Overview, standards, and value of integrated technology

First blog from my Technology Education Class

  • What did you learn this week that you will use immediately in your classroom?

 

I am not currently in a classroom. However, I do plan to start using Audioboo to start some audio podcasts on technology and integrating it into tech. I do currently participate periodically in my company’s video podcast ’60 Seconds of Tech’.

  • What steps will you take to implement this in your classroom?

 

I will create and Audioboo account. I will then spend some time finding podcasts that I think are good and identify what it is I like about them. After that, I will work to implement some of those ideas into my own podcasts.

  • What challenge(s) will you face when using this in your classroom?

 

Obviously my first challenge is not having a classroom. Beyond that, I think we have to keep in mind that there are some students that don’t have regular access to a computer or the internet. How do you make these types of things accessible to those students as well?

  • What will you do to overcome the challenge(s)?

 

This is an excellent question. I’m not sure I have a great answer here. One thought is to get some type of player that could have the podcasts loaded onto them and then students could check them out to access them. I would love to hear some other ideas here.

 

Technology Exploration Assignment 1

Wiki

 http://pbworks.com/wikis.html

http://pbworks.com/education.html

  1. Describe what you learned from exploring this resource.  Be thorough in your response.

Wikis are a powerful collaboration platform that allows groups to contribute to a single repository of information. Multiple people can provide information and edit that information. The specific resource we looked at (PB Works) has a free version for business, private and educational entities as well as a paid version. The website provides some compelling case studies that demonstrate how their service is being used in a variety of settings.

  1. How could you use this resource in a school setting?  It does not matter if it is in your field or level, you need to understand how the resource might be used in educational settings.

This is an ideal tool for group projects and culminating activities. I really liked the example in the case study for Baltimore County Public Schools. In this example, they had a team of 4 that acted as a UN Human Rights Commission and each one was assigned a specific mission. They used the wiki to gather document their individual findings and then as a group, write their report and make a recommendation. Using something like the PB Works wiki allows the students to stay in touch on their project at any time and at any location. They don’t have to physically get together to share their information and they can work on it as information or inspiration happens. This is much the same thing we are currently seeing happen in the work force, so it is excellent preparation for later in life as well.

  1. Would you recommend this resource to other educators? Like/Dislike; Ease of use, fee or not, and so forth.  Why or Why not?

I would definitely recommend this resource for educators. I think it is critical that schools are teaching the skills and tools that students will need in the work force rather than relying on some of the more archaic methods of collaboration that still seem to be pervasive in the education system. There is a free version that provides a good starting point for teachers. The educational paid version is reasonably priced.

 

Technology Exploration Assignment 2

e-books

 www.tumblebooks.com

 

  1. Describe what you learned from exploring this resource.  Be thorough in your response.

I was not aware of Tumblebook before this assignment. I was aware of the more traditional digital books for e-readers like Kindle. This is a really interesting resource. I love the way it provides support for readers as well as the interaction of multimedia. There are books available from early reader all the way through High School. I think it’s also great that you can search by reading level as well as by accelerated reader and other slices.

  1. How could you use this resource in a school setting?  It does not matter if it is in your field or level, you need to understand how the resource might be used in educational settings.

This would be great for general use as well as to assist struggling readers. I like that it has the ability to be adjusted for both within the same program. From a High School perspective, I think the main use is the ability to reduce the amount of books that the student has to carry.

  1. Would you recommend this resource to other educators? Like/Dislike; Ease of use, fee or not, and so forth.  Why or Why not?

I would definitely recommend this resource to educators. I think the ability to adjust for a variety of reading levels so easily is a huge advantage. It does seem a bit pricy at around $500 per school per year for the HS version and $600/school/year for the early reader version. It is definitely out of the reach for individual parents to purchase and I didn’t see a price model for individuals.

 

Technology Exploration Assignment 3

Podcasts

Audioboo.com

  1. Describe what you learned from exploring this resource.  Be thorough in your response.

Both audio and video podcasts are being used in education. Teachers are using it for class notes for those who are unable to attend class or who need to review what was covered in class. Audioboo is a great site for audio podcasts. Teachers are using it to allow students to respond to their learning and expand their level of involvement. One that I really liked was an elementary school teacher who had students read books that they had written and then interviewed them like a reporter. I’m sure it is an experience that really left an impression on those students.

  1. How could you use this resource in a school setting?  It does not matter if it is in your field or level, you need to understand how the resource might be used in educational settings.

I like the idea of providing the resource to students who need access to the information any time or repeatedly. I also think allowing students to use podcasts as a means of presenting what they’ve learned is quite powerful. It also exposes them to a wider audience. I think it would be great to work with another school in another country and use the podcast as a means of providing further perspective on the students’ own thoughts.

  1. Would you recommend this resource to other educators? Like/Dislike; Ease of use, fee or not, and so forth.  Why or Why not?

I would HIGHLY recommend podcasts for other educators. It is a great way to reach out beyond the classroom and involve multiple senses in student learning. They are free services for up to 10 minute podcasts, so cost is not a blocker. The Audioboo is VERY easy to use and even has a phone app that makes recording a posting the podcast quite simple.

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s