Friday, April 19, 2013

Reflection Post- EME 2040

Photo Credit to Brian W. Ogilvie on Flickr

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?

photo credit to Caity Doyle on Technapex
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.
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
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.