I found this picture on Pinterest (click photo to see original post) and thought it was really interesting. It has charts of how often social media is used by professionals in the classroom and which social media sites were found most useful. It also shows how the positive opinions of the importance of online education has increased while the negative opinions have decreased. This picture shows charts of how students use technology for education and how technology in the education profession has increased throughout history. I think this is a great, easy to understand, visual for how important technology has become to the learning environment.
Professor, writer, award winning national speaker and education consultant, Joe Martin, wrote this article, “Be A Pro-Change Teacher” to help teachers open their minds. (Click picture for full article). His advice to all teachers is to not have “change-phobia”. The fear of change limits a child’s learning abilities. He suggests a writing project with your students called “Teacher for a Day”. With this project students start off their paper with “If I were a teacher for the day this is what I would do to make our classroom more fun and educational”, then the child can write in paragraph form, list form, or how every they are most comfortable expressing their ideas. Being open minded to these ideas may help increase the effectiveness of your children’s learning!