Before I began this class I had heard how hard it was going to be, but after completing this course I realized it wasn’t hard at all, it was just very time consuming. At the start of this class I had learned about how the schools should be in the cloud and driven by the students rather than the teacher. This idea brought new ideas and insight to my future teaching career. I also started a blog about all the information that I have learned throughout the course.
The main objective in this course was to learn about all the technology that is or could be used in the classroom other than the traditional teaching methods, one being a project-based quest (PBQ) that groups students together and allows them to learn the project by researching on their own without the teacher. By learning what the end project needs, each week we learned about what technologies are used in the ending projects. Google has many avenues that you can use with youtube, word, excel, and powerpoint, to just name a few. With google, you are able to create webpages as well. Using Google sites we created an eportfolio on our teacher portfolios. My eportfolio is as follows: Joyce Sampson’s ePortfolio. Other technology that I learned about consist of wikis and screencasting. Wikis are sites that multiple people edit to create a site that provides beneficial information for others. Screencasting is a recorded video of your screen and provide information to someone. So an example of one is the following:
The video above shows my final project-based quest.
More technology I learned about were tools that you can use in the classroom for your students to learn from. One tool I picked for my PBQ is called SketchUp. The following link (SketchUp) is where I was able to download a free version to my laptop to create many ideas. I created a screencasting on SketchUp and the following video shows just that:
One last tool I have learned to use is creating a video (commercial) using a website with animated characters. We created a commercial about copyright laws in the classroom. Here is the commercial I made:
After creating all of these videos, screencastings, wikis, and websites I have learned a lot within the last 10 weeks of this course and I am proud to say that I have made it to the end and have written all of this down to use in my own classroom once I have completed this credential program. I am hoping all of you have learned as much as I have!
I knew about copyright laws, but always forgot about them. This week’s module allowed me to remember what I already knew and learned more. Some copyright laws that I already knew were that you could only copy enough handouts out of a particular book/journal to your classroom students, no more. I remember in high school one teacher had told me that she wasn’t allowed to make more copies of the particular handout due to copyright laws. Of course I was confused and went on with my normal day. Throughout college I knew I had to site my sources when writing papers and such, but this week I learned that siting sources is not how you get around the copyright laws. Getting permission to display copyrighted material is the best option for anyone who wants to use the information. According to the Copyright Clearance Center, https://www.copyright.com/Services/copyrightoncampus/content/index_class.html, copying material in the classroom is ok to do, however certain guidelines are followed. Following the specific guidelines is beneficial to both the teacher and the school. If the teacher is following the guidelines, then the school has a better chance of not being sued by the publisher.
Technology use in the classroom is becoming more relevant each and every year. With copyright laws being always in affect, students are strongly recommended to learn these laws so they are not using the copyrighted material inappropriately in their project based learnings (PBLs). Teachers are those who educate students to become successful in there careers/life, so educating students on copyright laws seem to be beneficial to their future. I believe teachers should be responsible adults and model to their students on how to be the best they can be ethically to their environment.
In the following video explains how teachers sometimes are unaware of how copyright laws work and think that everything falls under the “fair use” law. This video is also a good educational video that explains what copyright laws are.
Social media is not only about Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, etc. Social media also includes YouTube, tumblr, other blog sites, LinkedIn, Instagram, etc. I use social media on a daily basis outside of my school setting. I use Facebook and tumblr for the use of blogging my son’s growth progress to my family who are states away from where I live, so they are able to keep up with him and my family. I mainly use tumblr for that purpose, but I use Facebook as well to document his growth. I use Facebook to express my feelings, as well as document my interests. Now that I am a mom, I like to keep up with other moms and what they do to keep up with toddlers and different hacks to help along the way. I am associated with groups that post local news as well as Southern California news. Facebook is where I see my news and then I branch out of Facebook to find credibility of those news stories. Not everything on the internet is true and finding the websites that are credible are crucial to your valuable knowledge. Another use of Facebook for myself is to keep up with old friends from high school and to see what everyone is up to. To me it is an easy way to keep up with what people do so you don’t feel left out when you are able to talk to them or see them again. I am this way with my best friend who lives on the other side of the country. We keep both of us in the loop as to what is going on by posting pictures and status’ so when we do get together, we are living in the moment enjoying each others company and not trying to play catch up with our lives.
Social media in the classroom for most teachers is not a good thing, but they need to grasp that social media is not going away and to use social media as a way to educate students. According to Marie Owens (http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/teaching-with-technology-articles/using-social-media-classroom/), social media use in the classroom is a great tool to teach students how to use it properly. It also engages them to learn more about the social media use other than Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. By using social media such as student blogs, which teachers can monitor, can help with in class projects such as PBLs. This also allows students to become more aware of different cultures. By allowing students to use social media to learn about their projects they can see where other students around the globe come from and what their life styles are. By allowing the students to see the different cultures will help the students to become more well-rounded and appreciate those who have other cultures.
The following video shows a teacher who have students in the 1st grade who use social media such as blogs and twitter to keep track of their progress and to socialize with other students across the world.
EPortfolios are webpages that show your professional resume, career ideas, store documents for others to see, etc. Using ePortfolios in your professional teaching career is a great opportunity to showcase your profile as well as discuss with other professionals about your creative teaching ideas. Not only can you discuss your ideas with others, you can save documents to the ePortfolio to allow your students to access for projects, basic information, calendar due dates, etc. Not only is this helpful for your students, but the parents can have access to the same information and can help their children if needed.
According to MyLabSchool (at http://wps.ablongman.com/ab_mylabschool_demo_1_UB/25/6412/1641568.cw/index.html) the benefits to teachers are: making teachers learners, opportunities to learn about technology, enhance teachers’ impact on students, demonstrates teacher competence, help teachers get jobs, more portable, and charts future professional growth. I can see these benefits in creating my own ePortfolio. It will allow me to feel accomplished and allow for growth in my career. I am excited to use ePortfolios for my own benefit.
Here is a video I found that explains in an easy way how ePortfolios are used:
Using ePortfolios in the classroom with my future students can help me as a teacher to organize papers and make it easier to grade student’s work. Students are used to working with technology and this will allow students to be more comfortable working with technology while learning in the classroom. I believe students will have more learning opportunities with the used of the ePortfolio technology.
Screencasting is new to me. I never knew what I was watching and that it was called a screencast. Now that I know what a screencast is I am seeing them all the time. Screencasting is something that is used for all kinds of explanations, such as teaching subject matter. Education is where you mainly see screencasting. Some examples of screencasting in education are when a teacher explains a project and uses powerpoint to discuss the project; a teacher uses screencasting with online courses to teach concepts; and to explain how to use a specific software. Teachers use screencasting to explain a lot of their information to the students in many different ways. Screencasting is beneficial to the students so they are able to watch the information more than one time in order to refresh their memory when needed. If the student only has lectures in a classroom setting without screencasting, they do not have the ability to rewind the lecture and review the information when needed. The student would have to rely on the notes that they had written down.
St. John’s University shows examples of how screencasting is used in the educational setting at http://campusguides.stjohns.edu/content.php?pid=384133&sid=3151206.
I plan to use screencasting as a math teacher to explain different math questions and how they are answered. This way the student will be able to go back to the screencast to find the answer to their questions when they are at home working on their homework. This will allow the parents to become more involved and understand what the teacher wants out of their child and how the teacher would like their child to answer the math question.
The following is a video (screencasting) about geometry triangles:
Wikis are webpages created by someone to inform others about a topic. These wiki pages are able to be edited by those who have more knowledge about the subject matter and can add/delete/edit the content to enhance the wiki page.
Wikis are new to me in the sense of working with them. I have looked at them before, but never edited them for others or created my own before. I am excited to learn more about them and work with them in this class.
Wikis in the classroom are an interesting thought. I haven’t thought of using them in the classroom until I saw this module. Because I haven’t worked with them before is possibly why I haven’t thought of using them in the classroom. I can see the combination of using the project based learning (PBL) approach and the wikis together to form a cohesive project for the students and the teacher. According to our text, wikispaces is “a popular school wiki platform, Wikispaces offers free community wikis with simple page editing and discussion areas. http://www.wikispaces.com” (Boss, S. p. 243). Wikispaces is a good wiki website to start with if you (as a teacher) is wanting to use a wiki for your PBLs.
Because wikis can be edited, items able to be deleted, and/or information changed, wikis can be a tough area to keep each student’s work from being deleted by others. According to Ms. Decker, our blackboard site allows her to see who edits what information at what times and what was added/edited/deleted. This allows her to keep track of our contribution to our group work. I like was a little concerned about MY information and where it “goes” when or if I add/delete/edit information on our own blackboard wiki. I haven’t played around with the Wikispaces at all, but I am also wondering about the same thing with that website. I would like to see what my students contribute and when. By seeing this can help me to see who is engaged in the group work and who isn’t. Although wikis are a single page, I believe using them in the classroom is a great idea to help students collaborate and work together to make a webpage as a group.
I am a student who is new to the teaching world (although I am a tutor, I haven’t been in a classroom on the teacher side) and as a student I haven’t seen project based learning as a forefront of the classroom. There have been times I have been set up with a team to do a project, but we have learned the information about it first, then have to replicate the steps within the project. One project I remember in high school is dissecting a pig. We all learned the basics of the internal and external features of the pig before the project happened, and then during the dissection we had to find the features based off the knowledge of what the teacher lectured to us. In today’s classrooms of what I have experienced as a student I have yet to see any PBL teams and projects. I believe that PBL is something that I have been waiting to hear. I want to teacher high school math and have been thinking of ways to make the material exciting for them to learn. I believe PBL is the answer to what I have been contemplating. According to edutopia.org, PBL and math is very hard to do, but it still can be done. I found a blog on edutopia.org that explains how difficult it is, but is still able to be done (http://www.edutopia.org/blog/project-based-learning-math-standards). I believe using PBL in the classroom with help those students remember math standards easier. I am hoping those students will do their share of the project instead of relying on others to do the work for them.