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.