Steve Knight is an AMAZING teacher. The skills he taught our ed 554 class were so relevant to today’s students and how they learn. All of the technology used and introduced in class could be applied to any classroom the next day and most of the programs we used can be found on the internet and are FREE!
The class was not just about technology but really gave the class a good view as to how students learn today and that it is very different then when most of us were in school. The biggest point Prof. Steve drove home was the idea of choice. Students today are looking to be participants in their learning, they don’t just want to sit back and be told about their learning. These choices do not always need to be technology based. Some students might feel more comfortable drawing their own cartoon, while others might want to choose images from the internet to create a story.
Another important point is to publish the work. The quality of work always goes up if the student knows that not just the teacher will be looking at the product. Teachers could choose to post work to a class blog that just other students and parents could see or could post it to YouTube where the whole world will see.
This was an excellent class. I am glad I put student teaching off for another year so that I can implement these ideas. THANKS!!!