<![CDATA[Learning With Betz - Tech Blog]]>Tue, 29 Dec 2015 10:09:30 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Semester Reflection For Tech]]>Fri, 14 Dec 2012 04:30:58 GMThttp://learningwithbetz.weebly.com/tech-blog/semester-reflection-for-techPicture
The end of the road is here as winter comes upon us (sort of)
This is my last blog that I HAVE to write, but as I type, I keep coming up with new ideas to write about. I love the idea of this blog/website. I want to make it grow and it makes me so proud of myself to have been added to the ODE website. At the beginning of the semester, I was excited to take this class. I wanted to be taught how to use technology. And I have, but I have also learned that like I will one day tell my own students, "take learning into your own hands". My professor has given me the courage to keep up with this blog and find new technology and fins ways to use it in my classroom  on my OWN! It is scary, I have never considered myself to be of my "generation" because I do not know how to use a lot of the technology that my classmates and friends use. But I keep finding that I can learn quickly, and with practice, excel at this stuff. I just have to try. I really think this blog is going to help me. If I can learn about something and like it enough to want to share it with the world on this blog, I can possibly change the face of my own classroom, maybe even someone else's. 
    Sadly, this is the first class, maybe second,  that I am actually sad is over. I enjoyed sitting and sharing ideas and stories with my classmates, and although we learned to communicate through Google, Skype, email, being blog buddies, and so on, I miss the face to face interactions that a classroom brings. To see and feel their excitement. To be in a room full of people that are as inspired to be educators as you are is invigorating. 
    To my Blog Buddy: Amanda, even though I will have a few more classes with you before we go off into the big bad world that is student teaching, I will miss the time spent building blogs together. I hope that we can stick together and keep our blogs connected. Maybe one day we can connect our classrooms like Mr. Holman has done with Mike.
  I feel that as this comes to an end, I am happy with what I have learned and what I know I want to learn more about, Life, Technology, and Classroom Success!!!!

Stay tuned for more great blogging!

<![CDATA[Emerging Technology ]]>Fri, 14 Dec 2012 04:10:58 GMThttp://learningwithbetz.weebly.com/tech-blog/emerging-technologyThere is a lot of great, cool, fun and interactive tools out there for students, teachers, parents, even communities. There are people out there making it their lives goal to share these tools with the world and improve the education system. here are a few ideas I cam across in my technology class. Picture
Who Owns the Learning??

Alan November, 3 Skills Students Need to Succeed
  • 32% of young adults lived with their parents in 1990, by 2006, that number had increased to 65%, even those who graduated with a college degree. 
Why? Do they not have the skills to put themselves above the rest? If not, what are those skills?
  • November's Three skills
  • #1 Information Processing (organize, make meaning, and move on),
  • #2 Work Globally (organize people everywhere to solve the same problems),
  •  #3 Be Self-directed (Know what to do without needing to be told, less layers of management, need lifelong learning) 
Our school systems are not built to do this. So what does this mean? How do we change our school to promote these skills?
            Other Videos by Alan November:  
                        Who Owns the Learning?
                        Promethean Keynote

What Tools are available?
       One Laptop Per Child Project
            Their mission is to get laptops to the children of developing countries. OLPC feels the can give the gift of knowledge and the ability to learn through the use of the laptops. They provide an education for almost $20 per student!!!! In the US it is like $7500 per child! If they can do this in a developing country, why can’t we do that here?! They are opening up the world for those students, and it is inspiring isn’t it?! If they can do this, why can’t it be done in our own schools?
            These computers are small, wireless, a screen that can be seen in sunlight, durable, energy efficient, and cheep (about $199 per computer). You can donate any amount on their website, and even donate in someone else’s name.

     Maine Laptop Program       
              This article nicely summarizes the Maine laptop program: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25782209/

Applications: Cell Phones, Tablets, and more
     Android Market:
Khan Academy: Pocket Classroom
            This non-profit channel has videos ranging in topics from school subjects to complex information about the financial world. They have over 1,000 videos that both students and teachers can use to further their learning, or use to learn content information in a new way, through a different set of eyes so to speak. This is the app version of their website.

Classroom Organizer
            This one is for the TEACHERS. This app helps teachers keep track of their classroom library. I know if you are anything like me, a book worm, you are protective of my books. I won’t lie, I buy a second copy of my favorite books so that I always have a nice, clean, unmarked version, just incase something happens to the one I read. This app allows me to keep track of my classroom books that I have.

School A to Z (for PARENTS)
            Made by the New South Wales (a state in the east of Australia) Department of Education.

Other Apps:
  • Kid Apps: All in 1
  • Socrative Teacher & Socrative Student
  • Math Evolve: A Fun Math Game

Other Ideas for Emerging technology to use in the classroom:

Social Learning:
Facebook in Education: see this group: http://www.facebook.com/education
      When it comes to Facebook in the classroom, I am on the border. I feel like, depending on the age of the students and the teacher, it can be good or bad. I remember being in middle school and trying to find out EVERYTHING about our teachers, and using Facebook would only make it easier. I also had teachers in high school that added students with out even thinking about it. On the other hand, I had teachers that wouldn’t even friend out after you graduated, in their mind, you will always be their student, if you wanted to see or talk to them, you knew where their classroom was or what their phone # or email address was. However, I have had college teachers that I have added as a friend, and I know that they had separate profiles, one for school and one for friends/family. The two never meet, never crossed. So if we would create just a site, an online classroom, I think that would be ok. Facebook has groups that allow you to join but still keep your profile privet. I mean, isn’t that what I am already starting to do by creating my blog and my Wiki? Giving my students and their parents a place to gather information and to help them selves? But at the same time, my privet life is my own, and their privet life is theirs.

Edmodo in Education: Check it out: http://www.edmodo.com/
         This is the Facebook of Education! Check out these videos:

Ning: http://www.ning.com/?n_e=1&n_v=4
Teacher PLN (personal learning network) learning example: http://edupln.ning.com/
  • Twitter – personally, I am not a fan of twitter, I like to read tweets, but I am not a tweeter, maybe one day I will get into it, but not yet. I agree I tried to get into the idea, but I cannot, I don't understand why. 
  • Professional blogs
  • Linked in
 Other types: Find other ways for social learning in your classroom
  • Wiki- Check out our Wikis and our professor’s Wiki that his students made
  • Blogs- See the other tabs on the blog to see how we encourage and help our students, parents, and fellow teachers learn
  • Delicious and Diigo (create a group): I really like the idea of diggo and the fact you can share an important thought with a group or class. You can take notes on what was key and pinpoint where to look. This make searching for information easier when you know what you looking for. It is also awesome you can have all you bookmark in one stop. You can always add to them and see what is new. 
  • Skype for educator (see what it has to offer): Skype for educators is a cool thing you can use in the classroom. You can have a discussion with professionals without them coming into the classroom. This is a good idea because students get real experience with professionals and they get a different side of the story. You can also do what Holman is doing. He has classrooms linked from different sides of towns. 

 Flipped teaching: Take a few minutes and look up this topic, examples, and how it could change teaching and learning.

<![CDATA[Wiki in the Classroom]]>Tue, 11 Dec 2012 15:20:18 GMThttp://learningwithbetz.weebly.com/tech-blog/wiki-in-the-classroomPicture
For our final project in my Technology class, we were to make a Wiki and create a lesson plan to use in the classroom.If you click on the picture to the left, it will take you to my Wiki. I made my Wiki for a Science classroom setting. My goal for the wiki is to have a place where my students can add notes and build on what we talk about in class. I want my students to build their won online textbook, very much like the one my professor's students have made here. The Wiki is no where near done, and hopefully my students will always be adding to it. On the teachers page, there is a lesson plan to get the project rolling. However, there would be some changes if using it in a real classroom. Instead of giving each group of students a subcategory, I would assign them their own page. Or have them do it all on a Google document, then add it to the Wiki when finished because if they are all trying to work on the same page at once, something is bound to go wrong. When working on their Google Document, I have instructed them to write in different colors, that way they are never deleting another students work from the document and after they are done, the teacher can see who participated by doing what. Also, I don't want them just adding text, so for the lesson, I am having them add a Web 2.0 tool to their project. This helps them understand the use of such tools and helps them understand what I am looking for in the Wiki. 
      I want this Wiki to be a place where they can show their interests in Science, a place where they can build on what we know from class, a place to have fun. If I were a student and my teacher had us create a Wiki, I would have loved it, I would never need to carry that heavy textbook home, and I could read and learn in a visual and creative way! 
      Now I will say that Wikis can be frustrating  they are not as colorful as sites such as Weebly, like my blog, you cannot make drastic changes to colors, style, font. But remember, The Wiki is where the student gget to add their thoughts/knowledge, my blog is for me, so I shouldn't care how pretty the Wiki is if it is searving its purpose.

<![CDATA[Visuals and more. ]]>Sun, 09 Dec 2012 00:18:06 GMThttp://learningwithbetz.weebly.com/tech-blog/visuals-and-more
I would call myself a visual learner, but know from experience that the classroom environment is not always kind to us. The classroom is geared towards auditory learners, and if you are anything else, or need a little of everything to learn, then, well, you are in trouble. So...

What is a visual learner?
Visual learners are students who learn best from visual stimulation versus auditory or kinesthetic methods. These students do not learn well in a classroom in which the teacher stands directly in front of the room and lectures while having a board full of notes. These students learn better with pictures, movies, seeing the information.
   Three types of learners
Visual- Learn using pictures, movies, text....
Auditory- Learn best from hearing, songs, lectures...
Kinesthetic/ tactile- physical learning, hands on activities Labs...these are the Do-er's of the learners

Facts about Visual learners (taken from http://www.visualteachingalliance.com/ )
  • about 65% of the population are visual learners
  • the brain processes visual information 60,000 times faster than text
  • visual aids in the classroom improve learning up to 400%

Are you a visual learner?
Edutopia has a test that you can take to find out what type of learner you are... visit their site

Helping Visual Learners in the Classroom
  • Use visual aids often in the classroom
  • Have students create their own visual aids using content learned in class
  • When giving directions, write down the steps/order where students can see and look back
  • when writing notes on the board, using a power point or other form to relay notes/information, make key words, ideas or phrases bold, use a different color, or highlight them.

Sadly, students spend 80% of their time in the classroom experiencing auditory learning. As teachers we need to change our teaching method to best fir out classroom and reach all types of learners. We need to bring more visuals into the classroom and get our students thinking and learning!!!! 


Tagxedo is a site at allows you to take an number of words and put them together into a shape, words that are used more often, are shown in larger next. For example, a student could write a paper, or a blog, on copyright laws and the use of technology in the classroom. If that student then took the document and turned it into a Tagxedo, it would look very much like the one to the left. when looking for different ways to use Tagxedo in my classroom, I came across a blog, Tagxedo's blog to be exact, and came across, 101 ways to use Tagxedo


Timetoast is a site that allows you to make a visual timeline. You can add pictures, a description and only takes a few minutes. The timeline below is a timeline about technology in the classroom.

Other Visual Tools (I stole these from a classmate in my tech class, see her blog here!)

<![CDATA[Fun web 2.0 tools ]]>Sat, 10 Nov 2012 04:46:12 GMThttp://learningwithbetz.weebly.com/tech-blog/fun-web-20-toolsToday I am going to talk about fun Web2.0 tools. They are fun and engaging tools that can be used in the classroom and by students. For a list of more Web2.0 tools click on the Web2.0 tools Button o the Right of the page.
This is a cite that allows you to take any photo and turn it into a cartoon. you can choose from a variety of cartoon styles. Below are pictures of my cat Matilda in a few of the different cartoon styles.

These could be used to have the students make their own profile on your class blog or in the classroom to hang the first week of school. They could also be used to make presentations more interesting.

Answer Garden
This is a site that allows you to make a question and people answer, it compiles the short answers into a visual. The bigger the text, the more people chose that answer. You could use this in the classroom to take a survey, create a list of project topics. It is easy to use and free for everyone.
This is an example of a answer Garden that has been answered many times

This is a cool way to upgrade from that boring power point to something more fun and engaging. I learned about these in my first technology class my freshman year. I had never even made a 3D power point before and at first I was intimidated  However, I soon found how easy and fun this was. there is sooo much more you can do with Prezi. Whats really nice is that because it is on their website, you cannot lose it. And no need to remember a flash drive  Students can make their own Prezi to present to the class on a any subject. Prezi engages the students much more than a boring power point. On the first website I made, I showed how I took a power point, made it 3D, then turned it into a Prezi. My students won't have to take all those steps, but it made it easier for me to learn. Below are a few videos from the Prezi website showing Prezi in action.

<![CDATA[Podcasting and inquiry learning]]>Fri, 02 Nov 2012 21:52:24 GMThttp://learningwithbetz.weebly.com/tech-blog/november-02nd-2012Picture
I am excited to get back to blogging after my surgery. I am feeling much better and getting caught up on my classwork a little more each day. Today I will talk about using Pod-casts and inquiry learning.


Pod-casts are great tools for the classroom. They can be used to help students outside of the classroom or used as visual directions. If a teacher knows they will be absent in the classroom, they can create a pod or vod-cast. One has just sound and one has pictures or video. 
     When using Apple products, Garage Band is a great tool to make pod-casts. To make a video with sound, try using Screen-O-Matic

Below is the pod-cast Amanda and I made. Download it first to listen.
Inquiry Learning

    Inquiry Learning is a method of teaching and learning that allows students to find and gain their own knowledge. 

What is  the constructionist approach to teaching and learning?       

     Students construct their own knowledge by investigating ideas with the guidance of the teacher or coach.
What is Inquiry learning?
     Inquiry learning is very similar to the constructionist approach but there is more guidance and direction from the teacher. 

Webquests and problem/project based learning are both methods of classroom teaching using Inquiry learning

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<![CDATA[Standards, Ethics, and Copyright Laws]]>Fri, 12 Oct 2012 20:19:41 GMThttp://learningwithbetz.weebly.com/tech-blog/standards-ethics-and-copyright-lawsPicture
Topic One:  ISTE (International Society of Technology in Education)

What are the standards for teachers?
    NETS-Ts are the standards for teachers. They evaluate the skills and knowledge we present in the classroom along with those we need to work and continue to learn in a 21st century classroom. They comprise of some of the following which are taken directly off of the ISTE website as a PDF:
  1. Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity
  2. Design and Develop Digital Age Learning Experiences and Assessment
  3. Model Digital Age Work and Learning
  4. Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility
  5. Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership
They are the same as many of the standards that we need to strive to meet in the classroom but they look more at us as the teacher, rather than evaluating our students. The website also has books, online courses and webinars to help teachers learn more about technology in education and to help them implement these ideas and standards.

    NETS-S ate the standards that evaluate the students’ ability to strive, succeed and continue to learn in our digital world. Their standards include the following: Again, these are from a PDF found on their website.
  1. Creativity and Innovation
  2. Communication and Collaboration
  3. Research and Information Fluency
  4. Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  5. Digital Citizenship
  6. Technology Operations and Concepts

    NETS-As are standards to evaluate the skills and knowledge needed to support the learning and implementation of technology in today's schools. Their standards include the following: Again, these are from a PDF found on their website.
1. Visionary Leadership. Digital Age Learning Culture
3. Excellence in Professional Practice
4. Systemic Improvement
5. Digital Citizenship

What Is Ning?
Ning is the social networking site for ISTE members. members have a profile page and they can post blogs, ask questions and join discussions about topics of interest.

Topic Two: Ohio Technology Standards
Below are the Content Standards for Technology by the Ohio Board of Education .

Standard 1: Nature of Technology
Students develop an understanding of technology, its characteristics, scope,
core concepts* and relationships between technologies and other fields.

Standard 2: Technology and Society Interaction
Students recognize interactions among society, the environment and
technology, and understand technology's relationship with history.
Consideration of these concepts forms a foundation for engaging in
responsible and ethical use of technology.

Standard 3: Technology for Productivity Applications
Students learn the operations of technology through the usage of technology
and productivity tools
Standard 4: Technology and Communication Applications
Students use an array of technologies and apply design concepts to communicate with multiple audiences,
acquire and disseminate information and enhance learning.

Standard 5: Technology and Information Literacy
Students engage in information literacy strategies, use the Internet, technology tools and resources, and
apply information-management skills to answer questions and expand knowledge.

Standard 6: Design
Students apply a number of problem-solving strategies demonstrating the nature of design, the role of
engineering and the role of assessment.

Standard 7: Designed World
Students understand how the physical, informational and bio-related technological systems of the
designed world are brought about by the design process. Critical to this will be students' understanding
of their role in the designed world: its processes, products, standards, services, history, future, impact,
issues and career connections.

I feel like these standards are similar  to those on the ISTE website. They encourage student growth and development with the use of technology. All of these standards are easy to implement into the classroom.

Topic three:  Ohio ETech Office and Programs
    Every year, there is an Educational Technology Conference. According to their website, the conference allows for educators to attend sessions and workshops, learn about the latest improvements in educational technology, tools, techniques and ideas. There, teachers can get hands on experiences with products from hundreds of vendors.
  ETech also has a list of grants that teachers and schools can apply for and also has links to podcasts and other educational resources for teachers.

Topic four:  Ethics or Netiquette
 AUP stands for Acceptable Use Policy for internet use. AUPs are created by schools to help protect students from the dangers of the internet. The National Education Association recommends that an AUP contain the following:
  • a preamble (which explains why the policy is needed, the goals and how the policy was developed)
  • a definition section (defines key words to insure student, parent and teacher understanding)
  • a policy statement (explains what is covered under the AUP and defines the circumstances under which students can use the services)
  • an acceptable uses section (defines proper student use of the computer network)
  • an unacceptable uses section (defines unacceptable use, giving clear and definite examples
  • a violations/sanctions section (explains the consequences of students actions)

Online Safety for Students
  As teachers, it is our job to help keep our students safe, that that counts for online too! As a Teacher we can stick to the boring pamphlet about online hazards, how to stay away from them, and what to do if we encounter them (say cyber bullying) but there are many more resources too.  Teacher can find lesson plans online about online safety such as the one on this site. We can teach through Games, Quest Atlantis is an educational game that requires students to first complete a component on internet safety. WebWiseKids is a great site for information, activities and ideas for teaching internet safety in the classroom! Teachers can also use Role-playing or have a guest speaker. Some other ideas/websites include:

Digital Citizenship
    The nine themes of digital citizenship include the following:

1.   Digital Access:   full electronic participation in society
2.   Digital Commerce:   electronic buying and selling of goods
3.   Digital Communication:   electronic exchange of information.
4.   Digital Literacy:   process of teaching and learning about technology and the use of technology
5. Digital Etiquette:   electronic standards of conduct or procedure.
6.   Digital Law:   electronic responsibility for actions and deeds
7.   Digital Rights & Responsibilities:   those freedoms extended to everyone in a digital world
8.   Digital Health & Wellness:   physical and psychological well-being in a digital technology world.
9.   Digital Security (self-protection):   electronic precautions to guarantee safety.

    Netiquette is etiquette for online/the net. As teachers we need to remind our students to mind the Netiquette. One way would be to remind them that what they put on the internet is FOREVER. You could have them think about this and internet safety by Googleing themselves. There are tons of websites that list Netiquette rules.

Topic 5 Copyright- COPY RIGHT LAWS
        Copy right laws are used to protect other individuals works, and to get the credit to them. Copy right laws are meant to give  compensation to the correct person. 
Fair Use is when teachers are aloud to take items for educational purposes, but that the use of that work can not divert the income of the creator. There are four basic guidelines to follow. 
1. The purpose and character of the intended use.
2. The nature of the copyrighted work.
3. The amount and substantial of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole.
4. The effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.

<![CDATA[Google Drive!!!]]>Fri, 28 Sep 2012 22:31:54 GMThttp://learningwithbetz.weebly.com/tech-blog/google-driveToday I learned of the wonderful world of Google Drive!!! I am going home and installing this on every computer in the house. Help me by giving me some good advice! ADD HERE!
        Google Drive is my new Favorite technology!  It has so many uses I would give myself carpel tunnel if I tried to list them all but I will explain a few. First, as a everyday person, I could use Google Drive to store all my important files and documents, that way I never have to remember a flash drive or worry about carrying a laptop around, just to brake it and loose everything. I can also use it with my book club! In my book club, we all do not read the same book, instead we read different books and share ones we really like. We use Google Docs to share and edit a master book list. As we read books, we add them to our list, each of us has our own column  that way we know who read what if we ever want to borrow it, we can also rate the books we read or highlight ones we think another person might like. We are thinking about doing a master movie list too!

    As a student, I can make my life easier by having everything stored in one place. it also makes group work a breeze! For example, another student and I will be working in the same classroom for service learning. we have to make lesson plans together. It make it easier, we can use Google docs to work together, but we can be anywhere in the world, we do not have to find time to meet face to face.
   As a teacher, I love the idea that I can make exit slips for them to answer ( like the one below on plate tectonics), and I can see the responses in an organized fashion. I can have students share ideas in groups using Google Docs and by having them respond in assigned boxes, or in different colors, I can see who did what. 

<![CDATA[Creating a PLN and Distance Learning: Twitter and Skype in the classroom?!]]>Fri, 28 Sep 2012 20:47:44 GMThttp://learningwithbetz.weebly.com/tech-blog/twitter-and-skype-in-the-classroomPicture
That is right. I said Twitter. I know, I know, I too was one of those people who said they would never join twitter, but now I am saying I can use it in the classroom. I it is true, Twitter can be used in the classroom, outside of it too. First of all, I would like to say that there is a difference between a person, professional and a kid/student friendly account. For my tech class we are building our professionalism account. This is a great way to stay up to date on new techniques  ideas and whats hot and whats not in the education world. Through twitter I can connect with other new teachers, and teachers who have been in the business for years. You can follow professors from all over the world or easily share ideas within your team. You can also follow #s about topics such as being a new teacher, middle school, math, science, special Ed., dealing with ADHD, and sooo much more. 

For your classroom, you can create an account that you can send out reminders, sample problems, and your students can use it as a ways to stay connected to you and each other. However it is important to remember to teach our students to use technology wisely, and Learningfortomorrow discusses how what we put out on the internet is FOREVER, and can impact many without even trying.

REMEMBER though that all of the above needs to stay separate of our private accounts. Our students do not need to know about what we did or where we went this weekend, they don't need to know who we went on a date with or if you went to a party, that is private and the only way to keep it that way is to make is separate.

We also talked about Video Chat and the many uses for it. My tech teacher told us about times when he had his class learning from other students at a different school via video chat, and how his school is starting a program where the fifth grades will tutor students in a different part of the school via video chat. Also you can have students talk from different states or even different countries. Someone can travel and take your students with them via video chat. there are many ways to video chat, via Skype, Google plus hangouts, meeting.io, and many more. Most are free and easy to do!

<![CDATA[YouTube in School?!]]>Thu, 13 Sep 2012 01:58:37 GMThttp://learningwithbetz.weebly.com/tech-blog/youtube-in-schoolPicture
YouTube is a great site to watch music videos, see people doing silly things, watch cute animals scare eachother, but it is also a great site for teachers and students. As a teacher I can see myself using youtube to being in new ideas into the classroom. For example, I loved watching Bill Nye as a child, he made science fun, and as a teacher, I can show his videos to my students. The video below helps explain the concept of Atoms. Bill Nye explains atoms in a varriety of ways, which helps the students. He also shows an easy to do, home experiment on the topic of each video. And besides, who can't help but sing the theme song?! 
    Youtube is also a great resource for students to use when they need help. For math, there are many step-by-step videos on a wide range of topics from basic adding and subtracting all the way up to calculus and beyond. The second video is also by Bill Nye, but he helps students understand balancing equations by using cupcakes. Yumm!! 
    Teachers can even have students make their own Youtube videos to present to the class.