Thursday, April 29, 2010

WIKI CSUSM WEB 2.0 Tools for Educators Nets 3, 5

A wiki is a website that "allows the easy creation and editing of any number of interlinked web pages via a web browser using a simplified texteditor." I choose organizing tools for this project. Under this category there were many different options for organizing tools. I decided to choose Webspiration. Webspiration can be used for many projects or simply used as a visual aid for the students, for example in Kindergartnen. The teacher can create an organizational chart that shows the children visually how the class room is organized by tables and centers, bookshelves etc. The children will be able to be more independent because the teacher can refer to the chart when they don't know what to do and they can look at it and quickly know what to do or where to go. Everything on the chart is color coded. See webspiration sample on site 2.
My wiki page was posted on my blog using

Site 1

Site 2
Organizing Tools Webspiration

iMOVIE a Public Service Announcement Nets 2, 3


The iMovie allows educators to reach out to students with powerful messages. For this project, I made a A Public Service Announcement (PSA). This movie focuses on hate speech to raise awareness of some recent incidents taking place on the San Marcos University Campus. The movie was created to help deliver a message that would develop and model cultural understanding and awareness.

EDTECH profile Nets 2, 5

EDTECH Profile is an online assessment test to show my technology skills. By taking this assessment, I am able to focus on the areas I need to improve in.

Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership Nets 5

Journals #1-10 posted on my blog.

As a teacher, or the International Society for Technology in Education, plays a great role in how I can grow and learn as a professional and share the information with my students. An ISTE membership provides you with access to different publications. For example, Learning and Leading with Technology. The articles that are published in Learning and Leading with Technology discuss practical and innovative ideas for how technology can be used in the class room. The articles and the information in these articles are provided from global sources. ISTE provides an open forum for discussion and learning about technology that can be used in the class room. To share what I have learned from these articles, I have kept journal entries. The journal entries contain a summary, a reflection and questions and answers in response to the article. These journal entries are posted on the blog. Students as well as other teachers can learn about the different technologies that we can use and incorporate into the class room and curriculum.

Internet and Copyright Safety how to Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility Nets 4, 5

In today's digital environment, it is increasingly important to teach students about the safe, ethical and legal use of digital information. Although the interent can appear to be a sea of information without boundaries, it is critical to teach students about copyright, intellectual property, and the proper way to document resources. By creating one informative document, PDF formated, students will be informed and they will learn how to model digital citizenship and responsibility. This particular document discusses, internet safety, cyberbullying, cyberpredators, piracy and plagiarism, inappropriate content, and social networks. To transfer this document to our website we used Scribd. For our research we used As we collected data and information, we used googledocs to collaborate and share the information. The final pdf document, contains a wealth of information retrieved from discussions, questions and answers, and definitions. The PDF can be easily downloaded from, printed as a hardcopy, or emailed. JCCS Internet Safety                                                              

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Journal 10 Lessons From the Global South Nets 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Burns, M, Montalvo, M, & Rhodes, R. (2009-2010). Lesson from the global south. Learning and Leading with Technology, 37(6), Retrieved from

In this article the authors bring up very good points on the use of technology in West Africa where they don't have the access or the money to facilitate high tech class rooms. The authors are bringing up several examples of technologies that are being used in several countries. In these class rooms they use Smartphones, iPods, Interactive radio instruction (IRI) and its audio sibling, interactive audio instruction (IAI). Many communities in these countries are too remote to have the right set up for new technology and many can't afford the cost. But this does not hold them back. The authors talk about the fact that there is no need to wait when you can use creativity to make it happen. The fact that they have been able to overcome technological issues just so that they can continue to teach have increased student participation and the drop out rate has decreased significantly. The students find it interesting and exciting to come to class to learn.

I really found this article enlightening. You don't necessarily need to wait for "good things to happen." Make it happen with what you got. I don't necessarily think that it always has to do with technology even though that is the example this time. Use creativity and flexibility to come up with solutions. There are many ways that you can interact and make teaching exciting. I thought about the radio. What a great example. What would happen if we today made our students listen to a show on the radio? Would they be able to sit through it or are they too hyperactive?

Question #1
I wonder if students in developed countries would appreciate more technology in the class rooms and how much more they would be engaged if they did receive it?

I think whether the students will be more inclined to come to class and learn or skip class due to lack of excitement has to do with where you grow up. In our society today, our children/students are so spoiled with technology. Also, everything they do is based on instant gratification. Once you have some new gadget you will run out and buy a new one faster and better. Nothing is good enough. I believe the fact that the "simple" technology they use in West Africa really excites the students because they have never had anything like it before. It is different. They won't be able to find it in their homes. When they go to class it is cool something new. Many of our students have all technology in "the world" at home. How can a school possibly keep up with that.

Question #2
Why are we not adopting the use of Interactive radio instruction (IRI) and its audio sibling, interactive audio instruction (IAI) in our class rooms as a substitution for the latest and greatest technology?

Since many schools in the US also can't afford to have nice new technology, I think it would be a great idea to use these simple technologies that are already in place. It would be different because the students are not used to it. I think it seems to be very creative to use the technology this way and it is very inexpensive. The school does not have to supply computers so the teachers can use Skype to interact. Also, it does not necessarily have to be real time. It is the whole experience. The question would be if our students would have the patience for it.

Journal 9 Playing with Skype Nets 2, 5

Weller, T. (2009-2010). Playing with skype. Learning and Leading with Technology, 37(6), Retrieved from

The article discusses how new technology can be incorporated into the class room to enrich education. The author specifically focuses on how composers' and musicians' can now connect with their audience when using Skype. Skype allows the musician to enter the class room to talk about and explain his/her music with the students without having to be there physically. Skype opens up the communication and lets professionals outside the class room teach and the teacher no longer has to be the sole expert on the subject. Teachers are now able to go to the source and receive expert advise and explanations.

I think Skype opens up many opportunities at many different levels. One thing that I found really usefull with Skype is to have a language class. There are many people that would like to learn a language online that don't have time to go to class, or perhaps the language you would like to learn is not offered in the area you live in. Skype allows you to communicate online to listen and learn from the source.

Question #1
If we have Skype as a resource in the class room, will the teacher be viewed more as a manager of information bringing information to the students in each respective subject?

I do think so. You become the link as the teacher that will make sure the students receive what they need in each subject to fullfill the requirements. I also think that it seems that if we can receive the information from outside sources and from real professionals, then the demands on the teachers would diminish and the students would benefit because they can learn so much more and in depth. I also think it comes down to a more collaborative way of learning which makes it more interesting. You can now find your information all over the globe, there are no limits.

Question #2
Will teachers embrace this new technology when they teach?

I think it depends on the subject. There are many things to consider when using Skype and using outside sources. Even though it is great and we now can reach professionals everywhere at any time, time will be one of the issues. You might be in class at a particular time with your students and your source might be in a different time zone which makes it not possible. I love the idea but I also think it will require a lot of accomodation and flexibility to make it fit into the class room.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Inspiration Nets 1, 2, 3

Using inspiration, I created a graphich organizer to show the work we do in class and how it meets the requirements for the NETS. I used the logo for ISTE for teachers as a starting point. For each standard, I used two different topics to write about. I also choose two different artifacts that would represent those topics.