Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Week 4 PLE Post

So, per request of our instructor I have chosen somebody I love to talk to about what I'm learning. I have chosen my wife, since I see her more than anybody else and she actually knows loads more than I do about what we are learning. I have started feeling more comfortable about what we are doing by teaching it to my wife, and then she has been teaching me even more about it, which is helping me to learn beyond the grade. I have really enjoyed learning even more in detail about these technologies. Although the letters 'html' scare me, she was able to teach me how to edit it, and realize that it isn't all that scary. It's been nice having someone to talk to outside of class to enhance my learning experience.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Digital Storyboard

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Does the average teacher break copyright laws?...Probably (Week 3 PLE post)

So, who would have thought that showing a movie to your students just for fun is against the copyright laws? I definitely had no idea, and thought it would be totally fine. I was way off. After seeing how detailed the copyright laws really are, our group has chosen to draw pictures for our slides. This is a way to avoid having to cite an image that we found on the internet. I guess someone in our group could copyright the picture they drew and then we'd have problems, but I think we'll take the risk. Teachers really need to be aware of these copyright laws for multiple reasons. 1. They don't want to risk the possibility of getting in trouble, even though the majority of things go unchecked. 2. They need to set an example to the students of obedience, and if somehow a student's parent is in-the-know about copyright laws there could be trouble.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Week 2 PLE Post

After taking a look at tokbox I think it could have a few different purposes for a teacher. I imagine they could make a brief summary of an assignment if there are many of students who don't understand, and the students could refer to the video at home. It is a fun and dynamic tool that could be used for many things I'm sure. Learning about the different styles of teaching was my favorite thing we talked about in class. The teacher has a large impact in whether or not the students really get involved and engaged. The professor we saw on video was a great example of teaching the same old things with a fun perspective.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The beauty of Utah

There I was, 13,528 feet above sea level. I was higher than any other person in the state of Utah. As I gazed out across my beautiful state I couldn't help but think about how lucky I am to live in such a blessed land. We are so lucky to have the freedoms and rights that we do.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Week 1 PLE Post

I have a rather basic knowledge of technology and how it is used. I enjoy it when I am interested, for example; when I wanted to thrash on my brothers in fantasy baseball I figured out all the little intricacies to give me the edge. I blew them out of the water because I spent so much time on the site. My wife has a job that deals with all the terms we have discussed in class and I have eavesdropped many times and am familiar with many tools and terms used in social media. I also love using camera software and software to create blueprints for home-building.