<ul><li>This article was written as a way of introducing Cisco to the reader. </li></ul><ul><li>Cisco is a Networking Academy that offers a curriculum designed to augment traditional technical education with hands-on learning using the latest networking technologies. </li></ul><ul><li>Although it’s emphasis was on Cisco, the article talks about many problems that today’s Education creates and possible solutions for them. </li></ul><ul><li>The biggest problem today’s Educators face is creating a learning environment that mirrors the way in which students engage the world around them. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Today’s students live in a highly connected, interactive environment that they typically leave behind when they enter the classroom. Sitting quietly and passively while taking lecture notes does not come naturally to a student population accustomed to a virtual world of instant messaging, pervasive Internet access and online social networking.” </li></ul><ul><li>The article also states that training is still aimed at equipping students for work in a traditional industrial/manufacturing economy, rather than the new information/knowledge –worker economy. </li></ul><ul><li>The article claims that we are in need of an educational Transformation. We need to align the “how,” and “what” of learning with the actual learners and the world of work that awaits them. This means: </li></ul>
<ul><li>“ Instruction must be synchronized more closely with the way students live and interact outside the classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Curricula must address the soft skills required in today’s global, information-driven workforce. </li></ul><ul><li>Technology and pedagogy must be better integrated. </li></ul><ul><li>Educational institutions must look for partners that can add to their pedagogical strengths and help shore up their weaknesses” </li></ul>
<ul><li>What this means to me, </li></ul><ul><li>I really like the idea of synchronizing education </li></ul><ul><li>with the way our students interact in the world and technology seems to be a very important factor in this synchronization. Cisco could be a very useful tool to any Educational Organization because it works as an “in addition to” to any program. Using these ideas along with a focus on the specific age group and subject you are working with seems like a good place to start. </li></ul><ul><li>The educational systems that we currently have in place have taken hundreds of years to build. We have only just begun to live in a technological world. It’s no wonder that a typical “hybrid” classroom has not been established yet. As Educators we must all work together and collaborate our ideas using technologies like Web 2.0 to help create this new hybrid classroom. </li></ul><ul><li>But what can we do now ……. </li></ul>
<ul><li>What Andrew Trotter attempts to do in this article is portray that idea that cellphones are actually and underused classroom tool. </li></ul><ul><li>He talks about the many stereotypes that have been attached to cellphones due to cheating, disrupting classroom activities, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>He goes through many different ideas of possible classroom uses, and gives specific examples of teachers and classrooms that have had positive classroom cellpone experiences. Ex: Foreign Language Teachers creating podcasts that students are required to call in and record themselves on. </li></ul><ul><li>He also proposes the idea that smart phones are a much cheaper alternative than personal Laptops for every student and can serve almost the same purpose. </li></ul><ul><li>“ In our district, we really feel students are bored with the instruction they are getting,” he said. “It’s not that instruction has become boring, it’s that the outside world they interact with has become so engaging, but we haven’t kept up.” </li></ul>
<ul><li>What this means to me, </li></ul><ul><li>It seems as though when people are creative and use their minds to solve problems we get closer and closer to closing the gap between traditional and 21 st century Education. I understand what Trotter is saying when he says “students have a cellphone on them at all times, just like a pencil – it’s an underused tool.” But at the same time I am concerned. </li></ul><ul><li>Today’s youth spend so much time absorbed in a virtual world ex: TV, video games, internet, text messages, online blogs, and chat rooms, I can’t help but feel we are cheating them out of life by trying to bring too much of this virtual world to the classroom. </li></ul><ul><li>There is so much to be said for face to face communication, the patience that working on projects over an extended period time creates, and the pride a student feels after accomplishing something that doesn’t yield immediate results. </li></ul>Is it too much?
<ul><li>This article talks about how many colleges and universities are beginning to integrate multimedia technologies into teacher education programs, just like this one. </li></ul><ul><li>As online courses are offered there seems to be considerable debates about online teaching and learning. </li></ul><ul><li>One side of the debate is that online education shows promise as an innovative and creative pedagogical method. On the other side of the debate educators perceive distance learning as inadequate and an inappropriate alternative to face-to-face instruction. </li></ul><ul><li>They talk about how many people in the business world are trying to re-establish traditional communication by requiring things like “e-mail free Friday.” </li></ul><ul><li>The authors say “While some business sectors are trying to insert some old-fashioned means of communication, the field of education is adapting technology at an uncharacteristically rapid pace without careful considerations.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ When a traditional classroom environment and online world are combined, students are likely to benefit from the best of both worlds.” </li></ul>
<ul><li>My Response, </li></ul><ul><li>We have already addressed the issue of responding to the demand of technology usage in the classroom, but now we have a new question. </li></ul><ul><li>How do we also provide interpersonal learning interaction in an online learning environment? </li></ul><ul><li>I think what we did in this class was good. We had a first class meeting to meet the instructor and our fellow students. However, I think that having multiple class meetings could have been more beneficial. The authors of this article did a study asking people about the pros and cons of their online courses. One con that they didn’t mention that I have felt in this class is a loss of accountability, but the rest of the pros and cons were almost exactly the way I feel. </li></ul><ul><li>In General the class was very convenient and informative, but because of the lack of interpersonal communication some of what could have been gained by the class was lost. </li></ul>
… .so how do we create the perfect Hybrid Classroom. We wait, we have patience, and we don’t expect immediate results like our technologically advanced world is teaching us to do. There is so much knowledge and true education to be gained on the journey. We will try many things; use our imaginations, and all the advancing technologies we can get our hands on. Some things will work beautifully and some things will fail miserably, but it’s a journey. It is the journey to finding the perfect Hybrid classroom that creates a perfect balance of Technology and Tradition
<ul><li>Christen, Amy.(2001) “Transforming the Classroom for Collaborative Learning in the 21 st Century.” Techniques: Connecting Education and Careers.1/2009 Vol.84 N-1, pg.28-31 Retrieved from Education Resource Information Center (ERIC) Database 4/09 </li></ul><ul><li>Shin, Minsun & Lee,Yoon-Joo.(2001)”Chanding the Landscape of Teacher Education Via Online Teaching and Learning.” Techniques: Connecting Education and Careers.1/2009 Vol.84 N-1, pg.32-33 Retrieved from Education Resource Information Center (ERIC) Database 4/09 </li></ul><ul><li>Trotter, Andrew. (2009) “Students Turn Their Cellphones On for Classroom Lessons.” Education Week. 1/7/2009 Vol. 28 Issue 16, pg.10-11 Retrieved From EBSCO. University Library (IUPUI). Indianapolis. 20 Feb. 2009. </li></ul>
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