Thursday, April 15, 2010

My Wiki

I've finally customized my Wiki site. It is a summary of this class. A modification I have done was to add a picture. This adds a lot to a site and creates interest.

WEEK 12 PLE: Technology with Young Children

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 This video clip is outdated, but this idea applies to any type of technology.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.

WEEK 11 PLE: Reflection on TPACK

After reading this, I learned a lot about what TPACK actually is. It stands for Technological Pedagogical And Content Knowledge. Three different frameworks come together: TPACK = PK + TK+ CK. These 3 frameworks together is the best when teaching, because the teacher has the ability to effectively get the message across to the student, knows the facts, and can utilize technology to further enforce learning.
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.

Internet Safety Assignment

1. I chose to read the conference talk by Elder Ballard.
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

PLE Week 10

One of my technologies used to help students learn prefixes, suffixes, and common root words is the Jellyfish game on the internet. Students can have fun while learning as this is a game with pictures. The student puts together prefixes with roots and suffixes with root words.

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, April 6, 2010

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Virtual Field Trip

Week 9 PLE

* What are some ways you can tell that you have successfully integrated technology into your lesson?
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

Week 8 PLE


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.

Week 7 PLE

i. Technology is able to teach students dynamically because, at this point in history, it is not fully integrated into society. Technology exists, and is a huge part of our lives and of the learning process in schools. However, new technologies are coming out. This is able to amaze and keep a student entertained while learning important principles at the same time. It reminds the student that learning can be fun. This is great because many students can easily get bored or discouraged by school.

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

Week 6

Some other sensory experiences that can complement a virtual tour: Video sources, such as Youtube or Teachertube. Clips of songs. Pictures. Sound effects playing in the background. Spray a specific smells. Bring sand, water, souvenirs, or something else for the kids to touch.
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

Location Activity Description
Google Earth content

(what layer, tool, content

within Google Earth will you use)

1. Gettysburg

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

4. Cemetery

To emphasize the reality and impact of how many people died. YouTube video

Activity types, Technology options, Affordances, and Constraints

Civil War – Virtual Field Trip

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

Photo Story
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
Affordances Constraints

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

A pro about using technology to create and show a digital storytelling project can interest the kids. It can make a common school subject exciting for a student, especially one with a short attention span.
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.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Monday, February 1, 2010

I was able to read through and comment on a few of my peers' storyboards that they have posted on their blogs including: Haley Vandemerwe, Aubrey Barker, Catherine norris, Cherie Abiang, and Brittany Beecher. The storyboards presented look great and I can't wait to see their final projects.

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


It is necessary for teachers to be aware of the copyright laws, so they do not use something in the classroom that is technically illegal. There are restrictions on using media and print. Also, there are limitations, even when using media for education. Teachers should know what resources they can and cannot use without permission. These copyright laws are to help teachers, not to solely restrict them. This is so that creators of these multimedia products will continue to create to help in the education process.

Saturday, January 23, 2010


(add as many rows below as you need)

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.

Credit Page:

Aubrey Barker

Andrea Smith

Jenessa Choate

Sarah Ure

Lindley Burton

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Tokbox in the classroom

Tokbox can be useful in promoting dynamic and interesting learning environments. Many kids don't have much motivation to work hard in school and don't complete their homework assignments. Tokbox could be a great tool for motivation, and allows the teacher to stay posted on each individual students face to face...well almost. When a student finishes their homework they can report to the teacher immediately following, telling what they did/ what they learning for a particular activity.

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.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Week 1 PLE post: My technology background and experience

My relationship with technology is bitter sweet. I think I know the basics of technology, only because I have grown up in a time where it surrounds me. I have used computers, cell phones, facebook, digital cameras, video games, and music players. However, I have not had very good luck with many of these electronic devices. It seems that much of what I try to work with doesn't work right. But when it works just right than I am fascinated. I feel that I am easily fascinated with new technological advances.
I am grateful for technology and how it connects me with friends and family, as well as allows me to achieve academically. School is so much more convenient now than 30 years ago.
I look forward to learn more about what is available.