Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Podcast Again










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Final Thoughts....

At the risk of sounding like a traitor to my generation, I would like to take this opportunity to say that this technology class was, by far, the most challenging class I have had thus far. While I am admittedly a procrastinator, there were many assignments that I literally put hours into with no positive results. As the semester dragged on, I got the hang of some things, but others, well, not so much. There were a few assignments that I missed simply as a result of being too busy; three jobs and grad school is WAY too much, I now know. But others, I would try for hours and eventually either give up or post what I had, hoping that they was right.

But, unlike the classes that I've taken that simply require mindless essays and discussion postings, I actually learned something in this class. I grew more and more excited to implement these uses of technology in my own classroom, both as learning, teaching, and planning tools. I've wondered a few times throughout the last year of grad school if it was even worth it; the classes weren't really teaching me anything and the pay raise isn't even that great, but this class, and one other that I have this semester actually better prepared me for a career in teaching.

Online Quiz

Quiz Excel

Online Quiz

WMM

WMM Windows Movie Maker, the correct way. I've made so many mistakes in this class that its crazy.


video

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

WebQuest

WebQuest

Well, here's my WebQuest. A day late, story of my life.
Anyhow, this was a great assignment. I had so much fun creating it. Its just sucky that I don't have a classroom in which to implement it. But when I do, I'm definitely going to try it out.

I saw some posts from other people stating that they would have rather edited the actual format and sections themselves. I agree, to a point. There were some changes that I would like to have made to the actual layout, but simply creating this project, for me, was a task in itself. I was alright with the limited amount of choices, only because it limited the amount of mistakes I could have made and the amount of confusion (and animosity) I felt towards the multiple uses to technology being implemented.

On a more positive note, however, I did use many of the resources given to us in this class on this project. RubiStar is the greatest web creation of all time, besides Google.

It took me a lot longer than I expected, not because I had problems, but because I really got into it. I worked on it for about twelve cumulative hours this weekend and thought I was submitting it before the actual due date. Ha.

At any rate: great assignment, great resources, easy to use. A+

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Google Docs Powerpoint

Powerpoint

PDF

I saved the PDF file in Google Docs and then embedded it in this post by using the URL address associated with it.

Jeopardy saved in FTP site

Jeopardy


Jeopardy saved in FTP site.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Power Point Show Webpage

PPShow

Power Point Show

I create a Power Point presentation that addresses the problematic issue of revolution vs. rotation. This is designed for third grade.

Earth

Friday, March 6, 2009

Podcast Script

http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dd9q66zn_8dp4z9tcg&hl=en

Podcast


I had a relatively easy time operating the AVS program. I tried to upload music and add it to my podcast, but found it easier to record music via the microphone. This is a VERY useful tool; I even discovered that the shared files on Podbean.com can be uploaded straight to IPODS, which would be a very easy way to incorporate a podcast into the classroom.

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Monday, February 23, 2009

Photoshop Album

http://www.photoshop.com/user/EarthUnited09/?wf=share&trackingid=BTAGC

Edited Pics


I took this picture in Cleveland outside the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame...I used the focal black and white so make the guitar was the focal point.








This is a picture I took this past weekend in Cleveland as well...I cropped the picture to make it panoramic then used the black and white filter tool to make the stamp statue the focus of the picture...It actually turned out pretty sweet.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Graphs

http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dd9q66zn_4gp7krrgt

I googled the states with the lowest income to discover the number of students per state on IEPs. I was suprised that WV had the lowest number of students on IEPs out of the four. But there is definately a trend among income and students on IEPs. I used a bar graph to depict this information.

http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dd9q66zn_629k7tzdx

West Virginia, suprisingly, tested almost at the state average in math between 2000 and 2007. I used a line graph to depict this information.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Editing an image



I googled 'peace signs' and copied and pasted the original version of this into the "Paint" program. I've used this simple program to edit images before so it wasn't too difficult; I'm very familiar with the tools. I like the dropper tool because you don't have to worry about relocating colors that you may want to reuse. I also like the magnifying tool because it allows you to make detailed adjustments very easily. This program is great for classroom use because it comes standard on all versions of Windows, is simple to use, and fun for students.

The image is 351 KB and saved as a bitmap image. I have had difficulty in the past getting images to open in other locations in this particular format. But it uploaded easily into this blog.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Desktop Graphic




I decided to create a coloring page for the students I am currently teaching. They are, for the most part, non-verbal students with autism. Our current unit is on frogs. This activity combines many skills that my students have trouble with. They have a hard time distinguishing between capital and lower-case letters, following verbal directions, as well as fine-motor skills. Unless we work very carefully and in very small groups, they will color an entire page with one crayon. They have the ability to do work that involves fine motor skills, such as coloring small areas with different crayons, but they just have a difficult time controlling urges to complete work very quickly. We have also been working on colors, but most have mastered the basic six. I thought this page, and others like it, would be good because it combines a skill they do well with, colors, with some they are less familiar with.
I searched for a frog on Google, then uploaded it into Picasa 3, which is the editing program I use most frequently. I sometimes use Picnik, but they essentially provide the same tools. I like Picasa for many reasons: the folders are organized and easily visible, it allows users to create video slidshows of photos, pictures are immediately saved to the hard drive, and it contains tools from very basic to more complex. I used the text tool to add the letters and change the colors.
I found the graphic of the stamp to use as the color key to help students further distinguish between colors and capital and lower-case letters. Picasa saves files in JPG format and both are around 40KBs.
Students could easily use Picasa to edit and design graphics. Images are very easy to upload and the tools can be used and then "undone" if the result isn't desired.
When you click on the image, it brings up a website with the following addresses:



Monday, February 9, 2009

Reading Assignment

My assignment posted on Google: http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dd9q66zn_3d77b4vhb

1. Describe what Dale's Cone of Experience is?

The Cone of Experience is a visual aid about audio-visual materials. Dale’s cone is a visual metaphor depicting the types of learning, from concrete to abstract, and was not intended to place value on one modality over another. The shape of the cone is not related to retention, but degrees of abstraction. Dale’s original cone contained no percentages, but later, different variations were created that included numerical data inferring about retention rates. Dale was simply contending that as one’s experience moves toward the bottom of the cone, more senses are engaged.

2. Is Dale’s Cone of Experience logical? Factual?

I find the information presented in Dale’s Cone of Experience to be logical, but not in the “cone” shape. He wasn’t necessarily implying that one method of teaching/learning is more important or better than another because he had no factual data to support his work. He simply created it to act as a metaphor, showing the relationship between various types of learning. The cone is logical because it represents learning experiences from abstract to concrete. But I wouldn’t consider his work to be “factual” because there is no data or research associated with the cone. As Dale said: “The cone is not offered as a perfect or mechanically flawless picture to be taken with absolute literalness in its simplified form. It is merely a visual aid in explaining the interrelationships of the various types of audio-visual materials, as well as their individual ‘positions’ in the learning process.”

3. How does Dales' Cone of Experience comport with current research on teaching and learning in the assigned reading. After the reading, comment on your opinion of the validity of Dale's Cone of Experience.

Research in learning and reading has conducted that the “one size” doesn’t fit all learners. Doing is not always more efficient that seeing, and seeing is not more efficient than reading. The percentages on the cone would suggest that collaborative learning in general would result in higher levels of learning than a lesson where a student listens to a narration.
I think that the cone fails to accurately represent the order of importance of materials in the learning process, but I do feel as though it accurately portrays the relationships between the levels, which was its intended purpose. Educators must develop the most efficient methods of implementing these learning styles based on individual learners.

Friday, February 6, 2009

FTP Problems Cont.

FTP officially does not work from my home or work computer. It says it won't work with the newest version of windows so I aside from going to Fairmont State to access it, if it would even work there, I don't really know what else to do.

FTP Problem

I am having probles with FTP. Every link I tried results in an "internet explorer cannot display website". I tried the links on the library homepage, as well as the one emailed to us, (which I'm pretty sure both are the same). I have been trying all day from my computer at work, and I'll try again when I gen home this evening. If anyone else is having this problem, please let me know.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Resume

http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dd9q66zn_2fkhb9rcj

Here's my resume...This class is so confusing...

Friday, January 30, 2009

Here's my story....Took it about six months to upload and process

video

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Photo Story

Link to my Photo Story on Youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXGZCAJGIls
The introduction video was a great assignment. The program was so easy to use and easy to edit. Middle School and High School students could definately create their own movies. It is definately a tool I look forward to using in the future in my classrooms, for both teaching and learning.

Monday, January 26, 2009

First Blog

Hello! I am looking forward to this couse in instructional technology! Since I have grown up working on computers and other means of technology, I considered myself very prepared for this course. However, I have discovered, very early on, that I have a lot to learn about technology. I've already decided that this blogging site would be a very great way to incoporate technology into my future classroom. Also, I downloaded the program to create videos and found it to be another great tool that is very simple to use.