Students & Mobile Learning!

Teachers should embrace mobile learning because let’s face it, whether you like it or not, student’s are going to be using their cell phones. Phones are used by everybody. Children, parents, grandparents, teachers, the list could go on and on. The key to mobile learning is being able to filter the content that they students are being able to view. Whether you like it or not, students are going to be texting, on Facebook or Twitter instead of Google, looking up research question. So what should you do? It seems almost impossible to allow your students to use their phones and stay on task. We all know what it is like, slipping a few texts here and there in a situation where you should not be using your phone. Filtering the mobile use into educational use is what needs to happen. For example, Twitter is a great social media sight to find current and education information. One of the greatest things about Twitter is that it is real people talking about real life things, usually exactly when those events are happening. Allowing your students to use Twitter to do research is a great and useful idea. All in all, teachers should embrace mobile learning, because as I stated before, student’s are going to use their phones. It is our job as future teachers to filter what they are using them for into educational use.

Some of the main issues with mobile learning is keeping the students on track with what they need to be doing and also making sure that all of your students have access to a cell phone. I know, hard to believe right? A teenager not having a cellphone? Crazy right? Well in reality not every student will have a cell phone because not every family can afford cell phones. One way to bridge this gap is by having other students bring in their technology and putting the students in groups that allow them to share these technologies. Another way to bridge this gap would to show the student ways they can access technology such as a computer outside of the classroom. A local library or coffee shop. If that is not accessible, you as a teacher are always an option. Most, if not all teachers have a cell phone or access to one. Setting up a time for particular students who do not have access to mobile devices is one way to bridge the gap between families with cell phones and others without. This also allows you to talk with your student and form a better relationship with them, which is always a good thing.

The other issue is making sure that the student stays on task while on the cellphone. There are a few different ways that you could go here. Heavily monitoring the use of the cellphones and setting strict guidelines and rules would be one way to make sure that students are staying on task. With this strategy, students would be on task most of the time, but there would still be opportunities for them to get off task. Another method would be to set time limits on the mobile devices. I mean this in two different types of ways. The first way is only allowing them to use the mobile devices for a specific amount of time. This way, they do not have extra time to diddle daddle on the phone for too long. The other time management is giving them strict deadlines of when their internet or mobile based activities have to be done. By setting these due dates and strict deadlines, they are more likely to use their time wisely because they know that they are not going to get more mobile time to do so.

My desired age grade level is upper elementary level about grade 4 or grade 5. This is usually the age when students start to get cell phones, but not every student. This would be a great level to start putting students into groups so that they can share each others mobile devices. One application that they discussed in the article was BrainPop. This is an app in which it allows students to watch videos that are educational and then quizzes them on them. This app is highly supported by STEM and can help meet some common core standards. Since math is my favorite subject and fractions are strongly disliked by majority of math classes, I liked the app Motion Math. This app helped improve understanding of fractions of 120 students by 15%.

Since the students probably do not use Twitter or Facebook accounts, I think that the phone usage could be used to do researching. Such as using the apps mentioned above or Google to do research for a class activity.

Sooo.. Three different ways to use podcasting with fifth graders. The first way would be to have them upload their opinion on a particular topic. Instead of having to write out a paragraph and turn it in, they could record themselves talking out the paragraph. They could also listen to each others opinion on the topic and record their responses to them. It is important to allow them classroom time to do so, just incase somebody does not have access at home. Another way to incorporate podcasting is having high level readers or even yourself record yourself reading sections or chapters that need to be read by students. Then, allowing lower level reading students to listen to the recordings while the read along in the chapter. A third way to incorporate podcasting into your classroom would be to allow the students practice speeches. If they can record themselves and then listen to themselves giving the speech, they will be able to recognize problem areas of the speech and also allow them to see how long it is taking them to give the speech. This way, they can edit their speeches and fix their problem areas.

Education & Technology Podcast

One of the most important things to realize about education is that it is not about the teachers. It is about the students and the students only. When a teacher does something that has to do with education, the students interest should be at the front of the line. Not only that, but the student’s best interest should be at the front of the line. Now-a-day’s some teachers can get carried away with cutting and pasting, gluing, coloring, and classroom decorations.They create these amazing posters and worksheets that they believe to be helpful. And they very well may be helpful. But, in order to be successful teacher to today’s students, making sure that your lesson plans and activities promote student engagement and help make your students be successful is absolutely essential. One of the biggest ways to promote student successfulness is by creating lesson plans and activities that have to do with the students lives. Creating an environment in which the student can easily relate to it is very helpful to having a successful outcome. One of the greatest way in todays classrooms and the future classrooms of America, is realizing that technology is going to be a must. These children grew into technology. Yes, I meant “into technology.” All of these technologies are like a vine. These vines have wrapped around the children and allowed them to grow in and prosper with them.

I believe that allowing your students to incorporate their life outside of school into their life in school is how to get your students to want and actually learn. If you simply start your classroom everyday with a paper and pencil and end it with a paper and pencil, students are going to get discouraged. Especially todays students! These are children that were given an iPad at age 1 to entertain themselves. These kids do not get home from school and get out a piece of paper and pencil and use it for fun. They sit down in front of a computer, T.V., or iPad. Obviously they do not want to look at a paper and pencil at school. They want to see things that they are interested in, things that they can relate to, things that intrigue them.

I also believe that teachers need to be woken up. Incorporating technology into your student’s lesson plans, activities, and homework is not that hard. Look at what I am doing right now; writing a post on an online blog and also reading it through a podcast system! This is technology! Whenever creating a lesson plan, some aspect of NETS standards need to be met. So teachers, stop telling yourself it is “too hard” or “too much work,” and help your students be more successful now and later on down the road.

 

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Educational Technology Philosophy Podcast

 

Why I am choosing to write this blog instead of do my Math Homework?

You might be wondering… why I am taking the time to write this blog instead of doing my math homework. If any of you know me very well, you know that for me, homework is priority. But I do think that this deserves to be read, by all women and men. By the way, I am going to say sorry now for all the bad grammar, spelling, and incorrect sentence structures.

Anyway, I am tired. Tired of hearing and seeing everywhere on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media young girls, my age (around 20), posting how waiting till you are older than said “20” to “25” to get married. It makes me sad. I see these girls, heartbroken, torn apart by a guy that they were probably in love with at some point. That guy broke them. Well let me tell you, not every guy is like that heartbreaker that you never will forget and I promise you will forget.

I am 20, going on 21 in February and I can say that without a doubt that I am completely in love with my significant other, Justin Larson. I can also say that I have my career planned out, money in my bank account, and food on our table. I have my priorities in line. I have a 3.8 GPA and yes I still want to get married young. I know..  I’m crazy? Right? I have absolutely no idea of what love is? I haven’t experienced the hardships of life yet… And you are ABSOLUTELY right. I have absolutely no idea what love is and I haven’t experienced the hardships of life. Do you? Or have you? Can you define love with one word that fits every single love that two “adult” 30 year olds or 40 year olds are experiencing.

Let me describe my love: Kind, genuine, loving, nurturer, happy, smiles, laughs, hugs, kisses, a warm body to hold me at night when I am cold, another family that has made me apart of theirs, surprises, disappointments, sacrifices, dancing in the kitchen, crying of sadness, crying of happiness, butterflies, protector, my rock, my listener, annoying, exciting, planning for the future, change, education, sitting in silence without saying one word to each other but knowing exactly what the other is thinking, making of beds, doing each others laundry, cleaning the kitchen, picking each other up after we fall down but not with a good laugh before, not knowing of what is going to come of the future, feeling scared, feeling calm, feeling overwhelmed and anxious, feeling happy and overjoyed, taking each day at a time together and never leaving one another behind, LOVE.

So yes you are right. Love is SO confusing and it scares people, because we cannot define it with one single word. But the great thing about love is that God has someone out there for you, that was made to take the journey to find out what “love” is. Hand in hand, side by side, through the sucky and fun parts of life, you and your other will take this journey, but when you start is in your hands. Girls.. whatever happened to letting a guy sweep you off your feet at 18? 20? 25? 30? You can be successful and your own independent person without waiting to get married.

And those hardships in life that I just know absolutely nothing about?? Yep! Exactly! I don’t, at all. But I sure as heck know I don’t want to spend them alone. Find your rock. Somebody to lean on that is leaning on you with the same amount of pressure. Hold each other up and embrace these life hardships “that you know nothing about.”

So, you broken hearted 20 year old. Stop giving yourself reasons to not embrace yourself within the love that God has created just for you! The one person, JUST FOR YOU. Stop being apprehensive of something that is completely natural and okay. Stop listening to the other people who tell you that you are too young and should really get done with your degree before you get marred, have a career set, and wait until your brain is fully developed.

Live within the now and let life take you where it wants. Stop cancelling dates and get togethers just to finish that math assignment that is due the next day, because I promise you, you are still going to pass that class, and you still are going to get that degree.

And finally, now that you have read this horribly written blog, please remember, you can’t define my love, what I know of love, what other people’s love is and what they know of love is, stop criticizing us young love birds who are never going to make it through a year of marriage, and stop telling me to wait till after I get my education to get married. Stop being scared for me and my life. IT IS MY LIFE. NOT YOURS.

Podcasting and Video in the classroom!

Students, especially elementary students love to be recorded and hear themselves. Incorporating video and podcasting within my classroom would not only be very helpful but would also be very fun for the students. Podcasting and video could be used in a variety of different subjects. Here are some examples of how a teacher could use podcasting and video in different kinds of subjects:

Let’s start off with English or Literature. The first thing that came to my mind was having the students act out parts in a book or a play. If there is a confusing aspect of a piece of work or literature, giving the students a role and having them physically act out the scene could help them understand it better. You could have them record themselves and then play it back in front of the class and have everyone else watch the scene so that everyone else in the class understands it. A way that you could use podcasting with English Literature is by having students record themselves reading a book. By doing this, the student could easily play the tape again and listen to the story over again. You could also have other students who struggle with reading, listen to these podcasts so that they can understand them better.

Another subject or class that you could use video with is Physical Education. Video is extremely useful with physical education because you are able to see how your body moves easily. For example, if a student is having foot pain while running, recording their feet while their run can show where they are stressing and pressing on their foot the hardest, which in turn you can use to “fix” how they run.

Science would also be a great subject to use video and podcasting. First off, while students are performing an experiment, the students could record the experiment while also commenting on each step of the experiment. Then, when they did the post-lab assessment or another activity connected to the lab, they would be able to watch and listen to their recordings and successfully complete the post-lab assessment.

Another subject that could easily incorporate video and podcasting is band. By recording the band playing a song or line of music, the band members would be able to evaluate what they sound like and if there are any glitches or weird sounds happening within the playing. This would ultimately allow them to perform better.

Math seems like a more difficult subject to use podcasting and video. But one way that could help the students is by having the teacher record their lecture or when they are teaching how to do the math. Then making it accessible for the students to refer back to if they need to. Math is usually one of the most difficult subjects for students and being able to let them watch a lecture over again may help them be more successful with their math work.

As you can see, incorporating technology especially video and podcasting is very useful in classrooms and would help further students success. Using things like iMovie and Jing are very useful in editing and making the video easily watchable. Just remember that your students need to know how to use these and other websites and apps with  ease so that they get the most learning they can out of the videos and podcasting that they have created.

In the article, the author mentioned how almost all schools block Youtube. Youtube could actually be very useful for students. There is also ways that you can monitor and filter through videos on  youtube, so that you know exactly what your students are watching. Having your students upload videos they create up to Youtube, allows them to have these videos forever and remember how educational they were for them.

Overall, using podcasting and video is very useful in classrooms and also fun and interesting for students. Using it in anyway that is possible with help create a creative, fun, and interesting classroom where the students thrive.

Tech in Lesson Plans

The students would be using this website to show with online manipulative’s how to solve simple addition problems with sums less than ten. Instead of using the doc cam just to show the manipulative’s they would be able to use this poster board website to display their work before they use the of doc cam to physically show the addition happening.This would help incorporate more technology for the students and also getting use to showing and solving math in a variety of different ways.

The site that I want to incorporate into the lesson plan that I have already created is the free online poster board. The site is free and basically functions as a paper poster board would but with much more access to materials. This website would help meet a variety of different NETS Standards. First it would help meet under Creativity and Innovation, letter c which states ” Use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues.” The students would be using a model (poster board) to show how they did their math problem. Another standard it would meet is under Research and Information Fluency letter C which states “Evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks.” The student’s would need to know how to use the poster board website successfully in order to complete the task they are given. This website would also meet the standard that falls under Digital Citizenship letter b which states “Exhibit a positive attitude toward using technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity.” The students would be presenting their poster board that they have created with their math problems on it to the class. They would be working in a group collaborating and it would be essential that they had positive attitudes so that they worked well together and came together productively. The last and final NETS standards that this piece of technology helps meet is under Technology Operations and Concepts letter b which states “Understand and use technology systems.” The students would not only need to know how to use the website, but they would need to not how to use a computer and the internet.

Some prerequisites that would need to be dealt with before class would be making sure that everyone in the classroom has joined the free account and can easily and knowledgeable access their account. Also, as the teacher you should be able to do pretty much anything and everything on the website. If a student has a question while creating their online poster board with their math problem, you should be able to answer it with ease and not much time. Another prerequisite idea would to actually use the online poster board in your other classroom activities before they actually have to. That way they get use to seeing it and get a feel for how it works.

The website is good for a few different reasons. One, it is bias free. Another is that each of the functions on the website are easily accessible. Another great thing about this website is that it is free. Who doesn’t love free? Especially for teachers who are working with a small budget. One other great thing about this website is that it saves paper. Instead of using a huge piece of poster board, that the students nor you are ever going to look at, you can use this online version and not waste any paper. It also saves money for the student’s parents so that they do not have to go buy supplies to make a poster board.

The negative aspects of this website mostly have to do with the accessibility for different age level of students. If you are working with smaller children, it is possible for them to use this, but they are going to have to have a lot of instruction before hand. If you show this website to fifth graders for example, they are going to need less guidance and will be able to figure things out on their own. Another negative of the website is that it does not give much instruction of how to use it. More than likely the teacher would need to help the students learn how to navigate through the website. Maybe even doing an example problem on the online poster board before hand would help. It creates more work for the teacher because they would have to help the students understand what each of the buttons do and how they work. In the long run, it would be worth it because the students’ could use this website for the rest of their lives.

I think that without any guidance from the teacher this website would be great for Grade 5 and onwards. With teacher guidance, I think that this website could be used at any grade or age level. Not only would this website help with content material but it also helps with hand eye coordination, working with technology that is similar to many technologies around us. It is never too young to open the world of technology to our classrooms. They have to start somewhere.

Lesson Plan of a Lesson Plan

ASSURE model is a model that assures the lesson plan that you create is going to be insightful, useful, and successful.

A: Analyze Learners!

  • Majority of the class is female although there about 5 or 6 males. About 75% of the class is Caucasian while there are a few others with ethnicities of Hispanic/Native American/Hawaiian. The age range of the students goes from as young as 18 to mid 30’s. The attitudes of the class are generally positive and there are very few negative minded people, maybe just people having bad days. Some of the main interests in this class is education and technology. More specifically, how to incorporate technology into the education classroom.
  • TPACK is something completely new to this classroom. Many, if not all, do not have any knowledge of what this is.
  • There are a variety of learning styles in the classroom. The students like to work in groups but also do not mind performing tasks on their own. Group discussion is something that thrives in this classroom along with individual brainstorming. This group of students has a wide variety of ways of learning, but ultimately can come together in groups and further each others knowledge.

S: State Standards and Objectives!

  • Students should be able to summarize TPACK information and explain it in their own words.
  • Students should be able to analyze and ask knowledgable questions about TPACK.
  • Students should develop their own opinions and ideas about TPACK and use them resourcefully in their future classrooms.

S: Instructional Strategies, Technology, Media, and Materials!

  • The students will be put in groups of four. The class will be evenly divided into these four groups. The teacher should make sure that in each group there is a variety of knowledge and ability levels. The students need to work together in groups and do research on TPACK. Each group of students will be given one of four aspects to research. The four different aspects are: Technology, Content, Pedagogy, and the Pack or “Sweet Spot” aspect. The four different groups will need to describe which section they have and their relationship to the others parts.
  • Once the students have successfully found the information they need, they will write it out on a large piece of butcher paper. These four different pieces of butcher paper will be used for the teacher to do a formative assessment, and provide feedback on where each of the groups are at. Depending on the feedback, the students will either prepare a lesson for the class or go back and find more information. (Reversed Learning.)
    1. Essentially each group of students will represent a teacher and their job is to help the other three groups learn about the different aspects of TPACK.
  • During each of the groups that are teaching their lesson via what ever resource they want. They are required to use at least one piece of technology. What that piece of technology is, is up to them. The students will be advised by the head teacher to take notes on what they feel is important aspects of the presentations.
  • After each presentation, the students are given time to ask any questions they would like about the information that was presented. That way confusion of any kind can be eliminated and the students will be able to make sure that they completely understand that specific aspect of TPACK.
  • After each of the presentations has been completed by the four different groups, there will be an overall short classroom quiz. It will incorporate the different aspects of TPACK and will be a summative assessment for the teacher to reflect upon and see if the students understand the concept of TPACK.

 

U: Use Technology, Media, and Materials!

  • In order for the students to successfully complete this lesson plan they will need to know how to use these various technology resources:
    1. Computer
      • Internet
      • Word Document/PowerPoint
    2. Researching Knowledge
    3. Butcher Paper
    4. Document Displayer
    5. Smart Board
    6. Etc. (Depends on what the student’s choose.) Teacher should be well prepared in any piece of technology and if they are not already, should practice the piece of technology so that they are.

R: Require Learner Participation

  • In order for the learners to demonstrate that they are actively involved, each group member needs to have a “job.” Each group member will have an assigned position and have specific information that they need to research and find. These different positions could be the writer, 1 of the 3 researchers, the presenter, the organizer, etc.
  • Most feedback will be done verbally in class. Once the groups have finished their information boards on their butcher paper, the teacher will provide feedback verbally on where they should go next. If the students continue to miss what they need to be doing, further discussion will be needed.
  • Another form of feedback will be the grade they receive on the summative assessment quiz at the end of the lesson. With this, the students will be able to see what concepts they missed and need to review and also which concepts they thoroughly understood.

E: Evaluate and Revise

  • To ensure the students are understanding the content throughout the lesson the butcher paper will be a big clue. If the information on the butcher paper is clear and correct, the students understand. Also, the page of notes that each individual takes will also give the teacher a clue on how much they understand and what they see as the most important parts of TPACK.
  • The presentation aspect of the lesson will also be a time to preform formative assessment. If the information they are presenting and the answers they are giving to the questions that are being asked, is another way to ensure the students have understood the lesson.
  • In order to ensure students understood the entire lesson, the last summative assessment will be the measurement. If they students do well on the quiz, then they understand. If they do not do well, then they do not understand.

 

Simplicity is key!

Presentation Zen was actually very refreshing to read. Usually when I have reading homework, I dread it, and I did so with this article until I actually started to read it. It had some very interesting and what I thought to be good tips for designing a powerpoint. A lot of what the writer had to say about design was actually very new to me and a lot of the “mistakes” that they were showing were things that I often do in my own previous power points. One element that I was already aware of was how to line up your words and make them evenly distributed as you go down the power point. Another aspect was the over use of the preset backgrounds that powerpoint supplies you with. While they are nice and easy to use, they also have been seen multiple times by multiple people. After class last Tuesday and learning about Pecha Kucha the simplicity aspect of their writing was also something that I was familiar with.

One element that I was not aware of, was changing the background of the entire slide to match the picture’s background that you are using. When they showed how it improved the slide so drastically, it really made sense to me of why they did it. Another element that was new to me was instead of posting the picture to the side of the words you are displaying on the power point, to just make the entire power point slide background that picture. It would really add emotion to the slide and make more of a connection between the observer and presenter. This article also emphasized hugely on simplicity. This was not exactly new to me, but they showed multiple ways to make your presentation simple, concise, and clear.

Well in order to get your students to follow these guidelines successfully, as a teacher, you yourself need to be using them. And using them successfully. Giving the students this article and reading through it together as a class, clarifying certain aspects and showing them the examples that are in the text is also a very useful first step. Scaffolding would be very useful when trying to teach your students how to use these guidelines. Starting out by being highly involved in their presentation creation strategies and then slowing weening off and allowing them to make their own corrections will lead them in the right direction. This will also allow them to get to a point where they will be able to create their own power points by themselves successfully.

Another aspect of incorporating these guidelines into your students work is making sure that they know that this is the level that their work needs to be at. For all of their presentations, using these guidelines should be known as an absolute essential. Giving them high expectations is the first step to having students use these guidelines successfully.

Using these guidelines are important because we need to stop having sucky power points!!! I honestly dread classes that I know are only power point and lecture based. If more teachers used these guidelines, it would make their classroom presentations so much better. Educating the young about how to create a “good” power point will eventually make a change all over the country over time. It is important because stopping these boring, long, and confusing power points is very important to allowing more learning to happen, rather than sleeping.

As stated as up above, most of my previous power points have done the exact opposite of what these guidelines say to do. Haha! I do not blame myself thought, I blame my teachers. They all knew that our presentations were boring and horrible, why didn’t they do anything?? RUDE! But now I can make a change. I think to that a lot of people use a power point presentation as an easy way out. What I mean by that is that it is easier to create a digital power point than hand write out information on a piece of cardboard. These guidelines show that creating a power point can still be easy, but can also be interesting and fun.