Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Tech Review_SauloHJ

Learning and Leading with Technology (digital edition, November 2009)  
Author name(s) : Kelly Ahrens
Title of article: Build an assistive Technology Toolkit
Title of journal: Leading and Learning with Technology.
Date of publication: November 2011
Volume of the journal: 39
Issue number of the journal: 3
Article Page numbers: “pp. 22–24”
Assistive Technology (AT) is a group of customized tools aimed to meet the needs of different learning styles and physical challenges. The goal is to use these tools in the school, with the support of IT. The intended audience is teachers, administrators, and central office authorities. You can either use the options and tools built into your operating system or find some online. Some in your OS could be Magnification, On-screen keyboard, Narrator or Voice over, Speech recognition, Change text size, Personalization, Keyboard shortcuts, Sticky keys, Mouse keys, Filter keys, Visual and Sound notifications, and captions. Some online tools could be found in

“You can instill independence and confidence in students with special needs by finding free tools and working with you IT department…”.
“Once you find the tools you want to use –both free and paid- you need to know how to work with your school IT department to develop a systemwide AT program that successfully support students.”

TED-TALK: Technology
Ideas Worth Spreading  
George Dyson
The Birth of the Computer.
Feb. 2003 (Monterrey, CA)
The Birth of the Computer.
Dyson takes us back in time and gives us the historic facts of the birth of the computer. He goes back in 1945, with the atomic bomb. John von Neumann was the one thinking about and creating the first computer. After Neumann, some people got together and started working, designing, and implementing new ideas in order to have what we have now in regards to computers. Dyson does a very good job giving credit to the people involved in this process, for example he says that Leibniz was the first one talking about building such a machine, in 1679, arguing that arithmetic and logic are the same thing. The talk is directed to people interested in technology and the history behind it. He describes the importance of team work, perseverance, and the time factor in technology. He also mentions that technology was inevitable; if those people mentioned by him wouldn’t have done it, someone would’ve done it anyway, and this is seen with RCA, they decided not to go into computers. Nowadays, we enjoy and use the progress in technology done by many people. For people interested on technology history, this is an excellent talk. For others this is just information that is good to know; they prefer to enjoy the technology and the benefits of it.

“I am thinking about something much more important than bombs. I am thinking about computers.” John von Neumann.

“RCA, in probably one of the lousiest business decisions of all time, decided not to go into computers.”

eSchool News, Technology News for Today’s K-20 educator. 
Barbara Rudolph and Thomas Greaves: Powering the Digital Classroom: More Than Just Computers
March 28, 2012       
Powering the Digital Classroom: More than just Computers
Greaves explains that DTP is not about eliminating something in education but using technology to do it. He also talks about RED (Revolutionizing Education; a study of 997 schools) and the main focus of if: Improving student achievement and Evaluating the financial impact of technology on budgets. He also explains the Key Implementation Factors and the main findings in this RED project. The summary of this project is that technology works best when properly implemented; and DTP capabilities are integral to proper implementation.
Barbara talks about her district and why they decided to adopt 1 to 1 DTP. They started this as a summer project. She mentions it has great benefits but also shares some of the things that did not work for them.      

“Technology is becoming more powerful, more reliable and more effective in education.”

Android Market   Android for Academics

Version 1.07
Requires 1.21 MB            This seems to be a very good app for managing student’s grades on our android device. It works with Google Docs spreadsheet. You have to create a Google Doc spreadsheet and then allow access from your device to import the file. You can change grades from your android and save the new information. You can also email students grades. The app has pin-numbered protection in case you lose your device.      


ISTE Connects Blog        Teach Elementary Students How to Social Network

December 22, 2011         This blog promotes the importance of teaching social networking in schools, in order to develop safe and healthy social skills. Some schools may not be interested in social networking, but the advantages are strong and under the right conditions it has a lot to offer to elementary schools. Some of the social skills that could be taught are: avoiding using inflammatory language, not sharing personal information with strangers, thinking before you react because everyone can see what you post, and picking your friends carefully.

“Most middle school and many elementary students are already networking online, so why not teach them how to do it right?”

“Schools that ban social networking are missing an excellent opportunity to teach safe and healthy social skills.”
Teaching Channel
Inspired Teachers, Inspiring classrooms  Teaching Channel
Videos produced by video production experts, education advisors, and the classroom teachers themselves.

Teaching Channel launched publicly in June 2011.          This website is a great tool for future educators and new teachers to learn from and apply what other teachers in America are effectively using in their classrooms. Teaching Channel is a video showcase—on the Internet and TV—of inspiring and effective teaching practices in America's schools. Their mission is to revolutionize how teachers learn, connect, and inspire each other to improve the outcomes for all K-12 students across America. The selection of the videos could be made by subject, grades or topics. It is a great tool to learn new classroom techniques, activities, strategies, etc. that can facilitate the teaching and learning process. I reviewed some of the videos under the English Language Arts section and saw how some teachers build vocabulary in a very fun and active way that students are engaged and interested in learning and finishing their projects.     

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