Thursday, April 15, 2010
When using technology it is important to make it educational, and not just entertaining. In Mrs. Parkinson's I love Spiders lesson, though it was a fun activity, she used disposable "spider" cams for educational purposes.
In the Brown bear lesson plan, students were to create. This allows the student to think for themselves and communicate in some way what they have learned. Drawing on the computer gives interest to the lesson. It is exciting, especially for a kindergarten student.
An aspect I liked about drawing on a computer, for example, is that the technology is easily used. The student does not need to have amazing computer experience and skills. There is no extra learning time wasted. Mrs. Robinson also mentioned that using the computer allows the child to experiment and discover and learn to utilize this tool.
It was also interesting to think about the child’s availability to technology outside of the classroom. This video clip is outdated, but this idea applies to any type of technology. They don’t usually have tons of amazing educational technologies at home. So, time used at school with these technologies should not be wasted. At school may be the first opportunity for the child to use the tools provided.
Also, An important thing that both of these lesson plans embraced was the application of the technologies.
I thought it was interesting because technologies are referred to as tools. And that is exactly what they are.
I used to tutor math in high school. I was used to using a graphing calculator since I was in Calculus, thus I had TK(Technological knowledge). I also had knowledge of the topic I would need to teach (at least most of the time, when I hadn't forgotten a certain concept haha). That is CK (content knowledge). I don't know how good I was in using my PK (pedagogical knowlege), but I attempted to present the material in an understandable way. so that the student would not forget quickly and be able to do math problems on their own. I'm not sure how successful I was as a peer tutor, but I would try my best to apply TPCK.
In this class, some technologies we have used are:
Imovie: If a student watches this, then it would be a visual representation and auditory representation.
Google Earth: This is multimodal representation.
Blogging: This is a dynamic way to assess a student.
a temperature probe: This is a dynamic representation.
2. The video resources included interviews with youth about the internet. I thought it was interesting how some people had nothing to do with the internet (at that time), and others used it quite often. However, many were not knowledgable about the dangers included, because they only think of the internet as such a great new thing. Some videos highlighted kidnappings and rapes initiated because of the web.
3. I think it that the internet and technology and the ability of the media to get to many people is wonderful. So much good can come from technology and the internet. However, it is extremely important to be cautious of the potential dangers that are increasing every year. Elder Ballard focused on how Satan's goal is to destroy the family, which is the central focus to Heavenly Father's eternal plan of happiness. With the growing internet, it is easier for bad things to corrupt a family from the inside.
4. I asked my mom what she knew about the subject or what her thoughts were relating to the subject. She completely agreed with everything I had told her, and she said that she knew it was a modern day problem. She added other things that she thought was wrong with the media and how it can destroy families, for example, pornography. She knew personally some families it had really hurt. This reaction from my mother was completely expected. She has taught me about dangers in media and in the internet so that I would not get into trouble. I think that she will be reminded of internet dangers and be more careful. My sister goes on the internet often, especially now that she has that feauture on her fancy new phone. My mother will probably be more inquisitive about what my sister spends her time doing on the internet.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Another technology I plan to use for my social studies lesson is Google Earth. The students can explore landforms anywhere on the globe.
Another technology to help the teacher teach science is Youtube. I search for videos on fossils and found many good options of prime videos to interest the students.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
If the students learn what they are supposed to learn, then the technology was successful. If the technology is solely for entertainment than it is not appropriate to waste classroom time. However, if it inspires a child or encourages a child to seek learning, than the technology was helpful to their learning experience.
* What do you feel technology should accomplish in order to be a legitimate addition to your lesson?
There are certain criteria established by the state what a child should learn at a certain age level. However, it is difficult to know what a special education student should know at their age. So, it should be evident that a student is learning.
* What indicators can tell you whether or not you have chosen an appropriate technology for your lesson?
If the child is distracted from the purpose of the lesson, than the technology is a hindrance and not appropriate. If it engages a student, especially one that doesn't normally enjoy participating in usual activities, than the technology is appropriate.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Content goals must match up with the technology used, and sometimes this is difficult. Also, a computer and matching up certain things cannot possibly be perfectly accurate. The student's personal and individual needs must be addressed.
The main idea of the article is that Technology and content and pedagogy can be matched up to find the best possible activities using technology to be used.
Integration is what will be focused on by the teacher in deciding what content-based activities to do.
It is important that a teacher understands what a certain activity will teach a student. Because a lot of the time, school time is wasted on activities that don't focus on the content goals.
ii. Technology may detract from student learning because they may not be focusing on what they need to learn. Also, many technologically savvy things have more than one application on them, and may interrupt steady learning. For example, graphing calculators are extremely beneficial in a math class, and most of the time necessary. However, a student may not learn because he is distracted by the games on the calculator.
iii. I think that the computer, as well as the internet, is the most useful tool for learning. Now students can type papers or type more in depth and helpful notes during class. The internet has soo many resources for every kind of learning. Research papers are more easy to to write with more accessible information. In calculus class, the newer version of graphing calculators allow one to solve problems more accurately and efficiently. Google documents are amazing. They make study groups very dynamic. One can share a file with multiple peers and they can all add their thoughts to the document.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
I went on the Google earth tour involving volcanoes. I thought it was useful to the learning process to put in follow-up questions and other activities within the tour to encourage the students to pay attention. In the Holocaust/ WWII example, I liked how events, linked to places, were put in chronological order. The overlays in the Civil War example were really professional.
The obvious upside of a virtual field trip is that the kids are interested in technology and this makes learning fun. Also, the kids are able to break off into groups and go through the tour at their own pace (if extra computers are available). A downside for the virtual tour, is that the kids may want to go on a real field trip when finances can’t cover it.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Google Earth content
(what layer, tool, content
within Google Earth will you use)
Explore a battle site. Places of Interest
2. Lincoln Memorial
Reminds us how Lincoln ended slavery and the importance thereof. Road view, tour inside
3. Southern plantation
Give the students a taste of what the Southern life was like for slaves and non-slaves. To show the differences between the North and the South. Weather and terrain
To emphasize the reality and impact of how many people died. YouTube video
Google Earth Travel the world without leaving home, see real-life things, more exciting and interactive than a textbook
Not current because it is history, not always a really clear view
Webquests Assesses Internet skills, learn about more than they intended to
May run into inappropriate content on the web, may be difficult for students to research
Civil War- Experience the reality
Video cameras Fun and exciting for the students, personal, get to see themselves, can replay it later
Kids may get rowdy, takes time, students may be too shy or feel left out
Television They can see themselves or they can watch a TV Time-consuming
Sound effects Makes it more real Too distracting, loud, scary
Civil War- Role play diaries/scrapbook
Fun way to display the pictures and information all in one place, utilizes creativity May be too difficult, may turn into a very time-consuming project
Add music Makes it more interesting, can make it more presentable to perhaps parents May take too long to find, copyright issues
Activity Type Possible Technologies Used for this content/With these kids
Civil War- Experience the Battles
YouTube videos Makes it very real for students May be too disturbing, graphic, emotional
Movies Usually give students an even better perspective and usually tell a story May be too disturbing, graphic, emotional
Civil War- Chronology of Events
SmartBoard Students can learn how to put the events in chronological order in a fun, visual, and interactive way Students may get too rowdy and competitive
Buzzers Makes the game more fun for students to buzz when they have put the events in order May be too competitive
Civil War- Pros and Cons of the North VS the South – Study for Jeopardy with Voice Thread
Voice Thread This makes the students use their oral and auditory skills- they can also learn to share information with their classmates and to study auditively and they can also feel like an expert in their area that they shared information about. Good review and preparation for the game show. More fun way to study, unique homework assignment. This may be too complicated for fifth graders, may be difficult for visual learners, may not be the most effective study method for students
Powerpoint Jeopardy on a powerpoint makes the game more exciting than simply on a whiteboard- you can use sound effects as well to simulate a gameshow Game may get too competitive, may not be the best way to simulate Jeopardy.
Monday, February 8, 2010
however, a digital project cannot teach the children fully. Any type of digital learning tool should be backed up with a lesson plan from the teacher. A short movie should not be the main part in the learning process. An activity should also be emphasized for practice also.
Monday, February 1, 2010
Especially with dealing with students with disabilities, movie projects will be helpful in teaching them. They will appreciate a new form of learning and hopefully enjoy it. However, when creating a storyboard, one must be aware of what the student is actually learning from the presentation. A teacher's goal is to teach, not just to entertain.
Monday, January 25, 2010
Saturday, January 23, 2010
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Names:Lindley, Aubrey, Andrea, Sarah, Janessa
1: Introduction (Image of Hogwarts and Harry Potter)
Catching movie/book introduction. Have the students imagine what they would do if they found out they were a wizard.
“Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy….”
2: Characters: (Pictures of the characters from the actual movie)
Quick intro. Of each character: Hermione, Harry, Ron, Dumbledore, Voldemort.
3: Muggles (A picture of Harry at his aunts house) setting
Introducing how harry is different
4:Wizards/Friends (part of the conflict)…show image of Harry and his friends at Hogwarts)
Introducing the world of wizardry and
5:Rising Action: He is a wizard but is a very important wizard (show a picture of harry and his scar)
Describing that events at hogwarts leads up to his identity as a wizard and the power that he holds is critical to relationship with voldemort.
6:Climax: When Harry finds out about Voldemort and that he is the only hope for defeating him. (voldemort and harry picture)
Describing how all the events led up to this and when he finds out who voldemort is and his power over the evil voldemort.
7: Conflict: Voldemort (sorceror’s stone)
Harry has to get the sorcerer’s stone before Voldemort does in order to
8: Cliff Hanger (voldemorts face)
Will Harry be able to get to the sorceror’s stone before voldemort does.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
For example, what I am doing now. I will report on what I learned in my class last Tuesday night. It was interesting to be reminded that one must be a teacher in order to be a learner. there should be 3 roles in an effective learning process. So students should be encouraged to teach what they learned in order to reinforce that knowledge.