Teaching the Millenial Generation
In researching this assignment, I learned that anyone born after the year 1980 is referred to as a "Millenial". These people have always lived with the effect of technology in their lives. Whether it's cell phones, desk-top computers, lap-top computers, gaming devices, reading devices; I think you get the picture. Technology has always been at the fingertips of this generation for convenience and entertainment. With that said, why would you not use it in the classroom?
Flat Stanley by Jim Brown is a wonderful children's book which encourages the students to use their imagination. I have seen many creative projects centered around this delightful book, but never one as exceptional as the Flat Stanley Podcast by Ms. Tolisano's first grade class! Instead of completing a writing, research, and report project, the students were able to bring Flat Stanley's adventure to life through their individual podcasts. The children used accurate geographic facts and lots of enthusiastic expression while recording their stories. Ms. Tolisano also points out that through this interactive process, students are more engaged and comprehend materials. This project has shown me to think outside of the traditional box when giving assignments to my students.
Joe Dale's blog offered numerous advantages of podcasting which I had never even considered. I now see the benefit of podcasting lessons and test reviews. These can be posted on my teacher blog for parents and students to access for study purposes. This is also beneficial when a student is absent and would otherwise miss the material. When assignments are given to groups, the students enjoy role playing, comprehend, and retain what they have learned. The exciting thing to me as a future educator is the fact that this is easy enough for first grade students to achieve and it can be applied to any subject. I can't wait to put these practices into my own lesson plans some day!