Alas the podcast is still a massive failure and I sounded really good.  In a nut shell I believe that teaching is suppose to be 99% about the kids and 1% about the job.  If their needs are not being met they are virtually unteachable.  They need to be listened to and really heard.  They need respect and understanding.  They need the chance to take the reigns and run the classroom from time to time, they know more than they are given credit for and the other student will pay attention to them.  Don’t be afraid to share yourself with them.  Earn their trust through self revelation and letting them know the real you.  Share your experiences and stories with them.  We are all human and all equal.  I am not above my students and vise versa.  There will be rules and consequences in my room and they will be consistent as will I.  Children need boundaries and need to feel safe and cared for.

These are just of few of the ideas and beliefs I have when it comes to teaching



Kids love being on screen and what better way to get student to learn from each other.  Instead of a written book report, have the student make a quick summery in the way of a performance.  Stream a video about the Civil War as opposed to reading out of a textbook.  Make a video on the playground using the kids to teach the rules of the equipment or hallway expectations.  Have students explore the school, and document what the staff members do, such as the custodian and the office manager, put a face and a name together.  These are good things to have around for those new kids in your class that need to get up to speed fast.  It would also be nice for new students to be greeted by a welcoming video upon arriving in their new classroom.  These are all things students can do once taught how.

Georgia O’Keefe lesson

I tried to incorporate a few different technologies in my lesson plan.  I found a website that allows for students to use either a mouse or their finger to draw with.  This would be useful for students when drawing their choice of pictures that resemble Ms. O’Keeffe’s pictures. This meets the standard ..create original works as means of personal or group expression. This would be helpful for those students who struggle with a mouse.  http://awwapp.com/draw.html  This is a very easy site to operate and it is FREE!  There are a limited number of drawing choices so I would guess this is a site for younger kids.  It is not a super exciting website but it does offer both mouse or touch screen options.

Web 2.0

The first site I picked was Beachionary because I would LOVE to visit any one of these beautiful places.  It is a site that answers all kinds of questions about beaches worldwide and surrounding areas.  It have beach rating and areas for review comments.  This could be linked to a geography lesson or perhaps an oceanography unit.  It would help students …develop technology-enriched learning environments that enable all students to pursue their individual curiosities and become active participants in setting their own educational goals.  Other than the pictures I am not sure if young students would give a rip one way or the other, definitely geared toward the older student. http://www.beachionary.com/

Ekoloko is the next site I checked out and it was an interactive game that explored to real and virtual world through different activities and quests.  There was a main focus on respect for all, people and the earth as well.  This site is a model for promoting and modeling digital citizenship and responsibility.  Each student has to have their own account and some of the information required, the students might not know.  It is a cool idea and it might be fun for the younger kids maybe between 7 and 9.  It seems a great tool for promoting responsible behavior and respectful interaction with others while being environmentally responsible too.  It is very simple to use and has an audible voice to guide the student along.   http://us.ekoloko.com/

The last site I checked out was Chesskids.  It is a site that teaches kids how to play chess and kids are about to compete with other site members.  This site seems to promote, support and model creative and innovative thinking and inventiveness.  This is a site where kids are responsible for their own learning and it should promote self discipline though perseverance. All you need to know for this sight is how to operate a computer.  There is a parent sign in area that allows for multiple kids on the same account.  It is a cool site for anyone looking to learn to play chess.  There is quite a bit of reading and the strategies are tough to understand so this would be a site for the older ones, 5th grade and up.http://www.chesskid.com/

All in all there are some amazing sites all wrapped up into one convenient spot and I could loose hours poking around but have to go fix dinner now.  Thank you for reading


This week’s look at the TPACK model and analyze how it might work for us.  This is one approach to the introduction of the subject and an attempt to get a better understanding.

Analyze –

The students will have no prior knowledge of the TPACK system and what it means.

State objectives –

To educate and inform ED 270 classmates what TPACK looks like and how it can be used.

Select strategies for instruction –

Show the students the TPACK model

I would use discussion and inquiry to first make sure we are all on the same page when it comes to the vocabulary involved.

Video –


This was very informative.

Using technology –

We would need a computer, projector and IPADS for research

Require learners participation –

Students would be paired up in groups of four, each required to research word meanings and the present.


I would open up a http://padlet.com discussion page and have students write about what they now think of TPACK and how it might be useful.

The TPACK Image (rights free). Read below to learn how to use the image in your own works. Right click to download the high-resolution version of this image.

Good presentations

This weeks reading was very informative and left me with a lot to think about.  There is much more “scientific research” into even casual presentations than I can imagine.  Breaking the screen into a grid was a new one for me and also the screen being interpreted in thirds.  I completely agree with the notion of adding real life pictures that others can relate with and perhaps evoke some emotion.  I had never considered using repetition but it makes complete sense.  Using contrast to help grab your audience is a must.  The most important aspect of a presentation is the presenter. Practice, practice, practice is the only way to go.  If you get up in front of a group of people and blow it, it won’t matter how good your work was because it won’t be remembered.  I also enjoyed some of the other helpful suggestions I found at this site.  http://mason.gmu.edu/~montecin/web-eval-sites.htm