Wednesday, December 9, 2009


I completed all of the surveys and checked my grades to make sure everything was ok. Thank you for a wonderful experience. I learned a lot in this class and I really appreciated how quickly you got back to me when I emailed with questions.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Internet Safety Reflection

  1. I chose to read the article "Mixed Signals" from the New Era
  2. I watched the PBS documentary for my video and it was VERY interesting. It focused on a little town in New Jersey and showed different uses of the internet by youth. The parts I watched talked about how various youth use the internet, how schools try to use technology. It had a few specific situations where it went in depth into what certain students used technology for and how their parents had no idea what they were doing online. It talked about parents that are trying to be more safe with the internet... it was very interesting and somewhat eyeopening.
  3. Take Aways:
    • Don't fall for the virtual world perks... things are never anonymous and once it is on the internet, you can't take it back.
    • Virtual vs Real - need Real relationships with people, yes life can suck sometimes but it will continue to suck if your whole life is online
    • in families be careful with the internet, have the computer in an open area where it is easily seen, educate your children on how to be safe on the internet. 
 4.  I taught my little brother over the phone about internet safety. I asked him what he already knew about internet safety. My parents have talked a lot to him about not going to a site unless you know the content of it (and that the content is good) and being careful not to click on any adds or blinkies. He is pretty smart when it comes to the internet. I talked to him about being careful with information you put on the internet and not giving confidential information to people even if it is people you know. I also talked to him about the importance of having face to face relationships and not using texting or chatting as his only means of communicating with friends.

He was pretty attentive and also had some comments himself. I shared with him the article by Elder Bednar, I don't think he will actually read it... he is 15 and has lots of other things that keep him busy.... but I did share the main message with him. I know he will be smart with the web. I know my parents are very careful when it comes to the internet and they have taught their kids to do the same.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Week 10 - Video Response

The most important thing I learned from these videos is that you can teach the necessary content to the students and simultaneously help them to develop important life skills. In each of these projects, students were able to explore, create, and learn about a certain content area. By doing all of these things, the teacher allowed the students to access higher level thinking. Another thing that helped students develop higher level thinking was creating a way for students to share the knowledge they learned with others. This gave students experience in sharing and presenting information to others, as well as allowed the families and communities get involved.  Another important skill students were able to learn about and develop was how to work with other people. As the students worked on these projects, they worked in small groups, or as a whole class to put together websites, presentations, and books. This allowed them to have experience in collaborating and problem solving within a group.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Week 9 - AKA Week 1 of Practicum

I have completed the mid course evaulation and the consent form.

The classroom I am in is fairly tecnological. More so than when I was in school. There are 3 computers in the back of the room that are fairly new and are used daily for centers or testing. The teacher also brings in 3- 4 mac laptops for the centers/testing. The computers have various learning programs and internet access. The teacher also has her own personal lap top and a printer in the classroom. AND the coolest part, they have a promethean board! It is basically a giant touch screen that the teacher can project on and draw/write on. My mentor teacher gets frustrated with hers because it likes to misalign itself almost every time she uses it... HOWEVER it is an awesome tool to have in the classroom.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Week 8 Part 2 - My Thoughts on the Science Challenge

I watched:

 voice threads

I learned that integrating technology is actually quite simple and very beneficial. I really liked seeing how other students used kidsperation to analyze and classify  data. I think I would frequently use kidsperation with my science lessons. I also liked the celestia program that allows you to observe the night sky without having wait for night time. I think this would be a lot of fun to use in the classroom.