Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Crazy Technology

Ok, my apologies once again, I really need help with this blog stuff. I forgot to blog from our last class on the 18th and was so concentrated on looking at my vision and SWOt papers that forgot about this. I am sorry.

Ok so I enjoyed looking for grants that are out there and available for teachers. There are many different kinds of grants, from small, single classroom grants to large school system inclusive grants. The process for applyign cna be just as varied. I think that due to the economic situation, many people and school systems are looking for ways to get the most bang for their buck andgrants and partnerships may provide the answers.

Technology is also making it easier to find and apply for many of these grants, you don't have to read about it in a magazine, newsletter or some other from of paper publication. Most of them you can even submit the application online as well. These skills are ones we are developing and we need to make sure we are also teaching these same skills to our students, give them a leg up on the future.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Internet Safety

While working on the PowerPoint presentation for class, I read lots of information about Internet safety. I did not grow up with the Internet, so I myself have to think about many of the issues that face our young children today when getting on the Internet. There are quite a few good websites out there that address safety. Some provide videos, lessons and activities that all promote Internet safety. I do think this is a topic that needs to be addressed frequently, so that it remains fresh in children's minds.

As a teacher, I need to plan in advance (which we do most of the time anyway) but if the Internet is going to be used, teachers should visit site and create a list of acceptable sites that students can navigate to. A routine I would establish in my class is students can only go to listed sites from the teacher. If that site has a link to other sites, you must ask permission from the teacher before navigating away from the original page. by creating a list in advance, and possibly setting up the links on your class blog page, will reduce possible errors from using search engines or typographical errors. It will also hopefully free you up to monitor students easier as they are not having to type.

Someone in the class posted somewhere that teachers are being asked to teach in ways they themselves did not learn. We as teachers are also students, and as long as we remember that, it will give us some flexibility to ask questions of others  and seek help when we need it. I hope I never quit learning.