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week 11: Meme creation

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I have to admit, I struggled with this week’s assignment. I never created any memes before and the websites that I was experimenting with were not so cooperative. I was having a hard time saving it with the meme generator. I then turned to create an image just using my computer tools but then I had a hard time figuring out how to post that image. I use Smart notebook to edit pictures for my classroom so I figured this would be easy. However, when I needed to post this online, I found this a struggle. So I went back to searching for online sites.  I continued to search for meme generators. I found http://www.quickmeme.com . This seemed to be “firsttime user friendly” site. I created two memes since I couldn’t decided which would be better.  According to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meme, “A meme acts as a unit for carrying cultural ideas, symbols or practices, which can be transmitted from one mind to another through writing, speech, gestures, rituals or other imitable phenomena”. With that said, I was going for the theme that everything changes over time, especially school.

                Both of the images show how times have changed through education over the years. The first one that I created is a Flickr image of post it notes. The original image can be found at http://www.flickr.com/photos/peggyozsuada/8165641450/. This is a creative commons image that was obtained from Flickr. I used this site to add text over top of the image. I was going for the theme that post it notes ultimately posted and pinned things back in the day just like technology currently does today. The great invention of the post it helped people mark the things or “pin” the things they like. Also post it notes were used in my family as the “tell the family where you are headed” piece of paper by the phone. Post it notes were the start of technology.

                My second meme reflects my personal journey as a student over time. In the 90s when I was going through school, the typical school supply were pencils. Now, the students typical school supply is technology. I obtained  both creative commons images from Flickr at   Ihttp://www.flickr.com/photos/mitmensch0812/2518815566/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevendepolo/4873961061/

I needed to merge the images together to represent the change over time with student’s school supplies. I used smart notebook to merge the images then I used Jing to capture the screen shot. I then uploaded the image to the generator and added my words. This meme describes how the times have changed in simple school supplies.

My memes can be viewed at the following websites:

http://qkme.me/3rqg4t

http://www.quickmeme.com/meme/3rqg2p/

 

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How do I use Quizlet.com

The below sites will show brief demonstrations that I prepared through the use of Jing and screencast.com. The videos will help the user become familiar with the basics of this site.
This website will show how to start a set of flashcards.

http://www.screencast.com/t/QKD2qQwWXoma
This video shows how to create a set of flashcards and add the vocabulary definition.

http://www.screencast.com/t/qlIWK5ZZk
Lastly, this video will capture what the student will see when they enter this site. It will also highlight what they can do once they log in.

http://www.screencast.com/t/t4LsZqaNA9

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The founder of Quizlet.com discusses the service

This video will show the founder of Quizlet discussing its advantages in a brief segment of a morning show. He was a student when he discovered such a great sit.

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Let’s take a look at Quizlet. com

http://animoto.com/play/lIwPkZbtt1X0SN4e8TJdDQ

This video highlights the advantages to using Quizlet.com. I created this video through the animoto.com service. The teacher simply creates vocabulary sets and the student can study these at home.

 

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Technology Tool Project

Being a teacher, this tool has wonderful potential for my personal productivity. I develop these Quizlets so the students can learn key vocabulary at home. I’ve noticed most students would rather use technology to learn the vocabulary words than study through paper and pencil. With the generation that I am teaching, I always try to connect to them. One easy way to connect is through the use of technology. This simple program will help me become more connected to them but also help the student learn. There are many advantages to this site. The students can monitor their own learning while focusing their attention to the words that they need to remember. Also, the students will be using  free technology so that will be convenient for them. The student can either use the teacher created set of vocabulary words or create their own set of vocabulary words. The computer will generate a definition or the user can insert their own definition for the vocabulary word. One disadvantage to this type of program would be that it would not cater to those students that do not have internet access at home.

I have also shared these tools with colleagues. Similarly, my colleagues now like to use Quizlet. I am glad that I can teach my fellow teachers about such a great website. All subjects can utilize this service to help students learn. My fellow teachers not only use it for their students, but use it for their own studying for their doctorate level classes. By teaching others, I am growing professionally in my productivity.

You will see three videos attached to this blog. The first video will describe what Quizlet is all about and the potential it has. The second video will describe how to use this site using Jing. The last video that you will see is the founder of the site getting interviewed on a morning show. He describes how he uses this site.

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Week 10: Copyright

Looking back on my blog posts, I can say the posts that I am most unsure about are the ones which I “jinged”. This may or may not be a word but to me it means that I simply took a screen shot of a part of a website through Jing then added it to my post. Most of the times, I did not get a Google image rather I screen captured the website.  I used Jing to take a snap shot of various websites and then I simply posted it into my blog. By doing such a copy/ paste technique it just makes me unsure of myself. Although, in most of my screen shots I gave credit to the website, I just feel that it is still not enough credit. In a blog, is it proper to go ahead and site each source using apa/mla format? According to Renee Hobbs, something can be copyrighted as soon as it is created. Since I created this screen shot does this mean that no one else can steal this screen shot? However, according to the Fairy Use video, an idea cannot be copyrighted. This was just an idea that turned into an image after “Jinging”. After thinking about the articles and what I’ve been taught in the past, I am just not confident on how to cite these images.

                After looking at the publication by Cornell, the “checklist for conducting a fair use analysis”, it helped me determine what I feel comfortable using with my students. For example, I will be looking for sources then identifying how I will be using that source. For example, I can either use that as educational, productive or nonprofit.  I will then look at the nature of the copyrighted material and the amount copied. Lastly, I will look at the effect on the market of the original. After I analyze all aspects I will determine if this is something that I feel comfortable using.

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Week 9: Google Docs

Recently, a fellow science teacher introduced Google docs to me. I’ve used this before so I wasn’t so sure how he was going to elaborate on such a topic. Sure enough, he briefed me on Google Docs in the classroom. He explained how such a service can be used to create assessments. I never knew such a thing was possible! I was intrigued mostly with the computer grading such an assignment. He mentioned that I would need to organize my test questions in a spreadsheet format. The spreadsheet will organize all of the student’s answers so the teacher can see all 135 answers just right there. Little things like this would make a teachers grading load reduce drastically. I also learned that many students can log into the Google Doc at once and submit their answers at once. This use of Google Docs just seems genius.

Being, it was such a brief conversation, this is definitely  something that I would like to further research. I want to utilize his expertise in a mini lesson eventually to learn how to do this for my own classroom. I would like to watch tutorials, read handbooks and mainly speak to him to answer all of my many unanswered questions.   Some of my unanswered questions include:

1.  Do the students need an email account to take the test?

2. Can the students see the scores as soon as they submit it?

3.  How do I do create a test?

4. Can I go back and delete questions once the students have taken it?

 

* If any of you have any background on creating a test on Google Docs, please let me know.

Some useful websites that I have in my searching so far include:

http://www.quiz-creator.com/blog/2009/09/making-online-quiz-with-google-docs-1-creating-quizzes/

http://planetoftheweb.com/components/promos.php?id=534

 

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Google Form

I will use parts of this video to make my test.

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Week 8: Edupunk

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Above photo is taken from EDUPUNK battle royale on Youtube.

When I first heard this question, I though immediately yes I would feel comfortable stepping out of the institutionally supported technologies, however I started thinking. I would like to consider myself both a teacher and a student. If I look at this question with my teacher hat on, I would like to say yes I feel comfortable stepping out of the supported technologies. I always am looking for ways to step out of the box as a teacher and by presenting different technologies I feel that I am succeeding. According to Wikipedia, it quotes The New York Times; The New York Times defines it as “an approach to teaching that avoids mainstream tools like PowerPoint and Blackboard, and instead aims to bring the rebellious attitude and D.I.Y. ethos of ’70s bands like The Clash to the classroom.” With this said, I can say I am avoiding mainstream tools like PowerPoint (to the point where I never made a PowerPoint for teaching ever) I think it is very imperative to avoid such mainstreams to keep the engagement of the student. I personally believe it is up to the teacher to keep up to date with the technologies available for a couple of reasons. Not only do I want to stay current with the technologies but I think the students will be more engaged.

However, as a student if I look at this question, I can confidently give a different answer. I think I am set in my ways, given that this is my 8th year at UD. I have used Sakai  and MyCourses throughout and became comfortable with each. According to the article in the chronicle posted at http://chronicle.com/article/Blogs-Instead-of-Blackboard/44412/, it stated “When Blackboard is down, it’s like the door to the college is nailed shut,” said Joseph Ugoretz, director of technology and learning at CUNY’s Macaulay Honors College, explaining that some professors use the software to administer quizzes and teach online.” I can completely agree with this statement because most courses in my higher education required use of Sakai, or MyCourses. It was true that I panicked when I did not have access to these sites. With this said, as a student I would like to just use what I am familiar with and complete the assignments. At this point, I do not have time to learn a new LMS because I have many hats to juggle. I am very open to change but when it comes to learning content then earning a grade for that content, I am very simple. Whichever way that I can learn my content and earn a grade for this will work for me. Obviously change will take place in the future and I am content with these systems changing. When those changes happen I will embrace it with hesitation only because I have become familiar with programs already.

There are many implications of going ‘Edupunk’. Some big ideas of going “Edupunk” are some that Anya shared in the video clip. I learned that DIY credential technology makes education inclusive. She was very optimistic about going Edupunk because of the growth of the learners curiosity. She states it is an “exciting time to be a learner.” Learners can determine their self fate collectively through technology. Basically the opportunities for learners are growing! DIY will help drive down cost of getting high quality education. According to “EDUPUNK battle” Jim Groom  states that “Edupunk brings culture into learning.” I think that was the overarching theme throughout this week.

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DIY learning: how to organize a school science fair

This week’s assignment appeared very interesting. I would get to learn anything that I wanted. At first, I was thinking of something completely out of the box, but decided to limit it to something related to my profession. This year I was appointed to put on our school’s science fair. So, why not research how to organize a science fair?  The first thing that I needed to think about was the time frame that I had to learn about science fairs. Ideally, I can quick browse the web if I had only ten minutes to teach myself. While surfing the web, I can read other science fair coordinator’s ideas. The ideas can be found at http://school.discoveryeducation.com/sciencefaircentral/Coordinating-a-Science-Fair/Science-Fair-Coordinators-Checklist-What-should-I-do.html or http://jujijn.livejournal.com/75660.html. Another idea, that I can research and  learn in 10 minutes would be the science fair coordinator’s checklist. I came across a great checklist at http://school.discoveryeducation.com/sciencefaircentral/Coordinating-a-Science-Fair/Science-Fair-Coordinators-Checklist-What-should-I-do.html.

If I had about a week to look into the science fair, I can start following various science fair Twitter accounts. I would like to look into Twitter accounts over a week so I can fully look into all that they have to offer. The below is a screen capture of Twitter accounts that I started following that relate to science fairs. I also came across this site, http://www.google.com/events/sciencefair/educators.html  that I would like more than ten minutes to look at. This Google site has many ideas for educators that to truly get the whole idea from, I would need more time. I would also like to check out some YouTube videos to give me some fresh ideas about putting together a science fair. For example, http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=2A50A300F5AB5600 shows a series of videos. Lastly, I can dig through handbooks to get myself familiar with setting up a science fair. One handbook that I seemed to like was http://www.hs.fountainhillsschools.org/viewpdf.cfm?filename=FHHSScienceFairCoordinatorsHandbook.pdf. It seemed very helpful at this point in time.

This image is a screen shot the shows the accounts that I decided to follow to learn more about the science fair.

Lastly, If I had months to learn about how to put together a science fair, I would try to get out to the local community and research how other schools organize this. To go out and compile ideas from other schools, would be ideal too. One resource that I can use to find science fairs would be the virtual library of science fairs located at http://physics.usc.edu/~gould/ScienceFairs/. I can learn all about science fairs. It truly depends on how much time I have to teach myself all about science fairs. I have outlined various ways to teach myself about science fairs now it is up to me to find the time.

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