This second presentation of using technology in the realm of education, pertains to a Florida school district and their plans for the 2011-2012 school year.

District Prepares for iPad Pilot Program (more…)


For my current class EDU 709, we had to search and present two instances of current innovative uses of technology in the field of education. For my project I focused on finding information that was as current as possible. The first case presented below was found in an educational journal from 2010; the second, which I’ll post next week, was discovered in a July 2011 news article (barely one week old).

Implementation of podcast and clickers in two biology courses at Los Andes University and impact evaluation in the teaching-learning process


Our second guest speaker for EDU 653: The Read/Write Web, was Dr. Brian Dixon, from the Mentorship Academy, Baton Rouge, LA. Dr. Dixon, utilized some Web 2.0 technologies during our lecture. The one that piqued my interest the most was I immediately wanted to utilize this in the classroom, the idea that students could use their cellphones in a classroom setting and not get in trouble is a first step in teaching them how to use a cell responsibly. Dr. Dixon used this technology to decide where to take the lecture, he asked us what we would want to know the most about, showed us a series of choices and how to text-in your response. Following this he discussed, the best way to describe it seems to be the WordPress for social site creation. While I do not have any plans to use Ning at this time, I have been a member of Classroom 2.0 since 2008 (which is powered by Ning). I understand how the site functions, and I can see it being very useful in the future; I just don’t believe my school is at the stage where it would be feasible to use.

Overall, I appreciated both guest speakers in EDU 653. Its very beneficial to hear from real world people using these Web 2.0 technologies in order to facilitate learning.

As mentioned in my previous post. I’m going to be focusing on composing as the primary way of teaching specific ideas in the upcoming 2011-2012 school year. In order to best do this I need to properly balance Web 2.0 technology with composition based projects all aligned to the Arts Education Content Standards for Michigan. This first project will focus around creating a 30 second video introduction. The composition aspect pertains to composing a 30 second work of instrumental music, appropriate for presenting themselves to others. To accomplish this, they will use two different technological tools: 1) Sony’s Acid Music (found on the school computers); and 2) (a Web-based program). (more…)

Action research is the process of refining ones teaching through a critical look at their practices. Action research involves systematically thinking through a specific question in order to discover a solution to an educational problem. In applying the process to my situation, I focused on trying to understand why students are not gaining a true appreciation for music of all types/styles. (more…)

About a month ago my classmates and I were fortunate enough to have a series of guest speakers in our EDU 653 The Read/Web Web class. The first of these speakers was Julia Fallon from the Washington Department of Education. Her primary talking points pertained to the utilization of Twitter. Prior to this lecture I never thought Twitter to be that useful, you always hear on the news / tech sites how Twitter was the first to inform people about a world event and all, but I never saw a real use for it in my life. Two things have now begun to push against my initial reservations: 1) Ms. Fallon’s lecture; and 2) Apple’s iOS5 will have full Twitter integration embedded into the operating system itself. Putting the iPad facet aside, Ms. Fallon’s explanation on how Twitter can be used as a research tool surprised me. I did not realize that you could search Tweets connected to a hashtag topic, or that you could connect to them via RSS. Also, the notion that one could be connected to an experienced scholar or researcher, and therefore pose them questions directly, is an invaluable tool that I have overlooked.

While I do not yet have a Twitter account, I will most definitely have one by this fall.

Just finished working on collaborative project which taught me a great deal.  The project was to use Google Docs to write collaborative book reviews.  Now I had just finished using this tool with my 8th graders; they were collaborating on writing a script for a movie.  One of the things that I unexpectedly had to cover with them, was how to go about properly editing or suggesting changes.  At one point a huge argument broke out because one student decided what someone else had written was dumb, and just erased it (while the other person was in mid-sentence typing).  So, I quickly quieted everyone down and held a discussion on etiquette.  Thankfully nothing like that even remotely occurred in this project.  But for an 8th grader, its all part of the learning curve. (more…)