Week 6 Blog Post (EDUC 506)

Joe Jacoby

October 7, 2013

EDUC 506


Week 6 Blog



  1. In general, where do you tend to fall on the matrix?


            Over all I feel that my classroom is at the infusion stage but I’d like to move my students and myself into the transformation stage.  I feel that taking my classroom to flipped learning structure will help facilitate this type of learning.

            In the infusion stage “the teacher consistently provides for the infusion of technology tools with understanding, applying, analyzing, and evaluating learning tasks.”  I currently teach within a technology-integrated classroom where all my students have iPads.  I am working on App Flow during planning so that students can use a steady flow of App to App while learning a concept and content. 


  1. What are your areas of strength?


            I fell that my students and I are at the infusion stage when Active “students are actively engaged in education activities where technology is a transparent tool used to generate and accomplish objectives and learning.”  This section also discusses how kids can choose to use an App to complete a task.  I remember when I opened up the choices for Apps to complete a task, assignment or activity.  It was amazing to see how the students took the task and made it their own.

            Another area I feel that I’m strong in is the area of constructive, “students use technology to understand content and add meaning to their learning.  This is an area of technology in education that I love.  I love seeing students taking a device like an iPad and open their minds to new learning and then turn around and share that learning with others.  Collaboration has become huge in my classroom. 


  1. What are your areas of weakness?


            I feel that one area I can grow on is Goal Directed, “students use technology tools to research data, set goals, plan activities, monitor progress and evaluate results.  I’d like to become better at empowering my students to take their learning in to their own hands.  Give them the opportunity to set a goal and then reach that goal while refocusing and learning to self-monitor.  I know that with technology this goal is possible.


  1. What obstacles do you face in integrating technology into your classroom?


            The matrix discusses collaborative as a section, even though I feel I am proficient in this area I still would like see my students collaborate more often.

            Another obstacle I see as an educator is the amount of technology resources that come with new curriculum and curriculum changes.  As a teacher in the public school system I teach the curriculum set by the school board.  Often, this curriculum isn’t always geared toward technology as a way to teach the content or standards. So, I spent a lot time trying to come up with inventive ways to integrate technology effectively.  I feel that a tablet like the iPad makes this process easier but I still would like to grow further.  If only there was more time?  


  1. Moving forward, how can you overcome or mitigate the obstacles you face?


            As I move forward I feel that I would like to become a better planner when it comes to integrating technology into my classroom.  By planning with technology and content as one, teachers can be more effective and ready to meet the needs of all their students.  Technology is an amazing way to enhance a lesson and it is extremely powerful when planned correctly. 

  1. How can you improve your weaknesses and build on your strengths?


            I feel that planning and reflection or key in improving weakness and building upon my strengths.  Being a teacher has taught me the value of reflection, reflection, and reflection.  If my students are grasping a concept or skill, it is my teaching that needs to be refocused. 





Week 5 Project

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Week 5 Project



  1. Pick a topic:  Glogster



2.  Research that topic and find out what tools can be used: 


a.  There are PowerPoints, blogs, posters, collages, and many more ways for students to be creative.  However, one site has made it possible for your students to create a project so dynamic and amazing that it leaves all others in the dust.  Glogster is a program that allows students to include pictures, text, video, audio, graphics, and be able to print it all out onto a single sheet of paper.  This is an epic site that puts the technology right into the hands of the students – something that every student will enjoy.”


b.  http://www.appsinclass.com/glogster.html

c.  http://www.glogster.com

d.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvC47fUANLk

e.  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/glogster-visual-network-player/id552911140?mt=8


3.  Pick one of those tools and create a brief tutorial that would show another teacher how to get started using it.


Once you have created your tutorial:


  1.   Include a link in your WordPress blog, along with a reflection of the activity.
    1. How did you like Jing?

                                      i.     I think Jing is a really easy and fun tool to use.  It makes sharing anything from your laptop smooth and quick. The buttons and format of the application are easy to learn and follow.  I’m sure if I were to teach an online course or go further with flipped learning this would be a tool I’d use. 


  1. What other uses can you see for a tool like Jing?

                                      i.     I can see Jing being used in several ways. 

  1. Classroom projects
  2. How to do’s
  3. Staff development
  4. Flipped Learning
  5. Blogging and video conferencing

        c.  Along with these ways I will use Glogster and Jing in my flipped classroom to help students complete projects and model lessons. 


  1.  Tweet the link to your screencast and/or blog post using the #ED506UC hashtag.
    1. Educreations


6.  Submit a link to your blog via the “Create a Tutorial.”

Week 4 Assignment EDUC206


Identify reasons for integration


  1. Technology program is well planned and thought out before the purchase of hardware or software.
  2. A clear mission is established.
  3. Content should always be at the forefront.  Technology enhances the content.  It is not about teaching the technology but using the technology to teach.   
  4. Make sure the technology devices work well for the teacher and all students. The device must fit the needs of learner.   
  5. Support is available to the teacher and students for management, troubling shooting, and on going training.


5 Tools for integrating the iPad into Elementary Math

1.  Math Bingo for fact practice and fluency with facts


2. Educreations for sharing ideas, collaboration, flipped learning and digital whiteboard 


3.  IXL.com for standards based practice, practice that reinforces concepts and skills being taught in the classroom.


4.  Smart Notebook iPad App for sharing lessons made by the teacher and having students follow along with instruction and collaborative learning. 


5.  Comic Life iPad App for mixing project based learning into the flipped and technology integrating classroom.  Can be used to make posters or picture stories, word problems, or steps to solving a word problem. 




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Week 3 Blog Post for EDUC 506

Joe Jacoby

September 17, 2013

EDUC 506


Week 3 Blog

Bring Your Own Device


  1. What are the arguments for and against BYOD programs? Please cite your sources!


  1. http://www.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=3756757
    1. For: BYOD will allow for districts and schools to cut cost and increase student engagement.
    2. Against: Security concerns, including data protection and compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA).
    3. According to the article Georgia’s Forsyth County Schools “maintains a student wireless network that is separate from the one used by teachers and administrators. Students must also agree to the district’s acceptable use policy, and take responsibility for maintenance of their own computers and tablets.”
    4. “New Jersey’s Middletown Public Schools encourages students to take the lead, inviting them to make videos that demonstrate acceptable and unacceptable use of personal phones and computers.”
    5. “BYOT
      Here’s what Georgia’s Forsyth County Schools recommends when thinking about implementing BYOT. (Find more at www.forsyth.k12.ga.us/byot.)

      1. Think carefully about your goals.
      2. Survey students about what gadgets they own.
      3. Get buy-in from parents and the community.
      4. Determine rules for personal devices, and make sure everyone is clear on them.
      5. Test connectivity by inviting students to bring in their devices.
      6. Ask students about their experiences with their own gadgets.
      7. Plan how you can use BYOT to develop fun, challenging activities for students.”

    6. http://neatoday.org/2012/07/19/should-schools-embrace-bring-your-own-device/
      1. If this road to BYOD is started will it lead to families and students becoming responsible for providing their own devices?
      2. “In most BYOD pilot programs, students have to sign some sort of agreement to only use the device during class time for specific projects. Students can sometimes log on to “guest” wireless networks to get around website blocks, and teachers still need to be present in the classroom to help students learn from the new technology.”
      3. Extra training and support to teachers and families is needed. 
      4. “Without proper planning, implementation and professional development,” explained Andrea Prejean, associate director of the National Education Association’s education policy and practice department, “BYOD may not work as people had hoped. And guess what? The teacher will probably get blamed. It’s not fair that schools invite students to bring these devices and expect student achievement to improve just because these technologies are in the classroom.”
      5. “BYOD could present other hazards as well. When students bring their own devices, cyberbullying and other problems associated with social media may come with them. Many students, for example, don’t understand how much they should share online, and they could end up posting information that could jeopardize their academic, or even professional, futures.”
    7. http://www.edudemic.com/byod-classrooms/
      1. “It’s a promising idea, especially for schools that don’t have big tech budgets, but it has met with some criticism from those who don’t think that it’s a viable long-term or truly budget-conscious decision.”





  1. If you were in a position to implement BYOD in your school, would you do so? Why or why not?
    1. I know that our current structure at OPS would not allow it and I don’t think I’d want it as a school wide program at first, if I had to move to it.  I believe budgets should be evaluated and communication with families, teachers, and school boards should start a discussion about this. 
    2. If schools go to BYOD I believe that the safety of their students should be their first priority.  Teachers who are using student devices should be trained on the correct use of them and the policies on student work. 
    3. This program is worth a try and if it doesn’t work there is always the prior. 


Week 2 Blog Post

Joe Jacoby

September 10, 2013

EDUC 506


Week 2 Blog




“4 Reasons Why Social Media Should be Taught in Our School Systems”


  1. What is your opinion on using social networking in education?
    1. I believe that it is time for schools to embrace the global community and start using social media more in classrooms and schools.  I do feel that it is becoming so popular and part of our culture that it is a must.  However, change isn’t always easy especially for leadership in some schools and with publishing companies (ones that continue to prepackaged one size fits all curriculums in printed form). 


  1.  Summarize the article. Include the link, if possible.
    1. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kim-garst/4-reasons-why-social-medi_b_3327957.html
    2. “4 Reasons Why Social Media Should be Taught in Our School Systems”
    3. This article discusses the needs of schools moving forward with our global learning community and the use of social media in schools.  It discusses 4 reasons why we should not only use social medias in schools but actually teach them.  She makes a great point that we need to teach our students how to be productive digital citizens since many companies are looking for educate learners that can work on social and digital sites. 


  1. What lessons can be learned from this situation about using social networking in a responsible and ethical manner?
    1. If we don’t teach our students the social and ethical correct for the use of social media they won’t have an understanding of it.  Also, if we are supposed to have kids ready for today’s job market then our classrooms need to be technology advanced and require problem solving that gets them ready for their future careers. 


  1. Did the situation described in the article affect your opinion on using social networking in education? Why or why not?
    1. It didn’t.  She just brought to life new reasons why digital and social media must be taught in today’s schools and classrooms. 
    2. Here is another resource that I use in my classroom to teach digital citizenship. 
    3. https://www.digitalpassport.org/educator-registration
    4. My students loved it and they learned. 


Create a Blog Assignment and argument…

Objective(s): Write a detailed blog post in which you explain the key arguments for integrating technology into teaching and learning. Of these arguments, which do you feel is the most compelling… and why? This is not a “listing” activity, so please do not simply list reasons. Explain the reasons and the arguments behind them using supporting details from the weekly materials.


I feel that page 12 in the text talks about many good reasons why we should integrate technology in today’s classrooms.  We should…

  1. Facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity. 
  2. Design and Develop Digital-Age Learning Experiences and Assessments.
  3. Model Digital-Age Work and Learning
  4. Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility
  5. Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership.


Even though I feel that this are all important, I feel that number one (facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity) is the one I feel the strongest about.  Students who are creative and willing to try and willing to make mistakes until they accomplish a goal are the ones that will be the most successful and get the most out of learning.  I love integrating technology into my classroom for this reason. 

Week 1 Assignment

Joe Jacoby

September 4, 2013

EDUC 506


Week 1 Blog


  1. Do you agree with Ken Robinson? Are schools today killing creativity? Why or why not? What about other 21st century skills? Are schools today killing or nurturing them?
  • I do agree that Ken has a point but I believe it is too broad of a statement to say that all schools are killing creativity.  There are numerous schools and teachers that foster and grow creativity on a daily basis but the media, institutions of education, and society focus on the ones that don’t.  Drama and bad news always sells. 
  • The current system isn’t set up to value 21st century skills, we are still very much focused on the industrial age of educating our youth.  I believe a lot of our issues with ADHD, behavior, and lack of students’ interests is because of how we still do things the “old way.”
  • Schools today have such amazing potential with resources and our growing global community.  I believe it is how we embrace them. 


  1. Do you believe nurturing creativity and other 21st century skills is as important as developing skills in “core” subject areas? Why or why not?
  • Yes, I believe that core skills will always be valued and important to the success of our students but it is time to start preparing them for the future.  I love what Ken said that the future is in the hope of our child and educating their mind, body, and creativity. 


  1. Identify at least one way in which technology can support the development of 21st century skills. Find, share, and summarize at least one external resource (e.g. web link, journal article, news item, video, etc.) to support your response.
  • Wow, I believe that technology can support numerous 21st century skills.  In my classroom, every child has their own iPad and every week I encourage them to develop activities and projects that show their understanding of the skills can concepts taught in the past week’s lessons.  One application I use on the computer and the iPad is Comic Life.   http://comiclife.com/ I feel that having students create an open ended project allows them to problem solve and be creativity while sharing their understanding of the skill being taught by our current curriculum. 
  • Here is how to video that shows how to use the Comic Life on the computer. I like the iPad App better (works well with third and fourth graders).  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZdfSq1oVQ4