Saturday, May 12, 2012

Literacy Semester

I have learned a lot this semester! I have learned so much about our education system but most of all about how to help students learn, grow, and have fun while doing it. I have also learned that teachers are never alone, we always have each other for support. Our students are the most important in our field and so their success should always be our focus. Even when we have 30 students in the class they are 20 individual minds and souls. Each and everyone of them is unique in the way they learn and interact with others. We must always be patient and caring, we may just be the only person they have to confide in and if we don't open ourselves up to our students and try to get to know them how can we expect to know them and how they learn.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Journal #9: Reading Evolutionized!

Lamb, Annette. "Reading Redefined for a Transmedia Universe." Learning and Leading. 39.3 (2011): 12-17. Web. 17 Dec. 2011. <http://www.learningandleading-digital.com/learning_leading/201111?pg=14&search_term=Reading Redefined for a Transmedia Universe&doc_id=-1&search_term=Reading Redefined for a Transmedia Universe
This article explains how it is that reading has merged with technology and now is a much more involved process and how it is that children’s books have made a comeback even in higher level reading. Reading a book no longer just means a hard cover or paper back book filled with words and words. It means that we can open up our laptop or take out our smart phone or electronic book reader and have a whole new world of books. The books of today are digital and have sound and images and can even be made up as the reader reads. There are books to make every topic out there seem more interesting. Students can know stop carrying the large backpacks filled with heavy books and access tons of interactive narratives online. It is also easier for children to learn how to read with the story teller apps that read the books to the child as they follow along and learn how to recognize and say the words.

How can we make sure that all of our students are getting access to these new opportunities?

Not all of our students have the luxury of accessing the internet at home so we can set aside a certain amount of time to allow our students internet access during class time to be able to use the interactive books and tools online. We can also pull up the digital books onto the projector screen and have class reading time allowing each student to read a phrase or paragraph depending on the level. We can also write grants for technology for our students so they too can have the opportunity of having the accessibility at home.

What does reading and technology merging mean for teachers?

Reading is a huge part of our education whether we want it to be or not. It is the preferred choice of sharing and gathering information and it is also a way to escape with our imaginations. What it means for teachers is that we now have an even wider variety of books to bring into our classroom and make our lessons fun. Our history books can know be more interactive and in a way be hands on for our students to learn the material not just memorize for the test and chuck.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Journal #6: Google +

Parr, Ben. "Google : The Complete Guide." Mashable Social Media. 18 Nov 2011: n. page. Web. 17 Dec. 2011. <http://mashable.com/2011/07/16/google-plus-guide/>.
Brogan, Chris. "Educators- Google Plus Is For You." Chris Brogan. Genesis Framework, 30 Sep 2011. Web. 16 Dec. 2011. <http://www.chrisbrogan.com/gpluseducators/>.


Google+: The Complete Guide was a very interesting article on the different aspect of Google’s new social network. It described it as the product of Facebook and Twitter combined. Google+ can help with organization of all of your documents and dates and events and it also allows you the opportunity to share different information with different people simultaneously, something that Facebook and Twitter are still developing. The way you can control this is by grouping your contacts into circles. There is also a hangout or a group chat feature that is missing in other social networking sites.


This Blog was about how Google+ can help educators communicate with their class and also come up with new ways to bring and share information with the students. He talked about the importance of the circle and how you can share certain information only with the class circle and how you can share the circle so that everyone in the class has everyone else also. It also talked about the hangouts and how you can have multiple hangouts with separate groups if your class is too big.

What are some other ways that we can get the technology in Google + to help make the classroom experience more interesting for our youth?

The Complete Guide shared some information on Android and iPhones and the Google+ apps for those. We know that our students are very high tech now and that more than half of them have access to a smart phone. We can make Google+ part of our classroom community and use the hangouts for group collaboration and the stream for sharing of different resources. It is a great way to introduce how to safely use social media in a more controlled environment. With Google+ we have more control over what they are viewing and sharing with the rest of the class than with Facebook or Twitter and they can also use all of the other great apps that Google offers for free.

How can fieldtrips and Guest Speakers be more convenient with Google +?

With the hangout app the teacher can blow up the web cam and show it to the entire class and a professional or panel of professionals can be guest speakers without having to leave the comfort of their offices or even if they are half a world away they cans still engage with the students. As for fieldtrips, well if and when everyone in the class has transportation they can check in at a certain site and that way they can have their own learning experience but share it with the rest of the class through sharing videos pictures and posts. The teacher can make sure they were there by having them check in at the site.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Journal #8: AAC

What is Augmentative and Alternative Communication? 

Augmentative and Alternative Communication is a form of communication in which speech is not present. For example when we make gestures or use signs or pictures to communicate what we want or need.  

No/Low Tech 

Sign Language is the most commonly used type of no technology Augmentative and Alternative Communication. Sign Language is a series of hand gestures which entail the alphabet and strung together can also mean words or phrases. In the classroom ASL is used as an alternative language to communicate with students who may have a speech disability or may be deaf.It can also be used as a supplement to language enrichment or as a substitute for foreign language requirements.

High Tech


The Pocket Communicator X51 is a small pocket PC that allows people who  have had strokes, autism, cancer or any other speech impairment be able to communicate through the use of words and phrases already on the devise. The person can also make up new words and phrases this would come in handy when the child is learning new vocabulary at school and also trying to communicate with friends in slang. Although slang is not a very common part of the classroom it is a huge factor in the school community and the integration of the child into the school mainstream community. 

Accessibility

 When the child can't use a traditional device or computer alternatives are used and the child is able to operate these with any part of their body from their eyes to their feet to their breath. 


Hardware


Alternative input hardware devices allow the child to use  and operate a computer with limited movement such as if they aren't able to control their hands. An example of a hardware is a Lipsync or a mouse that is controlled by the child's sip and puff. Allowing the child to control the mouse clicking right and left or moving it around the screen. 




Software


An Alternative input software is a program used to aid people with limited mobility to use the computer. An example is the QualiEYE it is a support software that you can install into your computer. It uses the webcam to track the eye, head, and finger movements to move the cursor on the screen. It is designed for anyone with controlled movement of the head or fingers. It would be a great tool to use in the classroom because it is simple to install and very discrete as well as helpful.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Excel Crossword Puzzle

NETS-T 2: By creating my crossword puzzle I was able to design a relevant learning experience that incorporates digital tools and resources to promote student learning and creativity.