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.

Petcha Kutcha/Screen Casting

This has been the most interesting project thus far in my Educational Technology class. I can see the benefits of having this for a classroom. We have discussed flipping classrooms and the benefits of having materials (semi-first hand) for students that are traveling or out because of an illness. This screen casting allows me to capture all of my lesson as I am teaching it and post it to my blog or school website. I can also email it to specific students if needed. The most challenging aspect of this project, for me as a non-traditional student has been finding a quiet time and place to record. This, of course, will not be an issue when I am using it for my classroom. The second most challenging aspect was finding the right program that I could work well with and had all the features I was looking for. Camtasia offered this as well as many additional features I may or may not ever get around to using. I also used Wistia as a host service because the Petcha Kutcha was too large for the WordPress blog.



An aggregator is a great tool for the classroom. As an educator you can use this on the SMART board to cover weather, current events, and many other applicable subjects pulled from the web. It can be manipulated and changed from one day to the next which will give you the things you need at your fingertips; not searching through emails or files trying to locate a certain thing. I am a fan!