Friday - Week 1 Individual reflection -- Discussions http://www.scivee.tv/node/6055/talks/2025 Please take a moment to reply to the following questions about your experience with technology: Prior to Cyberbridge, what ways have you incorporated technology with your students? How do you think technology helps us better teach our students? What technological skills would you like to learn? What technology do you feel comfortable teaching to your students (i.e. Email, word processing, computer programming, advanced graphics editing)? Re: Friday - Week 1 Individual reflection http://www.scivee.tv/node/6055/talks/2025#m2125 What technology do you feel comfortable teaching to your students (i.e. Email, word processing, computer programming, advanced graphics editing)? Prior to Cyberbridge I incoporated technology in my classroom is several different ways. In my history classes, I use power point presentations, embed vidoes in the presentations, use a document camera, Discovery Edand google earth. In journalis, Adobe In Design, Taylor Publisihings On line yearbook layout program, digital cameras, uploading and downloading pics to the computer and the yearbook site, computer graphics for the cover etc. I think that specifically for my Journalism students they are learning real life skills that they will be able to use in the work force. In history it gives them the opportunity to see primary source movies of historical people, places and things that I would not have had access to other wise. This leads to more discussion about whatever topic we are learning. They really get excite about seeing new technology in the class. When we got our document camera some of the kids helped to set it up, and everyone got the chance to put the work they were most proud of under the camera and display it for the class. It also helps me show my students my thought processes for example writing a paragraph. I would like to learn more about video editing and managing a website. Jun 27, 2009 http://www.scivee.tv/node/6055/talks/2025#m2125 Re: Friday - Week 1 Individual reflection http://www.scivee.tv/node/6055/talks/2025#m2064 In the past I have used a variety of technology with my students. I have taught students to use PowerPoint for presentations, Excel for displaying data and creating graphs and charts, and Word for writing. I use an online grade system to notify parents and students of grades and keep parents up-to-date through regular mass emails of relevant course info. I have used Moodle as a way for students to keep up with course work when absent, keep a record of what we do in class, have students interact with each other, and also access a course calendar and their grades. I use a document camera and LCD projector almost every day. I use unitedstreaming.com for showing educational video clips. I took students to the computer lab to use different websites- for learning about acids and bases through a game, and learning how to balance chemical equations through an interactive website. I think technology helps me teach my students better simply by providing them an additional learning outlet for content. Kids love technology and it helps them get more excited about the science content I am teaching, as well as preparing them for a very technology drive world and workforce. I would like to learn more about movie making- software usage and camera usage for best effect. I would like to know what other technology is out there for me to use with students...preferably the free kind. I feel comfortable teaching the things I have taught in the past (see first paragraph) Jun 22, 2009 http://www.scivee.tv/node/6055/talks/2025#m2064 Re: Friday - Week 1 Individual reflection http://www.scivee.tv/node/6055/talks/2025#m2043 Prior to Cyberbridge, I used a Mac Mobile computer lab, Smartboard, document camera/projector, web cameras, digital cameras and video, and the Internet and software from daily to three times weekly in ELD lessons. For instance, since I taught ELD 1/2, my students could be here as little as a few days with no prior knowledge of English up to living here around 6 months with a prior English class or language gained from watching TV and listening to music. I found that technology was an effective tool used to immerse the students in English (L2) while supporting their primary language (L1). During the very first week of school the students had to understand around 40 basic school words (bathroom, pencil, nurse, ASB, etc.) a day, soI had developed a lesson supplement that was a digital picture scavenger hunt from which each student had to put together a PowerPoint incorporating the word, picture and the first two week's sentence frames and guiding questions, which they then presented to the class. The students used online dictionaries, Spell check, photo-editing software, etc.--all with instructions in English. This was a great first week assignment that set the bar for what the students would have to do in an ELD 1/2 class. I planned out increasingly difficult lessons for the levels 3/4 to 7/8 that I taught. My thesis for my first Master's degree is on "Using Technology to Facilitate English Language Acquisition in Orphan Language Populations." For some of my students (Hmong, Thai, Russian, and Farsi) the online sites were the only way to access a dictionary while waiting for the district support to purchase dictionaries, etc. A document camera is something I use every day. Students also are given my e-mail account and website on a business card and expected to e-mail me and check lessons/homework. How do you think technology helps us better teach our students? Well, I can't imagine going back to using just a Whiteboard and overhead projector! You might as well give me a stick and some sand to write in. Technology supports the students in keeping up with the rapid-access nature of knowledge acquisition and the multi-tasking that is required in life and employment. Technology in the classroom connects students to the world. For instance, we can watch a world event unfold and read about it in real-time via web-clips and online news. I can't tell you the last time I actually read a print newspaper. I check the news all throughout the day using Yahoo, Yahoo UK, and Yahoo en español and I think my students also find themselves doing the same when asked to find out about current events, etc. When I want to know something I Google it and so do my students, so I think through my lessons that way. What technological skills would you like to learn? Better multi-media presentations and "cool" stuff like computer animation and movie making to teach my students so they don't have to rely on markers and posterboard for final product presentations. What technology do you feel comfortable teaching to your students (i.e. Email, word processing, computer programming, advanced graphics editing)? I have and do teach my students how to/ how to use: E-mail, keyword search and research skills, web and pod-casting, creating WebPages and sites, PowerPoint, digital photography and editing, word processing, Excel, I-movie editing and creation(now I am in a PC lab :( ). Basically, anything I learn I connect with how to use it with students and am willing to do so as soon as possible while fresh in my mind. Jun 21, 2009 http://www.scivee.tv/node/6055/talks/2025#m2043 Re: Friday - Week 1 Individual reflection http://www.scivee.tv/node/6055/talks/2025#m2042 Most of the technology I use is graphing calculators. I also use a document camera. I've used geometers sketchpad but very little. Graphing calculators help my students explore so many things with math. How graphs change given different parameters, similarities and differences between graphs, how to find a line of best fit by guessing the parent function that it looks like, the relationship between zero's, solutions and x-intercepts, to name a few. The document camera helps students to share their solutions or projects and makes it much easier to talk about them as a class. I have a graphing calculator program that I'm trying to use but my computer at work doesn't accommodate the program. I'd also like to use sketchpad more but I'd need more training and a better computer. Currently, I only feel comfortable teaching the students how to use a graphing calculator. I could teach them to use e-mail but I haven't run across a student who doesn't already know how to use e-mail. I have helped students do some searching on the web for projects for other classes and how to use the features in Word. My IB students have to complete a math exploration including graphs and a write-up. I have to help the students with how to import graphs and tables into their Word document. Jun 23, 2009 http://www.scivee.tv/node/6055/talks/2025#m2042 Re: Friday - Week 1 Individual reflection http://www.scivee.tv/node/6055/talks/2025#m2040 In the past I have used PowerPoint, a document camera, digital projector, websites for activities where they follow along (discovery education, brain pop) and interactive websites where they do activities on their own (alien juice lab, roller coaster science, Newton’s laws in action). My students have put together power point presentations, used digital photos and done a small amount of video capture and editing. I would like to spend time teaching some of these skills next year. For their first project I plan to have them do a PowerPoint of their project. I will take time to show them how to use the program. My experience this year showed that some of them are very adept and others have not used it at all and need instruction. Technology allows us to better teach our students by saving time and effort for the teacher and the student. It connects us, in a small way, to the present times in which our students live. The topic is automatically old hat if it is shown on an overhead slide. Technology also gives them tools to do more and find more information. It helps to engage students in whatever we are doing. I would like to learn video editing, pod casts, palm pilot grading, web teaching applications, and excel. I feel comfortable teaching word processing, some programming (I have done websites in HTML and in front page) I could teach them website design. I am good at graphic design and I can teach PowerPoint. Jun 19, 2009 http://www.scivee.tv/node/6055/talks/2025#m2040 Re: Friday - Week 1 Individual reflection http://www.scivee.tv/node/6055/talks/2025#m2039 1. Prior to Cyberbridge, what ways have you incorporated technology with your students? The technology I have used with my students is basic—word processing/excel (for formal lab reports), powerpoint (for presentations), document cameras (project images and solving problems), and the unitedstreaming.com website (for research and video). 2. How do you think technology helps us better teach our students? Technology improves student performance by making abstract subject matter more comprehendible. It allows students to visualize, to be interactive, to inquire about topics they thought to be unimaginable. It allows them to easily and readily communicate with each other, construct artifacts, and obtain current electronic information that stimulates higher level thinking and problem solving skills. The entire learning process is taken to a whole different level and it is obviously reflected in the student learning outcomes (i.e. projects, presentations). 3. What technological skills would you like to learn? Better yet, what technological skills would I not like to learn. Because I know very little about technology, I am very open to learning anything about it. To be quite honest, I don't even know what to put on my list of technological skills I would like to learn because I don't know what is out there. 4. What technology do you feel comfortable teaching to your students (i.e. Email, word processing, computer programming, advanced graphics editing)? I feel comfortable using email, word processing, spreadsheet, powerpoint, and now Scivee. Jun 19, 2009 http://www.scivee.tv/node/6055/talks/2025#m2039 Re: Friday - Week 1 Individual reflection http://www.scivee.tv/node/6055/talks/2025#m2038 I know that working on this project I will make use of more technological academic tools. In my class I have used the projector, computer lab, cd audio books, et cetera. I know that I will be using more by the end of the semester. I can see the students using power point presentations, computer lab, and anything that we can get our hands on for the students to use. Jun 19, 2009 http://www.scivee.tv/node/6055/talks/2025#m2038 Re: Friday - Week 1 Individual reflection http://www.scivee.tv/node/6055/talks/2025#m2037 Prior to Cyberbridge, what ways have you incorporated technology with your students? The technology that I have incorporated with my students has mostly been teacher-driven, utilizing PowerPoint presentation, LCD projector, document cameras, digital camera, animations and videos, interactive animations and media review games. This past year, however, I did engage my students in a webquest. But that was the extent of computer technology implementation for learning. Regarding tecnologically-based scientific tools, the students were exposed to lab experiments that utilized microscopes, gel electrophoresis, and probes from David Buse's Respiration Lab. (Thanks, Dave!) However, through field trips, student leaders were exposed to a multitude of technology at BioAtla technologies, Burnham Institute, and NuVasive. How do you think technology helps us better teach our students? Technology is a tool that gives the students an additional mode of learning. It provides images and simulations that help abstract concepts come alive making them more comprehensible. What technological skills would you like to learn? I would like to practice more video-making and editing techniques to make learning and concepts fast-paced and exciting. Additionally, I would like to incorporate more technologically-based scientific tools like Vernier probes to accurately represent experimental results. What technology do you feel comfortable teaching to your students (i.e. Email, word processing, computer programming, advanced graphics editing)? I am comfortable teaching my students basic technology skills: Word processing, keyword searches on the Internet, email, uploading, excel, and Powerpoint. Jun 20, 2009 http://www.scivee.tv/node/6055/talks/2025#m2037 Re: Friday - Week 1 Individual reflection http://www.scivee.tv/node/6055/talks/2025#m2036 Prior to Cyberbridge, what ways have you incorporated technology with your students? Starting with filmstrips and 16 mm movies, visual technology has always been part of my classroom. I added computers as a learning tool in 1979. Now, I use pod casts - the learning process is the same but the ease is now phenomenal. How do you think technology helps us better teach our students? Realistically, the printing press was the original technology for the classroom - it is merely inherent. What technological skills would you like to learn? The latest - I have just learned blogging and I want to twitter. What technology do you feel comfortable teaching to your students (i.e. Email, word processing, computer programming, advanced graphics editing)? All of it - and learn from them. Technology is the greatest of interactive learning and teaching tools. Jun 19, 2009 http://www.scivee.tv/node/6055/talks/2025#m2036 Re: Friday - Week 1 Individual reflection http://www.scivee.tv/node/6055/talks/2025#m2035 Prior to Cyberbridge, I've worked with my students using graphing calculators, basic internet searches, checking their online grades, and academic support software (yourteacher.com). All of these have been effective, but I'd like to dive in more deeply, and use this technology more frequently. I'd like to learn to edit videos, and use them in scivee.tv. Also, I'd like to learn moodle and video conferencing (skype). Additionally, I'd like to continue using Power Point to teach my content. Technology helps to engage our students and helps them to be lifelong learners. I currently feel comfortable teaching students how to navigate the Internet. I have a lot of experience helping/encouraging the use of mygradebook.com and yourteacher.com. Jun 19, 2009 http://www.scivee.tv/node/6055/talks/2025#m2035 Re: Friday - Week 1 Individual reflection http://www.scivee.tv/node/6055/talks/2025#m2034 My students use technology every day, for most of my class period. Each student sits in front of a computer. They start the class and are expected to login to the computer and connect to the daily agenda page on my class website. (Every day I update the daily agenda page to include info on that day-then each week is archived at the end of the week). My students use a variety of software: Graphics including vector-based and bitmap. This year we will have access to Illustrator and Photoshop (CS4). Audio, including recording and song creation. SW-Audacity GarageBand Animation and Interactivity. SW-Flash(CS4) Video. SW-iMovie or Final Cut Express We may also use Office Programs (Word, PPT, Excel) Technology is often fun for students to use. It can be used to increase the motivation factor. I would like to learn basic Final Cut skills. Also how to use Geometers Sketch Pad. I feel comfortable teaching any technology. Even if I don't know how to use it myself. Jun 19, 2009 http://www.scivee.tv/node/6055/talks/2025#m2034 Re: Friday - Week 1 Individual reflection http://www.scivee.tv/node/6055/talks/2025#m2033 Prior to Cyberbridge, what ways have you incorporated technology with your students? --I'm Multimedia Productions ROP so everything. I use MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Photoshop, Video, Web design, and the internet. How do you think technology helps us better teach our students? --Technology is essential for surviving in the real world and anything that can be taught utilizing technology will help students learn. What technological skills would you like to learn? --Maybe podcasts (ways to bring it into the classroom to make it effective and fun for the students) and just hearing different ways other teachers have used technology in their lessons to help me improve and/or change my lessons. What technology do you feel comfortable teaching to your students (i.e. Email, word processing, computer programming, advanced graphics editing)? --Word processing, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Photoshop, Video, Web design, Internet, and Email. Jun 19, 2009 http://www.scivee.tv/node/6055/talks/2025#m2033 Re: Friday - Week 1 Individual reflection http://www.scivee.tv/node/6055/talks/2025#m2030 Prior to Cyberbridge, I have incorporated technology with my students mainly by use of Moodle. I have also created organized lists of links for math games, lectures and alternative explanations. I think technology allows us to engage our students interests and intertwine our content. Because technology, especially the Internet, is a big part of their lives, using it to convey content, assess learning, and provide/recieve feedback only makes sense. I am very interested in honing my skills in terms of recording and editing video. I would like to be able to create interactive lessons that I could upload for distance learing purposes. I would also like to learn how to record "video" of work using an optical pen and overlaying my or a students voice to explain what is happening. I am comfortable teaching my students how to use most office applications. I plan to teach them how to use Excel to create graphs and analyze data. I am also comfortable explaining the use of Moodle. Jun 19, 2009 http://www.scivee.tv/node/6055/talks/2025#m2030 Re: Friday - Week 1 Individual reflection http://www.scivee.tv/node/6055/talks/2025#m2029 I am very intimidated by technology. I'm very easily frustrated when I run into problems. Because of this, I struggle to include technology into my classroom. Currently, I use Powerpoint, Moodle, on-line grading programs, and United Streaming to help my students access my curriculum. The students LOVE technology, and so I am trying to become more tech-savvy. I am not comfortable teaching technology to my students. However, I think that's one of the great benefits of middle school and interdisciplinary teams--my weakness is another teacher's strength. The other teachers on my team are very tech-savvy. They have always been willing to teach me "new" technology, and take the lead in teaching students technology. I'm excited because I have just learned to upload pictures to my computer. I'm also anxious to learn how to create and edit movies. Jun 19, 2009 http://www.scivee.tv/node/6055/talks/2025#m2029 Re: Friday - Week 1 Individual reflection http://www.scivee.tv/node/6055/talks/2025#m2028 I believe technology needs to be an integral part of the modern classroom. In the past I use a document camera, data director, PowerPoint, united streaming and moodle. Today’s students are heavily technologically oriented (we all know this). The more we can customize our lessons to their technology desires (internet, wikis, blogging, social networking, etc.) the more engaged they will be in the material. For this project I will also be using Scivee and Movie maker. Both of these technologies I hope to teach my students either directly or through another class. Jun 19, 2009 http://www.scivee.tv/node/6055/talks/2025#m2028