Friday, August 8, 2008

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Journal 5

Connecting Depth and Balance in Class
Kuhn, Matthew S. (2008). Connecting depth and balance in class. Learning & Leading, 36, Retrieved August 6, 2008, from

This article Connecting Depth and Balance in class Kuhn talks about how technology in education has evolved and improve over the last few years. Technology now makes learning more fun, creative and interactive. These new tools of technology helps adapt to many different learners and helps them be more creative and helps them think in a more critical way. Tools such as blogging and social networking teaches students how to collaborate and interact with their fellow classmates
1.What are other tools of technology is available today in schools? Other things like having a wiki colloboration websites are used so students can work together and see what other students think about certain subjects of important matter.
2.Why are some teachers so afraid to incorporate technology in their classrooms? I believe the lack of training and knowledge in technology is the main reason why the older teachers are afraid to use these new tools although they are very effective. I think schools need to take responsibility in training and educating older teachers about these new and effective tools for teaching.

Journal 6

Soule, Helen (August 2008). Transforming School Communities: Creating Dialogue Using Web 2.0 Tools. Learning & Leading With Technology, 36(1), 12-15.

The article is about communication systems that need to be made for students, parents, schools and their communities. This is system that can be used according to Helen Soule is the Web 2.0 tool. All educators, staff and teachers must be proficient in the use of this tool and should be able to teach others how to use it as well. This tool should be used to communicate messages to their audience in a clear and concise way. The presentation should be easy enough for anybody to understand and should be audience specific towards the students, the community and or the teachers. Some of the tools that can be used on Web 2.0 can be blogs, webinars, podcasts and social networking. I believe by using this type of technology it would be more effective for parents to check their emails or blogs rather than to count on the student to deliver the message.

1. Why should more schools incorporate this new way of technology to communicate with the community and parents?
According to the article, we live in a very busy and hectic society these days and parents and the general public spend more time in front of a computer now then ever before so the chance of them running into an email or blog online is greater than if they waited to get a letter from their students.

2.How do parents and the community learn about these web 2.0 tools? Schools should encourage parents to attend meetings with the school to inform them of these tools. Even maybe giving a tutorial on these tools on campus of a school.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Journal 3 Summer Leadership Institute

"Restructuring for caring and effective education: The possible futures of education”

Richard A. Villa (President, Bayridge Consortium Inc., San Diego)

This was a very interesting speech for future educators. The speaker Richard A. Villa was full of energy and excitement. He kept his audience engaged and interested on what he had to say. The main thesis of his speech was where is the future of education going? He made sure that the point that he wanted to make across to us was that we must strive for both equality and excellence or "equalence". By combining generosity, belonging, mastery and independence you create the circle of courage. By continuing this legacy of the circle of courage we can achieve "equalence" He then asked for volunteers to take part in a game of musical chairs. He made the point that in a regular game of musical chairs someone is always left out. He had other different games to include everyone and no one was left out. He concluded that by not letting anybody get left out everyone was happy but it would get boring after a while.

How does the musical chair relate to education? Students who have a learning disability are left out of the mainstream class. But if they were all inclusive it can build equalence.

So whose school is it anyways? I believe that we all get so caught up on what requirements we need to fulfill our goals but what we seem to forget is the children are the ones who are in school, so it is important to also listen to what are kids are telling us.

Journal 4 - Google Earth

Cross-curricular uses of Google Earth

The technology that I chose is Google Earth, this is a pretty new technology that not all educators use in their curriculum. Google Earth is basically an application that is used on the computer to look at satellite pictures of the world. You can travel from Paris, France to Tokyo, Japan in a matter of seconds. What I did not know is that Google Earth is now being used as a tool for educational purposes. Obviously, you can use it for a geography lesson and viewing different parts of the world. But the main focus of this discussion was how to use it in other subjects like math and science. The first discussion talked about how students can plot historic typhoons that struck islands. They used this typhoon data for the plotting and then added a path and image. The students enjoyed this assignment but did not realize that they were using math. They were creating a geographic representation of an historic event –a geographic line graph. They were using data, representing values in a variety of ways, measuring, predicting adding meaning to numbers. Others came up with different ideas on how to use Google Earth for educational purposes. Students can run different numbers on population over a given time and generate a hypothesis for what it might look like in 10-30 years. This would be a great social studies lesson. As far as geography students can also study the longitude and latitude of specific parts of the world.

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