2020 Vision

It is hard to believe that 2020 is only 6 years away. Before this class I had no idea of the endless possibility of technology and education. I knew about facebooking, twitter, my space, and instagram. I knew most of these were dangerous for educational purposes, and I still do to some extent. Most of these students know how to use, but they are not used for educational needs. On top of this a teacher was recently reprimanded for using facebook with her students. Podcasts I use now for messages to my parents, and students. I really enjoy doing it, and it really  keeps parents/guardians in the loop. I learned about blogs, and what a great way for students, parents, administration, and colleagues to post on any topic. However, in 2020 I think blogs will become extinct. I do feel that live feeds will be sent from the classroom the homes everywhere. This will prevent walkthroughs for administration, and also observations. I would expect teachers to really be on guard. If it is tense with PSSA’s wait until your every word, and move is seen on the website for your school district. I honestly believe that a lot of machines will be used in the future. I feel that you will be able to program printers to copy things without hitting print on the computer. Skype will still be around, probably just updated. However, parent conferences, and contact will be through Skype. If you think face to face communication is gone now wait until 2020. I do not believe we will have email anymore. Just like IM went to email, I feel that email will advance into something more technical. I believe that cyber schools will take over the majority of the classroom, because of all the advanced technology. Also, I do not think teachers will be strictly teachers, but will have to have an undergrad in technology. Six years doesn’t seem like a long time, and I am sure it will. However, I see a lot of changes in education, no more text books, no more handouts, everything will be done online. The benefits may out weigh the negatives, but think of the dangers we have now, they do not seem to be getting better. I am afraid with everything done online we will be living in a world where you could lose everything in a click of a button. I just hope the makers of the technology understand out wit the hackers. Look out education, and world the future is coming whether you like it, or not.


Zoho Docs

When reading, and searching about Zoho docs it amazed me that everything could be put on to your phone. After discussing this with many colleagues in our high school they thought it would be great for our student body. Great for organization, keeping documents, uploading photos, and gathering information. When I think about lap tops in school I think about having to share them with as many students are in the district. Therefore, many times things are deleted, hard to find, hard to organize because of other information, and often time you forget where you left. Zoho Docs app will take care of these problems, and many more.



I think we are already there in education. One could argue that online classes, and cyber school already meet the criteria. However, this is many, many years down the road that I foresee this happening in a k-12 classroom. It is already starting slowly with the technology we discussed in this class, and pros and cons. I do not feel that teachers will ever be completely phased out, but our role will not be as important as technology. Our role will shift from the lecturer to master of technology, and if you are not, goodbye job. As far as the students go what a way to peak interest, and engage students throughout the 7 hour day. I see in the very near future students watching video clips, assignments being put on the web, and the teacher being there to explain. Standarized tests will be online, which is horrible, because they will click until they finish as quick as possible. I would measure it by like pls classes does, or cyber school. How many times a student signs on, responding to posts, reading the assignments/articles, forum posts, participation, and tests/quizzes. I feel it would take a lot more time. Until you go through everything every night for each student, no more waiting until the last minute to grade. I don’t know when, but eventually the first day of school will have laptops on the students desk, and cameras on top. As the teacher stands up, and says The future is here, now let me show you how we sign in.


The Web as a notebook, or Portfolio

Wow, what a concept. Think of the mess I, and many others have. Organization, where to put things, how to prepare for conferences, where to put all of our files. I personally have 25 students, and 25 manila folders for each individual student’s that include artifacts from the year to prepare to show their progress for me, administration, and their parents. I imagine a parent conference going on a smart board, and being run by a computer, smartboard, and talking. Instead of parents having to listen about their student for 20 minutes, and flying through a report card, and papers while talking, just pull it up on the computer.  Each student could have a username, and password given to the students, parents, teachers, and parent/guardians. They could check the website any time to see their children’s work.


6 Bad Habits to Blame on Technology

What bad technological habit do you have?

Who would have thought that it would all start with an Atari, Nintendo, and now a system you can talk to. Technology is advancing, and fast. We depend it for everything. If email goes down at school, it is like the end of the world. Before I get into my article I would like you to take some time to reflect on this question. When will technology be smarter than us, or is it already? That brings me to my article texting while driving the deaths, injuries, lives ruined over a few words. What a great law, unfortunately it can only be enforced if someone is killed it seems. Next, when holding a real life conversation, and we get a text the world gets put on hold. I’m guilty of this as well. Hang on a second let me just respond to this text, or I just tune the person out. Also, it is pretty easy to tee off on someone on the internet. Break up with someone, make fun of some one, post inappropriate pictures, and ruin reputations. Our children start playing on cell phones, and computers long before we learned, so I guess that means lol, brb, ttyl will be acceptable for their papers in college? Finally, being on time, it seems it is not as big of a deal anymore, because we know most people have their cellular device, or something on them 24 7. What does this mean well hey just shoot them a text, tweet, snapchat, facebook message that you are going to be late. Trust me I use this technology, and understand the benefits of it, and what it means to our profession. Let me pose another question What if technology is only as good as our morals? Let us face it our morals are not what our country is really known for right now. Watch the evening news murders, kidnappings, school shootings, 9/11, and much, much more. One could argue that Jim could program, and create a robot smarter than most of us in this class. Now I am not completely insane, but what if robots start being made by Microsoft? Are they smarter than us? Will this ever happen? I bet my 101 great grandmother wouldn’t have thought she would live long enough to see the day that you can Skype someone from Pennsylvania to Afganistan. We are walking a very thin line, I’m just wondering when the line becomes to thin


6-A-3 Does connectivism support your students?

I have to agree with the cons. It is system overload, especially when my students cannot even remember their password, and are hunt and peckers on the computer. I feel technology is great once you fully understand it, have trainings on it, practice, teach, and repeat until you have it. I love this class, but know how frustrating it has been for me, because I am not very technologically sound. However, some students, and educators are, but I feel that at this point all of this technology could be useful in some ways, but destroy others confidence. Also, I feel that their should be a certain age, or grade that a lot of technology is introduced. For example I can not have my 2nd graders put together a power point, but maybe in Middle School you can. Again, I feel this all depends on your cliental, knowledge, and willingness to not be afraid to fail.

Brennan, Keith. In Connectivism, No One Can Hear You Scream. July 2013. Information retrieved from

Kevin. Critical View of Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age. Information retrieved from: August 2012.

6-C-2 Skype

Skype is something I am very familiar with. I used it to organize the building of our museum back in 2010. It was the first time I realized that technology was going to change education forever, especially for my children, and someday grandchildren. Also, I skyped several parent teacher conferences with parents that had a very difficult work schedule, or conflicts. Skype can be used to communicate simple things to other teachers. Instead of leaving your classroom to ask something you can you just Skype them. However, I’m not sure I trust second grade with Skype. It is a powerful tool, but like all technology could have negative effects. However, I think it would be a great idea as a summarizing the lesson activity to Skype with another 2nd grade class what they  learned in the lesson. Also, instead of pen pals we could Skype another district once a week. The possibilities are endless.

Podcasts in your classroom

This is a perfect, and fun idea for kids that you could do with all units. However, I do see a classroom management problem, What are all the other students doing? I think podcasts would be perfect for students to do a review of a unit. You could have groups of four with different topics that will be used as a refresher before the final assessment of the unit. Students will be collaborating, writing, using technology, and practice speaking with podcasts. I picked this podcast, because it shows students that they can do the same thing in the classroom with the same success if taken seriously. Also, it shows students running the show, while the teacher just oversees. It is a great way to review, peak student’s interest, and engage them in curriculum across the board.



Whose next?

Whose next?

I never knew about Flixr before this class, but the possibilities are endless. I believe you could use pictures for a picture book, morning starter, or writing projects. For a morning starter you could show this picture with the title whose next? By posing this question students can infer many things. First, maybe who the next star is in the nba, maybe they’re next, or maybe what happens at their next game and write about it. Students could also find a picture on flixr, and write a story. You could also make it a station. Finally, Flixr could be used to construct a picture book,by picking pictures and putting them all together to make a story. Using pictures helps visual learners,as well as sparks the creative side to have students come up with a story behind the picture. Flixr is a great way to help with creativity.

CC Attribution-NoDerivs license: KC Alabanza (2014, January 13) Basketball Never… KC Alabanza’s Photostream Retrieved April 5, 2014 from : https://flic.kr/p/kqkxbM


I worked with wiki’s previously my first year teaching with help of a mother. However, as an online class I found it tough to collaborate with a group, but Courtney guided me through it. It is great how you can add, or change anything on a wiki, which will continue to grow. I found it very helpful my first year teaching organizing for the museum. However, I am still very hesitant that anyone can change anything, this concerns me, especially if it is a 10 year old child.