Multimedia in the Classroom

In the educational world we have today, is slowly incorporating technology, but what is really needed is the presents most used tech to evolve the classroom. Technology like, podcasts, videos, and screen casting , have a large future inn the education system. An upside to these modes of technology is that they are relatively inexpensive for most school budgets.

Podcasts have such a wide array of uses for the classroom, for b0th students and teachers. For students podcasts can be a tool for learning how write and deliver speeches without the fear of speaking in front of the class. this would be most helpful for students who are very shy in nature but still be able to participate. As for other students, each student would write out a script and build it like a speech get teacher approval then practice speaking then record. Another use for podcasts with students would be to create an online podcast show in which all students can participate in. The podcast could be built much like a morning show, like talk about the science of weather, this weeks homework, this time in history. something all students could participate in, writing, speaking, editing. Teachers can use podcasts to teach in less of a classroom setting, something students can go home have access to and listen to a history lesson and take notes as they listen.

Videos are a great source of multimedia for any subject especially, history , Spanish, English, and science. Students would be able to create a video and present to the class. for history students it could be a modern interpretation of an historical event. For Spanish language students it could be a fashion show using proper vocabulary. videos are great for every kind of student, the one who  want to act, the ones who want to write, students who want to direct and students that want to edit their video.

Screen casting is a great tool especially for math, where a teacher can create a video of what on their computer screen and record how to do a type of math problem while drawing it on the computer screen. this is a great tool for students to have access to, especially for math since screen casting can be used as a homework tool in case students are in need of help.

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Web 2.0; Technology to Use in the Classroom

Classdojo

  1. This site is a class management tool for teachers, parents and students. This site has the ability for teachers to track students behavioral tendencies, along with attendance and evaluate group work easily.
  2. For teachers the standard is the ability to customize activities with technology to help with different learning styles for each student. This is achieved with Classdojo because the teacher can develop a deeper understanding of each students ability to learn through using data from Classdojo.
  3. Before using the site its important to know that using it to its full potential takes a lot of multitasking ability. the ability to monitor students constantly and make judgments on how they are working. It is a fast and easy way to create data but it does take effort.
  4. This site is great for students, teachers and parents, students love the instant feedback and the ability to create an avatar. For parents they get an insight in to theirs child’s experience in the classroom. For teachers it provides data for each student, behavior, attendance, and participation wise, which is helpful in conferences with parents or principals.
  5. This site does not have many limitations, the only one truly being that for it to work to its full potential students and parents need to be active users.
  6. The age group best for this site would be 2nd grade-5th grade, for the best effect. The site can be used for higher grades, though it will become less effective the higher the grade level.

Instagrok

  1. This site is a great research tool for students, by simply typing in a word or phrase a web is created of all things having to do with the subject. The site also lets you pin things to the web, so that a student wouldn’t forget an important fact for an essay or other assignment.
  2. This site is good for the standard in which students need to be able to locate, organize, and analyze research. Instagrok, provides websites, facts and images, which are things needed for most research projects.
  3. Something to know before using the site is before introducing it to a class, play around with the site so as to be able to show students proper use. With the sites many abilities it’s important to identify as many useful ones as possible so as to help guide students.
  4. This sites strengths is the ability to present the information in a way that helps students create connections throughout the web design. Another strength is that it provides multiple mediums, connected to any topic or any connected topic.
  5. A limitation I see is that it may take time for students to become well versed in how to use the site, due to the many things that are possible to do the research well. Another is that there is no protective ability where teachers can limit what they search for. Without Parental controls, more monitoring is needed for students.
  6. Age group wise this would be most effective and useful for 5th grade-9th grade students. the reason I don’t include the upper levels of high school is by that time students should be able to research without a site doing it for them. this site is a good way to teach the ability to do research, not rely solely on the site.

Khan Academy

  1. Khan Academy is a site for math and sciences activities and help. The site provides students of any grade and mat or science subject the ability to work on each part that make up a certain subject. Example a student would choose math, then grade level, then subject and then whatever specific part of that subject they want to review. The site has activities for younger students and videos to help older students.
  2. This site follows the standard of critical thinking and problem solving for students. They will have the ability to identify which way they learn best, from information to the videos that provide help. They also follow the standard by being able to explore possible solutions and identify questions if they can not figure out a problem and the site doesn’t help they will be able to ask teacher for help later.
  3. Things needed to know before using the site is that a teacher can also use the site for activities and be able to track student work.
  4. The strengths of this site include that its a great activity to have students use after finishing other tasks without wasting time, they would be using time effectively. It’s a great site for students who need outside help and still get it at home.
  5. The site can apply to all age groups, I feel it would be most useful for 2nd grade- 12th grade. Thought there are pre-k activities, I feel this site is better used for ages 6-18 years old.

 

Super Digital Citizen

Mr. Pane a fifth grade teacher from Nebraska, created an amazing lesson for his students, to teach digital citizenship. He grabs his students attention by giving them an idea to think the quote ” with great power, comes great responsibility”, he then ties that idea to the internet and has the students discuss among themselves, what that means to them. I thought it was a great way to start the thought process before introducing the topic of the day, what it takes to be a good digital citizenship.

The next part of the activity I really enjoyed to see was that each student could create their own super digital citizen hero online. Then the students had to create a comic in which their superhero saves the day, and teaches a lesson on responsibility, safety, or respect online. Some of the heroes saved students from putting in personal information on online gimmicks, others from gossiping online. This activity is a great way to prepare students to deal with all online has to offer and not all of it is good.

The students then did a gallery walk, where they would get up, move to another laptop and actually read the other students work. This is a great part of the lesson because not every student had the same issue, which means, that every time they read someone else’s the got to see a different scenario of being online. This would be a great tool to incorporate into my own classroom, especially for writing, that can help students see different perspectives, and gain more perspectives than just their own.

Here is the Teaching Channel video, Teaching Digital Citizenship

Promoting Digital Citizenship

Copyright, the dreaded term that most say that they would never do such a thing, chances are, they already have. Copyright is an extensive and complicated law that deals with the protection of peoples creations, ideas, and theories, that span several types of media, including online. The online searching ability we have today makes it very easy to find anything we are looking for, an idea about a book plot, or one of the millions of pictures on google images. The mostly unknown fact is that many of the images or ideas are copyrighted.

The Four Tests for Fair Use are simple common sense like guidelines that are a tool to decide if you are not fair use of someone’s intellectual property. Although these rules apply to most people, teachers actually have some exemptions from the rules. None of these rules cancels a rule of copyright, but is more of an extension, so that teachers can use intellectual property for educational purposes. This includes poems, chapters from books, educational videos; but only to a certain extent. By no means does this mean that a teacher could make 500 copies of a 3 page poem, and give them to his/her students for the rest of their career.

In recent discussions of copyright the controversial issue is whether or not something is being infringed or used educationally. On one hand many think teachers should have free range, so as to further the amount of educational material used in the classroom. on the other hand many are concerned as to whether or not it is a good idea to freely use copyrighted material and not give a good example to their students. In my own opinion I feel that if both were combined it would be a better option. In no way do I think copyrighted material should be used freely, but more extensions on rules for teachers would be welcome. I also think it would be important to incorporate some part of copyright into a digital lesson, students would be able to learn the importance of not stealing images and make smart decisions about using information online.

 

Standards Based Digital Critical Thinking Post #2

I was definitely aware of the idea of presentations and that it doesn’t need to be over the top to be effective. Even comic Dan McMillan showing the many failures of PowerPoint (How Not to Use PowerPoint). My Father is a quality director for a technology company and describes the mistakes people make when doing a presentation, and most because its just too much information and poorly presented. PowerPoint with its endless options to create a crazy presentation, doesn’t help people hold back.

It’s important with students to have an effective presentation especially using technology. When over the top effects distract rather than engage is when you want to hold back. It’s not a terrible idea to use sound effects or bright colors to get attention and create a connection for students to the information. I have experienced some very brightly colored presentations and it totally works for me, I am a visual learner, but that is not every student.

With my own presentations, I have been at fault and put all the information on the screen and read it off blandly, I’m not a memorizer. I have also done the over the top effects that are unnecessary. I have grown in PowerPoint maturity, and figured out that only main points are needed and supplemental details should be spoken to create a connection and time where students can just listen.

Standards Based Digital Critical Thinking Post #1

When it comes the digital conversation of whether teachers can successfully teach students to be responsible on one of the largest growing medias, the discussion must include if even the students can handle and learn the amount of responsibilities that are needed to learn online rules, and one of those responsibilities is whether or not students can understand that information given online is not always true and whether or not they can recognize a true source or a false source and learn to cite sources correctly(True or Not).

One of the problems with being able to teach students in the ways of being technologically responsible is that depending on the age, if they have the capability to understand the consequences of not following online rules. In my opinion with the growing pace of technology and the rising number of children who have access to it, the younger the better it would be to teach students about how to use technology responsibly. The way it initially needs to be treated as if you were teaching a student how to respect a book, you handle it with care, you don’t write mean things in the book, and you have to understand that bears don’t talk, just because it was in a book. It’s much like computers or IPads, handle with care, don’t write hurtful messages on any form of social media, and that not all the information given is true. I think teachers today are capable of creating a respectful atmosphere for teaching children how to use technology, and as long as the standards created are reinforced every year of schooling, teachers should be able to introduce a new generation of technologically literate children.

A large issue with any grade that deals with computers is sources. Teachers ALWAYS, stress the importance of good sources, usually saying that a .edu or a .gov cite are going to be the best sources and to never use Wikipedia. Teachers should be focusing on students being able to find different opinions, compare the two see the differences and also be able to find non biased information. Since even textbooks today are biased, its even more important for students to be able to access an un biased view, so that students can form their own opinion. Also students would be able to use sources to better their work when they can fully cite who it came from as a way to tell if it is a good source or not (True or Not).