CEP 812 Intro

Growth :)

Well as CEP 811 comes to a close it would probably be beneficial to talk about what your author is taking away from it. Overall, the course provided me with a very good experience as it has demonstrated the effectiveness of incorporating different forms of technology and the strategies to effectively educate with them. Until this course I had never used PowerPoint in its kiosk mode nor had I ever developed a WebQuest. After constructing these I can see how they would be both be of a great benefit to my own classrooms content. As it will allow me to add depth to the students experience by providing them with a very broad range of resources that displays information a unique and interesting way. I believe this to be the most important aspect that the course has taught me.

Along these same lines I am very happy with the assignments that helped me to develop a web site as well as this very blog. I find the blog to be beneficial as it is very easy to edit, and I could defiantly see its benefit in a educational setting. Its creation was actually one of my initial goals. As you can see it was a goal that I have achieved. My other goals were based simply on incorporating different forms of technology into my class room and these were easily met by the StAIR project and WebQuest.

New Goal:

Now that I have done a Stand Alone Instructional Resource I hope to improve upon it and hopefully integrate multiple topics by this very means as it would be a godsend in my current classroom setting.

Teaching and learning in Internet-based environments

After reading through Michigan Merit Curriculum Online Experience Guideline it seems as though the most applicable means of incorporating learning through Internet-based environments would probably be the option of Learning Management Systems. For those of you who don’t know that would be the use of something like Blackboard or Moodle. My reasoning behind this choice is one of need. In my current situation it would be a great benefit as I teach multiple grade/skill levels all in the same class period, so with the inclusion of these types of internet delivery systems for content I could free myself from some of the burdens of explaining the more simplistic ideas and focus more on the important content. I believe it would allow me to incorporate the strategy of scaffolding within my classroom as it would allow students at multiple levels to step away from my direct instruction and begin to explore more advanced content on their own.

Some strategies presented were a little less interesting to me because I believe they would be difficult to incorporate. One of these would be the use of RSS feeds as I can’t see how keeping track of news feeds would benefit my students as they would have to spend much of their time tracking them instead of progressing with their skills.

Session 5: A review of Picasa from an educators perspective

For those of you who don’t know Picasa is a free Google applications that offers the ability to edit photos, and more. First lets start with its functionality, well honestly its packed with features I would not expect from a free package. Overall, I was pleased to see that it offers a nice array of options for editing images as it allows a person to use its very intuitive controls to modify images. Honestly, it offers many of the basic functions a person may come across in Adobe’s Photoshop, but instead of a very involved learning curve it has almost Microsoft Paint ease of use. Some examples of this would be its ability to crop,retouch, and adjust color tone using simple on click buttons or slides.

Now I’m sure many people are asking what type of educational benefits are there to a piece of software that simply allows a person to edit photos?  Well there is a lot more to it than that. This software also allows a person to create and share photo albums very easily, even offering free web space. This of course would be a very helpful feature for both students and teachers as it allows for an excellent way to transfer or share images that maybe part of a lesson plan or presentation. I found this feature again to be very easily used, which is always a benefit in an educational situation.

Relating back to its functionality as an image editor I found that it would be very beneficial in my own setting as a Drafting instructor. I say this because it would allow my students to take rendered images from one of our CAD software packages and modify them in such a way as to improve the overall look of the finished image. This would be a great benefit to them for their submissions to the competitions we compete in throughout the year.  It will also allow them to create a collage of all of their work in my classroom, which would be a great benefit to their portfolios’

Overall, I am impressed with the software’s ease of use and more so by the fact that it is free. Along with the fact it offers web storage space for people to share their images its pretty hard to find much of a fault with it. I know that I definitely won’t be uninstalling it anytime soon.

Web 2.0

Well incorporating podcasts into thunder bird wasn’t to bad :) Now I need to get this my website finished up. Overall it looks like session four isn’t going to badly

Wiki editing wasn’t to bad here’s a list of the changes I have made (see below) and a link to the wiki page I edited Mt. Pleasant Public Schools

The start of my own wiki page :)

Beginning Session 3

Well it looks as though things are rolling along rather well so far. This week maybe interesting since I’m getting married on Saturday. I’ll keep you posted

Session 2: Reflection

Well it looks like things are moving along fairly well. Overall its looking as though I may have to think things through pretty thoroughly after looking at some of the available webquest’s out there. Honestly it seems like people in my field just aren’t doing them. I searched for almost every topic I could think of and came up with some pretty dismal examples. Let’s switch this up a bit and show what not to do with a WebQuest.


I feel this is somewhat lacking in its depth and its application seems a bit questionable. Tell me what your thoughts are?

Session 1

Well as we draw closer to the end of Session 1, I am feeling pretty good about the class content. More importantly I am enjoying  how it is being presented.

Blogs VS Sites

I would say one of the major differences between your typical web site an a blog is that a blog is presented in an “editorial” format that really puts the focus of the site on the author ideas and opinion, versus strictly content and fact(oids) of your typical website. One benefit I find with Blogs is the information tends to be more up-to-date due in part to the nature of blogging itself, whereas your average website is more likely to have static content.

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