This blog is mainly brainstorming for my research paper. Please feel free to offer any suggestions. I plan on teaching high school English when I finish my degree at Wayne State. Because I will be a teacher I want to do a research paper that will help me as a teacher. For my research paper I think I will try to apply new technologies to the classroom. Many classes have computers now and many students are using laptops. I am not interested in the use of computers in education I am more interested in applying current communications technology to the classroom. Is it possible to use Twitter as a means of learning? How about face book? Can cell phones be used to enhance the learning process? Is there some sort of technology that is being used in business that can be applied to the classroom to enhance learning?
A large part of learning is communication and the Internet is being optimized as a method of communication. What level of communication though? Should teachers always be available through e-mail? Should teachers have a face book page that the kids can use to communicate? How about a twitter account? would it really enhance learning if the teacher and student were able to communicate at anytime? I don't know many teachers that can communicate anything in 140 characters.
Much learning takes place in the classroom. Some learning is through homework. Would twitter allow a student that is having trouble with their homework assignment to contact the teacher and get some help? This sounds like a teachers nightmare, maybe it would be better if the students relied on each other. Maybe the teacher should only be available at certain times and the rest of the time students could communicate together for help. Twitter is probably too restrictive.
Wayne State uses blackboard. Whoever invented and administers blackboard should be incarcerated in my opinion. It seems like there is a lot room for improvement there. Should a completely new form of communication be invented for high school? Can Blackboard be improved?
I guess my first step should be finding out what kind of communications technology high schools are using. From there I will have to test them and see if they are effective. Time to research.