Monday, February 23, 2009

Information Literate

Definition of Information Literate.

One definition of an information literate person is a person that must be able to recognize the need for information and have the capability of being able to identify potential sources to locate the information, evaluate its contents, and use the information effectively.

Why Is It Important?

Being a literate person means that one knows how to find the information that is needed, analyze and evaluate the information, so that they and others can learn from the information. This makes them prepared for any task at hand due to the fact that they can always find any information that is needed. Students need to understand how to find information and to determine whether the information they are obtaining is reliable or not.

How Will I Encourage It?

Right now I teach Physical Education so that is difficult. However when ever I get in the library I feel that teaching my kids how to properly use the internet for searches is a step in the right direction. Our library is all on line and if the kids want to find a book they have to look it up on line. This is a way of preparing them for future searches. Also teaching them how to find out if a source or information is reliable or not is very important, because kids tend to think that ANYTHING that is printed on the internet is real and happened or did not happen.

How Does It Apply To My Vision?

I feel that it applies to my vision in the fact that kids tend to learn if they are motivated and interested and are having fun. Technology includes all of these things to kids now days. Today we started showing science videos in the morning before school on the Promethean Board. Man the kids were glued to the screen. This was my project to get this set up and running, and I could not believe how quiet the kids were. Technology! Then during my P.E classes I set up my play station to run through the LCD projector to show on the Promethean Board and had the kids doing Dance Revolution. They thought that was the greatest thing and so did my principal. Technology baby!!! I got it going on!!!! But these kids love it and the more we can give them the better off they are and we are as well.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

My Vision

Hello, I am Pam Green and I have been teaching elementary physical education for 15 years. The first 6 years I taught in San Antonio then I moved up here to Dallas, taught one year in Terrell and the last 8 in Mesquite. One of the requirements when you teach in Mesquite is that you have to get a Masters degree with in ten years, so this is why I am getting my masters.

I decided that I would totally go in a different direction by getting my masters in LTIS/Library & Information Systems. This class is a requirement for my certification. I would like to go into the library after obtaining my degree. My expectations for taking this class is to learn more about blogging, movie maker and other types of technology and just an over all a better use of technology not only for myself but for my students as well.

What has meaning for me as I go through this class would be gaining the knowledge of being able to create things on the computer, such as power points, blogs, movie maker and such without having to ask my daughter for help.

Definition:
Educational/instructional technology

The goal of instructional technology in Sheldon ISD is to assist teachers and administrators in seamlessly and effectively integrating technology into teaching and learning. Technology skills are key to 21st century education. Technology projects tied to the curriculum provide engaging ways to create, practice, and investigate. Technology supports research-proven instructional strategies in ways that engage students and teachers.

This definition for Sheldon ISD really sums it up. Technology enhances the curriculum to further the student’s education.

Educational Technology, Edutech Wiki. Retrieved February 3, 2009, from http://edutechwiiki.unige.ch/en/Educational_technology

Instructional Technology, Sheldon Independent School District. Retrieved February 3, 2009, from http://www.sheldonisd.com/education/dept/dept.hph?sectionid=123

Educational Technology. In Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved February 3, 2009, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Educational_technology

  • Key elements from my educational technology philosophy include:
  • Teachers should use technology as an enhancement to lessons.
  • Technology is and will be a part of our lives.
  • Teaching technology is my responsibility as an educator.
  • Technology is a hands on type learning.

Monday, February 2, 2009

My Educational Technology Philosophy

For me technology should be used as a means of enhancing our student’s education not used as a way to solely educate them. Although technology is a very big part of our student’s lives in this day and time, I feel that there are things that are of importance that they still need to learn that one might call “Old School”. As teachers we can use technology as a tool to enhance the old school learning to beef it up so to speak, but not totally replace it.
Students in this day and time are growing up in a technology world. They have things that we as kids never even dreamed of, and their minds seem to think different or process things different that what ours did. We as educators need to take this in to consideration when we are teaching. To them they learn by games and fun so make education fun. But as I said before there are still some things that are old school that we need to teach and don’t need to get away from.

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About Me

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I live in Rockwall, Tx. and have been teaching Physical Education for 15 years. I have taught in Mesquite for the last 9 years. I decided that I would get my Masters in Library Science so here I am going in a totaly different direction in my life. I have a daughter who is 12 going on 22, but who is the love of my life. She plays select soccer in Dallas and I spend all of my time carting her all over creation to games, practice and tournaments. My time is her "social life". Before soccer she showed horses and we were on the road to horse shows. She was very good at that as well, but had to make a choice between the two when she went select and so she chose soccer. Besides my daughter I have 5 dogs, 2 cats and 2 horses that I share my life with.