Thursday, May 13, 2010

Classroom Newsletter - NETS I, III

I created a newsletter using a Microsoft Word document. I designed a newsletter that I would create in my classroom as a future teacher. I customized a border, edited original text, practical for classroom use.
September 1

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Smilebox - CSUSM Web 2.0 Tools for Educators - NETS III, V

Wiki is a great way to incorporate technology in today's digital classrooms. There are so many tools to choose from.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Copyright Internet Safety - NETS I, IV

The Copyright assignment identifies laws, policies, and the dangers to avoid on the Internet. Being a responsible teacher, it is crucial to be informed.

Inspiration - NETS II, III

Inspiration8 is a graphic organizer software which allows you to create links and outline material in a visual form. In this assignment I was able to identify the Eduaction Technology Standards for Teachers and link them to the tools I used as evidence supporting the standard in a visually pleasing jpeg.

Thursday, April 29, 2010


The public service announcement,(PSA),assignment was a direct response to the recent crimes of hate committed on the campus. iMovie was used to create this PSA.

My Crossword Puzzle - NETS II, III

My Crossword

This crossword puzzle was a lot of fun! I used to Microsoft Excel to create a spreadsheet where I designed a crossword puzzle about me. The crossword puzzle is interactive and shows students if the first letter in the word is correct by turning green and red if the answer is incorrect.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Journal 9: Playing with Skype, NETS V

Weller, T.J. (2009). Playing with skype. L&L, 37(6), Retrieved from

Playing with Skype, by Travis Weller is about the ease of use of Skype. Mr. Weller is the director of bands at Mercer Area Middle-Senior High School in Pennsylvania. The technology, Skype was used to connect the expert, whose music is being performed, with the students performing it. The media also connected the composers with the audience and the ensemble where the composers could explain their piece in order for the audience and ensemble to better identify with them. The technology requirements were manageable through grant funding. The Skype connection itself was free. The tools necessary were a computer with a broadband Internet connection, a data projector, a couple microphones, a webcam, some adapters to pump the audio feed through the sound system, and a projector screen. The author’s opinion is that the education “paradigm” is shifting; now, education is not solely run by a single teacher but through a network of teachers made possible by “playing with Skype.” Bringing in local and non-local experts from colleges and universities also campaigns for higher learning. I appreciate the way the author makes a note to inform his students of digital citizenry by spending 45 minutes discussing copyright laws, the music business, and censorship. Tapping into resources such as feedback and instruction from other experts puts learning content into perspective and adds dimension to material being learned.
1. Do I see myself using this technology in the classroom? Yes, definitely. In a lower elementary school class we could use Skype to connect children with their email pen pals via a live communication.
2. What about schools on a budget? Like the school in Pennsylvania, a grant can be discussed and a grass roots campaign harnessing parents’ potential in the community.