Monday, September 28, 2009

PLE Week 4

I watched the following videos:

I think the most difficult parts of creating a digital storytelling project in an elementary school classroom would be getting all the children to participate when the project has to stay on one computer and working out tech problems. If we make a story as a class, students will have to take turns in groups to work on it with the teacher, which means that the other children will need some independent work to keep them busy. Also, what if I can't get the sound to work or something? I don't want to have to spend a ton of time figuring it out. Hopefully I could find someone who knows how to fix it or I'd be able to Google the problem and get it solved on my own.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Monday, September 21, 2009



TPACK stands for Technological, Pedagogical, and Content Knowledge. Technological knowledge has to do with knowing how to use technology. Pedagogical knowledge has to do with knowing how to teach. And content knowledge has to do with knowing a lot about a specific subject.

When you combine each of these elements in different ways, you get different types of knowledge. For example, pedagogical content knowledge (or PCK) would be knowing how to teach a specific subject such as biology. Possible combinations include technological pedagogical knowledge (TPK), technological content knowledge (TCK), pedagogical content knowledge (PCK), and technological pedagogical content knowledge (TPCK or TPACK).

It is important for teachers to understand TPACK because it allows them to think about various teaching strategies and ways to present information. Furthermore, teachers must have a solid TPACK background because they need all of these skills to be proficient teachers.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Assignment #2

I think knowing how to create a Wiki is very useful, especially as a teacher. It was confusing at first but I think with practice and by using more online gadgets I could create a very useful wiki for a real-life class rather than just in a pretend situation. It might be fun to try out some other wikispaces and see how they compare to pbworks. It would be useful to have. I could put up a calendar, discussion topics, assignments...It's definitely worth getting acquainted with.

My website is

Yay I can talk to Jessica using my webcam:

Sorry your eyes are closed Jessica. I look weird too. Oh well.

Yay I can send video messages on Facebook:

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

IP&T 287 Assignment 1

My technology and background experience:
1. I know how to use a computer.
2. I'm familiar with Microsoft Office, and I can use it well enough to write papers, create a spreadsheet, make a PowerPoint, etc.
3. I don't own a Mac, but I am familiar with some of their features, like how to right-click, copy/paste, etc.
4. I know how to download/upload photos and sometimes I can do videos.
5. I know how to Google search, how to read blogs, how to find information in general on the internet.
6. I can use a TV, DVD player, iPod, cell phone, digital camera, and a variety of kitchen appliances.
7. I know how to write a blog.