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

1 comment:

  1. The websites provided in this chapter are only the tip of the iceberg, too! :) But with the vast number of important sites, there is the huge need for the bookmarking tools. I hope you are already using delicious and marking sites from the chapters as well as others you discover along the way.