Sunday, November 7, 2010

Matthew Rodriguez's Blog Post #11

Little Kids...Big Potential

In this video first graders learn how to use computers and demonstrate the very basic principles that a person can learn while using a computer. They learn how to read, write, and type all at once, increasing their proficiency the more they work at it. The students click on pictures that take them to links necessary for them to do their schoolwork. Putting pictures up works for people of all ages as statistics have shown that most people are visual learners. Visual learning is a teaching and learning style in which ideas, concepts, data and other information are associated with images and techniques. It is one of the three basic types of learning styles that also includes kinesthetic learning and auditory learning.

Mrs. Cassidy Skype Conversation

Mrs. Cassidy explains how she got started in using technology. I do like the idea of using the Internet in a classroom setting. I feel that we should start teaching children how to use technology at young ages, much like Mrs. Cassidy demonstrates in her video. A child's mind is like a sponge and the more you pour onto that sponge, the more it soaks up. I agree that students and teachers alike have to be technology literate but older people may have more of a problem becoming technology literate than the younger generation. I, for example, have learned how to do all my computer skills in high school. I don't understand the big whoop over Twitter, it's nothing special to me and I feel that there has to be something better than Twitter. Yes, you can get interesting information on Twitter but, Twitter isn't the only place where this information is available. Twitter will definitely not be a part of my teaching lessons during my career. Mrs. Cassidy seems like a pretty, cool teacher and I wish I would have had her as teacher when I was in first grade.


  1. Mrs. Cassidy has a lot of outstanding ideas. “Little Kids Big Potential” is the perfect title for this video. This is an awesome demonstration of a couple of important things about kids and technology. First of all, young kids are not uncomfortable using technology and secondly, technology allows young kids to learn tasks like writing, reading, and specific subject matter in multiple ways at the same time. Using computers for these students will be as common and automatic as using pencil and paper was for students 10 years before. Mastering these tools early on prepares these students for more enhanced and efficient learning in the future.

    Regarding Twitter, I think the main point is to give it a chance as it can be a very powerful networking tool. But, if you just can't stand it there are many options available. Look around and find networking tools that work for you. SS

  2. Great summaries Matthew. I really enjoyed watching "Little Kids Big Potential", it showed how excited kids are about learning through technology! Good luck with this class.
    -Laura Lynn