Techy Teachings With Ms Becky!
As a technology teacher, it is my goal to prepare students for the future. New advances in technology are constantly changing the way we work, play, interact, teach, and learn. It is my job to make sure that students have the knowledge, interest, and ability to function in a technology dominated world. Students need to be creative problem solvers, innovative thinkers, and able to adapt to change. We need to prepare students for a technology dominated future - a future where without this knowledge they may not be prepared to compete for future jobs.
Technology has become a part of the human experience. It has integrated its way into every part of our lives. It plays a prominant role in our homes, our shopping experiences, our health care systems, our transportation, and the only place it seems to be lacking is in our classrooms. We cannot continue to teach children in the same antiquated ways and expect children to be engaged with pencil and paper and lecture when they are bombarded with exciting programming and gaming in their personal lives. It is my goal to inform, enlighten, teach, and demystify the use of technology in the classroom so that teachers can make learning interesting and engaging for today's learners.
I believe that technology is tool that will allow the student to create and learn. I don't believe that teachers should limit the use of technology tools or require students to use a technology tool for a single purpose. Teachers need to put the tool in the students' hands and let them create! A tool such as a iPad is an instrument. When put in the hands of a student it can be used to create a masterpiece- if you let them.
I use online, professional collaboration to compliment my own teaching through a Professional Learning Network (PLN). I also take the opportunity to share my knowledge of educational technology with other instructors so that they can learn to integrate technology into their teaching, as well. I must keep up with a changing technological society so that I can continue to teach technology in a manner that is relevant and important to my students and to continue to develop my role as an effective educator.
Through the use of offline and online resources I will provide learning opportunities in numerous technological topics in order that your student may receive a complete and well rounded technological eduation. By fully embracing each learning opportunity I believe your student will have the best chances for success in highschool, college and professional world.
My Technology Teaching Philosophy
S.T.E.M. Science, Technology, Engineering & Math
I could go on and on about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers. How job openings are predicted to soar to over one million by 2020. How the U.S. government is panicking because students aren’t prepared. But I won't. Instead I will do something WAY more helpful; post two great S.T.E.M. sites a month that will guide your student on their path to being the "Tech Savvy" people they need to be to exist in the current and future career world:
S.T.E.M. sites for January 2017
Simply click on the picture and you will be transported straight to the site!
How To Make A Borax Snowflake!
This video makes science "Snow" much fun with this super simple way to make your very own "Snowflake"!
Note: The video doesn't say, but you will need 3 Tablespoons of Borax per cup of water.)
The Science of Snowflakes
You may have heard that no two snowflakes are alike; How can that be? There are gazillions of snowflakes in a single back yard; how can we know for sure that no two are alike?
You can be sure when you understand the "Science of Snowflakes"!
Click the pic below and learn for yourself.