Thursday, May 5, 2011

Cal State San Marcos Public Announcement- Nets III

I created a public service announcement for Cal State San Marcos using iMovie. iMovie is an awesome editing tool for making videos. I allows you to add screen effects, voice overs, cameo's, audio and much more!

Journal # 9- "Teaching Green" (Nets 1,2,3 & 5)

Waters, J.K. (2011). Teaching green. the Journal, Retrieved from

Summary:   In this article Waters talks all about Teaching Green.  It discusses different tools that can help children learn about ways to become green.  Some sites that were mentioned are Classroom earth, A walk in the Woods, Power up and the US EPA Teaching center.  It is important for kids to grasp the idea around recycling and becoming green.  teachers can use these tools to express to kids how they can be green.  By going on a nature walk the children can experience agriculture by using this site.  It is a fun way to get the children interacted with nature and the importance of keeping it alive. Another site to help teach children is Power up.  This one sounds very fun and would keep the children wanting to learn more. It is a game show that teaches what the future world would be like if pollution dosen't stop. I  think that this would show children the reality of things and make them want to stop this from actually happening.  It will encourage children to Recycle, Reuse, and Reduce :).

Question 1:  How effective  do you think the sites that were mentioned would be?

I think that they could be very affective.  they are ways to get the children interactive and wanting to learn more. Children will always learn more when they are interested in something and I think that these would help interest them into going green.

Question 2: What do you think about bringing technology in to teaching about eco systems?

I think it is a great way to teach about many subject.  Children are becoming more and more tech savvy and the more we can show them things using technology the more we can help them expand their technological minds. :)

Friday, April 22, 2011

Journal # 6- "Grow your Personal Learning network" Nets 1,3& 5

Warlick, D. (2009). Grow your personal learning network. Learning & Leading With Technology (36)6, Retrieved from

Summary: Technology has made it possible for people to learn and expand their resources by just using a computer.  PLN's (Personal Learning Networks) are a way that people can stay connected with someone around the world.  We can get and share information with each other like we never could before. This is great for any type of work or personal interest that you want to know more about.  As for educators some sites that have really expanded their PLN is Skype, Google Reader, Second Life, Mailing Lists, Diigo, Ning, Delicious, Google Talk, Wikis and blogs just to name a few.  This tools open doors to a wide variety of information and knowledge. Warlick explains that there are three main types of PLN's : Personally maintained synchronous connections (Traditional PLN), Personally and socially maintained semisynchronous connections (Conversations with people but not exactly in real time) and Dynamically maintained asynchorous connections (connects us with valuable sources).  All three of these types can be very useful to someone that wants to expand their connections and resources.

Question 1:  What kind of PlN do you see yourself using?

I think that my PLN would be a combination of the three main types.  It would connect me to people that I know as well as people that would be great resources to me in the field of education.  Also I would want to have connections to valuable tools that will allow me to grow as a teacher.

Question 2:  Is Facebook considered a PLN?

Yes it is.  It connect people to each other and allows them to stay connected.  You friend people that have the same interests as you or people that you know.  You can also share information on your posts and people can give you feedback.  It is a way that you can also share resources and websites with each other.

Journal 8 - "Point/ Counterpoint: Should Schools be held responsible for cyberbullying?" (Nets 3,4 & 5)

Bogacz, R, & Gordillo, M. (2011, March/April). Point/counterpoint: should schools be held responsible for cyberbullying?. Learning & Leading , 38(6), Retrieved from

Summary:  Bullying has always and will probably always be a factor in schools.   As our technology advances so have the techniques of bullying.  Now it has been takin to computers and the Internet.  Cyberbullying is a serious issue that is hard to control with all the technology out their.  Kids are finding ways to harass and bully other peers over the internet.  They commonly use facebook, twitter, email and many others to bully.  This article debates whather schools should be more resonsible for this new form of bullying.
           There are many reasons why people think that schools should be responsible as well as many reasons against it.  Renee Bogacz argues that schools should be held responsible and schools should be one of the main groups trying to fight cyberbullying. She states that fighting this type of bullying is going to take parents, school admin, teachers and even the students on the same team in order to stop this. They all need to play there part by setting rules monitoring the children on the internet and kids themselves need to stand up for themselves.
           On the other hand Miguel Gomez Gordillo dosen't think that schools should be held responsible for cyberbullying. He thinks that i should all be left up to the parent to stop this type of behavior. He blames the parents for the childrens need to bully other peers on the internet. He belives that parents need to have mre education on giving their children support so that they wont fill this need to cyberbully.

Question 1: What are your thoughts on who should be responsible?
I would have to say that he combination of the two maes most sense to me.  I dont think that it is all the schools responsiblity to handle this on their own.  I think that a combination of students, admin, teachers and even the community play a role in this and if its going to be stopped than everyone would need to be hands on.

Question 2:  How can parents contrbute to stoping cyberbullying?
Parents can monitor their childs access to computers and know what their child is doing on them.  Also keeping an open line of communication between them and there children will help the child feel safe to talk to them if they are being bullied.


Thursday, April 14, 2011

Jounal 7 - My Personal Learning Network (Nets III, V)

My personal learning network-
My PLN is a tool for me to use now and way into my future. It is a way for me to gain information from other people in the field of education. It allows me to connect with people from all around the world and we can learn from each other. My PLN will help me when I become a teacher by giving me new creative ideas on how to implement lesson plans, answer questions that other educators may be able to help me with, and keep me updated in the world of education, as well as many more advantages.

Twitter is a social networking site that allows users to share useful information to one another interested in a certain topic. I used Twitter to help create my PLN by following people that are interested in education. I choose to follow several people that I think would give me helpful information in education now as well as in my future. The first one i choose to follow is Education IEP which is dedicated to improve education for special needs children. Teaching special ed is something that i have been interested in and would like to know more about it. This is a way i can stay informed on all the new information. I also decided to follow Billy Gorilly. Billy Gorilly is a friendly gorilla that helps children from ages 3-10 learn through songs, stories and activities. I was excited about this one because I could bring some of the ideas into my own classroom and make learning more fun for the children. Along with those I am also following School Supplies, a student and a teacher. School Supplies will keep me updated on the newest supplies out their to assist the children in learning. Blanca E Duarte is one of the students I chose to follow. She is passionate about education and tweets a lot about social media and youth safety. Sandra Mclarron is a science teacher that I can get ideas from on lesson plans for my students and maybe even in class experiments that I can do with my students. Overall by following these tweets it will open me to new resources and information to enhance my abilities to teach.
For my Diigo I have added five people to follow that are interested in education. they consist of teachers who have been in the field for many years and specialize in different subjects.  One is is a lead teacher in technology here in San Diego. Another is an elementary school teacher.  I feel that I can learn many things from these sources and they have helped expand my PLN. I have also added the Professional learning board which will keep me informed on new educational updates. I also tagged three helpful websites as PLN to help me now and in my future. I have added twitter4teachers, edtechpost and the educators PLN.  These websites are great resources for me to expand my PLN.

Classroom 2.0-
I joined the digital discussion forum classroom 2.0 which is a social networking site for people interested in web 2.0 and social media in education. I choose to look at the blog post titled "Behavior Charts???". This was interesting to me because I remember behavior charts being used when I was younger and I still see them in some classrooms today. The discussion was about how effective behavior charts really are and if they are useful to use in the classroom. Some really good points were brought up on this subject about how it may be affective for some children but not for all. The children with the behavior problems will get a negative message from this and it will most likely not help them improve. On this forum some people also gave ideas on how to better manage behavior in the classroom such as focusing on positive behaviors instead of the bad. I can really see how this tool will be helpful to me in the future and look forward to learning from other peoples experiences. :)

Friday, March 4, 2011

Journal #4- "It's time to tust Teachers with the Internet" (Nets 1,3,5)

Schaffhauser, D. (2010, December 1). It's time to trust teachers with the internet: a conversation with meg ormiston. Retrieved from

Summary: Meg Ormiston works with schools to help incorporate technology into the classroom.  In this article she talks about how hard it is to get schools to allow 21st century technology, like social networking sites, into the classrooms.  Ormiston states that schools are not trusting teachers to know what types of sites should be blocked from their computers or not.  When schools tend to block a bunch of sites it restricts the teachers from bringing in technology into the classroom.  It makes it hard for teachers to try and incorporate technology when they are being blocked all the time.  Ormiston is a firm believer that we should protect our children form bad sites such as porn but we should also teach them how to use technology responsibly.   In Ormisons interview she says that when schools tend to be more restrictive it will discourage teachers from bringing technology in and they will most likely give up. One thing that is highly overlooked is that kids now days have access to smart phones and computers that don't have all these filters on them.  Who is teaching them what sites are appropriate and what sites are not if the schools aren't.  Ormiston states that education is the key and that by blocking students from technology we are missing important opportunities to teach.

Question 1:  Do you think teachers should be given the opportunity to decide whether sites should be blocked or not?

Yes I think that teachers should be trusted enough to make that decision.  Like Ormiston said if we cant trust our teachers to decide if a websites appropriate then how can we even trust them in the classroom. Students should be limited from certain sites and monitored while on certain sites but the teacher should have enough good judgment to do so. I think that by putting so many restrictions on technology it is limiting the amount of learning going on inside the classroom. 

Question 2:  How do schools make sure that teachers have the right tools to integrate the technology appropriately?

 I think that a good way to ensure that teachers know how to integrate the technology would be to educate them on certain sites that may be valuable to their curriculum.  Maybe a class to teach them ways that they could use different sites as tools in the classroom.  Especially for teachers that have been teaching for a while and may be stuck in their ways and may not be familiar or comfortable with new technology.