trying to prevent it.
PS Check out how a Michigan HS is using iPODS , http://www.wsbt.com/news/9196637.html Or look at this rural GA school http://ipod.gcsu.edu/zzzzMedia/Press_Articles/eSchoolNewsOnline.pdf . If you are still skeptical I would be happy to provide additional resources.
What do you think? Does anyone out there have any more examples of how mp3 players can make a positive difference in educating HS students? Just in case he asks me for a few more examples, I’d like to be prepared. Thanks for your help!