Master Program Assignments...FPU

ET730...4.1 vlog #4

ET730...4.2 Media Discovery #4

Explain Everything
Usability: Explain Everything is an interactive whiteboard app.
Motivation: App is easy to use for both teacher and student. The app connects to many other programs and most importantly Google Drive for GAFE districts.  I really like that basically everything (images, documents, videos, etc.) can be inserted into the app
Pros: It’s available on many different platforms: IOS, Android, Chromebooks and Windows.
Cons: The app is not free.
Notability App

Usability: Notability is an amazing note taking app.
Motivation: This app is very user friendly. I believe this app is way more than just a “not taking” app.  The possibilities are endless for educators.  It really is a great app for teachers to integrate into their classrooms.  So many features for teachers presenting various lessons.
Pros: The organization possibilities of this app is awesome. Teachers will more than one set of students need to be able to organize work.
Cons: It is only available for IOS and it’s not free.

ET730...4.3 Media Project

I used YouTube Live (hangouts on air), YouTube Editor and Photobooth on my Mac.

ET730...Assignment 3.1: vlog #3


ET730...Assignment 3.3: EdVenture Lesson


ET730...Assignment 3.2: Media Discovery

Usability: It is meant to be a used for very general purposes and is flexible in video compositing and effects.  So you can compose your video sequence with ease.

Motivation: Wax has two modes for creation and one mode is standalone for beginners.  I fell that would motivate many to try it out.  There isn’t a lot to it so it’s not so scary to give it a try.

Pros: It’s free, lots of effects and transitions.  Also, you can make 2D and 3D special effects.

Cons: States that it doesn’t support many video formats.

Usability: This isn’t for beginners.  It would be much more difficult that other available options.

Motivation: Someone that wants to have 3D will want to learn how to use this program.  So anyone interested in design would greatly benefit.

Pros: It’s free and the 3D quality is great.

Cons:  Not for beginners at all.

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ET730...Assignment 2.1: 2nd vlog

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ET730...Assignment 2.3: My 1st Soundscape :)

I used three sounds: ocean waves, family interacting and some seagulls.

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ET730...Assignment 2.2: Media Discovery
1. Google Slides
Usability: Super easy to use and very user friendly.

Motivation: With the growth in districts purchasing chromebooks, teachers are motivated to start using it and sharing it with students.

-extremely easy to share
-can work offline
-imported videos can only be from YouTube
2. Powerpoint
Usability: Easy to use and almost everyone has a version of the software.

Motivation: This software has been around for years. If someone can't figure something out, there will be someone near by that can help.

-lots and lots of features
-not easy to collaborate with others
3. Keynote
Usability: The app on for iPad is easy to use and kid friendly.

Motivation: If classrooms have iPads, teachers and students will want to know how to use it.

-not difficult, I have used with Kindergarteners
-great for classrooms with iPads
-if not use to Apple Products, one might not find user friendly

4. Powtoons
Usability: This is a little more complex and time consuming.

Motivation: Students are going to enjoy finding different ways to create presentations.

-fun and different
-opportunity to learn to create in a different way
-shows creativity
-features aren't all free
5. Prezi
Usability: It is easy to use and not hard to figure out.

Motivation: Teachers want different presentation options for students. If school isn't in a GAFE district, this is a great option.

-great start for students creating presentations
-needs more features very basic
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ET730...Assignment 1.1: My 1st vlog

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ET730...Assignment 1.2

I have used in the past but for this first vlog I wanted to try something different. So for my vlog, I jumped back in forth between my Macbook and my iPad.  I used a combination of the photobooth feature of my Macbook camera and iMovie on my iPad.  Yes, I could of used iMovie on my Macbook but there were some connection issues so I kind of had to switch between devices.  On my Macbook, I created the video and images in photobooth.  I think combined them and added music in iMovie and uploaded to YouTube.

I think it is great to be able to merge different programs on multiple devices to produce a project.  

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Exploring Web Literacy

I started my blog almost a year ago and would love the opportunity to help expose my students to blogging.  I have not been able to post on my blog as much as I would like to but plan to change that in the near future.  Blogging would expose my students to many areas of the Mozilla Web LIteracy Map: composing and connecting online.  I would love to have my students publish some of their writing.  My students participate in directed drawings and then go into Google Docs and write about their drawings.  I would like to have them blog their writing and drawing.  Students could then also practice responding to another classmate's picture.  When I do directed drawings, each student draws the same picture.  However, every picture looks different and they always pick different colors.  I think my students would love to see their work online and love to see others work as well.  Currently, my district will not allow it or any online activity for our students but I am hopeful in time my district will hear me out.

Exploring Media Literacy Lesson

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In my kindergarten class, we use media all the time.  However, I’d like to have them think about all the media that is available and the purpose of each.  I would like to do a lesson on exploring different types of media.  I would start with having a discussion with my students where we create a list of various media (example to the right).  I would of course have pictures to go along with our list.  The great thing is my classroom will also have access to all the different types of media we will discuss.  

After we have worked together to brainstorm and create our list, I will have students work in groups to analyze the media.  I would create three groups: group 1 media we listen to, group 2 media we watch and group 3 media we read.  As a group, students will work together to create their list of media that fits on their paper and write a purpose for that type of media.  When the groups have finished, each group will take turns presenting their information.  Each group will then exchange information and go back and experiment with that media.

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ET725 Integration of digital skills and tools


1. This site gives parents multiple ways to help ensure safety for child.

2. Information provided to help parents guide their child in how to use technology.

3. Digital Citizenship: 5 Tips for Parents: This is a great clip for parents to watch.  It will help them understand what specifics to discuss.

4. Great site for parents and teachers with various resources on digital citizenship. 

5. Infographic:  A great infographic that will help parents think about what their children need to know about.

1. This portion of the website has multiple posters that help guide students.

2.  Digital Citizenship Clip: This video is great for kids to watch.  For the younger ones, parents and teachers can use it to guide a conversation.

3. Also, great site for students with an abundant amount of resources.

4.  Teacher Blog: Teacher shares a great visual for students to see what it means to be a digital citizen.

5.  Educational Technology: A site with links to multiple videos to help students understand how to be a digital citizen.



I believe leadership involves the ability to work effectively with others.  From personal experience, I believe I have had great leaders and I have had leaders that weren’t very effective.  Leaders that are knowledgeable and are able to share that knowledge can be extremely effective.  Individuals need leaders that have the ability to share what they know.
     Essential Traits:
     -have a vision
     -effective communication
Within my grade level, I have taken on some leadership roles.  I believe this has happened quite often because I’m willing to share my ideas and know how effective our group can be if we work together.  During this school year, many of my grade level colleagues have stepped up and taken on some of the leadership roles.  I was able to share with my group that I was in need of some support from others and I am happy to say that some have stepped up to the challenge.  It has been great to see others realize that they can be great leaders.



After reading, Communities of Practice: Learning, Meaning, and Identity by Etienne Wenger, I found myself remembering some of my personal learning experiences.  For many years, I attended a private school. In primary grades, my classroom consisted of students in first through third grades.  The room was  a huge rectangle and each student faced the wall.  There were wooden wall dividers in between each student.  We were not allowed to talk and if we needed help we would raise a small flag to get the teacher's attention. Students were given one 20-30 page booklet per subject.  Each page would explain the assignment and give an example.  Students then had to figure it out on their own and if not possible ask for help.  Students never interacted with each other in the classroom and interaction with the teacher was very minimal.

In chapter two, Wenger discusses community of practice to be made up of mutual engagement, joint enterprise and shared repertoire.  At my private school, students had a shared repertoire.  Students knew what was expected and how to accomplish what was expected on a daily basis.  However, I don’t believe there was mutual engagement nor joint enterprise.  The students in my classroom are receiving an entirely different experience in my classroom.  Students participate in mutual engagement, joint enterprise and shared repertoire.

  • mutual engagement: collaborate with others/participate in various activities/etc.
  • joint enterprise: goals/projects/etc.
  • shared repertoire: know expectations/rules/guidelines/etc.

Wenger, Etienne (1998-07-28). Communities of Practice: Learning, Meaning, and Identity (Learning in Doing: Social, Cognitive and Computational Perspectives) (Kindle Locations 1199-1200). Cambridge University Press. Kindle Edition.



So this past week I started report card testing, I noticed a few students that are struggling because they simply aren't wanting to try.  I have students that have made great progress in learning letter sounds and others who are struggling. There are many areas where I see the problem of students struggling because they would rather not participate.  

I continue to talk with my students about participation.  I tell my students that if they want to learn new things they need to participate and practice.  My students need to know that their letters may not be written perfectly for months but if they continue to practice writing their letters they will eventually get better.  I just really try and stress that their work does not need to be "perfect".  I just want them to try and if that means a students number 5 looks like an S for weeks that is OK as long as they continue to practice.

I think so many times students want to "get it right or perfect".  Students want to make the teacher happy and sometimes I think that can hinder their work.  I want my students to know that their is a learning process.  I want them to know that it's ok to not get the answer correct on the first time every time.  My students need to know that I want them to succeed and it's ok that they all succeed on their own time.  I don't need all my students to meet a standard by Friday but I need them all to work towards meeting the standard.

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