My Journey

This class has been very fun and difficult at the same time. I have learned many new things that I did not know about. One thing that I loved that I learned was all of the free sites that are available for teachers. I am really glad it was required for me to take this class because I got a lot of useful information that I will be able to use in the future.

My weak point was keep up with posting in my blog on time. It was not difficult I would just forget to do it every week whenever I would finish the product. My strong point was being able to follow the tutorials. These were very helpful! If it wasn’t for the tutorials I would have never made it through this course.

technologyWhenever I first found out that we had to do group work in this class I was not excited at all. I was very nervous about this because I have never met these people before. Also it was nerve racking because everyone works at their own pace. Once we started working we were relieved. My group was awesome and did an awesome job with working together. We were all determined to get everything done in a timely manner instead of being rushed to get finished at the last minute. I really appreciate that our instructor was willing to help as much as she could. As much as I did not like meeting the three Fridays because it took away from my off time from school it was a major help and liked it at the end. She was very good about emailing us back as soon as she could. If I ever had a question she made it very clear that I could email or call her.

There were several tools that were used in this course. Most of them I have never heard of before. I was very glad that we were introduced to all of these because if not I would have probably never have heard of them. There were some that people from my work had never heard of them, so it was also helpful to them after I told them about it. Most of all of the tools that I used will be used again in my future. The tool that I used most would probably be my blog. I had to use this every week to post my assignments and comment on my peer’s assignments. The advantage to this tool was that it allowed me to see my peer’s work in case I had problems with an assignment or needed to be turned into the right direction. The disadvantage of this tool was that I didn’t really know how to use it at first, but I finally got the hang of it and everything was fine.

I found blogfolio very useful! This class has taught me many things. Without this class I wouldn’t know have the things that I know now about the technology that can be used in the classroom. It was very beneficial for many reasons. One of those it is it allows you to learn many new ways to integrate technology into your classroom. Which is great because that is was society is coming to. Most children love to be able to use technology, and with this class it will allow you to give them that opportunity. I believe this class has helped me grow as a teacher. I will definitely be using these resources in my future.

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Assistive Technology

assistive technologyThis was one of the hardest assignments that I have had in this class. Some of the directions were so confusing, and after I was finished I didn’t know how to make my computer go back to normal. Although it was a very difficult assignment for me I still understood the point in it. Assistive technology is used to help people with disabilities still be able to use the technology they wish to use. With all of the technology that is being incorporated into the classroom today it is important for teachers to know how to use these settings incase they have a child in their classroom that needs the accommodations. We have a child in our classroom that has a hearing disability so some of the things I learned I was able to go back and use in our classroom to help that child. This will be something that I am able to and will use in my classroom.

The link to my assignment is below:

Assistive Technology

Turnitin!

This assignment was fun for me. I would most definitely like to use this in my classroom in the future. This turnitinprogram lets the students know that it is not alright to take other peoples work and try to call it your own. I was really confused whenever I first looked at this assignment though. I wasn’t really sure why I was suppose to copy and paste into a program that was meant to catch people who are plagiarizing, but once I did it I understood that it was letting me see how it worked. One thing I wish I could have got to do in this project was to get to know how it works on the teachers end, so I will be able to know how to use it in my own classroom. I was very nervous when it came to doing version two though. I ended up having to read over the first version and then start with version two and not look at the first one because I didn’t want it to be the same at all. I did not want to hit the submit button because I was scared that it might be similar, but I finally did and it turned out really good I was surprised.

The link to my turnitin assignment is below:

Version II

Technology in Special Education

Identify current issues affecting the acquisition and use of technology in special education and explore applications of assistive, instructional, and productivity technologies commonly used by students with disabilities and their teachers.

technology in special educationThere are six current issues that affect the acquisition and use of technology in special education. These are legal and directives, implications of the No Child Left Behind Act for special education, need for trained personnel, requirements for inclusive classrooms, universal design for learning, and web accessibility.

1. Legal and Directives: Special education is governed by laws and policies. This means that teachers, administrators, and special education technology specialist must be well versed in federal and state laws, policies, and procedures. The Technology-Related Act for Individuals with Disabilities and Reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act promotes the use of technology by individuals with disabilities.

2. Implications of the NO Child Left Behind Act for special education: This has a had a significant influence in special education, as it has in all other areas in education. This requires documentation that each school is meeting specific performance criteria established in the law.

3. Need for trained personnel: Most people who go to school for this is not getting enough experience before the start in their classroom. The common three-credit course, first developed in the 1980s, continues to be the norm for preparing teachers; unfortunately, it is generally inadequate in exploiting the power and possibilities that technology offers.

4. Requirements for inclusive classrooms: Although students with disabilities have gained physical inclusion into general education, access to the general education curriculum is still limited.

5. Universal design for learning: One of the best examples for this is curb cuts. These have been applied to computers by including disability accessibility software as part of operating systems so that access can be provided as the computer comes out of the box.

6. Web accessibility: There has been a push to make websites for usable for people with disabilities. It consists of designing websites with certain criteria in mind, consisting of screen readers, enlarging images, underlining links with color for people who are colorblind, and making pages navigable by the keyboard.

There are five applications of assistive, instructional, and productivity technologies that are used by students with disabilities and their teachers. These are:

1: Students with mild and moderate to severe cognitive disabilities: Reading skill software, text-to-speech, interactive story books, graphing software, drills, games, tutorials, software helps teach/reinforce functional skills, videos that enhance acquisition

2. Students with physical disabilities: Provides methods of accessing keyboard, mouse, and/or monitor

3. Students with sensory disabilities: Uses canes and sensor technologies to assist movement, text to braille converters, screen readers, closed-circuit television magnification systems, built-in computer screen magnifiers, and FM amplification systems

4. At-risk students: locates software and websites that provide powerful and motivating opportunities to engage in learning activities; and utilize electronic  quizzes and other instructional materials that provide feedback on performance

5. Students with gifts and talents: locate starting point web pages to launch them into content with appropriate challenges, provide tools for engaging in self-directed research, provide tools such as multimedia presentations, web page design, and electronic portfolios to document learning experiences

Technology in Second and Foreign Language

Key strategies for integrating technology into second and foreign language curricula.technology in foreign language

Some key strategies for integrating technology into second foreign language curricula are support for authentic oral language practice and assessment, virtual collaborations, virtual field trips for modified language immersion, support for practice in language sub skills, presentation aids, support for text production, and productivity and lesson design support for teachers. All of these have several benefits. Just a few of these benefits are that they build listening competence, it motivates them to use new skills, gives them the opportunity to visit places they can’t go, and corrects students’ written text through grammar and spelling checks. All of these strategies were made to enhance their speaking and listening.

 

Classoom Website

Classroom websiteThis was something new to me. This was a little hard for me because I had no idea on what to do or where to start. The tutorials helped but some of the directions were a little unclear. The biggest thing I had problems with and have still not figured it out was the cooltext. I never thought of each teacher having their own website. Our school district and each school has their own website but not each teacher. One way this would help is it would make it more convenient for parents whenever their child forgets to write their homework down. We get a lot of phone calls in the afternoon from parents needing to know what their child needs to do for homework. I also like the idea that the parents will be able to see what their child is going in class because a lot of parents like to keep up with their children and see how they are doing in the classroom. This will give them a way to see their projects and different activities they are participating in instead of just seeing their grades come home. I really think this and would definitely like to have one for my classroom One downfall to this would be that some parents do not have internet access. In our classroom we send home a weekly newsletter for the parents to keep up to date with their children. I would still keep this in place for those that do not internet access.

The link to my website is below:

  Ms. Valdez’s Class

Integrating the Internet into the Curriculum

I believe that it is very important to integrate technology the internet into the everyday classroom procedures. Intechnoloy in trhe classroom the classroom that I work in now our children are required to login to Odyssey for fifteen minutes a day. There are many different web-based activities that can integrate technology into the classroom. These are electronic pen pals, electronic mentoring, electronic field trips, electronic publishing, group product development, problem-based learning, and school action projects.

1. Electronic pen pals: They link students at a distance to exchange information. This can help students with writing letter, although there are risks with these types of activities. This integration strategy would be support for student research.

2. Electronic Mentoring: This links students with experts to answer questions and support learning. This gives the students one-on-one time to get help with work they do not understand. This type of integration strategy would be the support for student research.

3. Electronic Field Trips: This lets the students visit sites to view people, places, and resources not locally available. These are used to take the students to places they are not able to go, and bring the real world situations to the classroom. This type of integration strategy would be multicultural experiences.

4. Electronic Publishing: This shares written or artistic products on websites. This allows for the students to publish their work so others can see. This type of integration strategy would be support for student research and development of collaboration skills.

5. Group Product Development: This allows the students to work on written or artistic products with students at different sites. This can allow two students to be typing on the same document while in different places. This integration strategy would be development of collaboration skills.

6. Problem-based Learning: This allows the students to explore topics, obtain and analyze data, or participate in simulated problem solving with other students. This makes students use a higher level of learning. This type of integration strategy would be visual learning problems and solutions and development of collaboration skills.

7.   Social Action Projects: This allows the students to discuss and create solutions for social or environmental problems with other students. In  this the students are responsible for learning and addressing important, global social, economic, political, or environmental conditions. This type of integration strategy would be development of collaboration skills and multicultural experiences.