Reflection

Posted: November 24, 2013 in Uncategorized
  • untitledWhat have you learned from this online class? Describe your learning experience briefly.

The use of technology is essential in all classrooms. Even though it is incorporated and essential, teachers will never be replaced in the classroom. Throughout the months of this class I have learned many things. Each assignment provided step-by-step instructions and made it easy to follow. I learned new resources and tools that can be used in the future. These tools will benefit many of my future students as well as me.

  • What were your weak and strong points? Explain.

There were many different strengths and weakness of the class and of myself. First of all, the most difficult aspect of the class was not actually attending lectures. It was difficult to essential teach myself but not impossible. Along with this, the strongest aspect of the class was the tutorials. The tutorials provided for each assignment was easily followed and in depth. Now when it comes to me, my weakness in the class was communication. I tried to complete all assignments on my own and have only spoken to the instructor about two times throughout the entire semester. My biggest strength on the other hand has been punctuality. I have completed every assignment early and with all required components.

  • How did you like the interaction between you and your peers, you and instructor? Explain in details. Provide examples if necessary.

I did not like the majority of the interactions throughout the semester in this class. I prefer to speak to others. Email does not seem to be a sufficient mean of communication. Through emails, things get left out, become confusing, and are difficult to explain. This was proven by the imagesCAOZNCW7group assignment. It took days for all the group members to respond to the assignment and even longer to complete their portions. Even though it was difficult, I did enjoy the assignment as a whole. Along with this, the interactions between blogs was great. I love reading other students ideas and experiences as well as hearing opinions and suggestions on mine.  I did, however, like the online chats. These chats helped with explain course requirements and make me more comfortable with my peers and instructor. I believe that there should have been more mandatory chats than required.

  • Reflect on the communication tools used in this class. From your experience, explain the advantages and disadvantages of the communication tool you used most. Provide examples if necessary.

There were a few communication tools used in this classroom. These tools include chats, email, blogs, and Google drive. Email was one of the most used tools. It allowed us to speak to one another since there was no face-to-face interactions. This was probably the best advantage, but the disadvantage to email is the amount of time it requires for a response. Along with this, the blogs and Google drive was a great way to share things with classmates. It proved to be useful when viewing other student’s works. I really liked both of these and will use them in the future. I do not believe there were any disadvantages. Lastly, online chats were used for communication. These chats were great for explaining components of the class easier; however, the chat disadvantages were the technological difficulties that continued to occur. If these were corrected, online chats would be one of the most beneficial tools in the class.

  • untitledFinally discuss your experiences with blogfolio. What aspects of blogfolio do you like most or lest? Explain in details.

Lastly, I loved the use of blogfolios in this class. It was a great way to present information to classmates. I enjoyed reading other student’s entries and learning from their experiences as well as mine. The best part was being able to view their assignments. This showed me areas that I may I went wrong in my own. The responses were also a great aspect of the blogs. I learned many things from my blog responses as well as receiving some constructive criticism and positive feedback.

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Assistive Technology!

Posted: November 24, 2013 in Uncategorized

untitledAssistive Technology is a great resource for teaching. This is because many students have different disabilities that need to be address during instruction. Not all students have can be addressed in a simple lesson so each lessons needs to include differentiate instruction. Assistive technology includes ways to adapt computer resources to make them more user friendly for students with physical disabilities. It also includes any form of technology that can assist students with physical disabilities learn in the general education classroom. Some of the technologies include: hearing aids, wheelchairs, screen readers, magnifiers, speech generating devices, and more. The great thing about computers is the fact that some forms of assistive technologies are built into the software. I never knew this until I began this assignment.

This assignment was a great way to introduce me to assistive technology options that are included in windows computers. The assignment was simple once I was able to access a computer imagesCA1DVSLEwith Windows 7. The first problem I ran into was the fact that I own a laptop with Windows 8. I attempted to access Ease of Access on my own computer, but it proved to be a struggle. I opened my programs but could not find the accessories. I then began the assignment on a Windows 7 computer. This was much easier. The tutorial walked me through the assignment. The only other thing that seemed to be a little difficult to me was the magnifying glass. I finally figured it out and then moved onto the rest of the assignment. I really like what I learned. I have always had difficulties differentiating instruction. This information will help me in the future.

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Turnitin Assignment!

Posted: November 18, 2013 in Uncategorized

downloadWith todays technology advances, plagiarism has become a major issues for teachers. In grade school students that plagiarize are simply given a zero. On the other hand once in college, plagiarism holds major consequences. These consequences may be as extreme as being dis-enrolled. Plagiarism includes more than just turning in a paper as your own. It also includes copying and pasting. Along with this, teachers also have issues with copyrights. One way to address these problems with plagiarism is a new technology software called Turnitin. This software checks a paper for any similarities through the entire internet. It is a great resource for teachers. I had the opportunity to work with it for this assignment.

This particular assignment was easy for me. It may be because I have used turnitin before. I have never actually copy and pasted work from the internet in order to see the percent. On my first paper the percentage came back at 99%. This was very interesting, and I am glad that it was part of our assignment so that way I could see how the technology worked on a plagiarized paper. After  I summarized the information and turned in my paper, it came back as having 3% similar. This was much better than the first paper especially since were allowed to have as much as 10% similar. After submitting it, I then tried to download the report. The directions for the assignment were vague, and I am still having trouble downloading the file at this moment. Next to the view button, there is a button that says download a PDF. I clicked on it, and it is still download. This problem may be from my computer or the site. I have no idea. Otherwise, turnitin we very easy to use and navigate through. After using it once again, I have determined it would be a downad (1)resource for me as a teacher. I don’t believe I would have students use it. What I would do is upload files to turnitin and then return the downloaded reports to the students. It is a great resource in order to lower the amount of plagiarism in schools. It also makes students more aware of plagiarism and simply copy and pasting. Copying and pasting information without citing is also plagiarism. Many students are unaware of this. They believe taking an entire paper and calling it their own is the only form of plagiarism. This is false. I can’t wait to use. I wonder if I could use turnitin for any paper without having a class? It would be a great way to check all of my papers before submitting them.

Turnitin Report

imagesToday, inclusion is the highest priority of placement for students in special education. This becomes difficult for teachers not only in the implantation of technology but also in lessons. An issue is the fact that most teachers begin their career with minimal experience with technology use. Along with this, imagthere are current team problem. The problems are the increasing population of students with disabilities and inadequate systems for services. Another issue is the universal design for learning. Lastly, a problem with technology is also the web associability. In order to address this issue websites need to be made more usable by people with various disabilities. This can be done with text equivalents with screen readers, enlargeable images, web colors, and keyboard navigation.

Although there are issues with integrating technology into special education, there are some ways that it is done. There are strategies used for students with mild disabilities in reading, writing, and math. For reading skills, software, interactive storybooks, and text-to-speech are used. For writing skills, word prediction, speech-to-text, and voice recognition are used. For math skills, specialized calculators, graphing software, drill, games, and tutorials are used. strategies for students with moderate and severe disabilities include functional skills software and alternative access to computers. Functional skills software is used in daily living skills, money management, employability and alternative access to computers would include alternative keyboards or speakers. Some strategies used for students with physical disabilities include assistive technology controls like joysticks and switches. There are even strategies for technology use for students with vision and hearing disabilities. These igesstudents with visual impairments use, canes and sensor technology, tools to convert printed information, screen readers, and screen magnification. The student with hearing impairments use visual feedback and FM amplification systems. Lastly there are also technology uses for students at risk and gifted students. At risk students use reminder services, digital text, text-to-speech, word prediction, virtual math manipulatives, and locus control. Gifted students use electronic communities, research, and interactive and multimedia presentations. Although there are difficulties and problems with technology use, there are also advantages in using it in special education instruction. The uses listed above are great for providing all students with equal learning abilities.

untitleMy endorsement area is Social Studies. I enjoy the subject, but many students tend to find it boring and lack enthusiasm when it is being taught. In order to spark some interest, it would be great to incorporated technology into Social Studies instruction. On top of these issues, there is issues in content with the large amount of material that needs to be cover in a short amount of time, the lack of resources because of the high cost, and changing roles of technology. In order to address these issues and also improve instruction, there are some strategies for integrating technology into Social Studies.

Strategies to use:

  • Electronic Environments that allow students to interact with simulated events or locations
  • Help visualize abstract concepts such as timelines and maps through graphing and spreadsheet software and timeline generatorsuntitled
  • Virtual Trips – Internet resources that allow students to
  • Adventure learning such as hybrid distance education approach and collaborative learning environments
  • digital story telling in which students use personal narrative to explore different social aspects
  • Digital information critiques in which students develop skills to critically evaluate digital information
  • electronic research to study of politics, economics, and current events requires up-to-date information
  • GIS and GPI lessons – Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS), Geocaching

These strategies all have different purposes for integration along with different times in which each would be appropriate. The main purpose for integration strategies is to teach students in different manners. With these integration strategies, students can be exposed to and taught in different manners that would not be accessible in traditional instruction. The strategies are capable of presenting information from the areas of politics, history, geography, social science, and so much more . Along with this, the instructor could use these technology integration strategies in order to teach or the students can use them. I love the idea of virtual field trips, timeline generators, and student research. I’m sure I will use these strategies in my classroom along with some that were not stated by the book. I could use youtube videos to present information on wars or live video stream to present politics and House meetings or trials to my students. With technology the possibilities are endless.

My Website

Posted: October 28, 2013 in Uncategorized

cooltext1255929260Class websites are a great resource for students, teachers, and parents alike. Both parents and students may have access to the classroom website. It could present information such as class syllabus, schedule, contact information, and assignments. This way all the resources can be found in one place and can not be lost by the students. The only problem with a classroom website is the fact that all students may not have access to the website. This is because all students may not have computers, internet, etc. in their household. Because of this, all the information on the website should also be presented in the classroom. I had the opportunity to work with making a website in this class. It was a very beneficial assignment with learning experiences and difficulties.

The creation of the website was fun, yet I had a couple of difficulties from it. First of all, inserting images and links were supper easy. The layout was also fun to play with. I feel like classroom website would be a good way to present resources to students. It is also a good way to present course information without having to print things like rules, syllabus, and schedule. This would save paper, ink, and ultimately money. The money saved could be used in other ways throughout the school. I also love the way students can contact their instructor through the website. The aspect of the assignment I had the most difficulties with was adding a logo to the header. It took me at least 30 minutes to add it. I played around imageswith it until the logo showed up. I couldn’t do it again if I had to. The website I created  I really like. I may even use the same website in my future classroom. If not, then I will create a new one. I feel like the use of a website may be to difficult for younger students, but it would also benefit parents. I will create a website for each class of mine and send the URL home with students on the first day of school. Great resource for future knowledge!!

My Classroom Website

untitled Based on technology advances and students adaptations to it, it has become very important to incorporated internet use into the classroom and curriculum. Web-based activities are a good way to use integration strategies in order to incorporate it. These activities include student research, electronic pen pals, electronic mentoring, virtual field trips, electronic publishing, group product development, problem-based learning, and social action projects. Some integration strategies listed also include support for student research, motivation for writing, practice for information literacy skills, visual learning problems and solutions, development of collaborate skills, and multicultural experiences.

First of the web-base strategies is student research. Student research is great in order for students to gather information for papers and projects developed for class. I always feel the best and most reliable way of gathering research is by using school library databases. This way the information is correct and related to the topic. Next, electronic pen pals and electronic mentoring can be done together. The most obvious way to integrate this is by e-mail. These e-mails help motivate students to write and also practice literacy skills. The great thing about this is students can correspond with other students across the world. Along with writing if the students pen pal is located in another country, they are exposing each other to different cultures while practicing writing. Next, virtual field trips are fun for students. This can be done by the wonderful use of Youtube. imagesThere are all kinds of educational videos posted to Youtube in order to engage and teach students. Another web-based activity  that can be entertaining and fun for students is electronic publishing .  I have never been introduced to a blog before this class. After creating one, I developed the idea that it would be a fun for students to do as well. They would have fun publishing entries for other students to read and editing their blog to their own creative and visual preferences. Lastly, problem-based learning can be address by the use of numerous educational websites. These websites allow for students to practice problems and visually see them. These help students since all students are on different academic levels and have different needs.  With the endless possibilities the internet brings, it would be crazy to not integrate it into the classroom and curriculum for students to benefit from.