Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Eportfolio Question

Does eportfolio effectively show students talents?

Eportfolio Video

Eportfolio Summary

The article on eportfolio was written by Will Meeus, Frederick Questir, and Thea Dirks. The article is titled “Open Source Eportfolio:development and implementation of an institution wide electronic portfolio platform for students. The article provides a summary of how the eportfolio platform works. The article also details the way in which institutions are implementing the platform for students. The article concludes with an overview of the future of the eportfolio platform.
The increase in the use of communication technology has lead to the widespread acceptance of the eportfolio. The eportfolio tends to be student centered competence oriented, cyclical with regard to action and reflection, and multi-media oriented. The eportfolio is a very dynamic tool that will allow students to showcase their talents.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Intellectual Property Question

What resources does one have once they realize their intellectual property has been stolen?

Intellectual Property Summary

The article is titled, “Do Students Respect Intellectual Property?” This question can not be easily answered. Students obviously do not intend to disrespect intellectual property, and neither do their teachers. However, with so much confusion in relation to the laws both students and teachers are guilty of making mistakes when it comes to using someone else’s intellectual property. What then results is a vicious cycle of ignorance. Even if the teacher inadvertently violates someone’s intellectual property rights the students entrusted to them will likely only follow suit. It is the teacher’s responsibility to provide all due respect to intellectual property.

Intellectual Property Video

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

My Personal Vision of Web 2.0 Video

Web 2.0 and Theory of Learning
Thomas Parrish
Technology and Education

Technology has gone beyond the wave of the future. Technology is the here and now, the past as well as the future. What this means for the modern teacher is a working knowledge of current technologies is imperative in order to remain effective in the classroom. All of the different new technologies involved in web 2.0 are wonderful ways to enhance a lesson plan or enrich the lives of students. Web 2.0 video has the capability to provide students with quality material, this is particularly helpful when time constraints are taken into consideration and the realization occurs that all of the necessary material cannot be covered in the school day.
One way that web 2.0 video could be useful is providing after school assistance with difficult projects. The teacher could create a blog for her students to follow for the duration of the project. The teacher could create a video that assists students in completing the difficult portions of the assignments and embed the video into the blog. With this technology the students could refer back to the blog as many times as is necessary to finish the assignment. This allows for much better retention for the student.
Another way in which web 2.0 is useful in the modern classroom is the way virtually all universities are engaging in e-learning. Many universities provide lectures on the internet for free. This should never be used as a replacement for the teacher, but it can be an excellent supplement. It is also important to bear in mind that these university lectures will be beyond the abilities of all but the most advanced high school classes, with the help of the teacher they can easily be used to help concrete an idea given in class.
Web 2.0 video is a wonderful way to enhance the classroom experience. Not only does it break up the monotony of a semester worth of lectures, but it creates a rich learning environment as well. This learning environment is no longer bound by the constraints of the text book and the teacher’s intellect but is only limited by what is available on the web. As we all know, the web is a limitless source of information. It will be the educator’s responsibility to point the children into the direction of quality knowledge.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Thought Provoking Question

Is there adequate funding for assistive technology in U.S. public schools?

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Assistive Tech

The article under review is titled Enabling an Accessible Web 2.0. This article was written by Becky Gibson with IBM Emerging Technologies. The reason for the piece is to enlighten readers on how the web has expanded beyond having a simple data storage function. Gibson details the new web’s dynamic features that allow the millions of world wide users to network with friends, relatives as well as corporations. Thoughts and ideas can quickly be assimilated throughout the web with these new technologies.
JavaScript and Cascading Style Sheets have become not a luxury but a necessity for website developers. This combined with the ever expanding availability of high speed internet and with it the use of embedded video the web is quickly becoming a very dynamic place that can bombard the user with everything from breaking news to advertisement. What is really intriguing is the way in which software developers and inventors are creating ways for the web to remain accessible for handicapped users. The internet has become a place where user interface is of the utmost importance.