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April 7th, 2019

Educational Technology Philosophy Statement

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In today’s world, technology is everywhere, the classroom is not an exception. Districts across the nations have different levels of technology availability, guidelines, and knowledge of technology. In some classrooms, technology dominates how students learn. Others merely use it as an easy substitution. This can depend on the district, school, classroom type, technology knowledge and/or teacher philosophy. Regardless of the specific situation a teacher is put in, she/he must determine their technology in education philosophy.

I believe both students and teachers should actively use the technologies around them to encourage higher order of thinking skills. It is important that the teacher knows the technology being used very well. Lack of this knowledge can potentially interfere in how the teacher wants the technology being used versus how the students actually use it. The teacher needs to have knowledge of technology to be able to show the students how it is to be used and to help students with technical difficulties when needed.

Incorporating technology in the classroom is a responsibility for both the teacher and the students. Misuse of technology will inevitably happen. Students need to have clear guidelines of using technology. When students misuse it, the technology will be taken away. As a teacher, one must have an alternative paper-pencil option for these types of situations. Do not struggle to adapt an assignment, the student is the one who is being punished, not you as the teacher. Instead, allow the student to figure out how she/he will accomplish the same standards/objectives but with paper and pencil instead.

Technology is constantly changing. The skills students will need after they graduate are changing with it. There are four levels of technology in the classroom, these are: substitution, augmentation, modification, and redefinition. I believe every single level should be present throughout the year, specially modification and redefinition. Using technology in these two levels encourage students to use higher order of thinking skills when completing their assignments. Some of these skills include creating, comparing, building and adapting. These are the type of skills students will need after graduating. Whether they are entering the workforce or going to college, they are to be able to think for themselves using their resources.

I believe technology should be used in the classroom, not to dominate the learning, rather as an aid to reinforce higher order of thinking skills. Following said levels of technology in the classroom with appropriate technologies and lessons/activities is a crucial teacher responsibility. Student involvement with technology is to the students’ advantage, if they fail to use it correctly, they do not deserve the privilege to use it.

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April 2nd, 2019

Lesson Plan with Technology

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1.) YouTube

My first technology tool is a YouTube video! YouTube offers so many types of videos, one can for sure find the perfect one to fit any lesson. I’ve seen YouTube videos being used in the classroom to introduce or reinforce a topic. Personally, I prefer quick short videos, specially song videos. Music is a very good aid for remembering things. Students love videos and they love music. Music adds the repetition, beat, and fun to learning and remembering things.

For this lesson, I would use the YouTube song to introduce the topic of fractions. It is best to play it several times throughout the unit, this encourages the students to remember the song and its content.

2.) Education.com

This website offers a variety of videos, interactive activities, games and more. These are activities targeted for students kindergarten to fifth grade. They cover every core subject taught in Elementary. The standard(s) targeted in the activity are stated under the activity. Some activities even integrate several subjects and/or standards.

This particular activity has word problems over fractions. It also has visuals and numbers to reference when doing the math. The program allows the student to check their answer instantly. Visual aids help students connect fractions to reality. I would use this technology tool as a closing activity, introducing the next lesson to come.

3.) Illuminations

Illuminations is a web page that has all sorts of interactive math activities. The activities are sorted by grade levels and/or topic. It also gives you the standards the activity is related to, that comes in very handy! The site’s primary focus is to make activities interactive, these include lesson plans, games and practice activities. Having interactive activities benefits the teacher because students think they are playing a game, so they WANT to do their work. Students focus on the fun that they do not realize they are learning and/or practicing. A great advantage is that students know if their answer is right or wrong in real time.

*I chose these technologies for this lesson plan*

April 1st, 2019

STEM Activity

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Watch my video to learn how to do this fun STEM activity with your students.
I’ve done this activity with second graders, they LOVED it!

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March 7th, 2019

Comment on a Blog

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Blogging #5

Good afternoon!

I have researched several Elementary Education blogs, mainly focusing on math ideas. I found a very creative blog with many activity ideas.

Here is a link to a comment I posted.

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March 7th, 2019

WebQuest

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I created a WebQuest designed to teach students how to solve division problems using division. Its focus is on third and fourth graders. Articles, videos, and games are all included for the students to navigate through. WebQuests are designed to let students explore a certain topic. Through the process, students should be involved in Bloom’s Taxonomy higher ordered thinking.

In my WebQuest, students apply prior knowledge to manipulate division. In the videos, students are encouraged to analyze the relationship between multiplication and division. The ultimate goal of this WebQuest if for students to create a variety of division problems. They are to construct this with varies specific components.  Of course, students are also involved in the lower levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy. They are to label the components of division using their memory. I believe my WebQuest helps students better understand division because there is a variety of different things they have to successfully complete. Students need to understand and be able to use their knowledge when creating their division problems.

This is my first WebQuest so far. I liked the process of creating one because it is very straight forward. Students love using technology, so why not use it to learn?

Here is a link to my WebQuest. Hope you enjoy!

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February 27th, 2019

Interactive Math Sites

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Blogging #4

#1 http://webcdn.abcya.com/games/math_bingo.htm

Students can practice the four operations individually while playing bingo! They can choose the level from easy, medium, and hard. Students can also pick bigger bingo board for more practice if they want.

# 2 http://www.smartygames.com/games/math/game_space_math.htm

This is a timed game where students can choose to test one of the four operations. The site gives them one math problem at a time and several possible answers. They then have to choose the correct answer to continue to the next problem.

#3 https://www.mathplayground.com/mobile/mathman_fullscreen.htm

Students are also practicing the four operations on this site, but they can choose to practice addition and subtraction together, multiplication and division together, or all four operations at the same time. Similar to the previous one, its also timed with a question at a time.

#4 http://webcdn.abcya.com/games/telling_time.htm

Here is an interactive activity where students can learn/practice time telling. They can choose from an analog or digital clock. A great advantage is that it also checks for AM and PM.

#5 http://www.teacherled.com/resources/cellphone/cellphoneload.html

This site is for older elementary students. It gives them real life shopping sales and a calculator. They are given an original price and a percentage off, their job is to calculate the discounted price.

I gathered all of these interactive games from here. I recommend this site because it has activities/games for every content area.

February 26th, 2019

Manage Technology in the Classroom

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Blogging #3

While browsing the web, I found this website that talks about managing technology in the classroom. It does a good job of giving ideas to prevent problems from happening. It covers things from desk placement to creating student accountability.

In today’s classroom, the use of technology is greatly encouraged by the community and the students themselves. Students get more excited when they know their activity involves technology. But, of course, technology does not work magically by itself. To get the positive benefits of technology, teachers have to set rules that encourage students to stay focused.

At the beginning of the school year, focus on setting the ground rules for technology use. Create phrases that when students hear them, they know to switch gears. An example of this is when students are doing an activity on iPads or laptops and you want their attention. You want to have a phrase, like “All eyes on me” and start counting down from 5, that way students know that every time they hear that, they have until you reach the number 0 to put their electronics down/shut and pay attention to you.

Always have the same type of punishment when students don’t follow technology use directions. This could be a “Plan B” that is technology free for students who violate technology rules. It doesn’t have to give the teacher more work, the idea is to build accountability from students. One simple way to raise accountability is by planning the placement of student desks. Students are more likely to stay distracted if they know you won’t see their screen. Make it easier for you to monitor big groups of students at a time. You can do this by having a program displaying student screens on your screen or arranging the desks so that you can easily travel through and see the screens.

Technology management in the classroom is crucial for receiving the positive benefits of technology.

February 26th, 2019

STEM Ideas

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Blogging #2

Below are two pictures I found on Pinterest for simple, fun STEM activities.

February 26th, 2019

Math in Literature

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Blogging #1

February 20th, 2019

Online Survey Product

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I have created my first ever Google Forms survey! This tool allows you to create quizzes with as many questions you want. A nice advantage is that it has many different questions types to choose from. You can choose to make your questions multiple choice, short answer, short essay, check all that apply, scale format, among many other options. This comes in handy because different subjects or lessons are assessed differently. For example, multiple choice questions are not always the best way to assess certain lessons. Some questions deserve a paragraph type answer or fill in the blank.

I would use Google Forms in my classroom because you can choose the program to grade the quiz itself. Depending on the question type, you can add an answer which Google can grade once the students take the quiz. Don’t worry, you can assign different point values to individual questions too! Because of this neat advantage, I would use this tool to assess questions with one clear answer, instead of short answer or essay questions. Those tend to need more personal thought when grading them, so I wouldn’t choose Google Forms to grade those.

Here is a sample quiz I have created with different types of questions and answers. Enjoy!

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February 18th, 2019

Interactive Whiteboard

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Students love hands-on activities. They also love working on interactive whiteboards. So, why not combine those two?

In my future classroom, I will use whiteboards to keep students actively engaged in the lesson. Instead of using it as a projector, I will use the whiteboard as a safe work area for all students to practice and strengthen their skills. I will do this by using already made interactive activities or creating my own to better fit the classroom’s needs. For example, if I was teaching division, I would start my lesson with a piece of literature related to division. After each math problem, I would pause and have students come up to the board to solve the problem. We would solve it as a class, but with one student as the board leader. The lesson would be then followed with interactive division activities for the students to practice in stations. Examples of activities for division would involve dissecting groups of items into designated smaller groups, on the whiteboard. Leaving blank spaces in “multiplication and division triangles” with a bank of numbers students can use. And arranging the same number of items into different sets of groups (creating 20 by having 2 sets of 10, 20 sets of 1, 4 sets of 5, 5 sets of 4 and so on).

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February 7th, 2019

Online Tool

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Prezi is a fun, more interactive way to make your presentations. Both teachers and students can create a free account. Prezi has already made template that you can use to create your own presentation on, this could come in handle for new users. It also has the option to start your own presentation from zero once you feel comfortable using it. The neat thing about Prezi is that not only can you add text but also pictures, videos, audios, shapes, and word art to add special effects or to better explain the topic of your presentation. The way Prezi works breaks your presentation into little subunits. Typically, your first slide has the overall topic name. Then you can add as many subunits within. I see that as an advantage because if students want to look back to a specific section, they don’t waste time scrolling through the entire presentation as they would with PowerPoint, instead they simply click on the subunit.

When someone says presentation, they think PowerPoint. Once students grow older, they will need a bigger challenge when creating their presentations, PowerPoint can even seem repetitive. Prezi has that extra interactivity that students can become drawn to.

Here is an example of a Prezi I created, enjoy!

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February 7th, 2019

Assessment Product

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Kahoot! is an program teachers can use to informally assess their students with competitive quizzes, against time, that awards points to individual students. In order to be able to use this tool, one has to create an account. Teachers can create a basic account for free or subscribe to other accounts for a monthly fee. Once in your account, you can create a quiz about any subject or topic you want. It allows you to put multiple questions with multiple answer choices, you can choose more than one answer to be correct. One can also add pictures to the questions if needed. Every  question is timed, and you pick how much time to give your students. You may also choose to either award points for your questions or not. When done, save your game and when ready to play it click “play.”

A nice advantage Kahoot! offers is that students do not need to create accounts. When you bring up your Kahoot to play the quiz, a code will pop-up on your screen. Students will need an electronic device, such as a phone, computer or tablet. They will go to https://kahoot.it/, enter the code, and create their username. Once every student is on, you may begin the game!


Here is a Kahoot quiz I created, enjoy!

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February 7th, 2019

Meme- Product

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Meme creation sites, like imgflip, allow you to choose an image, or paste your own, then add text to create your own meme. Teachers are using memes to connect with students in a “cool” way. The most popular ways memes are being used in the classroom is to reinforce positive behavior, discourage bad behavior and promote positivity. Younger students to not understand the hidden meaning that memes carry. I would not use memes with kids in third grade and younger. Fourth and fifth grades could understand subtle more clear memes, like lower level memes in a way.

Teacher can get the most out of memes with students in middle school and older. These students understand what memes are and how they work. With these grades, teachers can add sarcasm to promote or discourage classroom rules. Teacher could even come up with classroom rules along with the students and allow them to create the memes. You could have like a meme competition to see who comes up with the best memes with the right meaning behind it.

Students see memes daily on their electronics. The use of memes in classroom is a way to connect to students with something they like and enjoy.

Here is an example of a meme I created on imgflip.com
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January 31st, 2019

SAMR Model

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The first level of SAMR is substitution. This is when technology is used to make things easier but the piece of technology itself, does not necessarily have an impact on the activity. For example, teachers might display a book on their smart board when reading it to the class. Yes, technology is in use, but the smart board is simply substituting a hard copy of the book. The students are receiving the exact same information as they would with a book.

Augmentation is slightly incorporating the use of technology more. This level also makes the activity easier, but it also makes it more effective. An example of this would be using Google docs versus word documents. They are both used to type assignments in, but Google docs offers extra benefits. When using Google docs, students can share their document with their teacher/peers in real time. It allows multiple people to work on the same document at the same time. Here technology takes an extra roll of allowing the fast sharing of documents. In these two levels of SAMR, technology is used to enhance classroom activities.

The following two levels are where technology transforms an activity in a way that couldn’t be done without technology. Modification is when the use of technology redesigns the entire activity. It’s not substituting, instead it’s the base behind the activity. Teachers can reach this level of SAMR by using robotics in their lessons. Dash are student friendly robots that students will program themselves. An activity could be creating a maze around the room and having the students program Dash’s way out. This activity could be done with regular toy cars but that would take away the programming part of the activity. That is Modification at work.

The highest level is redefinition, at this stage technology is being used to create/do things that could not be done without technology. For example, use the previous Dash activity, now add in the step of having students film themselves programming their Dash and successfully reaching the end of the maze. After that take it a step further and have students upload their video to YouTube. This activity started in the classroom and ends on the internet, where it can go to any part of the world. This activity using robotics, film, and uploading to the internet, this could NOT be done with technology.

January 30th, 2019

Screenshot

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The use of screenshots is very common on smartphones, yet it is also very simple to screenshot your computer screen. If you have a Windows computer, your first step is to search for the “snipping tool” app. Once there, it will ask you what kind of screenshot you want. Your options will be: free-form snip (draw a line over the area ), rectangular snip (draw cursor around area), window snip, (choose the screen you want copied), and finally a full-screen snip, (screenshot the entire screen). Once you have that step down, you can go to the program you want to paste your screenshot and hit paste like you would when copying and pasting a text. If you have a Mac, the process is a bit different. To get a screenshot you must hold the following keys at the same time: command, shift, and four. Then, you will have to select the area you want, and it will be saved. Using screenshots in the classroom can be very handy to reduce time wasted. Teachers can have students submit screenshots for online activities. Students and teachers can also use screenshots to save something interesting they saw online and would like to share. Screenshots could also be used between students to accurately show each other what they found online.

This is an example of a rectangular screenshot on a Windows computer.
January 28th, 2019

Pinterest Boards

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Following my previous post, here are two Pinterest boards centered around education in the classroom. One board has teacher resources. It contains ideas to better manage a classroom. I also added pins that encourage reinforcements for a positive classroom. For students, I added a board with fun math activities and games they can choose from.

Teacher Resources

Student Activities

January 28th, 2019

Pinterest

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Pinterest is a site where people create “boards” over different topics or activities. These boards are like folders that contain images and/or mini blogs about many different topics/events. Topics go from holidays to outfits to education or music, anything really. Many of these boards have links one can use to continue your search. Other boards contain all the information you might need.

Pinterest is good for education because both teachers and students could get ideas from this site. There are many teachers that have boards with ideas of activities they incorporate in their classrooms. These could potentially give another teacher an idea or they could borrow the activity as a whole Students also benefit from this because Pinterest teachers can get ideas to work certain things differently to reach more students.

Students could also use Pinterest to get ideas for projects. They could search up their science or social studies project on there to get ideas and/or instructions. Pinterest encourages creativity for both teachers and students.

An advantage of Pinterest is that you can categorize your pins into different boards. For example, teachers can keep their science ideas in a single board and their math pins on another board and so on.

January 24th, 2019

QR Codes

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The lesson idea I chose uses QR codes to help younger students research a famous historic person. The general idea is that each student received a sheet of paper with their designated famous person and six QR codes around it.

For this post, I chose to go with George Washington. Two QR codes contain short YouTube videos detailing the beginnings of Washington and reasons why he is still remembered today. Another two QR codes contain key websites. One contains fun facts and the other is full of information which the student can either read silently or follow along with the audio. One QR code leads to multiple coloring pages that students can choose from. The last QR code is a sort of checklist image where the students can check if they have everything their research needs.

I chose this lesson idea because it did a good job of showing how QR codes can help waste less learning time. I also liked that each student had their resources at their fingertips, they had less distractions. I would use this for second graders because it encourages the students to do their work. Their first research project determines how they will feel about any future research projects. Using this method ensures the students have the necessary resources easily available to be successful. Link to lesson idea: https://www.whatihavelearnedteaching.com/using-qr-codes-in-the-classroom/

January 22nd, 2019

Creative Commons

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January 19th, 2019

QR Codes

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I made this QR code in two minutes. First, I went to the page I wanted on my QR code to copy the URL. Then, I went to https://www.qr-code-generator.com/ to begin the process. Once there, I pasted the URL. I could either make my code static, which means I can’t change it, or dynamic, which allows the code to be edited later. I chose static for this purpose. After that, my code was generated. I could chose to add a frame, color, and/or logo. I went with the “SCAN ME” logo in the middle. I clicked download and my QR code was set.

January 19th, 2019

Information Literacy

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The basis of information literacy is the ability to know which information is needed, how to get it, and how to effectively use it. There are many different places one can get information, getting it from a legitimate source is the key. That information could be useless if not used correctly. Information literacy is knowing how to pick out the main components of the idea and knowing how to implement those into your end goal. This is important today because the internet is full of different types of articles. Those could be real news, fake news, biased, or simply not from a reliable source. This is important to teachers because they are the ones our students get their information from. Teachers must know what information is important, accurate, and necessary. They also need to be able to adjust that knowledge for their audience, be it their peers or the students. Students also need to effectively analyze the information they are receiving in order to understand and be able to use that information later. One way to incorporate information literacy in your classroom is by letting students know where you got your information from and why you chose that source. Slowly they will be able to recognize reliable information on their own.

January 19th, 2019

Plagiarism

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Earning this badge taught me the basics of how to avoid plagiarism. I liked it because some of the details of plagiarism may seem obvious to some, but it can get tricky once one starts writing a paper. The activity itself was very interactive, I loved that because it was not hard at all to stay engaged in the activity.

January 12th, 2019

Hello world!

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Welcome to My Blog. I am an Elementary Education student at Washburn University. Through this blog, I am learning how to implement different technologies into the classroom.

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