Internet Based Research

There are plenty of web-based resources that I could use to help me further my students’ education and make it easier for them to learn. Examples of these web-based resources may be online newspaper that my students can explore to see the new from the past and present, both in our country and others as well. Also, I would use educational games and virtual tours that I can use to help my students learn and interact in a fun way. Web-based resources can be very fun for kids and also keep them learning throughout the entire process.

I think that the Internet should be used to support student research along with other resources. Of course teacher would still want to stick to going to a library and teaching their students how to find information through books. Today in this day you can find books online through your computer, FSU’s library has online databases that don’t even require you to leave your bed to find books and resources. I know as a college student I am constantly using the Internet to research much more than any other resource. The Internet contains a vast amount of information that is relatively easy to access if you know how to look for it. A downside to Internet research is the fact that not all website are credible, Wikipedia for example may have information that is correct but people have the ability to go in and change things making them inaccurate. This is a downfall of research.

I have always referred to Google to research for school ever since middle school and still use it today at FSU. I have learned different ways that have made my searches more accurate and effective throughout this week’s module. Citing my information was never a necessity unless a teacher required a work cited or bibliography, any other time I did not care. I did not know Creative Commons was even a thing before this week. I think it is a good way to share your information allowing you to have restrictions and boundaries. I use my research as reference and only copy word for word if I am quoting correctly. After hearing about Creative Commons I will be more aware of who I am giving credit to and the sources I come upon during internet research.

Working with Inspiration was a completely new experience for me. I had never used concept maps and diagrams myself, although I had seen then used in classroom throughout the years. I think it is a great way for teachers and students to organize their thoughts onto an aesthetically appealing visual. As a visual learner myself concept maps really help me to get an idea of what I am learner and I can relate the information back to the images/graphics. I plan to use concept maps in my own classroom down the line, but I want to better prepare myself before hand. I think playing around with the program and exploring the graphics and different design ideas will help to me improve.

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The website that I am writing a visual critique of is The website uses a good color scheme of red, yellow and black. The yellow and red pop out enough to grab your attention but it is not too overwhelming. The font and size fit well with the page and you could easily find information. The only downfall in my opinion is that there are too many focuses on the screen at once. The website is made entirely of articles or videos accompanied by a picture icon. There seems to be too many article links on the main page there is an appealing row of article links at the top of the page set up like a banner, but then underneath it there are article links placed everywhere so it is a bit overwhelming. I think that visual tools are very useful in helping students learning because it is very easy to appeal to your target audience with the right set up and graphics. Find something that students can relate to and focus on that. Growing up with various websites, power points and online games may have already made students more prone to visual tools without them even realizing. They further help a student learn.

The open content and open source concept introduced this week sounds like a very good and effective idea. I had not given much thought to it before but being able to get information from a plethora of teachers can give you a lot of different perspectives and insight on a topic. It brings teachers together, it allows them to all form ideas on a topic and can show you a different perspective on a topic, opening your eyes to it. This makes it easier for teachers to focus on the quality of the work rather than sitting and trying to find different places to get it. I like open sourcing and open content and would like to learn more about it and interact with it as much as possible.

Working with Inspiration 9 this week was really fun for me. I enjoyed being able to make easy and fun handouts for my future students. This is a new program I can take advantage of and it was not difficult to use at all. This program allows you to incorporate information and visuals which I enjoy being a visual learner think that I would use this often since I want to go into elementary education, being able to add colors graphics and pictures appeals to kids and make learning more fun. Next time I use this program I can improve by having a more solid topic to talk about and more information to back it up.

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Microsoft Word: no longer so simple

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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Digital Natives, is that what we are turning into?

I believe that computers are essential for educational experience today because of how far technology has come and how our generations are becoming so engulfed in technology. As a student myself, I know kids are constantly on their phones, or computers during class and rather than let them surf the web on meaningless websites, teachers should find ways to interact with them through their devices. This will drawn in the attention of the students and allow them to better use their devices during class. Computers also allow students to achieve their full academic potential because it is providing them with interacting tools that can help them to increase their knowledge. A concern that I have with teachers and students using computers it that the content being seen is hard to monitor 24/7. A student can be on a computer and not be doing the correct assignment and unless restrictions are specifically put on each computer, the student is able to go off task and do something not related to their work. Also, some teachers and students do not have access to computers or do not have the basic knowledge of how to use computers. This would require teachers and students to be taught how to use them and also these expensive machines would need to be provided to those who could not obtain them themselves. I believe that I will use computers in my classroom as a side tool, it will not be the primary learning method in my class. I plan on teaching younger ages of children and I believe I should not submerse them into technology so early, and they should still be exposed to the traditional learning methods that I experienced as a child. The computers will primarily be used for kids to look up certain information and play educational games. The issues raised in chapter 1 are valid concerns that I too agree with. It shows a different perspective for using computers and I think that it can help to show benefits of computer use in classrooms.

I believe that “Digital Native” is an accurate label for my generation along with the younger generations. More often than not you see kids younger and younger receiving smartphones and tablets to use for entertainment all day long. I remember not getting my first phone until high school, and even then it was not a smartphone. As a babysitter, I personal experience my toddlers constantly grabbing at my phone, trying to play games and use the incredible invention that is a camera. These young children seem to know just as much about my phone as I do and they are only children. Technology has had much more of an impact as they grow up, providing entertainment and education all the time. I see a big different in the use of technology between my peers and teachers. Older genrations are not as adapted to the newer technologies and many of them do not seem to have an intentions of learning how to use these technologies because that is not what they grew up on. I can personally relate, my high school Italian teacher refused to use the smart boards provided in classrooms and rather used the chalkboard/white board provided. She did not feel that his technology would benefit us anymore than the traditional ways she used. I think that younger generations like technology more because it allows you to do so much more than you can imagine and it pushed boundaries that old teaching methods could not.

Personal learning networks are various communities of people that you are able to interact with to learn more about education. These people vary from peers to professional and can be very helpful in sharing information on different grade level classroom ideas or helping to give solutions to questions. These personal learning networks provide you with different lesson plan ideas comprised by masters teachers to allow you to present yourself online in a professional manner. They also help you to find solutions to teaching questions and problems you may be faced with.

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My name is Tiffani Colacurcio and I am a freshman here at Florida State. My prior experiences using technology are pretty basic. I recently took a computer literacy class online here at Florida State which gave me the basic ability to format Excel spreadsheets and create a fully functioning PowerPoint with timed slides and graphics. This class has given me a baseline for using technology, but since I have not applied these skills anywhere outside of the class I do not remember them in detail.

I am hoping that this class will provide me with the skills to use different forms of technology, which I can then use in a future classroom to better interact with my students and help them to reach their full potential. I believe that we should grow with technology and that it should be readily available for us. These newer generations are consumed by technology, so I figure It’d be best to adapt to it and be able to connect with our students through technology. 

This learning survey showed me many things on how I would best learn. I found out that I am active, sensing, visual, and sequential learner. My scores indicated that I am very much so active and visual and moderately sensing and sequential. Active learners retain information best by talking about what they have learned,”Let’s try it out and see how it works” is an active learner’s phrase. Studying in groups can help active learners as well. Sensing learners like learning facts, tend to be more practical and careful than intuitors, and Sensors don’t like courses that have no apparent connection to the real world. Visual learners remember best what they see–pictures, diagrams, flow charts, time lines, films, and demonstrations. Being in college inhibits me as a visual learning because of the prominence put on lectures, so by drawing lines with arrows between concepts to show connections or color coating my notes I can help improve my learning. Finally, a sequential learner tends to gain understanding in linear steps, with each step following logically from the previous one. Logic is how we mainly find the answers to our questions and learn from them.

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