We typically think of education as a way to reduce social equality – because it is through education we can have social mobility and improve our life, but it is worthwhile to keep in mind that the use of ed-tech is again an equality for people who cannot have access to them.
Active learning is always educator’s goal. The sad truth is that most of the time we teachers can only achieve passive learning in the classroom, partly due to the class size that we have to do lecture in an economic teacher-student ratio. The solution suggested is surprisingly easy: to assign video lectures as homework. Actually I have also thought of similar things before. I agree that video lecture would maximize student’s concentration, and only by actively learning the material, he or she would be able to finish the work.
I’m the Generation Y but my students will be Generation Z, so what’s up with the change? As teachers I agree that the mode of learning has been changed. Now it is common for people to learn and get information on mobile devices. I completely agree that education is moving towards that direction as well. The tweet demonstrated the statistics that need no explanation!
Blog Post response
“5 Ways To Use Word Clouds In The Classroom”
Using word clouds is claimed to be beneficial to students learning in many ways. The post discussed 5 ways to use word cloud generators to help students improve in the classroom. Word clouds can be useful to build vocabs. I think that the way as suggested in the post is a very creative use of word clouds: discovering the most-used word/phrases and finding out synonyms or antonyms for them is surely a tactic for vocab building. As a student having done several linguistics and literature classes, I can’t agree more on how important to know many synonyms in order to write better essays.
Word clouds, surprisingly enough, can also be used as a tool for self-assessment. By making use of the technology, it is easy to check if the content that you have written is surrounded with the main ideas. Although this might not be as accurate and useful as the first use, I still consider it as a good try and worth testing out.
As we learned from the Assessment lecture, word clouds can be a strategy by which teachers employ it as a informal assessment, say, a brainstorm activity at the start of the class. With this in mind, teachers can easily see the most common words/phrases/ideas that students have acquired for the class. I think this is again an awesome use of the technology and I will surely do the same when I teach.
The fourth point mentioned in the post was interesting and is one that I never thought of before. Getting students to generate adjectives to describe themselves, then feeding them into the word cloud generator can make a good introductory activity for every lesson. I have always worried about a good and special first-class activity for students, and with this innovative and creative use of such technology, it would indeed be memorable.
The last example in the post: as a tool to help students understand the main ideas of the rubric of assessment, may be applied, although not as effectively as the previous mention. Nevertheless, I found this article extremely helpful for people like me who are becoming a language teacher. It also reminds me of the importance of being creative with the tools and resources that surround you. It is how innovative you are that makes you an impressive and unique teacher.