Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Wizard of Apps

This video was very entertaining and cheesy at times! But the information on the other hand is important and crucial went working online. The basic theme to this video was to learn ways and to find apps that will allow students and adults even, to explore and collaborate safely online.

The most significant takeaway from this video would be the multiple apps available to anyone. I would have loved all these apps available to me when I was in high school. I can't even imagine the time these could have saved me! But knowing they are they ready for me to use, I will most definitely use them for college research and even research that I do when I graduate and become a teacher.
One great aspect of the video, are the multiple sites and apps you can use to see your digital footprint; to see what your employees might see, or what is seen of you online (where you have been). One major aspect that I though could be helpful to students of all ages, would be the multiple sights citations. This was a major pain for me in school; citing resources was difficult to the lack of know how and the overwhelming supply of information to use in the work cited. These apps (noodletools, Bibme, Easybib, and creative commons) help with forming citations and how to make sure you use the correct information on the work cited.
Like I said this video was fun to watch, maybe a tad bit to long, but entertaining. This was a good way to get information that maybe difficult to understand, across to all people. The helpful sources and sites that are offered in the video provide many opportunities for students to share information and collaborate on newly found material (great opportunity for scaffolding).
I was able to access a sight called Citation Machine. When watching the Wizard of Apps video, this site caught my attention. I was and still am having trouble with citing certain resources. This website offers many formats to choose from; all the student has to do is choose a format, plug in the general information, then the site does the rest! Its little things like this that make all the difference! Ill just say that now I have found this, I will definitely be using it in my up coming research papers!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Whats your major?

This is a survey that I made to find out what my classmates are majoring in! I am in early childhood education and would love to find out what other education majors are in T4T with me! So far I don't think anyone has taken it, but I hope they will soon!

Sam I am!

This video is about a 13 year old named Sam (Samantha) and how she uses technology in a day to day basis. She explains how she how much time she spends on the computer or cell phone. She enjoys helping and teaching others about digital media.

The most significant takeaway from this video is how much time the average teen is spending on the computer or cell phone these days. Sam, for instance spends (on a school day) about 2 hours on the computer, and on a non school day she spends roughly 12 hours on the computer or cell phone. To me, that seems like a lot of time to spend on the computer. Yes she needs to do homework, but I don't think she is spending time 0n the computer at home, on a non school day doing homework! She is spending time playing games and chatting with friends on facebook or myspace.
I know facebook is popular, and I even spend time on the computer, but not near 12 hours! That seems a little extreme to me. Before high school I can say that I didn't spend much time if any on the computer. Yes well, facebook wasn't not existing yet, but myspace was and many kids just weren't into computer catting. I think the reason for that is because cell phones were becoming more and more popular then.
Like I have said before, scaffolding is predominate factor in this video. Sam takes the opportunity to help and teach others her age, and even older. She exchanges information with others and even learns something new in the process.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Wiki Colaboration

This video is a great tutorial to the many benefits of Wiki! It give great examples of students that she knows that have enjoyed and benefited from using a Wiki.

The most significant takeaway from this video is how wiki's can be used to collaborate. The students can post a comment or question and others can respond. I like to think of it as more of a constant emailing system. All are able to comment on one another.

This is a great way to communicate with one another, but I must question the impersonal side of Wiki. I am all for talking on the phone than texting or emailing the person.

Classmate comments week 7

These are comments on classmate blogs from week 7!
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These are the student blog comments from Mrs. Cassidy's 1st Grade classroom!
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Teen Communication

This video is about teen communication using technology. This video is about how students can use technology to communicate with other people of different cultures and to express their thoughts on an issue of importance to them!

The most significant takeaway from this video is how students can use technology to present their opinion on an issue and share them with other students; that it be from another country or in their classroom. Children are able to communicate with others from other cultures and learn new things from others. They are able to share things that they learn and have a strong opinion on with others through technology.

This video reminds me of my school years and how we were not able to communicate with other states let along with other countries. I wish I was able to express my thoughts on things using technology and reach so many more people than just one to one conversation. This can also be a great opportunity to scaffold. The students and teach each other on different subjects and issues.

This is a great way for students to communicate with others and exchange ideas and thought

Project Based Learning

This video about the importance of project based learning is a very interesting and insightful video showing how children can decide and direct their own learning and have fun and stay engaged at the same time!

The most significant takeaway form this video is the importance of the amount of involvement the students have in their learning. Students need to have some say so of what and how they learn. Project based learning is a great way to complete this task. The children decide what they want to research and present, and that along can give the students the much needed enthusiasm and desire they need to learn new things.

This video makes me wish that I had more say so in my education. Not saying that I don't now, but when I was in elementary school the teachers made all the decisions. Projects would have been fun to do, and have given me the much needed love to learn early in my education!

This video is a great example of how the children can express the way the see and interpret the world. It also gives examples on how the classroom is not the only learning environment; and that nature and the community provide a much needed opportunity to learn as well as the classroom.