Sunday, November 3, 2013

C4T #3

C4T #1

In Bill Ferriter's blog called False-Transparency and the Airport Princess he discusses the simplistic misconceptions that some people have about teaching. Many people think that teacher's only roles in the classroom is to teach and nothing else matters. Most people fail to realize that being an educator is not an easy profession. These one-sided views are called "False-Transparency." It is easy to think that teachers are overpaid if you think that the only time their working is when their standing in front of a class. However, this is not the case because being an educator means working around the clock always. Educators are always having to plan their lessons while off the clock. Teachers always have to make assessments and feedback for each individual student as well. Some people do not understand how hard it is to teach and as educators it is our challenge to show them. We need to pull back the curtains and show the behind scenes of what is going on when we are not standing in front of our students.

I commented on his post saying that he did a great job and definitely caught my attention. False-transparency is something we have all dealt with in our lives and the misconception about teachers is well known. Honestly, I can say that I did not realize how much work teachers do around the clock until I started college three years ago. My education classes have really taught me about the hard work that goes into being an educator. I hope that more people will realize that teachers play an important role and do more than simply teach. I believe if educators could demonstrate what goes on behind the scenes people would actually realize teachers are underpaid. Overall, this was one of my favorite blog posts and I found it to be very interesting.

C4T #2

In Bill Ferriter's post New #Edtech Tool Review:Using Canva to Teach Visual Influence he discusses how the graphic design site Canva caught his attention. We are living in a world where pictures and videos are becoming primary for capturing attention so it only makes sense to incorporate them in the classroom. Canva is a tool that makes design simple for everyone. It provides access to thousands of engaging graphics that can be dragged and dropped into place on templates and layouts customized for everything from blog graphics and Facebook headers to flyers, posters, and PowerPoint Presentations. The only issue is that Canva is currently in beta testing. Bill ends his post saying "My hope is that they will recognize schools as a valuable marketplace worth serving and customize a product and pricing line that will meet the needs of teachers and students."

I commented on his post and said that this is a great tool to use in the classroom. Technology is a great resource to incorporate into lesson plans. I really like that you choose a visual design site that is very simple and easy to use! Most graphic design sites are just way too complicated and really do leave you bogged down. Hopefully, they will recognize schools as a valuable marketplace because this would be a beneficial tool for educators. Overall, your post was very informative and I am glad that I had a chance to learn about this interesting tool!

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