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So far the process of writing a unit plan has been very confusing and over whelming. Iv written a lot of lesson plans but never in this way or this in depth and it kind of makes me want to curl up in a ball. The ISTE-S standards page is slightly hard to unpack but once you focus on on standard its slightly easier to breakdown. Another frustrating part is trying to add technology asspects to the lesson, as a person who went to all art based schools and isn’t as technology savy as a lot of people its really hard for me to pick something because I’m more drawn to the art aspect of things. A good website for people who aren’t technology savy is a Web 2.0 website that shows  you lots of different APPS and websites that you can possiably use in your lesson plans. As of right now I just feel very lost in this project and aren’t quite sure what direction I should be moving in.

Fostering student creativity with multimedia

In recent discussions of using multimedia in the classroom, a controversial issue has been whether multimedia in the classroom is a usfull or distracting tool. On one hand some argue that multimedia distracts students from learning. From this prospective, using multimedia tools would take away from actual learning and bring in to many other componants for children to not become disratcted. on the other hand, however, other argue that multimedia tools help enhance studet learning in a way we never could before. According to this view, having students use multimedia tools, gives them a different outlet to be creative and help those who have a hard time with traditional teaching styles. In sum then, the issue is whether or not multimedia tools helps students reach their full learning potential or is hindering them with distractions.

In my own opinion, multimedia in the classroom can be both beneficial and distracting, depending on the way it is used in the classroom. As a SPED teacher I believe I will use lots of multimedia in my classroom with my students. Some multimedia tools might be to over stimulating for SPED students, but I plan to use it as much as possible to help my students achieve the best learning that they can.

TikaTok

TikaTok is a website for creating your own books. This website allows kids to put in to life all the stories they think up while also working on writing and organization skills. A good thing to know before using this website is the programing they use to creat pictures. I would make myself very familiar with it before I started teaching my stduents to use it. The website it layed out nicely and isn’t overwheleming for the students to look at. A downfall would be that this website does cost money to use but once payed is good for all your students. I fell you could use this Web 2.o tool for any grade. younger grades could use it just to put their imagination down on paper while learning how to use a computer, where older grades could use it for reports on presidents and other things to make the assignment more fun.

BRAIN POP!

Brain Pop is a super awesome website that teaches kids all different sorts of subjects from social studies to music. This website could help kids with state testing. The website has almost all the subjects that are one the state test. Using the computer to help study for a test that’s on the computer makes children more familiar with the media they will be using. I feel like you don’t really need to know much to use this site, it teaches you everything, from using maps, quizzes, and videos. This website is for fith grade and up the content is to high for elementary aged kids.

Free Rice

Free Rice  is a vocabulary website that also helps donate food to people in  need for every vocabulary word you get right. This website could help with word comprehension standards. One thing with this site is you need to know how to read to be able to use this site, the site does say the word when you prompt it to but does not speak the list of answers. Its a really nice site that helps kids learn the meaning of words while also getting them involved in helping feed people. Its very easy to navigate and use. Limitations I have noticed is that the words are not super advanced, and you don’t get to see where your rice is going to which would be beneficial for children. I feel like the Web 2.o application would be best for second grade till around 5th grade, I’m not sure how effective it would be for a special needs classroom either.

Media in the classroom

Mr. Pane does a great job of engaging his students in the classroom by using technology. All the students in his classroom have personal laptops at their desks to do work on, and he has a projector for when he is presenting. He also uses references from movies that the children would know to get them involved and interested in what he is talking about. One of the assignments he had the children do was create a comic book using super heros to talk about differnet encounters you might have on the internet and how to be safe. One example was a child had one a free Ipad and had to put in his address to obtain it.

 

In a special ED classroom I would probably use Gallery walks to help with directions and orders of things to asses that the children were understanding tasks.

Copyright

What is Copyright? Copyright is a scary word to a lot a people. Copyright laws can get people and teachers in trouble if we aren’t being careful. So lets define what Copyright is so we can better prepare ourselves. Copyright is a LEGAL right given to the creator of any video, movie, sheet music, paper, book, or any other form of media that prohibits anyone who does not pay for rights or material to use or show that persons work to anyone other then themselves.

There are four tests used to determine if the material use are using is fair use,

  • what is the purpose of the use? will it be used in a non-profit educational setting?
  • what is the nature of the work you are using? Is it real or made up? Has it been published or not? (Facts are not protected by copyright laws)
  • How much of the work are you using? ( A rule of thumb is 10% or about 3 minuets which ever is less)
  • How would this effect the creator of this work? Would they loose money if everyone copied all of the work?

The type of media you use matters on how much you can use with out infringing of copyright laws. Lets assume you have a single copy of a world map and you need each of your students to have a copy, you are allowed to copy that map once and only once for each student with out infringing on copyright laws. Now lets talk about videos and audio tapes, you may play the whole thing as long as it is directly related to the lesson you are giving, even if the video says “home use only.” There are other rules for other types of media so before showing or using in your classroom make sure you know how much of what you can use so you aren’t breaking any laws.