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Discussion 8: Final Presentations Shout Out!

I’ve been looking at my fellow students’ presentations and this segment has a lot of various options.  As my “ah ha” moment was the time consuming of making a personal videos consisting of homemade videos and pictures.  However, when looking at some of the text-to-talk apps that might be an excellent way to incorporate student producing their own video without demanding too much class time.


Discussion 7: Creation & Editing Tools, Part 2 – Digital Storytelling

  1. When utilizing iMovie, or any other movie-making app, students will create their own digital story. To produce a digital story they will have to gather information and images, and film their own ideas to generate their very own story.   This will apply to the higher level of Blooms taxonomy.
  1. My “ah ha” moment was how much time it could take to make a movie when combining a ton of various images form different sources. This is definitely something to keep in mind when assigning this kind of work.
  1. An additional tool for my students to make short videos is Cute CUT.  It is compatible for Mac, iPhones, and iPad. Here you can easily add on self-draw to the videos as well.

Discussion #5: Creation & Editing Tools –Book Creating Tools

The level of skills the students will develop from this lesson plan will be to construct a product to share with others. By designing something together, though working individually, the final product will display their collaborative newfound knowledge. The booklet will inspire the students to communicate with family members about what they have learned as well.

I had this idea that it would be perfect for my students to actually make an informational booklet to print and bring home during the month of November for Diabetes Awareness month. However, I experienced some issues….  Not many of the fancy apps were designed to print easily (and inexpensive)…. Maybe I was just a little too set in my ways…

Another story making application I came across is Book Creator, which seems very similar to Create Booklet I used, just not free.  To cover some of the other groups within Creation & Editing Tools one can utilize various text-to-video apps where the students generate their own cartoon-based videos, such as the video I’ve previously shared HERE. (The third video).

Another very interesting application is ZooBurst where one can make digital 3D pop-up books! In this app one can upload your own images or choose from their library.  Being able to upload your own images makes it much more relevant for health education, rather than many of the book creating apps where one can only utilize their pictures.

Here is a short tutorial on ZooBurst:

Discussion #5: Discussion & Reflection Tools  

Google Forms can be utilized for testing purposes, but also to see where the students are at when it comes to comprehending the topics taught as the students can be asked to fill in various forms. One can choose different question forms such as multiple choice, text, check box, chose from a list, grid, time, and date.  This kind of forms would evaluate, monitor, test, or check the students.   If one incorporates the correct answers in the completion page, the students can check their own answers and function as an instant feedback to the students.

My “ah ha” moment was when I initially made one form, consisting of True/False questions, but realized it would not give me enough information to evaluate the students’ comprehension.

An additional similar tool would be survey monkey where the teacher can build questions to assess where the students are at academically and also utilize it as a different way to give quizzes for evaluating knowledge.

Discussion #4: Presentation and Remixing Tools

When presenting, students have to demonstrate knowledge and an understanding of the topic. As with many presenting tools today the students can find information online and remix information in the form of videos, text, images and sound. As a teacher it is important to ask a few questions at the end of each presentation to ensure the students understand the topic assigned as it is easy to merely repost information without generating knowledge or understanding.  Planning a presentation includes some organizing of materials including making an outline with what order to present in. Group work is an important skill for dynamic workforces in the future, and presenting skills are essential.

My “ah ha” moment must have been after spending a whole day trying to figure out various pages, reading teacher blogs, and watching YouTube videos as resources for how to use these tools in education, and I had decided on Globster, BUT I COULD NOT GET IT TO WORK!!! The day came to an end and I slept on it for a few days and was debating on what tool to change it too, as Globster seemed inevitably very difficult to create. However, the page must have been down that day as none of the problems I experienced that day reoccurred. Nevertheless, this made me think of what one would do in case a page you have decided to use as a teacher is down. (No matter what tool one chooses to utilize).

An additional, pretty similar, tool as Glogster is TACKK. Instead of a visual poster board as Glogster TACKK is a page that extends downwards as you build on it. It has the same functions of being able to add video, text, music, images, and so on. TACKK can be useful as the students can collaborate at the end of the page in the comment sections rather than stating a new page as I suggest in my Glogster PBL.

Discussion 3: Acquisition & Investigation Tools -Poll Everywhere.

I chose to utilize a tool called Poll Everywhere. Poll Everywhere lets you take “live” quizzes where the students can text in their reply and the result is posted immediately on the screen. By making their own quizzes the students have to interpret and summarize the topics assign to them and reformulate the subject matter, classifying Poll Everywhere in the Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy Level: Understanding.

My a-ha moment was when I realized that apparently one cannot embed everything into a blog… so now what…

Another very interesting tool i learned about in class was Padlet.  I love that thing! It’s a website the students will collaborate on.  The students and teacher can add pictures, assignments, videos, links to reading assignments, and home work. The teacher can track who posts what so it is easy to see who does what work.  If some students do not have access to computers at home they can easily do the assignment with pen and paper and have the teacher or another student take a pic of it and then upload it.  LOVE IT!

SAVE Icon on Computers

To Floppy Drive or Not to Floppy Drive?

That is the question these days.

Floppy screen shot

Why is there a floppy sign on the computers anyway? That is so 1980’s. Most young users don’t even know what a floppy drive is anymore.

It could have been changed to a CD ROM icon years ago, but that is already outdated by now. Even if it was changed to a USB icon, that is on its way out too. External hard drives are more unusual as not everyone utilizes it. A cloud icon could be used for demonstrating that one is saving a document on a cloud-based network. However, all of these icons would vary depending on what the consumer chooses to utilize as a method to save work. In addition, they will most likely be outdated in a few years and replaced by something newer.

How about a SAVE Icon? One that simply says the word “Save”. It streamlines the purpose of the button making it timeless for future inventions to come with more memory and processing speed.

Save Screen Shot

The End.

Pros & Cons of BYOD (Bring-Your-Own-Device) Programs in Educational Settings

After reading the two articles, How BYOD Programs Can Fuel Inquiry Learning by Katrina Schwartz from MindShift and 5 Reasons Why BYOD is a Bad Idea by Kelly Walsh from Emerging Ed Tech, I’ve spent some time reflecting about some of the benefits and drawbacks regarding students bringing their own technology devices to school.

This semester I am taking an educational technology class at Texas State University, in which I’m having an open mind to learn various ways to educate children. I want to become more familiar with some of the tools out there for teachers and students alike. My initial thought was how important it is for teachers to be proficient in technology used for presentations as a mean to keep education interesting, to alternate teaching and technology methods, and to be competent in all the new innovations. However, I realize to employ good educational technology, teachers need to utilize apps and/or programs that are collaborative in nature and incorporate the STUDENTS so they can work together.

There are SO many various technology tools that are collaborative and as a teacher it is really only necessary to be proficient in a few tools. It is important for the entire teaching team to utilizing the same tools, as it must be hectic for students if they need a different login account in each class period due to a lack of agreement among the teachers using technology. Maybe even the whole school should be on the same page where the students can continue with the same organization and collaborating programs year after year. For example, if blogging is utilized, keeping the same blogging program can save a lot of time, versus the students figuring out a new free “make your own blog” page each year or class. If the teachers want students to start a new blog each year, by utilizing the same program the students will be familiar with the program and the focus will be on generating the information to incorporate into the blog, rather than figuring out how to use the blog each year. Or better yet, the students can continue the same blog each year building a continuous blog for education purposes. But how do teachers and administrators know what app or program to use? What if there is something better and more user-friendly developed the following year?

Not all kids come with good habits. Many kids have fancy phones and tablets but use them for the sole purpose for games and social media.   New habits have to be formed for the students to realize the amount of resources they have access to and to be able to tune out temptation of games. Until new habits are created it can be challenging for teachers, as they might have to micro manage the students. Yet again, as in most things in school it must be taught. And once accountability with the use of technology is taught, a more mature way of cultivating ideas occurs among the students.

Discussion # 2: Practical PBL

  1. What is the feasibility of incorporating PBL into your content area of focus?

PBL in Health Education is highly feasible, although some topics might be more suitable than others. I would think emotional and personal topics such as mental health issues, drawing personal boundaries, and positive versus negative role models, might be more difficult as PBL than examining body structure, organs, and body functions, studying various diseases including STDs, and bullying.

  1. What are the challenges in implementing PBL in today’s classroom environment?

Some of the challenges with implementing PBL in today’s classroom environment would be the assessment process. The teachers needs to do continues assessments during class, however, I can imagine answering to parents regarding the assessments might be even more challenging when there are no test and quizzes to refer to.

  1. What technologies can facilitate PBL?

The two PBL units are focusing on Health Education and diabetes. I would like the students to document all work on their blogs. Presentations are up to the students to decide technology. The awareness campaign in Unit #1 can be made either as a video or radio pubic service announcement. The students can collaborate through any virtual workspace as they choose.

There is a link to two of my PBL units in Health Education focusing on Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes and the endocrine system here on my blog, Educational Technology & Type 1 Diabetes.

Discussion 1: Blogging

As blogging has become a standard method of communicating, this can be viewed as a vital learning tool. Young students are eager to utilize technology and are remarkably tech savvy. For most students, being able to utilize blogging as a form of learning –either submitting book reports, comparing notes, collaborating, class discussions, or group projects- will be viewed as more interesting, than pen and paper assignments.  As a teacher, seeing students enjoy doing the work assigned creates a pleasant atmosphere. Thus it is important to reach the students with various mediums they are interested in, which in turn keep the students focused.

By implementing blogging and using the result (the blogs themselves) as an example one can display for students, parents, and fellow educators the positive outcomes one can achieve with blogging. Incorporating thorough guidelines is vital to achieve the desired result and participation in the blogs. By having the students blog about what they find significant with the blogging, and maybe request the parents to comment, might display the valuable impact of blogging.

My blog, Technology Education and Type 1 Diabetes, focuses on educating the public about Type 1 Diabetes. I would like to focus on various ways to incorporate technology as a way of teaching various health topics in school.

My favorite part about creating the blog was to share it with my daughter who I think was kind of impressed.

I hope to be more fluent with my blogging. A lot of time was spent figuring things out, either by trial and error, or searching online how to do something. I would like it to be more effortless.

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