Week 11 INDT 501: New Technologies

March 30, 2013

Waging the war for New Technologies


It is absurd to think that we as teachers are going to be able to win the battle of no cell phones in school. There is not a day that goes by that students are not texting, listening to music, playing games or just looking for something on their phones browsers. As teachers we should embrace the fact that students are adept in the use of such a powerful and helpful tool (their phone). There are so many options for teachers on the internet, cell phones, iPads, iPods and other devices that we, as teachers are the ones who are uneducated if we don’t use them.  Why not embrace all that is available to us and utilize it to the best of our abilities. I believe that students will be far more responsive to us if we utilize their devices and show them how they can benefit from using new technology, apps and other features. Coffman suggests that when students are able to link their own interest in with the lesson or application of the lesson they benefit from the lesson and are able to build upon what they already know and understand (2013).


If you were teaching a fourth grade class on Virginia studies you could use iPods or iPads in your classroom. There are several free apps of the Virginia battlefields with virtual tours (one is even developed by a professor at UMW). Students from all over the state, who are unable to take field trips to this area would benefit from seeing how the battle took place and how the land aided in the battle. Students could use apps that quiz them on information they have learned. It would help student gain a better understanding the battles and information. You could use Voki and have Abraham Lincoln deliver the Gettysburg Address to your class. The possibilities are endless for the classroom. We live in a time when we have the amazing opportunity to bring the world into the classroom and lay it at the feet of the students, for them to take the steps necessary to learn of the world in which we live.

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While I think I need a little more experience with the virtual world, I think it is a valuable tool for the classroom. Some research from Solomon and Schrum suggests that students are making gains in learning in a virtual classroom (2010). While I am not a digital native, I think that I have been able to gain a larger understanding of the application of technology from this class and I believe that my students and I will benefit from all of the knowledge that I have gained.

Civil War Interactive iPad App Review – DailyAppShow. (2012, December 19).YouTube. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9miyGD8Bf-c

Coffman, T. (2013). Using inquiry in the classroom: Developing creative thinkers and information literate students (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Rowman & Littlefield Education.

Solomon, G., & Schrum, L. (2010). Web 2.0 how-to for educators (1st ed.). Eugene, Or.: International Society for Technology in Education.

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INDT 501-01Mini Projects 1

March 16, 2013

Technology is a wonderful thing. Kids today are growing in a wonderful time when the world is literally at their fingertips. I love the idea that as a teacher I can teach a flipped class, use podcasts, digital story telling, comics, and tools like Wordle. I love the idea of using a variety of tools in the classroom. I think that kids are much more receptive to using technology based instruction in place of a boring lecture. This week I enjoyed investigating the digital storytelling, I even found two free apps for my iPad, which I am excited to use. I think that I could use the digital story telling on all levels, especially since I will be teaching special education. I think it would help struggling readers’ gain an interest in books. I also believe that any kid could use it, if some have difficulty it could be a collaborative assignment.


Using Comic Life would be very useful in reaching students as well. A large amount of students read comics, or anime, and by using this to my advantage I could create a comic strip to entice kids who would otherwise show no interest in a lesson. I think I am the most excited about Voki. I love the idea of using podcasts, I think podcasts are a great resource for teachers. Our textbook says that “educators have discovered endless uses for education, too, and podcasting has become one of the most frequently used Web 2.0 tools” (Solomon, Schrum, 2010, 49).  I really enjoyed creating my avator with Voki, and think that the enhanced version for teachers would be great. It would be very useful for addressing history topics and I think even math. While substituting the other day in a Geometry class the other inclusion teacher used story telling to gain the students interest, I think that it would have been better received through a podcast or digital storytelling, but that is just my opinion. Since being exposed to this digital class  I have a ton of ideas to change the class around, I look forward to implementing these new ideas.

Solomon, G., & Schrum, L. (2010). Web 2.0 how-to for educators (1st ed.). Eugene, Or.: International Society for Technology in Education.

Digital Storytelling in the Elementary Classroom. (2011, June 13). YouTube. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUZXBc6yRhU

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