Tuesday, December 15, 2009


I have completed steps 2-4.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Internet Safety

1. The article I chose to read is entitled "Let our Voices be Heard" written by Elder Ballard.
2. The video resources that I watched depicted stories of cyber-bullying. I watched videos about consequences of gossip spreading through the internet, the reprocussions a boy suffered when he rated girls in his school on a website, and a girl who got her email account hacked into. I also watched a couple videos on girls that became involved with older, dangerous men through IM relationships. I watched several other videos with adolescents who have been taken advantage of via negative means of the internet.
3. I actually got a lot out of watching these videos and reading the article by Elder Ballard. Elder Ballard's article enlightened me on the powerful effects that the internet can have on the family. He discussed how the influence of harmful media can deteriorate an individual as well as a family. The videos that I watched were poignant, especially since they were relayed in children's voices.
4. I interviewed my mom about cyber-bullying. She was completely aware of the subject and even told me a few things that I didn't know about it. Although she has had no personal experiences with cyber-bullying, she has been more than informed by talk-shows such as Tyra and Oprah. The stories that she told me were terrifying and I believe these stories has made her fearful of the internet in general. I reassured her that safety precautions as well as internet awareness can prevent a lot of these cyber catastrophes. I believe that we both came out of this experience better informed and more aware.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Lesson Plans

Math Lesson Plan

Science Lesson Plan

Writing Lesson Plan

I am an ElEd major however I am not in my practicum therefore I am unsure of what is expected for the PLE this week. Just to be safe I read through one of the websites for the ECE majors.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

PLE 10

The most important thing I learned from these videos is to never underestimate students and their technological competence/capabilities. I think often times teachers set their expectations lower than they need to be. I believe it is always important to make kids stretch and accomplish things that they may have once believed to be out of their reach. This class, for example, has made me realize that I am not as technologically incompetent as I once assumed. Another important thing that I learned is that students are not as apprehensive about using computers as adults often are. In all of the videos that I watched, it seemed as if the students dove into the projects with little to no anxiety or hesitation. Perhaps it was because the teacher taught with such confidence and ease. I loved all of the students’ responses to the technology-based lessons. You could tell it was something that each student was excited to participate in. Overall from these videos I learned that infusing technology in the classroom has the potential to be productive, somewhat simple, and fun.