Thursday, April 24, 2014

Reflective Post:

credit to: wiki

Introduction To Technology for Educators, when I first signed up for the class I must admit I had mixed feelings both scared and excitement. I was not quite sure how the class was going to be. I thought since it was an introduction class that it would be simple, but I was wrong. It actually was a challenge,especially if technology is not your thing. For this particular class I found out that you need time and patience. I’m not a fan of technology it scares me to be honest.This course was not what I imagined it to be. It was challenging especially for a beginner like myself. This course did make me explore different websites. Which where out of my confront zone.

   credit to: -issata on Flicker

Through out the semester the class made me use skills that I didn’t know I possessed.Some of The skills included creativity,evaluating, and Critical thinking skills.The Online engagement with my classmates was fun for me. I got to communicate with them though our discussion posts and some of the collaborative work we had to accomplish.In The discussion posts i believe we learned from each-others out takes and perspectives. We got to discuss on each others posts to both help and give our opinion which was great to communicate with one another. collaboration work such as the wikispace and the lesson plan we did was a great way to learn how to communicate and work with one another via the internet. I will admit it was sometimes difficult because of our schedules but all in all fun. I loved how we did assignments based on the chapter we were in.The book transforming learning with new technologies was our base for our blog posts.With both the blog post and the book i learned about some tech tools that i will enjoy using in the future.Towards the end i enjoyed the class more because i started understanding the concepts and thanks to the class i learned about copyright laws and ethical and legal use of material such as images and videos and how to properly use them. Also i learned new ways to identify software that can be used in classrooms and technology that can help increase the quality of teaching and learning in the classroom.
honestly am thankful I took this course the only thing i would change about this course is the projects we did towards the end i would try spreading them out because it seems that all the difficult assignments were left towards the end. This course helped me gain knowledge that i will use in future including courses and career, but i know in time all this will change and more and more technology and software will bloom,such as the video below shows.

Maloy, R., O’Loughlin, R., Edwards, S., & Woolf, B. (2013). Transforming Learning with New Technologies. 2nd Edition. Boston, MA: Pearson Education Inc.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Journal post #11

Chapter 11: engaging students in performance assessment and reflective learning.

Focus question:
what is performance assessment for teachers and for students?
performance assessment for teachers is how professors and supervisors evaluate someone who is  preparing to become a teacher. The evaluation consists of the academic and classroom performance all this takes place when your observed teaching a classroom my either mentor teachers and college supervisor.performance assessment for students this is when teachers evaluate the learning process  of every student in the class throughout the school year. in mostly all the schools as a teacher will be expected to give out report cards provide feedback either written or oral also some times do conferences with family and the student discussing the students progress.By conferences you can discuss how you as a teacher can help and get feedback from the student and their family.

Tech tools:
Surveymonkey is a neat easy to use online surveys tool you can take surveys on any topic that you are interested in helps you to also collect informatiom its free for a basic subscription which means 10 questions and no more than a 100 responses.For a pro subscription seventeen dollars a month which includes unlimited surveys and responses. If i were to become a teacher, I would must definitely enjoy using this tool in the beginning of the school year.For example asking students how they would enjoy the class to be and also if the student is a visual or non visual learner.Of course as a teacher it would be preferable to use the pro subscription.

summary and connection:
Chapter 11 discusses the use of assessments in schools,examine the components how both students and teachers can take part of it. Also it discussed the features of digital  portfolio which is great to read about  since we are going to do a teacher webpage eporfolio. This chapter also included ways to promote students involvement such as online surveys and using clickers to anonymously respond to questions posted by a teacher. clickers was first introduced to me in 8th grade i remember this very clearly because everyone in my class loved using it. I personally liked that it was anonymous, so if i answered wrong i wouldn't feel embarrassed also it was a great way for the teacher to know what we needed to work on more. I would definitely use clickers in the future.

Textbook - Maloy, Robert, Verock-O’Loughlin,Ruth-Ellen, Edwards, Sharon A., and Woolf, Beverly Park (2011). Transforming Learning with New Technologies. Boston, MA: Pearson Education, Inc.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Journal post #10

Chapter 10: Promoting success for all students through Technology.

Focus question:
How can technology engage and inspire learning for diverse students?
Technology now in days can help with pretty much anything which is a great helps in many different areas including education.Now there are many diverse students.diverse students can be linguistically and culturally diverse learners also special educational needs."How does technology come in?" you ask. well technology offers powerful ways to kick start engagement and inspire diverse learners for example they can use an online translation service ,which can also be fun for them so they can understand you as a teacher plus try to communicate with you.This expands the methods and approaches you as a teacher will do.Also revealing untold stories and hidden history at times technology has more of an entertainment t that students like for example online videos,interactive websites which gives more  answers to history than a book would at times .

Tech Tools:
Interactive whiteboards-
When i first saw this in a classroom,it was my 2nd year in high school. I thought it was the coolest thing  because it helps both the teachers and students.This interactive whiteboard engages both students and teachers to work on something together.For example a powerpoint of notes students can add by writing them in with the smart pen. I would completely use this as a future teacher because its a fun,interactive,entertaining set of equipment to use.

summary and connection:
chapter10 discussed how technology can help diverse students,writers and how teachers can use adaptive different technology and create a universally designed classroom. chapter 10 also explained the differences in instruction and universal design for learning.This chapter opened my mind to how technology and how it can help different variety of students to actually engage themselves without so much struggle.The technique i would use in the future would be letting students that have difficulty with understanding english or just not knowing what a word means is an online translator because i think it would help them.

Textbook - Maloy, Robert, Verock-O’Loughlin,Ruth-Ellen, Edwards, Sharon A., and Woolf, Beverly Park (2013).Transforming Learning with New Technologies. 2nd Edition. Boston, MA: Pearson Education, Inc.   

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Journal Post #9

Journal Post #9

Chapter 9:Expressing Creativity with multimedia technologies.

Focus question:
How can teachers use video resources in their teaching?

Video resources has become real popular with how teachers teach now in days. video resources are an entertaining way to get students to learn about a certain subject. These videos can be handcrafted videos ,streaming videos,and even videos from youtube as some resources. youtube is a website full of different videos on different subjects you can mostly find anything you like on there.Handcrafted videos are videos that are focused on words,numbers,and images has mainly a white background to it.
Streaming videos are simultaneous transfer of video,data,voice.Examples are internet videos for instance youtube. A great way to use these video resources in teaching is by showing a video on the specific subject that is being taught. Also as a teacher you could be asking students to write a response of what they learned by watching the video, asking them to take notes while they watch, and even throwing in a mini pop quiz on the video. watching videos in class was always fun for me as a student i actually sometimes learn more because I'm a visual learner and if i knew there was going to be a pop quizzes i knew i would have to stay focused.

Tech tool:
TeacherTube is a great streaming video resources for teachers. It is similar to youtube but in this case it includes free educational and instructive themed videos that are made by teachers and students. The site has educator friendly videos and different categories to choose from. TeacherTube not only offers videos but It also has docs,audios,photos,and blogs. TeacherTube was launched in march 2007.


Summary and connection:

Chapter 9 discussed the use of technology and how teachers can use different multimedia in their teaching.Multimedia including powerpoint,videos and movies.It discussed how all these can be used to promote learning in the classroom in a fun way.This chapter also described how teachers can use podcasts and vodcasts as a teaching and learning technologies method which i thought was interesting because podcasts are online audio recordings that can be accessed by computer,smartphones,and even  mobile device that have internet.I personally think that this chapter has been the most interesting to read because I'm all for the different multimedia resources that a teacher can include in their teaching.

Textbook - Maloy, Robert, Verock-O’Loughlin,Ruth-Ellen, Edwards, Sharon A., and Woolf, Beverly Park (2013). Transforming Learning with New Technologies. 2nd Edition. Boston, MA: Pearson Education, Inc.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Journal post #8

Chapter 8:communicating and collaborating with social media

Focus question:
What is the best use of a classroom website or teaching blog and how can it improve learning for students?
The best use of a classroom website is that both parents and students know the activities that are being done in the classroom. The classroom website is where teachers information can be found, also the class website focuses on the students work it provides information such as dates of exams,homework assignments,and also schedules of school events.the class website also gives a student a way to post their work and explorer on a subject or topic.This can improve learning for students for example say that a student forgets the information on a homework assignment they can just look into the class website and get the information they need. students can also get prepared on time for a test or quiz because they can look for the upcoming dates on them. our online class is a good example of this because it has information on the course and professor it lets us see or assignments and we can post them on there too.

Connections & Possibilities :
Twitter for teachers
Twitter is a huge social media/ microblogging site. It is a great informative,interactive,and blogging site.Anyone can have one you can tweet your favorite celebrity and if your lucky get tweeted back.  teachers can follow other teachers so they can get updated with school information or anything related of the sort.Also hashtags and subject lookup can be a great way to see conversation or tweets on specific subjects.Twitter can be a great way to announce things to students or parents about class websites or blog add ons or any type of information.

summary and connections:
Chapter 8 discussed ways how teachers can communicate information and collaborate with students by social media.The social media discussed were class website or blogs also emailing,and text messaging.Chapter 8 also examined wikis as a collaboration learning stagey for students and teachers, it demonstrated how to create and use a teaching blog. My favorite is the classroom website. I think it is a good thing to use because parents can go and see what topic their child is learning and homework that is being assigned.My younger sisters have a classroom page so we can see if they have homework just in case they forget to mention anything.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Journal post #7

 Chapter 7: Exploring problem solving with software, Apps and Games.

Focus question:
What are the key debates about using computer games and simulations as learning resources?
The debate is that when people think about computer games and simulations they think that its just all fun and games its discussed how some parents and teachers feel that technology should be banned for some age group students. in some perspectives people feel that computers are a distraction and can be harmful to a students learning environment because of different themes of game out there.Some people think it will effect the process of students development such as reading,writing and thinking skills its also debated how it can effect social skills.

Tech tool:
Scratch ( i had to take a look it sounded interesting. scratch is a website where you can make your own games and animated characters that can be a part of a story you are making.This website has 3d and 2d features you can use this for text or images.I find it neat that you can make your own animated stories by recording voices/sounds. Its a great fun way for students to learn and teachers can make them use this as a source for a project so along the way they can follow assignment rules while still learning and having fun.

summary and connection:
Chapter 7 discussed how software, Apps, and Games can actually be used in the learning environment. k-12 can use games, apps, and software to help them with problem solving skills and understanding subjects that is being targeted in a fun way for the students to learn. which i myself when i was  a younger student enjoyed. yes there are always debates on how leaning with games and apps is a distraction but for some students it can be great because they can be visual learners  and at times education games are a great way for them to learn the subject.


Textbook - Maloy, Robert, Verock-O’Loughlin,Ruth-Ellen, Edwards, Sharon A., and Woolf, Beverly Park (2011). Transforming Learning with New Technologies. Boston, MA: Pearson Education, Inc. 

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Journal post #6

Chapter 6: Fostering online learning with educational websites and apps 

Focus question:
What are the different types of educational websites available on the internet?

There are 6 types of websites for both students and teachers to use for learning.
These include lesson plan,student-to-expert communication, archival and primary source, Real-time and recorded data,skills practice,and also exploration and discovery websites.
Lesson plan websites:
is a very well used tool (websites) among teachers. there are great websites that help teachers come up with ideas and additional resources for a particular lesson plan.
Student-to-expert websites:
These type of websites i find really interesting its feature includes exchanges of information and ideas in which a student can ask an expert in a particular subject.The experts can be in colleges,businesses,and other organizations. I find this tool really useful for students who want to know something on a particular subject because they can ask someone who knows about that particular subject.
Archival and primary source website:
are websites that can be used to look up historical things. It can be accessed by primary and archival sources this includes organizations, museums,and libraries.This is a great way for students to learn how to do research and also learn about historic events. students can even sometimes find activities or print outs that are provided by the website.
Real time and recorded data websites:
is a type of website in which you can learn different subjects and it would be like your physically there. I had to use a kind of website similar to Skype to be present in the class. one of my teachers went away on a conference so that was his way of giving us a lecture.
skills practice websites:
are based on subjects in which teachers can assign groups to do activities.such as for example a typing website in which it teaches you how to type faster on a computer.
Exploration and discovery websites:
is when students or teaches engage in a topic and want to explore the website and discover information on interested topics and explore the material by doing interactive learning activities.

Tech Tools:
goodreads ( a website program in which you can organize your readings online, by creating shelves you can add titles on shelves. You can rate the books you have read and share your bookshelves. This website needs registration but its free of charge to use. It is a really interesting website in which you can be social with books you have read because you can have your friends see your profile.

Summary and connection:
Chapter 6 discussed social bookmarking, how to manage digital content,and issues surrounding online learning .Also instructional technologies where introduced such as webQuests, virtual field trips and video conferencing. I find this really interesting and fun to use i remember sometime in middle school my band teacher wanted us to hear his friend play the piano and he put his friend through Skype to play for us i found it very interesting because it was something new to me.

Textbook - Maloy, Robert, Verock-O’Loughlin,Ruth-Ellen, Edwards, Sharon A., and Woolf, Beverly Park (2013). Transforming Learning with New Technologies. 2nd Edition. Boston, MA: Pearson Education, Inc.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Journal post #5

Chapter 5: Teaching information literacy and digital citizenship.

Focus Question:
What are search engines and how do they work?
A search engine is a computer program that looks up documents though the internet. For example you type in a specific word or phrase and it will provide you with many online information on the subject linking you to web pages on the specific engines is a top reason why people use the internet to locate information i have to admit i use google quit a lot.Some search engines that are frequently used are google,bing,and yahoo of course there is more but those three are the most popular.

credit to:

Tech Tool: 
photos and audio resources on the web 
Flickr is a website in which photos of different subjects and different themes are shared by people that like photography in an artistic aspect or just because. In high school we were made to make an account and post photos, which was an interesting way to use technology in our art class. Flickr can be used as a visual learning tool in a classroom setting. Flickr organizes its photos by subject and themes which is a great way to look up a photo that can be used by both teachers and students in different ways for example in presentations.
Summary and connection:
In chapter five it discusses the internet and the different things that you can do when searching for information.Search engines were explained such as google and wikipedia.Also topics such as plagiarism, creditability on the website, and cyberbullying were discussed. For me this chapter was helpful because it is nerve racking when doing a research paper because A. your looking up information need to check if its creditable information that you found and need to be careful and word the information in your own words and cite when needed.It also goes more into digital citizenship which just means that people use information for the right reasons and gives credit to who ever gave the information/ deservers it .This chapter was one of the most I've enjoyed reading by far.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Journal post #4

Chapter 4 designing lessons and developing curriculum with technology

Focus question:

How can teachers evaluate and assess students learning?
There are many ways that teachers can evaluate and assess their students such as some that include test assessments, standard based assessments, and performance approach.Many teachers use tests and performance assessments to get an understanding of how much a student knows before a particular lesson and how much they learn afterwords. Another approach that is being used is technology because teachers can incorporate them by testing students , giving them quizzes, and also giving them writing assignments.I remember back in middle school how everyone in 8th grade had to take a comprehension test before the school year , in the middle of the school year, and at the end of the school year to see how much we learned that particular year. I believe the criterion assessments are better to do as an educator because the students that are taking part in this testing are being evaluated by their personal performance. The assessment can be the creation of the teacher which means questions will include what the students have learned during classes.I prefer this assessment because you can see were the students are and in what area they need particular help.

Connections & possibilities:
Thinkinity: online lesson development resources 
Before teachers would ask them selves "what do i teach on monday morning?" Teachers would have to do their own little research reviewing the school curriculum, gathering materials for a lesson plan at the library reading books professionally done. Will now Teachers have options such as going online and trying to find detailed lessons to develop their own. Thinkfinity is a website which contains an enormous amount of standards-based curriculum ideas and lesson plans. Thinkfinity is organized also by grade level ,learning materials, and the subject.

summary and connection:
In chapter four you get an insight of how lesson plans are planned out and made. lesson plans are made focused on trying to engage the students while they learn a particular subject. Also it explained how now there are particular websites you can use to develop a lesson plan and other tools to make a lesson plan more effective. I feel that it is an easier way then how it was done before when there was no technology.teachers would have to of done double the work.


Textbook - Maloy, Robert, Verock-O’Loughlin,Ruth-Ellen, Edwards, Sharon A., and Woolf, Beverly Park (2013).Transforming Learning with New Technologies. 2nd Edition. Boston, MA: Pearson Education, Inc.   

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Journal post #3 
 chapter 3: Transforming learning with unique,powerful learning.

Focus question:

How does computer technology promote unique powerful and transformative learning for students and teachers?

     Technology promotes unique powerful and transformative learning for both students and teachers by engaging them in a lesson.Students now in days seem more entertained when teachers use technology in a lesson. Problem solving and critical thinking are some of the things that technology uniquely has to offer. Online learning from educational games and interactive simulations improves and develops problem solving and critical thinking . I believe students learn more with technology other than non electronics in some cases because they are in the competitive mood wanting those points and winning.  Technology is Transforming how teachers are teaching instead of how they used to do things for example handing out quizzes,textbook reading,writing down notes on the board for students to write down and completing work sheets.Now you see teachers hand out the notes, give quizzes online, assign students to read an ebook which is books online you can read. As a result  students learn in ways that make education more fun and they can easy engage with what is being taught.

Tech tool:

 3.2 web resources and apps for developing digital literacies 
   discusses a few web resources one can look into for specific topics which can come in forms of apps. Also it discusses ebooks which can give you an active reading experience including pictures that are animated and a narrator that can read to you if preferred by a touch of  a finger. ebooks and apps are a great resource for those who are beginning to read to those who are active readers its a great way to be entertained while learning.

summary and connection:
Chapter three discusses how teachers are incorporating technology into lesson plans and how students are engaging in learning by using technology. Technology is being used in classrooms to engage students to learn problem solving and promote their critical thinking skills. Also i think its a great way for students to know how to use technology in there learning environment because it helps the students build digital citizenship which refers to the ability to participate in an online society.

Textbook - Maloy, Robert, Verock-O’Loughlin,Ruth-Ellen, Edwards, Sharon A., and Woolf, Beverly Park (2013). Transforming Learning with New Technologies. 2nd Edition. Boston, MA: Pearson Education, Inc. 

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Journal Post #2

Journal Post #2

Sunday 26th, 2014

Chapter 2 understanding educational technology issues and trends.

Focus question:
What are the major issues, developments, and trends in the field of educational technology?

     A major issue is that there is a lot of digital divides and participation gaps between the students. A lot of these students come from low-income and nonwhite homes and because of this students do not have access to computers or even the internet. If these students continue to not have access to computers or to the newest technologies they would be left behind in an academic gap, which means students from high-income families would be able to achieve the academic standards than the lower-income students. In my opinion a way to help lower-income students is to provide technology in the classrooms. If students are able to have technology in the classrooms they will be more literate in technology and help students with their academics. I think some of the trends in the field of educational technology is that teachers are using online videos, podcasts, and other forms of media, so students can go back to review or maybe get motived to do academic work. As an educator you want to see students succeed and it is a great way to create a different learning experience. Technology helps students excel in problem solving and critical thinking by doing online research, electronic worksheets, and doing online tutoring programs.

Credit: Canopy Oaks Elementary website

Connection possibilities:
     Ted talks are video presentations that can include project ideas, musical performances, poetry, and including so much more. In my perspective it is a good tool to be used by educators to have another way to each students about different subjects and ideals. It is also a fun way for students to learn by using computer graphics and animations.
Summary and connection:
     Chapter 2 discusses how technologies are engaging students in learning and how technology can also become a barrier for a students academic success. The reason is because of the different technology teachers are now using. Growing up for me was so different from how students are growing up in the present. From an early age students are learning how to use computers for either doing presentations on powerpoints or doing online classes. And when I was young all my presentations were on poster boards and online classes were unknown.


Maloy, Robert, Verock-O’Loughlin,Ruth-Ellen, Edwards, Sharon A., and Woolf, Beverly Park 
     (2013).Transforming Learning with New Technologies. 2nd Edition. Boston, MA: Pearson 
     Education, Inc.
Journal Post #1
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Chapter 1 – Becoming a 21st Century Teacher
Focus Question: What are 21st Century skills and 21st Century technologies?  
   What are 21st century skills you ask? Well 21st century skills represent the knowledge and understandings that students need to have in order to understand the developed technological society we have now in days. These Skills include making informed judgments, and the ability to think critically for reasons including and not limited to communicate and collaborate with others and using technology in a creative way. To Find and discover the information they need and use them in innovative ways.       
 21st century technologies have a huge range from computers, smartphones, and tablets.  Technology today has the potential to do many things from transforming media to creating them. With the technology today anything is possible for example sharing networking, social Network teaming, social bookmarking sites.21st Technology and 21st-century skills are directly connected by using computers which has access to the Internet leading to  endless outcomes. These outcomes offer inspiring ways for students to live by thinking critically on a problem and resolving them. 
                                                    picture by Stanley Rutkowski on coetail

Text tool :Tablets, smartphones, and laptops are just some of the most used technologies today. All devices which are something I find really useful, little computers you can carry around with you. Laptops can run multiple windows and have substantial battery life. Laptops come in different forms which include ultra portable, thin and light and including mid-size. Ultraportable are the smallest computers you can find of course they have smaller screen and keyboard they can be touch screens and stylus typing ones.Thin and light is the best combination of both ultraportable and midsize models it files storage with good speed and is a little more expensive than ultraportable it has a midsize screen and weighs heavier. Midsize laptops have high resolution screens and have an okay battery life and enough power to store multiple files. Just like the one I have which I believe is the best to use for school work. Tablets are touch screen computers they are small flat screen and also provide Internet access through any network companies that include Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile. The best-selling and a personal favorite would be apples iPad its Lightweight easy to carry around and the best of all. I can complete schoolwork on it. There are now tablets that you can put Microsoft programs in it so and have CD slots in them and it’s even more convenient. Smartphones are mobile telephones that can perform a great range of things smart phones have voice communication, text messaging and video viewing.You can access the Internet which can be very useful for example I use one myself when Stores have coupons but not only that also I submit schoolwork from my smart phone when I'm busy.  

Photo credit to elcique on Flickr

Summary & Connection The first chapter gave so much information .The chapter discussed how computers, social media,internet and how other new technologies are being used among students as well as how it affects them.Also it described ways teachers can use 21st Century technologies to teach 21st Century skills to the classroom.Along the chapter it explained how to organize and begin building your own digital identity as a technology using teacher.which makes me a little scared and excited. I am scared of  technology and media because of of the fact that there is so many out there.There is an enormous variety of technology out there and new technology is invented every now and then, But I'm looking forward to learning all about it and expanding my knowledge in technology using.

Textbook - Maloy, Robert, Verock-O’Loughlin,Ruth-Ellen, Edwards, Sharon A., and Woolf, Beverly Park (2013). Transforming Learning with New Technologies. 2nd Edition. Boston, MA: Pearson Education, Inc.