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Social Networking Sites

We all know that the social media/network is an instrument of communication; not only that, social media/network can also be a platform where students and teachers interact on a daily basis. A teacher can twit his/her student their next assignments or other announcements. Even short quizzes and trivia can be twitted. I for example have a twitter account and I sometimes post announcements thru twitter.

Facebook , a another social media platform is very useful to me since most of my students are active facebook users, I grabbed the chance to add them as friends not only to monitor their grammar on their posts but also to connect with them and add them to our classes’ group where I upload assignments and links to educational sites.

The social media offers an avenue for giving a flipped-classroom experience where students learn content online by watching video lectures, usually at home, and homework is done in class with teachers and students discussing and solving questions. Teacher interaction with students is more personalized – guidance instead of lecturing.

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Social media can indeed be an instrument for teaching. However, there are still issues and impact of social media that teachers should be aware of in order to provide a positive class experience to students and parents.

Issues and Impacts of Social Media:

–          Can take an inordinate amount of internet bandwidth

–          Takes time

–          False sense of privacy

–          Scams targeting teens

–          Spyware and adware installation

–          Screen acts as a moral disconnect

–          Marketed

–          Avoids face-to-face conversations

–          Make friends only online

–          The meaning of the word “friend” is changing and it puts children at risk

–          Cyber bullying

–          Cyber cheating

–          Cyber stalking

–          Age appropriate exposure

–          Internet safety

–          Student behavior

So before you post anything online, be sure to ask yourself:

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Website Building Made Easy

Before I decided to teach in public, I have made a website for my online store. I made it using wordpress website template. I found it hard to do and time-consuming maybe because I have a lot of stuff for sale or maybe because the website building process is new to me.

Now that I am a teacher in a newly established high school, I wanted to help the school be known to others by building a website for our school. Good thing the reporters in our EDUC 294 class have given me ideas on how to start my own website with ease.

 

Dos and Don’ts on Building a Website

Make a First Impression

Ask yourself:

–           Is this site credible?

–          Is this trustworthy?

–          Does it look professional?

–          How can I find what I want? (navigation tools)

–          Does this site make me feel welcome? (intro page)

–          Am I in the right place?

 

Great Design

–          Proper use of colors

–          Use appropriate animations, gadgets, and media

–          Have an organized layout

–          Proper typography (use of font, size and colors)

–          “Design is important but great content is the ultimate goal.”

 

Maintain consistency

–          Be aware of color combination and elements

 

Use the right images

–          stock images tend to me irrelevant use real image

 

Create solid navigation system

–          make it easy for the website visitor

 

Limit Flash and animation

–          HTML5 has no need for external plugins

–          Puffin supports flash in IPad

 

Make it accessible

–          Anyone visiting your website can view it no matter what device they use.

 

A recommended website builder is WIX.com which is a cloud-based web development platform that allows users to create HTML5-based (drag and drop) website.

 

 

What are the features of HTML 5?

–          Makes videos and audio accessible

–          Document type (drag-and-drop)

–          Customizable

–          Better interactions

–          Smarter storage

–          Legacy/cross browser support

–          Mobile ready

 

 

When the group of reporters recommended WIX.com, I immediately started building our school’s website there because I found it user-friendly and very easy to manipulate because of its drag-and-drop feature. There are also hundreds of website templates to choose from. The website I produced is customizable. Wix.com also has a mobile editor which makes it easy for me to visit my site and edit it using my cellular phone or tablet. 

 

 

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Data Analysis Software

It is tedious to do grade computations manually. Good thing we are introduced to the different data analysis software in my MA Edtech (Educ294) class.

Data Analysis Software

  • a software designed for analysis and interpretation of data using statistical measures
  • Allows ease and convenience on the part of the user since it will not require manual calculations
  • User shall be well versed with the basic statistical measures and inferences to use the software

 

Excel

  • A spreadsheet software developed by Microsoft for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS
  • It features calculations, graphing tools, pivot tables and macro programming language

 

SOFA Statistics

  • Statistics Open for All
  • SOFA is a user-friendly statistics, analysis, & reporting program.
  • It is free, with an emphasis on ease of use, learn as you go, and beautiful output.
  • SOFA lets you display results in an attractive format ready to share.

 

PSPP

  • A program for statistical analysis of sampled data
  • A free replacement for the proprietary program SPSS, and appears very similar to it with a few exceptions.
  • It can perform descriptive statistics, T-tests, ANOVA, linear and logistic regression, cluster analysis, reliability and factor analysis, non-parametric tests and more

 

My life as a teacher got easier when I learned about these tools. My sister who is conducting her thesis is even amazed when I computed for her research’s data which requires ANOVA with ease. She didn’t know I used PSPP to compute it! *wink*

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LEARNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

For my first year of teaching in a science high school, I wanted to impress my students by providing a quality education and better class management so I decided to incorporate technology in the classroom. Aside from the pen and paper activities and actual performances, I incorporate Edmodo to my class at first then I switched to Quipper when I found out it is more user-friendly and provides a very hands-on technical support (Filipino experts sends me text messages and tips thru facebook on how to use Quipper.) Quipper helped me a lot because it , made it easy for me to monitor my students’ progress because it gives a chart of my class’ scores in the quizzes I posted. Students find it easy to memorize concepts that boosted their confidence in grammar because they can retake timed quizzes if they got the answers wrong at the first try. This way they can gain mastery of the subject matter by learning it as if they were playing.

What is a LEARNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (LMS)?


A learning management system (LMS) is a software application or Web-based technology used to plan, implement, and assess a specific learning process.

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I have learned a lot from the report and the discussion that followed. Here are the points I want to share with you:

LMS offers a lot of benefits:

–       Cost effective

–       Efficient training

–       Centralized

–       Tracking/reposting of students’ grades

–       Immediate feedback

Here are the list of LMS you can choose from and their respective description:

Moodle

–       Is a complex system

–       Free but must be hosted by a server

–       Has lot of community support

–       Links open up to new sites

Sakai

–       Operates on Java

–       Integrates Google drive and dropbox

–       No broad community support compared to Moodle

Edmodo

–       Has facebook interface

–       Can post assignment

–       User-friendly

–       Timed set for visibility

–       Add teachers in community

Class Jump

–       user-friendly

–       easy and colourful interface

–       easy setup

–       good for beginners

–       fast upload

Edu 2.0 / NEO LMS

–       has discussion forum

–       has calendar

–       has group and individual messaging

–       gives assignment reminders

–       easy to operate

Schoology

–       has google drive

–       offers public courses

–       has cloud apps

–       no private messaging

Quipper School

–       user-friendly

–       has group and individual messaging

–       gives assignment reminders

–       good for beginners

–       offers k-12 courses for Filipinos

–       has colourful interface

–       add teachers’ community

ISSUES

–       no equal access for all

–       resistance to online teaching

–       not everyone learns the same way

–       often confused to be a teacher instead of a manager

–       training on using the LMS is required

If you are to use LMS in your class or school, you need:

–       to know how much you manage

–       what you want to track

–       budget

–       support

–       training and monitoring

–       school administration’s screening and approval

Here are the Criteria for choosing LMS:

–       user-friendly

–       computer system requirement

–       customization

–       work load for teacher

–       has/can provide parent’s account

–       gives access to apps and mobile ready

–       gives access to course content

–       has assessment and documentation feature

–       offers interactivity

–       has a supportive feature

–       sustains user’s interest

–       has time-saving feature

–       has a great visual design

–       has reference tools like dictionary, etc.

Here are the Benefits we have discussed about LMS:

For Parents: They may monitor their children’s progress, and they are updated.

For Teachers: They will have easy access to files, and it is efficient.

For Students: It is easier to monitor their performance, and it gives randomized items for quiz.

For the Administrators: They can customize the LMS. It has management reward system, and it helps in research.

Here are the Issues we have discussed about LMS

For Parents:  They may or may not have access to the account. There might be a digital divide. They may have no time for LMS. LMS may not be applicable to all because of parents’ variability and socio-economic status could also be an issue.

For Teachers:  LMS may give additional work. It may not be successful because of digital divide. Technology may sometimes fail and teachers are susceptible to being dependent to technology. IT support is always needed.

For Students: Digital divide and connectivity are also issues to consider in putting up LMS.

For Administrators: This may require large budget allocation.

Thanks to Prof. Que and my classmates for they have given me ideas that I could apply to my own teaching. My students really enjoyed our online and offline classes.

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Materials Generator

As a new teacher in a science high school, I always have this small worry that my students would need more than what is offered by the normal public high school—technology and teaching innovation. Although it is not required, as the youngest member of the faculty, I always want to set the trend in using technology in education. I am so glad to be one of the reporters of the topic, “Materials Generators” not only that I can learn a lot from my research; I can also apply what I learned in MA class to my own teaching in my school in Quezon.

Whenever I go in front of the class, I see to it that I am more than prepared in the lesson and activities because my students get bored in traditional way of teaching. I need to prepare worksheets, games, activities, quizzes and exams that assess not only their intellectual ability but their multiple intelligences as well. Material generators helped me a lot in my everyday struggle. They made my life easier.

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Material Generator is a tool that aids learners and teachers construct instructional materials and assessment tools.

TYPES OF MATERIAL GENERATOR

>>> Desktop Publishing Software

It is a program that allows students and teachers to maximize the full potential of print communication

Examples:

Microsoft  Office Publisher, Adobe Pagemaker, Scribus

>>>Web Design Software

It is a software program that allows the user to create, edit, and update web pages and websites without learning the how to use HTML

Examples:

Wix, Serif, Pagebreeze, Weebly

>>>Test Generator Software

Provides the possibility to create and publish tests and questionnaires without requiring any programming experience

Examples:

EasyTestMaker, Testmoz

>>>Rubric Generators

It is a program that helps teachers creates rubrics in an instant.

Examples:

Rubistar

>>>Worksheet and Puzzle Generators

It help teachers produce exercises for practices rather than

Examples:

The Teachers Corner, A to Z Teachers Stuff, Discovery education

>>> Individualized education program generators

Charts, graphs and detailed reports on students progression are documented and can be accessed at any time for comparison

Examples:

DevelopingMind Software

>>>PDF and Form makers

It allows other users to read the file, changes files in a format that allows viewing and sending documents as images.

Examples:

Adobe FormsCentral, Blue Beam, Colorpilot, Formstack

>>>Graphic Document Makers

It simplifies the task of making highly graphic materials by using clip art and templates.

Examples:

Teach-nology, Smart Draw, Inkscape

I attached a sample lesson in English Poetry where I incorporated the Material Generators.

When I gave teacher’s evaluation form to my students, Paul wrote, “Ma’am, There is nothing more to add in your teaching style but if you really want to integrate technology and other fun activities in your lessons for the next grading period, I want to show you one wonderful site that I really love—Mind/shift.”

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Issues and Trends on the Use of Computers in Education

 The evolution of technology these past decades have been staggeringly fast. The earliest form of the computer in the 1940’s used to fill the entirety of a building yet now we have a thousand more powerful ones in our very pockets. Fortunately, education itself is riding this technological evolution, and its benefits – and complications – are right on our desks.

There is no doubt that technology has benefited the teaching profession tremendously. With the sheer volumeEdmodo of resources at reach and new ones being developed every day, we have certainly reached the tipping point where it is already impractical to cast them outside the classroom wall. This past year, I have officially started practicing my teaching profession at the Quezon Science High School. As a student before, I have been gladly using emails and the social media for communication with teachers and students alike. As a teacher now, I find that technology has outlived its purpose in education as merely a telecommunication tool but has become the best classroom management system I could wish for in the form of Edmodo. To those unfamiliar, Edmodo is an online collaboration space for students and teachers, literally an extension of the classroom into the virtual world. Edmodo boasts of 41million teachers and students using its benefits, and its only one of the many tools available for classroom management. With tools like these that blur the line between work and social media fun, it is not hard to see that platforms like these will be how the future of education will be.

My Speech Lab class in Quezon Science High School

With the skills and knowledge constantly growing and being catered to younger minds, it comes to no surprise that our methods and tools must follow this change as well. This is especially true when dealing with younger generations, whom of which I often find a challenge to handle in terms of motivation and attention; the latter of which some argue have been hindered by technology itself.Concord Consortium simulations

Strangely though, technology does not seem to have a problem connecting with kids today, with some labeling them the “digital generation” due to their adept attachment and skill in handling digital devices. This has been well documented by Todd Oppenheimer on his article The Computer Delusion where he observed that every single child will do more work for you and do better work with a computer. “Just because it’s on a monitor, kids pay more attention,” according to Oppenheimer. This is something I myself have proven in my English Speech class in Quezon Science School, in which we were fortunate enough to be given a speech laboratory equipped with audio components that can cater every student in class. Not to my surprise, the students definitely feel more engaged and excited when we use our audio equipment; further proven every time they ask me when is the next time we can use them again. This bond with technology is definitely something we can and we have been taking advantage of. Although still considered a ripe concept, the use of virtual games and simulation in education is something we must look forward to. True enough, organizations like the Concord Consortium gives us a glimpse of digital learning where concepts are brought to life in the form of engaging models and simulations.

There is definitely a ton of ways technology can further improve the educational methods. However, we must not shy away that as for any tool, there is always the back-edge that may bump us if we allow it. According to Clifford Stoll, the author of Silicon Snake Oil: Second Thoughts on the Information Highway, “we loved them (computers) because we didn’t have to think for an hour, teachers loved them because they didn’t have to teach, and parents loved them because it showed their schools were high-tech. But no learning happened.” New things can be intimidating, especially while we are trying to learn them. We sometimes get so hung up on the tools that we overlook what they were for in the first place. This is especially true on the advent of the information highway. The information out there is too great, too vast that it overwhelms us. To the extreme, we fear the birth of the “copy-paste” generation where we present one information after another without seeing/analyzing the connections.  I believe the most important and sometimes overlooked part of this evolution is that we educators ourselves must adapt accordingly in our roles, not get lost in the change as it happens. We must instill that schooling is not about information. It’s getting learners to think about  the information they have. These technological tools are amplifiers, not the source themselves.

What’s wrong with education cannot be fixed with technology – Steve Jobs

 

References:

The Computer Delusion by Todd Oppenheimer. The Atlantic Monthly; July 1997; The Computer Delusion; Volume 280, No. 1; pages 45-62. http://www.theatlantic.com/past/docs/issues/97jul/computer.htm

Technology in Education: Current Trends. Encyclopedia of Education. The Gale Group, Inc, 2002. Answers.com 13 Sep. 2014. http://www.answers.com/topic/technology-in-education-current-trends

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ICTED 2014

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with the parallel sessions presenters

I have been lucky and privileged to attend the 8th International Conference on Teacher Education (ICTED 2014) last August 21-23, 2014.

At first I was hesitant to ask my school director and mentor about it, then having thought of this event as a great opportunity to gain knowledge from speakers that I can share to my colleagues at Quezon Science High School and apply in my teaching, I gathered all the courage I got and asked Ma’am to let me attend the said conference. I used the power of positive thinking and I got a resounding, “YES!” from Ma’am.

As a way of giving back to the universe the favor it gave me, here’s what I got from the said event.

***Being OC, I almost copied all the content of each slides. 🙂

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gained a new friend because of ICTED

SYNTHESIS OF THE ICTED 2014                  (based on Dr. Fras Abaya’s Synthesis on the last day of ICTED)

 

  • Global and Local Nexus in addressing diversity in education in various contexts
  • Gaps between policy and practice in the field of education
  • Foregrounding of human rights-based approach to education for all along with attention to the issue of social justice
  • Multiple and contested understanding of inclusive education
  • Multiple constructions of the concept of disability
  • Deliberations on policy research and university-based research
  • Pre-service teacher education and in-service teachers and school administrator’s competencies as objects of intervention
  • Emerging discussion on human agency vis-à-vis structures
  • Deepening recognition of teacher and student prior/funds of knowledge
  • Alternative education systems
  • Innovations in teaching-learning technologies
  • Deconstructing textbooks
  • Parental and community involvement in education
  • Linguistic diversity as resource rather than impediment
  • Politics in language policy formulation
  • Issue of national identity
  • Celebrating “best practices”
  • And, research methodologies beyond positivist epistemology.

 

I hope you can also attend the next ICTED on 2016 and present your paper there. See you soon!