Thursday, May 6, 2010

E Journal 9 Playing With Skype: NETS II and V

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

Don’t believe the Skype, just kidding. Believe the Skype, Skype will allow teachers and students to become experts in everything. Hook up a couple of cables and log on to Skype .com and you can have a live picture chat with anyone with a computer and a web cam. The world is at are laptops. Skype allowed this music teacher to have a concert with his honors band and the composer who wrote the sheet music, to conduct his music from another city while other people watched. How cool is that? After the concert was over the composer answered questions of why he wrote for the note to be played the way it was. Skype will allow teachers to become experts on everything. All a teacher needs to do is have the correct equipment which most schools already have, and find an expert in the field he or she is teaching. Skype the expert sit back and watch the students and the teacher become experts.
Question 1. What equipment is really needed: The equipment requirements were very minimal: a computer with a broadband Internet connection, a data projector, a couple of microphones, a webcam, and some adapters to pump the audio feed through the sound system, and a projector screen.
Question 2. Why does Skype make life easier for a teacher: Skype makes it possible for educators to seek out experts in their subject areas and invite them to share in the classroom or the rehearsal hall.

E Journal 8 Navigate the Digital Rapids: NETS III and V

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

How do I as a future teacher make my classroom fun but a learning environment at the same time? This is the 10 million dollar question. To make my classroom fun and educational at the same time I will have to turn it into a Flat Classroom. This is a classroom where I will use technology to help out with projects. Flat Classrooms solve real world problems with real world technology. The technology will allow students to create problems and solve them. The most important thing as a teacher is to make sure the students use the technology for problem solving and not IM with their friends. This is the fine line of letting students use technology for school and not just to see whatz up.
Question 1. When should we begin educating students: As soon as they start using digital tools for communication, collaboration, and creation through connections online or offline. A kindergartener can use Skype in the classroom and learn about virtual communications. A 6 year-old can create a Voice Thread project and collaborate globally using images and sound. A 9-year-old can create a digital portfolio and invite peers globally to respond via the discussion tab. Digital citizenship awareness can begin as soon as tiny fingers tap the keys.
Question 2. What is the toughest part of starting a Flat Classroom: We use this analogy to illustrate that the toughest waters often come at the beginning of this digital citizenship journey. Our biggest opposition and hardest questions came before the implementation. Sure, there are still rapids we must navigate, but we are more proficient now.

E Journal 7 The Beginner's Guide to Interactive Virtual Field Trips: NETS III and V

Zanetis, J.Z. (2010). The Beginner's guide to interactive virtual field trips. L&L—Learning & Leading with Technology, 37(6), Retrieved from

I only wish I had virtual fields trips “VFT” when I was a young student in school. Vft allows students to take field trips all around the world not just to the local fire station, not that there is anything from with the fire station. But how cool would it be to have visited the Grand Canyon from the front seat of your 3rd grade classroom. VFT are field trips that are conducted virtually, over the Internet and/or videoconferencing equipment, so that students can learn directly from experts in far-flung places without ever leaving their classrooms (Zanetis, 2010). Even though these sounds very expensive, most school already have this technology, about 30% of school have it but do not use it.
Question 1. Which types of sites have these available for school: approximately 300 museums, science centers, historical sites, and similar organizations that offer interactive VFTs to schools, Onsite credentialed expert’s usually present live, standalone, interactive lessons focusing on a curricular topic related to the organization. For example, the National Baseball Hall of Fame offers a unit called "Math: Batter Up," which teaches students in grades 4–12 fundamental concepts that connect the calculator and the clubhouse while they learn, use, and interpret the statistics of famous ballplayers. Computation is the key to determining batting averages and slugging percentages.
Question 2. How do you get started if you want to go on a VFT: The first thing you should do is check around your school system to locate a videoconferencing unit. Your district technology coordinator should be able to help. If you find a system, make sure to ask if it is h.323 compatible and capable of IP-based connections (Zanetis, 2010).

E Journal 6 Classroom 2.0 Google Earth: NETS I, III, V

I looked at the tool Google Earth. This is a very cool tool. The tool allows a teacher in many different fields to be able to show students real picture of the earth. A math teacher can use Google earth to show distant question, such as the straight path compared to the path we take in car. Google earth is a website were satellite picture of earth are put on a site.The picture are in real time so one can look at their house or where a famous place in the world is. This is a great tool for History teachers, to show their students where say the Battle of the Bulge took place. This website can also show you pictures of streets, from the car on the street. When I threaded a question about can Google Earth place without knowing the name of the street and as long as you have a Longitude and a Latitude you can find any place on the earth, i also asked if the Military uses it and the said that the military has it own site. I really liked visiting the other tools on this website, and i liked the way that you can talk to other teacher, and educational professionals.

Copyright Internet Safety : NETS I, III, IV and V

As a future teacher I should be a role model for my students. I should be able to teach them Internet safety. In the era of technology that we live in today the world with new social standards, legal guidelines, and ethical obligations. As a teacher using technology in the classroom we need to be safe.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

E Journal 4 Students learn from media: NETS I and III and V

Bull, B.B. (2010). Finding students who learn with media. L&L—Learning & Leading with Technology, 36(6), Retrieved from

This Journal is about using media to learn about History, or Art. This program allows students to read and look at documents that they might never get to see ever. The Smithsonian American Art Museum is leading the technology media wave that allows students to make movies with a program from PrimaryAccess MovieMaker. This allows students to take primary sources from the library and their own work and make a movie. This is a good way for students to learn about history, and not the old fashion way of reading a book, but making their own movie in their own words. This is a great way of teaching the children about history.
Question 1. How many class periods does it take to create a movie. it still takes a minimum of three class periods to create a short historical documentary: one
period to create an outline, storyboard, and script; a second period to assemble the media and sequence it in the editor; and a third period for narration, titles, and music (Bull, 2010).
Question 2. What is PrimaryAccess MovieMaker ( PrimaryAccess is a suite of free online tools that allows students and teachers to use primary source documents to complete meaningful and compelling learning activities with digital movies, storyboards, rebus stories and other online tools.

E Journal 3 Keeping the Peace: NETS IV and V

Levinson, G.L. (2010). Keeping the peace. learning and leading with technology. L&L—Learning & Leading with Technology, 36(5), Retrieved from

This E journal is about the difference between old people and young people. Technology is always going to be a touchy subject for schools. Old people do not know how to use the new technology and younger people will know how to get around the older people. In schools technology can get schools in trouble. IM can make kids cheat; can cause problems in the class because the children are paying attention to the IM not the teacher.  This is about a school trying to do the right thing for the children and the children taking advantage of the good thing. The IM should be shut off and let the children use the laptops to help them with the work.
Question 1. What is IM: IM is the Instant Message, this is where you can type something in the IM box and send to someone else and that person can see the message instantly. Like an Email but you do not have to be on an Email cite.
Question 2. What is a Boot-Up-Camp: Each year, our laptop program begins with three mini-workshops that focus on the issues of physical care, guidelines for appropriate use, and ethics. Students travel in small groups and participate in a variety of activities and discussions with teachers and tech staff. They have the chance to ask questions and review key aspects of laptop learning at Nueva.