Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Blog Post 16 Final Reflection

Blog Post #5 Final Post

Throughout EDM310 we have started to create our own PBL's as well as connect with others such a teachers, and students. Having a variety of different students are teachers on your PLN are very helpful. You can branch out and ask for help, advice, or even just have an educational conversation.

On my PBL I plan on following all my professors. When I first started the PLN I followed everyone Dr. Strange told us to on twitter and these people post some really neat things. From doing our Comment4Teachers (C4T) assignments I have found teachers blog that I enjoy reading. One of the blogs I enjoyed the most is Lucacept- Intercepting The Web. You will not be disappointed when you look at this blog!

C4K for April


Post 1-Katy K's Blog
In her post she talked about the sport tennis. She talkes about hoe much fun the sport is. She also said that sometimes you can miss school for tennis matches. In commenting, I told her i have never played tennis but it sounds like a fun sport to try out sometime.

Post 2- Kalonji's Blog
In the blog, she said that Xavier gave her $8. In commenting, I told her that was nice for him to do. I also asked her why he gave it to her?

Post 3- Harry's Blog
In Harry's blog, he posted a video that some of his friends made. In the video you were suppose to find the high jump bar. In commenting, I told him that his video was very neat and could tell that it took a lot of time to put together. I thought it was very good post.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Blog Post #13

What are the difficulties with technology in the classroom?


I have liked learning about all the advantages of technology in the classrooms but I want to take a look at both sides this week. In elementary school I took a class that was suppose to help students become proficient typers. Most students in my class played games and got on social media instead of doing the assignment. Although, there are many pro's there are con's to using technology in the classroom also.

Pros & Cons: Is Elementary Too Early for 1:1 Technology?

The first con is reading a physical book. There is something important for young students about holding a physical book and understanding the basic essence of reading from left to right, top to
bottom, and page to page.

The second con is movement some people fear the 1:1 elementary classrooms will utilize technology every movement, leaving no space for physical education or athletic movement, and in an ever-increasingly obese society this causes alarm.

The last con is using concrete manipulatives in math, children learn one-to-one correspondence through the use of physical manipulatives including fingers.

In conclusion, students in elementary classrooms are not to young to benefit from technology. Care must be taken to ensure that the benefits are maximized. I think that technology is great to use in the classroom. I do think that it's downfalls that need to be taken into consideration too.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

C4T #3

Post 1-#ShapeSeattle
In this blog, he talks about a trip that he is about to take. He post everyday about how his day was and what he is doing. Also in his blog he thanks people that have made an impact on him while on his trip. This was a very good post and i enjoyed reading it. In commenting, I told him that I thought it was nice that his work let him off a whole week. I also liked that he mentioned people he met and was thankful for along the way.

Post 2- Cathy Jonelson
In her blog she has a video. In the video it talks about library and what people think of them today.
The video saids that library's are doing much more today. Library's became experts at organizing the books. The video saids that now we have more access to anything ever before. In commenting, I told her I liked the video and I liked that the video talks about hat librarians use to do.

Blog Post #12

kids on ipad

The video Assistive Technologies fir Vision and Hearing Impaired Students really shed light on how much extra time is needed with special needs children. As a group we never experienced having classes with vision or hearing impaired students and never fully understood the extreme importance of one on one time with each student, but after watching this video we are more educated. These videos and articles informed us about new technologies that are available for vision and hearing impaired students and how teachers can use them in their classrooms. Here is what we learned.


Remote microphone hearing assistance technology (HAT) delivers the speech signal from the microphone to other audio devices so students can have easier access to what the teacher is saying. HAT devices can bring the speech and sound signals from the microphone to your child in a number of ways:

  1. Directly to your child’s hearing aid, cochlear implant or other hearing device via a hearing loop;
  2. Directly to your child’s hearing aid, cochlear implant or other hearing device via a wireless receiver that your child wears;
  3. To a strategically positioned loudspeaker that benefits your child and others in the room;
  4. To a single, personal loudspeaker close to your child.

This technology does not only help the hearing impaired, but also others students that may have a hard time hearing from the back of the classroom.


Here are the features Wesley uses:

  • Voice controlled
  • Uses gestures to navigate through all the features of the IPad
  • Swipes finger across screen to determine what app to choose and then double taps to select the app
  • Swipes three fingers across IPad to flip pages
  • IPad reads the books to you and it is the only ereader that does voice control for books
Coming from Ipad owners, we did not know that these features were accessible for the vision impaired, but we believe that IPads are a wonderful tool for teaching through technology.

Reading braille is linear and this tool allows the vision impaired to vertically compute math problems, because number placement is necessary for students to be able to understand more complex math problems. With this technology, the vision impaired students are able to drag their fingers across the board and read the math problem just as any other student would be able to. It would also help non-impaired students be able to clearly visualize math problems.