Monday, July 30, 2012

Final Post on ED554...WooHoo!!!

The technology class at Marymount ED 554 with Steven Knight was great!!  I wish we had this class first thing so we had more tools to handle all the projects.  We learned so much useful stuff, exciting ways to present information and an overall feeling of being current, hip and ready to take on the teenagers!  Thanks Steve for a great semester.  You are one cool, techno Dude!  Peg

Cell phones in the Class???

I read the blog 5 Reasons to Allow Students to Use Cell Phones in Class at and I totally agree.  There is no way to get rid of the cell phones in schools so you might as well take advantage of them.  The cost savings alone is a good reason.  I don't know how but students have gotton use to reading articles and documents on smaller screens and most of them have the smart phones sitting right there in their pockets.  When there is a group project why not let them use the phones to look things up or collaborate together?  The trick for teachers is how do we use them effectively so students are still learning something and not just looking things up?  How do we continue to spark an interest in a particular field of study?  There are a lot of challenges for educators but it seems like teaching the proper use of cell phones in the schools is worth the investment of time. 

Friday, July 13, 2012

Power point is Evil

In the blog posting by Edward Tufte concerning the harm of power points,  he states that this type of presentation has become the dominating factor in content presentation and should only be a supplementation of the material.  Because of the nature of a power point with short sentences and bullet points the content delivered is very simple.  He believes this type of presentation of material is far abused by teachers and business professionals and it hinders the audience from learning the depth of the material being presented.  He is also concerned with the fact that students are learning to use power point to present their projects and it is a poor learning tool for them to develop the ability for writing properly.  I don't see that power point is the problem as I think it is a very useful tool for presentations.  For someone who learns better with a visual or has a hard time taking notes,  the use of power point is very helpful.  Maybe he should focus on directing teachers and professionals on the proper use of the program and use his blog as a tool for instruction  instead of a source to complain. 

Who are you Online?

From the  CommonSense Media’s Digital Literacy and Citizenship Classroom Curriculum, I read the lesson titled "Who are you online?".  This lesson is for high school students to discover how and why they act the way they do online.  It has the students discuss the way people respresent themselves on line and if this representation is true to their self or false and why this happens.   The lesson discusses the the risks of false representation online and how to stay real.  The students are given a project in order to think deeper on this subject and are asked to give a presentation to the class about one of the things they learned in this lesson.  They can use role playing, posters, power points or different avatars to discuss their topic.  I think this lesson is good for all students who begin to use the social media websites in order to remind them of who they are and the consequences of a false identity.  It is so easy for today's students to stay anonymous online and this opens the door for negative behaviors and potential harm to themselves and others. 

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Lecture as content delivery is DEAD

I read a post by Jeff Utecht about how lecturing to delivery content is a dying method.  Nothing new, right?  But he offers a few recommendations for when you do need to lecture and what the lecture should be about.  Before a presentation he shows a screen to the class that asks for volunteers for note taking.  This will keep anyone who really likes to write everything down engaged and gives them a purpose.  He also offers up several websites for alternative viewing.  He posts that if you are going to stray away from the lecture, try to stick to some of these websites so you are still learning about what we are discussing in class.  What a great idea!!  He goes on to explain that lecture time is not the time for content delivery but should be used to inspire, tell stories or push new ideas.  He uses the flipped classroom method to deliver "the stuff" to his students and uses his in classroom time to inspire them.  Great ideas on keeping students engaged. 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Digital Storybook-A project presentation

I used the iLivid Download manager to download the videos YouTube onto my computer.  I then used Windows Live Movie Maker to make this video.  You can splice the videos where you want them and put them together.  You can also take pictures or power point and add music to it for a slide show.  It was really easy to learn.