Thursday, April 29, 2010

Ed Tech Profile: NETS- 2 and 3

This is my Ed Tech Profile. I created it when I took the Ed Tech questionnaire online. This assignment was completed to check our computer/technology competency when beginning Education 422.

Wiki- Stupeflix Studio: NETS- 3 and 4

This assignment is a Wiki I created using Wetpaint. Wetpaint allows people to freely 
create and edit webpages. My Wiki focuses on using Stupeflix Studio. Stupeflix 
Studio is a website designed to allow people to create scrapbooks. People can 
add music, photos, and text to their scrapbooks. I researched whether or not 
this would be a good tool to use in my own future classroom. I was able to share 
my findings with other future educators using my Wiki. 


Friday, April 23, 2010

iMovie: NETS- 2 and 3

This is a movie I created using iMovie. I was able to use still photos, video clips, music, video effects, and text to create the video. The video is a PSA asking students at CSUSM to silence hate crimes on campus .
video

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Copyright/Internet Safety: NETS- 2 and 4

This assignment is a Copyright/Internet Safety documents that I worked on 
collaboratively with some of my classmates. We worked independently on 
our sections and complied them in a Google Doc to create the final 
document. This assignment has examples of age-appropriate activities 
for students to complete while they are learning about Copyright and Internet Safety. 

Delicious Desserts Crossword Puzzle: NETS- 1 and 2

This is a crossword puzzle I created using Microsoft Excel. This is a creative use of
Excel. I can create crossword puzzles for my students using Excel or I can teach my 
students how to make crossword puzzles for their peers. I completed my crossword 
puzzle on "Delicious Desserts" because dessert is my favorite part of any meal!

Journal #9: Playing with Skype: NETS-5

Weller, T.J. (2010). Playing with skype. Learning and Leading with Technology, 37(6), Retrieved April 5, 2010 from http://www.iste.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=March_April_No_6_1&Template=/

Summary/Reflection:

This article discusses how the author, Travis J. Weller, incorporated the use of Skype in his school. Travis J. Weller had the composers of music selections call in via Skype to talk to students about the music business or introduce the music selections being performed by the school band. The author states in the article, “I have one steadfast rule about using technology in my classroom and rehearsal hall: If it makes for a richer educational experience, then it is worth it (Weller, 2010).” The incorporation of Skype was an inexpensive way to use technology that was incredibly meaningful for the students. The author goes on to state that Skype can be used to incorporate many more professionals into the classroom. The professionals can share their career experiences with the students in a classroom setting without having to come to the school.

I think using Skype is a creative outlet to expose students to new educational opportunities. I think the author was creative in his use of Skype. I think it was a thoughtful touch to have the composers of the music selections the school band was performing introduce the music selection and the band. I love the idea of having professionals call into schools, via Skype, to share about their careers. I think students can be exposed to many careers they may not have the opportunity to learn about. Something nice about Skype is that it is in real-time so students can interact with the person in the video chat.

Question 1: How does one obtain Skype?

There is a free, downloadable version of Skype that can be easily obtained by anyone who can download a program. Once Skype is downloaded, one can “call” anyone on Skype to chat with him or her via video-conferencing.

Question 2: Would students be interested in using Skype?

I think students would most definitely be interested in using Skype. I think students would enjoy “Skyping” with their friends after-school and on weekends. Students could discuss homework assignments and talk about the latest school news/gossip. I think students would also enjoy having guest speakers come into their classrooms via Skype. I think this new, educational opportunity would be beneficial to students. Students could be exposed to new career opportunities, or have the opportunity to make classroom events or presentations more unique and creative.



Journal #8: Navigate the Digital Rapids: NETS-5

Lindsay, J. & Davis, V. (2010). Navigate the digital rapids. Learning and Leading with Technology, 37(6), Retrieved April 5, 2010 from http://www.iste.org/Content/NavigationMenu/Publications/LL/
LLIssues/Volume3720092010/MarchAprilNo6/Navigate_the_Digital_Rapids.htm

Summary/Reflection:

This article discusses what teachers need to know about becoming effective teachers in the digital age. The article offers advice on things to consider and things to avoid when becoming a teacher in the digital age. Things to consider include; customize, monitor and be engaged, have a plan, overcome the fear factor, dealing with objections, straying off topic, and putting the learning in the hands of the students. Students love to customize their tools and teachers should be sensitive to this. Teachers often stray away from customization because they feel they cannot meet the standards at the same time. The article states that customization and national standards can coexist in the same classroom. The article discusses the importance of teachers monitoring their students’ use in an educational network. Teachers need to engage their students and act professionally in the educational network. Teachers are responsible for taking appropriate action when students release offensive material, or pictures in the educational network. The article also states that teachers need to be prepared to overcome the fear factor of the educational network. Teachers will fair better if they understand that they are not alone and are willing to explore new educational opportunities in the educational network. Teachers should be prepared to stray off topic occasionally because sometimes a new learning opportunity can present itself when teachers and students stray away from their original topic. Teachers should be willing to allow students to personalize their digital tools and develop appropriate online behaviors. The article concludes with information about the authors’ Flat Classroom Project and other projects that have evolved from the Flat Classroom Project.

Question 1: How can schools and districts prepare teachers for becoming effective in the digital age?

I think that schools and districts can prepare teachers for becoming effective in the digital age by offering trainings periodically throughout the school year and summers. I think trainings would help teachers to overcome the “fear factor” associated with educational technology. I believe that if teachers are well-prepared for using technology that the students will benefit from the teachers being comfortable with technology use in the classroom. I think it is especially important to train teachers to use technology because many students know more about technology, today, than their teachers do. If teachers have solid knowledge base that they can continue to expand through life-long learning trainings than the teachers will feel more comfortable incorporating technology in their classrooms. 

Question 2: Whom should teachers go to for help in designing a discipline plan for technology use in their classroom?

I think that collectively, at a particular school, teachers should develop a discipline plan school-wide. I think students would be conscious of their actions because the discipline policy would be school-wide. Students would understand the policy and how their inappropriate behaviors in the educational network would lead to disciplinary action. I think that the school’s principal should also be on board with the discipline plan so that s/he can assist in enforcing the plan. I believe a school-wide discipline plan would be most effective in leading students to positive use of technology in the classroom.