Archive | February, 2012

Blog #8 For your week 8 blog, I want you to look into social networking sites and the implications of their use. Specifically, I want you to enlighten yourself to their privacy (or lack of) policies. Do some digging in Facebook’s policies and see if there is something that catches your attention, surprises you, shocks you or, worse, horrifies you :-). Copy the phrase/sentence/concept that caught your eye and write a reflection on: HOW you reacted, WHY you reacted the way you did and WHAT you think the implications of this policy are.

27 Feb

I honestly didn’t see anything on Facebook’s Privacy policies that shocked me.  They are really good policies and something I’d expect. For example, if someone on your friend list wants to see your recent status or post, they can only see it if they are allowed to by you.  You have  the power to make so either everyone, friends only or specifically certain friends can or cannot see what you post.  It all up to you as how you set it up.  As far as how I reacted, well it was what I expected to find that nothing shocking or anything is going on that if something I don’t want happens, its all because I didn’t set it so that it wouldn’t happen.  As far as why i reacted the way I did was because I didn’t see anything shocking to me.  It all looked like I would expect it too.  As far as implications are concerned I think its truly so that facebook users have a pleasant experience and not be bothered by ads or worry about others seeing what they want to be private. 

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Blog #7 For your week 7 blog, please do a quick search on the web and find an online EDUCATIONAL game. Post the link to your game in your blog and take your best shot at analyzing why this game may prove useful in the classroom. Don’t just say: “because it is fun,” rather, give some pedagogical (you can read and refer to Gee’s principles if you like–see this week’s “at home” folder for a link to this article) or ODE standard-related reason for using the game. You may also consider giving a brief summary of what the game does in order for your readers to understand the post.

27 Feb

I found two games actually.  The first one called Dress Up Math is more suited for girls because it allows them to dress up a digital doll like girls do all the time with barbies and such but in this game you have to choose the top, bottom and shoes that each have a money value to them and you must make your complete outfit equal the goal cost.  When you do you move to the next level.  That game helps girls add prices up and by doing that it really helps them learn how to add numbers and get the right amount.  Very cool I think if it does that.  The link for Dress Up Math is http://www.primarygames.com/math/dressupmath/index.htm

The other game I found called Factor Feeder is probably more for boys (or anyone who likes Pac-Man)  because this game is like Pac-Man except you have a green monster guy who you move with your arrow keys over spaces with numbers.  But when you go over a number you have to make sure its a factor of the number it says before you start so if your number is 18, the only numbers you can move your green monster over are 1, 2, 3, 6 and 9.  Of course you can move back over to a black space (a space that you already got a factor of) if you can’t go forward and feel trapped.  This game is great because it teaches kids how to learn factors of numbers and if the more they play the more they learn and so the better they will do on the game.  The link for Factor Feeder is http://www.primarygames.com/math/factorfeeder/index.htm

 

Blog #6 please take a few minutes to reflect on your experience as either a teacher or student in the first (and/or second) lesson plan presentation. Did it make your reflect on your own future teaching? Technology tools in the classroom? Any other thoughts from the experience?

16 Feb

My group hasn’t done the teaching presentation but looking back when I was in school, I was never a problem child or anything but I do have a bigger understanding and respect for all the hard work teachers go through in making the presentations and other stuff like grading papers and getting the lesson through to all the students.

As a teacher I know I will have to work hard at doing just that but I believe that if I put my mind to it and give it all I’ve got and use different creative ways, I will be able to do it.

 

Blog #5 Read 3 article reviews and write a blog about what you thought of one of them

7 Feb

I read the one from Brooke, Kaylee and Ashley and all were about really awesome articles but I couldn’t decide which I liked better between Brooke’s and Kaylee’s because Brooke’s was about how in South Africa students were getting Laptops to replace desktops with wires and so they could move about more and understand as well as view other areas while having a computer still and Kaylee’s was cool because it spoke about how students in bad or rough areas who don’t have tutors nearby or tutors who are able or willing to drive over there can use technology to let them talk to each other basically like Skype and to therefor tutor from afar if you will.  I think both articles are very awesome well all three were but those 2 were the ones I really liked and I think both are great ideas for students in the classroom to be able to utilize and take advantage of.