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.