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Notes on today’s presentations 11/22/2016

shutterstock111960224Some useful resources and tips from class…

Some of the tech I encourage you to research include: Booktrack, Trello, MyHistro, Web Whiteboard, Big Blue Button, Google Classroom, and Fotor.

Booktrack- brings the books to life, it adjusts to students reading level, great for audio learners. The site is mostly used for audiobooks which you purchase but you can also create audio for books. This is great to use with students in an English course, I can see myself using this when tackling classical literature. For example I would use an audiobook and play excerpts of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. With old English it may be difficult for students to interpret/understand well but this technology could help. The only issue with it is the compatibility of the site to Google Chrome/Internet Explorer. You would definitely need a plan B for your lesson if their is difficulty. The site also gives you the ability to create classes for the books and to track your readers.

Google Classroom- Gives you the ability to create classes. Is an educational facebook/twitter. You have your profile and students can comment and contribute online. A useful part of this is that you can poll your students, for example over Thanksgiving Break you could post a poll on Sunday asking if they have reviewed for Monday class. Also it is useful as a reminder app without polling the students, you as a teacher can post “statuses” such as “Bible Club let’s meet in room 307 today instead of in room 212 after lunch.” Google Classroom also let’s you have access to each students email to contact them, and the ability to upload assignments. An example of using this is if a student is absent or you weren’t able to hand out the day’s homework, you could post a pdf of the assignment and the students could access it. Google Classroom is very popular with secondary teachers because it is like Canvas, but simplified. The plus to Google Classroom is that it is FREE!

MyHistro-  Is a timeline creating website which is free. As a teacher you can create a timeline, especially useful in history classes but I could see it being used in English classes. The site allows you to make quizzes for students… It is much like a ThingLink but allows you to use an accurate map. Here is a link of a timeline of the French Revolution: http://www.myhistro.com/story/the-french-revolution/30635/0/0/0/1#!oath-of-the-tennis-court-59389

Big Blue Button-  Is a site where you can hold confrences and meetings this would be useful for tutoring purposes or virtual school.

Fotor- A photo editing site. It allows you to create posters, photos and other media. It is free and compatible with all technology such as Mac and Windows. For example if you were teaching preschool and wanted to create a collage of things that are the color red you could do it on Fotor. This is great to recommend to students to use also. It is basic editing but the closest thing to Photoshop which is free. I would use this in my high school English classes when having my students write personal narratives the first two weeks of school. I would have them write about themselves or their summer vacation and create a collage of photos relating to their essay.

Also I have a blog post for reference to several other resources List of 35 Technology Resources





Digital Storytelling: Dog Love

For class I was required to create a digital story, this was no easy feat but I think that with access to the right tools and a designated topic you could easily have students in groups create digital stories. Digital Storytelling is the practice of using computer-based tools to tell a story. Digital stories can contain images, text, audio and even video.

Resource to guide and help with digital storytelling:


Resources I used in my video:

Noncopyrighted photos and videos from https://videos.pexels.com/ and https://www.pexels.com/

I created this video using Filmora: http://filmora.wondershare.com/

Too much! My view on iPads in class:

  • What are the strengths? 
  • Do you think you would do these things? Why or why not?
  • What are the weaknesses you would have to be careful to look out for?
  • Where did you get this information?
  • Anything else you’d like to say about the trend.

I recently have observed a class with an iPad program and even though I believe technology is good in the classroom I feel sometimes there is an over dependency that comes with it. I was in a second grade classroom and I watched the teacher have each student get on an iPad to learn division. Each student watched a video of a teacher teaching division and then they had to complete a worksheet that aligned with the video. I think it is great to use different mediums in the classroom to teach but it is all they focused on. The teacher did not spend a minute actually teaching division herself or reviewing it as a class. I personally have always struggled with math, and seeing most of the students not filling out their sheets and not focusing on the iPad video worried me. It’s important to understand the basics because that is the foundation that students will depend on throughout their life. Personally I would never use iPads in the classroom, computers and laptops I would use but I feel ipads would be unnecessary and more effort to keep up with. But there are advantages that come with using iPads in the classroom if that is right for you as a teacher.

These advantages are:

  • Immediate feedback on class participation
  • Simplification of collection and retention of materials
  • Reading/Annotating paperless (Which can be debated many students need hands on material and prefer books with spines.)
  • Shared access to files with students
  • Free books available online
  • Numerous resources

Disadvantages are:

  • WiFi issues
  • Distracting
  • Charging issues
  • Need for a computer still

As I said before I would not use iPads in my classroom. I feel students are already very involved with technology and school should be a break from that and limit it. Taking English courses and planning to teach English I feel it is impossible for a student to truly annotate without a pen in their hand. It is mostly personal preference and my opinion that would keep me from having iPads in my classroom. Students can learn just as much and be as prepared without iPads.

I found my information from this link and I base my answers off my observations.

Here is the link: http://www.teachhub.com/advantagesdisadvantages-ipad-classroom


Cyber Security: Real World Example

REFLECTION ON EMILY…. What are your reactions to her story? What did you learn from her story? How might you use this story in your teaching career and interactions with your students?

As I watched the video I was shocked. How could someone fake having cancer and steal someone’s identity. I felt sorry for Emily and that this happened to her. I feel it is important that she and other’s whom have suffered identity theft specifically online really need to speak and inform others. I would definitely use this as an example in my own classes when discussing cyber security. I think the best way to avoid having your photos stolen and your identity stolen is by changing your privacy settings on accounts and by thinking before you post. I also believe it is important to keep an eye out for anyone faking someone else’s identity, if you see something suspicious online you should report it to the person you know. When someone is using someone else’s identity they can slander the person’s reputation such as in Emily’s case. She did not have cancer multiple times only once and the thief who took her photos and information lied about the cancer not being in remission. The thief even set up accounts for donations to battle with this supposed cancer. The real Emily had to even get law enforcement involved. It was unbelievable to me that someone could take things that far or even pretend to be a whole different person. I learned for myself that I need to be careful online and keep things private on my personal accounts. As a teacher I think sharing this story with students while discussing cyber security would really cement the fact they need to be careful and keep their settings on private. I’d inform them about laws that protect them and laws that are against identity theft. Education is the best way to prepare them and guide them when it comes to technology. Social media is what teenagers are always connected to and they should look at this real world example and think about what they have done online and how they can take a step back and protect themselves from something similar happening to them.

http://www.medicaldaily.com/one-eyed-teen-cancer-gets-identity-stolen-blogger-photos-263549 (article relating to Emily’s story)