Hello! This quarter has just flown by! This week we focused our lesson plan on Picasa's and web evaluations. Picasa is a type of video media that we used in class to make a video about social justice and diversity. I thought it was a great way to talk about both social justice and diversity while incorporating pictures, quotes, and music to make the learning experience for the student that more enjoyable. I liked learned how to make a Picasa because I plan on using this type of media in my future classrooms. Smalls clips and videos are a great way to break a long lecture to make sure the students are still giving attention and learning. I also felt that using a Picasa in the classroom is great because it gives the student a different way to learning new material. Looking at power point's or copying notes from a board is one thing, but after a while of doing the same routine can be very lax to the student. Switching it up and having the students learn from a video I made from Picasa is a great way for them to digest the new material. The Picasa relates well with the Digital age learning and student learning in the ISTE standards.
The second half of the class was talking about web evaluations. I think it is a really great idea to do web evaluations to websites that some think are educational while others may disagree. Having that check list of questions about the website really made me look at a website and see what I was actually looking at. Instead of looking at the information, I had to dwell deeper into the website and see if it would be beneficial to other students or teachers. Luckily, I found a website that was useful for what I planned on teaching in the future. I think that having those web evaluations and putting the evaluations up on blogs, or other forms of social media other teacher can look at, is great so they know what would be considered a good academic website and what isn't. I feel that the web evaluations relate well with the digital age work, digital citizenship, and professional growth.