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Learning Management Systems

May 28, 2012

Learning Management Systems or LMS refers to a software application for administrators, deliveries, recordings, tracking, and reporting of e-programs.  Such e-programs are training programs, classroom and online activities/events, and training content.  Learning management systems allow users to have a more centralized learning and tracking system that is made for internal as well external use. Furthermore, the tools that LMSs provide are user-friendly.  Some of the more specific features are watching videos, screenings, and listening to recordings that help with training purposes and can go as far as having to complete assessment tests with the interaction of a simple interface (Coggno, 1).

Some examples of Learning management systems are as follows:  This first example is EDVI PRO 2004 which is implemented in a Web environment and consists of the programming language, Java; web server, Apache Tomcat; and database server, Oracle and Microsoft SQLServer. This LMS “includes a pleasant and intuitive graphical environment, the arrangement of their menus in hierarchical form and explanations of their forms, turn it a powerful tool and easy to handle by the user.” (An Example of Learning Management System, p.2)  Another LMS program is called Litmos.  This SCROM certified training program enables the creation of web-based courses and easy distribution to learners on MAC, PC, Iphone, Ipad, and Android.  Learners can self sign up and optionally pay to take the course using their online, integrated shopping cart.  One last example of LMS is Halogen elearning Manager that links employee training closely with your organizations bottom line success.  The online training management system combines breakthrough thinking in employee-performance management with the best-practices in learning management.  It gives you power to deliver development and training programs that will impact your organization.  It is also a simple LMS in the respect that you quickly see a return on your training investments (Capterra, p.1).

 

The benefits of using LMSs in the classroom are as follows:  LMS programs support teachers, students, and administrators with the tools that result in personalized, productive learning experiences.  Student engagement is another good benefit in which through multimedia content and an intuitive web 2.0. This includes wikis, blogs, journals, chat, and other types of online tools in order to improve and promote learning-focused collaboration and social learning in and beyond the classroom.  Another benefit of LMS is it offers improved teaching experience which refers to online professional development and integrated efficiency tools that allow for strategic lesson planning and reporting.  One final benefit of LMS programs in the classroom is efficiency and efficacy in the use of core resources.  This gives schools and districts the opportunity to utilize technology investments by incorporating instructional and administrative tools into one central hub (eduviews, p.4).

 

 

 

 

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Multimedia Resources for Seventh Grade Social Studies-Ancient Roman Empire

May 23, 2012

This blog is about using the resources I gathered and incorporating them with the academic content standards listed for seventh grade social studies.  According to the academic content standards, “examine a variety of primary sources such as historical accounts, paintings, maps, diaries, and personal accounts to describe a historical event or period.” (Instructional Strategies, 1)  While reading the book The Traveller’s Guide to Ancient Rome by John Malam, I noticed that this instructional strategy can be used with having the class read this book because it gives a lot of good information on the Roman Emperor Constantine, information about the different customs and cultures that ancient Romans were accustomed to such as food, clothing, palaces, and religious santuaries. The book If I Were A Kid in Ancient Rome by the Carus Publishing Company is a good book to describe the lives of Roman children and how they lived along with how they compare to modern-children with regard to activities and culture. The book A Roman Centurion by S. Ross could be used along with this instructional strategy as a way to give students an understanding of the way Roman soldiers lived and their responsibilities which could correspond to personal accounts or even perhaps, historical events such as during particular wars, the teacher could put an emphasis on the Phalanx fighting strategy and how it was effective during a certain war.  With respect to the educational website, Kidspast.com is an effective website for seventh grade social studies studying the Ancient Roman Empire because it gives plenty of general facts about the topic.  A way in which I could utilize this website for this particular area of concentration and topic is to find different bits of information, turn them into discussion questions, write those on the board, have the students either get in groups of two or work alone (whichever), and have them answer each question, and finally have a class discussion on those questions as another reinforcer of the information.

 
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What my future classroom will look like!

May 16, 2012

What my future classroom will look like!

This is a rough sketch of my future classroom. I have a set of desks centered in the middle of room with a smartboard/dry erase board in front and a book shelf to the back of the room. In the corner adjacent to my smartboard/ dry erase board I have my desk and on the other side of the room are the computers and adjacent to the computers is my classroom door.

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Top 5 Apps

May 16, 2012

1. Mental Math-Multiplication Table app. I would use this for my future 4-9 math class and turn it into a classroom game where the middle school math students get in groups of 2 or 3 and each group are given access to the app and see who can solve 5 multiplication problems the quickest, tiebreakers would be solved in those groups solving 3 problems and the first ones finished are the winners.  The winners would then receive some kind of reward and we would do this until all have had a chance to win.  This would be good for the classroom because not only can it be used for testing a students speed at solving multiplication problems at a fast pace but it is just another way for them to gain more practice at learning their multiplication tables.  2.The Quizzer app is another good app to use for the class.  This allows students to create flashcards and study any subject.  I would use this during their silent time of class as a way to keep them busy and it gives the students some freedom in the classroom to study on their own and if they have any questions they can always ask.  3. Smart Speller English is another good educational app.  This helps students learn to spell.  I would use this for my 4th grade language arts class in preparing students for spelling tests.  iMathPractice Fundamentals Lite is yet another useful app for math students.  This is more of a focus on the four operations (add, subtract, mult., divide).  I would have this as a daily drill and pick some problems from each of the operations to give some variety to the students and would make sure everyone in the class got a chance to participate.  4.  Deluxe Moon Lite is an app that shows how the moon influences our life.  I think this would be a good app for me to use if my future classroom was teaching science or astronomy to give students an engaging lesson on the moon.  5.  The last app that is a good one for educational purposes is the Brain trainer app. This is a good app to use because it helps “jog the brain” and keep it thinking.  This would be useful for during like an independent study where the students who are finished with all their other work can turn to this and practice different applications of the brain trainer app.

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5th and final post about the State of Education

May 15, 2012

This final blog post has to do with social media and its impact on education.  The article I found was about the pros and cons of social media and its impact on education.  For the negative, many students use the information but do not question whether it is accurate or not as well as where they got there information.  The more time students spend surfing these sites, the more their viewpoint becomes polarized and the less they socialize with other students or people in general.  Also, spelling and grammar has become less important to the fast rate at which publications of different social media topics are presented.  On the other hand, the pros that social media presents an increase collaboration among peers leading to increased communication and research.  Since students relate to technology better than those of previous generations, they develop even more familiarity with computers and the technology that can go along with them such as on-line video, articles, and devices that can be connected with the computers for the purpose of helping acquire more information from social media.  Also, the article mentions about increased speed of uploading videos and pictures result in much more creativity and sharing of information among users.  Finally, the article discusses as to what parents can do to help improve face to face social interaction for their kids by having planned family time such as family picnics, cookouts, parties, and the like.  This keeps their social life and their social network/Internet life separate and the kids are more responsive to actual people in face to face (direct) situations rather than less social interaction and more focus on Internet-computer based networking.  This way if they come across information on the Internet or in news articles, they discuss it with those around them rather than creating a skewed viewpoint on a given topic. 

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State of Education Post #4-Online classes

May 15, 2012

For this blog post, I will be talking about online teaching.  I think it has pros and cons to it.  The pros are that it gives a student the chance to learn from a less anti-engaging environment in that students can learn from home rather than drive to a school x minutes away to take a long and dry lecture class.  I also think it gives students an opportunity to learn at their own pace as well as work it in to their day to day schedule without the worry of missing class.  However the disadvantages this could bring are distraction from learning.  Being that it is a distance learning form, students could easily not do their work on time and procrastinate causing problems such as failure to do assigned reading and homework.  Also, the teacher is not readily available as in a classroom environment where you may stop the teacher to ask questions.  Instead, one must rely on email and phone contact which does not always prove reliable.  All in all, though there are differences in this form of learning, I personally feel it is a good way of learning, but if you are not use to indirect contact, a classroom environment may benefit you better.

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Multiple Intelligences and Multimedia

May 10, 2012

This blog has to do with multiple intelligences and the first one is linguistic intelligence and it refers to the ability to learn written languages and the capacity to accomplish goals.  Logical-Mathematical intelligence refers to the ability to analyze problems with logic, and use scientific method skills in order to investigate issues as well as being able to detect patterns, use deductive reasoning, and think using logic. The way you can incorporate instructional media would be through online games that ask word problems and the use of the smart board to have students go up to the front of the class in teams and answer questions by writing on the smart board.  Musical intelligence refers to the skill of performing, composing, and appreciating musical patterns  A way in which you can use instructional media would be through instructional videos about music and CD players to play music for the students to answer specific questions about the songs or tunes.  Bodily kinesthetic intelligence refers to using one’s whole body or parts of body to solve problems and the use of mental abilities to coordinate bodily movements. Tools that could be used are smart boards or touch screen tools like the Ipad. Spatial Intelligence is the potential to recognize and use patterns of wide spaces as well as more confined spaces.  Two good uses of instructional media would be videos and pictures or drawings. Interpersonal intelligence deals with the space intentions, motivations, and desires of other people.  Two instructional media devices that would be suitable for this intelligence are computer conferencing and email.  Finally, Intrapersonal intelligence is the intelligence to understand oneself and appreciating one’s feelings, fears, and motivations.  Two types of instructional media would be creative materials and online blogging.  Linguistic intellegences are best fit for those who learn through reading, writing, and listening.  Two types of technology that could be used for could be web development tools such as reading an online poem or news article and another technology tool could be using a voice recorder during a classroom lecture and then playing it on their own time to reinforce the information they are listening to. My first strength is musical.  I like rhythm and sound of language, poems, singing, and playing guitar.  Also, I am able to recognize sounds and tunes when given.  My second strength is intrapersonal in which I have a good sense of self, I am used to and am fine with being alone yet I do like having people around every once in a while.  Lastly, kinesthetic intelligence is the last strength of mine in which I like to move, I like being pro-active, and that includes several things such as running, swimming, and martial arts.  Moving in a repetitive motion is a good way that I remember many different things.