Elective Courses

EDUC 715: Web 2.0: Powerful Tools to Transform Teaching and Learning

University of LaVerne

 

This course was a comprehensive overview regarding Web 2.0 tools.  We learned about and discussed blogs, wikis, podcasts, digital storytelling, and photo sharing.  With each of the various tools, we talked about what it means for students to have discernible eyes and understand that not all content on the Internet is reliable.  It was further stressed that it is a persons responsibility to accurately communicate their thoughts because they are essentially writing for a global audience.  Also, it was emphasized that borrowed content must have a creative commons license (or acceptable substitute) if it is to be used elsewhere, and if it is used, proper credit must be cited.

For this course, I wrote three lesson plans based on the Web 2.0 tools we discussed.  I chose to teach students about digital storytelling, blogs, and Google Earth.  Here is a link to a pdf copy of my Web 2.0 Technology Lesson Plans.

I also wrote a fictitious letter acting as the head of the Web 2.0 technology committee to school administrators stating the benefits of utilizing these tools in our classes.  Click on this link to read a pdf file of my Letter to Administrators.

 

CEP 805: Learning Mathematics with Technology

Instructors: Ralph Putnam, PhD, Eun Mi Kim

Michigan State University

 

Aside from the obvious technology of calculators, CEP 805 explored different aspects of technology, specifically web-based applets, that guide students away from instrumental understanding toward lasting, relational understanding.

Throughout this course, we explored many tools widely available on the Internet and learned how they can be used to provide direct, as well as supplementary, instruction. Multiple disciplines of mathematics were investigated from basic numbers and operations to advanced data analysis and probability.  Learning about the various tools enabled me to gain a wider perspective that math courses do not have to be reserved for certain grade levels.  Many of the ideas a student is introduced to in a high school class are relevant at an elementary age.  It is simply a matter of adjusting the language and making the content pertinent to all learners.

My culminating project for this class was to create an online resource library of mathematics resources for elementary school teachers to utilize in their classrooms.  I designed my website within Google Sites with the intention of continually adding relevant content.  Click on the following link or the image to explore my Online Resource Library.

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