Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Lesson Ideas

1. I really liked the idea of using internet games as a teaching tool so that students can all participate and use technology. It is fun for the students and will keep them engaged.

2. I also liked the idea of using videos and google images to get students excited about what they are learning.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Internet Safety Assignment

I discussed internet safety with my sister. She is 26 years old and has one son. I mostly talked to her about awareness and always knowing how the internet is being used in her home. We discussed placing the computers in high traffic areas with the screen pointing outwards so that she would always be able to see what is going on. I also talked to her about teaching her son about how to be safe on the internet, what to do if something inappropriate comes up or if someone tries to start talking to him. We had a really good discussion, and I think it helped her to be more aware of the good and the dangers of the internet. I shared with her the following website: http://kidshealth.org/parent/positive/family/net_safety.html which i think will be helpful to her in the future. It was a valuable conversation for both of us.

Internet Safety Readings

1. What article did you choose to read for your fourth article? I choose to read "I have a Question" from the March 2001 Ensign. This article addressed how we can access and use the good on the internet while still protecting ourselves and our families from the bad material that is so prevalent.

2. What were the most important things you learned from the readings? The most important thing that I learned is to make good choices about the media that you use. There are so many good options that we need to make sure that we are choosing from these things and not from the inappropriate material.

3. How will what you have read influence your actions as a parent and/or teacher of children and youth? The things that I have read will have a big influence on my actions as a parent and a teacher. I think the biggest thing that I will do aside from teaching the students about safety is just to be aware and observe what they are doing on the internet. I will make sure that I know at all times what they are using the internet for and what they are doing.

4. How can you use what you have learned from the reading to have a positive influence on family and friends? I can use this information and have a positive influence by sharing with my family what I have learned, and sharing with them the articles that I read so that they can have a greater understanding of the importance of internet and media safety.

Using Technology in the Classroom

From looking at other presentations I have started to realize how many different ways there are to incorporate technology into teaching!

Technology Lesson PowerPoint

Monday, March 30, 2009

Technology Lesson

This past week I was able to use technology in many of my lessons. One lesson that I thought worked really well was a math lesson on mesauring to the nearest inch. I created a template filled with lots of different objects that needed to be measured. We used our promethean board to project the document and then used a electronic ruler to measure each of the objects. Each of the students were able to be involved in using the board and by the end of the lesson all of the students understood how to measure to the nearest inch. It was a really great lesson that would have been difficult to teach to a whole class at once if we didn't have the technology.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Tech-Enhanced Lesson Idea

There are so many ways to use technology to enhance lessons. One idea I have is for a math lesson on being able to find fractions of a group. First I will set up worksheets on the promethean board. The students will be given pictures as well as the fraction written in notation form. Students will work in partners to decide which picture matches which fraction notation. Then a student will be able to come up to the board and drag the image and the notation into the appropriate columns. During independent practice time each of the students will use a macbook to complete a series of practice problems where they will be required to again find or create the correct image for each fraction notation. I think this is a good way to integrate technology because the students are actively participating and their learning is expanded and enhanced through the use of the technology.