Sunday, February 23, 2014

Fostering Online learning with educational websites and apps

Discussion Question:

What are webquests, virtual field trips, and video conferencing?

Webquests are online inquiries by students that are designed and guided by teachers. In a webquest students follow an electronic map or take an online tour, moving from one web resource to the next. This allows students to get more information and to learn more about a single topic. Virtual field trips are field trips students can take without leaving the classroom. It can take students all over the world! Video conferencing is a very powerful learning technology that offers real time access to people and places that students can not go to. I think that virtual field trips are a very cool thing. I know when I was in school going on a field trip was the best thing ever. I feel like having a virtual field trip would be good for schools that can not afford to take students on real field trip. This would aloud the students to feel like they really went somewhere and allows the students to use their imaginations.

Tech tool 6.2

Delicious is a web based social book marking tool that organizes all of your bookmarks in one place. Also you can sort and send these bookmarks to peers and friends. Good reads lets you organize your favorite books online. Good reads has many resources for teachers and students. Good reads is a very cool website. I went on it and it gives you good recommendations of books that you can read to the class or books the students can read. I feel like I would use both of these resources inside and outside the classroom.

Summary of chapter 6
Chapter 6 is about how you and the students you teach can  successfully use online information, digital content, and educational websites as tools for teaching and learning. The first part of the chapter talks about managing information electronically. The first tool it talks about is how teachers can book mark websites and how they can use cloud which allows them to share documents and pictures. The next big thing was social bookmaking with allows teachers to share their bookmaking with students or other teachers. As well as information alert with comes up on the computer when the teacher gets news. It also talks about how teachers can organize their web resources. They can use a standards connector which allows teachers to use web resources that are linked to curriculum in the classroom. Then it talks about webquests, virtual field trips and videoconferencing which I talked about in the discussion question. It also talks about online learning and virtual school which has become a very popular thing. I know when I was in high school I knew a few people that did Florida virtual school and I as well took a class online to. It was very interesting. The last and final thing the chapter talks about is educational websites as teaching resources which list a bunch of resources teachers can use and how well they are and how good there information is! I really liked this chapter it got more into the technology side of teaching and what teachers can use and how to make when using the internet easier to navigate and to use and the internet becoming s smart and important tool in the classroom.


1.  Maloy, Robert W. "Fostering Online Learning with Educational Websites and Apps." Transforming Learning with New Technologies. Boston: Pearson/Allyn and Bacon, 2011. 133-48. Print

2. "Education." Baseball Hall of Fame. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Feb. 2014

Friday, February 14, 2014

Engaging learners with Digital Tools

What are search engines and how do they work?

Search engines retrieve information from the internet. It is a software program that uses networks of computers to access information from databases. Search engines are used for searching useful information online. One very popular search engine is Google. Everyone uses Google to search things on the internet.

Tech tool 5.1

Tech tool 5.1 is talking about websites teachers can use to get pictures and sounds. Every student knows that having pictures and sounds make the teachers presentations a lot more interesting and fun. The website I decide to explore was Flickr. Flickr is a photo sharing website. The site is very good fo teachers to use. One thing teachers can do is create a group and can invite students and or other teachers to share there pictures. I feel like using Flickr when students are working on group projects could be a good idea. They can have the students each make their own accounts and they can all share pictures or add pictures of what they think needs to be in their project!

Chapter 5 is about how teachers and students can realize the possibilities of the network of computers and the internet as well as developing a new mindset about it. Also in the chapter it is talking about how there a new literacy since the internet has become a big part of the classroom. The ones the books talked about are digital and information and media. It talk about how to many students rely on Google for doing there research when they can access bigger website and even databases. Another main point in the chapter was how search engines worked and how they are used. Another big thing was how teachers are teaching students how to search things on the internet and how they can evaluate the information and make sure it is the right information. I feel like this chapter did a very good job at explaining the internet. I really liked how it talks about how to teach students how to search properly and different short cuts they can use.

"PhotonQ-HacKIDeming SOLE." Flickr. Yahoo!, 03 Mar. 2013. Web. 14 Feb. 2014

Maloy, Robert W. "Engaging Learners with Digital Tools." Transforming Learning with New Technologies. Boston: Pearson/Allyn and Bacon, 2011. 98-128. Print.

Sunday, February 9, 2014