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Technology of choice- Smartboards April 13, 2010

Filed under: Technology in the Classroom — meganmeyering @ 8:08 am
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I chose to look at smartboards for my tech of choice this week.  I know that they will be discussed more in-depth in class, but since I’m not going I figured I should research the technology anyhow.

In all the placements I have had I have only seem smartboards in one classroom. The teacher uses it to grade math problems, show you tube clips and other images that relate to class. It seems like a great tool, but I wasn’t sure of the extent of possibilities before this post.

I did a small amount of research (the majority being from Wikipedia, since we established last week that it was a credible source) and learned that smartboards were actually created in 1991! Maybe it was naive of me, but I assumed it was a very new technology. Since it is over ten years old I am surprised more classrooms do not have them. I also learned that smartboards are primarily used in education as a means of easily differentiating instruction, I had assumed that they were also used in business meetings and such. Another great feature of the smartboards is the pen tray. Once a pen is picked up the tray can sense what color it is and then the pen will write in that color, which is great for group work and individual student accountability.  I was also unaware of the wealth of software available specifically to increase the useability of the smartboard in the classroom.

Smartboards have also been shown to really help ESL and special needs students since the children can learn in a variety of ways. The stmartboard allows the students to touch and see (not to mention the size and colors available for instruction) the combination of touch and sight is vital for most special needs as well as ESL students. Smartboards have also shown to decrease teacher stress. Studies have also shown that the touch screen capability comes more naturally to students, increasing it’s use and success with younger (preschool age) students.

One of the ways I would first use a smartboard would be in a math lesson. The smartboard allows different pages to be created and then ‘saved’ for later. I would take a problem and break it into different chunks on each page and have the students solve it from there. I also like the interactive grammar tool options that are available.


Ughh Technology April 12, 2010

Filed under: Classroom Culture,Technology in the Classroom,Uncategorized — meganmeyering @ 6:52 pm
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So as much as I may LOVE  technology right now is a time I definitely DO NOT!.

Last week I found out my hard drive was about to crash. Hate. But I was able to upload all my documents to google reader and burn pictures onto dics. Love. I was able to keep all my bookmarks from delicious.  Love.

My mom took my computer home and my boyfriend is lending me his, but when I went to reply to Jeff, Lauren and Emily’s blog I was unable to. Hate.

This is jsut a little rant, probably being shared, when it really shoudn’t, but I had to express my frusteration somewhere and where better than a blog shared with other students, who most likely have expereinced something similar or the same!

I’ll restart the computer and try replying later- wish me luck!


wikis in general April 8, 2010

I tend to think of wikis more as actual websites compared to weebly or blog websites. Wikis are great resources for group work as well as individual work for students. It allows them to colloborate when nessicary as well as work on the project from virtually anywhere. Wikis are also very user friendly and allow work to be divied well, for instance each person could be repsonsible for a page.The students are also learning authentically as they create the page, by determining what is necessary information as well as how to organize it.

One of the most important features of a wiki is the history feature of it. It is essential to be able to view the history and edit changed made for the product to be successful. The history tool is also a great resource for te teacher to monitor student accountability and contribution.

I also like that the teacher can grade and monitor the wikis from anywhere and throughout the whole creation process. The wikis are also great becasue it gives the students ownership and the feeling of real accomplishment when they are done. One last great feature is that the information can be shared with grandparents and aunts and uncles, etc.  anywhere, as long as they have access to the internet!


Personal Learning Network February 23, 2010

Filed under: Technology in the Classroom — meganmeyering @ 5:51 pm
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I am not sure how my PLN is really working. The blog seems to be the most beneficial as far as networking goes. Twitter does not seem to really be benefiting me. I like the way ideas are shared and communication is done on blogging. This can be from teacher to teacher in the classroom setting or even teacher to parent. Blogging is also a great way to keep track of all the other technologies that we are learning about. I can look back into previous blogs to see what projects I have done using certain technologies, it is a great refresher.  I am not sure if it is just me and how I am using twitter or if it is just the nature of the program. The online portfolio is also something that seems very beneficial. It is something that could be used in a professional manner to prospective employers.The online portfolio also opens up the possibility of creating a classroom website for students, parents and teachers to communicate and use as a resource.

As beneficial as technology and developing a PLN can be there are also risks associated with it since it is online.  Anything that can be viewed by the public needs to be professional and acceptable for anyone, students, parents, or employers to see.


Technology Breakthrough January 19, 2010

Filed under: Technology in the Classroom — meganmeyering @ 9:18 pm
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I have spent my night working on my website. I looked up and realized that I had been at my desk for literally a couple of hours and not even realized it. This was such a dichotomy compared to how I had expected this semester to go. I thought it would be much more of a struggle and that I would dread doing the assignments. I am finding however that this could not be further from the truth. I am finding that I love doing CEP 416 homework, so much so that I put other subjects on the back burner!

I love that I will be comfortable incorporating technology into my classroom. It is such a great tool to communicate with parents and engage students. In a world that is growing more technologically advanced at younger and younger ages it is vital as a teacher to be able to engage students with something they are familiar with and interested in.

Being invested inlearning about technology  in the classroom is vital to being a successful teacher in today’s classroom.


Technology and Me Present and Future January 13, 2010

Filed under: Technology in the Classroom — meganmeyering @ 2:37 am
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My technology experience is limited. I am proficient in Microsoft word and Powerpoint. I have a Facebook account and have some experience with online posts and discussion boards.  Last semester I created a joint Wiki page with a fellow 401 student.  I have also had some, not very successful experience,  with creating a digital storyboards.

I am looking forward to becoming more fluent and confident in incorporating technology into the elementary classroom. I am excited about being able to approach technology as a tool and feeling confident in doing so. I am particulary interested in learning how to create an online space for my future classroom that coule serve as a resource as well as a means of communication from teacher to students and parents.


CEP 416 January 12, 2010

Filed under: Technology in the Classroom — meganmeyering @ 10:35 pm
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The technolgy in this class seems a little overwhelming, but I can definitely see the benefit of all of it. I can’t wait to learn more about technology in the classroom and implement it into the lessons I’ll be creating for TE 402.  I also think that the things I learn in this class will become excellent things on a resume in the future!