Throughout my years of schooling I have mainly used Microsoft word to write countless essays, book reports, poems, study guides etc. MS Office allows me to easily produce assignments and I often use it to take notes in my bigger lecture classes. Teachers of mine have used MS Office to send home newsletters, post assignments and for notes. Chapter 9 gave shows me ways in which I can incorporate tables to organize and better present information to my students. This makes learning easier and teaching more organized. Also, I can effectively insert hyperlinks to websites that will help expand my students’ knowledge and resources.
After listening to the podcast I learned that Copyrights and fair use materials could sometimes be confusing. Like the speaker, I also didn’t know that when I put audio into power points for school I am actually doing that illegally. In high school I was under the impression that anything without the little CR for copyright was available for my usage, but after watching the podcast I realized I was very wrong. No matter the purpose you are using the material for, people should be credited for their hard work. As a teacher, I will begin the year by telling my students the legal way through assignments and give them a basic assignment on how to complete papers, citations and other projects correctly. I will try to minimize the incorrect use of copyright through projects and lessons so no one is discredited.
After this week, I have better learned how to incorporate files, make a correct permission slip and have figured out creative ways to send information out to students and parents. I have extreme struggle with mail merge and still and having difficulty with it. I think that if I am able to improve on it I will find it more useful, but as of right now I do not understand it and find it hard to execute properly. The skills I learned in making a newsletter will be very helpful since I am trying to pursue younger grades. Kids love pictures and colors so it allows me to get creative for the simplest of things throughout teaching.
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