Sunday, May 8, 2011

Cyber Safety (NETS 5)

With the use of Google sites, I collaborated with a group of students, creating a cyber-safety website which, promotes safe and legal web practices.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Inspirations (NETS 1-5)

The following diagram demonstrates the relationship between class activities and iste standards.

Monday, May 2, 2011

iMOVIE (NETS 1-3, 5)

With iMovie software I was able to create an educational movie about CSUSM. The movie demonstrating my proficiency in film editing. Which displays digital age work and learning. 

NETS- 1-3, 5

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Journal 8 (NETS 1-5)

Thompson, A, & Crompton, H. (2010, August). Point/counterpoint is technology killing critical thinking?. Leading and Learning, 38(1), Retrieved from

Point/counterpoint is technology killing critical thinking. Iste Leading and Learning, 38(1), Retrieved from

Summary: Alfred Thompson believes technology has been introduced to students as a device to make work easier. For example, word processor eliminates spell check. While PowerPoint’s has taken the creativity of poster boards. Many sites which can be used as critical thinking tools are blocked. In addition, schools do not teach 'real' computer science according to Thompson. In contrast, Helen Crompton believes technology supports critical thinking skills. However, it is the way teachers apply these tools which can determines whether it supports critical thinking skills. With class blogs students are able to view and evaluate each other’s work. Crompton believes students will place extra time and thought into their work knowing the public can view.

Question 1: Do you believe digital tools bring creativity to the classroom?
I also believe technology can bring creativity to the classroom if applied properly. In a classroom observation I conducted, a teacher incorporated her lab time working on a word processor. She spent an entire class period having the students type their hand written papers onto a word document. However if the teacher would have created a class blog this would have added another aspect to the project. Where her students can view and evaluate each other’s work.

Question 2: How would you as a teacher incorporate technology tools to enhance creativity?
Crompton states, "critical thinking is the ability to carefully evaluate and think about the information presented to us" (Thompson, & Crompton, 2010). Many digitals tools enable critical thinking skills. Digital tools such as Blogs, PLN, Diigo all contribute to critical thinking. When students observe classmates blogs they are reading and evaluating each other’s work. Blogs also allow students to be creative with the pages and materials presented. If students organize a PLN of their own they are able to voice their opinions and take learning in their own hands.

Journal 7 PLN (NETS, 5)

Personal learning network is a community of individuals with same interest. As a future teacher, with my PLN I am able to enhance my knowledge. Therefore, I have organized a personal learning network as a learning tool. My PLN include Twitter, Diigo and Educator PLN. From these sites I am able to communicate with other educators and acquire new knowledge. I am also able to share my knowledge with other peers. The web holds a community of profession learners of all types. My PLN holds information about special education, elementary school and technology. As a future teacher, this will help me by extending my network of professionals to acquire new knowledge and/or advice. I can also teach technology in the classroom with my newly acquired technology skills.

My twitter network includes various educators and students. Such as, Cybraryman1 an educator and writer. Bel is interested in language and creative ideas. Pam Elgin a retired elementary school teacher interested in web development. Hubert Yee edutopian background in nonprofit and learning such as myself. In addition, students in my technology class as well as my technology professor Jeff Heil. I selected my network because I felt the people I follow have the same interest as I do.

With TweetDeck I was able to able to participate in two chats simultaneously.
On Friday, April 22, 2011, at 4pm I participated in a gifted and talented student chat(#gtchat).As the GT chat was coming to an end a 5pm middle school chat started(#midleved). The gifted and talented chat discussed, the different priorities parents verse kids have. Followed by the topic of how to say no to a student and/or self. While this chat was coming to an end I participated in a middle school chat which one of my followers conducted. This chat discussed social house where students are divided up into sectors. Followed by, does your school structure support the mission statement/goals. Throughout both chats voices and opinions were stated along with related web links. Although I would like to specialize in special education I beilieve it is important to know all aspects of the education system. Participating in this chats has made me realize how easy I can access the world of knowledge. I am able to connect with individuals who I typically may not have had access to.

With Diigo a social bookmarking site I am able to bookmark and tag websites, which is easily accessible. In addition I am able to access peers bookmarks. With my network of professionals I was able to access interesting information which could help me with lesson plans, ideas and/or educating myself. I was able to access an article which describes several technology skills every educator should know. As a future educator I would like to know various technology skills I may not be aware of. Another bookmark I found from diigo PLN was information on prezi a presentation website. I think prezi is an amazing presentation website. However I found it difficult to use. From this bookmark I found a website which assist me on my prezi presentation. Then I visited one blog which a teacher reflects about her experience using web 2.0. I am fairly new to web 2.0 therefore, it is valuable to connect with other teachers who can reflect on the same experience.

I joined the digital discussion forum Educator's PLN. Educator's PLN is a website designed for teachers to collaborate with each other. Within the website there is educatonal video, forums and chats. I was also able to connect with other members who have the same educational interest as myself. On the website I explored a digital educational video. Alan November discusses three skills parents and educators need to teach students. Such as, information processing, global communication and being self-directed. Information process which, is giving students as much information as possible. Alan discusses the importance of global communication skills. He believes global communication skills are not taught in our school systems. The importance of being self-directed learner. Companies need to hire individuals who don't need managment. Things move faster without layers of management. He believes the American school systems are not designed to do those things. As a teacher it is vital to research other educators thoughts about the education system. Web 2.0 has allowed me to build a PLN allowing me to manage a wealth of information. Preparing me to teach to the best of my abilities.

Journal 9 (NETS 1, 2,3, 5)

Waters, J. (2011). Teaching green. The Journal, 38(4), Retrieved from

Summary: The article, Teaching Green by John Waters recommend several websites teachers and students can use to discuss environmental issues for various age groups. The first site is Classroom Earth, which provides activities for high school students. The website provides lesson plans in all subjects from biology to art. The website also provides classes which are available to further education. A second site is A Walk In The Woods, which targets city kids from third to fifth grade. This amazing site gives city children the opportunity to access the nature through a virtual tour. These city students otherwise may never have the opportunity to see the woods. The virtual tour includes graphic verbal description along with sound effects. Another website is EEK! which, provide students from the fourth to eight grade an 'electronic magazine' of environmental information. Finally there was PowerUp, this is an education video game. This allows students to learn about extreme weather and fossils fuels in a creative way.

Question 1: Should students learn about being green in school?
I think this is an amazing article which provides very knowledgeable material. Environment issues are a part of science. I believe this subject is very important to are environment. Many of these sites have creative methods in teaching green which will support creativity. For example, students can think about being green and start a recycle fund raiser and/or organize a trash cleanup day.

Question 2: How can you teach green?
With technology tools teachers are able to access endless amounts of knowledge. Students are not limited to just the teacher’s knowledge. As an educator it is our responsibility to be learners. Digital technology supports this.