I was really proud of the work I did with my new acquired skills on the 2nd powerpoint assignment. I thought it was really cool trying to make a non linear slide show instead of just a regular one. I actually finished the assignment a week early because I could not stop working on it once I stopped. It was just a great experience over all and I am glad I got to do it.
I found that my classmates really enjoyed this class as much as I did. I really liked reviewing their blogs each week to see how they did the assignments and compare it to mine. I am really happy to see the enthusiasm to be an educator in so many people!
The ethnology I would like to learn next would be stuff with Excel. I am really excited to see what else I can learn from Excel because I am a math kind of person and I love doing spreadsheets and stuff like that. I would also definitely pursue further learning in the creation of power points because I had so much fun with mine that I really just want to make more.
I am sure I will learn more about Powerpoint and Excel because the technology in this world is always growing and we will have to be using programs like those more and more. I believe powerpoint is really exciting enough to keep going strong without any other presentation tool taking over it. I am very excited to pursue these goals in the future. I have thoroughly enjoyed taking this Education Technology class at the Florida State University.
There is no doubt that I will be using a few peripherals in my classroom when I am a teacher.A few that I will definitely use will be a projector, a pull down screen, a smart board, and a video projector. The video projector will be most important to me because I am planning on being a math teacher. It is easy to show students exactly how to do a problem by showing them step by step how to do it. And a video projector would be the perfect way to get it to the point where all the students could see it. I would also like a smart board because I have found that a lot of students respond to being able to interact with the smart board and they usually have a lot of fun with it.
I have found that TME online is a great online web resource that is helpful towards learning. It really pushes you to great places that help out with math. You can search for anything you want and find it right there for you. Almost anything on the matter is right there in front of you. I love how it gives you an excess amount of information but I am sure a lot of people would not enjoy that part of it so much.
The link to the site is http://math.coe.uga.edu/tme/tmeonline.html. I have found that it really is not that good for younger students but it would definitely be good for me as a teacher to be able to go over all this information and give it to the students. I have also found that http://www.coolmath-games.com/ is a great website for the younger kids because it allows them to play games while learning math.
Excel will be definitely used by me when I am teaching. It will not necessarily be used to teach the children but it will definitely be used to take notes and stats of how the students are doing and find what they need more than something else. My mentor, Mr. Young uses excel all the time to measure which particular sub subjects need to be taught more than others such as context clues instead of authors purpose. I love using Excel and it is actually pretty easy to use!
Powerpoint is great! And although I did not learn much from what we did in class, I still enjoyed doing the assignment because Powerpoint is just a fun thing to use when presenting something. A lot of the stuff we learned I had already known how to do but it is definitely useful and necessary to teach. Jing was really cool. I think it is really fun to use but when I am teaching a classroom I think I would rather present the Powerpoint myself and interacting with the students instead of using Jing.
There are many advantages to using presentation software as a teacher and not so many disadvantages if there is any at all. When you are giving a presentation, software that helps you present can always be used to give the children examples, to show visuals, and to help the students pay attention and be involved with the whole presentation. Like I said, there are not really any disadvantage to using presentation software. It is there to help you so it can only make your presentation better.
The digital divide is really a socioeconomic problem. It comes down to whether you have a lot of access to technology or if you do not. It is sad that a lot of schools cannot afford any computers at all just because of the area they are in. For me growing up, I always had technology around me. I learned as much as I could because I believe technology is our future. It definitely affects the learning styles and what not of the class to not be involved with technology but there still are ways to be an effective teacher without using technology.
The biggest problem involving technology is that some kids have access to a lot of technology and some kids do not. So if a teacher assigns something where the students have to use a certain type of technology, such as making a powerpoint, then it really sucks for the kids who cannot get access to a computer. That is why it would be a lot better if every public school was equally funded so they can get the types of technology that they need.
Microsoft Powerpoint is definitely one of the most useful tools for a teacher to have. You can teach every student according to their distinct needs by just using this program. Powerpoint gives you the ability to teach students through pictures, words, and examples. I love using Microsoft Powerpoint because it is easy to use and easy for others to understand. It is also very nice to look at for those you are presenting to.
Adaptive technologies are very good for society. They have helped so many disabled people improve their lifestyle. No one could argue that they are not a good thing for society. But I have found that accommodating for students using a few particular adaptive technologies is very tough for a teacher to do. I used to know a kid that actually had a computer that helped him talk. It was great for him to be able to do that, but sometimes it was really hard for me to understand what he was saying and I do not think it would be good if a teacher just did not have a clue about what he was saying.
The Web Design assignment was great! I loved creating my teacher page because it was easy and actually looked really good. 1 week ago I thought I would never be able to figure out how to make a website for myself but not I have learned from teacher page and seen that it is really simple to do. A website like that is definitely helpful for students and parents.