In Andrea Hernandez's first post she discusses how at the beginning of this year students will return to a newly renovated entrance and office area. Not only will this area have a new look, but her classroom has also been redone. She states that, "Spaces become stale when the same posters go on the walls year after year. The physical environment impacts how we feel, how we interact, and how we learn." Andrea believes that the physical environment should reflect our beliefs about learning. She hopes the new look will be refreshing for the students and support her ideas of learning.
I commented on Andrea's post that I definitely agree that the physical environment impacts how we feel which in turn impacts how we learn. I think her idea to redo her classroom was great. There are many classrooms that could really benefit from a facelift.
Andrea Hernandez's second post was a simple picture; however, it spoke volumes. Like they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. The photo stated, "If a tree falls in a forrest and no one hears it, does it make a sound? If something is created but not shared, does it make a difference?" What is even the point of great things being created if no one ever shares them?
There are so many valuable things being created, but if we know of them and don't share, they will never make a difference. Technology is a wonderful thing. Constantly it is changing and there are opportunities for new things to be created, but if we never teach our kids how to use technology, it cannot make a difference for them. I really enjoyed Andrea's blog, EdTech Workshop, and look forward to reading more from her.