eTextbooks are the current trend in instructional technology right now. Last year Apple putt out their new app that lets anyone make a eTextbook this may be the norm sooner then we think. Find an article about eTextbooks to review on this blog. Please post the link to the article as well. Also let us know your opinion on the use of eTextbooks in the classroom.
I have two questions that I feel need to be addressed as apart of this class. I know that some of you have not taught in the classroom but think back to you schooling and make some observations.
Are new teacher prepared in their teacher training program to teach in a 21st century classroom?
Is there enough support for more experienced teachers to add technology to their classrooms?
We have now talked about what kids think they should know. Now we need to cover what the state and the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE) say/mandate students should know. These standards are meant to be integrated in to all classes and NOT just taught in the computer classroom. These standards will be used in projects that you will be making in this class so please look them over. I know that these standards are meant for k-12 education and some of you work with higher ed. You should look at these as what you students should be able to do when you get them in college. Read all the stands below. Do they cover what they need to? Are they missing anything? Can schools really do this?
ISTE NETS-S Standards
Information and Communications Technology Literacy Grade-Level Expectations (MO grades K-8)
Information and Communications Technology Literacy Course Expectations (MO grades 9-12)
This week your assignment is to make the Welcome Page of your classroom web sight. This web sight is based on the class outline that you submitted two weeks ago. There are lots of free web page builders out there. The two that I have used the most are Google Sights and Weebly. I like them both for different reasons. For this assignment you can use whatever page builder you would like to use. We will be adding to this page during the rest of the class and it will become our online portfolio of what we have learned.
More important then the page builder you use is the content of your page. What do you think should be on a classroom web page? I know when I was making the page for this class I had to ask my self that question several times. I am still asking my self that question and I know I have more I need to add. For example on our class page there is a resources tab that does have information on building a web page. I need to add more to help you as students and will do that over the next couple of days.
This weeks blog assignment is answer and discuss the two questions below.
What should be on the welcome page of a classroom web sight?
Why should we have classroom web sights?
This past week I was going through my Google Reader and catching up on my three favorite ed tech blogs. Cindy Danner-Kuhn had posted about the Educational Technology Bill of Rights for Students. The Educational Technology Bill of Rights for Students post was first made by School Technology Solutions. I read it and it was just one of those WOW moments. After trying to figure out my own feelings about some of the points on the list I thought about this class and want to know what YOU think about the post. I come from a time where we did not have computers in classrooms, only in the lab, and an overhead and VCR were fancy. I did not even have an email address until my senior year of high school. Read the link below and tell me what you think.
Educational Technology Bill of Rights for Students
This blog is for class conversations for Ed 514 at Central Methodist University. We invite input form other teachers about how they use technology in their classrooms.