Jing (Educreation)

I actually really liked using jing.  Way easier than I thought.  I think this would be great to use when I’m sick and need to give students or the sub directions.  I liked that it was limited to 5 minutes.  I also liked how you could add just a photo/screen shot or a video.

Other ways to use jing: Have students record themselves teaching something or presenting on a topic. Students could record themselves solving problems or giving a tutorial.
A picture can be captured and edited via jing. So many great ideas and ways to use jing!


Link  —  Posted: October 3, 2013 in Uncategorized

Integrating Technology


I’ve never done anything like this before and it scared me to death!  I had a really hard time with this assignment!  However, it was good for me and challenged me.  After I completed it I thought that it would be nice to have actual Science lectures saved using this site.  If I was sick, I could easily teach a lesson using Screencastomatic.  In summary, I think I will use this tool in the future and I’m glad I got to practice in this class.

Link  —  Posted: September 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

  1. What are the arguments for and against BYOD programs? Please cite your sources!

    With all this push for technology in schools and the movement into the 21st century learning, schools need to actually provide the technology.  However, this can be an expensive undertaking, so Bring Your Own Device programs can help with this issue. Like all programs, it can have its positives and negatives.  BYOD programs can help save money if implemented properly.  Students can have access all the time.  “There’s never an excuse to be idle, because there’s always information available.” (Should Schools Embrace “Bring Your Own Device”).  In this day and age, most students already have some kind of cutting-edge device, and would be more comfortable using their own.  Students also might take more care in protecting their own personal device as opposed to “school property.” (20 Pros and Cons of Implementing BYOD in schools).  Another benefit to BYOD is that students would have access to all their own work and notes at all times.  Students would be able to finish projects at home, send from home, etc.  If schools didn’t have a one-to-one program but just had ipads or computers available to use, finishing work or having work at home would not be an option.  Students might also be able to have some individual and personal apps and there might be more opportunities for personalized learning where students can excel at their own pace (20 Pros and Cons of implementing BYOD in schools).  Finally, implementing bring your own device (BYOD) programs in school districts may be one way for educators to improve student engagement, to interact with peers, to improve communication and to extend the place and time of learning, not restricting learning to the classroom (BYOD use in the classroom).

    Now for the negatives of BYOD programs.  Equity is an issue to consider. “Forget being teased for clothing choices, now, perhaps it is because the child cannot afford the next-gen iPad, or the phone they have is only an old Nokia (Should Schools Embrace “Bring Your Own Device”).  Districts would need to provide some of the technologies (iPads etc.) for those students who do not have such technologies and promote sharing among students in group work if technologies are not available to all students. Schools would also need to update their wireless infrastructure to accommodate wireless technologies. Teachers would need the right attitude and training to implement BYOD programs in the classroom and adjust their instruction and lessons to promote mobile learning.  (BYOD use in classroom).  Another challenge to a BYOD program is that students might forget to actually BRING their own device or have it charged.  It also makes cheating and cyberbullying much easier along with all the other distractions of having their own apps, games, and texting right there in front of them.


  2. If you were in a position to implement BYOD in your school, would you do so? Why or why not?

    Actually, students can bring their own device to our school.  I don’t think students completely take advantage of it though.  I might have an average of 3-4 students a year that will actually bring an ipad or laptop to school.  I think it is great if students bring their own device.  The main thing they use it for is note-taking and then assignments that have to be typed like a lab report.  Those students never have to mess with getting a computer from the cart, finishing work in class, etc.  I think it is great that they take advantage of that opportunity.  However, for the most part, all of those students that actually have had their own device are some of my top students that are concerned with grades and are just good students in general.  I have one student right now that has an ipad and likes to play his games when he finishes his work (quickly).  So, maybe not always great.  All the other students in the class then get jealous of his game playing or want to crowd around him to watch.  

  3. Provide links to the articles that you used (at least three).

    Vanwelsenaers, Marc.  BYOD Use in Classroom. December 6, 2012.  

    Wainwright, Ashley.  20 Pros and Cons of Implementing BYOD in Schools.  September 21st, 2012.  file:///Users/shs120m-01/Desktop/BYOD3.webarchive

    Chadband, Emma.  Should Schools Embrace “Bring Your Own Device”?  NEA Today.  July 19, 2012.  http://neatoday.org/2012/07/19/should-schools-embrace-bring-your-own-device/

Aside  —  Posted: September 16, 2013 in Uncategorized

Social Networking in Education

Posted: September 9, 2013 in Uncategorized

What is your opinion on using social networking in education?

I think that twitter can have some advantages in education.  Teachers can follow other educators and get some great ideas and feedback.  I think teachers should have a digital presence as an educator just as long as it stays professional.  However, I think that is hard for some people to do.  To keep it “professional.”  I don’t think that Facebook and Twitter for students is as beneficial.  They have been brought up using Facebook as strictly a social tool.  I don’t think that students would be able to keep it professional.  Plus, there is so much risk.  Bullying is much easier and there are so many more legal risks that schools would have to be aware of.  These risks will have to be taken into consideration when forming school policy.  These include sexual solicitation, online bullying, and cheating in the classroom.  Schools face the challenge of implementing effective technology and procedures to combat these problems.  However, with all that being said, I do keep an open mind and as I read more and more articles about social media in the classroom, my opinion sways some.

In the article “Social Media Finds Place in the Classroom,” New Milford High School has nearly 12,300 Twitter followers. The principal and his teachers use Facebook to communicate with students and parents, and students use it to plan events. In class, teachers routinely ask kids to power up their cellphones to respond to classroom polls and quizzes. Rather than ban cellphones, the principal calls them “mobile learning devices.”  I agree that the school sounded like they did a great job of utilizing the technology.  The students seemed connected.  They principal said that working online pushes education beyond the confines of school, allowing kids to broaden discussion of their work.  It forces them to do “authentic” work that gets tested out in the real world, as outside viewers see it and respond to it.  I think one lesson to be learned here is that schools need to be all for it.  Everyone needs to make it a priority and proper use must be taught and guided.  The principal went on to discuss a quote from the book, From Fear to Facebook. “If you keep it out, kids are creating their own cultures in this space with no guidance from adults — and that’s not responsible.”

I think the school from the article has done a nice job of integrating these social medias.  However, I still feel that Facebook would be too tempting and distracting for students.  If I would have to choose one that I would implement, then I would utilize twitter.  Social networking such as twitter can encourage participation and collective contribution. If used correctly there can be “People Power” in the “age of peer production.” Cooperative learning can result in higher academic achievement than individual learning.  This sharing of online peer-to-peer communication is a large part of what excites young people and therefore should contribute to users persistence and motivation to learn.

Toppo, Greg.  Social Media Find Place in the Classroom.  USA Today  http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/education/2011-07-24-schools-social-media_n.htm

Social Networking in Education.  International Journal of Innovation in the Digital Economy, 4(1), 1-15, January-March 2013.  http://eprints.ulster.ac.uk/24968/1/JIDE-SocialNetworkAnalysis.pdf

Reasons to Integrate Technology

Posted: September 6, 2013 in Uncategorized

Part of the responsibility of educators is to prepare students for life and the job market.  This life is changing quickly and technology is everywhere, especially in the job market.  So, as educators, we must meet those needs and we must integrate technology into teaching and learning.  This post will be discussing the reasons for integrating technology, as I have mapped out in my mind map, as well as discussing which reason I feel is the most compelling.

One reason for integrating technology is for communication and feedback.  Technology has made it easy for parents to view students grades, email teachers, and get text notices from the school on upcoming events.  “Communication combined with technology can be called the backbone of social interactions.  Solid, reliable, and consistent networks of communication are essential to the success of any organization.  From an inter-office memo to e-mail or press via the internet, various forms of communication take place every moment of a workday via modern technology.” (Teaching and Learning with Technology).  There are also many ideas that help address the different ways students and teachers can communicate and collaborate.  Wikis, blogs, and podcasts can help with communication among peers, colleagues, and even strangers.  Blogs, for example, are the best way to start incorporating 21st-century tools into your plan for professional learning.  Writing your own blog about instruction can be equally as powerful. Blogging can help teachers/students push their own thinking—and have their thinking pushed by others. They respond to comments and link to other writers, connecting to and creating interesting ideas.  Finally, helpful websites like google docs can make sharing documents a breeze.  Google Docs provides many ways to go paperless through sharing and collaboration.

Another reason to integrate technology is to build valuable skills that students will use in college and in the workplace.  In the textbook “Integrating Technology in a Connected World” it stated that retention is low if students are not able to touch and to perform a skill many times through real-life learning experiences before they can master the skill (pg 20).  Through the use of technology, students can learn important skills of evaluating, creating, collaborating, manipulating data, and critical thinking.  When it comes to jobs in the future, one thing is for certain and that is technology and new career possibilities.  “Technologies like the Internet, cell phones, and personal computers are as common as breakfast cereal, but there was a time when people couldn’t even conceive of them,” says Dennis Guthrie, Ph.D., a researcher for the Dow Chemical Company in Midland, Michigan. “It’s obvious some of the commonplace technologies of tomorrow are either just in their infancy today or not even conceived yet” (Technology that is Changing the Future).  As these technologies develop, career options will also appear—in some cases, entirely new occupations—and jobs that already exist today will be performed in new ways.

Integrating technology can make common tools easily accessible.   How easy is it to email teachers if every student had an ipad?  Ipads can be a calculator, a camera, music, a dictionary or a drawing tool.  This is a “digital generation.”  Today’s students use different technologies to communicate and to access information from multiple resources.  All these accessible tools are on the students devices so that is what they are familiar with.  “Digital students now have a virtual world at their fingertips” (Integrating Technology in a Connected World, pg 15)

Finally, Integrating technology can have a profound impact on motivation and creativity!  I’ve been trying to work with technology more and more and I’ve had a Biology class that went one to one with ipads for a year.  I’ve seen the positives and negatives and I’ve had students describe to me their pros and cons.  Through my experiences, I feel that motivation and creativity is by far the most compelling reason to integrate technology.  For this generation of students to be able to learn effectively and productively in a global society, they must have a different set of skills and have the opportunity to create and generate more original ideas (Integrating Technology in a connected World, pg 17)  This should be exciting for teachers.  As educators we can let students choose fun and different ways of presenting projects and papers.  Making an i-movie, a corkulous board, a website, or an educational game.  Students will be wanting to work on assignments during lunch!  Different modes of teaching can motivate students and help them to invest in their own learning.  I whole heartedly agree that teachers need to be taught how to appropriately integrate the technology but students usually know more than adults.  They have been brought up in this digital society and are able to grasp technology easily.  The youtube video below shows a toddler running the iPad.


So, my point is, that even if teachers aren’t 100% equipped or comfortable with teaching with technology, students are.  Give students a chance with technology, direction, and motivation and they will show us, as educators, just how creative they can be!

Works Cited:

Gary, Shelly, and Glenda Gunter. Integrating Technology in a Connected World. 7th addition. United States: Course Technology, 2012. Print.

Rowh, Mark. “Technology that’s Changing the Future.”College Xpress. n.d. n. page. Web. 6 Sep. 2013. <http://www.collegexpress.com/interests/science-and-engineering/articles/careers-science-engineering/technology-s-changing-future/&gt;.

“Technology as a Communication Tool.” Teaching and Learning with Technology. 18 02 2012: n. page. Web. 6 Sep. 2013. <file:///Users/shs120m-01/Desktop/Teaching and Learning with Technology: ….Technology as a Communication Tool”.webarchive>.

Wilson, Mike. Baby works iPad Perfectly. 2010. Video. YoutubeWeb. 6 Sep 2013. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGMsT4qNA-c&gt;.

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