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...