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Friday, February 4, 2011

Pew Internet Report: Gadget Adoption by Generation (470)

The Pew Internet and American Life Project has released its “Generations and Gadgets” (PDFreport and you may ask yourself what on earth does this have to do with education, let  alone PE. Plenty my friend. as discussed in chapter 2 and throughout this course, the integration and adoption of best-practices using technology to assess and evaluate will be crucial to your mission to improve student learning and school climate.  If you're not assessing something, how do you know if your students have learned anything? Knowing which forms of technology your students have or have access to will be really important when deciding which curricular foci and assignments.  Remember that you will need to know National Common Core, NCATE Beginning Teacher, ISTE (Technology) and much more.  

Where do you fit in terms of Generation and gadgetry? Take a look at the report and see what else you can glean and add to your SPOPE Media Broadcasts.

Benjamin Zander in ZagrebImage via Wikipedia
But as Benjamin Zander eloquently and amusingly presents true possibility vs. negativity and doubt. Benjamin Zander is indeed a Maestro in every sense. As the conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, he lives and breathes his mantra of "The Art of Possibility" which opposes the tide of negativity, conformity, and the downward spiral. The question is, how will you "move" people into the world of "Possibility" and "take them to a place they couldn't reach without you?"  How are you working to chip away at the rock that surrounds a potential statue like Michelangelo?

Compare and contrast your teaching style and technique to Zander's. Can you describe in detail three elements you covered in in the past and three of Zander’s teaching elements/techniques you want to be able to do by the end of this semester? How will these changes in your teaching affect your communication style, student learning, overall growth towards being an outstanding leader, and reduce student misbehavior?  How Fascinating!

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