Friday, May 9, 2014

Last Class... WOW!!

Today was the last day of class. It has been one heck of a semester. I started this class with minimum knowledge of technology and web 2.0 tools. Today, I have learned how to blog, screencast my voice over presentations, use smart board lessons, create creative and interactive presentations. I was even lucky enough to learn to make an original Mobile App!! All of these things I would have never thought I could achieve and here on the last class I have done all of these things and I have done them well.  Our last blog of the semester is a video blog. This is the first video blog I have ever created and I personally hate hearing myself speak on video. But to finish off the course with a bang I decided to give it a try. It has been a great semester and I have learned not only a lot about myself but also a lot about my team members and classmates as a whole. All in all, as stressed out as the semester was for me, things are finally going smoother and things are settling down and I couldn't be more proud and happy. Enjoy the video and Have a great Summer!!

My Final Video Blog

Thursday, May 8, 2014

MIssion Impossible... The search is on!

digital footprint is the trail of data that is left behind by users on digital services. This week we used Google search to find our own personal Digital footprint. Your digital footprint is everything on the internet that is about you. This could include:
  • a profile on Facebook or MySpace
  • photographs that you, your friends or family have posted online
  • anything you have written or that has been written about you, for instance on discussion boards, blogs, or in articles.
We are all being encouraged to put aspects of ourselves and our lives online, and much of this content is freely available to view. Each time we add something about ourselves on the internet we enlarge our own digital footprint. Whenever we mention someone else, we enlarge theirs. Personal information is routinely collected by companies eager to market their goods or services and this can be retained for several years. Equally, your digital presence can be monitored by individuals looking for information about you. You should first check what others can see about you. 

I completed a digital footprint of myself. I started with a search for my name using Google to see what information already exists on the web.  I created a video of what I found in my search. It is recommended to repeat the search regularly using services such as Google Alerts which give automatic updates. Although you may not have added anything new, your friends and family might have.

If you use social networking sites such as Facebook, or regularly post photos, videos, blogs and comments, make sure to manage your contributions carefully, since much of the information stored online becomes public by default. Unless you change your privacy settings, your social network page will come up on a web search. Anyone who finds out enough about you could potentially impersonate you, so be careful about the personal information you make publicly available. Potential employers have also been known to reject applicants on the basis of information discovered online.

Oh Sweet website of mine!

This week we learned all about developing a personal Professional website. I have worked with websites in the past for a teaching position I held. I was to create a photo album weekly and write posts for parents to keep updated on what we were doing in the classrooms. I found it amazing how easy it was to keep everyone connected all in one space. Everything was linked to my email accounts and the school number where parents could reach me. There was always a line of communication open at all times and I felt that was important as an educator.  While I worked on my website I decided to take a few snapshots to show how I created mine.

First page is the home page. I kept the image of the children because I am a teacher. Children are my life and without them I would not have a job or a career. When I have my own classroom I would have actual pictures of my students on the webpage for parents to see what a day in the life of a student in whatever grade they are.

The next picture is the view of the webpage as a mobile view. I never thought about having the website on the mobile devices but with todays society the mobile devices are used more than the computers.

The following pages are ones that explain my favorite technology sites that I have used this semester. I would use these sites in my classroom and I would alter the web pages to display student work that is completed by using those websites. I think it is important for student work to be displayed so they are using a real audience: their parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc.

The last two pictures that I took have the professional organizations that I am involved in. If this was used for my classroom, I would have the links to different events or groups like chorus and band that students are involved in. I would put any important links in the same category that they correspond with. I also have all the projects that I completed with the course for the semester. I would have the students upload their papers to a wiki for them to read and add their work to as the assignments are completed. 

OH NO 2.0!!

Web 2.0 is how todays students are learning. WEB 2.0 tools allow students to have access to more up-to-date ways of accomplishing tasks such as creating, evaluating, analyzing, applying, understanding, and remembering. Web 2.0 tools are also what students are more engaged in to complete the tasks at hand rather than old ways such as writing an essay, creating a poster, etc. 

During our group work this week we focused on social medias and what they consisted of. Our group, Technical Knockouts created a google doc of Social Medias that allow online bookmarking as well as collaboration.   Here is the link to our Web 2.0 assignment. 


We live in a global, knowledge-based economy. According to the Common Core State Standards, students must master vital 21st century skills so they will be college and career ready 

Students must be able to -
• Communicate effectively,
• Collaborate with others,
• Think creatively and critically and,
• Gather, analyze, and synthesize information.
Technology, media literacy skills, and technical skills are integrated throughout the Common Core State Standards. Many Web 2.0 tools support these standards.

There are many websites that teachers can use both in and out of the classroom. One of my favorite sites to use personally is Pinterest. The idea of creating boards around a common theme allows for many creative expressions to take place. Below are a few websites that describe more about Web 2.0 tools that can be used both in and out of the classrooms

           Support Lesson Planning
            Know About

Oh Wiki You're so Fine

 As I read and examined the articles, I originally had no idea why they were referring to Wikipedia as part of the wikis. As a digital Immigrant, I did not realize that Wikipedia was a wiki-based encyclopedia.  A wiki is a website that allows everyone to participate in the creation of the site. You can create or edit anything that is on the sites contents. Wikis are continuously under revisions as things are always changing and modifying within the world. The worlds largest and most famous wiki is Wikipedia, which is a collaboration of contributors and editors from online. Anyone can use a wiki and they are very simple to use. People use them for collaborations on projects, while educators like us, would use them to conduct or follow up on courses or developments. It can also be used as a way of communication with parents who have Internet access.  Wikis and blogs may seem similar but they are very different. Blogs are where people “post” and “comment” on each others things. However, unlike the wiki, only the author of that post or comment can edit it. A wiki allows anyone the ability to change and modify the information that is posted or modified.
Here is a video that explains Wikis in plain English:

            What are the benefits from using a wiki within your school or classroom?  Some of the benefits include :
  • Connections that students make between new knowledge and old knowledge.
  • Allows for creativity and allows students to accept the idea of others being able to edit your work.  By teaching this skill, it allows for more collaboration and group projects rather than just individual ones to take place. 
  • It emphasizes the ideas that creativity pieces are never truly complete. There is always more to add or edit as time goes on.
  • Increases involvement and allows everyone to take an active role rather than “wait for their turn” mentality.
  • Develops teamwork skills that help them not only in schools but in life as a whole.
  • Improves and works with the writing process on an everyday basis in a more interactive and fun way for students. The revision phase that most students have a hard time with especially.

Now that we discussed what a wiki was and what the benefits could be, there was another term that was tossed around a lot within the articles as a whole.  The  term is Wikibookian. A wikibookian is a user of the wikibooks project. Not being too sure of the whole wiki thing in the first place, I was curious how one became a wikibookian and to my surprise anyone can become one. Everyone has a voice and can state their opinions on a topic as long as it is backed up with research. One of the articles did research based on wikibookians and their statuses. They figured out who they were in terms of age, gender, backgrounds etc.  There were many graphs and charts to show us what population makes up majority of the wikibookian community. Here are a few examples: (click on the facts to see the corresponding charts)
Here is a site that has Educational Wikis for use in the classroom. 

Education, Blogging and Podcasting OH MY!!

This week's lesson was on blogging and podcasting in Education. Before this class I had heard of Blogs but never knew I was interacting with them every day. I use to read quotes online and the sites that I read them from were actually blogs now that I look back. So here I was thinking I knew what they were when in reality they were right under my nose and I hadn't the slightest idea. However, after taking this class, I truly understand the purpose of blogs and how they are made. We created our own blog for the semester and I must say I am enjoying writing my thoughts and feelings down which I have never done before. I like the idea of free writes like poems and such rather than all informational things, but everyone has their own purpose of a blog. After watching the video Blogs in plain english, it became very clear how important these blogs are. It gives everyone an audience and a purpose to write. For examples, a mother could have a blog about the life of Motherhood. Sharing stories of her children, helpful hints about potty training, juggling life, and still having time to have free for yourself.  Blogs allow anyone to become an author on their own and it allows for interactive learning through comments between readers and author. Here is a project that I created during the semester about Blogs using a site called SMORE. 

Blogs, Blogs, Read All About It! 

We also learned about Podcasting. Podcasting combines the freedom of blogging with digital audio technology to create an almost endless supply of content.  Podcasting is free and allows internet users to pull audio files off of the podcasting website to listen on their personal media players or computers. The term podcast is derived from iPod and broadcasting. Here is a site of 50 Educational podcasts you should check out:

Educational Podcasts for you to Check Out

Here is a video  on podcasting in the classroom. 

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

MM3 learning on WizIQ

Moodle MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) is taking place and it was part of the course to attend at least one of the sessions this month. I attended a session on Monday February 17, 2014 since there was a holiday and I was not at work. First thing, is it is hard to attend the meeting times that they are presenting them sometimes. They are during the workday so the ones that I really would have been interested in seeing, I was not able to see. I was going to try to see the one this past Saturday but I was moving out of my place so unfortunately the times conflicted and I could not make it. In return, I made it to a session this morning to make up for the one class I missed. The class was a 9 AM and was on Quizzes on Moodle with Wiris presented by Ramon Eixarch. It was cool to see how you can create quizzes and tools online for students to interact with. It had a lot of interesting things on it but I felt that the lesson was geared towards older grades mainly. I actually asked him during the conference is this is useful to Elementary Teachers and he basically replied that it was not geared for that level yet but they will try to keep that in mind as they change things later on. I also felt that it was very hard to understand him at certain points. He used screen sharing that was interesting to see what he was showing us but like i said it was out of our elementary level originally so I almost felt left out even though I was completely involved with the presentation. If this was modified and was able to be used for the Elementary level, it truly had some great qualities. Wiris was the program that was used and it is free. It integrates with Moodle and allow the teachers to edit the formulas and problems. The active quizzes helps students self evaluate. They can be asked True/False Questions, Multiple Choice, Matching, Short Answers, as well as Essay formations. When students get the correct answers, there is a small green check mark that appears to allow the student to know that the answer is correct! 

Overall, the session was informative. Even though it wasn't necessarily geared towards me, it was still interesting to see. I learned new things and I will be interested to see if later on down the road there are other programs like this but for the Primary grades.