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Feb 13, 2013 - reflection, technology    2 Comments

Week 5 Reflection Blog Post: Creating a Video

This week we spent a lot of time exploring more PLN websites, personalizing pages, and testing the waters with video editing. As per suggestion, I looked in to the tweetdeck tool to see what benefits I could take advantage of, turns out there is a lot! I love the columns that organize different feeds, so I quickly set up one column dedicated to INDT501. The other twitter resource we were asked to check out was  an advanced search, which after some digging around I found to be very beneficial. I searched calculus, and should have expected the many tweets about hating the subject. One tweeter, Logan Crossley, said “I think that the flu virus is basically saying, ‘No. No matter how hard you try, Calculus will never be fun. I can guarantee it.'” Needless to say the feed on this topic was a little disheartening, but once I clicked over to people I found some great resources for calculus and ended up following a couple of them. Overall I was very happy to be exposed to these new tools on twitter and plan to utilize them as appropriate.

The other assignment of the week was to create a video using Animoto that is linked to an SOL in your content area. While I am not completely done perfecting my video, I did  create a trial video of my family. While browsing the many options available on animoto I found a few that would be perfect for my content video, accompanied by many options for music as well. I was very excited to see all I could do with these videos and can’t wait to finish my math video! I think this would be a great resource to use in the classroom as a topic introduction. The majority of the things I will be teaching in math will build off of previous knowledge, which provides a great opportunity for media such as this. Another way I could incorporate this style of learning in the classroom is by assigning projects where the students teach the class using videos. This would teach the students a variety of skills on top of knowing the content and being able to verbalize instruction. Finally, I could also use this technology to network with other educators to show some of my work. I am a firm believer in collaboration and I think this could be a great way to share ideas with other educators.

Week 4 Reflection Blog Post: Information Literacy and Creativity

This week’s modules, while a little intimidating, gave me a lot of information over numerous resources. I was able to play with a lot of editing and visual resources this week through iPiccy for enhancing pictures, a google custom search engine designed for math, and scratch for creating games. While I have taken a couple of computer science courses involving programming, I have to say this week’s tasks were much harder. When I started playing around with scratch I figured I’d easily be able to figure it out considering I have experience programming games, and I could not have been more wrong. I didn’t look at any tutorials, and as a result had 5 “sprites” all that talked and moved at the same time. To say it was a headache is an understatement! After that failure I decided to go back and check out some of the examples and tutorials. All it took was one good tutorial and I was on track to finish my first game “equations“. It is not the best game I’ll admit, but after playing around with the program for a while I was happy it was just finally working! I am excited to spend some more time figuring out more tools in this program because I think it could be a great resource to use in the classroom. It is one of those activities that I know I could either make for them, or even have my students make themselves and share with the class.

Before I got a chance to play with these new tools, I was able to do a lot of research on blogs and Personal Learning Networks. Before this week I had never heard of PLN, but I now realize it is something that I will benefit greatly from. After setting up my delicious account I explored the other networks that were available to join. After finishing all the modules, as well as doing some blog searching, I ended this week with 8 new web accounts! I haven’t had an opportunity to explore all of them yet, but I did take some time to look at google reader, and Technorati. I was immediately hooked to google reader with how easy it was to find blogs to subscribe to. While browsing that search engine I actually found an article that gave me an option to post to my Delicious page. From there I moved on to Technorati and focused my searches on mathematics and education. I found a few blogs I enjoyed and actually joined one blog network called Huffington Post. There I read an article about a new style of teaching that related to topics I had discussed early in the week during class (Blackmon, 2013). Since it was free to join the network I was able to leave a comment on the blog, something I would have never done before this class! The ease of which I was able to find such interesting blogs took me by surprise, I found myself lost in math blogs about the “11 Most Beautiful Math Equations” (Moskowitz, 2013) – which I can assure you includes the Pythagorean theorem and the fundamental theorem of calculus. Overall I was happy with the blogging assignments for the week because as someone new to blogging and researching bloggers I was able to get a better feel for what it was all about.

Resources:

Moskowitz, C. (2013, February 2). [Web log message]. Retrieved from http://www.businessinsider.com/the-11-most-beautiful-math-equations-2013-1

Blackmon, P. (2013, January 29). [Web log message]. Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/perea-blackmon/bringing-education-to-life_b_2577910.html

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