Saturday, August 6, 2011

The Use of Personal Digital Assistants as Tools for Work-Based

The Use of Personal Digital Assistants as Tools for Work-Based
Learning in Clinical Internships
“This paper aims to stress the particular value of mobile technologies in supporting work-based learning.” (Akkerman) The authors wrote this article to pioneer the movement towards hand-held computer and mobile devices. They stress the importance of integrating Ipads, tablets, and other mobile devices to the classroom. “We elaborate on our theoretical interest in work-based learning challenges and the way that mobile devices can help address these challenges. (Akkerman) The authors wanted to show the importance of having students from grad school to college have proficiency in these devices to better prepare them for their future work. This is called work-based learning.
I would love to use this. However the funds would be tight if we bought a Ipad for every student. After saying that, I also do believe that it is possible. All the text books could be on those devices, and that alone would save the school thousands of dollars. In a p.e class we could use them for health lectures and projects. We could use them as our video cameras to record plays and videos. We could use them to edit the video so that they can present it to the class. They also can make power point presentations with them. This would a great tool for a school to have and I know the kids would enjoy them and it would make learning more fun for some of them.
In conclusion the author’s state, “we propose organizing interventions in which students use mobile devices as boundary objects between college and work. This requires the involvement of teachers and workplace supervisors, commitment in changing working routines, and an attempt to turn internships into periods of and bases for work-based learning.” (Akkerman) The authors believe that this is best used in college, and can be used at the high school for the most effectiveness in student learning and preparation to the work force. This form of technology use covers nets-s 2,3,and 6.

Akermann, sanne, and Renea felius. The Use of Personal Digital Assistants as Tools for Work-Based. Iste, 2011. Web. 2 Aug. 2011. .

From Watching Newsreels to Making Videos

From Watching Newsreels to Making Videos
The author of this article wrote this to show the ability of watching and making videos has on learning. The author states “showing a video, a reflective teacher will discuss with students the difference between watching as a casual viewer and watching as a scholar. You may also explain to students the learning purpose of the video.” (Hammond) The teacher has the responsibility to teach the students on how beneficial this video is and how to watch it. The teacher, in my opinion, should have some sort of assessment to the video watched or made. This will promote the maximum amount of learning from this experience. Quote, “The most powerful way to immerse students in critical thinking using digital video is to engage them in student authorship—that is, creating video.” (Hammond) He wants present and future educators to promote this style of learning to their classrooms. He writes that there are many benefits to the student’s learning from composing their own documentary or motion picture of a specific topic.
I would use this sort of video watching and making method every unit in p.e. I see the benefit in doing this a lot. I would have some groups make safety videos, others education videos, and others strategies of the game videos. This will really allow for the students to demonstrate their affective and cognitive learning of the unit/sport. There would be a rubric that the students would have and be graded on. I see this as a fun project that gets the students playing and really understanding the sport. When they can teach the sport, they are really learning the sport. I plan to use this style of movie making and video analyzing a lot in my P.E. classroom.
In conclusion the author states, “As you design your own activities with digital video, keep in mind the options available to you, and observe the ways the technology interacts with the content and pedagogy to make your instruction more powerful.” (Hammond) Using this method of video recording is a great tool to use in your class regardless of the subject. Keep looking into more ways that technology could benefit your classroom.
I believe this fulfills every net-s by demonstrating online safety with posting the videos. Demonstrates technological creativity, invent fullness, and responsibility.
Hammond, T. C., & Lee, J. (2009). From watching newsreels to making videos. Learning & Leading with Technology, 36(8), 32-33.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Lights, camera, learning!

Lights, Camera, Learning!

Dr. Bell wrote Lights, Camera, Learning to educate present and future educators to explore the use of digital video play and recording in their classrooms. He states " digital videos offer new opportunities to teachers of all subjects." (Bull) he explains the benefits to this style of teaching by giving statistics of the amount of footage that is loaded to YouTube by today's youth. "10000 hours of footage is posted to YouTube every day" (Bull) Today's youth is utilizing this aid already, it is up to the educators to tap into this resource now. He states that almost every kid today has a device that is capable of video recording already. This project would not be that difficult for a teacher to assign and assess.
I would love to add this to my lesson plans. After completing the video assignment dorm class made me think about all the benefits of doing a project like this. Having students of a p.e classroom make an education video about the subject will be great affective and cognitive learning. This would give me as the teacher clear way to assess their knowledge of the particular subject we are doing at that time. Have them make videos, or just recording their practice and game times would be a great way for them to analysis themselves. This would aid to the overall learning.
The authors of this article are really trying to educate the teaching field about the resources of video making and watching to a classroom. the authors describe this as a movement. Kids today are doing this on their own because it is fun. If we can do this in the classroom we have the opportunity to make learning fun for them. This should not be how a teacher teaches everything, however it is a great tool to use frequently.
This covers all six of the nets-s which are-
Creativity and Innovation
Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology. Students:
a.     apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes.
b.     create original works as a means of personal or group expression.
c.     use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues.
d.     identify trends and forecast possibilities.


Communication and Collaboration

Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others. Students:
a.     interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media.
b.     communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats.
c.     develop cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with learners of other cultures.
d.     contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems.

Research and Information Fluency
Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information. Students:
a.     plan strategies to guide inquiry.
b.     locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media.
c.     evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks.
d.     process data and report results.


Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources. Students:
a.     identify and define authentic problems and significant questions for investigation.
b.     plan and manage activities to develop a solution or complete a project.
c.     collect and analyze data to identify solutions and/or make informed decisions.
d.     use multiple processes and diverse perspectives to explore alternative solutions.


Digital Citizenship

Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior. Students:
a.     advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology.
b.     exhibit a positive attitude toward using technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity.
c.     demonstrate personal responsibility for lifelong learning.
d.     exhibit leadership for digital citizenship.


Technology Operations and Concepts

Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations. Students:
a.     understand and use technology systems.
b.     select and use applications effectively and productively.
c.     troubleshoot systems and applications.
d.     transfer current knowledge to learning of new technologies.

Bull, G., & Bell L. (2009). Lights, camera, learning! Learning & Leading with Technology, 36(8), 30-31.

Friday, July 29, 2011


1. PLN stands for personal Learning Network. This is a system that is set up by a user to utilize web 2.0 more efficiently. The internet is filled with information and having a PLN controls that information and focalizes it for a user to use more proficiently. My PLN consist of email, Facebook, Google search engine, and various apps (applications). My PLN will aid me to be a better teacher by allowing me to save time with communication, assignments and organization. I am planning on using my Google account to sync my calendars with all my computer devises. Also using Google to have RSS feeds and Google documents that allow others to read. Having facebook I can make a facebook page for my class and we will have daily reflection postings. Also they will be able to turn their homework assignments into me by facebook messaging. Also will be able to communicate with me easier than waiting after school to ask me a question. I will have the syllabus posted their where the students will be able to access that information anytime they want, and my class will not have to waste funds on paper. Having a search engine will allow me to search for specific topics that I am trying to get more information on. I am hoping too that the school that I work at has something like moodle there. Having a secured web service like moodle is a huge tool to have in today’s education. Have homework, schedule, test, readings, video assignments, and the availability to grade some of these things will save a teacher hours. And has a teacher and a coach time is very important. I plan to use my PLN to help engage the students in the topic that we are covering, and to aid me as an educator. Saving me time and organizing my work will allow me to be a better teacher due to more time preparing and focusing on teaching rather than all the paper work.

2. I really don’t use much RSS feeds or blogs. The only thing that I real have is an npr app. It allows me to pick the stories that I want to listen to. I also gather my news from yahoo, and Goggle. I gather generic news, but that is about it. At this time in my life I have to admit that I am more concerned with sports than cnbc news stuff.

3. Twitter I do not use much. I really haven’t tapped into the real use of it yet. I follow Stephen Colbert, and Jon Stewart as of now, also a few other friends. I follow Stephen Colbert because he is humorous and usual has some sort of political humor in his tweets.

4. Diigo is new to me. The first time that I had heard of diigo was in class. As of now I am subscribe to several PE and health sites. I read these to educate myself on the newest and best way to run a successful PE class. I am not a Physical Educator yet I am trying to prepare myself to become the best one that I can be. Diigo allows me to get up to date information on topics that I am interested in. It sorts it out for me and I just have to make the link.

5. Reflect on the blog post, video, or article you explored.
I joined EducationPLN, and watched a great video on Google+ ( It was an intro YouTube video of what the new Google+ social media site has to offer. It explains about new circles that you can place people in, and how everything you use is Google anyways. He said it is not whether you will switch from Facebook to Google+, but when you will switch.

6. It has been great to learn about so many uses of web 2.0. My PLN has grown by adding Diigo, Twitter, and RSS feeds. I don’t really see myself keeping up with twitter; however it was good to learn about all the things it has to offer to an educator. Going over all this has really opened up my mind, and has made me think of many cool ways to add my PLN to my teaching and to my classroom, within and outside of my classroom walls. I was really glad to learn about Google+ social networking site. I am definitely going to be using that. Overall this was a great section of personal learning networks, and am glad that I have received this information, and also see many ways that this will save me time, energy, and organization. Thank You

Monday, July 18, 2011

Harness the Power of Technology

Harness the Power of Technology
The author wrote this article to persuade present and future educators to tap into the resources of technology more. He wants educators to use technology to its full potential when teaching students. “Technology can pace instruction based on each student’s needs, so that a student having trouble with a mathematical concept can get remediation at the same time that an advanced student moves on to higher concepts.” (Duncan) Technology allows a teacher to personalize assignments to their students by enhancing that student’s ability to learn in whatever way he or she learns best. there are pictures, articles, podcast, videos, and prac ap assignments. This allows the student to pick visual, hearing, doing, reading, whatever way they feel best to learn.
The author writes, “By using the NETS for students, administrators, and teachers, you become the leaders in your schools and districts, working with colleagues to help them master new methods of teaching with technologies that they may be afraid of using.” (Duncan) Using all the net-s in your lessons will improve the student’s availability to be more creative with technology as they go through school and eventually go out in today’s workforce. Quote, “The ability to work, innovate, and be productive using technology is essential for professionals in almost every sector.” (Duncan)
There was not much in the article about exactly what do, so that makes it difficult to say exactly how I would apply this information to my future classroom. One thing he did say was that teachers in a school or even district can be trend setters, ground breakers. He ask that the teachers that are reading this article to become those ground breakers for technology in their school. I can see myself doing that in my p.e. classroom since p.e. is probably the classroom that is under using technology the most.
This article was written for the purpose of motivating and encouraging teachers to utilize technologies full potential in the classroom. That technology is proven to enhance and better student learning. Find new ways that technology can better the teacher and the students. Be ground breakers for their schools in the field of utilizing technology in their classrooms. This is an article to help push educators to adapt to the new wave of technology for the students sakes. In today’s 21st century workforce, employees are going to have to have these technology innovating skills to be competitive.
Duncan, A. (n.d.). Harness the power of technology . In Retrieved July, 2011

Friday, July 15, 2011

Join the Flock

Join the Flock
“The first thing to know is that developing a PLN on Twitter takes a commitment, not necessarily a huge one, but it does take some time. It is a bit like starting a new friendship: You cultivate a relationship by chatting over coffee in the faculty room or sharing an anecdote in the hall. It is the kind of commitment that causes you to pause rather than walk on, and that's what it will take to develop and maintain a PLN using Twitter.” (Ferguson) In this article “Join the Flock” the author is really trying to convey the helpfulness of twitter to a educator, employee, and friend. The author explains to the reader how to set up a twitter account, how to manage your friends, followers and discussion boards to the reader. The author explains that you do not have to participate in conversation with anyone to receive information. If you choose you can sit back and read without actually posting something. It is advised to start small and work your way up to post. This will allow you to get comfortable with twitter.
I see some good in twitter with having the availability to link up with other colleges and professionals. However I see Facebook, Diigo, or Google being a better resource to use with students than Twitter. Twitter has a very small character max and is limited in videos and pictures. Not saying that it is wrong if a teacher decides to use Twitter, I am just saying my own preference would be to use something that is more versatile and creative with my students than what Twitter can offer.
When I have a question, I turn to my PLN and wait to hear back. It may seem like 140 characters does not allow enough room to communicate, but those few characters connect me to blogs and websites. (Ferguson) In this article the author tries to persuade the readers to widen their PLN by adding Twitter to their repertoire. She explains that Twitter is a great source to meet other individuals around the world that have similar interest as yourself. She states that it is just more than a business connection, Quote, “Over time, I have built relationships with people I know only by their photos or avatars, but they are real people to me nonetheless. I look for them in my stream of tweets and recognize them as they scroll by. They are my PLN, and I am part of theirs.” (Ferguson) In the final statement of the article the author states her final plead to the readers to begin their own Twitter account. “So join the flow of ideas and learning and watch it change how you see yourself as a teacher and your students as learners.” (Ferguson)
Ferguson, H. (2010, Jun/Jul). Join the flock! Learning & Leading with Technology, 37(8), 12-15.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Grow your own personal learning network

This article was written to pursued and educate others on the benefits of increasing ones own PLN (personal learning network). Quote, "PLNs open up sources of information that were not even available a few years ago, and continually evolving technologies are making it easier to capture and tame the resulting information overload." (Warlick) He wanted to educate individuals on ways of making the internets vast information databases more manageable. Ways to use google and other search engines more effective. Use other web2.0 services to gather information. He gave an example of writing the article in a coffee shop, and using twitter to see if he could receive any additional information about sites that aid in gathering information on a specific subject, which he received very promptly.

I could see myself use my own PLN in teaching my physical education class, by setting up a RSS feed for my students would provide them resources and podcasts that pertain to the subject matter that we are going over in that particular unit. I also could set up a diigo or delicious account for my class. Something like a discussion board for them to use to reflex on that day's lesson, take quizzes, and do assignments that are web based. Using PLNs like twitter and Facebook could open up ways for students to post daily reflections on. This way every one had to make one post and one comment on another's post. This would increase learning and satisfy several nets-s. With the advancements in mobile devices they could have this done before they even get home. Facebook assignments would allow them to add pictures and videos to there postings. I could make one Facebook account for the entire class to use where they could do their posting ons and send me messages, and also turn in individual assignments to me. We could have a research assignment on a specific sport or activity and the students would have to write a paper and add photos and videos of them performing the sport individually or in groups. This assignment goes beyond the traditional pen and paper assignment, and makes it enjoyable and engaging for the students.


Friday, June 24, 2011

Article #3 Making Field Trips Podtastic

Making Field Trips Podtastic
This article is trying to explain to educators a new way to use technology in and out of the classroom. They are persuading teachers to use hand held computers and mp3 players as pod casts during class, field trips, and after school programs. Already at museums, and other places there are virtual tours and field trips that can be taken on computers, and hand held computers. This allows the student to take pictures, find articles, and answer interactive questions about any subject. This technology can open up so many avenues for educators to engage their students on a level that is entertaining and educational. " Beyond the advantages of customizing the learning experience for students, the hand held field trip supports several national standards too." (weller)
I could see myself using this kind of technology in my p.e. classroom. To tell the truth I had to think about it a lot. I was wondering how and what kind of field trips does a p.e. class take? Then I thought about setting up a field trip to a stadium of a sport that we are learning. Having them virtually go to a stadium and talk to individuals there, those individuals would ask them questions that are related to that sport. They can talk to the players and learn some plays. Answering questions that are specific to game strategies, scoring, and rules. I thought that would be interesting for a group of students do together on a computer. For tennis they could go to England and watch Wimbledon. Golf they could go to Pebble Beach. This would work for any sport. I think that it would be a great way to change up a p.e. class for a day. This way of teaching p.e. would include those kids that do not really enjoy the psychical side of p.e. They could still learn multiple sports and see what interest them in each sport, even if they don't enjoy playing it.
" The power of this model is in its simplicity, therefore, its flexibility. (Weller) The model of virtual tours, and interactive learning is designed to be simple. The school provides the hand-held computer and then provides the software for each lesson. The students have prior technological experience and will pick this up quickly. This also allows them to be creative and innovative. "The design of a field trip model of this type requires a lot more initial effort on the educators, but one that pays large dividends. (Weller) This model as been proven to work by Harvard University Technology and Innovation and Education program. "This does work, and the student really enjoy it." (Weller)
The way that this model is set up, and the freedom that it given to the students makes sure that it covers all six net-s standards. It is creative, safe, innovating. Leads students into developing a knack for technology. It prepares students to be able to use technology as a asset in the future occupations.

Reference: Weller, Aliece M., John C. Bickar, and Paul McGuiness. Making Field Trips Podtastic. ISTE, 2008. Web. 24 June 2011.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Article #2 Breathing Fire Into Web2.0

Breathing Fire Into Web 2.0
The article "Breathing Fire Into Web 2.0" was written to educate and pursued teachers and administrators to apply new technology to their schools. They write " walking into a typical school these days is like going into a time machine back to the old days. (Hardman). They are stating that the schools today are failing to relate to today's kids technological experiences in the real world. They found a school in Hong Kong that is doing a Great job utilizing web 2.0 to teach and educate the students in and out of the classroom. They used a web service known as myDragonNet. MyDragonNet was originally made to be a calendar and organizer for the teachers and school. After doing research with the students, they redesigned it a little and made it now a full fledge educational device. The teachers now post all their resources, homework, videos, schedules, and much more on myDragonNet for the students, parents, other teachers, and the administration to view and use.
They are using the information that they found to educate schools on how useful and important that technology can be for the students. Quote, " it seems like we are educating our youth for the past rather than the future." (Hardman) They are wanting this article to be used as a guide to schools on ways to use technology in their own classrooms, and to continue to find new ways to do so.
I am wanting to do something like myDragonNet in my own p.e classroom. It would be nice to advocate for an entire school wide service like this, but if that is not available I am planning on having some sort of blog, note board, or web page for my class to use. I will put videos, homework, test, information, and schedules up for the kids, parents, other teachers, and administrators to view and use.
In conclusion this article is to be used as a tool to lay down a foundation for a schools web 2.0 uses. To inspire schools to look towards the future and not on the past. That schools need to do their best to educate and prepare our youth for the future and not hold them back in the past. Teach to them on their level. By setting up a service that can be used on web 2.0 sites. Communicating to each other, doing homework, and researching on sites like myDragonNet.
This article is informing and persuading schools to adopt a myDragonNet like web user to their curriculum. By doing this they are covering all six sections of the nets-s. Having students use something like this will allow them to experience safe web usage. This will show them how creative they can be with technology. it covers it all. They get to experience technology that they will be using in the work force in years to come.

Reference: Hardman, Justin, and David Carpenter. Breathing Fire Into Web 2.0. N.p., 2007. Web. 23 June 2011.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Who are today's learners

Christine Greenhow's "who are today's learners" was a short article on the youth of today's perspective of technology use. She explains that kids are looking and expecting teachers to use technology in their teaching more, " Students imagine new uses of technology in school more creative, interactive, and media oriented like at their home and future real life scenario setting" (Greenhow) Article is trying to persuade teachers and educators to use and apply modern technology to their teachings. The use of technology in the class room can maximize your time and efforts. I can see myself using tech ology in my classroom. Having a class website that informs them of the lessons in that unit, upcoming trips and a board for comments from students and parents. I also want to use a camera to record scrimmages and practices to help aid student learning in sport related education. I am also wanting to use heart rate monitors to determine a students activity based on their own effort and not outcome. In her article she is trying to convince all teachers to use all 5 of the nets-s. She wants the students to be competent in technology, understand the dos and do nots, and to be creative and utilize technology to it's full potential. I see how Greenhow is communicating that students today will be able to grasp technology whether they come from rich or poor homes. Students will pick it up when taught. I see that this article is a big push for students to be competent in the use of computers, and more specifically the Internet. " On the country, that students from rural, or low income school districts showed little significance differences with their computer use at home." (Greenhow) I also got from this article that she was trying to bring awareness to teachers that students want more technology use in the classroom. " They wanted more technology learning in school, as more entertaining, than traditional academic learning in school. (Greenhow) As a teacher we must engage and prepare the students by using technology in and out of our classrooms.

Referance: Greenhow, C. (2008). In Who are todays learners. Retrieved June 16, 2011