My Wow Moment this Semester

Monday, 6 May 2013, 16:32 | Category : Reflections
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This semester I was surprised at how helpful a classroom website could be to me in the future. I like the idea of creating a website that my students could access everyday. This website would have all the assignments, attendance and any presentations. This would make it easy for me to show my ideas to fellow coworkers or bosses. In addition if a student misses class, it’s no big deal they can access the website from home to see what was learned in class that day and be prepared for the following day with any assignments they missed. Before this class I never even thought about creating a website for my future classroom!

Creating with technology in the classroom is endless this is the most exciting prospect for me.I as a teacher can create and my students can create. The students will learning 21st Century Tools by using technology in my classroom. With technology there are no limits to where the classroom can go!

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Final Semester Favorites

Monday, 6 May 2013, 16:19 | Category : Reflections, Resources, Uncategorized
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There are many resources I enjoyed using this semester but I can only pick my top three. My top three favorite resources used this semester can be found below.

1.) Google Docs is my favorite and most used resource of the semester. I used it in every class I took this semester. I can’t believe I got group projects done before without it! It’s easy to create documents and you don’t have to buy microsoft word! Not to mention I can access my files from any device I pull up my files on the Google Drive app on my Android smartphone all the time. After this semester Google Docs is my go to resource when creating documents or presentations no more microsoft word for me!

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2.) iMovie is a great tool to use in the classroom. I never thought that creating professional looking movies could be so easy but the iMovie app  on the iPad makes creating and editing movies a breeze. It used to take a lot of different equipment to create a movie but with iMovie all you need it right there!

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3.) Smore allows people to create beautiful looking flyers without paying for it. This website is easy to use and I found it very easy to embed the flyer into my personal website. Teachers can use Smore when creating hand outs or have students create their own handouts for a certain topic. No more plan old paper and markers for creating flyers after finding Smore!

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Best Web Tools for Teachers

Monday, 6 May 2013, 15:59 | Category : Reflections, Resources
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Below are two resources I just found that would be great tools in the classroom!

1.) Dropbox is a website that allows you to save  any file so it can be accessed from any device. Dropbox works with Android, Mac, Linux, iPad, iPhone, Windows and Blackberry. A great advantage of Dropbox is you can access your files even when you do not have an internet connection. Sharing your files is very simple with Dropbox. Just invite friends to access your folder! I could see teachers using this to collaborate with one another or having students use it to work on group projects.

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2.) Infogram is a cool website that allows anyone to create professional looking graphics for free! Illustrating data is quick and easy. Just plug in the data points and then pick a style of graph you like. Also it is easy to embed into your website, twitter, or facebook accounts for all to see. I also like that it is easy to convert into a pdf document. As a future science teacher I could see myself using Infogram to create visuals for my students. I am very exited to have discovered such a great tool!

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Reflection:iPad Experience

Monday, 29 April 2013, 16:51 | Category : Reflections
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Before starting this class I had no experience with the iPad and now I am saving up to buy one! They are very cool very many different reasons.

1.) Creativity on the iPad is endless. Using the iMovie app you can create your own professional looking movies or movie trailers. Also taking pictures is a breeze. Taking pictures and filming movies used to require numerous materials now with the iPad filming and editing is all in one place!

2.) As a lover of books I like that there are tons and tons of free book available to read and the ones that are not free are not as expensive as buying hard back books. This would be great for the classroom since text books are expensive and cheaper ebooks are available on the iPad.

3,) The amount of apps for the iPad are endless. Many of them are free. One of my favorite apps is Evernote which allows you to have all your notes in one place. Teachers can pick and choose the apps they want according to grade level and subject.

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Week 18 Reflection: The Tempered Radical

Monday, 29 April 2013, 15:56 | Category : Reflections
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“Some days, fighting such a dysfunctional, confused system seems incredibly pointless, y’all. Things aren’t getting better. They’re far worse than they’ve ever been — and I don’t see any light at the end of the professional tunnel.” This quote from The Tempered Radical is referring to standardized testing. This teacher and blogger feel defeated by the system. He has parents telling him how great he is doing to his with their students. While on the other side the principal is telling him his test scores are to low.What a confusing situation for a teacher. What is our goal as teachers? To get our students to learn basic facts and use them on a multiple choice test or to teach the student life skills? Encouraging students to learn is much more important their test scores but sadly our government and administrators don’t always recognize this. If in my teaching career I can inspire children to learn than my teaching in my eyes was a success. Screen Shot 2013-04-29 at 10.56.15 AM

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Week 17 Reflection:Ollie Bray

Monday, 29 April 2013, 14:59 | Category : Reflections
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Ollie Bray brings up the topic of technology in the classroom. The blogger states that a classroom doesn’t have to be completely technological some resources are vital. These vital resources include:

1.) Computers, lab tops or desk top computers are fine. These computers must be able to play DVDs.

2)Projectors for showing presentations.

3.) Speakers so that video shown in the classroom can be heard because not all projectors have speakers.

I couldn’t agree with the blogger anymore classrooms can get by with the basics.  It is sad that some classes don’t even have these basic essentials, once each classroom has these resources we can move closer to each classroom being one to one with lab tops or iPads. We can never forget that no form of technology can replace teachers.

 

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Week 16 Reflection: edtech Vision

Monday, 29 April 2013, 14:40 | Category : Reflections
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iBooks is a tool that allows you to create your own books on the iPad. This would be a great tool for schools that are one to one with iPads. Teachers or students could use this cool resource.

Below is a video describing how to use the iBook app. I found this app while browsing through the  edtech Vision Blog.

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Kansas Voices Project:Arkalalah

Monday, 29 April 2013, 5:32 | Category : DED 318 Projects
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Week 13 Smore Assignment

Monday, 29 April 2013, 3:54 | Category : Resources
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Smore is a great website that allows you to create professional looking flyers in a short couple of steps. I could see my students using this for projects or me using it to teach a topic.

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Week 15 Reflection: Dangerously Irrelevant

Sunday, 28 April 2013, 21:46 | Category : Reflections
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Teachers should not be evaluated on test scores. Value-added modeling (VAM) can have disastrous effects on teachers and their lives. If their students do not do well then they can get pay cuts or even lose their jobs. It seems as teachers we should be pushing the students to new limits not trying to get them to do well on a test so we can keep our jobs. One quote from the blog Dangerously  Irrelevant enjoyed was “…holding teachers ‘accountable’ for random variation and/or factors outside of their control violates both the equal protection and due process rights due teachers under the U.S. Constitution.” Before reading this post I wasn’t sure how I felt about value-added modeling but seeing that teachers of the year are scoring low on the VAM system I can see that it isn’t a good way to evaluate teachers.

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