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Blog Response 3

As a future teacher I think Twitter could develop into something for the classroom, but I wonder about the 140 character limit. That is only a couple of sentences, and yes I do suppose that this could be very good, especially when students have questions. A student could post the question and then the reply could be seen by all of the students, because as we all know most of the time more than one student has that same question, but they are too afraid to ask. I am not exactly sure if that is how it works, but I am definitely going to look into this some more. You could even just keep the students updated on what is coming up in class, what they can work on when they have completed activities, etc. so the whole class doesn’t feel rushed or interrupted when completing assignments or projects. It would be perfect for a computer classroom, but could also be helpful to parents of students. The parents could ask questions or see throughout the day what the students are up to if the teacher keeps the twitter updated. Twitter could become the most up-to-date way to know what is going on, because it is short, sweet, and to the point!

http://www.thethinkingstick.com/?p=526#comments

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June 17, 2007 at 3:43 pm Leave a comment

MLK Website Blog #3

I recently came across this MLK Jr. site, I thought it looked pretty interesting at first, but as I read through the information and tried to search for reliable sources I couldn’t find them, or even the author of the site. So I clicked on the link to the group sponsoring the site and it was a White Nationalist Community, which I found strange, so I went back and read more of the content and links. I found that some of the links were dead or didn’t lead to what they implied and the information wasn’t really appropriate for students. Even the YouTube clip was old and didn’t work anymore, and that was the front page. I was always told that .org sites were better resources, but this site has proven to me that that is not true. The website takes a different view on MLK than I am use to and I don’t think that it is an appropriate view to teach students. This site comes up sixth on a Google search, which is appalling to me, and I am guessing it is simply because of the name of the site and the URL: http://www.martinlutherking.org/. I want to make sure to teach students about checking their sources carefully when searching the net and that even though the website might sound good or look good it isn’t necessarily right.

June 11, 2007 at 12:16 am Leave a comment

ED 205 Blog Comment #2

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June 1, 2007 at 4:25 pm 1 comment

ED 205 Blog-Top 5 applications every student should learn

 Many educators feel that students should be taught the software applications they will have to know to succeed in their lives beyond school (e.g., work or college). Please make a list of five specific applications you think every student should learn, from more important to less important (you can name the application or just give the title — e.g., Word or word processors).

Explain your ranking in your blog entry. At what level in school do you think each application should be taught? Why?

My rankings would be:

1.      Word

2.      PowerPoint

3.      Excel

4.      Research and reference tools/Databases

5.      Web Authoring

I think that word processing is the most important for students to learn because they will need it throughout their education and life in order to type papers and letters, create professional looking documents, create their resume, and anything else that can be typed. In my opinion, word processing should be learned by third grade because students are really starting to get into writing long paragraphs and stories, instead of just sentences. Next, I think that presentation software should be learned. Students tend to find these programs fun, and it is then a different way for the students to do projects and presentations. Presentation software should be introduced in fourth grade because y then they know how to somewhat gather information and they can start to put together presentations about the information, as they get older they can continue to learn about all of the different features that can make their presentations even better. Excel is next on my list because once again it is useful in the school, work, and even personal environments. With spreadsheets student can become more organized, program in formulas, alphabetize lists, keep track of budgets and money, create graphs, etc. This should be taught in early middle school or late elementary school when students are learning formulas and learning to keep track of information by graphs and such. Fourth on my list are a research and reference tools or databases because I think this is important in the top five, and the students can use this in many different settings. It is useful for students to learn this earlier, when they actual start researching more in depth, like third and fourth grade. My last pick of my top five applications for students is Web Authoring applications because I do think that as our society does move more and more to technology and computers that websites are becoming very important in future careers and advertising. Students need to learn how to create websites and effectively create websites. I don’t think that students need to learn this until high school, but middle school could also be a time to learn about creating websites. Websites can be tied into the curriculum as a history project, i.e., creating a website on information on the era they are learning about, or as a website demonstrating an opinion or idea. All of the applications mention are important to me because I believe that they can not only be useful in the curriculum, but also because students can use them when they move on from school and into the real world.

 

May 28, 2007 at 12:38 am 1 comment

Multimedia Software in the Classroom-Ed 205

Principal Lancaster,

The need for multimedia software in my classroom and all others in the building would be very beneficial not only to the success of the students, but also to the success of our staff as a whole. The text-based programs that are currently on the computers are great for student use when writing papers, or searching for simple information, but they do not do much to help the students actually learn or be engaged. Based on the research that I have been sifting through multimedia gives us as teachers the ability to present information more naturally by not only using text but images, audio, video, graphics, etc. This allows all children to have an opportunity to learn with their own individual strengths. I have found several statistics from the article, “The Ideal Multimedia-Enabled Classroom: Perspectives from Psychology, Education, and Information Science” such as,

* Multimedia applications can enhance student learning. Active learning indicates what percentage we remember: 10% of what we read, 20% of what we hear, 30% of what we see, 50% of what we hear and see, 70% of what we say, and 90% of what we both say and do (Todd, 1997).
* According to the United States Department of Defense data, we have short-term retention of approximately 20% of what we hear, 40% of what we see and hear, and 75% of what we see, hear, and do. Trainees complete courses with multimedia in one-third the time of those receiving traditional instruction, and reach competency levels up to 50% higher. In most cases, the overall cost of instruction is lower (Oblinger, 1991).
* In broad terms, computer-based instruction works. It offers a 10 to 20% improvement in performance over conventional training methods and a one-third reduction in time on task. They [trainers] can reduce the amount of time that a trainee spends learning by one-third (Fletcher, 1991).
* Students retain 20% of what they see, 30% of what they hear, 50% of what they see and hear, and 80% of what they see, hear, and interact with (Shelly, Waggoner, Cashman & Waggoner, 1998).

In order to help our students learn as effectively as possible we need to invest in multimedia educational software instead of simply text-based software. Yes, this may cost more money than the other software, but the benefits and time saved by the students learning more effectively will allow our students to perform better on the standardized tests that are always hanging over our heads while still having a curriculum that is interesting and not based on “the test”. I have included a link to an article that I think will greatly help to support my position. The article sums up the effectiveness of multimedia in education and the key elements to make this successful. Thank you for your time and consideration of this very important proposition.

Sincerely,

Katie

I found this article through the GVSU library website and the WilsonSelect database. Source: Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia 12 no2 199-221 2003. Title: “The Ideal Multimedia-Enabled Classroom: Perspectives from Psychology, Education, and Information Science”. Authors: Ahmet M. Eskicioglu and Danny Kopec

May 20, 2007 at 8:59 pm Leave a comment

ED 205 Blog Response 1

http://coolcatteacher.blogspot.com/2006/01/how-wikis-podcasts-and-laptops-help.html

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The person in charge of the blog has to still approve my response to post it.

May 19, 2007 at 7:19 pm 1 comment

Describe the computer-related technologies that you have available in your living environment and/or work environment. How have you used technologies in your previous educational experiences? How have teachers/instructors used technology to help in teaching you? What do you hope to learn in this class? Finally, provide your definition of “educational technology.” – Experiences with Technology

The computer-related technologies that I have available in my living and working environment are a laptop PC, cell phone, touch screen monitor for cash register at work, and various programs on computers. I use my laptop for pretty much everything everyday! I use it to schedule, my source for news and weather, to do my assignments, to communicate through email and instant message, to research, shop, and just browse the Internet. I was without it for about a month and during that time I also lost my cell phone for about a week that is when I realized how dependent I have become on technology.

In my previous educational experiences I have used technology, mostly with computers, for presentations, projects, information, and just typing. I have had to use Microsoft Word every single day for the past two years for one class or another, plus Microsoft PowerPoint has helped many times to make my just okay presentations into something a little more exciting!! I have learned how to import clips and pictures, as well as sounds. I have used Excel to create graphs to go with projects also.

Teachers/instructors have used technology in the classroom to teach by creating PowerPoint presentations to go along with the lesson, the projector to give use the visual along with lecture, they have assigned Internet research projects, and foreign language instructors have used language labs effectively allowing us to record our practices, watch foreign films, listening to music in that language, etc. Without the technology I don’t think that my educational experiences would be as interesting and it allows the instructors to not have to put as much extra work into the lesson to make it more interesting.

In this class I hope to learn how to integrate more technology into the classroom, even if we have limited technological resources and how to teach students the things they need to know about computers. My definition of educational technology is pretty broad, and party came from a classmate in our class discussion, he found the definition of technology, “The application of knowledge to meet the goals, goods, and services desired by people.” www.tldsb.on.ca/schools/huntsvilleps/99/lessons/trade/dictionary.htm So from that I would say that educational technology is applying what we know into educating our students while integrating new ways of using the technologies that we currently have to enrich the students learning.

Link to another ed tech blog: http://weblogg-ed.com/

May 13, 2007 at 3:46 pm Leave a comment

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