Saturday, April 3, 2010

Jigs and Podcasts

I worked on my Podcasts and Jigs with some success but could not figure out how to download them to my blog. I have them on my computer but could not upload them to I kept recieving a error message saying filed does not exist. So I officially give up! I liked doing the recording but without step by step instructions that are clearer then what I have to upload them or export the audio recordings more easily, I guess I am out of luck on this assignment. :(

Friday, March 12, 2010

Using Photo Sharing Sites

Photo sharing sites can be a great fun way to do group projects in a classroom. One activity that I think would be fun is to do a pen pal type assignment with another classroom in another country. Each classroom could share photos with each other of their classwork, extracurricular activities, pictures of what students enjoy doing outside of the school, pictures of their surrounding community and geographic area. It would be really exciting to see first hand what other student experience through photography in other parts of the world.

I like that students can immediately see pictures of important events through out the world almost as it is happening. For example the Haiti relief effort. Another activity would be to pick a breaking news story and search to see what photos they can find on the story and create a digital collage of some sort.

Even though these activities would be great to use it would take some practice from both the teacher and the students to get familiar with the downloading and uploading of photos.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Welcome to my Blog!

Please take moment and view my welcome video.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Is Online Video Changing Education

"Is online video changing the way your students perceive your teaching and education? What impact could it have in the future?

I do not feel online video changes the way students perceive teaching but I do feel online video changes how they might perceive education. I really feel students need and enjoy the personal interaction they get from a teacher in a classroom. However, to much online education can really effect social interaction skills of our young students.

I think students probably love online education, I don't think students like being in a classroom or yelled at be discourteous teachers. Students who have bad classroom experiences will tend to lean towards online education as there first choice. This is why it is so important for teachers to make all their students classroom experiences a positive and enjoyable one.

The benefits of online education is great for older students who have to work and want to receive an education. It allows students to take classes on their time schedule. It also allows High School students who fall behind a way to catch up or retake classes without spending that extra time in class. I know many students who would not have graduated if it was not for the online schools.

As I mentioned before, the impacts of to much online education will severely limit social skills that would be learned in a classroom environment. There seem to be so many young students that just do not know how to communicate or interact properly with adults because of their lack of practice and/or exposure with dealing professionally with other adults or peers.

Gobal Warming

Global Warming Video

A great short lesson plan for teaching students about global warming.

Have students watch the above 5 minute video.

Have a group discussion afterwards and ask review questions that pertain to the video.

Have the students create a collage using magazine pictures, drawings, or other photos to show what global warming is all about.

The objectives for this lesson is; 1) all students will be able to define Global Warming, 2) students will be able to explain how Global /Warming effects the earth, 3) students will be able to list at least 3 green house gases, 4) students will know what things cause green house gases.

Monday, March 1, 2010


I have heard of Twitter but I have never looked at it to see what it is or what it is all about until now. Its target audience seems to be anyone and everyone who has a cell phone or computer. Twitter was created in 2006 by a man named Jack Dorsey. It is popular world wide. Twitter seems to be popular because it enables users to send and read messages known as tweets. Tweets are text based posts of up to 140 characters and are delivered to people who are known as followers. Twitter right now seems to be the only social network that is primarily done through texting. I might try becoming a Twitter. From what I understand you can set up your profile to have a circle of friends, similar to FaceBook or MySpace, and you can send tweets through out the day or when on vacation to keep people informed as to what your doing or what your experiences were for the day. You could also use this to see what other people are tweeting about in other countries, now that would be interesting. I wonder what people would have to say about their day to day lives in other countries compared to Americans?

Steve Hargadon

Steve Hargadon
Effective Social Networks

A network must fulfill some compelling needs. This is one point that was made by Steve Hargadon in regards to building effective social networks. I believe this to be true. There has to be a need in order for students to want to be a part of a social network. For myself I would use social networking for a math class of middle school or high school age students. It would be a place for them to go and collaborate with each other on homework. They would also be able to help each other with certain problems or discuss easier ways to solve problems. Giving your students a reason to be a part of a social network will increase the sites success and your student’s success in the class.

There is very real value in “moderating” or “guiding” your network. Steve Hargadon states, “It is important to help manage expectations and also to see problems when they first arise and deal with them quickly.” As a teacher it is vital to do this if your class is going to be involved in a social network. Just as classroom management is important, managing any social networking that might take place in with your class is just as important. Teachers have yet another huge responsibility with social networking if students are going to take part in it. Giving proper directions, expectations and examples of what is expected is essential to the success of the network.