Thursday, May 13, 2010

Social Bookmarking (Delicious.com): NETS 1, 2, 3 & 5

This assignment required that I research several topics using the website Delicious.com. I was able to locate many websites covering a variety of subjects using Delicious. A couple of the topics I researched include: National Archives (resources for historical events) and Multicultural awareness. See below for further information.

During this assignment I learned to set up a Delicious account and organize websites I want to save into categories called "tags". The information saved on my Delicious account is available to other Delicious users for their own research, so this website promotes collaboration with others. To see examples of the websites I saved on Delicious, click one of the words in the "word block" on my blog to the left of this entry.

1. National Archives: The National Archives Eyewitness website contains a collection of eyewitness accounts of major historical events and the lives of important figures in history. The collection includes letters, pictures and some broadcasts from fifty years ago to hundreds of years ago. As I glanced over the table of contents, which include events such as: "The deadly Virus", a recount of the influenza epidemic that swept the world in 1918 killed an estimated 50 million people. I also looked in depth at a section focused on African American photographer, John H. White, which included writings, and photos of when he worked for the federal government photographing Chicago, especially the city’s African American community. His photographs portray the difficult circumstances faced by many of Chicago’s African American residents in the early 1970s, but they also catch the "spirit, love, zeal, pride, and hopes of the community". In the classroom, this collection would bring history to life for both middle school and high school students. For example, they would be able to see what was going on in Chicago for African Americans during his part of history. I found the website fascinating, and plan to use it in the classroom.
2. National Education Association: For this part of the assignment, I first learned that the following student groups experience achievement gaps: racial and ethnic minorities, English language learners, and students with disabilities and students from low-income families.
Three of the area that I feel will fit in my teaching styles are:

A.) Network with parent, family, minority community, and faith-based organizations concerned with the needs of diverse students. Solicit their involvement and input in the design and implementation of initiatives for culturally, linguistically, racially, and ethnically diverse groups.

I believe the key to a student’s success can be directly associated with their support network, or social support from those in their family, community, and faith-based organizations. To improve the chances of the student success, I would want make sure I am aware of all the needs and issues regarding my students, so that I may teach to ethnically diverse groups.

B.) Ensure that your school has a mission statement that commits to cultural competence as an integral component of all its activities. The cultural competence committee should be involved in developing this statement.

My schools mission statement should be the leading message to drive our approach to cultural diversity in the classroom. It is important for all teachers to be on one accord, and to have a road map to foster diversity, and strive to be an inclusive educator. It is important for a school to have a great mission statement, but they must continue to uphold the standards of the mission.

C.) Engage school staff in discussions and activities that offer an opportunity to explore attitudes, beliefs, and values related to cultural diversity and cultural competence.

I believe change in attitudes, beliefs, and values start within one individual, but have the greatest impact when challenged, and or reshaped with in a group discussion setting. Teachers must continue to engage discussion and activities around cultural diversity and competence in order to be prepared to serve both the students of today and the future.

3. Cyber Bullying

After taking the “Cyber bully test” at www.stopcyberbullying.org, my total score was 12, so I would be classified as cyber sinner. Though I didn’t score high enough to be a bully, I agree that I should change my practices. This test showed me how little things can lead to bigger issues in cyber space. After reading more in-depth of how teachers deal with different cyber bullies, I found out there are four different classifications:
• The Vengeful Angel
• The Power-Hungry or Revenge of the Nerds
• The “Mean Girls”
• The Inadvertent Cyberbully or “Because I Can”

The complete descriptions can be found at http://www.stopcyberbullying.org/educators/howdoyouhandleacyberbully.html, but the one that intrigued me was inadvertent cyberbully, because many casual net users could fall into this category. Inadvertent cyberbullies usually don’t think they are cyberbullies at all. They may be pretending to be tough online, or role playing, or they may be reacting to hateful or provocative messages they have received. I also learned that these types of bullies act more of impulse, rather than thinking about the broader ramifications of what they are sending.

4. Kathy Schrock’s Guide for Educators

One area which interested me on this website, located in the “Subject Access” category, was: History and Social Studies. I choose this area because I think history and social studies can play important roles in developing students’ awareness of issues around cultures, race, and other societal issues across the world. In my perspective, I have found the more you know about history, you can begin to understand, how different events have affected people and society in general. Social studies allow for the various perspectives to be examined, not for correctness or the right experience, but just to show the differences and similarities between us as human beings. In the “teachers helpers” section I looked at the “gadget and podcasting” area. This was interesting because it went along with the idea of bringing technology into the classroom. I can see myself using this website when I am a teacher because it has great resources for any subject that a teacher would want to look into. It has great detailed information specifically for teachers and certain subjects.

5. Multiple Intelligence

My top three intelligences are:

Bodily-Kinesthetic 92%
Interpersonal 88%
Musical 63%

The video choose to watch was on Multiple Intelligence Leave No Child Left Behind on edutopia.org. The video focused on finding ways to get students to learn using their own particular strengths, instead of general curriculum. The teachers used specialized courses called “pods”, where teachers design courses around a subject such as music, and use the course to learn. I learned that many students have different learning styles. Furthermore, it’s a great way for students to understand their strengths, and how to best apply them to their life.

6. Teaching Tolerance Lesson Idea

I chose 3rd -5th grade and gender biases as my lesson plan. In the lesson plan students say out loud, “Give it a rest, no group is best.” I believe that especially at that age too many students feel that boys and girls have so many differences and in physical areas, especially, when in reality at that age they are equally strong and flexible. Having a norm in the classroom that focuses on equality of sexes is important, children focus too much on the differences between boys and girls and that carries on into adulthood. This lesson could also be used in for other biases like; racial or socioeconomic biases.

I chose 9th-12th grade and checking on stereotypes as my lesson plan. In this lesson students :
• Students will identify stereotypes they've experienced or heard
• Students will discuss how these stereotypes are not always true
• Students will identify specific ways to break down stereotypes

A key component in the development of culturally responsive conflict resolutions models is developing tools to identify and break down stereotyping. Stereotypes can be broken. When we bring people together to open up and honestly share who they are, stereotypes begin to shatter. We discover that other people are not the mental picture created by our stereotype. I would be able to use this lesson in class to help students understand stereo types.

7. In the Multicultural and Equity Awareness website I found that question three and question ten to be interesting. Question three was about the treatment of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender groups in health care, I was shocked that 52% of physicians have witness unequal treatment by their colleagues to these groups. When one is a physician I feel it is their duty to give everyone equal treatment regardless of their sexual orientation. As a teacher I hope to promote tolerance of all cultures in my classroom. The second question that interested me was question ten, it was about the differences between legal amounts of powder cocaine (mostly used by the wealthy) and crack cocaine (mostly used by the lower class). The fact that there is such a difference in the legal possession amounts it astounding. It shows a huge bias in the socioeconomic class. This quiz was very interesting to me because I feel that I learned a lot about many different types of biases.

8. Netiquiette quiz

I got 100% on the Netiquiette quiz. It is important to teach student netiquiette because this is the age of technology and students are going to be on the internet for large portions of time and being rude online is just as bad as being rude in person. Teaching students how to properly use the Internet and to be polite online, and not offend other people. ;)

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Excel Worksheet: Nets 1 & 2

This crossword puzzle was created in Excel. In creating the crossword, I learned basic functions of Excel, such as formatting row height and width, changing font sizes and colors, adding borders, as well as adding hidden "clues" for each word. This would be useful in a middle school classroom as a creative way to practice spelling and comprehension, and or to use as ice breaker for name game.

Copyright/Internet Safety: NETS 4 & 5

JCCS Internet Safety

Journal #9 Playing with Skype - NETS 5

Weller, T. (2010). Playing with skype. L & L, 37(6), Retrieved from http://www.iste.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=March_April_No_6_1&Template=/MembersOnly.cfm&NavMenuID=4516&ContentID=25508&DirectListComboInd=

This article discussed the many benefits of using Skype to enrich students’ educational experiences. Skype is a software application that allows users to make voice, instant messaging, file transfers, and or video calls over the Internet, for free. This technology was used to allow a group of music students’ to speak with real musicians and to learn tips and skills from them. This type of learning has proven very valuable and cost effective because it takes the burden off the teacher to know everything. In many cases they can reach outside the classes for experts of fields.

What benefits could teachers get from using a technology such as Skype?

There are many benefits to using this technology, but most notably it gets the students access to professionals, and or informed persons depending on the subject and content. Just as T. Weller did with his music class in the article, it makes room for more experts. The other great thing is that schools would save a lot of money by not having to provide money to have the person to come to the class physically.

Would all “experts” be willing to join in class using Skype?

I think many educational experts would most defiantly take the opportunity to use their skills and talents to help the students in classes through Skype, but I think that we would find there would be a high number of them they would be more selective, or could even charge a small fee. In the later case, it would limit the access for teachers and students depending on the schools budget.

Journal #8: Navigate the Digital Rapids - NETS 5

Navigating the Digital Rapids
Lindsay , J, & Davis, V. (2010). Navigate the digital rapids. L & L, 37(6), Retrieved from http://www.iste.org/Content/NavigationMenu/Publications/LL/LLIssues/Volume3720092010/MarchAprilNo6/Navigate_the_Digital_Rapids.htm

This article discussed the complexities of teaching in the digital age. Teachers are faced with the challenge of developing learning environments that are more customized for the ever evolving digital students. This approach involves students in student-centered, globally connected projects, each student's learning experience becomes markedly different, and each classroom becomes as unique as the students and teachers who learn there.

The article also talked about the importance for students to learn how to navigate educational networks. Students needed to have clear guidelines for appropriateness, and ethics of how to conduct themselves on these educational networks, as opposed to social networks such as Facebook. One of the key suggestions for teachers to do this was to make sure the teachers had a plan. The teachers have to lead by example, and help students to not make mistakes by crossing the line. Furthermore, the article talked about the importance for teachers to overcome fear of technology, how to deal with objections, straying off topics, and how to put the learning in student’s hands. The goal for teachers using educational networking would be to prepare their students for the digital age in college.

Furthermore,author strongly believes that teachers should join networks that are focused on technology tools for the classroom like web.20, wiki among others to learn to understand the quality of the material. The authors also believe that “Flat Classroom Projects” a website that is an educational networks for both student and teachers can give the opportunity for both groups to share their experiences when it comes to technology.

At what age should students star using educational networking?

It should start when students begin to use technology more frequently. In many cases this day in age it could mean as young as four in the United States. It’s critical that students learn these computer skills, in order to make it less challenging in the future.

Could students find success in college with only basic, uniform, computer skills in high school?

No, student of tomorrow couldn’t make it with basic skills because the world and internet is rapidly changing. Those students who fail to gain the skills to adjust to the different components to technology will finds themselves drastically behind their peers in college.