Thursday, April 24, 2014

Reflective Post

Reflective Post:

I have thoroughly enjoyed Intro to Technology! It has been a fantastic learning experience, and I truly can say that I have taken away so much from this course. At the beginning of the course, I did not realize how many tools were now available, through the use of technology, to teachers in our current day and time. I learned how to embed images, create online lesson plans, and discovered new applications and software that are not only helpful to teachers, but free! The Webquest and teacher portfolio were my favorite projects. They helped solidify my thoughts onto a space that can be accessed from any computer or smart phone, and was I was able to put into words and images my criteria for that particular learning plan. I also have come around in terms of allowing students to use their smart phones as a tool in the classroom. At the beginning of the semester, I felt they were just a distraction, but if I can reach my students on all levels, then I know they are learning.

Not only is the use of technology in the classroom good for teachers, but it allows the students to be creative and present their information in a whole new way. It helps integrate student centered classrooms, and allows the teacher to use all forms of strategies in their classroom. It also gives students with specials needs, disabilities, or English language learners a new opportunity to learn at the same pace as the others students.

Overall, I will definitely be using the tools I discovered here, and I look forward to becoming a teacher even more than before I took this class!

"Technology In the Classroom: Digital Media." Gabgorilla. Youtube.Web.Accessed 24 Apr.2014 from

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Chapter 11

Chapter 11

Focus Question: How can teachers use student participation systems as effective assessment methods?

Just like when a teacher begins discussing a topic, many times they will ask their students to raise their hand if they have heard of that topic. That is a form of pre-assessing, but the benefit of the modern classroom, is that teachers can engage their students through pre-assessing surveys or polls through technology. There are many apps and websites that will allow the students to be pre-assessed by taking these simple surveys. These are part of what Maloy, in her text Transforming learning with new technologies calls " prior knowledge-based learning." This is a way of encouraging thought from the students to understand the concept, and they end of realizing the know more about the topic than they realized. Teachers are then able to better connect their lesson plans with their students and the topic at hand. 

Tech Tool 11.2: Student centered learning is on the rise, and technology makes the classroom easier for this teaching method. There are several survey and poll resources listed in Tech Tool 11.2 including the one I investigated, called SurveyMonkey. This app allows students to create surveys and collect information among themselves. These tools are being used to pre-assess students, as well as encourage student discussions about a topic.

Chapter 11 is a way of involving technology to help teachers better connect their lesson plans to their students. Teachers are able to engage their students,and reach them on a deeper level of critical thought processes.Involving students in the assessment process, empowers them to be more involved in the classroom, and therefore allows them to learn more. The benefit of deeper learning, is the material being remembered longer, and the grades being higher.

"Precision Teaching:Student Self Assessment." Knatim, Youtube.11 Nov. 2010. Web.13 Apr.2014 from

Maloy, R. W., Verick-O'Loughlin, R., Edwards, S. A., & Woolf, B. P. (2014). Transforming learning with new technologies. Boston, MA: Pearson

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Chapter 10

Chapter 10

Focus Question: How does Technology promote learning success for young writers?
Technology can help writers from start to finish on their ideas. Young writers will be able to express their ideas, research, and then develop their ideas into publication, all while using technology every step of the way. Our text book helps break down these technology tips for writers by each step of the writing process.Brainstorming and pre-writing can be accessed and encouraged by read-aloud applications or software. They are able to visit websites by authors that will help give them ideas and tips on how to write a good story, poem, etc. Students can also engage in groups by using microphones for read-aloud's to their class. The next step that can be easily done with technology is that of drafting. Word processors, or other word document software make the writing easy with text to speech software. Other tools include tape recorders, or even animation software. Revising and editing are made easy by word processors' spell check, thesaurus, as well as grammar check websites and software.Publishing and presentation is also made easy through the many software's available to students including power point, digital portfolio's, and other classroom websites. Technology has made life, and the writing process much easier, and more readily available to students.

Tech Tool 10.1: Interactive whiteboards

Interactive whiteboards have transformed the way teachers present their information to the students. Gone are the days of the old fashioned chalk board. These whiteboards are touch screen, and the teachers can write on the boards with digital pens. They are able to access the web, classroom files, lesson plan files, and more. These boards are also able to access software that allow students to earn extra points, check in and out of class for restroom breaks, and help keep attendance as well. These interactive boards have become the heart of the classroom, and make the information accessible quickly for the teacher.

Chapter 10 covers a multitude of information regarding the benefits of technology for the classroom. This chapter gave more specific details on how to apply these details into the classroom. There are so many benefits for adding technology into the classroom, whether it is for special needs children, English language learners using translators, or inspiring young writers to express their ideas through the ease of technology today.

"The Magical Classroom." Smartloveoflearning. 03 May. 2014. Youtube. Web. 06 April.2014. Accessed from

Maloy, R. W., Verick-O'Loughlin, R., Edwards, S. A., & Woolf, B. P. (2014). Transforming learning with new technologies. Boston, MA: Pearson