Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Diigo Mini-Project

1. I learned how to highlight, bookmark, and sticky note various sources online

2. This technology could help a lot with writing research papers while searching for information on the web

3. This activity could be used to link students with historical sites, to help them write papers, and to also help them correctly site their sources.

Twitter Mini Project

1. I learned that you can follow just about anybody and stay in touch with their thoughts and actions.

2. Twitter could help me better stay in touch with my students and their parents who might be avid users of such a site.

3. Twitter could be used for student learning in that I could recommend that students follow certain hashtags that apply to the class or certain political figures and news sources such as The New York Times that would apply to any government classes I might be teaching.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Blog Post #5 - Movie Reflection

1. In creating my movie I learned that technology can be used in a positive manner to teach difficult concepts in the classroom or to show students various areas in the world that pertain to the lesson.

2. The easiest aspect of this project was choosing a topic that would be relevant to the subject I will be teaching. The hardest part of the project was uploading a movie clip to the computer and selecting the right scenes.

3. Because I will be teaching History and Government, I could use video to show the students various historical areas throughout the world that we are learning about.

4. Yes I do think I would make videos for my classroom in the future because it really makes history come alive for the students. Sometimes Government and History are dull subjects to learn about for younger students but videos can make things much more interesting and much more easy to understand.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Blog Post #4 - Storyboard

Making a storyboard for the Movie project was actually quite enjoyable. I learned a lot as I pieced together the visual plans for my movie. I used powerpoint to make my storyboard and have tried to include it in this post.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Blog Post #3 - Internet Safety & Copyright

Internet Safety:

I learned the importance of internet safety not only in the home but in the classroom as well. There are online predators always out there looking for any information they can use from others. I learned it is important not to just download everything available to you on the internet. Offers that seem to good to be true often are and have viruses included in them that could cause serious damage to your computer. It is also important to be cautious in giving out personal information over the internet especially one's credit card number or social security number. There are certain sites where it is safe to disclose this private information and those sites should have a symbol at the top of their web address notifying you that they are in fact safe. As educators we can help our students remain safe on the internet by installing a reliable internet filter and including a password to that filter that only we have access to. We can also link the many computers in the classroom to our own where we can view all individual screens to ensure that students are remaining on task and receive the help that they need.


I learned that copyright is the government protected ownership of an individual or firm over the specific product they have created. In other words, individuals with copyrights have the exclusive rights to their products and have control over how their products are used and distributed by others. However, there are some government policies in place like fair use that allow individuals to use the works of others for various purposes like education or parody. Copyleft is like the opposite of copyright as it is an effort to make privately owned works and materials free for public use. Creative commons is a lot like this principle with individuals seeking to extend the use of copyrighted material to more people. Creative commons is just like a more flexible version of copyright as it allows more people to use private works for educational purposes. I thought a fun way to teach students about copyright was the Disney movie we watched in class. However, it could also be beneficial to show students examples of individuals who might have violated copyright laws and received serious punishments for their actions. That way students are better able to recognize the gravity of copyright laws and the implications they entail.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Blog Post #2 - Website Creation Reflection

1. As I created this website I learned that technology can be used effectively in the classroom to utilize the many resources and materials found on the internet for students.

2. Creating this website was fairly easy for me. At first the formatting was a bit difficult. For example, I had a hard time putting a map of the school on the website that was easy to read and understand. It was also difficult to create a class calendar for each day's lessons. However, creating the website helped me to realize that it I would be able to create one for my classes in the future.

3. I would use a website as a teacher because it allows students to interact with other resources that would not be possible through any other medium.

4. Websites provide a greater variety in homework assignments and they allow parents and students to stay caught up and informed with the class schedule and activities.

5. Websites could provide some disadvantages by allowing kids to be on the computer too long or perhaps hurting those kids who do not have internet access. They also create less personal contact.