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Laura Anderson replied to Gilbert Gonzalez's discussion Global Awareness Lesson in the group EDT6035
"Hi Gilbert, You're lesson sounds great; I love how you used the "popular" up-to-date social networks, such as Facebook and Skype. That alone would really grab the student’s attention and interest. It sounds like such a great…"
Jun 5, 2013
Gilbert Gonzalez replied to Gregory Reynolds's discussion Global Lesson- Reynolds in the group EDT6035
"Greg, I really like how you leverage the internet to enable the work of your students to have a global audience. I think that it's great that your students will be able to obtain feedback from such a wide range of sources. It sounds like your…"
Jun 5, 2013
Gilbert Gonzalez replied to Ashley Reynolds's discussion Global Lesson-Ashley Reynolds in the group EDT6035
"Ashley, I like your essential questions. I think that creating something tangible as a part of the lesson really helps to reinforce what was learned through the activity. I developed my lesson around the theme of cultural sensitivity as well. Very…"
Jun 5, 2013
Gilbert Gonzalez replied to Meghan Roop's discussion Global Awareness lesson in the group EDT6035
"Meghan, I like that your lesson emphasizes the identification of different traditions among various cultures. I also like how you indicate that the lesson should be led by the students. I think that it's really important to provide students…"
Jun 5, 2013
Meghan Woodin replied to Gilbert Gonzalez's discussion Global Awareness Lesson in the group EDT6035
"Hi Gilbert, The activity you developed seems great.  I like the fact that students are actively engaged with other students from other cultures around the world.  This will provide them with the opportunity to be introduced to different…"
Jun 4, 2013
Stephanie Miller replied to Gilbert Gonzalez's discussion Global Awareness Lesson in the group EDT6035
"     Hi Gilbert!  I think the activity that you created would be helpful to students on multiple levels.  As I was telling Nicole, our world is becoming increasingly interconnected (due to advances in technology). …"
May 31, 2013
Gregory Reynolds replied to Gilbert Gonzalez's discussion Global Awareness Lesson in the group EDT6035
"Gilbert, Great idea! The students would love an activity where they get to chat with students in other countries. There are so many different styles of learning and approaches to social networking, and I feel that our students could greatly benefit…"
May 30, 2013
Gilbert Gonzalez added a discussion to the group EDT6035
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Global Awareness Lesson

The activity that I developed for the Global Awareness Lesson involved the utilization of social networking to teach a lesson on cultural sensitivity to 9th grade students. The social networking activity is integrated into the lesson after a brief guided lecture utilizing the NearPod app. During the activity, students will connect with international students via Facebook with Skype integration. Students will discuss several scenarios in order to develop an understanding of the differences that…See More
May 30, 2013
Gilbert Gonzalez replied to Diana North's discussion One to One Initiative in the group EDT6020
"Nicole, I agree that it is very frustrating when teachers focus on the negatives of technology. When I encounter this in meetings, I always try to redirect the conversation from focusing on what we don't have and what we can't do, to…"
Apr 20, 2013
Gilbert Gonzalez replied to Diana North's discussion One to One Initiative in the group EDT6020
"Colleen, I think that BYOT provides school districts with limited funding new opportunities to increase their technology offerings. This was the case in my own school district. We were able to focus our financial resources on maintaining a robust…"
Apr 20, 2013
Gilbert Gonzalez replied to Diana North's discussion One to One Initiative in the group EDT6020
"Ada, I have been involved in both 1:1 and BYOT initiatives in my school district. I am that person responsible for keeping our growing technology program rolling that you refer to. In my experience, the key to being successful on both a technical…"
Apr 20, 2013
Gilbert Gonzalez replied to Diana North's discussion One to One Initiative in the group EDT6020
"Ashley, I feel that the BYOT program has worked out better for us because it gave us more flexibility and really forced us to reassess our priorities. The 1:1 program came along with a tremendous amount of overhead for a small school district such…"
Apr 20, 2013
Gilbert Gonzalez replied to Diana North's discussion One to One Initiative in the group EDT6020
"I think the answer to this question depends on the unique environment within each school district. Ultimately, it all revolves around finances and commitment. I believe that it is entirely possible for school districts to implement a 1:1 program if…"
Apr 13, 2013
Gilbert Gonzalez replied to jenna's discussion BYOT- Bring Your Own Technology
"Kristin, I have not heard of any problems or situations that have arisen as a result of jealousy relating to technology so far. Our biggest concern is creating an environment of "haves" and "have-nots". We specifically make an…"
Nov 10, 2012
Gilbert Gonzalez replied to Shamini Dias's discussion Technology and imagination
"Shamini, I think that working collaboratively is the key. I am a proponent of social learning theory and I think that there is a natural alignment with those principles and technology. There is an inherently social aspect to technology and when it…"
Nov 10, 2012
Gilbert Gonzalez replied to jenna's discussion BYOT- Bring Your Own Technology
"Jenna, Our students do not pay anything for our services. I know that providing these services can be difficult for school districts, but I really feel that it is all about priorities. In New Jersey, we are part of the Partnership for Assessment of…"
Nov 7, 2012

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