Back To the Future
In his class, his students use digital cameras, videos, experiments, and blogs to expand the kids learning experiences. Throughout the school year, his students perform experiments that are recorded on digital cameras and they have to write what happen in the video. Also he informed me that he teaches his students how to put together a Wikipedia webpage, paste pictures on blogs. I think that Mr. Crosby’s ways of teaching benefits his students in expanding their knowledge of the second language by writing and using Skype. He makes learning interactive for students that usually would not even try because they feel like they are in a different world due to their lack of knowledge. Mr. Crosby and his students also created a project that involved recording a balloon traveling through the atmosphere and as the balloon traveled the students could actually see it happening live. He then had his students write as if they were the balloon traveling through the atmosphere. The main aspect that I learned from viewing this video was that you have to go the next step, no matter what it may be, to help our students learn effectively. This has to be a fun experience for his students that are learning through interactive assignments and connecting to other students around the world.
A Vision of Students Today
Another statement that caught my eye was “My neighbor never comes to class but paid for class”. I think that this statement can be really controversial. I know numerous students that pay for classes and only attend them when there are things due because they usually have other important things to do like going to work. I think this could be avoided if all universities uploaded lectures online for students that can not make it to class; on the other hand, teachers normally look at a student that are constantly absent as a disadvantage for them because they missed out on hearing the important information from the instructor. Overall, this video made me think of different ways that technology can benefit students and teachers in the classroom.