Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Future Technology

I am beginning to feel like I am saying the same thing on all these articles. I cannot perceive how technology will change. DVD's are about to be out done and I don't even have a DVD player. Why should I, I am not home enough to watch t.v. I don't even have satellite. I used to and I felt like I was wasting my money. Why should I buy high-tech equipment if I am not going to use them? As far as the toilet goes, I really don't see myself buying one of those either. I just don't see the point. It does amazing things, but if I am going to spend $5,000 dollars on it then it better cook and clean.

Rules for Technology

20 years ago the idea of a remote would have been wonderful technology. The idea of satellite t.v. would have been unconceivable. Now we complain that there nothing on t.v. when we have over 100 channels to watch. What is wrong with us. What is good technology today will not be good technology 10 years from now. If cars are not good technology, then how are we supposed to get to work. We can talk to anyone around the country. We can find out world news in seconds. What do we have to complain about? Don't get me wrong, I am glad that technology as evolved the way it has. I am sure 10 years from now I will love the way it continues to evolve. It just drives me crazy the way people complain every time something is not done for them. I am really surprised that the article said that paper books are good. Personally, sometimes I like to sit down to a good book.

I do like technology and I use it often. Who doesn't? I agree that I like things to be simple and readily available. Give me one example of something that doesn't need parts? I have never seen a radio that did not have parts. I don't know that I agree with that part of the article. In some way everything has parts or it wouldn't be able to be put together. The bottom line for me is this: Technology is not dependable. Ever. We need to take it, use it, and change with it, but not depend on it.

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Monday, June 14, 2004

Mobile Devices

I don't know that I completely agree with the statement, "Students with mobile devices are slowly redefining some fundamental campus rules." It is found in the article, Teaching in the Wireless Cloud. I agree that students use more technology than some of the teachers. However, it is up to the teachers to monitor what the students are doing. If the teacher can not control the situation, then it is up to that teacher to find a new way of doing things. Yes, it would be frustrating, but that's teaching. Technology is changing fast. Teachers have to change with it. Students are going to get by with whatever they can, especially if they are only in the class because they have to be. Maybe, students are redefining rules, but if they are it is only because the teacher allows it. In some ways it might be good, technology is going to be at the heart of everything. They need to know how to use it.

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Facial Recognition in Schools

WOW! I cannot believe why anyone would complain about this. As a parent or a teacher I would feel so much safer. I would not have to worry about who is at the school. And just think about all the missing children that could be found.

I really don't think that the pilot program will be very beneficial. Ex-cons or kidnappers are not going to go into a school where they know they will get caught. However, if they do not know the cameras are there then they might accidentally go into the school. Also, if all the schools have them then they wouldn't have a choice. I can see the looks on parents faces when a cop calls them to say they found their missing child. I agree that it would be worth the money to save even one child.

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Library Wi-Fi

I have never owned a lap-top, so I really don't know how they work. I know many hotels have internet connections so that businessmen can hook up their lap-tops. I also know that as I walk around different college campuses, I see people using their lap-tops without wires. I didn't know that that wasn't normal. I guess it is normal for those who know about it.

My question is, "where can I not go and use a lap-top?" If I were to buy one I would want the luxury to use it wherever I am. If I can't do that, then why not buy a regular computer or a palm? I am not completely sold on lap-tops, but I do think that it is neat to be able to work wherever a person feels like working.

I never really thought about using the internet to reserve books in the library. In the article, Pretty as a Picture, they did just that. However, I think the reason that I never really thought about it is because it seems so obvious. I enroll in classes, check my schedule, communicate with teachers and peers, and check my financial status over the internet. Why couldn't I reserve a book over the internet? I think that people will open up more over the internet then in person. That librarian and the patron discussed likes and dislikes without any problem. If that patron would have went into the library, they might not have talked at all.

Walking Paper Article

Printer Ink

I have always known that ink is expensive. I also know, as do the corporations that sell it, that when I need ink, I need ink. It doesn't matter how much it cost, when a person has to use their printer they have to pay the high price. Its a compatibles world out their and this article, Liquid Gold, makes it sound like the big companies were getting scared of the little guys. I would use off-brand ink if it were cheaper. I buy what I can afford. What worries me is the thought of the prices if we do get low on ink. Can that happen? I can't help but think of gas prices and how they have sky-rocketed.

I also aggravates me to learn about that chip. If I buy a cartridge of ink, then I want to use the entire thing. I do not buy into the idea that, "To stay in good condition, the print heads must be kept filled with ink," and to do that they can't let you use all the ink. Why can't they just give some kind of warning that will tell the person that the ink is getting low? Then it would be up to the user to make sure they have enough ink and whether or not to stop or let it run out.

Technology Integration in Schools

The Beacon School District has the right idea! The way they use the interactive portal is an exceptional use of technology. It allows the entire community to work together. I really think that in 10 years or so most schools will be going toward this example. The use of the internet is so wide-spread. For many people, the internet is their number one means of communication.

As a parent I would love the interactive portal. For starters, it would give me an open communication to talk to my son's teachers at my convenience. I also like the idea that I can make sure he is going to class and that he is on time. If my son had to miss a day of school I could easily make sure he made up his assignments.

As a teacher it would be hard to find the time to set everything up. However, I would find the time. Once everything is up and running, then my life would be so much easier. The students would not have any excuse to not do their work. Even if they were absent they still have the assignments. My ability to communicate with parents would be more open. I have such a hard time talking to some of the parents. Some seem as though they do not have the time to come to school or answer the phone. However, with e-mail, I can e-mail them at my convenience and they can e-mail me back at their convenience.

Overall, the interactive portal is wonderful. It would take a lot of work. But with the community helping out, it could be fun. I cannot find any cons to this project. What I do find is an open communication with parents that was created by the students with the community and school facilitating.

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Thursday, June 10, 2004

Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology is any kind of technology that aids in learning for disabled children. It enables kids with disabilities to be more involved in a regular classroom setting. One example of a teacher implementing Assistive Technology is given in, James Story,this child needed something to help him concentrate. His teacher finally figured out that he can concentrate on the computer. Assistive Technology goes even further than that. In the article, Small-Group Activities, a student had a device for the computer that recognizes her voice and types for her. Another student used a chin switch to enter commands to the computer. Deaf students can use a device call the Teletype. It also allows them to use the computer.

The use of Assistive Technology is wonderful. Some kids with disabilities cannot write with a pencil in order to write essays. However, many of them can type on the computer. The students who cannot type can get the device that will type what they tell it to. Reading can also be incorporated. Students can read the story on the computer and not have to hold a book or flip a page. The computer can also read the story to them if they are blind or just cannot read. For students who have a language or speech disability there are several devices. They include: communication boards, speech synthesizers, text-to-speech software and hardware, head wands, light pointers, mouth sticks, signal systems, telephony equipment, and many more.

There are several online resources to find out more information. Here is a few sites that I found useful. If these do not appeal to you than try searching www.google.com.




School Technology Use

It doesn't make any sense to me that the US is tied for first in computer student ratio, but we fall behind in the percent of internet usage. There shouldn't be any reason for that. What is the point of having the computers if we are not going to use them? Maybe this is where the drill and practice issue comes into play. Teachers and school districts need to make the most uses out of the resources given to them. The internet is the most valuable resource a teacher or student can have. The longer I am in the class the more I realize how much of a dis-service it is to not use technology. Not using it will cause the students to be less prepared in the real world.

Computation Tribes

I was really blown away from the article,Mobicomp 2014: Roaming Computation Tribes?. It went completely over my head. As we discussed it in class I sort of came to an understanding. This article is talking about how things will be 10 years from now. I cannot perceive how things will be. I keep thinking about all the people who do not use computers. My husband is 27 years old and he knows what the internet is and has used it (very little). Everytime he needs to type something he as me do it for him. I guess that is a mistake on my part. My point is this. Technology has changed dramatically over the past ten years. I am confident that it will continue to change dramatically in the next ten years. However, I don't think that everyone will be up-to-date on technology.

Digital Film

Digital Film versus regular cameras. There is so much more that digital film can do for us as educators. I feel I need to think at a higher grade level than 2nd grade. Then I think back to the fact that I need to get over being scared and let them use the technology. Several teachers use still cameras to take pictures. They then have to send off the film, cut the pictures to the size they need and then do whatever it is they are doing. It takes a least a week to finish the project because they have to wait for the film to be developed. Digital cameras are easier, faster, and less expensive. The teachers don't have to worry about whether or not the pictures will turn out, because they can view them immediately. If they don't like it, they can erase it. Once they have their pictures, they can get on the computer and use several different programs to load the pictures. Then they can change the size, lighting, contrast, red eye, and almost any other thing they want. They can paste the picture they took onto another picture and print it. Boom! The project is done in one day and they didn't have to pay anyone to develop film. I think even 2nd graders would be responsible enough to take pictures under supervision. The question is, "Would the principle agree with me?"
I guess if I did it in my classroom and the camera didn't get broke it wouldn't really matter. Although this is a really good tool for teachers, I don't think teachers will take advantage of it. If teachers are scared of using their computers, then there is no way they will use digital cameras.

Wednesday, June 09, 2004

Help With the Keyboard

I have such a hard time not take control of the keyboard when someone is having trouble. It is easier for me to say, "Go play around on it and figure it out". That's the way I learned, and I have a hard time understanding why people are afraid to do that. As a am saying this, I am thinking to myself how much I don't know about computers and how much help I still need.

I realize from the article, "How to help someone use a computer", that I need to be a lot more patient. That the learner needs to know they have support, but that I am not going to take over for them. I need to let them do more explaining and me do more listening. At least when we begin. What I am trying to say is that I need to let them explain what they want to do and then tell them how to do it. Not show them, but guide them along the computer. I also have a tendency to just say yes or no. I need to explain to them why something works or doesn't work.

Overall, this article really opened my eyes about helping others. I don't think that I was being much of a help in the past. Now I know how to help.

Computerized Test Scoring

I'm not really sold on the idea of a computer grading essays. As a teacher, it would make my life a lot easier. However, I would want to re-grade them to make sure they were accurate. During my undergraduate classes, the teachers would use the scan-tron to grade our multiple choice test. It was quick and easy. We saw our grades right after we took our test. However, each and every time there was at least one person who's test was graded wrong. That was on multiple choice.

How can we expect a computer to grade the content of an essay. It cannot feel what the writer is trying to express. Another problem that I have with it is in the grammatically area. When I am in any program I often use spell check. Every time I do I have 2 or 3 words that are spelled correctly, but the spell check picks those words up. Would that happen to my students? I believe it would, and I don't think it is fair to them.

Another issue that was brought up in the article "Indiana Essays Being Graded by Computers", by Sol Hurwitz, was the availability of computers. The school districts will have to make sure they have enough computers. In the meantime, the students who are not taking the test may have to go weeks without using the computers. Adjustments would defiantly have to be made for this.

The last think that really concerns me is something that seems to happen to me a lot. A get finished with a project and then the computer freezes up. That or it just loses what I just wrote. That's the wonderful life of computers. They are a wonderful tool as long as they are running in working order.

Tuesday, June 08, 2004

Berg Video

I seem to have a lot of mixed feelings today. I seem to be in a minority on this one, but I think things have been blown way out of proportion. No, I don't think it was the smartest decision in the world. However, it is current events and I do feel as though high school students are old enough to view it. They watch movies that are just as bad. I realize that one is fact and the other is fiction, but I don't think that a lot of teenagers view it like that. I think they are so used to seeing things like this that it doesn't faze them as much as it would us. At the same time, I really don't know. I haven't watched it, nor do I want to. Mainly, I feel it is disrespectful to him and his family to watch it.

My final summary is this. No the teachers should not have shown it. If the students did it on their own, then it's not the teachers fault. If it was my child that told me he watched it, I would not cause an uproar. I would talk to my child about it and try to explain it. Then talk to him about respect. I really feel as though this is getting more attention then incidents where teachers are involved with their students. I think this should have stayed within the school districts.

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Virtual Field Trips

Virtual field trips would be wonderful to have the class. We are allowed to go on one field trip a year. There are times that people come into the school, but technically we are only allowed one. Virtual field trips could take my students to so many more places then I ever dreamed. It would aid in students learning by motivating the students to learn. I just do not have anything bad to say about virtual field trips. However, I do believe that it is still good for the students to be able to physically get up and go on a field trip

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Monday, June 07, 2004

Learning Objectives for Blooms Taxonomy

First Level- Knowledge

1. The students will be able to describe what the Pony Express was and when it occurred.
2. The students will be able to tell how the Pony Express helped the people in those
3. The students will be able to use a keyboard and mouse while at the computer.
4. The students will be able to work together in groups in a positive manner.
5. The students will be able to practice responsible use of technology

2nd Level- Comprehension

1. The students will be able to compare and contrast the "Pony Express"
to "today's" way of getting mail.
2. The students will be able to summarize the events of a Pony Express rider.

3rd Level- application

1. The students will be able to demonstrate by making a chart of one route the Pony
Express took.
2 The students will be able to apply what they have learned about the Pony express
to make a model of a Pony Express Route.
3. The students will take what they have learned and create a "Wanted Poster: for the
Pony Express Riders.
4th Level- Analysis

1. The students will be able to make a connection between the how the pioneers felt
about receiving mail and how they feel about receiving mail.
2. The students will be able to explain how the mail system has evolved from Pony
Express times to today.

5th Level- Synthesis

1. The students will be able to take what they have learned from this lesson and
predict what the mail system will be like 50 years from now.
2. The students will prepare questions for the other students in the class about the
Pony Express based on what they have learned in previous lessons.

6th Level- Evaluation

1. The students will be able to summarize the Pony Express by including what they have
learned since the beginning of the lesson into a 3-point paragraph.
2. The students will be able to recommend to a peer where or not they should become a
Pony Express Rider using at least 5 things they learned during this study.

Please let me know if I am on the right track, if I need to forget rule #1 and panic, or if I am somewhere in the middle.

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Bringing PC's to Work

I have mixed feelings about this subject. There are pros and cons to every situation, and this one definently has some. This will also vary for the job situation. As an educator, I feel as though it may be beneficial, but I would not use it all day. Not in the second grade. There are many other hands on activities that need to occur; more personal interaction.

Several people already feel as though they cannot live without their PC's. They use them at work, home, and during free time. It is their way to the world. Their jobs are dependent on them. At this point, I wonder what they do when they get a virus or it crashes? Are they completely lost? I would think so. I am lost without my watch or my phone. I think more and more companies will be leaning more and more toward PC's at the workplace. I also think more schools might. However, there are a lot of legal issues that would evolve.

I really feel as though it should be up to the school districts to provide the technology that the staff and students need. Do I need my own PC's to do my job? NO! Even if I had something personal on my on PC that was not on the school network, I don't need to be working on it at school. That is the time I need to focus on my students, not my other interest. The students do not need to be able to go anywhere on the internet. There are too many things that the students need to be blocked out of. There are many times a person types something completely innocent and ends up with a not so innocent page. If they had their own PC's, then it would be much harder for the teachers to control this.

I think that the question is, "How would PC's affect the school?". If they were allowed then I think the school would already be technology based. All the students would be computer literate and the teachers would be their technology person when something goes wrong. This is of course at my grade level. However in high school and college, the students are able to take more responsibility for their actions. They know more about computers and how to use them. There may be more email communication between students and their peers, then verbal communication. For some this might be a good thing. For others it will not be. I think the IT jobs will still be there. Technology advances quicker than most people can keep up. I may be skilled in one area, but not in another.

It is hard to say how I think it will be because their are so many what if's. I really can't say I agree with it. Many people do not have the money to buy their own PC. I live in a very poor area. Most of my students cannot afford lunch, much less a computer. I would have to say that if the school districts required it of us, they would have to buy everyone their own PC. Then again, in ten years I may have to show my 2nd graders what pencil and paper like.

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Future of Education #2

Technology has changed so much in the last few years and it will continue to change. We as educators will also need to grow and change with the technology. I feel as though the school districts will be ready before the teachers are. On the same level, the students are already ready for the technology world.

Several teachers are still scared of technology. I believe this is because they lack the experience and skill necessary to teach the students. Most students are more computer literate than their teachers, even in the primary grade levels. Another reason I feel teachers will have a hard time with it is time in itself. I have heard several comments on how they don't have time to teach everything they need to, how can they incorporate something new into their schedule. What they are not understanding is that this isn't something new. Computers can and will aid in what the students are learning. Computers give the students opportunities they never had before.

I made the comment that school districts will be ready before the teachers. By this I mean that the districts will provide the technology before the teachers are willing to use it. One thing the school districts will have to do is provide teachers with the skills and experiences necessary to make the teachers feel comfortable using the computers. I have been in several schools in which there are several types of technology available. However, only a few teachers take advantage of the opportunity.

What does this all mean? It means that school districts and all the are involved will have to jump on the bandwagon. School districts will have to encourage the teachers and provide opportunities for the teachers to use the equipment. They are going to have to stop being scared and move on with the future.

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Friday, June 04, 2004

Technology Standards

Isn't technology wonderful? School standards evolve for every subject including math, english, reading, social studies, and many more. Now we have standards for technology. Not only are there student standards, but there are standards for teachers and administrators. The teachers make sure the students are meeting there standards. The administrators evaluate the teachers. IT is the administrators job, not only to make sure teachers meet their standards, but that they have an environment in which those standards can be meet. Do I believe these standards are being met in all the school districts. Sadly enough, no. Many teachers are still scared of technology and have not had the experience they need in order to teach it.

As stated on the The National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) website, the standards for students are broken down into 6 categories. It begins at "Basic operations and concepts" and ends at "Technology problem-solving and decision-making tools". These standards are for k-12 grades. It is the responsibility of the teacher to make them developmentally appropriate. As a summary of what students are expected to do, the students will be able to demonstrate that they know how to turn on/off the computers, use the mouse and keypad, and other basic computer knowlede. They then go to demonstrating ethnically use of the computer and using it for lifelong learning. After that the students should be able to produce their own creative works and collaborate with others. The last two skills are to use the computer to do research and to solve problems.

As stated before, teachers also have standards they have to meet. I think the state has them for teachers so that they can hold teachers accountable for teaching technology. This is a good thing. Teachers need to be held accountable, to a certain extent, for teaching their students. I am going to give what I feel are high-points for teacher standards. Like students, teachers are expected to have a basic knowledge of computers and continue to become more knowledgeable about them. It is the teachers job to take their knowledge and incorporate it to a developmentally appropriate lesson. It is also the teachers job to locate sites that are suitable for their students and create an environment in which the students can learn. The teachers are to evaluate the students and assess them using technology. This can include spreadsheets, databases, graphs, etc. The teachers also need to communicate with parents via the computer. I really wish I did more than that. It would save so many copies of paper if I could email my notes that I send home weekly. Also, I had at least 2 parents that were constantly on the internet. I could have instant messaged them instead of calling them on the phone. The last thing the teachers must do provide a fair and calm envenoming in which all learners can learn no matter what kind of backward or handicaps.

Administrator standards are new to me. I realized they had to make sure there schools met standards. I never thought about them haven's their own standards. It is the administrators job to make sure the teachers have a background in which they can teach. As well as making sure that the school system has a technology plan in place and facility that plan. They are to model to the teachers how to use the computers for data and as an educational tool. The admonition use the computer to communicate with parents, other staff members, and people on the national and state level. The also evaluate the plan to make sure it is being used correctly.

I feel like this a system of checks and balances. Everyone making sure everyone else is doing their job. Although, it should already be like this, it isn't always the case. Many teachers are like students. They will get away with doing as little as possible and we should be help accountable for what we are doing. The state Departments Technology Standards are something that should be easily met. That is if the students, teachers, and administrators do their job.

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