So as I became a teacher and I think back to my 10 years of teaching elementary and the 10 I spent in middle school and how discussions go back-and-forth about when kids should learn keyboarding skills. Should it be third-graders? Should it be fourth-graders? Or should it be the middle school teachers that have to deal with it.? I guess that 9th grade typing class didn’t do me too much good because I didn't learn to type until I needed to learn how to type and it wasn't until I went through my master's program that I became efficient at keyboarding. I needed to become more efficient, so I re-taught myself how to type so I could finish those long papers!
I guess the question remains what can we do as educators, as teachers or parents to help foster that innovation? Because to me it’s not about the tools it’s about having the students look at something in a different way than even we, as adults look at it. How do we foster, encourage, or even monitor? There has to be a way we can fit it in with current curriculum and find a way to foster innovation in the classroom. I think with students, the more input they have in their learning the better learners they become.
So, for the record this blog was created through the use of my iPhone, headphones/mic, and the parking lot next to my building where I walked around and talked the paper into text form. Was the process perfect? Not at all, but ultimately it worked. Of course I had to go back and make corrections on grammatical errors and edit the paper (not very well I must add), but I wrote a whole paper by starting it through speaking it. I am still not sure how my oldest son's paper turned out, but this process worked for me, how do we build this capacity and turn it on for our students?