Monday, August 20, 2007
My dream classroom would include a laptop for each student. I often think of lessons to do on the computer but then quite honestly forget about them quickly because of all the juggling I would have to do to get my students on a computer. The school I am interning at has one computer in the classroom, a set of traveling laptops and about 8 computers in the library (which the librarian does not like to share). I like the advice someone gave me previously about getting donated computers for my classroom, this is something I am going to do for sure when I get my own classroom. There are still a lot of things you can do with only one computer but imagine having 10 in the classroom, that would open up so many more opportunities.
One thing I learned about in ECMP 455 that I will really use in my classroom is all of the free video editing programs online. I really could have used these sites in my pre-internship.
I also really like the idea of hooking up with other classrooms around the world and doing some sort of collaborative project with them. There are so many options and it doesn't matter if you are in Regina, Rome or Reno.
Every time I look online I find at least one great resource or something that sparks my imagination. I think I can use the internet and technology in general to spark students imaginations. I do think that everything needs to be balanced though, students still need to do work that is not online.
Reading other peoples blogs has made me aware of different issues and important things to think about such as privacy online and how far is too far when you are online. I would never think of adding students to my facebook account because it is personal and you never know what kinds of posts my friends may make or what kind of presents they may be sending.
Bottom line is technology can be used for many purposes and is used to connect the world. I would like to use it to connect my students, their families and possibly students from around the globe. I would like my students to grow from using technology and I would like to grow along with them. One piece of advice I will take from this class and share with others is to master one thing at a time, to make things seem less overwhelming.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
A couple months ago my sister-in-law who lives in England called me and was complaining about the new school her daughter has to go to. This new school is technology based, every child in the school has to purchase a laptop through a special program the school has set up. The students will do the majority of their work on their laptops. These were a few of my sister-in-laws complaints:
1. Her daughter is 11 and my SIL does not think she is ready to have the responsibility of a laptop.
2. Her daughter does not get bused to school, she has to walk a mile each way to get to and from school. Which means she is going to have to carry the laptop to and from school each day.
3. She has no option but to buy the new laptop through the school even if she could find a better
deal somewhere else.
4. She feels that because it is a government funded school they should be paying for the laptops
because they are making it mandatory.
5. She is a single parent and can not really afford to make the payments on the laptop and she
will also have to pay now for internet at her home so her daughter can do homework.
She does agree that technology is an important part of today's society and thinks her daughter will benefit from the skills she learns she just has a few concerns.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
That's Not a Drinking Fountain or How to Survive in a One Computer Classroom by Whit Anderson
Some of the tips were to:
Have stations set up for the students to rotate through.
Have students print off information that they may need instead of sitting at the computer reading it.
Get a projector or a large monitor for the whole class to view together.
Plan ahead, have students brainstorm what they need before they get on the computer.
Beg, Borrow and Trade, see if any other classrooms have free computers, send some students to work in the library at the computers, have the school put computers on rolling carts so they are mobile.
Match Task and Resource. If there is an old computer sitting around have students use that for doing reports. Use programs such as AlphaSmart and Dreamwriter for word processing to be uploaded later.
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Making this video took me about 4 hours. I did not see any tutorials on the Eyespot website so it wasn't until the end of this video that I started to figure out how do add different effects.
One thing I did not like was that I could only add one effect to each frame. I would have liked to add say 'slow motion' and 'rotate the video' to one frame but I could not figure out if that was possible.
Also it would have been nice to have the option to change fonts and do more fun things with text. I would have liked to use text on actual pictures as I saw Nicole use in her video Tribute.
It took a while for my videos to upload to my account but I was glad to have the option of using both video and stills in my mixes.
Overall using eyespot was simple and I think easy enough for probably grade 4 and up to use too.
Monday, July 23, 2007
Last year in my pre-internship I did a unit on bullying with grade 5's. We had them make their own bullying commercials. They wrote the scripts, acted and filmed their own videos but when it came time to edit we were not aware of any free programs. My internship partner had to take the videos home and edit all of them by herself. I am so glad I can now get myself familiar with Eyespot and other programs and possibly use them in my internship in the Fall!
When my grandma died we were going through all her belongings and found her diary from when she was sixteen. I treasure that diary....but would I have been able to read all of the stuff she had written in it if it was done online. I guess I could print off every blog posting I create and keep it in a binder but then to me it seems impersonal.
For the time being I will do my best to keep up with blogging and reading others blogs. Maybe my thoughts will change on blogging.