Monday, May 2, 2011

Monday, April 18, 2011

Inspiration NETS-T

This is my graphic organized created in Inspiration that shows I understand the NETS-T standards and how we have met them in this class.

NETS-T 1, 3

Monday, April 11, 2011

Journal 9 - "Is Technology Killing Critical Thinking Skills?"

Thompson, A, & Crompton, H. (2010). Is technology killing critical thinking skills?. Learning & Leading with Technology, 38(1),

The argument for technology killing critical thinking skills was by Alfred Thompson. Thompson argues that technology is a tool and not a solution to substituting writing your ideas down on paper and collaborating with a group. Word processing systems catch grammatical and spelling error allowing students to continue these errors instead of being able to catch them. Also, there are so many firewalls up at schools leaving a lack of effective means to show them how to use resources effectively.

Helen Crompton argues against Thompson's points stating that the internet allows for students to think beyond the four walls of the classroom. Teachers should be empowering students to utilize tools such as blogger and wiki, which can be done by integrating technology into the curriculum.

Q1:How can teachers help their students use critical thinking while using the internet.

A1:Teachers can provide resources for students to research on the internet regarding a topic that fits in with their lesson plan. Each student can then find a fun fact about that topic and share it with the class and what they learned about it. Not only are you integrating technology you are also helping them verbally collaborate with their classmates.

Q2:Should school districts open up firewalls to increase student internet traffic?

A1:Yes, this is a huge issue when it comes to resources available to students. You can't teach effective web safety without building trust with your students. There is more excitement in wanting what you can't have but if you can have it you don't want it.


This is a presentation I created using a web based tool called Prezi. This project demonstrats three of the NETS-S standards for PK-2.

NETS-T 1, 3

NETS-S Presentation Assessment

This is an assessment I made in google docs for my NETS-S presentation

NETS-T 3, 5

Click here to see results

Monday, April 4, 2011

Journal 8 - "Point/Counterpoint: Should Schools Be Held Responsible for Cyberbullying?"

Bogacz, R, & Gordillo, MG. (2011). Should schools be held responsible for cyber bullying. Learning & Leading with Technology, 38(6),

This article discussed the question, should schools be held responsible for cyber bullying. We read and argument in favor of the school being responsible as well as an argument for the school not being responsible. Renee Bogacz felt that the schools should be responsible for cyber bullying because it greatly affects the school environment and that all educational participants have to deal with the issue. On the other hand we read how Miguel Gomez Gordillo felt about the issue. His foundation against the schools being responsible for cyber bullying was behavioral issues, which do not begin in the classroom. There were also reader pole responses where 30% said that schools should be responsible and 70% said no, that schools should not be responsible.

Q1:When should internet safety be taught in the classroom?

A1:I think that internet safety and etiquette should be taught at an early age. Students are being exposed to the cyber world at younger and younger ages and the earlier you teach them the proper way to use it the better. It’s not different than teaching a child to look both ways before crossing the street.

Q2: Should schools be involved in cyber bullying issues that do not happen in the school?

A2: I feel that the school should be involved in cyber bullying cases when it involves other students. It is no different than when the school gets involved when something happens between two students going too and from school.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Journal 7 - "My Personal Learning Network" NETS-T 3, 5

So far my personal learning network (PLN) is comprised of Twitter and Diigo. Both of these avenues provide very different ways to collaborate with other teacher professionals. Twitter is full of fast ideas with a lot of back and forth real time collaborating while Diigo resources are bookmarked webpages that are grouped together by a particular theme. Both websites would help me in the classroom by providing a broad range of new resources outside of what the school district provides. Teachers around the world all teacher differently and those fresh ideas can be brought into lesson plans and the way you teach.

Within Twitter I am have included educators from different facets of education as well as news resources. I tried to fine people in Twitter that would provide me a wide range of educational resources as well as resources that might be considered outside of the box. I may not be teaching special education but it cannot hurt to follow tweets focused on special education. I also chose to follow some news outlets like NPR and Anderson Cooper because of the real time news updates that they give. I feel it is important to be up to date about what is going on in the world and you can also tie those real world issues in with classroom lessons. I joined a Twitter a #blogchat discussion on March 27, 2011 at 6pm. I found the discussion about your favorite way to blog and why difficult to keep up with the discussion and to separate out those that were participating in the discussion and those that just happen to be using that hash tag.

I found that I had to search around a bit more to find PLN resources in Diigo. The people that I added to my network were other teaching professionals that already had a lot of resources bookmarked and a good amount of people following them. Some of the resources I added to my PLN were classroom 2.0, cool tools for educators and webheads. I also tagged Could Video Games Fight Childhood Obesity?, STOP cyberbullying: Cyberbullying - what it is, how it works and how to understand and deal with cyberbullies and EdChange Multicultural Awareness Quiz as PLN

I joined the educators PLN and watched a video called - Problem Based Learning at Stenden University. This video laid out a 7 step approach to Problem Based Learning (PBL). In PBLs, students read a text and work in a group to analyze a problem and find a solution. The best part of this is the structure of the 7 steps and the teacher is no longer a teacher, they are a tutor.