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

 
 
 



Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Chapter- 5 Researching and Evaluating Internet Information


Focus Question: How can teacher respond to problems of plagiarism when students use online sources?

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Teacher can respond to the problems of plagiarism when students use online sources by creating lessons that allow students to learn and or use citations. Teachers can also create questions that involve not asking for the information again but asking why certain things happen making them think deeper. Teachers could also have pre-chosen websites that student can look at to enhance their research.

Tech tool Link: LibriVox 



This tech tool link isn’t very helpful to me because I do not like to use recorded books to my class. With my 3 year old I read her books and I love to bring out the character’s expressions. I want my children to be able to see my expressions and hear the way the characters would sound if they were talking. I would volunteer do a few books, it sounds like a great opportunity to be to hear your voice produce books for other school or teachers that use this.
 
Summary & Thoughts
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This chapter really opened my eyes to be able to help my classroom learn the correct ways to use search engines and helped me teach them about citing pages also, preventing them from plagiarism. I enjoyed this chapter because when I was in high school I didn’t know my resources needed to cited and my teachers never told me about it either. I want all my students to get that experience and even my second graders can learn about this. I know I can teach them little lessons on how to use the search engines correctly and even give them an overview on citing pages they use.
 


 

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Chapter 4- Integrating Technology and Creating change


Focus Question: How can teachers use the technology they already have to promote successful learning?
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Teachers can use technology they already have to promote successful learning by continuing to create lesson plans or online classwork with the technology they already have in the classroom even if it is and old projector. We need to be prepared to use any time type of technology that is available to us by the school and work into our lesson plans. Teachers can use the little technology by creating small groups to have time to work on the computers. Even making her computer available for students to create PowerPoint. In grades k-6 the teachers could use online websites for definition of vocabulary words so the students are able to visualize the word and understand it better.
 
 
Tech tool  Link : Edutopia
 
This tech tool link has a lot of information on it that is useful when it comes to bringing technology into classrooms. I will be using this for future references. It includes informative videos that can be used for different grade levels which is great because you won’t have to find your grade level because it gives you the levels at the bottom of each video. I would recommend if you are more interested on learning techniques for integrating technology into your classroom.
 
Summary & Thoughts
This chapter kept me up to date about to use my available technology in my classroom whether it was old or new. It showed me how to keep technology going even outside the classroom and showed me the benefits of groups or centers. I did a few observations this week and saw the different between a classroom with technology but not using it to its full potential. For example, MDE classrooms were filled with technology but none of it was used. At L.E. technology was used a lot like fore reading lessons it was used to read the story they were reading. They used all the technology they could use to help these children progress also, this grade was using a lot of big words scientific words and they knew what to call a caterpillar other than the insect. The teacher even told me that the week consisted of the use of bug words not just small words. I really enjoyed this lesson because it reflected with observation etc.
 
 
 

 

Friday, February 1, 2013

Chapter-3 Developing Lessons with Technology



What are the “student learning objectives” and “understanding by design” (backward design) models of lesson planning?

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Both models of lesson plans are an effective way of teaching. Student learning objectives are where the students get to choose the way they learn in depth what the lesson plan is teaching them like working in groups to make a project and having individual tasks. In this stage the students get to go into groups and decide who will do what and how it will be conducted. The teachers’ role is basically writing what the plan is and what are the objectives the students decide how they will be taught and assessed. “UBD” is based all on the teacher and how she wants to teach specific projects or ideas. No wonder they nicknamed it the backwards design. Here in this model the teacher has stages: Stage 1 is when the teacher decides what she wants the students to know at the end of the lesson or as they call it in the book enduring understanding and essential questions. Stage 2 is where the teacher uses assessment strategies to identify how much the students have learned it may vary from test, papers, or discussions. Stage 3 in this stage the teacher decides how the lesson will be conducted and how it will be taught.

 
Tech Tool Link: Gliffy
 
 
 

This tech tool was amazing because of all the things you can do on it. You practically can create your classroom although I really do not like seating charts. I enjoyed trying to make the diagrams and the office settings also. I probably won’t use it as much only because I really do not like diagrams either. I will however be putting it into my delicious account for any future references.

 

Summary & Thoughts

This chapter gave me a lot information about lesson planning as well as places to visit for lesson planning. I will try to incorporate a student learning model verses the backward design. I want my students to be able to learn in their own way without me boring them to death about the topics in class. I enjoyed being able to see the differences between each learning model in the book gave me a better incite about how I would want to create my lesson plans. All this technology is really getting me excited and ready for my teaching career I don’t know how much longer I can wait!

 
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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Chapter- 2 Transforming Learning with Unique powerful Technology

 Focus Question: How can students express their creativity using technology?
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Students can express their creativity using technology knowledge to make their papers, discussions, group projects and book reviews more powerful with visual aids and graphics. Most students will go into the projects using a constructivism mind. For example, me I am learning to use more of the internet for better use vs. just Facebook. I already know how to use some of the Google programs so I used my prior knowledge to help me to navigate to create an e-blogger and also the Google drive which very much interests me. Our students will do the same in projects like, using websites to enhance pictures or make them do very amazing tricks because they know about it already and they grow on what they already know. They can also express creativity by comparing between classmates and learning from others how to a new thing on their PowerPoint. They can make a poem then create a PowerPoint or a slideshow the emotion in the poem is trying tell us thus, enhancing the knowledge of the pain or happiness behind the poem.   


Tech tool Link: Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus


This tech tool link is amazing on this website I can actually test my spelling in a cool spelling bee! Also as a teacher I can keep up with some issues going on about schooling and even the politics. It is however a little harder understand since there is a lot of stuff going on the page. You can look up words and they give you word that are similar to the word that you looked up. I can also do a crossword and win a t-shirt! You do however have to purchase it, which is always a downer!  But you do get a 14 day free trail and in the trail you can learn how it works. When you look up one word it gives you a diagram that links you to other words in common. It is actually a really creative website and great for teaching kids big words even better words for those smaller words.


 My Thoughts & Review

This Chapter taught me a lot about the way children learn some stuff I already know because of my prior knowledge but it helped me understand it a lot better. The chapter goes into depth on how students benefits from the technology usage in the classroom. In my classroom I want to use a student-centered teaching instead of a teacher-based instruction because I know the feeling of not being able to create my own solution to a answer. Another cool benefit about that is that students get to talk to everyone or the people in their group and create new friends. Every student learns differently and we as teachers should teach in every way to cater to all types of learning styles.


Resources

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