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

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.
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.
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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