Technology and Education

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The Allen Degeneres Show March 19, 2010

Filed under: Krista Woelk,Uncategorized — Kris @ 5:37 pm

On my Tuesday night EPSY 290AA class we had these 45-50 minute group presentations that we had to do on either the chapters of a text book (done so that we did not have to buy the book) and for the remaining groups who did not get to read a chapter of the book a presentation on an educational journal.  The title of the journal that my group presented on was call Trauma to trust.  While we were thinking about our presentation, one of the group members came up with this idea that we could copy the Ellen Degeneres show.  We all thought that was a great idea.  One of the elements that she does is go out onto the street by the studio and ask random people questions.  So with my new found movie making skills I offered to video tape and create the video for our presentation.  I have to say that the class really quite enjoyed our presentation and were highly engaged.   Also, yeah! for incorporating technology, outside of the boring powerpoint, into our presentation.

Here is the street video portion of our presentation


Tech Task #7 March 18, 2010

Filed under: Krista Woelk,Uncategorized — Kris @ 2:46 pm

For this tech task we were given a set of pictures with which we could not delete any to create a story.  We could mix up the order of the pictures, add extra pictures, and other slides, text, sound, and anything we needed to do to make up a story.  Kristen Matsalla and I worked together to create a our story titled: “Story of a Girl”

Hope you enjoy it.

The Story of a Girl


WordPress Features – Welcome to the polling station March 16, 2010

Filed under: Krista Woelk,Uncategorized — Kris @ 2:29 pm

So, to experiment with some wordpress features I decided to create a poll and poll you on the website that I am creating.  The one I will have you look at is a template or mock site of what I would set up in my future classrooms to connect home, school, and community.

So look at the website, answer a few questions and I can then use the feedback to improve my website.  (peer editing is something that I think is a valuable strategy in any situation as student, teacher, or whatever profession you are)


Educational Games

Filed under: Krista Woelk,Uncategorized — Kris @ 2:14 pm

Parents, teachers, and sometimes the occasional student is looking for ways to practice what they learn in class in a fun and interactive environment using the tools they know best – computers, games, and internet.  I for one am one of the students who enjoyed playing educational games.  Growing up, in my mind, if a computer game was not going to enhance my reasoning skills or the core basics in math, typing, English, etc. they were not worth playing.

As an educator I do see the value in educational games.  Perhaps one of the most frustrating things is when students who should know their basic additional and subtraction facts are struggling and are still counting on their fingers at grade 5 to add 2+5 and tell me that it equals 7.  Of course, its not just math, sometimes it English, or spelling, or typing, or social studies, and the list can go on.  I feel that as an educator I can do my part to set up sites and online avenues that students can access to practice and do homework at home.  However, I also feel it is the parents job to be on board with their child’s education and encourage them to work hard.  I am open to hearing from parents and answering homework questions.  In fact, I would rather receive ten phone calls everyday after school from parent asking for clarification on a homework assignment over calling parents to let them know that their child is struggling in said subject area and that I would like their help to improve the child’s mark.  As it is, I may very well have to make more phone calls home eliciting parent support for their child’s education.

I wonder what steps I could take right at the beginning of the year to do that?  I wonder if it is possible to lay out my expectations of parents involvement in their child’s education or at the very least if they are unable, to let me know so I can make sure that child is getting the after school support that they need.

Tux4Kids has program downloads for math, typing, and a version of paint.  There are also several others out there on the internet that if you search for them you will find them.  I included a website that I am developing for my major ECMP project.  This website is only a mock of something that I would do in a classroom with my students.  This website is always growing and changing, keep checking back every couple weeks and you may find something new that could possibly be used in a classroom environment.


Great computer comics March 15, 2010

Filed under: Krista Woelk,Uncategorized — Kris @ 6:22 pm

Check out these comics, I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Also, if you are interested in computer lesson plans and such subscribe to  There is a lot of really good stuff in the blog.


Underload to Overload March 13, 2010

Filed under: Krista Woelk,Uncategorized — Kris @ 6:36 pm

Well, as of the beginning of Januar 2010 I was not too sure about my ECMP class.  The first day was an information overload and I did not know how I was ever going to begin sorting through all the stuff that we were supposed to learn in this class.  Before I started the class I had about 5 different accounts and now I have something in the range of 15?  Several of these I had to create so that I could try out different things on the web and about half of them at least I have decided not to continue with becuase they were so basic you could not anything with them or for some reason or other did not meet my expecations.  Some of the new things that I have tried and kept using or plan to keep using are Weebly, Netvibes, Twitter, Sound Cloud, and WordPress.

Not all of my learning has all occured online.  I have also played around with and downloaded several programs.

Being a girl, I like to talk out loud and because I live with my grandpa he hears almost everything that I am attempting to do.  He warned me that I should be careful and not get to good with all this computer stuff or I might end up changing my career and go into some sort of computer related field.  I am learning how to talk through and troubleshoot my own tech problems and often I figure them out with a little bit of thinking.  For example, I offered to use my new movie making skills to develop a video portion of a class presentation.  I used my brand new flip camera to take all the video.  I added the clips to my computer and proceded to make the video.  I ran into trouble when for some reason the audio would not match the video because the video automatically slowed down.  After much talking to my grandpa and checking a couple different things, I concluded that it was possibly the file format the videos were saved as on my camera were not jiving with the program I was using.  So, I used my handy dandy video converter to change the files from MP4s to AVIs.  Voila! It worked and in about twenty minutes I had my movie made.

I am really glad that my computer skills are improving and that I am learning about different technologies out there.  I love being able to do the things that I can do now and teaching other people my discoveries so that they can share in the same good fun that I am having.


Blogs, Glogs, and say what?! March 12, 2010

Filed under: Krista Woelk,Uncategorized — Kris @ 9:01 pm

I tried out Glogster.  This is something that is really easy to use and there is even a classroom teacher option as well so that all Glogs are kept private within the classroom.  Glogster is like a blog, but it uses various forms of media to tell the story.  For example, you can upload music, pictures, videos, add frames to your pictures, choose what you want your music player to look like, add text, and so much more.  I could see this being a fun holiday activity assignment.

I for one, is not really a teacher that is up to assigning homework over the holidays, but if a students homework was to take pictures of the things that they did… well, somehow I don’t think that will be a big issue unless the family does not have a camera.  Which, if that were the case I would consider buying disposable cameras and scanning the photos or buying a cheap kids digital camera – you can pick these up for about the same cost as a disposable camera and the kids have the ability to look at and erase pictures.

I have included a link to my Glog below