Sunday, April 26, 2015

Blog Post 5 Pt. 2

Throughout this semester, I have not created a huge Personal Learning Network, but I do have a few sources I use and would like to continue using. Twitter is a huge help for me when it comes to Personal Learning Networks. It is the quickest, easiest, and most up-to-date form of communication when it comes to anything regarding education. Through Twitter, I was able to follow a few teachers whose blogs I commented on for #C4T. Even on their blogs, some of the teachers had spoken about educational opportunities they found through Twitter. The other PLN I use is Facebook. Through Facebook, I have friended teachers and liked educational pages related to the town I grew up in. I use this to see what it going on the the education system from my hometown. It is very interesting to see opinion and thoughts of what is going on in the school system. As I get more in depth with my teaching, I plan to expand my PLN. One can never have enough educational resources.

Blog Post 16

Thursday, April 23, 2015

C4K April

basketballPost 1: This week I had Nathan's blog. He is a 7th grade student in Mrs. Lombard's class in Oklahoma. Nathan talked about how much he enjoyed playing basketball. He said he absolutely loves the "splash" sound the net makes when he scores a basket. "Splash" was the name of his post. I responded by saying that I also like to play basketball. I told him I never played at all in my life until college when I did for an intramural team. I also told him I thought his title was very creative.

Post 2: I had Tynisha's blog this week. She is in Ms. Thomas's class at John Hanson French Immersion in Prince Georges, Maryland. She talked about her bucket list. In five years, she wants to be in her first year of college. In ten years, she wants to have a job that pays well. Her life goal is to make money and get a good life. I responded by wishing by good luck with her bucket list. I also told her I was in my 3rd year in college, and I loved it.

Post 3: I read Heaven's blog this week. She is also in Ms. Thomas's class at John Hanson French Immersion in Prince Georges, Maryland. She talked about ways her classmates are nice to her. She said they share their food with her and give her money. I told her that it was nice to have classmates who are kind to her. I also said that it is important because you never know when they may needs each other's help.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Blog Post #13

How would you incorporate the arts in your classroom using technology?
-List an example for each of the arts: art, music, dance, theatre.
-Be creative

Incorporating arts into the every day curriculum is something I plan on doing when I am a teacher. I am strong believer of keeping the arts alive. I would also love to use technology to go along with the arts. There are a variety of ways to include technology with the arts.

For art and theatre, I would do a combination. The article How Technology is Moving Arts Education Beyond the Classroom, tells about how the Pittsburgh Filmakers teach a course of how to use film to study art. This course is teaching students how to shoot and create their own movie. Art in incorporated by the graphic design. I could use this in my class room when we talk about landforms. The students would be assigned to create an informational video telling us about their landform. This would require the art of designing and the process in theatre of putting it all together in written form.

Music would be a fun art to incorporate the technology. I could easily grab an iPad and pull up the piano app to show students how to play a simple tune. Another very nontraditional thing to do would let the students use the app BeatHawk. The article iPad and Technology in Music Education explains that BeatHawk is an app that allows people to make their own beats on an iPad. How awesome would it be to let students create their own music using technology in the classroom?!

Lastly, dance is the most forgotten about art in the classroom. This can easily be included in any social studies lesson when talking about different cultures. I would do a lesson on Africa and some of the things tribes do with their everyday lives. Dancing is a major factor in African tribes. I would pull up a video of an African dance in the smart board to show the students. After loosening up the idea I would then let the students make their own dances to share on a class blog.

Keeping  the arts in the classroom is very important, but adding technology to the arts is even better.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Blog Post #12- Team Paper

As a group we divided up the work for this blog assignment, two group members Carol and Kristina reviewed the resources given and discussed how they could be used in their own classrooms. Jennifer researched other resources to find what other assistive technologies are available for us as future teachers. Bellow is a collaborative summary of our research to answer the driving question.

"What assistive technologies are available to you as a teacher?"

One assistive technology I could use in my classroom is The Mountbatten. This device is a Braille typewriter for blind students. This is a very beneficial device to the student because it provides immediate feedback to the student. Immediate feedback is imperative to the struggling student so they can know if they are doing right or wrong. The Mountbatten allows the student to type in Braille and then reads aloud that has been typed. It can save, transfer, and receive files; it also sends the work to another computer the teacher is on to allow for immediate feedback. This can also be used in a classroom where the students and/or teacher do not know Braille. Words can be typed and then printed into Braille. The most important thing about The Mountbatten is that it allows blind students to be a part of the classroom and curriculum. With this device, they can be included in group work and discussion.

Apple also provides assistive technologies through the iPad, iPod, and iPhone. For the visually impaired, VoiceOver is a feature that allows users to know what is going on on their phone by reading the screen to them. FaceTime is a great way for the hearing impaired to communicate with others. They can see each other face to face and communicate by using sign language. People with physical and motor skills can use AssistiveTouch. With this, the user can enter common multi-touch gestures. There are even assistive features for people with attention deficit or other cognitive disabilities. Through Guided Access, the device helps the user stay focused on one app instead of bouncing around to multiple ones. iPads could easily be used in the classroom to help children with all of these disabilities. 

 I found some helpful resources for elementary school teachers to assist with "assistive technology". Top Teacher Tools is a website that can be used at a resource for finding other resources for assistive technology. This website basically gives a list of websites and a summary of what each website has to offer. I found it very help to read the summaries of the resources to find a website that best fits the information a teacher would be looking for.

Assitive Technology Training Online was one of the websites listed on "Top Teacher Tools". This website was very user friendly and allowed a teacher to actually go through a process of finding the best AT for their particular student. You can go through a step by step process of first picking a similar student story and answering questions to find a AT prefect for the students situation.  There are also tutorials on how to use the particular equipment that seem like they would be very helpful for teacher. There is also a section that provides links to vendors, laws and state and national projects regarding assistive technology.

Trace Center is based out of the University of Wisconsin- Madison and is working to help individuals with disabilities have a better access to the internet. This website has a lot of useful links and information about products and tools for assistive technology.

Teaching math to the Blind is certainly an extreme challenge for many people. Just imagine within this century all the modern electronic and technological devices that are available to the Blind.  Technology is advancing every day.

Voice over was mentioned for iPad usage for the Blind.  It is a fascinating way for blind people to  read stories  and get legitimate information for school.  Many users double tap the iBook to open it. Each of these devices have easy access.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

C4T #3

Post 1: This week I had Lana Gerin's blog. She was asked to test an item of her choice from Quill, and she chose a giant dry erase easel for her classroom. She loved this easel because it was so large and had lots of storage space with it. It also did not take up a lot of space in her classroom. I responded by saying that she inspired me to buy one when I became a teacher. It would come in handy a lot!

Post 2: Lana Gerin had not posted anything recent on her blog, so I commented on an old post from Christmas. She talked about reading the book Prancer with her students and then watching the movie. They did then a side by side comparison of the book and movie. She then posted some pictures of letters to Santa written by her students. I replied to her by saying how much I thought doing a comparison of a book and movie is. It really gets the children's minds thinking differently.