Reflection on EdTech

When I walked into this classroom at the end of August I was technology savvy but, did not know how many resources were out there to benefit me and my teaching skills. The websites that we delved into like Diigo are great for teachers and I will definitely incorporate this into my classroom. I really enjoyed the video project because I enjoy video editing. I also enjoyed the Photoshop lab because I learned how to make personalized graphics for my classroom. My favorite lab of all was making my digital portfolio but, I wish I had more time so that I could organize it better. I think that learning how to use the SMARTboard lessons will benefit me the most because I was able to use that information for my methods class and for future lessons. I now see myself educated in the use of technology in the classroom!

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I’m not a fan when it comes to #coachchat

I wanted to switch some things up and explore more into school culture rather than the academics. I was excited what high school coaches had to say but, was very disappointed that there was nothing going on. If the chat did happen, there did not seem to be a proctor or a theme to be set up.
I decided to search #coachchat on twitter and found that a lot of people did use the hashtag but, not during the specific chat time. I explored these tweets and did find some valuable information. There was a link on thereby @DesignSaunders on how physical education can become digital. Here is the link http://bit.ly/1gR3DSI . I decided to follow him since he is an educator and media specialist. He does post a lot of valuable information and websites concerning a lot of different subjects.
Exploring even more I came across @askteacherzcom who is a grade 8 history teacher and coach. They posted a link of an article talking about how after-school activities make educational inequality even worse. There was a good argument but, after-school activities are very valuable to some students and it would be almost impossible to get rid of them. To check this out go to http://bit.ly/1gR3DSI . This account does post a lot of links as well and seems to be very involved in the teacher twitter world.
@plugusin is a full time teacher and very interested in technology in the classroom. His tweet about bullying and football players really interested me because that seems to be the stereotype. I don’t think that pulling just football players out for a seminar would do much when it came to bullying. This link goes more in depth with it, http://bit.ly/1aih7i8 . This account seems to be valuable because he covers a lot of different school issues and topics.
Now when you think of a coach you think of sports but, @Wielinga1 connects coaching to learning. He linked a post of a blog relating the two on how to “coach in different fields”. Here is the link http://bit.ly/1bXQyCI . He is a teacher and administrator that tweets often and a lot about education.
Lastly, I followed @busedcrev who is a teacher and interested in the flipped classroom so I knew he was innovative. He tweeted a link and said that it was a must read. The article is about how we have to fight to let kids lose. Not everyone gets a trophy in real life and that fact needs to be known early in life. I totally agreed with this perspective. To check it out even more, go to http://nyti.ms/1eHne6N .
Overall, the chat time did not work but, the hashtag did reveal some good information and I learned a lot. This chat should not be set at a specific time but, rather all of the time.

Reflection on PIPs

Logan’s PIP was done using Scoop.it and was on podcasting. It was very well organized and there was a lot of information! I liked that he used different mediums such as video, articles from databases etc. His reflections were accurate, short, and precise.
When it came to Stephanie’s PIP I was confused at first because I was looking for a link to somewhere but, then I realized that she put her PIP as a blog with links to outside sources. Her PIP was very thorough and detailed. It was very well written and I enjoyed reading it.
For some reason Dylan’s PIP was not loading so, I could not view the entire thing. I could only see images and the video that was posted but, it seemed like a good subject. He did use images that we talked about in class before which was very clever.
Overall, I was very impressed with the PIPs.

#mschat Is A Great Source!

I participated in #mschat on Thursday night and found some really great information. This chat did have a prompter and the chat was organized using different questions throughout the chat. The first question that was asked was “how can an observer tell that students are engaged?”. This has been a subject that we have been focusing on in one of my education classes. Principals and superintendents are putting a lot of pressure on their teachers to have all of their students engaged throughout the entire class. Now, this seems to be unrealistic but, the teachers have to try their best to accomplish this goal. I was very interested to see how the teachers would react to this question. @MrDPasion responded with students asking questions. I thought that this was very true. Students who are listening will ask questions. The prompter, @blocht574, answered his own question saying that when students are leading the learning, asking questions, and are not looking at the clock or asking to go to the bathroom. I feel that the disengagement would be obvious to an observer in the classroom.
The second question that was asked was, if your plan is not working to engage the students, how do you flip it around and engage them? The prompter again answered his own question and said that he would have his class stand up and stretch so that then they could start new. A lot of the other teachers said that they would have their class do some kind of exercise (mentally or physically) to refresh their minds.
I felt like I did not learn as much as I could have in this chat. Most of the answers were common sense answers. I feel like if they gave specific activities then that would have benefited me more. I did not find any sources that were cited during the chat which was really disappointing. There were some websites that were shared but, were irrelevant to the questions and theme of the chat.
I decided to follow not only math middle school teachers but, a wide variety of teachers so I could a different information. The accounts that I followed are as follows:
1) @runnernerd is a future educator and is currently a student studying to be a teacher. I decided to follow her because we are in the same generation and wanted to see if her ideas matched my own. She did not really put any insight in during the chat but, her other tweets about education I did agree with.
2) @MRP_tchr is a middle school math teacher from Kansas. During the chat, he answered the first question with discussion and problem solving. He didn’t participate in the chat after that but, his other tweets are beneficial.
3) @blocht574 was the prompter and I decided to follow him because I will be able to see the other chat questions that he prompts. He is a middle school science teacher but, gives feedback to all concentrations.
4) @sjirish participated in that chat a lot and she is a middle school math teacher from Maine. She is interested in technology integration and standard based learning. She offers a lot of outside sources as well.
5) @MrDpasion is who I mentioned before gave some good insight in the chat. The reason why I decided to follow him was because he is interested in a flipped classroom and I have not seen a lot of teachers that are pro-flipped classroom. He tweets a lot using pictures giving examples of different strategies in the classroom.
I did not think that this chat was anything special. It could have definitely been a lot better but, I did not find the answers to be any help to me.

The Many Positives of #mathchat

The chat that I participated in was #mathchat but, this chat was not like the others. There did not seem to be a prompter giving questions. It was more of a time that teachers could share their ideas of different websites and ways to make their math classroom easier for their students.
There were so many resources and ideas that were given that I spent most of my time looking at those rather than looking at the tweets that were coming in. There were so many great ideas that I would have never thought of such as making a review game with QR codes! The step by step instruction can be found at http://bit.ly/1i6OPRM . This made me realize how much more there is to incorporating technology in a math classroom. It was hard to stay with the twitter chat just because it was all over the place but, there were a lot of apps that were mentioned. One being a quadratic root calculator that can be found at http://bit.ly/1jz2Gvw . There was a lot of technology that was incorporated into the chat which gave me a lot of ideas.
I decided to follow a few different accounts including some teachers and some math accounts. The ones that I found were the most important are listed below:
1) @teachervision is a resource for teachers in any concentration. This account led me to find their website that gave a lot of good information. Their website can be broken down into grades or subjects. One interesting thing I found is that it is important to keep a journal in math. Explore this at http://bit.ly/InMocG .
2) @mindaftermath is a great account for math in general! They give a lot of resources on where to explore subjects within math in more detail. It is really an awesome account where you can find a lot of math related websites.
3) @mikeandallie is a former math professor but, puts a lot of videos up showing how to do math problems or introducing a new math concept. I like his videos because they could be incorporated in lessons or for homework.
4) @JTM22Tech this account gave a lot of apps that could be used in the math classroom. The quadratic equation app mentioned before was mentioned in this account.
5)@davidwees is a math teacher in New York but, grew up in Canada. I was trying to see if he tweeted about the comparison of the two educational systems but, I could not find anything. He really seems to be passionate about education so his tweets are a good source for the mix of math and education.
Overall, I thought this chat was beneficial because it could serve as a great source of information for math and education. It seems as though this chat is not really at a set time (even though most tweets do happen between 7 and 8 on Thursdays) but, teachers and math enthusiasts tweet with the hashtag all day, everyday. It was a great chat to participate in even though I really could not put any input in because there were not any questions asked. I did find a lot of great sources that I could use later on in my teaching career.

My PIP: Autism and Technology in the Classroom

For my personal interest project I did it on Autism and technology in the classroom. There was so much I learned on how technology, especially iPads, facilitate Autistic student’s learning process. Check it out the info that I found and what I learned below!
http://jventurelli001.edu.glogster.com/autism-and-technology-in-the-classroom

Social Bookmarking with Diigo!

https://www.diigo.com/user/jventurelli001

Diigo is an awesome site where you can sign up for free! It allows you to bookmark all your important pages and sharing it to others. This is a great source for teachers because resources can be exchanged easily. I bookmarked pages that involved technology in the classroom, standards, lesson plans and even articles that inspired me. I have a lot of great math resources as well. By annotating each bookmark, it makes it very easy for me to find what I need quickly. Diigo is an awesome site and every teacher should know about it and use it!

Check out #paedchat!

The chat that I participated in was #paedchat and the prompter asked several questions throughout the chat.
The first questioned that was asked was how do you define formative assessment? This is a new topic for me so I was interested in what the answers were going to be. @AmyMartell answered with formative assessment informs instruction it can show errors in thinking and will be ongoing through a lesson. @bobloch answered with formative assessment is an opportunity, either formal or non, to collect data on S progress, through which we adapt instruction to move learning forward. There were a lot more answers but, I found that there two stuck out. It occurred to me that formative assessment will show more than knowledge of the content but, will show errors in thinking so that as a teacher I can fix these errors with more ease. This will then allow the learning process to move forward.
The next question asked, is formative assessment important for student learning? From the definition we can see that this is essential to student learning so learning can proceed and the knowledge can be cleared up between the teacher and the student. @christybren answered saying, allows Ts to adapt & adjust instruction based on where students are at. I definitely agree with this because some students may not be at the same spot in the learning process and through formative learning misunderstood information can be cleared up. This is similar to what I said before.
The third question asked, how have you seen formative assessment used to adaptation learning? I was very interested to see the answers to this question because I have not had an experience in the classroom yet. @bobloch answered Have used formatives to establish groupings for next activity. Place Ss in position to grow, based on their mastery. This is actually very interesting because for my first lesson in Secondary Methods I put my classmates into certain groups based on their content knowledge in math. Here, @bobloch uses formative assessment to place his students in groups for the next activities. This way the students who have mastered the content before can facilitate the other students in learning it.
This chat did not have any links that I could use so there are not any links that I could put up. There was a lot of information presented that gave me some insight into how I would use formative assessment in the future.
I chose to follow:
1) @bobloch who is a high school math teacher. I was interested to see if his answers would agree to my philosophy since I am studying to be a high school math teacher. I did agree with his answers and he not only tweets about education but, about math as well along with current events.
2) @amymartell1 is a teacher and a curriculum director. When she answered the first question, I chose to follow her because I did agree what she said. She also tweets a lot about education and provides some links even though she did not during the chat.
3) @JosephADevine was the prompter of this chat and facilitated the questions. He is a middle school principal and wrote back to those who did answer the questions. I chose to follow him because he gave some great information and will definitely be participating in his chat next Thursday as well.
4) @mr_tbloom participated in the chat and is an assistant middle school principal. I would’ve like to see @JosephADevine and him to interact more since they have similar occupations and to see if their theories differed when it came to formative assessment.
5) @christybrenn was the last one that I decided to follow because she was not only an elementary teacher but, also a librarian. It was a different view than all of the other teachers and she does post a lot about education. She posts a lot about libraries around the U.S. which I thought could be a good source later on. I found this chat to be very helpful and even though there were not any outside sources that were posted, I could learn a lot from their later tweets. I am interested to see if they participate in next Thursdays chat!

Great Apps to Use in the Classroom!

I participated in the chat, #edtechex! There were some really great apps discussed that I could definitely use in the classroom. The theme to this chat was apps and programs that we use that could help students in the classroom.
I learned a lot in this chat even though there was only a few people participating in it. There were a lot of apps discussed for presentations. They brought up Prezi which I already knew about and another one called HaikuDeck which I need to explore some more. The apps that were brought up are Vittle and Hideout:Early Reading. There was a website that was brought up that had that best apps for a tech class. This is the link, http://bit.ly/1gurR5g . I checked out Vittle and it’s a really cool app to make a video presentation with and it costs $8.99 in the Apple App Store. This sparked a question in my head so I decided to ask in the chat. I asked if the apps were in the budget. There were a lot of responses to my question and it turned away from the original theme. Some responded that it was easy to purchase because it is in the amount of money that they are given for devices. It can be easily tracked using the AirDrop feature on the Macs. Another teacher said that he only looks for free apps because his school does not have a way to track the cost and what not. I found this very interesting because it all depends on what school district you are in and if they support the tech part of learning.
The link that I posted earlier in this blog had some really cool apps that I could use in the my future classroom, one being Adobe Ideas. This app has been reviewed by the blogger’s students and they say that they love it. It is for drawing but, it could be used in many different ways. Also, with the name Adobe on it, I’m sure that it is a great product. Vittle free is also mentioned on there so in the app store there must be a free version but it does not say what the limitations are with that.
During the chat I followed people and program twitters to see what they were about. Here are the ones that I followed:
1) Andrew Jenkins (@allthejenkins) who seemed to lead the chat. He was the one who introduced the theme of it and gave some great feedback to those who were participating. He was the one that said he loved the free apps since his school did not have a way to track the money going into apps.
2) Jon Smith (@theipodteacher) was a very active teacher in that chat that also gave some great input and was very savvy with technology (you could see that from his twitter name). His school did have funding for the apps so he was able to buy apps. He recommended the twitter @explainevrythng that explains great apps. So I decided to follow it.
3) Explain Everything is a flexible design and screen recording tool. I did not look in depth in it but I did find that you can insert and annotate over everything using this program.
4) Haiku Deck (@HaikuDeck) I followed this program because it was one of the presentation programs that I have never heard of before. It promotes the free app on the twitter page as long with different ways that you can use the app as well. I am definitely going to look into this!
5) Educreations (@Educreations) This was one of the first things referenced in the chat so I followed them immediately. Looking through their twitter there are multiple pictures of students using technology in the classroom. They also respond back to tweets regarding technology in the classroom so I would definitely use them as a source of information.
Overall, this was a great chat to participate in and I definitely recommend it to teachers who are trying to use the iPads in their classrooms. It was a great source of information that I could use later on.

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