Monday, March 8, 2010
I chose to check out a blog page titled "How Technology Helps". While looking at the different post, I noticed one for her voicethread. It was about a book titled "The Alchemist". It was a graduation present. I have never heard of the book so I decided to check out the voicethread. She did a great job and I left a comment for her.
I thought it was interesting that a wiki can also be used with Bloom's taxonomy. Paula has even create a Bloom's rubric wiki. The video talked about how a wiki can encourage higher levels of learning. Students learn better when they are interested in the subject or it is something that they are passionate about. This is true of all learners irregardless of their age. Students are encouraged to develop deeper levels of engagement in their learning process.
I never would have thought of a wiki as a tool for global collaboration. I am aware of video conferencing and collaborative projects via the Internet. I think it is neat that a wiki could be used for collaborative presentations and project. What a great way to inspire students to learn more about their interest outside of the classroom.
I think that a wiki can be a great tool for learning and education. Students learn better when they are interested in the subjeckt and through collaboration. I see many possibilities for using wikis in the classroom. I am thinking of science and history while the subject usages are endless. Wikis can be incorporated into anything that is being taught.
I was asked to watch this video as a homework assignment and post a reflection about it. This is one of the K12 online videos. This is about the topic of Digital Literacy and how it effects the technological world of today. It also takes a look at the safe use and practice of today's technology such as fair common use of items on the Internet. It also talks about how to use social networking sites safely and to protect private information.
I had never heard of or thought about proper behavior for technology before this class. This is a great way to educate about this topic. The information shared gives you great websites that can be used by educators. Some of the websites, help educators use technology safely for them and their students. I learned a lot from this video and bookmark Joyce's new tools workshop wiki in my Diigo account. I do not seem to be very good, when it comes to research and technology. I found the part that talked about research and the Internet very informative and helpful for me.
My wife and I both checked out a website (to check our personal digital footprints) that is a people search engine. We were surprised to see the results. Our blog sites are our first digital footprints. Since searching is my weakness, I also checked out the link for searching on the left side of this wiki. It list all kinds of search engines and provids all kinds of information to help with searching. There is even videos to help you have a better understanding of how to search information.
I think this a great tool for educators. I will use the new tools for search wiki in the future for personal and professional use of today's technology. I really thought creating museums, in a world history class, was cool. The students started in the middle ages and searched artifacts and then shared them with others in a wiki museums created for the class. There was a letter from Joan of Arc that was really neat. I think it would be fun to do something like this in my classroom.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
I chose my second blog because the title was completely foreign to me so I though I could learn something from it. It is called WaxWing quatrain and it is a beautiful poem about a WaxWing bird. I had never heard of this bird before. There were only 4 lines and it was so beautifully written. Mrs. Kolbert had left a comment encouraging him to include a picture of the WaxWing bird with the blog posting. I think it would be a great idea also, so I encourage him to include a picture.
Monday, February 22, 2010
I knew that some children lied about their ages when using social media networks, such as Facebook, but I had no idea that there were so many children doing it. I liked the last segment or project the best. I knew there were risk that had to do with the Internet and identity theft but I did not realize that this could affect our children. I am aware of shopping on the Internet but it is not something that I do myself. I was blown away to hear that 9 year olds are shopping on the Internet and have had their identity or their parents identities stolen from them. I did not realize that there is a great need to educate children and adults about proper use of the Internet.
I realized that I am also very uneducated about digital citizenship and what it involves. This is an area that I definitely need to spend some time learning more about. I had never heard of the term digital citizenship before this assignment. There seems to be some concern about when, where, and who should be responsible for teaching it to our children. I feel that as teachers we should make sure that our students know how to safely use the technology that we are working with in our classroom. My eyes are being opened to all of the wonderful teaching tools of technology but at the same time I want to know that I am safe and so are my students.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
One of my assignment was to watch the Project Learning: An overview video for my t4t class during week 4. This video is from the Edutopia The George Lucas Education Foundation website. Their goal is to improve education in our public school systems. Project learning encourage student learning through using what they have learned in real-life situations and projects.
I think this is a great concept to use with junior high, middle school, and high school students. I feel that the students need to have the basics before they can build on them with these kinds of projects. The students choose what they want to learn about and then complete a project based on this knowledge. Everything in project learning revolves around the student. The students are responsible for their learning and completion of assignments and project. They become their own managers and directors of their learning and projects. This is great for the over achievers but what about the average student. I am a procrastinator, by nature, and I can see where I might not do so good in the project learning environment.
When I was in school, we did not have these type of activities or group projects. The closest I ever got, was doing a research project that only used the books in the library and encyclopedias. There was no computer or Internet to use at that time. Your best help was the library, parents, and teacher. Not much room for individual creativity in education during this time. As a matter of fact, it was discouraged instead of encouraging it. Not at all like it is today.
I think this would be great to incorporate into my classroom. I want to teach junior high, middle school, or high school science. I think these types of project are a great way to see what the students have learned by using them in real-life circumstances. There was one question that kept going my through my mind while watching this video. So I am going to close this with some food for thought. What if the student has no desire to learn or for that matter are only in class because they are forced to be there? How would this type of learner fair in the project learning environment?
Saturday, February 20, 2010
In my t4t class we are learning about visual literacy. To help learn this we are making a story in 5 photos. One of the example stories we looked at was The Great Pumpkin. Our assignment is to tell a story in 5 photos while honoring copyright laws. We could get photos from Compfight and or Flickrstorm to find images. I decided to tell how to change a lightbulb for my story in 5 photos.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Sunday, February 14, 2010
For my second one for this week I went back to the Fireside Book Club website. I chose a student review for the book Shoeless Joe and me. I found his reveiw was very thorough and could tell that he enjoyed reading this book.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
I knew this was happening but did not realize how unaware and educated the general population is about this topic. My wife was taking a Humanities class, a couple of years ago, and they were discussing this topic in it. She came home one day and told me about a remark made by one of the male students in the class. He had made the comment that there was no such thing as human trafficking and forcing someone to be a sex slave. His theory was that a female could not be forced to participate in sexually activities if she really did not want to. HELLO ! There are so many things wrong with this statement that I would not even know where to begin. It made us realize how ignorant society, as a whole, is still about this subject.
I love that our young people are taking the lead and stepping out to the plate to educate the world about serious issue facing the world we live in today. With the help of today's technology students are discovering new ways to have their voices heard and express themselves. We need to educate people so that this can not continue to happen while we look the other way. These video presentations are a great way of doing this.
Monday, February 8, 2010
Luis is a senior in high school and plans to be the first member in his family to attend college. He is the subject of week 3's Digital Generation Project Youth Portrait for this week. I feel this is a great goal and it is also one that I can relate to. I am the first member of my family to attend college but I did not start until I was in my 40's.
Luis helps his parents and the community to understand technology and helps teach understand for them. Luis is in 4 advance placement classes and participates in two types of technological programs. One of the programs has to do with teaching high school students to use the computer and other types of technology to become producers. One aspect of this has allowed him to travel to Chili and be one of the presenters in a technology production program. This is really cool to have done at only age 18. What a wonderful life experience.
Luis also participates in a Lego Robotics program that partners high school student mentors with students from a local elementary school. The students create Lego robotics and then enter them in competitions. This helps both set of students develop team work, character skills, and learn new technology.
Everything in Luis' life is centered around technology. He use it to help the community and connect and interact with family and friends. His mother loves to watch soap operas on the computer. These skills also help him to be better in science and math. He also learns valuable skills such as media, technology, and engineering usages.
I am not sure that either type of these technology would be easy to put into an elementary classroom. I can see where you might use this in science classrooms. I liked the Lego website and plan on spending more time on it to see the different ways they can incorporate robotics into my classroom.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
There was a time when communication was limited to letters, wire (telegraph), ham radio, telephone, and long distance telephone calls were handled through the operator. And then there were car phones and mobile phones. Then along came the pager. Cell phones came next. Somewhere in all this confusion computers advanced and the Internet, the World Wide Web, came along and grew and grew and is still growing. I do like the possibilities that technology offers. Children around the world learning about each other, more or less, face to face. I am curious as to how far technology will have progressed in 30 years or so.
I think that the way the world is today; our children need every resource that can be made available to them. As educators we need to keep on top of the newest technology so that we may show the students how to use it and maybe use it properly. We are the guardians charged with educating them and preparing them to be vital and productive citizens. To keep up with our students, we will have to continually learn about and use technology and even then I am sure there will still be plenty that our students teach us.
The most advanced piece of technology in our school was the copy machine, when I was in grade school. I would have loved to have had this type of learning environment when I was a child. I had teacher based lessons and in this video the learning is child based. The students are the teachers for their peers, as well as being guided by the teacher. I love this concept because we may not always be able,as teacher, to make the connect for our students and usually there peers can.
One piece of equipment that I had never seen was a white board. I was intrigued by how much the students used it to do class work. I also liked how the students were able to do most of their assignments with the Internet and the white board. I thought it was neat that they are writing a story online with another class in a different city in New Zealand. I saw several different use of technology that I look forward to using in my class some day.
I can’t even guess how many times I have stumbled onto a site I really liked and did not save it in my favorites, only to find out that I could not remember how to get back to it later. I would get so frustrated and want to throw the computer out of the window. It was not the computers fault, but mine for not saving it my favorites. I like the idea of being able to find something even if you have to go at it from a different direction. I like the way it keeps track of how many times a tag is used and that it draws associations to make the tag clouds, which is called folksonomies.
Chris Betcher’s video is a good introduction to tagging and folksonomy. I think it would neat to have my students go through and tag several appropriate sites that could or would be helpful in the classroom. Sites that might help in understanding a concept or that might enhance a lesson. This way the student will have contributed to the class and maybe boost his or her self-esteem.
Monday, February 1, 2010
We were also asked to find 2 student's blogs that we could comment on for the rest of our class. This was the harder ones for me to do. You have to be so careful what you say and I did not want to say or use the wrong words.
Sunday, January 31, 2010
I find it ironic that I am writing about blogging when I grew up in a time when computers were such a new concept. I was born shortly after the first computers was invented. Throughout my childhood, talk of computers was about big, huge machines. During my teenage years, I heard about a computer that was a block long, a block wide, and three stories high that was so powerful that it could hold the personal information of everyone in the world, it was supposedly called “The Beast”. Shortly after that, I heard about another one called “The Prophet”. The computers of my day were generally for the military. Computers were gradually moving into the business sector. We have moved from monstrous mainframes to game systems to personal computers, (desktops) to laptops, i-pods, i-phones, and a wide variety of personal communications. This also includes the World Wide Web. I would have loved having the opportunity to use this technology.
I could see the advantage of having blogging buddies incorporated into the classroom. It would benefit the grade school students as well as pre-service students. It might help the teacher with seeing new ways of getting a point across. However, I would need to make sure that none of the blogging resulted in a negative or adverse feeling for my student. I really like the character and self-estem potential, I now see, this could have for my students when I become the teacher.