Sunday, April 15, 2012

Blog Post #11

Mrs. Cassidy

Mrs. Cassidy’s first grade class is more technologically advanced than most classrooms at the high school I attended. Her first graders blog, Skype, and play games, all for education. Not only do they enjoy participating, they are excited about sharing it with their families and students from classrooms that also take part in blogging. Mrs. Cassidy explains that blogging is exciting for kids because rather than just writing for her on pen and paper, their blogs on the internet for everyone to see. She even said that some of the blogs get over one hundred views. They get comments from their families and can see their own progress throughout the year. While they learn to blog, Mrs. Cassidy teaches them that while commenting on other blogs the students need to make their comments positive and encouraging. She also teaches them how to only go to what they are supposed to and to not click the "shiny and flashy" links on the side. Of course with her kids being on the internet safety is a priority and she teaches them not to use their last names, certain information, and to only go to sites approved by their parents or herself.

I feel that with my major being Physical Education, I would face many impediments from my students, their parents, and fellow teachers. First I would be concerned with my students' willingness to participate in maybe blogging or even social networking for physical education. Secondly, I feel that parents would complain about an added work load from a class that has been known formally as purely physical. Third, my fellow teachers might feel as though I'm moving in on funds for technology that they feel they deserve because of the classroom environment. Despite the problems technology might cause, I feel that it would also benefit in terms of my being a coach. Texting and Facebook proved helpful when I played sports in high school for changes in practice and game schedules, even for transportation for fellow teammates. Even though it would be difficult to incorporate technology into physical education, I don't think it would be impossible.


  1. Hi Kellen. Odd that after you joined the group, I get you to comment on! You brought up some very interesting points about how technology might be viewed for a phys ed class. I found myself nodding over your comment that other teachers in content-rich classes (like my future class) would resent a P.E. teacher getting access to technology. It is important to recognize that you might be last on the list to get such equipment. However, you did go on to explain how you could use it for your class. I wonder if a P.E. class would benefit from watching "experts" in the various sports. I learned archery in high school. And watching it on a Youtube video explains it visually so much better than just a verbal explanation. What do you think?

  2. No, not impossible. But you must see a need and want to fill it.

    Terri - nice comment!