Thursday, July 19, 2007

19 July

Today, we created head letter in Words. I am happy that I learned the easiest way to draw lines and make a table adding colors for background and fonts.
We also talked about assistive technology. I have a cousin who needs special aids. He came to the America this January to get better education from Korea. I just can't wait to tell him useful Web Sites that we talked during the class.

It is unofficially last day of the class. I've enjoyed working with all of you and learned a lot. I hope all my learning from this emerging technology class make my class more helpful and useful for my students.
Thanks Anne, Vincent, Nancy, Michelle, Jody, Angelo, Nicole, Rachel, Alana and Janet to share your ideas and experience.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

18 July

Today, I read other's ASSURE lesson plan. It was a first time for me to creat ASSURE lesson plan following certain format. I think everybody did great job.
We also had some time to create Inspiration program. I've never used this one, but it is a great tool to be used as a graphic organizer in the classroom.

When it comes to how technology is developed compared to past, my friend's story reminded me. I am not cyberbulling her, but her story was so shocking to me that I want to share it.
She had her boyfriend in Korea and also in U.S.A. Her American boyfriend put some vidoe clips on his blog or somewhere online(I am not quite sure) when they went to Long Island beach. While her Korean boyfriend was looking at the Long Island beach pictures on line for his homework in Korea, he could see the video clips of her and her American boyfriend. After that, you know, her two-timing life was over.

Like my friend's case, E-thungs, or cyberbulling is all greek to me. There are too many things going on there, but it's difficult for me to hard to catch up with. Technology is going to be a huge part of our lives. That's why I am taking this class and I'm trying little by little.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

About Digital Story Telling

This is the blog that my classmates and teacher in the Digital Story Telling class used. I think you can get some information about Digital Stories.

Bonnie is the teacher in the class. If you have any questions about DS, you can visit her blog. She will answer you. I hope it is helpful for you guys.

17 July

It's Constitution Day in Korea. My family and friends are probably taking a break today.

Two presenter Anne and Angelo presented about blog. Now I am more familiar to blog. I didn't know that there are many different types of blogs such as artlog, photonlog, vlog or mp3 blog. I also liked Angelo's history task which I want to give it a try in my class.
Thanks to Nicole, I got to know about the amazing device SENTEO. I really like use it in my classroom.
I also checked free upload services online for podcasting as Alana told this information. They are awesome. I just can't wait to create my own podcast.

I think all we did great job. Now I feel like I know something about technology. ^^

Monday, July 16, 2007

16 July

Those newpaper news brought in the classroom made my eyes open. Scientist created child-like robot in Japan so that they can study how the child learns a language, recognizes objects and learns to communicate with his father and mother.
And here's another. Camera keeps online students honest. It blocks down a computer whil the test is being taken, preventing students from searching files or the Internet.
Also, farmer's blog is interesting. It tells the daily workings of the farm and informs cutomers what will be at the farmers market that week. Aren't they so aweome? Living in a technology world is amazing. Of course, it has disadvantage, though. Who know some of us can create stunning technology in the future?

Then, we had presentations in Lecture Center. I had no idea what I was talking during presentation. But, it was great to share you. Thank you for listening my nonsense presentation.

Friday, July 13, 2007

13 July

Today, we talked about Podcasting. I've never heard that term. I think it is a great program for students in that they can listen to a lecture anytime and anywhere. I also can use it in a classroom instead of students' handing out papers, they can hand their own created podcasting.

Thanks God, it's Friday. This week, I have a class from 8 to 11 30 and I work from 12 00 to 4 00. Then, I do my homework until I get it done. Can I take a break this weekend? No way. I need to prepare presentation, drinking beer!!!!

Thursday, July 12, 2007

12 July

Today, we shared our WebQuests that we worked on yesterday. Actually, I was having fun creating this. Imagining how this culture fair can work in the classroom and how enjoyable students are made me smile. During sharing each other's WebQuests, it seemed that everybody did good job. This activity gave me some idea how I can use WebQuests in the classroom in a different ways. Also, we created our own WebSites. Unfortunately, because of the technology problem ^^, I couldn't save it. But, now I know how to create Websites myself. I just can't wait to create another website when I go home.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

11 July

Today we talked about several things related to technology in the classroom. First, teachers can't put students' pictures on the Internet without their and their parent's permission, which I haven't done that way so far. Peraonally, I need to be careful when I update studnets' pictures.
We also talked about visual classess or online class. Some states are having visual classess because students spend a lot of time on the road to come to school. I'm also taking TOFEL online class from Korea. I think online classess are good for students who lived far away and can't have proper and good quality education.
We also spent some time to figure out how to use Powerpoint. When I was a college student, I used it a lot. However, since I graduated a long time ago, I forgot most of the function. I guess I need some time to bring my memory.
Now, it's time for another challenge, creating webquest.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

July 10

It was the second day of the class. We discussed the articles from a 2020 Vision, talking about the advantages and disadvantages of usages technology in the classroom. By using technology in the classroom, if a student is absent, he/she can catch up with classess easily and a teacher can observe students learning progress easily. However, there are some disadvantages that studnets are not able to have computer at home. In that case, a teacher can give enough time to students to finish the homework so they they can go to a library or computer lab in school.
We also created furl account so that we can share interesting articles with other people. I searched five articles during the class that I wanted to share with my classamates and added comment about each article.
I also saw how smartboard works well in the classroom. By using a smartboard, a teacher can monitor what other students are doing.

Monday, July 9, 2007

Review of the article "A day in the life of a young learner"

While reading, I was doubtful these days could come in the future. I think this will be the exact scene that students will do in the classroom sooner. Students in the article did learn themselves. They decided their lesson plan, homework, and discussion through technologies in the classroom. The teacher in the article just instructed directions what the students did. For example, the teacher stopped by to observe students' discussion and suggest a better idea for students.
Also, the students can go on their project easily when they are at home since school's library information system is connected and widely available wireless network. Next morning, the students in the group gather together and share the information each other that they have found the previous night.
There are several interests that I like in this article. First of all, through online language learning system, students can improve 2nd language. As an English teacher, I was interested in this part. Malia in the article practiced her Chinese by using a handheld digital devices serving as Chinese-English dictionaries for looking up words and phrases in text and audio. Through this online system, she is also able to converse with students in other countries and engage in mutual language tutoring. Therefore, a student in Shanghai appears on screen, speaking in English while Malia practices her Chinese as they help each other with vocabulary and pronunciation.
The other thing is assistive technology for students who needs special needs in the classroom. I'd like to teach English to disabled students in Korea. Compared to America, technology for them is farther behind in Korea. Many students are not able to participate fully in activities with sighted students. I am certain that disabled students need more technology than any other students in the class. Last, students need not visit every single place to learn for their history or science class. The students didn't have to go to the Hawaii Volcanoes. The Global Learning Network had led them to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park website and they could witnessed several hours of video footage of volcanic eruptions, observed volcanologists at work tracking and measuring lava flows, and watched interviews with them. Students can get as much information as they need through technology in the classroom. By doing so, they can save time and meet a variety of the world just sitting in a classroom.
Not All children learn the same way of have the same needs for successful learning experiences. I think technology and career and technical education teachers should have the skills, knowledge, and tools in order to offer successful learning experiences for children with wide ranges of abilities beyond that may be expected of traditional teachers. By recognizing these needs and using assistive technologies, students can create new horizons opportunities in career and technical education classes.

First class, July 9

This is my second technology class in this summer. I took the Digital Story Telling class with Bonnie. I had a hard time making three pieces of digital story, but I learned and enjoyed it a lot. I also created a blog in that class. We visited each other's blogs, shared our stories, and wrote comments under thier essays. Using blog was great help in the class. Even though we finished the class, we are still keeping in touch with them via blogs. I hope it works well in this class, too. Now, I've got another blog to share with you.

This is the article that I liked. The article represents about nine reasons why using technology is vital in the classroom.