I recorded myself explaining my experiences and assumptions about diversity. I know I stuttered a lot, so please don't comment and complain about that. I am well aware of my stuttering.
Name: Sierra Cottrill
Grade Levels: 1-3
Title: Kids Cash Register Grocery
Description: Kids Cash Register Grocery is an Android app through Google Play that simulates a cash register at the grocery store. Students become the cashier as they learn about how to count money, scan items, and make change. There is also a free play mode where students can play around with the buttons on the cash register or scan as many items as he/she wants. I would use this app to help teach my students about money as far up as middle school. I probably wouldn't force my kids to use this app, but I would suggest it as a fun money game to play. If I have a class tablet, I could download this app on it so anyone can play when it's their turn.
Image Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.creaturecorp.kidscashregistergrocery
Adaptive learning technologies are programs that are suited to each child’s academic needs. The program is personalized based on data collected through activities suggested by the program. In the classroom, it will be used as a formative assessment tool and will suggest activities to be completed in order to learn the standards of that particular class.
The benefits of adaptive learning technologies are easy data collection for the teachers and a fun program for the students to help cement new concepts. This program should be supplemental to the lessons. The reason I say that is I am always worried about technology replacing teachers. Some days, it seems like that is what education will become; just send the kids over to the computer and let it teach the kids what they need to know. It’s easy for the teachers and it keeps the students entertained and learning and submits data so teachers can prove that their students are learning what they need to know. However, this can isolate students and teachers into their own little worlds with very little communication with one another. Without the communication, social skills would not develop, which is important for life beyond the classroom, especially in a world where most people tend to look down on their phones for roughly 90 percent of their day. Adaptive learning technologies are excellent programs to use as long as they are not the only thing a teacher uses. For example, I have been in a classroom where the students use the Lexia Core5 program. The kids not only get their instruction from the program, they also get additional instruction from the teacher. This can help kids generalize the skills that they learn from the program into real-life applications.
I am not going to say that adaptive learning technologies are definitely going to take over teaching. Adaptive learning technologies will take over teaching if we let it. It is a great tool, but it is just a tool and not the entire machine. It will depend on us as future teachers to determine if this tool gets a good rap for being a personal tutor or a bad rap for taking over for teachers.