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What is that a picture of above you ask? Well it’s a concept map I created(forgive the dis-clarity) . The map states and links the various concepts of algebra indicating a relationships between them (indicated by the arrows). Concept maps are a great tool and a cool way to organized thoughts, ideas and all types of information. But what is a concept map? A concept map is a type of graphic organizer that depict the relationships of different concepts. What is a graphic organizer? A graphic organizer also known as a knowledge maps is a tool that communicates knowledge through the use of visual objects that express knowledge, ideas, thoughts and the relationship between them. They are commonly used in schools as a visual aide to facilitate learning and instruction. Research has shown that graphic organizers help student literacy development, improves thinking, organizing and learning skills, helps student retention and comprehension, help students to discern, organize and retain relevant information, is beneficial for students with disabilities and (my favorite) improves student problem solving in mathematics and more.
There are various types of graphic organizers each serving a different types of needs. There are Relational organizers(storyline, fish-bone, cause and effect web and charts), category/classification(concept map, KWL chart and mind mapping), sequence organizers( chain, ladder and cycle), concept development organizers ( story web, word web, circle chart, flow chart) and more. All of these organizers serves a a particular purpose (in relation to their titles) and yields some of the results stated by researchers stated above. As reading and writing skills are becoming more important and required to be taught throughout all subjects, implementing the use of graphic organizer is great way to incorporate the use of these skills within a lesson. For example, I was required to create a lesson in a previous course that had to incorporate reading and writing and I decided to have the students to create a flow chart putting into their own words what occurs in each step of solving two variable equations. Using the flow chart I believe, make it more meaningful to the students and helps them to better organize when and what was needed to be done.
Graphic organizers are great when used correctly and chose wisely. Thus, I implore you, my readers, to explore the various type of organizers there are. As your research you’ll find out that they are very useful, even to be used organizing your daily, weekly or even yearly lives/tasks. So, enjoy your exploration!
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Digital images can be used in the classroom to teach students about various things. A picture can tell us a lot, as the old saying goes “a picture can say a thousand words”. Thus pictures can be used as another way to bring information into the classroom in a form a textbook can’t.
The picture I posted above is a photo is an example of how pictures can be used in the classroom. I would use this picture in my classroom for a lesson on symmetry. Without stating the concept of symmetry I would show this picture to my class and ask my students: what do you see when you look at this image? Is anything similar? different? Hopefully students will pick up on the fact that certain parts of image looks the same in other areas . Then I would introduce the idea of symmetry, the different types of symmetry. I would then revisit the picture and ask the students what type(s) of symmetry does the image have(ignoring the text I inserted and then with them). I would also probably use other pictures with various types of symmetry to get the students exploring and learning how to differentiate the types of symmetry. Using images like this would be a great tool to teach students how to discern the types of symmetry, teaching a skill that hopefully would translate when students are required to analyze graphs of functions in terms of symmetry. This is just one of the many ways picture can be used in the classroom. I encourage teachers and my fellow soon to be teachers to seek out pictures that could be useful in the class. Thanks for reading.
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I’ve completed my 3D model for 3D printing. As stated in a post I posted about two weeks ago I created a tablet stand. Below are a few pictures of the process and final product:
The After concluding that i wanted to create a tablet stand I got the inspiration to my design by looking at a previous model. The KJP I use for the back of the stand are my first, middle and last name initials. I completed this model on Tinkercad.com. To complete this modeled I used a wedge, three manipulated boxes and three letters. The hardest part in creating it was lining each component up to make a solid stand, making sure the letter laid on the wedge correctly and that the gap was wide enough to fit a tablet. Overall I enjoyed the process, especially I saw began to see it all come together. . Creating an object for 3D printing can be very useful in real life thus I look forward to using this technology in my future classroom. And Hey until then I might just make another thing, if so I’ll be sure to share.
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I Recently read an article titled “ Is It Time to Scrub Your Digital Identity“ written by Tim Walker and Rebeca Logan. It discussed how we portray ourselves on the world-wide web which shapes our digital identity. Facebook, Google account, blogs and/or other social media outlets are tool we use(knowingly or not) that molds and shapes our digital identity. Understanding how the internet(social media sites) is now being used more and more as a tool by future employers when performing background checks it become more important that we don’t post or share anything that would ruin our professional reputation. Somethings should be kept among ourselves, our family and friends, not exposed or open for all the world to see.
Reading the article really made me consider myself and how I portray myself on the web. Although I don’t tend to post things that are provocative, Unseemly, or inappropriate, however at times I find myself liking or sharing things that someone else liked or shared not realizing (although the content is positive or uplifting) that it’s linked to a page that has a reputation of posting things that aren’t clean or shares inappropriate images and videos. By me liking or sharing the positive post, I become linked one way or another to that page/site. So my soon to be fellow professionals lets stay aware of what we share and to what we link ourselves to on these social media sites.
In addition, update your privacy on regular basis. I’ve learned that sites like Facebook and Google are constantly changing their privacy settings, therefore its needful for us to glance at our privacy settings on these sites to maintain that which we desire to keep private.
Furthermore, thinking about privacy, leads me to considering the other dangers the internet contains and knowing how I plan to implement the use of technology in my future classroom I find it important to teach and find ways to protect my future students from harmful material. After reading an excerpt from a book titled “Responsible Use of Technology” that deals with ways to protect students from inappropriate material and content online I’ve learned ways to do just that.
Filtering is one way we can try to protect students from harmful material. There are two types filtering. One is the use of a firewall. A firewall is a computer software that puts a digital force-field that protects computers from being infiltrated by unwanted material, from being damaged and it also prevents the occupants of the computer from accessing sites that have been deemed off-limits or not permitted by the institution. The other type filter is known as ” Stand-alone Filtering software. This software works as a refusal tool that refuses sites that contain harmful material when student are searching for information. Although filtering is a great tool aimed to protecting student it’s a very limited source in that it doesn’t always guarantee protection as some sites go under the radar and students are not always accessing the internet from protected devices.
Thus the most important tool (in my opinion ) to protect students is through teaching them how to surf the web safely. Just as a parent teaches their children right from wrong, how to behave in school, to respect their elders, to don’t talk to strangers and to say no to harmful substances so we as educators must find ways(working with the parents) to teach our students the does and don’t when using the World wide web.
One way of doing so is by creating a list of guidelines that informs students of the dangers that the web presents, (as well it’s benefits when used correctly). What not to do, how to avoid or navigate through unwanted/dangerous material, and other for safe and appropriate uses of the internet. Many Schools have set up their own guidelines generally known as “Accepted-Use Polices (AUP). The document addresses how students and teachers uses the school’s resources. It outlines the purpose( student learning), access to services(school sites, email accounts), Unacceptable behaviors(violating system security, purposeful attempt to damage system functions, etc.), Position of privacy( aspects of use that are monitored) and the punishment of violating the guidelines. All of guidelines are implemented to help protect both the students and the schools resources.
In addition, one key link to protecting student in my opinion (as I causally stated before) is by making parents aware of the dangers and by partnering with them to enhance student awareness and protection. Because most of the previous ideas stated above pertained to the school environment, I find it necessary for it to be reinforced at home, where students may be required to use the net for an assignment. Moreover, at home students aren’t always equipped with the software protection or under supervision as within the school institution. Thus, making parent encouragement and guidance more important in the effort to protect students. Moreover, informing parents of the softwares, parental controls and pop-up blockers can help them fiend off the unwanted material.
In my conclusion, the internet is a rich place, filled with a ton of resources, information, and yes dangers. Thus it is important that we inform our youth of its dangers and how to avoid and navigate through such it when using this great tool known as the internet.
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I recently read an article titled “Evaluating Information Found on the Internet” by the Library of John Hopkins University. This article shined some light on the internet, how information shared through it is not always valid and shouldn’t be taken as truth face valued, rather it should be analyzed and evaluated to determine its value, credibility and usefulness.
To determine if the information is useful and valid cafeterias were created and are used to validate which are authorship (is the author well knowned , reviewed by others?), accuracy and verifiability of details(is the information valid? Is it gathered using just methods?), currency( timeliness of information, does it still carry relevance?), Point of view bias(is the information presented one-sided, whats the tone of the document, personal belief of the author), and finally Referral to and/or knowledge of the literature(context in which the author states his or her work, author background knowledge. To get familiar with this practice I decided to apply these outlines methods of evaluation to evaluate an educational site.
I found a document online titled “A Project-based Digital Storytelling Approach for Improving Students Learning Motivation, Problem-Solving Competence and Learning” written by Chun-Ming Hung Gwo-Jen Hwang and Iwen Huang that I’m going to evaluate.
The Evaluating process
- Authorship. This document has three authors (whose names are stated above). The document provides some background of each author. Based on the information provided each writer is a specialist hailed from a University. Hung and Huang are from the Department of Information and Learning Technology, National University of Tainan and Hwang is from the Graduate Institute of Digital Learning and Education, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology. Moreover, this document is linked to a journal site(www.ifets.info).
- Accuracy or Verifiability of details. In this research document the methods used to gather the information was found in the document. Also the document constantly quoted material written by other scholars of the field in which they wrote the document.
- Point of View Bias. the document didn’t contain obvious biases. However, because the document is published by writers who are specialist in the topic of discussion the results of the research experiment may have been focus more on the positives than negatives as they would likely want to promote the use of technology in learning. Yet all of the statement made by the writers were backed up by the results and/or other scholars of the field.
- Currency. this document was written and published in 2012. The research experiment was done n the year 2008. Thus this project is still considered relevant and is profitable and able to be used currently.Point of View, Bias. The document doesn’t seem to contain any biases. However, this document and research was done by individuals who are specialist in the field. Thus, this may have guided their focus to point out the result that promoted their beliefs as specialist. But most statements are backed up by detailed results and by other specialist and scholars.
- Referral to and/or knowledge of literature. The writers constantly referred to the writings of other published material and journals written by other scholars. The document also includes a bibliography. The writers display a great handle on the content that they discuss.
Going through these steps weren’t as difficult as I expected, likely so because all the information I needed was presented clearly and precisely in the document which may not always be the case. The document itself was very informing. The researcher found through their experiment that digital storytelling improved learning motivation, attitude, problem-solving capability and learning achievements of the students. This is great to know and is an idea I now consider implementing in my future classroom.
The evaluating process wasn’t fun (honestly) but it isn’t something I would mind doing to ensure my student are receiving and using the right information. If you plan to be a future educator or you’re a current student try evaluating a document for practice as you may need to use it as a professional.
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