EDUC 331 Community Engagement Event
Name of event: Preston Reads
Date of event: February 22, 2017
Time you were there: 6-8PM
Preston Reads is a community involved event set up by Tracy Winey at Preston Middle School. The main idea behind the event was to introduce students, parents, and family members to extra-curricular reading. For this event students and parents involved in the event were invited to be the first readers of Marlin and Percy: Beginnings by Caleb Bollenbacker and Tyler Ellis. The author and illustrator were students at Baylor University when the characters came to fruition. Their story is very unique as the hero’s, Marlin and Percy, who are apes, started out as a revival for a comic book. The participants in Preston reads were invited to be the first readers of the initial release of the book. Unfortunately I was not given a copy of the book until after the event, but was still able to participate in the discussions. Author and Illustrator Caleb and Tyler were at Preston and both discussed their backgrounds and approach to writing and illustrating. They ended with a Q and A for the kids. It was really nice to see how engaged all of the students were. This encouraged the students to be creative, have goals, and work hard for what you what to achieve in life.
It was a very unique event as I have never been apart of an initially beta test for a book. I sat with a teacher from Preston who also teaches EDUC 350 at CSU, her son, as well as, another student of Preston and his mom. It was nice to discuss interests in books as well with complete strangers. I really enjoyed and found the use of tech in the presentation engaging. The speakers used the smartboard in the media center and did interactive live drawing. I could relate more with the Illustrator because I am an Art major. It was a learning experience in a sense that you can really turn side work hobby into something that hopefully will pay the bills. I learned that unique events could be set up for students like this one. This was the only Preston Reads for the year and felt privileged to be apart of the discussion. I also got a free copy of the book.
I read an article on community and school entitled “Five Steps to Better School/Community Collaboration”. It is a positive article identifying different ways the community can be more engaged schools. There are great example seen all over the world how this is happening, but we always need more. I think a good way to introduce community, school, and technology into the classroom could be to work on art in the community with students. This could be in the form of student work in a gallery or public place. Connecting with an active member of the community could help facilitate this. Students could use social media to promote this via the web. This would be a great way to at technology in my classroom.
EDUC 331 Blog Post 2
Web 2.0 Tools
Web 2.0 is a new term for me. I have used different applications in the past that are reminiscent of this. Most of these apps seem like they could be very helpful in the classroom if managed properly. In Colorado State University’s EDUC 331, we as a class analyzed individually and presented different Web 2.0 apps. My approach to this presentation was selecting an app that would lend itself easily to the art realm. I was presently surprised at some of the other student’s presentations. I scanned through a multitude of apps and had trouble selecting one that “looked” intriguing from the surface. That is to say that don’t judge an app by its cover, as my app, “Stoodle” was not very applicable and full of overlooked bugs. Upon presenting this information three apps that really stuck out to me were “Smartdraw”, “Quizlet Live”, and “Share My Lesson”. These apps are all unique in their own individual way and allow the use of sharing over the web. Quizlet live stuck out to me as a great tool for the classroom. It allows for team building and competition within the classroom. This indefinitely builds group moral sparks work ethic. Smart draw is a very useful application, which can be used in and out of the classroom. It allows the user to blueprint and customize a room. The interface can add doors, windows, furniture, houseplants, ect. This idea brings me back about a years ago when my wife and I were furniture shopping. The most difficult thing was measuring out the room and estimating whether the furniture would fit into the room. Only if I had the knowledge of this app would I have been able to design the room and fit the prospective furniture into their placement without breaking a sweat. Share my lesson is a great resource for teachers. It is packed full of diverse lessons spanning all subjects in the form of PowerPoint’s. This is a great way to spice up your classroom gaining outside perspective and ideas from teachers worldwide.
Chapter 3 of Future Ready Learning entitled, Leadership, outlines the many benefits technology can have for students and teachers. When discussing technology in the classroom, one of the major players is the Internet and Wi-Fi speed. In 2015 the Consortium for School Networking found that 55 percent of school systems have not fully met the FCC’s short-term goal of 100 megabits per second of Internet bandwidth per 1000 students. In my opinion that is a seemingly low number for where we should be as a country. Technology is very important in the classroom as well as personalized student learning. There is a push for reflection, critical thinking, and persistence when it comes to tech, as well as, students need to be taught digital literacy and citizenship. In parallel with this is the gain in worldview and partnership with others students and community members international. Technology is ever evolving and with the increase in speed and function it seems difficult to stay in line. I feel that a majority of the Web 2.0 apps are a great outlet for educators to stay on top of the game. This is leading some schools to encourage their librarians to become evaluators and curators of learning technology resources. This allows schools to utilize existing skill sets to touch on the importance of tech at all ages. Funding to schools is paramount for the success of the generations to come; and with higher demand for technology in the classroom, educational funding needs to be at a premium.
EDUC 331 Blog Entry 1
Technological Integration, Digital Citizenship, and Copyright
This is an interesting topic for me. Looking back at my life I have always been interested in technology. I can remember getting my first Nintendo NES and Sega Genesis. I can remember playing computer games like “Marble Madness” on 6in floppy disk at Tremont Elementary. I can remember the sound of the dialup modem connecting to the World Wide Web and the “Welcome” and “You’ve Got Mail” when connected to America Online. These are all luxuries afforded to us born before the 90’s. These technologies are things of the past and it is mind-blowing to see how far it has come. I am proud to be from the generation of chat rooms, 4-track tapes, and payphones.
Adding to the exponential increase in technology is the need for digital security and protection of people on the Internet. It is really interesting to discuss the push for people to now involve themselves on the Internet. Growing up I can remember the first time I made a transaction on the Internet. I can remember the reluctance of my father to input his credit card into the computer and submit it to seller in which he could not physically see or speak to. Who would have thought a mere 15 years later where we would be as a society? As Moore’s law projects technology to double in speed every year, we as a society need to continue integration into our schools. With all of the integration it is our jobs as educators to make sure students are being good digital citizens. This at first was a somewhat unfamiliar term to me. The times have changed but the perception and rules have not. Though high school it was about safety on the Internet. We were to keep our identity a secret to protect from predators and bad people. Though the idea is still the same the generations growing up now need to empowered and show off their achievements on the web. As for safety on the Internet the rules still apply and integrity is still paramount. It’s really easy to hide behind a computer or cell screen and bully, or steel what isn’t yours. I remember the backlash of Napster and when looking at the streaming apps like Netflix, why wouldn’t we all just share the same account. After all what’s the harm if you don’t get caught. Bringing me to my next point of copyright. This supreme and needs to be treated with seriousness in the classroom. It’s too easy to Google image search, drag an image onto your desktop and use it on a presentation for class. This is using work that is not yours and should be considered plagiarism. Growing up this was always the most serious offence one could commit academically. Even today my college professors say if they catch anyone plagiarizing they will do all they can to get the individual kicked out of college. It is not looked at lightly and education in Creative Commons and proper citing of sources cannot be overstressed. It takes an extra 2 seconds to open the image tool bar and search of items that are available to noncommercial reuse. About a tenth as long as it took to hear the words “you’ve got mail”.