My Digital Storytelling ( A Chair for my Mother)

This is a digital storytelling that I created as a hook for my lesson plan to stir conversations and motivate them. Here is the link .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3seJxjIIc5I&feature=youtu.be

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Editing a Powerpoint Presentation:

http://www.helloslide.com/presentations/8pa3mitvgk/cultural-diversity-in-us-classrooms-for-554

This is the link of my updated version of my powerpoint. It was done for one of my  first classes.

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5 Reasons to Allow Students to Use Cell Phones in Class

http://theinnovativeeducator.blogspot.com/2012/07/5-reasons-to-allow-students-to-use-cell.html

I chose to read 5 reasons to allow students to use cell phones. I agree with the second reason which states that ” using technology that is readily available is logical”.I would love to see technology more involved in my country’s classrooms. Nobody can justify the absence of  technology on it being expensive and schools can’t afford it. Nearly everyone has a Smartphone where I come from. Students can learn how to utilize them in the classrooms.

Everyone is embracing the 21st century learning methods so why not embrace mobile learning and view it as an important asset to the learning process. Although I still don’t have a clear idea on how I can implement this into my lessons, I’m really excited to learn how I can utilize cell phones into my classrooms.However I still can’t help but think that cell phones can be a real distraction if they interfere with the students concentration.

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Revisiting an educational blog and leaving a comment :

 After revisiting one of the educational technology blogs, I chose to read and comment on an article that talked about 50 ways to use twitter in the classroom. http://www.diigo.com/bookmark/http%3A%2F%2Fwww.teachhub.com%2F50-ways-use-twitter-classroom?tab=people&uname=plan3t_t3ch.

Although I always knew that twitter can be useful when incorporated into the classrooms, I never understood how useful it can be with only 140 characters. I thought of couple possible advantages of twitter but never did I think there could be fifty or more ways twitter can be engaged in lessons. After reading this article, I realized, not only does twitter develop and build writing skills, it can expand a lot of the student’s learning possibilities. It gives the teacher, students as well as the parents a chance to collaborate beyond the classroom. It’s an interesting article that I enjoyed reading it, I hope everyone gets a chance to look at it

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Common Sense Media – Summary

I chose to take about (talking safely online ) 4-5

This lesson teaches the students to differentiate between internet friends and real life friends? They learn that although there is no shame in making friends through the internet it’s not wise to reveal any personal information. There will be class discussions about personal information  and how to respond to these questions requesting any of these private information. By the end of the lesson students will understand that private information is not to be given to any internet friend unless an adult gave his permission. As a wrap up students will be tested on their understanding by putting them in certain online scenarios and asking them how will they respond

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PowerPoint Is Evil ..

I was surprised to learn that not everybody supported having PowerPoint presentations in the classrooms. One of the amazing teaching tools I came to appreciate when I studied in the states was the PowerPoint presentations. I liked how the PowerPoint presentations are used as a guide or outline for the lesson. Through my graduate courses, I’ve been learning that that best approach to convey a concept or topic is by providing a textual reference and by breaking down the lesson into points. In my opinion one of the common approaches to achieve this is a PowerPoint presentation. I might agree with author if the PowerPoint is the only teaching tool teachers are using to transfer information to their students. However, that’s not the case, teachers use PowerPoint presentation along with other tools. I intend to use PowerPoint presentations in my classrooms to outline my lessons at least

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Atomic Structure Podcast

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