Sunday, May 1, 2011

C4T Summary Post

This has probably been the most in-depth blog, in regards to individual teachers, I have been assigned. Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano is an educational jack of all trades; she is both a foreign language teacher and the recipient of a masters in instructional technology. Her credentials alone speak to how qualified she is to comment on the use of technology in the classroom.

The first post I encountered on her blog was about developing a PLN. The post was a basic outline of the numerous different things that can be a part of one's PLN, and there was also a slide show accompanying the post that went into a little more detail on the topic.

I responded:
April 17th, 2011 at 11:17 am
Dear Silvia,

I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class, and i just wanted to say thank you so much for all of the material available on your blog. Also thank you for the numerous slide shows; they are a wealth of information. This particular post was of great interest to me because we are posting status on the development of our own PLN as a part of our class assignments. so needles to say any information is always appreciated.
Again thank you so much for your contributions.

The next post was on the general concepts of technology and its relation to education. Given Silvia's knowledge of the matter, I took some of her statements to be very important for teachers to remember. The basic premise of the post was that technology is most effective when used by teachers who are "good" without it.

I responded:
May 1st, 2011 at 3:02 pm
Hello Again,
Just like everything else i have had the pleasure of reading on your blog, this piece is so enlightening! Your point, that great teaching is based on teachers and not supplemental “add-ons”, is one that i feel like a lot of people miss. Technology will not make a below average teacher a great one, especially if they lean on technology in order to support their ineffective teaching methods, but can be an invaluable tool for good teachers. I loo forward to continually checking in with you for more great insight like this. Feel free to stop by myblog or Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 blog.

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