Friday, April 19, 2013

Reflection Post- EME 2040

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This class has taught me a lot of different things like how to work in technology into all my lesson plans.  I learned to use websites to communicate with my classrooms through bloggers, WebQuests, and Wikispaces. I came into this course thinking that I would know most of the things that would be taught to me easy peazy stuff but I quickly found out that wasn’t the case. This course has taken me around town on many websites and new ways to enhance my way of doing projects. Another thing that the course has taught me is about different alternative ways to teach children with disabilities. I found that even though my students may be disabled I can still teach them through many resources. The discussions were nice to have because I saw everyone’s insight in all the topics at hand and got feedback on my posts about the topics and that helped it feel kind of like a classroom. I have never taken an online course before because I was scared not being able to keep up with it and getting lazy about doing work etc, but it wasn’t like that most of the time. I loved how we could use the internet to communicate with the teacher and our classmates. I usually sell back my books from classes but with this book I will be keeping for the recourses that are inside of it and for teaching references and my future classroom. I got everything I needed to get out of this course which I am very grateful for and I would recommend anyone to take this course and to save all that they did in it for the future.






 

  


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Chapter 11 - Engaging Teachers and Students in Learning and Self-Reflection


Focus Question

How can teachers use participation systems as effective assessment methods?


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Student participation systems is known as classroom response systems or personal response systems. This allows student as one or a whole to do assessments such as quizzes or test.

Teaching with Clickers

      - Creating active learning for students. Instead of sitting and listening to teachers the students will be engaged with the electronic devices, feeling empowered or part of the lesson at hand.

-          Creating student involvement always a plus1 these devices create a game feel to the lesson making them more likely to be involved with the lesson. You want to make sure clocker numbers area a secret to save student embarrassment.

-          Providing immediate feedback! When using clickers teachers can provide feedback instantly and answer or clarify any misunderstandings of the question being presented.

-          Creating question-driven instruction which consist of giving students as one or a group a difficult question then asking them to answer them with the clicker then questioning the group or student why they decided on that answer.

 
Tech Tool Link
 
 
This tech tool link is very interesting because you can do almost everything that we did our class in one website well mostly everything. On top of it all you can always use it for a job presentation or college portfolio. I would recommend saving and looking into the detail of this website! It is not free but worth it for sure! I love it I wish to use this later on in the future for anything I would need it for. Check out the tutorial on it above.
 
Summary
This chapter as well as some other chapters has showed me once again how to help my classroom. My focus question brought back a few memories about clickers, it reminded me when I use to use the clickers in class each one had a number and everyone would know everyone’s number and sometimes I wouldn’t score so well so it made me not want to participate in class because people would say things if I got it wrong. Each student shouldn’t know each other’s numbers to save that feeling of others. I love that I am willing to connect with it because I know what not to put my students through.
 
 

Friday, April 12, 2013

Chapter 10- Promoting Success for All Students through Technology

Focus Question
How can teachers use Technology to create universally designed classrooms?
 
 
 
Teachers can technology to create universally designed classrooms by changing the setting of the classroom with to go along with the lesson or changing the way they deliver their curriculum. Teachers can use technology in their classroom in three ranges low tech, mid tech, and high tech.
·         Low tech referring to being able to change your classroom easily and inexpensive, and without the use of digital or electronic materials. For example take your chairs and desks in your classrooms, children come in many different sizes and shapes so have adjustable desks and chairs. Another example would be a student that works independently could work by themselves at a desk or a table.
·         Mid tech this is involves substantive shifts in organization and delivery of curriculum that may include the use of electronic materials. For example, still using the idea of your chairs and desks in your classrooms, being able to provide cushions specially designed for their seating. Another one would be a students working independently add a computer to help enhance learning and only allow websites that will help them with their project.
·         High tech allows integration of the computers and other high tech technology in the classroom. For example, giving the students chairs with balls on the feet. Another example would be students that work independently give those students feedback about their individual work while they work on it.
 
Tech Tool Link
Jim Martindale’s website is very confusing, his website is very confusing and not very navigational would not recommend in using it. The video above is about an online calculator that is a lot better to understand the website is meta-calculator which is very cool. Meta-Calculator
 
 
Summary
This chapter was a bit confusing for me but I believe I understood a few things in it. Assistive technology helps children a lot even it is just a little bit of technology. We are going to be educators that will giving the new generation a new way to technology. Through this chapter I’ve learned new ways to create my classroom and what resources and tips I should use.
 

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Chapter 9- Creating and Sharing information with Multimedia Technologies


 Focus Question





What is multimedia technology and how can teachers use it to effectively create and share visual information dynamically in their teaching?  
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 Multimedia technology is when the students are able to learn with different technology like PowerPoint presentations or academically based video tapes. Teachers can use this effectively to create and share visual information by always bringing some time of technology into the lesson like a WebQuests or a PowerPoint to enhance the lesson so that the students can see it. This allows the students to member by a picture or can later go back to look at when reviewing. Not having multimedia technology causes the classroom to not be able to grasp the concepts or be able to use it for a project.
 

Tech tool Link

 
 
This website is very fun to navigate through you can show the student different artists’ paintings and you can also teach them about different art techniques. The students can create their own picture and it’s a great tool because they can show you that they know what they learn or if they understand the concepts. This website is a must use website and pretty self-explanatory on how to go through it. Above is a sample of what your  can do with the website.
 

Summary  

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This chapter showed me a lot of new ways to teach my students using the multimedia technologies and showed me the differences between not being able to use it and being able to use it. I never realized that the technology is useful until now, I remember being a little girl and seeing my teacher use the overheads and it caught my attention but now I see all of this technology it is way more interesting. I would hate having to erase all my lessons and do them over and over again for each class that came in that day. Multimedia is very useful for teachers and our students being able to look back on it verses memorizing what you need to remember and a 50 50 chance that you would leave a little bit of information out.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Chapter 8: Communicating and Networking with Websites, Blog, Wikis, and More


Focus Question
 
How can teachers use wikis to promote collaborative learning?
 
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A wiki is a website or blogspace that is collaboratively edited and maintained by a group of people (EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative, 2005, July). Wikis are basically used to help students out with the lessons or objectives being presented to the class. Teachers can use them to promote collaborative learning by letting students create their own or to follow the teachers. Wiki gives the students control over what they learn and what they need to learn. Teachers can assign students to create their own on certain topics like science/history projects then allowing a presentation to the class. Teachers can even create their own wiki and then present it to the class then have the class add on as the lesson develops and even grade the page to the rubric the teacher creates for this assignment.
 
Tech Tool Link
 
Moodle seems to be a very interesting website although I did not download it on my computer I did watch the video below and found that it can easily be used and has some great resources for the students to like online test and resources. I would recommend this be used in classrooms everywhere it is kind of like a blog or a wiki page. Children can take test and do it numerous times depending on teacher. It gives them the control instead of learning in one way which would be the way the teacher teaches her classroom.
 
Summary
 
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This chapter revolves around ways that teachers and students can communicate ideas online and in the classrooms. It teaches us as future teachers how to be able to teach our students in many ways whether it be wiki, blogs, or just one website. The tech tool links used are all informative to teach us how to set up different websites and how and what to use them for. Students should be able to communicate with peer/teachers through the internet and in person. I know I have said this before but I wish I knew how to make blogs or my own wikispace in high school it would’ve came in handy when I wanted to do a big project but didn’t want to use PowerPoint or just a simple poster. This chapter really kept me on my feet on how effective blog posts or wikispaces can be to our future students.
 
Resources

Maloy, R. W., Verock-o, R. E., Edwars, S.A., & Woolf, B.P. (2010). Transforming learning with new technologies. Allan & Bacon
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Friday, March 1, 2013

Chapter 7: Problem Solving and Inquiry Learning with Software and Web Tools


Focus Question

 How can teachers evaluate the effectiveness of educational software?
 
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We as educators will be introduce to many online educational software and not knowing how to evaluate them for our students could be dangerous of our classroom. Knowing how to evaluate and what and why to look for certain signs is very helpful. Here are a few I have learned:

1)    Minimize the Use of Games that Teach Isolated Skills. This way states that instead of focusing on how to kill of the enemy find games that focus on I am solving this problem to keep myself or item of home safe from them by keeping the problem going. The way I saw it was that most kids like to play these educational games because they get to kill the enemy so fast or they focus only on how they are killing them. It also make the student depend on that game system to learn the objective when in reality they aren’t learning anything but how to kill of the enemy not the concepts of the lesson.

2)   Scrutinize Games That Function Solely on Points Won or Lost. In some educational games the children get status, tokens, or empires that need to be attended to, organized, and negotiated (text pg. 196). These types of games can have a horrible effect on students because it cause them to act with higher power or become discourage because of their status on the game. Another, downfall would be that the games allow predators to get online and contact the children without educators/parents knowing it. Looking through the game thoroughly is a great way to secure that the children will not get caught in this obstacles.

3)   Discuss Games and Their Content. Unfortunately for us there is no way around the violence or predators that are out there. Taking away the game is not a solution it only causes the student to be more into because they haven’t experienced it and it won’t address gaming outside the school. Students need guidance from their adults just saying “this is not good for you” will not cut it. Discussing video games or the television shows is a great way to show guidance for the kids. This technique allows conversations about the messages behind the commercials or the real meaning of the television show. Playing the games before or with the child is great a great guidance technique.

4)   Play Games Together. Playing games with the children and at the same time critiquing the game allows the child to identify the value of the games and TV shows.
 

Tech tool Link
 
This tech tool link is very hard to understand on the website but it would catch my interest as a child because of the cool animation. I would not use this tech tool link unless I had a better understanding on how to use it for a better purpose. I did enjoy this video on how to create your own broadcast but I’m still unsure on how to use it.
 
 
 
Summary

This chapter was very informative to me because it taught me that some educational software isn’t very educational for the right purpose. It also taught me ways for the future to evaluate the educational software/games before or while giving them to my students. It was very good to know that sometime this games that children play aren’t as educational as they seem and I should really focus on the games and their purposes.

 
 
Resources

Maloy, R. W., Verock-o, R. E., Edwars, S.A., & Woolf, B.P. (2010). Transforming learning with new technologies. Allan & Bacon






 






Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Chapter 6- Teaching with Educational Websites and Other Online Resources

 
Focus Question
 
What are WebQuests and virtual field trips?
 
   “WebQuests are online inquires by students- designed and guided by teachers (Milson & Downey, 2001; Molebash & Dodge, 2003).” Basically, this is a website view by students to help with a lesson, students can navigate through the WebQuests to identify their needs for the lesson. Teachers can set up reviews, examples, objectives of papers and even create an evaluation, which helps teachers know that they have acquired the knowledge from their quest. Virtual field trips are taken your classroom as a whole or in groups to different places without the expenses of a real field trips. Some trips require a webcams and double TVs in order to communicate while others just required the use of one computer and a projector. This helps students be able to see things without leaving a classroom or school. Some children enjoy it because they won’t have to be taught by a tour guide but their teachers and they can pause and ask questions in confident. Both are very good tools to use in your classroom just keep in mind the other type of learners you may have that are strong learners or deaf.
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Tech tool Link
Delicious

This tool link is amazing because it keeps track of all the websites you have decided that useful to you. I enjoy using this websites and will continue to use it through my career. In some of my classes we use great websites and I want to use it later on in other classes but I tend to lose little post-its very easily so now that I have my delicious account I just write it down and then go on it and add it on to my account! SO if you do not have it get it now it’s very useful and you will find it very easy to use.
 
 
Summary
 
This chapter was very informative with giving me a view on many resources that will help me teach my lessons. I’ve learned that some of the resources are very easy to use and that I sometimes need to modify them to use them in my classroom. I enjoyed learning where to find certain subjects like standards, curriculum etc.
 
 
Resources
Maloy, R. W., Verock-o, R. E., Edwars, S.A., & Woolf, B.P. (2010). Transforming learning with new technologies. Allan & Bacon