Sunday, November 16, 2014

Blog Post #13 What Can Elementary Education Teachers Do to Help Improve Our Student's Handwriting, Using Technology?

The students of today have a complaint from their parents, the ability to write legible. I also noticed my own children, before leaving home, had this problem. Website like:, address solution to this problem. Our children are technology smart which is a positive thing for them, but we must not let our students forget they will need the skill of writing in the workforce and other areas of their life. Parents also have a part in teaching this much needed skill to their children. I have a memory as a small child of my parents having me to sit down at the kitchen table, write my name and the alphabets, regularly. The many hours that our children use technology, has taken the writing skill to a very low usage. Another website that offers help on this subject is: If somehow the elementary education teacher could fit these websites, or other helpful source into the lesson plans of today,they can help correct this problem.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

C4T Assignment

Comment 1- When I read blogs, something about its message attracts me. Critique is not on my mind.  Others sharing their thoughts can be very helpful.

Summary-The reading of the message in blogs and not criticizing the message is what this blog is about.

Comment 2 - The using of others information is what we are learning in depth as we research and then record the information. Cite where your information is coming from, if it is not your own, is the first rule we are being taught.

Summary- This blog stresses the importance of getting permission before using work that others have created.

Project #10 Interview Movie

Blog Post # 12 What Assisitive Technologies Are Availiable to You As A Teacher?


Teachers use digital pens to record the notes they
take. They will take the notes then they will
Digital Pen upload the notes to the computer to show to their
students on a smartboard or projector. The digital
pen can be a great resourse for students because
they can put their notes on the computer and
organize them. It can be especial helpful for students with disabilties because they can record the teacher talking then can be uploaded to the computer and converted to notes. the digital pen is slightly bigger than a stylus but very easy to use. Some particular pens require a certain type of paper but it is not that expensive.WikiPedia
Another type of digital pen was made by Leap Frog.
It allows the kid to slide the pen over the word
and it will read it to the kid so they can repeat it.
Researched By: Heather Trawick

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iPads or tablets are a great way to use assistive technology because of all the apps they have available. One of my favorite apps was iCommunicate it allows students to design their own storyboards, flash cards and more. Another one is myHomework it lets students get their homework and everything for their classes together in one app. It is very easy to use and works great. The last one I want to talk about is Dragon Dictation. It is an easy voice recognition app that allows you to speak and see what you have said in text. It is 5 times faster than just typing on a keyboard.<br />
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Research by Kaitlyn McLarty

I chose to do "Electronic Worksheets". <a href="" target=_"blank"> MathPad and MathPad Plus </a> are websites that a teacher can use to make his or her own worksheets for students that might have ADHD or might need help refining their motor skills. The Mathpad version is for grades K-2 and it helps them with borrowing and adding. The Mathpadplus version is for grades 3-5 and it helps them with decimals, fractions, and word problems. Both of these electronic worksheets will read the problem to students. Students can use headphones when using these worksheets so that they do no distract other students.<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="Mathpad" title="" border="0" src="" /></a></div>
Research by Jessica Mayo. 

The SmartBoard was created by research. Inventors used projectors, the white board, computers, and computer applications to create the SmartBoard. This combination and interactiveness created the ability to “touch control computer applications.” (wikipedia). Students with physical handicaps can use the SmartBoard as an assistive  tool because it oprerates with the touch of the finger, or a stick. Math, Science, English, and searching the web for helpful information on school assignments are at the students request with just a touch on the white interactive board.

Work Cited

SmartBoard. www.   

By Edna Montgomery

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Blog Assignment # 11 What Can We Learn About Teaching and Learning from These Teachers?

These videos from different teachers are on Project Based Learning and Twenty-First Century Teaching. They enlighten future teachers, and informs them that the method of teaching, and holding the students attention, has changed. The stress of the point these educators want other educators to know is the new method of helping our students to learn is different from the traditional method we have known for years .This method causes the student to mix real world events into the learning environment, and letting the community around them view what is happening in the class room. This
has caused an improvement in the students desire to want to learn. Projects that cause the students to become physical, do research, and then place it on youtube or a blog, encourages the student to present their best, because others will be watching their work. These teachers also share with us a view of their classroom using Project Based Learning and technology. I have learned from these teachers that I will have to become more knowledgeable about Project Based Learning and Technology.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014