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Reflection #2

  • What attitudes, skills, and concepts have you gained from participating in the course so far?

My attitude towards technology was never negative in the beginning of this course, but throughout this course I have learned about much more technology that would be fun to incorporate into my classroom.  It would be able to make some concepts in my room interactive for my students.  I have learned that sometimes, you just have to try out different forms of technology, play with it, and you will be able to teach yourself.  I need to not be scared to try something new.

  • What have you learned in the course that you will not forget tomorrow?

Besides my new found love for Wiki’s, one of the neatest forms of technology we have used and I will not forget is VoiceThread.  I think that program is incredible!  I would be able to post math assignments and walk through equations, use my voice to explain them and post them on my new Wiki.  This would be a great study tool for some of my students.

  • How will you apply what you have learned to your teaching and future learning

I will now be more comfortable incorporating technology into my classroom.  I will be able to conserve paper and have students turn assignments in via the internet.  Many of my students are more comfortable with internet usage than with traditional pen and paper, and therefore, hopefully, they will be even more successful.  I will even be able to open up my students eyes to other forms of technology. 


Blog Post #3

Five Strategies to Improve Online Course Design (and Learning!)


“4. Use Course Data To Identify At-Risk Students

I will consistently and regularly check student statistics and data, to identify which students might be at-risk from the get-go. Students who do not interact or check course content are at a higher risk of failing the course. I need to be right on top of these data and contact these students right away.

This is another benefit of having students add me to their Google Chat contact list–I should be easily able to contact them back! If they are not online, then I will send them emails. If they do not respond to those, I will call them.

We are doing our students a disservice if we do not at least TRY to follow up and contact those who are not attending class or struggling with assignments.”




All of your suggestions and strategies for having an interactive and successful online class are amazing. The school district I work for is beginning a 1:1 initiative this upcoming school year and I need to begin thinking about incorporating features of an online class into my classroom.
I really like the section about using course data to identify at-risk students. Do you use a specific program that will show you students activity on your website? I also really like the Google Chat idea. How did you go about setting up a “secret” phone number so that students don’t get your actual personal phone number?
You have offered some great suggestions that I definitely plan on using!
Thank you,
Lindsey Dickinson

Blog Post #2

How to Teach Internet Safety in K-6


Posted: June 14, 2012 in classroom managementK-5 Tech traininglesson plansParent resourcestech securityweb

The Internet is a wonderful resource for kids for researching school reports, communicating with teachers, staying in touch with friends, and entertaining themselves. They can literally hit a few keystrokes and find out about culture in China, the history of Europe, or take a tour of the American White House.

But with that access comes risks, even if you’re careful. For example, in our class project on life cycles, we never allow the students to search “chicks”, rather they must type “baby chickens” to avoid the problems the former carries.

The digital natives we are educating don’t want to hide from these sorts of problems, though. They want to learn to manage them. What we as teachers must do is show them how to avoid the internet’s bad neighborhoods so they can benefit from the good. Here’s my year-by-year teaching run-down:



Tech Teacher,

            Thank you for all of your suggestions to teach internet safety while in school to grades K-6.  I see that your lesson plan for sixth grade can also be applied to teens.  What other suggestions do you have for older students?

            Internet safety is a huge issue in today’s society, especially with so many schools converting to a 1 to 1 initiative, where every student receives a laptop.  Safety should be taught at school, but my concern is their internet safety at home.  How do we prepare students for some of things on the internet?  Does this come with educating parents too?  Many times at home, students are not monitored on the computer.  How do we prevent these students from being corrupted with some of the ridiculous things posted on the internet?


Lindsey Dickinson

Reflection #1

What attitudes, skills, and concepts have you gained from participating in the course so far?

   I have had many experiences with Wiki’s in the past, but I have never been so involved with editing them and totally integrating myself in the use of them.  This is definitely a skill that I have gained from participating in this course so far.  

   I have only taken two online classes previous to this one, and have not had to discuss with others or work with others through those experiences.  The experience in this class so far as allowed me to go out of my comfort zone and work with people I do not know and will not meet.  It has been a great experience so far that has pushed me to be more interactive with an online class than I have in the past.

What have you learned in the course that you will not forget tomorrow?

   I have learned the usefulness of diigo.com.  While I found it difficult to figure out at first, throughout the process of making a webliography, I have learned this is a great resource for finding different ideas and resources online.  Instead of just bookmarking a website and then later forgetting why I bookmarked it, I am able to write a description of why I wanted to remember it.

   I have also learned about blogs.  While I have heard my students talking about their blogs all of the time, I was always unsure what I would use them for as well as how to create one.  I now know that I am able to incorporate this into my classroom next year for my students to use.


How will you apply what you have learned to your teaching and future learning?

   I work in a middle school in Bloomington Illinois and am our team webmaster.  Before this class I really had no idea what I was doing.  I now have created a new website for my team and will be creating a Wiki for my classroom.  This class has allowed me so far to become more comfortable with technology and the use of unknown technology.  The easiest thing to do is dive in and try!


Blog Post #1

Facebook, Edutopia Collaborate on Social Media Guide

Facebook, Edutopia Collaborate on Social Media Guide


US News: Education

“The guide lists steps teachers should take to introduce a formal social media policy—a document that states, in very specific terms, how teachers and students should behave while using social media. The Edutopia primer includes examples from various schools, such as Minnesota‘s Minnetonka Public Schools social media policy, which explains how teachers should protect confidential information, ensure the safety of students online, and more.

Besides examples of policies, the guide also lists seven steps that teachers can take to create a policy and move it through the ranks of school board administrators.

“Instead of starting from scratch, we hope that others can refer to the steps in the primer and also … the real world examples,” says Johanson.

This sharing of ideas is also part of the appeal of social media in the classroom. Teachers can spread ideas beyond their classrooms, and students can collaborate with peers from other classes on projects.”


Technology is being incorporated into schools and many times students do not understand the capacity in which information can be carried.  Allowing social media sites, such as Facebook, to be incorporated into the classroom can be a great addition as long as it is set up and developed in a cautious manner especially the fact that students need to be monitored.  Many students do not understand that putting up personal information, comments, and thoughts can be seen by millions of people. This is a great teaching opportunity!  Not only using this technology for all of the benefits of working on projects and real world examples is amazing, but teaching students to accessibility of information (for positive or negative uses) is a great way for students to learn the power of the internet.

Hello world!

I guess I am now into the wonderful world of technology and blogging.  This is my first ever blog.  I hopefully will figure out how to use and then will be able to use it in my classroom this next upcoming school year!

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