Saturday, April 23, 2011

Journal # 9 (NETS-T 1,2,3,5)

Waters, J.K. (2011). Teaching green. t|h|e journal, 38(4), 13-14. Retieved from

In the article Teaching Green the author talks about the education of earth day and when it first came about forty one years ago. Earth Day is actually supposed to teach about causes that have to do with the environment. A curriculum subject was introduced into the k-12 school systems a long time ago and educators from across the United States have access to many different resources for teaching green. The author shows some examples of what resources are actually out there in the school systems. The classroom earth is only for high school students and teachers. The site provides many lessons for teachers to give to their students about the environment away from the main school curriculum. In the news section of classroom earth, teachers can access environmental articles, and this site offers geography information, plus information for several different lessons. A walk in the woods is also another resource aimed at 3-5th grade levels. This resource provides an online trip through the woods with different photos, good details, and sound effects. The website also includes nature notes which allows students to scrapbook their own adventures-through the woods online.

Question 1:
Is the Walk in the woods resource entertaining enough for elementary school children?
I believe that educators will continue to improve the Walk in the Woods resource to make sure students are staying interested in the importance of the subject matter. If I were a student in elementary school and got to take an online trip through the woods and learning about the environment I would enjoy this web site especially if I am allowed to scrapbook and reflect on my experiences with my fellow peers in class.

Question 2:
Should Earth Day be apart of the academic curriculum?
I believe it definitely should be in the curriculum for all level of education. It is important to focus on math, science, and english but children need to have an awareness for what is going on outside of the class room. They need to know the importance of recycling, and respecting the environment including all animals and people in it. If students are not being trained at home how to act the right way on the streets then at least they will be able to learn in school with their classroom teachers.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Journal #6 (NETS-T 3,4,5)

Warlick, D. (2009). Grow your personal learning network. Learning & Leading With Technology, 36(6), 12-16. Retrieved from

This article discusses the different ways personal learning networks (PLN’s) have come to evolve with the new age of technological advances. It describes how to utilize a variety of new web-based applications to build and cultivate a PLN. As a future educator, following this article will teach me to use information from other professional educators, experts in a certain field of study, current news and searches, student perspectives, and many other web-based sources to assist me in the growing technological era. The concept of a PLN is the same as it has ever been. The article states “there is nothing new about personal learning networks.” A PLN is created by anyone at any time with any amount of information he or she wishes. The modern day technology has enabled users to put together new kinds of networks that extend far beyond any one immediate location. We are also now able to feed our networks with other people’s ideas and opinions that are common with our own, enabling our networks to grow immensely.

Question 1:
How will using a Personal Learning Network benefit my teaching a Physical Education class?
A PLN as a teaching source in a Physical Education class doesn’t seem like it would be very effective. However, with access to a personal learning network I will be able to increase my teaching ability by seeking other instructors of P.E. courses. Looking at their networks will give e an idea of the do’s and don’ts I should come to expect. As far as utilizing it in a classroom environment, using the PLN, I will be attaching links to different activities that will be useful in exercise.

Question 2:
Is it possible to utilize a PLN internationally or just across the states?
As the internet is accessible to information throughout the world, the same applies to any Personal Learning Network. Any number of networks can be connected to one PLN regardless of its global location. Although, having access to information around the world may not be quite as beneficial as it seems. Teaching credentials and policies are not the same in every state, let alone every country. So it’s a good idea to look for the information you need in areas that are suitable to your topic of interest.

Journal #8 (NETS-T 4, 5)

Bogacz, R., & Gordillo, M.G. (2011). Should schools be held responsible for cyberbullying?. Learning and Leading with Technology, 38(6), 6-7. Retrieved from

This article brings up a good point about technology being a new way for students to bully each other while school teachers and parents have no idea they are doing it. Bullying is seriously stated in this article as being something that teachers and parents can help stop if they know how to stop it. The author states in the article that teachers need to know what cyber bullying is so they can react to it the correct way by telling an administrator right away before thinking it is not a big deal. The article discusses how parents should be involved not only with their children’s education, but with their time at home outside of the class room. The author, Renee Bogacz believes the only way to know students are doing the right thing online is to have all access to their accounts including email, and social networking sites. Bogacz also points out that not only teachers and parents need to be aware of the bullying going on at school, but keeping students aware of what they might not know is harmful to another person. Not only are students able to stop what they are doing because they know it is wrong, but they may be the victim in the situation and scared to tell an administrator. The article states that students should stand up against bullying at all times. The author Bogacz also mentions the reasons for person to person bullying and cyber bullying taking place in the schools. Many children have no love at home so they take all their anger out on other children because that is all they know. Education starts with the parents before children are even put into school. This article helps promote the importance of keeping cyber bullying away form the school sites and educating everyone who has an involvement in the learning process.

Question 1:
Do I think that students should stand up against cyber bullying?

I believe that no matter what the circumstance is students should always stand up for themselves and tell a teacher or parent what is going on before the problem continues to escalate somewhere down the line. If a student tells on another student that child should always remain anonymous so he or she never seems like the tattle tailor in the situation. By informing children more and more about cyber bulling and how it relates to regular non electronic bullying, students will not have to feel scared about telling on another student. If the student knows the importance for telling the teacher he will only be benefitting himself and the rest of the school as well.

Question 2:
Do I think parents should be aloud to have their child’s account information online?

I do not think parents should be aloud to have full access to their children’s social networks, but an email is not pushing the limits. A parent can already go online and see what their children are doing without having to take all of their personal freedom from them. I see huge trust issues in this matter and I do not thing that children are going to have a trusting relationship with their parents for long if they are not going to let them access the internet without being watched twenty four seven. Yes I thing they should be watched sometimes and asked questions but going as far a s to read your kids texts and face book messages is wrong.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Journal #7 My Personal Learning Network

NETS-T 3,4,5

My personal learning network is an entire collection of people throughout my area or across the United States who have been exchanging information with me online about education in the school systems today. My personal learning network is not only learning about different educational topics from friends and family, but teachers and administrators as well. My PLN will help me as a future educator mainly because I will have access to many different social media tools, such as blogs, twitter, facebook, Diigo, and many more. If I ever need anything answered I can always go online and search different educators from all different areas. Write now my pln is not very big but it will grow as time passes.

My use of twitter has been very beneficial for me because I am able to instantly tweet and join different educational chats that interest me. I like using twitter because it can be used not only for friends, but professionals in my field as well. Twitter can be very educational when I choose to follow the right people. I have a few classmates in my network who I have taken interest in through out education 422. I am also following phys educator, and NASPE for physical education. I am following both of these chats mainly because I want to be a pe teacher and I need to be updated on the NASPE standards for physical education in California. Quinnovator, and Blairteach are two professional educators that I am also following through #ntchat with Lisa Dabbs @teachingwthsoul. The chats topic was class sizes in California elementary schools. I began this chat on April 13th at seven thirty. Lisa Dabbs is an educational coach/consultant, and former principal. She mentioned in the chat that there are tons of layoffs right now in California, and the class sizes are going above 35 for an elementary classroom. I was glad that I am able to see the change in class size from 20 to now 35 in many elementary classes. I mentioned in the chat that I have been observing classrooms and have seen two teachers collaborating together to teach one class. I am glad I had the opportunity to learn from a person who has already been teaching for years, and I did not have to talk to her in person because I can learn a lot online from twitter alone.

Using Diigo as a portal on my PLN will allow me to access blogs from other classroom teachers, giving me a better idea of what I can expect and what is to be expected of me as a future educator. Diigo serves as a sort of multi-tool, assisting me with answers to future questions and obstacles I may come across from other educators not only within my school district, but within the state and even around the world as well. There are three links that I tagged as PLN because of their significance in my becoming a better teacher. By using these tagged links I am able to access different websites to connect to other online users for advice and helpful posts in an educational standpoint. For example, I tagged Educational Wikis as one of my sources on Diigo. This site serves as an effective way for me to gather select information on anything from a classroom discussion topic to outside activity engaging students in physical activity. The Educational Wikis is a collaborative website that allows registered users to create and edit any number of interlinked web pages. It encourages the sharing of information and collaborative learning. As a future educator, I will be able to utilize this tool in an every-day, weekly, or even a month-to-month basis to improve my teaching.

Digital Discussion Forums-
I went on classroom 2.0 for my digital discussion forum and found a blog post titled classroom management questions, by Kelly Hazard. As a future educator Kelly knows there are many tools out there to manage a classroom, but she was wondering if there are any specific things that anyone has used to be effective. Andrew said there is no one set way to manage a class. I agree with Andrew, that you can have a set plan prior to beginning the class, but children’s emotions, and experience will change day to day. Classroom management is something I will be able to plan but may not fall through exactly how I want it to. Andrew tells Kelly it is about building culture in the classroom of mutual respect and responsibility. I definitely agree that classroom management will bring respect and with that said, the learning process will run a lot smoother for all of my students.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Journal 4: It's Time to Trust Teachers with the Internet (NETS-T 3,4,5)

Dian Schaffhause, (2010, December) – “It’s Time to Trust Teachers with the Internet-A Conversation with Meg Ormiston”, promote and model digital etiquette and responsible interactions related to the use of technology and information. Retrieved by

Summary: This article emphasizes the importance of the allowance of internet access in schools. In doing so, this will give instructors the capability to fully incorporate their issued computers in their students’ learning. With the restrictions on the internet, teachers are limited to the amount of information they are able to retrieve and give during a lesson and online homework assignments. These restrictions also deter students from the amount of information they would learn if otherwise allowed. All the barriers that are set up are seen as a trust issue between the school head and its teachers. The article displays, what seems to be, the fact that schools simply do not trust teachers, “the very individuals they’ve hired for their training and certification as professionals formally qualified to care for children in a classroom setting”. What I gather from this article brings me to wonder why any internet access of any at all is allowed if there is little to no trust in the teachers.
Question 1: According to the article, how are you, as an educator, able to fully engage your students in following in-class technological assignments that require vigorous research if they are unable to openly access the internet?
Answer1: In short, I’m not. All the barriers get in the way of me being able to give an assignment with the necessity of an open internet connection.
Question 2: What is beneficial in the correction of the trust issue between schools and their teachers in regards to the use of technology?
Answer 2: Most importantly, teachers will have the freedom to assign particular work to be researched and completed through the internet without having to go through the trouble of having restrictions on certain sites.