Today we have an interview with education blogger Rosa Sanchez. Rosa is an English teacher in Spain whose blog, English with Rosa, documents her educational experiences with her students. English with Rosa has been featured in the 2009 Edublog Awards for the best class blog.
1. What inspired you to start English with Rosa?
I´m an English teacher in a Primary school. I only have 3 sessions a week with every group and that´s not enough for teaching a foreign language. I need more time to tell my students many other things apart from the oficial curriculum. I knew other colleagues who worked with an own blog and I thought: “That´s it. This is what I need”. So, for me, my blog is a perfect tool to express my feelings, my likes, my hopes, …, and to make my students participate in lots of attractive activities apart from the school ones.
2. What makes the current generation of students different from others in terms of technology?
Kids nowadays are much more in touch with new technologies, they are used to them because they are an important part of their lives. Many of them have got a computer at home with Internet connection which is an open window to the whole world. This way they have got much more information (and in a faster way) than the previous generations. And this is a wonderful advantage in education.
3. How can technology change bilingual education?
As we can be in touch with students from all over the world, we can make fantastic projects together. Besides, blogs are a perfect tool for sharing experiences, activities, programmes, … Everything you need is in the net, don´t forget it.
4. What is the biggest obstacle in integrating technology in education?
In Spain we have a big handicap: the number of students per class. We work with groups of 25 kids and it´s very difficult to control and help all of them meanwhile they are working with computers. Besides we would need more qualified staff to solve all the technical problems.
5. As a teacher, do you think it is possible to one day have all-online classroom in the future?
Of course it is, but that means more investment in technology and more qualified teachers. We have taken a big step forward these last years, haven´t we? Little by little…