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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.