Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Watching the Presentations

I really like using Google earth to teach a lesson. It seemed like it would be a fun way to teach children!

Lesson Ideas

There were so many new ideas that I saw from the presentation from the group.
The thing that learned was to use an interactive game from the internet.
I also like the idea to use videos from the internet.
These ideas create it so that the students are actively engaged in the lesson.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Internet Safety

1. The fourth article that I read was Setting Family Standards for Entertainment, by Carla Dalton, in the June 2001 Ensign.
2. Some of the most important things that I learned from the reading were that parents need to establish guidelines and be consistent in their example. Another thing that I learned from the article was to teach teenagers to obey the spirit. When we teach children the correct principles, we give them the foundation for making correct choices.
3. Because of the things that I have read, I am going to make sure that I pay careful attention to what my students and children are doing on the internet. I will also teach my children how to use the internet safely and what to avoid. I am also going to keep my computer in an open area, so that I can always keep an eye on my children.
4. I can use the things that I have learned from the reading to have a positive influence on my friends and family by teaching them about internet safety. I can also be a good example to my friends.

I talked with my 18 year old sister, who is a senior in high school. It was really weird to talk to her, because she is not that much younger than me. It was a little difficult because I would ask her what she knew about internet safety and she was like don't go on bad websites. If you don't do that then you don't have to worry. I then started to explain to her about chat room, online bulling and sexual predators. As I was telling her this, she was like duh, I know that. I think that the main thing that is important to remember is to be open with parents about what you are doing on the internet, don't be secretive about it. Also only go on the internet if you have a specific reason, because randomly surfing could get you into trouble. I think that growing up in the technology age has helped us to become more safe about what we do on the internet but it also lets us get the idea that we know it all and nothing bad can happen to us. I think that this is the stage that my sister is at and I hope that some of the things that we talked about will sink in and help her to be safe while on the internet, because I don't want anything to happen.

Technology Slideshow

Monday, March 30, 2009

Technology Lesson

So my shared reading lesson went so well! I was able to follow my lesson plan pretty well. The first thing that I did was read through the book, The book was very small so what I did was pull it up on the prometheam board and I displayed it so that the students could see the book. I did an example on the first page of highlighting the /oi/ words. I then asked the kids to point out the words so that those students that were struggling with the concept could have a review. I then asked the students to tell me which words had the /oi/ sound in them. I told them that they could come up and highlight the words. The students were SO excited to do that!! When the students had trouble with the words, the rest of the class was there to help them through.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Technology Lesson

A lesson that I could teach using technology would be a shared reading lesson, where I talk with the class about the sound /oi/ (oi, oy). This would be for my second grade class and would fit the standard Language standard 4, objective 1, indicator 4. This talks about how students will be able to identify diphthongs in words. This would be an excellent lesson to use technology with. What I could do is use the prometheam board and display the book on the screen for the entire class to see. After a quick read through I would pull up the story page by page. The first page I would do as an example to show the students where the /oi/ sound was in the word. I would then again use the prometheam board highlight the words. After the first page example I would allow the students to come up and highlight the words on the page, with the help of the class.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Classroom Technology Inventory

By doing the technology inventory I learned a lot of things. The main thing that I learned was that there is a lot of technology available in the classroom and the schools. But, teachers do not know how to use the technology or choose not to take use it. For example, in my classroom there is a promethean board, this board has many different functions and elements that could be used however my teacher does not know how to use the programs or to incorporate it into her lessons.

But when she does use technology in the class it really engages the students and really makes me want to use technology in my class. The students are learning but they are having fun and technology has so many different uses and makes things more interesting.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The content that my lesson will be based on is the Utah standard for 6th grade social studies. It is standard 4, which states that students will understand current global issues and their rights and responsibilities in the interconnected world. Objective 1, Analyze how major world events of the 20th century affect the world today. However I would be focusing on indicator 1, which says, Identify key events, ideas, and leaders of the 20th century (e.g. World War I, World War II, the Cold War, the Korean and Vietnamese conflicts, dynamic Asian economies). This Google tour will take students to 4 major battles of WW II letting them see the landscape and the terrrain. Students will also have the opportunity to complete different activities at each battle location.

This Google tour will be especially a wondeful lesson activity for those that are visual learners. They will be able to actually see the places that we talked about and be able to gain more information about each site. Not only will they visually be able to see the sites there will be activities that the students will need to complete at each site. These activities will keep the students involved, and allow them to make connections.

The technology used to create this virtual tour is Google Earth. Students will use computers to view each location with Google Earth, access websites on the internet. Google Earth is a perfect fit for teaching about battles from WWII because students will be able to see the sites without leaving the classroom.

Location ActivityGoogle Earth Content
1. Battle of BritainCompare and contrast the two sides of the battle. (ex. the strengths of each side and the casualities of each side.)Terrain, Borders , Photo Overlay
2. Battle of the BulgeJournal Activity: Pretend that you are a member of the allied forces, write a journal entry as if you were in battle.Terrain, Borders, Photo Overlay
3. Battle at MidwayWrite a paragraph about the codebreakers and their impact on this battle.Terrain, Borders, Photo Overlay
4. Battle at Iwo JimaDraw a map of this battle.Terrain, Borders, Link to internet site.
Details of image overlay / path / polygon:Image overlays will show photos of each location and the battle site.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Digital Storybook

The content I will use in my digital storybook lesson is based on the Utah Core Curriculum Standard 1, Objective 2 which states that students will "develop language through viewing media and presenting". The story I will present is called Where's My Bone?. It is a song and singing activity that I turned into a storybook. This story would be good for younger grade levels because of the simple text and repeating lines.

The pedagogy I am using is to help students use different media. This will allow students to experience new things. Students can eaisly see this story and since we live in the technology age if they wanted they could create their own digital storybook either as a class, in small groups or individually. It is also good because they learn about working together and responsibility.

The technology that I will use is creating a digital storybook, because this is digital I will have to use technology on many levels. I will have to take picture of the story pages, record me reading the story and then combining both aspects of picture and sound. This works really well for teaching about language because when reading stories you focus on language and this is just a fun, interactive and a very new age way to do it.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

The Tech Savvy Teacher-TPACK

The content that I am focusing on in my lesson is the 3rd Grade standard in the Utah Core Curriculum that deals with the geography of Utah. Third grade science standard 5 states, "Students will understand the physical characteristics of Utah's wetlands, forests, and deserts and identify common organisms for each environment." The objective under the standard that we decided to focus on had students locate examples of areas that have characteristics of wetlands, forests, or deserts in Utah. In the lesson students were able to apply the knowledge that they had about the geography of Utah through identifying a variety of landforms.

The pedagogy that this activity used allowed for many teaching methods and practices. Students were given the opportunity to work together in small groups, talking with one another and sharing ideas with each other. The students were not limited to one correct answer, but were able to use their knowledge to investigate the many possibilities of landforms. I was able to assess their knowledge by viewing the pictures that they found and captured from Google Earth. The students also were able to share their images with the class and show more examples to their classmates. This is a good use of technology because students can teach and learn from one another, and it is a quick and easy way for teachers to gauge the students' understanding of the subject, by assessing the picture found by groups.

The technology that was used in this lesson is the Google Earth and screen capturing. This a wonderful program to use because it allows students the opportunity to search for and observe pictures of real landforms within the comfort of their classroom. They can view landforms from near and far. This is also a good program for pedagogy because it allows students to work in groups and share the different place that they found with their classmates. The screen capturing aspect of the lesson is good because it is what allows students to share their findings easily with the class in a future presentation.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The Tech Savvy Teacher

The Tech Savvy Teacher

This is Google Earth, the technology that the students used to find examples of Utah's terrain.

Technology can be a great aid to teachers in all content areas, however often teachers do not know how to apply technology in the content they want to teach. Science, in particular, is a content area that lends itself to using technology to enhance student learning. Recently in my classroom, I discovered a fun and engaging way to teach a 4th grade science standard using Google Earth and screen capturing technology.
Content Knowledge. The curriculum standard was to apply their knowledge to locate examples of wetlands, forests and deserts in Utah. During the weeks prior to this activity, students learned about characteristics of Utah’s geography, including wetlands, forests, and deserts. The day of the activity, I used a projector to give a brief review to the class of how to use Google Earth. I then distributed a list of geographic features that I had prepared for a scavenger hunt activity. Then, in small groups, the students worked together to search for the scavenger hunt items, which included forests, wetlands, and deserts in Utah. For this activity they were limited to only searching in Utah, but for other activities they search multiple countries.
Technological Knowledge. Aside from using Google Earth, students also used other technology skills in this project. After locating each geographic feature on the list, the students used previously taught skills to capture the image on their screen and save it on their computer. These images were shown to the entire class later as examples of the geography that was found. This allowed students to see multiple examples of these geographic features in Utah, without leaving the classroom.

This is an example of a student's finding of Utah's Desert. (Southern Utah)

This is an example of a student's finding of Utah's Wetland. (Utah Lake)

This is an example of a student's finding of Utah's Forest. (Near Vernal, UT)

Pedagogical Knowledge. This activity allowed for great teaching methods. Students were working hands on with computers and collaborating in small groups. Students had the opportunity to be creative, and were not restricted to only one right answer. I created a non-competitive environment and gave them sufficient time so they did not rush through the activity, but were able fully participate at their own pace. When they were done finding all the features, I was able to assess their knowledge and understanding of the features by viewing the pictures they captured on Google Earth. The students also were able to share their images with other students at the end to show what they found, and provide more examples of the features to their peers.

This is one groups finding of wetland, desert, and forest in Utah.

By using technology to teach this science standard, my students were able to become active learners and see a variety of features they were learning about, all in their own state. Incorporating Google Earth and screen capturing in my lesson allowed me to include content, technological, and pedagogical knowledge.

Utah Core Curriculum
4th Grade Science

Standard 5: Students will understand the physical characteristics of Utah's wetlands, forests, and deserts and identify common organisms for each environment.
Objective 1: Describe the physical characteristics of Utah's wetlands, forests, and deserts.
C. Locate examples of areas that have characteristics of wetlands, forests, or deserts in Utah.

Technology Used: Google Earth, Screen Capturing

Monday, January 26, 2009


"TPACK" stands for Technological, Pedagogical, and Content Knowledge. The most effective way for a teacher to teach would be when they use an element of all three areas of knowledge. Technological knowledge refers to using current technology in the classroom as a teaching tool. Pedagogical knowledge is understanding the art of teaching, how students are most likely to learn and different management techniques. Content knowledge means knowing the material that you are teaching with great understanding. Each of these types of knowledge is very important, and by having a combination of all of them a teacher can teach so that students will retain and use. This is very important for a teacher to know and understand so that they can help their students reach their greatest potential.

After we talked about TPACK we were able to look at and talk about the many different resources and tools that are available to help incorporate Technological, Pedagogical, and Content Knowledge. Some of the programs that we looked at were Stellarium, Google Earth, and temperature technology. All of these programs are so cool and very useful for teachers! I think one of the coolest thing that I looked at was Google Earth and the way that you could zoom down to ground level. This would be very useful in helping students learn about geography and different landforms. Our next project in class is to create a lesson plan that involves all three types of knowledge; this will be really cool to see what my group comes up with and what other people in the class come up with too.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Week 2- RSS

So during class last week it was a little overwhelming and confusing about what exactly a RSS is. It was really neat to actually know what a RSS is and use it. I think that this will be really useful to me to be able to keep up on educational news. I think that I am really going to like this class and all of the resources that it will provide for me to use in the future. There are some links listed on the side of my blog that will direct you to where you need to go to find cool information.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

My Technology Background

So this is my first blog post! It was cool to create my first blog. I have used computers for many different purposes. Mainly e-mail, Microsoft Word, and facebook. I really don't know too much more than that. So I am excited for this class and learning all that I can about technology. This should be fun!