Week 8 Post




I agree with the reasons this article posts, I just think that theres a time and place for everything, like anything else, and including cell phone use in school. Cell phones can be found to be a tool to use in the classrooms. A great quote from this post is, “As Kevin Honeycutt is fond of saying, “Students used to pass notes on paper.  We never banned paper.”” … When reading that quote it struck me that it’s the same situation, and nothing was done about paper, students were just punished when it was being used wrongly, and the wrong usage of cell phones should be treated the same way.


Image that supports this article and my reaction to it: http://www.cellbusters.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/398559-5972-59.jpg


Week 8 Twitter Assignment


<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p>10 Things Every Teacher Should be able to do on Google Docs: <a href=”http://t.co/pU4eUdxwtb”>http://t.co/pU4eUdxwtb</a&gt; <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/edtech?src=hash”>#edtech</a&gt; <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/gafe?src=hash”>#gafe</a&gt; <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/edchat?src=hash”>#edchat</a></p>&mdash; Jennifer Carey (@TeacherJenCarey) <a href=”https://twitter.com/TeacherJenCarey/statuses/493427913887211521″>July 27, 2014</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p>4 Technology Trends Changing Higher Education <a href=”http://t.co/FckCavB6aT”>http://t.co/FckCavB6aT</a&gt; <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/edtech?src=hash”>#edtech</a&gt; <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/edchat?src=hash”>#edchat</a></p>&mdash; BrightBytes (@BrightBytes) <a href=”https://twitter.com/BrightBytes/statuses/493426884215336961″>July 27, 2014</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p><a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/DigitalParenting?src=hash”>#DigitalParenting</a&gt;: 10 <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/Digcit?src=hash”>#Digcit</a&gt; <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/Parenting?src=hash”>#Parenting</a&gt; Tips from Your <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/Mother?src=hash”>#Mother</a&gt; via <a href=”https://twitter.com/Edudemic”>@Edudemic</a&gt; <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/edtech?src=hash”>#edtech</a&gt; <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/edchat?src=hash”>#edchat</a&gt; <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/teens?src=hash”>#teens</a&gt; <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/manners?src=hash”>#manners</a&gt; <a href=”http://t.co/QeolJXhVYr”>http://t.co/QeolJXhVYr</a></p>&mdash; Sue Scheff (@SueScheff) <a href=”https://twitter.com/SueScheff/statuses/493424829882589186″>July 27, 2014</a></blockquote>
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The embedded tweets above are very helpful articles related to education and technology.  Not only are they about technology and education but they offer great ideas to educators about how education can be used in the classroom.  My favorite of the embedded tweets is the first one and how helpful using Google Docs can be.  Great features are offered when it comes to using Google Docs with students; you can see the history of their projects, you can add comments, you can do many other things that make projects a lot easier for students and the teacher. 


Week 7 Post


After reading Project Tomorrow’s Speak Up 2013 Student Survey, I received more insight on the use of technology in the classroom and what schools and teachers around the United States are doing to enhance the use of technology for their students.  This survey included graphs to illustrate their findings in research and this allowed for better understanding and perspective of the research presented.  

I was impressed to see that girls are also very much ahead of their male peers when it comes to digital learning, technology and the well known writing skills.  It is usually assumed that males have a better grasp at anything technology related and it is nice to see that girls are becoming familiar with these skills.

Technology will facilitate planning for instruction in the classroom because technology is becoming more and more prominent in our society today. Adding technology and digital learning to our classrooms not only captures our students’ attention but allows them to learn in a way that will have their attention and that they are versed in.  These methods are easier to practice when the schools help provide digital routes for students if they are not able to find these routes on their own or at home.  


An example of a flipped classroom

Please ignore the “Happy Independence Day!” title… My lesson is totally about George Washington…



For this example of a flipped classroom, I used PowToons to create the presentation.  PowToons also allowed for me to record my own voice to add to the video. Only negative I have found with PowToons if you don’t know how to use other sound recording devices (such as myself…), you have to record in one sequence, not multiple. The problem with this, you ask? You have to time your voice and slides perfectly in order for them to match up… If you watched mine, it becomes clear that I’m really not good with time, but all the information is there and my voice does eventually catch up with the slides.




Week 5&6

EDReach Podcast, “The Only Thing A Principal Needs to Know” by Mark Johnson
This podcast is about a man who originally became a teacher and eventually became a school principal. He discusses what his new role is and how being a principal is much different than being a teacher like he was for at least a decade beforehand. He encourages those who consider being a principal to be a principal but to not get caught up in the administration side of things, but to always remember what it’s like to be a teacher. I would assume this is because no one knows what it’s like to be a teacher except teachers themselves, and it can be incredibly frustrating when someone is making decisions affecting you that doesn’t make your job any easier.
I enjoy the idea of a podcast; they’re quick blurbs of information, or short articles that seem to be read to you. For the auditory learner, podcasts can make the world of a difference for their learning. They may have had to read the same article multiple times to grasp the information versus just hearing the podcast once. Very helpful; I’d add podcasts to my classroom!

The two TedTalks I watched for the week were, TEDxNYC – Dan Meyer: Math class needs a makeover && Ken Robinson: How to escape education’s death valley.
Dan Meyer discussed math in the classroom today and why students aren’t withholding any of the information being taught to them. Most of the information seems to go in one ear and out the other because students aren’t seeing the information as applicable to their futures. Meyer’s then mentioned how he likes to take out specific offered information of a textbook problem and then allows his students to think about problems with intuition… for example with the tank being filled up with water and wondering how long it would take for it to be filled up.
Not ever being a fan or particularly good at math, at any level, or at any aspect, I agree with Meyer’s. I was the student who would sit back and wait for another student who as he says, “… understands and knows the formula,” because I didn’t want to be embarrassed, because I didn’t understand what I had to do. I never understood why complex math problems had to have a place in my education or my life. Meyer’s answered that question, by changing problems and making them applicable. Now, I only wish I had Meyer’s as my math teacher when I was in school because maybe if I had, I would have enjoyed school or even just my math classes more.




A resource from slide 47 was about Infographics under “Kathy Schrock’s Guide to Everything.” Inforgraphics are a fabulous tool for students in the classroom because they are visual representations of numbers, or statistics.  These visual representations help for information to be perceived quickly, and are essential for visual learners.  


Video Response


 Extracurricular empowerment: Scott McLeod at TEDxDesMoines


In response to Mr. McLeod’s video, I agree that students should be able to use the media or any technologies that are allowed and proven to enhance their learning.  It makes no sense to create technology for students and then to punish them for using the technology or creating the technology and not allowing students to use it.  Doing this to students is conflicting and does not allow them to grow and expand on their knowledge, or even just to become more technologically savvy. So many students have brilliant ideas to develop if we allow them, and as educators it is critical that we do.