Thursday, May 6, 2010

Attendance & Participation :)

EDUC 422 was by far my favorite class this semester. I walked into this class thinking that I was computer savvy, but little did I know. I had no idea there are so many great web pages and resources out there. I actively participated and I like to think that I helped make learning fun for my peers. I believe that my constant questions and engagement kept the professor on his toes. I answered each question on the class blog weekly, I used Twitter when it was necessary and I even jazzed up my blog. I am walking away with knowledge about computers, websites, iphones, and most importantly NETS. This class was a perfect example on how learning can be fun and exciting for the students.
I never missed a class :)

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Wiki- Storymash NETS I, III, & V

For this Wiki assignment I used to pick a technology tool that I would like to develop in my classroom. I chose to read further into Storymash. Using storymash students and teachers can collaboratly read and write a story via the internet at After I completed the tutorials I used to post it to my blog.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Spread Sheet. NETS I & III

I created this spread sheet using Microsoft excel. The crossword puzzle is bbased on geometric terms. I chose to do an acedemic subject such as math so that I could practice because I plan on using spread sheets with my future students. This was a fun and creative way to learn and get comfortable with excel.

Geo Crossword Ra

JCCS Internet Safety NETS VI

Utilizing Google docs I was able to work collaboratively with my peers to research and gather information regarding Internet safety. I was able to do research the topic of cyber bullying and identity safety. All the topics listed in this assignment will serve as a good reference piece for as a future teachers to refer to.

Internet Safety

PSA- Hate Crimes. NETS I, III, IV, & V

I created this quicktime movie using imovie. This was a Public Service Announcement to raise awarness of the hate crimes that have been taking place on campus. The movie incorporates the definiton of a hate crime as well as footage from on campus, here at Cal State University: San Marcos.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Journal #9 "Playing With Skype" NETS I, III & IV

This journal was an introduction to skype, for me. I learned what it is and how I can use it in my classroom. It is an innovative way to bring technology and education together.

Weller, T. J. (2010). Playing with skype. L&L—Learning & Leading with Technology, 37(6), Retrieved from

By Travis J. Weller

Pisano and Weller invited Jason Davis into their music class using Skype. Davis, a musician, talked about copyright laws, the music business, and censorship. In order to make this happen in a classroom some things are needed. The equipment that is needed in order to play with Skype is, a computer with internet, a data projector, at least one microphone, a webcam, some sound adaptors, and a projector screen. It may seem like a lot but almost all of the materials are available at your school though grants. Then go to , sign up and install. It is simple to you and very enriching. Skype gives educators the opportunity to connect with experts and utilize them in their classroom.

Two questions that came to mind were:

1. What is Skype?

According to Wikipedia Skype is a software application that allows users to make voice calls over the internet. I think it’s like chat, because you can see the person on the screen and they can talk to you.

2. Is there a time limit to how long the program will allow you to Skype?

According to Yahoo answers, as long as both parties have Skype there is no time limit, unless one party I overseas, then it tends to cut off after 30 minutes.

Journal #8 "Navigating The Digital Rapids" NETS VI & V

Lindsay, J., & Davis, V. (2010). Navigate the digital papids. L&L—Learning & Leading with Technology, 37(6), Retrieved from

By Julie Lindsay and Vicki Davis

Digital citizenship can expand far from an educators grasp. The digital world is constantly changing, so how does one know what to teach and what is appropriate to teach? Will encouraging students to explore and engage in global collaborative environments soon get a teacher in trouble? These are just two of the questions that were mentioned in the article. The answer is to transform yourself into a professional who can effectively research technology trends, monitor the uses of technology, avoid the fear, and empower student centered learning. Customization is key. When students have the opportunity to customize it changes their learning experience. Standards and customization can coexist. Web 2.0 tools are efficient because they provide a foundation for a personal learning experience. Monitoring and engaging is a must when incorporating technology. It is the teacher’s role to lead by example and make sure the students don’t cross the line. Have a plan of action if a student does cross the line. In 2006 the authors of this article started the Flat Classroom Projects to bring together middle and senior high school students in a global collaborative effort. It is a place to collaborate with other educators.

Two questions that arose while reading this article were:

(This article was very well written in my opinion and it was hard to come up with questions.)

1. When teaching children the wonders of the internet what class time will this take away from?

I’m thinking that whatever subject matter that the teacher is planning on using the internet for, it would come out of that class. Another option is if the school as a whole plans on incorporating intercept use, there can be an assembly of some sort.

2. How will educators stay on top of the up and coming technology?

Even as a social light I can’t even stay on top of technology. I’m not exactly sure how they would stay one step ahead of their students. Any input on this one?