Blog post 10? I think that’s right :-)

Web 2.0 – what’s the big deal?

So I wrote this once and pressed publish and then left the page, went back, it didn’t publish, Word press doesn’t automatically save drafts – #@*%!!!!!

 I like this blog post on the author has a lesson on math; shapes and area but also incorporates technology into the lesson with pictures from their field trips as well as video clips from the Internet. This would keep the children engaged and could be used in conjunction with the SmartBoard.

 Another tool to use as a teacher is, we used this program in our Math 336 class and it really helped us to visualize the geometry we were working on.

 The first article from I found is called Engaging Youth; 7 epic ways. It sounded really intriguing and in fact, it is. A lot of the information is stuff we know, common sense sort of things, but they are always good reminders. Sangita Shresthova points out that you should be as personal as possible. The students will become more engaged and will open up to you as well. This adds a level of vulnerability to your classroom and in turn, it may add a better dynamic. She based her tips on information gained from a webinar and her seven tips are these: 1. Learn to listen, really listen, 2. Create a safe space, 3. Meet youth “where they are at”, 4. Allow civics and politics to surface in unexpected spaces, 5. Commit to diversity and include a broad range of issues, 6. Recognize that resources matter but are not the only support people need as they develop their civic identity, and 7. Make participation less daunting.

 The next article is from stating how The common core makes simple math more complicated. Here’s why. I chose this because my focus as a teacher will be in math. This article talks about how it is easier to teach a student the formula and who cares if they understand what it is they are doing – that’s how many of us were taught. Thing are changing and it is no longer good enough to be able to do the problem, the student needs to understand the problem. I disagree with the article, although the common core standards may seem a little more complex, don’t we want our kids to understand why they need to do the math?


Sangita Shresthova,

Libby Nelson,



Examples of bad power point presentations from slide share

The assignment is to embed three examples of bad power point presentations. This first example has too much information on some of the slides as well as really bad color combinations.

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This next power point is sort of a farce on a bad power points, they call it ‘PowerPointlessness’. They are getting their point across by intentionally creating a bad power point presentation. I chose this one because I think it is important to show why something isn’t working rather than just say it. It is clear after watching this power point what people mean by a bad presentation.

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Lastly, this is not a bad power point unless the creator is also presenting it. There is so much information on the slides. Upon presentation, he will lose the audience as they read the slides rather than listen to what he has to say as a speaker. The color scheme is good and the photos are relevant to the topic, its just a matter of too much on a slide.

Blog #9

I seemed to have missed this part of my assignment so here goes….Petcha Kutcha: what? so what? now what?

First of all, I did my Petch Kutcha on Cinquain’s. A cinquain is an American type of poetry similar to a haiku. I did a bit of research on this poetry form after learning about it from a book in the first grade reading group I volunteer for. The form seemed simple and fun – it really doesn’t have a rhyme or reason it focuses on syllables. This makes it fun and allows the student to be more creative. That is the ‘what’.

So what? The form of poetry will be taught in the classroom, the students will be able to access their creative side during language class. This form can be used with children as young as first grade and up to college. I created three myself and enjoyed every one. The petcha kutcha can be used to show students the day before we do the lesson, or for those students who are absent. I would post it on my classroom blog so it can be watched and reviewed if necessary.

Now what? I like the idea of flipping the classroom digitally. I recently had an instructor ‘flip’ the class but we were required to read a ton of information, watch videos, and answer questions. This took a lot of time and was not very enjoyable. I think using the petcha kutcha format and having the class material as it was taught available for students on a blog makes much more sense.

Blog #8

Lesson with search engines

 For a lesson on research I could have the students utilize different search engines. While many are only familiar with Google or Yahoo, there are so many more that are safer and more applicable to education.

 Traveler’s Rest State Park is always having guest come to present their knowledge. They offer everything from presentations of Native American Culture to an Archeologist teaching how to dig for dinosaurs. The students could research for an upcoming field trip to the park. Utilizing Google when researching such a public place would be best for the students. Google scholar would work well once we have the trip planned so students can be prepared with valid questions.

 It is always best to be prepared when you are going to a place or if someone is coming to present to you. The students will gain more from the experience and they will feel proud that they were prepared.

Blog # 6 Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative commons

Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons in Education


These three terms scare me more now than ever before. I believe that we, as educators should be able to utilize any means to help our students. Fortunately the fair use covers this, for the most part. When a school purchases material for the classroom the teachers should be able to use that any way they see fit within the school. It seems unfair for a school to be required to purchase more than one copy when all copies wouldn’t be used at the same time. In addition to this point, if a school did purchase video and wanted to show it during assembly this should not be a problem; it is paid for. The laws and rules are so confusing. I found in most cases, if it sounded wrong it was ok and if it sounded ok then it was wrong. I understand people need to pay the bills but taking teachers and school districts to court over something they paid for seems a little petty to me. I will be extremely careful when I am choosing my materials for my classroom.


I will also teach my students to be careful. A picture should not be posted on the Internet, for the world to see, without a stamp on it stating a copyright is in place. We the public should not have to go looking for that information, no matter how simple it may be. The person who posted the image should be responsible for protecting their work upfront. Students should be aware of copyright, fair use, and creative commons. Students should be able to look at an image and know whether or not they should have to ask permission to use it.