Multimedia Madness

With the advancement of technology in the last twenty years there are limitless opportunities for teachers that are hip to these new ways. Two such examples of this are podcasting and video creation. These new technologies can serve great purposes in this new age of teaching with technology.

The first technology of podcasting is one that I am relatively new to. After having created my own podcast through pod bean I can say its pretty simple and easy to adopt. This can be used in the science classroom to re teach previous lessons. Students who feel they need a refresher on a certain part of a lesson can simply listen to the podcast and listen to what they don’t understand. It can also be used for students who are sick so that they can still hear the lesson. Also if a teacher is sick they can send a sub in who will play the podcast of a recorded lecture.This is just a few ways that i might incorporate podcasting into my classroom.

Multimedia videos could also fill a major role in my future classroom. In the science classroom equations can make up a major part of a lecture even at the college level. Like many of my peers I find myself lost. Well in my future classroom if i simply video the process of using the equation students who don’t understand or weren’t in class can view it multiple times in order to better understand. I could also video in class demos and experiments for students who miss them in class.

New technology will allow me as a teacher to better teach my students and give them better opportunity to succeed. This will in turn increase the my students scores on tests. All in all these new ideas are worth a shot.


My Education Technology Philosophy

In todays ever advancing world of technology it is important to realize that everything will continually change. This is the nature of advancement. As a future educator it is my job to adapt to these advancements and determine how they can be effectively used in the classroom. It is also my job to know what should be used and what is not necessary. All technology has a purpose however if it does not improve upon the antiquated methods of yesteryear I find it illogical to bring in the new simply because it is new. For myself I plan to incorporate the new technology that does work in order to better teach my students. It will take time to learn these new tools that will continually change the ways in which I teach. However, it is a necessary evil in order to provide the best possible education for my future students.

For some these new advancements bring a sense of fear. However, these new technologies are not to be feared but welcomed. For it is through technology that my students will find the benefit of self-education. In a largely digital world my students will learn so much long before they even step into my classroom. I must understand this learning style and work with it to teach my students in the best possible manner. Though not everything that they bring into class will be correct it is a foundation upon which to build. By teaching students with these new technologies it will give them limitless opportunity to learn.

The goal of education is to teach. Through new and innovative technology this will happen. As a future educator I must never cease to learn in order to teach my students in the best possible way.

Jeopardy Labs:Web 2.0 Part III

The third app that I am reviewing is JeopardyLabs. This is a app that allows a teacher to create their own jeopardy games for their students. I personally have taken part in these and they are a very fun way to review and cover a lot of material.

This app meets the standard for “collaborative work” the reason for this is that students will usually work in groups as they try to answer these questions. By working in teams it can give students who normally don’t care a chance to try because they now have a group to think about.

Before using this  site a teacher must have the questions that they want to ask planned. One of the strengths of this app is that it can provide a review for students without making them just sit there and listen. It is interactive. As well it can also give a teacher back immediate results of what the students know. A weakness is that it is time consuming. Another weakness is that the students who usually have the answers are the ones who answer and the others just sit back.

There  are no real limitations with this app because it can be formatted for any group. the reading level would be tailored to each group that it is used to teach. I would recommend this for middle school and higher. Elementary would not get the same level of benefit because they may not understand the game as older students would.

Survey Monkey: Web 2.0 Part II

The second web 2.0 site that I found interesting is Survey Monkey. Survey Monkey allows the user to create surveys and get responses to your questions. In the business world this is used to get feedback on products and services. With the classroom it can be used in a variety of ways. This could range from a way to quiz students on basic content or get feedback that will help the teacher to improve their teaching.

This application would meet the standards of “customizing and personalizing” and “promoting student reflection”. The first is met because this option of quizzing might better help some students to remember information better for a real test. The second is met because this application can be used as an end of unit reflection survey. By looking back at the things that intrigued the students and getting their responses a teacher might be able to better prepare their lessons.

The prerequisites for this app would be that the user needs to be able to think of questions and decide upon the format that they would like to use. The app is free however there is a second option for a pro membership. Some of the strengths of this application are that it is free and that it can be used to gather statistics that might help a teacher. Some of the weaknesses are that all the students would need to have a device that can access the quiz. This is a simple fix by taking them to a lab but that can sometimes be problematic.

It has no limitations as far as reading level. This is because the questions are written by you. However, I would not recommend this for students that are in elementary school simply because it might be harder for them to access comparatively to older students. By this I mean that It might take more time.

Open Science Framework: Web 2.0 Part I

The first web 2.0 site that I will be discussing is Open Science Framework or OSF. OSF is a site that allows an individual or group to work in collaboration. It allows this group to begin a project that can be accessed and organized in the app. It also takes each section of the project and puts them into separate folders. So once a part of a project is complete it can be stored for safe keeping out of sight and ready for when it is needed.

This site meets the standards for collaboration as well as demonstrating a fluency in technology. The collaboration is due to the ability of the students to work as a group and come together to create a project. By accessing the site and navigating through the files and folders that it stores the students will become more technologically fluent.

As far as the knowledge necessary to begin using this site there is no need to know more than the basics of web navigation. The reason for this is that the site has a built in tutorial video to help get you started. Kinda nice for people who like me don’t really understand a lot about technology! By doing this it makes the site simple to work with and if you have questions that arise it is still possible to review the tutorial. This is also one of its strengths. due to the simplistic nature it allows students to learn how to use it at a high pace. It may seem similar to Google drive, but unlike drive it allows the worker to save different sections separately once they are done. So instead of trying to edit a entire document or project at once it can be chunked into smaller pieces.

The only limitation that I can think of off the top of my head is that it has many different files and folders and folders in folders. This could cause some to lose track of a file if it is misplaced. As far as age groups I would recommend this to be used at the high school level because of the general straight forward design of the site.

Sexting & Relationships

In the video Overexposed: Sexting and relationships Ms. Fenland is trying to teach her students about sexting. She approaches this by asking the students to be as mature as they possibly can. They are all equipped with iPads and use them in order to write down their responses and share them in class without having to voice it. This also allows each student the opportunity to thin critically about the situation. The students like the iPads for this same reason where they do not need to voice their opinion outlaid. The use of the iPad in this situation is good because it gives each student an opportunity to have their opinion heard. It also makes it easier for all the students to participate where a Q&A session would have only allowed some to participate. All in all the incorporation of the iPad into this lesson plan has made it a more effective lesson for the students.

Copyright: They’re Always Watching

Ever since childhood I can remember hearing about copyright and copyright infringement. Only recently have I found out the true meaning of copyright. Copyright is used to protect the thoughts and ideas of an individual from reproduction without their consent. There is also fair use rules which are as follows 1) The Purpose of the use (What it will be used for) 2)The kind of work being copied 3) How much is being used 4)The economic effect of its use.

When talking about copyright the media involved matters because the rules for each form of media change. Its similar to how the rules change in different sports. If you try and play soccer with the rules of football it won’t work out well. So when trying to use media check the rules that accompany the media you are trying to use. If you follow the rules then there will never be an issue. However if you try and break them just remember there are always people waiting and watching.