Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Internet Safety Reflection

I completed the Course Feedback Survey, University Course Evaluation, and checked my grades on moodle.

I read all of the articles on the resources lists, as well as Leave It Alone by Elder H. Burke Peterson, Emeritus Member of the Seventy.

I watched the videos on Netsmartz, iKeepSafe Faux Paws, all of the chapters of the Frontline PBS Documentary, and Katie’s Story from WebWiseKids.
There were many things I took away from reading and watching these resources to learn more about internet safety. The first thing is the reality of the dangers of the internet, such as cyberbullying, pornography, child predators, etc. They are real and they occur all around us. However, I also learned what measures can be taken to prevent things like this from happening and I loved how many of these dangers are actually being combated with technology. Another thing I learned from Elder Bednar’s talk, along with the PBS documentary, is how much we can become absorbed in a virtual world. The scary thing is that all of us do it! Whether it is facebook, email, video games or a number of other stimuli, we struggle to function without it. It has made me realize that while these things are not inherently bad, they become dangerous when we cannot moderate the time we spend using them.

I taught and shared information with a mother about cyberbullying. She had read some articles about it before and knew that it was bullying that happens through email, chatrooms, etc. Her reaction was one of disgust, but she was not surprised because she had read about it before and how common it is becoming. I was most surprised by her reaction because she actually listed a number of things she thought could be done to prevent cyberbullying, which showed that parents are becoming more aware of this problem and working to remediate it. I think this mom will continue to be aware of what her children are doing when they use the internet. I think she will use the things I told her to protect them from the dangers of the internet and encourage them to be open with her about what happens there. I think she will also discuss with her children about the negative things that can happen, but also remain optimistic that there are many benefits of the internet as well.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Monday, November 9, 2009

PLE Week 10

The most important thing I learned from these three videos is that technology is a valuable resource that can easily be implemented into the classroom. These videos showed that no matter what the age of the students, they are capable of using technology. They showed that using technology is very beneficial because it allows teachers to use many different teaching styles in the classroom, while allowing students to do relevant, age-appropriate projects to learn concepts. I especially loved in the I Love Spiders video how the class shared information they found and pictures they took with another class in a different state and received information and pictures from the other class as well. I think this shows that technology can be useful for teaching multiple concepts. In this case, students were learning about spiders, along with how to collaborate and build communication with others. It is crucial that students learn these skills early to aid them throughout their lives.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Practicum Week 1

I was actually quite impressed with the amount of technology available to my mentor teacher. There are 3 macs in my classroom, as well as the teacher's laptop. We have a TV, VCR, CD player, etc. We have a projector that can be hooked up to a lap top and a promethium board, both of which are very beneficial in the classroom. I think they are very helpful in using different teaching styles in the classroom. Students use games on the computer to practice blending words and it is looked at as a reward to students who turn in their work on time. I hope I will have this kind of technology available to me when I teach because I think it will greatly benefit my classroom.

I completed the midcourse evaluation and the informed consent.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Science Challenge

I viewed and commented on the following projects:

Stephanie
Megan
Jessica

I thought doing this project was very beneficial. It showed me how easy and fun using technology can be, in a variety of different subject matters. I particularly loved learning about Kidsperation. This is a program that I think I will definitely use in my classroom. It makes it so easy for the kids to organize and analyze data, which will greatly assist in their learning.

Friday, October 23, 2009