Monday, November 9, 2009

PLE week 10

The most important thing that I learned from watching these three videos is that technology is such an effective way at aiding/facilitating a students learning in a classroom. In these videos students were able to use their previous knowledge on how to present information, but through the use of technology they were able to make it more engaging and user friendly. In Brown Bear, Brown Bear the students were able to express their ideas through drawing that represent ideas, follow/create a pattern, and make classifications all through the use of technology. The slideshows were easy for the students to make and it was fun for all the students to see each others work. My favorite movie to watch was the use of “spidercams.” I thought it was really neat to see how using a web page students from another state were able to see what a class was learning and studying and students were able to share their ideas. From using e-mails, kids were able to bridge the distance barrier. Additionally, I liked how students used video cameras to document their findings. In the habitat video, I thought using the CD-ROM was really valuable in the lesson. Students were able to explore many different aspects of a habitat such as how organisms can change their environments, what an adaptation is, and how adaptations help organisms meet their needs. Using technology is fun for students to use in a classroom and makes learning that much more enjoyable.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Week 9

When I first entered the classroom I was taken back by the amount of technology in the classroom. Every day a certain group that rotates throughout the week does phonics assignments on the computers in what they call centers. They use the program Starfall for their literacy. In my classroom we have a promethium board and a projector that I use for Math and to incorporate the arts and to make learning easier for the students. I also love how they have a traveling computer lab every Friday that the students are able to work with. They are learning how to use MACS and are more comfortable with technology than I was in 1st grade. The students also love to have play time on the computers where they can explore the many various tools on the computer.

I have completed both the midcourse evaluation and the informed consent