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Friday, October 21, 2005

Web Awareness and WebQuests

WebQuests

Effective webquests have a very easy to read layout. The instructions are clear and there are many, many links available to choose from for research. Of the webquests that I have browsed, it seems to me that webquests are very common and quite useful and can be very enjoyable for students. They would save a lot of time with regards to planning; the lesson is already planned and the students are required to read through and complete the steps with the information given! Using webquests would be beneficial to the students because it allows them to work at their own pace and the teacher would be available to answer any questions and give help when needed. One major downside that I can think of for using webquests is lack of computer time and the lack of available, working computers.

I would love to use webquests for a language arts class, of any level. I think they would be so interesting to use for students when they are required to complete a novel study and research their novel, the author, time period... This would also tie in quite nicely with drama because I could use webquests in the same fashion to research playwrites, plays, time periods... (ie: Shakespeare.)

Web Awareness

Use of technology within the realm of the classroom is still relatively new. Technology changes almost by the second and it is important to know some basic rules of thumb to protect oneself- especially online. Having said that, it is far more important as a teacher to educate my students on safety so they are aware how dangerous technology can be if it is not used in a correct manner. Computers and the internet are becoming more common in the classroom- students are interested in this technology and so we, as teachers, have to implement ICT Outcomes into the curriculum.

As an educator, it is my job to instruct students how to filter through the information on the web and take only the information that is accurate and worthwhile. It is also important to inform them about plagarism and copyrights- it can still occur on the net- and it will still get you into trouble. It is important to demonstrate browing techniques and what to do if you accidentely come across inappropriate information.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Module 6- Spreadsheets and Graphing

Spreadsheets are an excellent source for students. They can provide students with a source to help organize schedules, grades, assignments, allowance and so on. Within the classroom, however, spreadsheets can be more valuable. For example, spreadsheets can be used to create timelines. They are also excellent for marketing assignments, CALM classes... Math classes are an excellent reason to integrate spreadsheets (problem solving, organizing formulas, probability and statistics...).
I believe that graphing also plays an integral part in math classes. If you look below, Michelle and I found an excellent site to aid students in creating graphs.

I would introduce the use of spreadsheets through a three part module. The first part would consist of a tutorial, which would be set up as a class activity with the focus on learning the skills collaboratively. Using Excel projected onto a screen, the class would monitor the teacher's
steps as they together create a spreadsheet. The students would choose a fun topic such as "planning a party" to make the learning more fun and interesting.

Module 2 would utilize the following online tutorial instructing students how to make a spreadsheet:
http://www.internet4classrooms.com/excel_enter_edit.htm (using an excel
worksheet- entering and editing data)
Module 3 would require the student to apply the new knowledge of spreadsheets for a math lesson. For example: "The local zoo requires the purchase of new animals. You have a budget of
$20,000 to spend." You can choose from a list of animals:

Zebras- $500 each
Lions- $900 each
Penguins- $399 each
Deer- $50 each
Monkeys-$319 each
Crocodiles- $495 each
Pandas- $1000 each
Flamingos- $298 each


You are required to decided and budget how many of each animal you would like to purchase.
In Excel, create a spreadsheet using this data. Make sure you use a title and your name. You must include proper columns and rows (such as animal of choice, the price, amount of animals, sum of purchase for each animal, and total purchase.) Make note not to go over budget.
I would also require the students to hand in a summary explaining their choices.

Check THIS site out:
http://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/createagraph/ We (Michelle Katchur and I) found this great website. It is and excellent source for creating graphs.

**Please note- I worked with my classmate, Michelle Katchur, on this assignment, therefore, there will be similarities within our blogs for this module.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Concept Mapping

Concept Mapping is a tool that can be used for students. This tool can be used to illustrate knowledge, brainstorm ideas, study for exams and much more.

Some advantages of Concept Mapping are:
-the concept maps can be used to share ideas and knowledge.
-they can show a basic understanding of a topic.

-if sone well, they can show a deep understanding of a topic.
-it can be a clear indication of knowledge.

-it is an easy way for students to see what they know.
-it can be easy for students to see what knowledge they are missing about a topic.
-it is a quick activity.

Some disadvantages of Concept Mapping are:
-they rarely demonstrate a deep understanding of a topic.
-they can be intimidating for students.
-not all students like them or find them easy to use.

In teaching my major, drama, I would probably use Concept Maps to understand a play. These Concept Maps could be used to show character development. I would also use them to study for an exam. As a teacher, I could get my students to add to their knowledge of what a concept map is using the internet. I would have them Google Concept Maps to learn more about them. I would suggest they look up examples of Concept Maps. We would use them in the classroom and I would suggest they use this tool to study for an exam. I would definitely use this tool in many of the classes I am sure I will teach- I have used this tool since I was little and I know it is useful!

General Outcome C4: Students will use organizational processes and tools to manage inquiry.

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Learning Resources

Title of Activity: Trees in Our Region

Reference Section:
Missouri Botanical Garden. (2002). MBGnet.mobot. Retrieved Oct. 1, 2005 from
http://mbgnet.mobot.org/sets/temp/lftypes2.htm

Domatar Inc (2001-2003). Domtar. Retrieved Oct. 1, 2005 from
http://www.domtar.com/Navigateur_Standard/NEWS/EN/HTML/1671_EN.asp?cookie%5Ftest=1&flash=1

WWF (2005). Panda. Retrieved Oct. 1, 2005 from
http://www.panda.org/news_facts/education/middle_school/habitats/coniferous_forests.cfm
Wikipedia (2005). en.wikipedia. Retrieved Oct. 1, 2005 from
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Encarta

Grade Level: 6

Subject: Science

Brief Description of Activity:
*note: This lesson will span over three periods (research, creations, and presentation).

The Task:
The students will gather detailed information from internet sites as provided by the teacher, about two trees (one deciduous and one coniferous) and prepare a PowerPoint presentation to support this choice. You will present this multi-media presentation to the rest of the class.

The Procedure:
The students will gather information using the sites below with the guidelines of: general appearance, location, size, leaves/needles, flowers, bark, wood characteristics, uses, threats to the tree, and unique features. In pairs the students will create a power point presentation of their chosen trees following teacher guidelines (ex. must include images of trees.).

http://mbgnet.mobot.org/sets/temp/lftypes2.htm (Leaf Types)
http://www.domtar.com/Navigateur_Standard/NEWS/EN/HTML/1671_EN.asp?cookie%5Ftest=1&flash=1 (Coniferous and Deciduous)
http://www.panda.org/news_facts/education/middle_school/habitats/coniferous_forests.cfm (Evergreen regions/ coniferous)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Encarta (Reference)


General Learner Outcome:
-Develop respect for living things, the environment and demonstrate their commitment to the care of the above.

Specific Learner Outcomes:
-Identify characteristics of one deciduous and one coniferous tree found in the local environment. (Modified SLE- from SLE 5 of the Science Program of Studies, Grade 6.)

ICT Outcomes:
C.1 – Students will access, use and communicate information from a variety of technologies. (2.1, 2.2)
C.4 – Students will use organizational processes and tools to manage inquiry. (2.1)
C. 6 – Students will use technology to investigate and/or solve problems. (2.1, 2.2)
C.7 – Students will use electronic research techniques to construct personal knowledge and meaning. (2.1, 2.2)
F.4 Students will become discerning consumers of mass media and electronic information. (2.1)
P.5.1.2 access hyper linked sites on an intranet or the Internet


Rationale for Computer Integration:

Computer integration is used in this lesson because:
* it provides students with modern research tools.
* it provides updated information.
* it allows students to collaborate and synthesize information from non-linear text.
* it provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate professional presentation and showcase skills.

**Please note:
-Michelle Katchur and I (Section PQR) worked together on this assignment.
-Michelle and I used a few ideas from Shonna Barth, Bob Buday and Jim Kaupp who have created various lesson plans regarding the environment.
http://www.mhcbe.ab.ca/ict/Projects/treesforest/treesForests.htm

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Technology Outcomes

Related (specific) Technology Outcome being integrated:

F1 1.2- The student will be able to apply terminology appropriate to the technologies being used at this division level.

Subject: English Language Arts

Grade: 2

Description:

I would use PowerPoint to get my students interested in learning the terminology related to a computer. I would present many pictures of the computer and the parts of the computer to the students. As I present these photos, we would discuss them as a class- trying to figure out what the parts are and what they may be used for. After we discuss those images, they will be presented again but the screen will also have the terms (with correct spelling) beside the photos.

I would have my students draw a part of the computer that we learned about and create a short story about the life of that part. I would love to get my students to showcase this assignment because they will be able to see and hear what the other students chose an hopefully be able to remember the terminology because they saw and heard it being presented again in a different way by their peers. I feel this is important because they get the information interpreted, related and presented moreso at their level in relation to their life. I hope this may set the stage for relating the material to their life/level so they may be able to remember it.

Technology Integration

What is it?
Basically, it is what is says it is; integrating technology.

I will discuss integrating technology into classrooms.

What makes good technology integration? Well, I believe that good technology integration is when all students are involved. This may mean that all students in your classroom have the chance to use the computers and the internet throughout the week. This may mean that as a teacher, you need to plan lessons around the computer lab. Maybe you will have your students use the computer to make up a PowerPoint presentation. Maybe they will have blogs or class email. Maybe for one class, you just require some assignments to be completed using a rubric designed for using Microsoft Word. I believe that integrating technology is not limited to computers and the internet; there are many forms of technology that can be used.

Technology integration is another way to provide students with information and allow them to use the same processes to show their understanding of the material. Good technology integration is when it is used a tool in the classroom and the students are able to manipulate it to advance their skills and interest in a growing dimension of society.

Technology integration gone badly is when the students do not get involved. No matter what way one chooses to use technology in the classroom, it is important that the students are involved and they are aware of how and why it is being used. One way a teacher may be able to get all the students involved would be to give the students choices for using technology to do some assignments. For example, a teacher assigns a project that must be completed using either a video camera, a slideshow using PowerPoint, or a typed up response and presentation of that information. All three choices involve technology but also enable the students to choose a method by their own personal interest and a mode of how they may learn best according to their own learning style!
I believe that a poor way to integrate technology is when the teacher is misinformed or has a lack of knowledge about the portion of technology that he/she is integrating into the classroom. It is my belief that one whould not integrate technology if the teacher is anware of how to use it! This brings me to a few barriers which I believe exist when discussing technology integration in the classroom.

There are barriers to integrating technology that exist more often than not. One huge barrier that I can think of would be lack of resources. Some schools just do not have sufficient funds to provide every student of a 38 student class their own computer. The lack of funds, however, does not stop there. Maybe the school doesn’t have the money to provide the latest software.
Another huge barrier besides lack of resources is lack of time. It can be difficult to find enough time to allow students to use the technology in the school. Perhaps there is only lab that has to be shared all throughout the school.

There maybe another barrier in the sense that teacher training in the latest of technology may be limited. The teacher must read up and learn about technology in order to keep up with the students.
It seems that many barriers exist when discussing integrating technology into classrooms; however, there is nothing wrong with supporting the use of any technology in the classroom and inspiring students to explore the many avenues of technology outside the classroom!

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Blogging in Education

This is my first experience of blogging. I had never even heard of the term until literally the third week of August of this year. I first heard of blogging because two of my friends are going to Europe and are using a Blog to journal their trip. Since they have been gone, I have visited their Blog many times to be kept up to date on their journey across seas.

I am finding this blogging experience to be quite interesting because I do not generally consider myself user friendly with respect to information technology. I have thought of myself as having a very basic knowledge of computers and use of the internet and email. However, since I have made my own blog I am feeling like I have a new found self esteem! I never really understood how easy it can be to discover and utilize new technologies. I have always had the opinion that computer stuff is so difficult and that I would never be able to do it.

Now that I have a new impression about another way in which, as a teacher, I could incorporate computers and the internet into my teaching, I will be quite happy to try it with a drama class, for instance.

I would think that it may be intersting for High School Drama students to journal their progress throughout a semester of drama using a Blog. Drama is one of those subjects where journaling success isn't uncommon. It might be interesting to post those entries on a blog instead of hand writing them. I could give little assignments where a response could be posted under a different title. This would make journaling, a part of the class generally disliked by students, interesting and may also boost thier confidence in using technology as it has for me!

This may also give the students a chance to feel unthreatened to communicate with his/her peers. We may be able to set up chat boxes where the students may be able to communicate ideas and gice helpful hints or opinions about certain aspects of the class. Blogging may also be helpful because it is a published work that looks very "professional". This visual aspect of a Blog may aid in giving the students pride in their work. I know I am going to give my blogging address to my parents for them to look over!

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My name is Krystal Ingold. I am 23 years old and pursuing my second degree at the University of Lethbridge. I graduated in October of 2004 with my Bachelor of Arts Degree, with a major in Drama. I am originally from Calgary, Alberta. However, I feel like Lethbridge is my home now, since I have lived here since 1999. I enjoy reading and watching movies. I really enjoy socializing with my friends and am beginning to realize that I may not be able to survive without my cell phone! I love learning about new things so this blog is something I am finding to be quite interesting!