Sunday, April 15, 2012

Blog Post 11

Kathy Cassidy

Skype Interview with Ms. Cassidy

I really enjoyed being able to watch Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of the Skype interview with Ms. Cassidy. Ten years ago she was given five computers for her classroom. She couldn't put any programs on them. However, she wanted to make these computers useful so she began her journey into the world of webpages and blogging. Her administrators were neither discouraging nor encouraging, but the parents liked being able to see their child's progress at any point throughout the year. Plus, the children loved it. Here's a quote she said that I really enjoyed: "Kids and technology just go hand in hand." It's such a true statement. The world these kids are growing up in is full of technology. It's something that they know better than we do, and they love it. Also, the children love blogging because they have an audience, and they get to interact with this audience.

I admire her because she approaches technology with such open arms. She embraces the fact that even once you're a teacher, you have to keep learning. She didn't really encounter any problems with administrators, other teachers, or parents, but I realize her case isn't the norm. I know that my administrators, my fellow teachers, and parents might try to hinder my progress, but I also know that I'll have to show them the importance of technology. The pros outweigh the cons (which I'm seeing less of), and with guidance, the students will be able to fully receive all the benefits that technology has to offer. Technology has a place for everyone. Ms. Cassidy pointed out that if you like videoing, check out Youtube. If you like photography check out Flickr. If you like like writing, check out blogging. Technology offers something for everyone. This is just a starting point.

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