Thursday, August 17, 2006

My Final

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Aug 15th Post

As I read Game Plan by Susan McLester I was amazed to find out the many schools that are so well known for their technology. In fact, not that this has much to do with the article but I thought it would be interesting to mention that last summer while vacationing in Mexico I met a guy that just finished his education at U of Wisconsin-Madison. He had just accepted a position at Intel in Folsom, California which at the time was really close to where I was living. I was amazed that U of W has such a prestigious technology department.

As for the article, I agree with many points. I feel that it is important for teachers to always be involved with the students while they are working on the computer. It is the teachers job to supervise the students and to keep them actively engaged. Overall, this was a great article and I enjoyed reading the intelligent perspectives!

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Aug 10 post

As I read the articles by Kafai and Novak I thought about myself as a 4th grader and wondered would I want to work on such a complicated project? I don't think so! All I wanted to do was play outside. :) I felt that the articles were a tad complicated but quite informative. I had no idea how complicated it was to put together a game. I figured it would be difficult, but it sounds like it is crazy. I honestly do not have the patience to work on a project like this. I don't even have the patience as an adult. I do however, think it is great to have long term projects in the classroom but the child must be interested in it. Chances are, most kids now-a-days would want to create a game. You know, that scares me a bit. That means that the students that will be in my classroom will be able to run circles around me on the computer. I remember being on the other side of the table, knowing more about the computer than my teacher. I guess this should really motivate me to try to figure out more about technology so I don't look silly like my old elementary teachers.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Aug 8th post

I found a great math game on primarygames.com called, “Da’Numba”. This game allows for kids to make any number combination of the given number. For example, it will list 5; you can pick any number combination to make a 5, such as: four 1’s, 2 and 3, and so on. This is great for any age but really great for the younger age when learning to advance their skills on adding and advancing skills on number combinations. This game can be found at: http://www.primarygames.com/math/danumba/index.htm Please note that the game requires shockwave to play, which is a free download if you don’t already have it installed. This is a game that I have found to be educational and I would make sure to use it in my classroom. I believe practicing adding numbers is beneficial for students and this makes it fun.

The other game I found to be quite educational, challenging, and fun is called, “Math Search” located at http://www.primarygames.com/math/mathsearch/start.htm. The object of the game is to calculate five equations and find the answer in the math search. I played the game using my mental math abilities which, I realized I should play this game a little more to brush up on my skills! :)

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Aug 3rd post

I enjoyed reading the article, Blackbox in the Sandbox. I was quite excited to see many of the sources that they listed as sources I already use. For example, one that I use quite frenquently is http://www.quia.com/ In my opinion this is an exciting site with many excellent resources! I also enjoyed the tips that were offered, such as: monitor the quality of the software children use and to regulate the amount of time a child works on the computer. These in my opinion are common sense tips- but it is always good to mention it for those that are lacking in that area.

I also enjoyed the article, Technology and Young Children. I agree with this group and their belief that computers when used appropriately "can enhance and children's cognitive and social abilities". I think that computers are great resources and should be promoted in the classroom.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Looking forward to a break

I don't know about all of you but I am ready for a break. I don't know if it's the heat, or what- but I do know that I am ready for a break! I want to go camping, I want to go on a vacation, and I want to visit some place that is cool. :) Now that I have said that, I would like to say that I am shocked that this term is almost over. I am the kind of student that has to take my terms and classes day by day so I can get through it without feeling overwhelmed. I think my approach to tackling the semester worked too well because I'm shocked that it's almost over! I feel like I am just getting started, yet in all actuality it is almost over. Anyway, long story short I'm ready for a break!

Thursday, July 27, 2006

WebTeacher - you're my hero!

I am so excited to learn about WebTeacher! I wish I would have known about this before!! I will admit, the first time I jumped on to WebTeacher I found that I lost track of time because there was so many great things to see and learn. I think it’s wonderful to find something on the net that can assist me in making every minute count when performing research.

As for reading the tutorials, I love having this ability. I find that I am able to grasp concepts quicker when I can see how it is done instead of just reading a book. Anyway, I am quite thankful to learn about this because I know that I will be using it more than I care to admit.