Mishalish Insight

Friday, September 23, 2005

module 2: part b) Technology outcomes


Related (specific) Technology outcome being integrated: F4, 2.1-To recognize that graphics, video and sound enhance communication.

Subject: English and Language Arts

Grade: 6

Description: The main objectives are for the students to explore the how graphics, videos and sound are implemented in the use of advertising. The lesson will two main parts: First teacher instruction with class discussion and then secondly student project work of exploration and applying new knowledge.

The teacher talks about the powerful influences of images in advertising in promoting positive or negative messages. With the aid of a power point, the teacher can highlight main ideas. As well using links to various video clips and internet advertisments as examples. The students and teacher can than analyze and discuss the examples together deciding whether a positive or negative message was communicated and why.

Next the students in pairs or small groups are asked to create their own positive advertisements on the computer and use editing features to make it stimulating and appealing to the public eye within the well explained guidelines of the teacher. The students will be given the choice of what kinds of images they wish to use, whether or not the images are animated and if they choose to involve sounds. During the process the students will be required to journal reflection questions. For example: Does my advertisment create feelings of self worth? Does my adertisement put any gender, race or people group down? Am I creating an image/s that I want my viewer to see?
At the end of the process students will be required to present their images to the class. Students will give each othe feedback on whether they felt the advertisement promoted healthy and positive images or negative images and why.

Module 2: Technology Integration and Presentation Software

A) What is technology integration? I believe it is using contrivance and resources beyond traditional stanadars of education as a means of deepening authentic learning. Unfortunatley there appears to be an issue with how to integrate it into the classroom. There are likely many reasons being for this. Technology can be a cost issue, simply by updating it and properly educating the teachers on how to use it. Also I believe another reason of many is that technoloty integration is contraire to past ways of teaching, but we live in an ever changing society and I believe it is important for teachers to adapt and sieze the opportunities to create better learning enviroments that better prepare our students for life outside the classroom.

As Lorraine had mentioned during orientation, integration of techonology for the sake of integrating technology is not enough, but is instead negative. It is bad integration of technology to fall into the trap of basing a lesson on the technology rather than on the good teaching idea. As well, technology needs to be free from any hinderences and biases: gender, race, disability, culutural, etc. Time needs to be taken to before purchasing new technology to ensure the needs of all users will be met. I think another example of bad technology integration can go beyond the lesson, but fall into the evaluation process. For example, students come to school with a wide range of computer skills, from beginnner to advanced. Sometimes students from higher class status in society have more access to computers, and therfore have more skills. Thourough research, thought and consideration are imparative in a computer class, to ensure that students are being graded fairly.

Good technology integration is creating an enviroment where children can explore, research, think critically, and learn skills that go beyond the classroom. An example is allowing children to use several different government, educational and science based websites to do research for tpoics, projects and disscussions. Students can access current events, or follow current astronomical patterns from national geographic kids, or interact with other classrooms aroung the world. This can develop a wide range of skills such as independant learning, exploration, collaboration, etc. Technology in not limited to computers, but can be used with video, photography, music and more.

Friday, September 09, 2005

module 1


Myself:

In a nutshell of describing myself, Michelle Katchur, I would have to say that I am an adventerous individual who is eager to discover life and learn new things. I come from the small city of Cranbrook, BC, but have taken time to travel and discover my vast country of Canada. I have previously studied in Nova Scotia and just recently spent my last semester at Université Laval in Québec. I have a passion for travelling, which I have done so in the past through humanitarian work and for personal pleasure. I plan to continue to fulfill this passion in the future along with my desires of serving others through the venue of teaching.



My thoughts on the world of blogging:

My impressions on blogging within the school is a positive one, as it has many advantages for both students and teachers. Presently many students are quite knowledgeable about the uses of internet and blogging, and may even blog for recreational purposes. With this in mind, blogging is a fun way for students to actively participate in a communicative tool that will incorporate reading, writing, editing, critical thinking, reflective, and management skills. Students are able to take a more active role in their education, creating more independent learning.

Blogging creates an easily accessible network between teachers, students, colleagues and parents. It provides an opportunity for parents to become more involved in their child's school life. It provides a chance for students to interact about classroom assignments and gain other perspectives than just the teacher's. It provides and opportunity to learn through teaching/mentoring between fellow students developing skills of cooperative learning.

There are of course a few disavantages to blogging. It happens to be limited in availability. Students from lower income families are less likely to have internet access at home, therefore, less likely to participate. Blogging can be very time consuming in that it will take much classroom time to explain the how to's. As well, due to blogging being quite public, teacher regulation and oversight could in itself take up much time. Problems could arise from students misue or failure to follow guidelines in blogging.

Blogging, like any other new technologies, has many new opportunities and advantages, but as well needs percaution and research before bringing into the classroom.

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"Academics can become too insular, constructing their own language and cliques which do nothing to promote the getting of knowledge "
Esther Maccallum-Stewart, Sussex University (BBC webpage)