Monthly Archives: October 2011

RSS Feeds for Education

My shared items.

I have used something like RSS in my personal blog to look up my friends and family blogs.  I have to go to my blog and then listed on the side is all the new updated blogs that I follow.  It makes life so much easier so that I don’t have to check fifty different blogs.  The RSS feed is just like that.

There are many different ways that I could use this in the classroom.  One way would be for each of my students to create a blog and then have assignments be posted on their blogs.  On the blogs not only would they do assignments but they could also pose questions and get answers from their fellow classmates and teacher.  This would really work well for the introverts who really struggle speaking in front of groups.  I would have all the students set up an RSS feed from the class and part of their grade would be participation on the blogs once a week or every other week.

I wish that I was teaching in a class where I could implement it.  It sounds like it could be a lot of fun.  The RSS feed takes all the time consumption out of the way and allows the teacher to really focus on the information and questions posted.

There are many benefits I am going to gain from the knowledge that I learned about using RSS.   One thing, I don’t have to look up all the different news websites that I go to.  I can have updated news brought to me.  Another benefit is time.  All the time I spent looking up things can now be spent looking up more things J or spending more time with my family.  Along with using RSS, knowing how to share it allows for greater communication and instant information transfer.  RSS also allows you to focus on the information that you want to receive instead of searching through tons of different information that you really don’t need or want to look at.


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Tech Trends Lesson Plan

I work for Idaho Digital Learning Academy and they were in the news for using the WII in their physical education classes.  I have thought that it was very interesting.  I have just recently received my certification in physical education for the state of Idaho and love to see how I can incorporate technology into this type of classroom.  While I was teaching physical education I had a student with various learning and physical disabilities that limited the amount of participation he could do in class.  Using the WII and other gaming type systems, students like the one I had could begin to feel more like the class and feel like they are participating and contributing to a class that traditionally singles out those with learning and physical disabilities.   I also have a cousin who is in a wheelchair and new technologies like this are allowing him to participate more, when before he was resigned to sitting off to the side just watching or keeping score.

Gaming-based technology for the Horizon report focuses on gaming strategies like the one I listed above.  It also talks about using what kids love and are constantly doing to the advantage of the teacher and education.  They are figuring out ways to adapt more to the students and the new learning strategies that are being presented with the way technology has exploded and taken over.


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Horizon Report Tech Trend

I have had an interest in game-based technology ever since an article in one of the Idaho newspapers that said that some online schools were starting to use the Wii for Physical Education classes.  At the time I had just finished getting my endorsement for teaching secondary Physical Education for the state of Idaho and also starting teaching for Idaho Digital Learning Academy.  I currently do not teach Physical Education for them so I am unable to actually see it working, but I love the idea.

This technology is important because it is taking something the students already use and play with and make it educational.  It could be beneficial to states that are cold and wet more than dry and warm.  It would allow the students to be active even if they are restricted to a smaller space or venue.  Using this technology would also have an easy transition since the students are already aware of it, know how to use it, and like it.  I also really think that this can help students with disabilities.  It can give them a chance to feel more like the class then just sitting off to the side unable to participate, especially in an Physical Education class setting.

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Posted by on October 4, 2011 in Other


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What is plagiarism?

There are many different types of plagiarism.  The main three that I am focusing on are cheating (straight out taking someone else’s work and calling it your own), patchworking (taking part of someone’s paper and inserting the writer’s own words a little throughout the other person’s paper or paragraphs), and lastly, non-attributions (lack of citing for someone else’s work).

I like the focus on unintentional and intentional plagiarism.  I know that many students don’t even realize that patchworking or non-attributions are considered.

One thing I did with my students.  We did a unit on the Winter Olypmics (when they were going on a few years ago.)  I made them write a paper on the Olympics, an athlete, and the sport their athlete played.

As they wrote, I had them tell me at the end of each paragraph where they got the information.  They put, internet, self, book, or something similar.  We went through paragraph by paragraph so that I could help them see where it could be any of the three ytpes of plagiarism.  It really helped them see where they got thier information and then where they needed to site it.  I was able to help them really focus on patchworking (the biggest type of plagiarism in school, I think).  That might be useful when you are starting to try and help the students and parents learn more about them.

Why is there a harsher punishment for cheating then for patchworking?

I think that the reason they don’t have the same punishment is that patchwriting is taking passages and not copying it word for word, but maybe not good at rewording it in the writer’s own words.

Cheating is straight up word for every word, and then taking credit for it.

When I was teaching English I had some students that were having a hard time rewording passages to make them more thier own, which was much different then the student just taking an older student’s essay and turning it in.


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Digital Inequality

Why are we concerned with digital inequality? What is it? The government and many states are pushing for technology and requiring so much more but then not providing the funding or resources needed to meet new requirements. I worked in a rural town and there were many students that did not have computers at home, or cell phones, and certainly not Internet access (as food on the table was the first choice). Anything that I wanted to do with technology, I had to make sure that the school had the right software and then provide the amount of time needed to complete the assignment at school. I think that the little towns get overlooked by the bigger cities and the divide is bigger than we really think. I agree 100 percent with the real divide is in the skills. Many students may have a computer but they don’t know how to open a document or even log onto the Internet. I was teaching very basic skills to 7th and 8th graders, who I assumed already knew how to do the little things. We talked once at a professional development about how cell phones are now the fade to show if you are in the “in crowd” or not. Many students would prefer to have a cell phone over clothes and shoes and sometimes food. With the technology that cell phones now offer, those students who may not have a computer at home but now have a cell phone, can take the opportunity to delve into the Internet and not worry about the computer and Internet access that used to be needed.

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Posted by on October 3, 2011 in 3.1 Media Utilization, Other