Sunday, March 30, 2014

Chapter 9 engaging learners with Digital tools.

Discussion question:
Give examples how and why teachers can use video in the classroom.

Videos are widely used for classroom instruction because they offer ways to present information. Some teachers believe that videos and games are very effective for learning goals. Students are very interested in the PowerPoint. The videos allows teachers to use an abundance of resources. Many high quality video materials are available in many libraries and schools. Videos also have unique learning experiences.

Tech tool 9.3
Sites for posting and distributing podcasts. Once a teacher records a podcast, teachers can one list the podcast on iTunes. They can also use podomatic which is free. I love iTunes because I feel like apple is very easy to use. So for me to make a podcasts I would use iTunes. But if I did not like iTunes I would use podomatic. Podomatic is a website that teachers can use to share their podcasts. One thing I really liked about this website was there is an audience counter which shows you how many people have listen to your podcast. I feel like that would be good because it will help the teacher kelp track of the students who are actually listening to the podcasts.

Chapter 9 summary:

Chapter 9 talks about how you can engage learners with digital tools. The first section talks about multimedia technologies in schools today. Multimodal learning happens when teachers combine spoken words with visuals. The next section talks about PowerPoint and other presentation tools. This section talks how you can use PowerPoint in the classroom as well as projectors and document cameras. The next section talks about using videos in the classroom. A lot of teachers use videos in their lessons and they get them from YouTube. YouTube videos focus on the younger generation and it keeps the students focus and interested in what is going on right in front of them. The last section talks about using podcasts and vodcast as tools for teaching. Podcasts are voice recording of teachers and vodcast are videos. I really would love to use podcasts and have students listen to them, I think that would be awesome!

Maloy, Robert W. "Engaging Learners with Digital Tools." Transforming Learning with New Technologies. Boston: Pearson/Allyn and Bacon, 2011. 216-36. Print.

"Microblogs, Podcasts, and Vodcasts in Teaching." YouTube. YouTube, 09 Feb. 2014. Web. 30 Mar. 2014.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Communicating and Collaborating with Social Media

Learning outcome:

Describe how teachers can use communication and social networking technologies as teaching and learning tools.

Communication and social networking technologies provide ways for teachers to connect with students, promote meaningful learning beyond the hours of a school day. Teachers can make decisions and choices about the type of digital communication system. They can teach students about synchronous communication which the students do everyday. They do this everyday by having conversations with their friends over text messages. I think using social networking technologies is a very good idea if you are teaching middle or high school because they use social media everyday. I don't think students in elementary school should use networking technologies until they are older. They are not exposed to social media as much as older students.

Tech tool 8.1

Taskstream and ebloggers are programs that allow users to create many features and functions for their blogs. The websites are protected by a password. They are also private which allows for you and your students to communicate between each other with out worrying that everyone under the sun can see the conversations. I looked at both of the websites and think both of the websites are very creative. They are both easy to navigate for students and teachers. Defiantly something I would like to use!

Chapter 8 summary

Chapter 8 is about ways teachers and students can use computers and social media to learn and communicate in the classroom. The first section of the chapter talks about how teachers and students can communicate electronically through different ways. For example email, blogs and teacher or classroom websites. I feel email is the best form of communication between teachers and students outside of the classroom. The next section talks about how teachers can use email to communicate with there students. One thing that I really liked in this section is the idea of using text messaging to teach about spelling. I think this is a very good idea because so many students will write papers like they are sending a text message. I feel this will help stop students from doing that. The last section of the chapter talks about how wikis can be a collaborated learning strategies. It also talks about how it is good for students to work in a collaborated learning environment. The end of the section talks about how to make a wiki and how to use it in the classroom and in lesson plans.