Viewing the Total Solar Eclipse?

TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE LIVE

What an opportunity this is for any science teacher! Here is a link (above) to a webpage that connects to several sites which will be live streaming the eclipse.  It is a great way to start off an exciting school year. Also through watching a live stream you will not have to worry about solar eclipse glasses for students or weather interference. Lookout for the amazing event on August 21!

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Cyber security and memes..

Meme- a humorous image, video, piece of text, etc. that is copied (often with slight variations) and spread rapidly by Internet users.

You can actually use memes in the classroom as explained in the web link below:

http://www.fractuslearning.com/2016/01/07/memes-connect-with-class/

Recently I was required to create several memes referencing cyber security for my technology class. I am planning on teaching secondary education so I thought these would be funny.

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This one is about the scam/question circulating around on social media about “how much money would you have if it was your social security number?” The people who answer it are putting themselves in a bad situation with the possibility of getting their information/identity stolen.1crsjr.jpgThis one is about having a good password on your accounts.72595583.jpgThis one is about your account settings, like turning off location on your posts/ having good privacy settings to avoid stalkers and other problems.
download.jpegThis one just addresses scams again and people out to get your personal information. For example anything that is “click bait” might not be safe to go to, could result in a virus.

Follow these links and create your own!

http://memegenerator.net/  (Links to an external site.)

https://imgflip.com/memegenerator  (Links to an external site.)

http://imgur.com/memegen (Links to an external site.)

 

Reflection: Online Teaching

Reflection on the interviews with the eSchool teachers.

What did you learn?

I learned that there is a large population of students in Florida are taking online courses. I also learned that their are various situations a student may be in that would require them to go to an online school.

What surprised you?

What surprised me was that one of the speakers believed that through online classes there was much more one-on-one focus. I believe this is very untrue, I have taken multiple online classes that lack communication between the instructor and students. I feel that in an actually classroom setting getting one-on-one is much easier because even if there are many students in the class you have a better chance at a response with your hand raised than with an email.

Would you consider teaching online in this school setting?

I would consider using online tools like Canvas/Blackboard in my classroom as an aid but I do not plan on teaching online. If i went on to teach at the college level I would incoporate teaching online classes but I would make them less intense as a face to face course. I would definitely focus on breaking down my lessons and keeping up with grades and student concerns like in a regular classroom. The difference is I would shorten the workload some, online classes should not be overbearing and have the students sitting in front of a screen for an entire day nonstop. I’d want to create a system with my online class that really breaks up the time portions/workload so that my students could spend the equal time to the credit hours the course is while finding my class as acoomadating to them. Flexible and not overbearing but still providing them a fair education. I’m not the greatest fan of technology in classrooms yet, I really feel there is too much dependance on them. For example I was observing a second grade class that had access to Ipads. The students were in groups with there own Apple TV and to learn division they watched a video about it. The teacher did not go to the board abd actually teach it, she let the video teach it and let them do the work on their Ipads. It was shocking so I feel only online classes should be allowed at the high school and college level because this is moving on from just the basics. I’d only ever teach an online college class.

Here are the links to two files that are transcripts of videos pertaining to online teaching in Florida:

eme2040_hatten_virtual_teacher_primary-transcript

eme2040_virtual-teacher_final-transcript

TIPS: Teaching online and being an online student.

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TIPS FOR TEACHING AN ONLINE CLASS:

  1. As a professor you should contact individual students at least once a month. Lack of communication with students can reflect negatively on you.
  2. Use a variety of tools besides a textbook to teach the course. For example doing at home experiments for hands on experience in a science class or encouraging students to visit an art museum for fine arts class.
  3.  Make sure to email reminders of due dates.
  4. Incorporate a guide to taking an online course to give students new to online courses a reference for questions. For example, “How do I submit a paper through Turn It In Plagiarism Checker?”
  5. Have deadlines throughout the course to keep students on track.
  6. Encourage class discussions.
  7.  Try to upload recordings or videos of lectures if possible or other tools to get one on one contact with students. For example, using Face time, Skype, or some other instrument.
  8. Do not insist on collaborative projects or group work online. Remember that many students taking online courses do so because of an inability or lack of time to be in a group/class.

TIPS FOR LEARNING ONLINE:

  1. Do not underestimate online courses, take them seriously. They still take up as much time as a regular face to face course.
  2. Choose course content that is interesting to you or that you feel you will not struggle  with as much as a subject you have no background on. This is because there is a lack of face to face time in online courses and one on one with an instructor for help. Also the fact that most online classes are student centered. You must be ready to spend time self teaching the content. Your progress and achievement highly depends on you! Have motivation, work ethic, and discipline.
  3. Log in daily in order to keep up with updates and information in the course. Anything can happen or change, be prepared for it!
  4. Keep in contact with teacher, ask questions. Email them and do not be afraid to ask for help aside from the professor. For example, look into online tutoring and contacting others in the course.
  5. Stay organized throughout the course even if it means creating your own planner or printing out the online syllabus or resources.
  6. Avoid procrastination! Remember you can work ahead/get your work done before due dates and this will cut down on stress and free up more time for other tasks you have to complete.
  7. Try to steer clear of distractions. For example having other tabs open on your computer, people talking in the room, or listening to music. 

 

Thinglink: Diffusion of Innovation

This past week I have been able to use an exciting online tool which allows you to create interactive photos. Mine is based off Rogers Diffusion of Innovation concept. I go through an example of smart boards verses projectors and explain how it is difficult to innovate in school despite the benefits of innovation.

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Here is a funny little comic showing Rogers Diffusion of Innovation…..

And here is a video of Rogers speaking https://youtu.be/j1uc7yZH6eU