Using Podcasts in the classroom.

Using podcasts in the classroom can be useful and creative tool to have students use throughout the year.

-One way to include podcast in the classroom is for homework assignments. Instead of having students write an essay or do a worksheet, have them record what they learned or their reaction to a video, lecture, or assignment.


Video Creation in the classroom.

I can think of a couple way to use video making to enhance the classroom experience.

-During the first week of school you could have your students make a video introducing themselves and some things they like and important stuff about them and show them all to the class. It could be a good way for students to get to know each other in the beginning of the year.

-Another way to use video making is fir projects where PowerPoint or a poster would normally be used. Have the students be creative with it and do projects like that. For example, taking a data survey for a research project or filming a commercial.

ASSURE Lesson Plan

Introduction to Civil Rights Movement

A- Analyze Learners

  1. This lesson is designed for 10th grade U.S. History students. The students in my classes range in skills greatly. They are of mixed genders and varied interests.
  2. Students have done research projects in pervious classes, and have a fair amount of exposure to technology. They would still need help determining credible sources.
  3. The majority of my students are predominantly visual or kinesthetic learners. Students are of a middle-class background, and the majority of students are in the middle, “college preparatory,” academic track. Students respond well to class activities.

S- State Standards and Objectives

  1. Analyze the origins, major developments, controversies, and consequences of the civil rights movement with emphasis on:

a.   Brown v. Board of Education

b. Changes in goals and tactics of leading civil rights advocates and organizations

 c. The linkages between the civil rights movement and movements to gain  justice for other minority groups


Lesson Objectives:

  1. In pairs and based on prior knowledge, the students will be able to formulate a list of at least ten examples of the problems and inequalities that African Americans faced prior to the Civil Rights Movement.
  2. After viewing the video, The Fifties: Volume 6, the students will be able to summarize in written form, racism present in the Emmet Till story
  3. After viewing the video, The Fifties: Volume 6, the students will be able to verbally explain their emotional reactions to the film
  4. As a class, following the discussion of the video, the students will be able to create at least four additional examples of problems and inequalities that African Americans faced prior to the Civil Rights Movement.


S- Select Strategies

 Since the students have prior knowledge of examples of racism against African Americans, the class will start the Civil Rights unit by reviewing. Students will be allowed to choose a partner and together they will have a little over five minutes to make a list of the problems or inequalities that African Americans before civil rights protests. Each pair will try to create a list of at least ten items that show discrimination against minorities. The use of partners will help students build off of one
another’s prior knowledge. After the majority of pairs are finished, the class will share their lists. On
the chalkboard or on the overhead projector, the teacher will create a master list based on the responses of the partners. The verbal learners will benefit from hearing their classmates share their lists of U.S. race problems, while the visual learners will benefit from seeing the list written as their classmates share.
For a transition, I’ll explain to the class that this list clearly shows there was a need for the Civil Rights Movement, as there were so many inequalities that needed to be addressed.
U- Utilize Technology, Media, and Materials
During this unit I will set up at least one time where my students will have access to the internet to research the topic.
R- Require Learner Participation
During the partner activity, each student will be expected to contribute to the list and turn in their own drafts.
Students will be expected to actively pay attention to any videos shown in class.
There will also be a class discussion that will require participation from all students.

E- Evaluate and Revise


Students will be evaluated for participation points. As students take part in the conversation, points will be recorded in the grade book, when they answer a question or share information. From the discussion in class, the teacher will determine whether or not the students displayed an understanding of the lesson concepts.


The final way, I would like to revise the lesson would be to add elements of instruction that assist students who are kinesthetic learners. Students were active in the lesson, but did not leave their seats, except for their initial pairings. Trying to find a way to incorporate movement or a hands-on experience would help these learners more than the lesson does as it is currently written.

Here are links to ISTE-S standards and Content Standards.


JeopardyLabs is a simple website for teachers to make Jeopardy themed reviews and games for their students. Its completely free, in fact you don’t even have to register. I know that as a student, these games are an efficient way to not only get students to participate but to get them interested in the material. Its an easy way to help reach the learning standards you need to. The site doesn’t seem to have too many limitations, its easy to use. This would honestly probably work for all age groups and most subjects. It would just take different difficulty levels for different age groups.


TitanPad Is a web 2.0 application that lets you create public or private documents that multiple people can edit and add to simultaneously. This could enhance group projects or classroom chats. The sit isn’t that complicated, after a little playing around with you’ll have the hang of it. The fact that it creates an environment for group projects without actually having to meet up in person could promote participation from all members of the project. It also doesn’t require all parties to work on it at the same time if they don’t want to. Adding and accepting people to your documents seems somewhat complicated though, so that may be a limitation. Also, if your document is public then random people may interfere. I’m assuming this is for age levels in secondary education. Middle school and up.

Class Dojo

Class Dojo is a website for teachers to give their students positive and constructive feedback. It allows teachers to take attendance, and to also look at individual reports of each student. Teachers can use this website to encourage participation and play games with their students. It can also be used to create a token economy system in the class room. The site is fairly simple to navigate, it has a short tutorial in the beginning to get you started, and it tells you about all you need to know. The way that it is set up is intriguing to students, and in my opinion would definitely increase classroom participation and good behavior. Depending on the type of classroom it is being used for, it might have a few limitations. For instance, I don’t think this would work in classes of most high school students. I would probably suggest that it isn’t used for grades any higher than tenth grade. That being said, I would say the age group that Class Dojo is directed towards is mostly elementary education and maybe some middle school.

Show and Tell Observations

In this blog I’ll just post a quick summary for a few of the technologies I learned about.


I learned that the e-reader is for – as the name implies- reading books online in some form a device. It is shaped like a tablet, and with it you are capable of downloading books and reading them. There are many options and settings that you can change and adjust to read more comfortably. Overall, it seems useful to use. Maybe in a class where you are constantly reading books, this could be a less expensive way.


Kahoot is a really cool interactive website that you can get students interact on by playing games with the whole class room. It seems like it would really make students want to participate. I have also used this in one of my high school classrooms.

Overexposed: Sexting and Relationships Response

Ms. Penland approached teaching a sensitive topic by not asking any students to respond out loud, but still incorporating the feel of a classroom discussion. Students could submit their opinions and responses without having to share with the entire class, and everyone had to think of a response and write it down. This minimalized the chance of any students acting out, or any students feeling left out because they were to afraid or shy to respond.

It is important for students to put vocabulary into their own words because not only are they thinking about the information, but they are putting it in context to their own lives and experiences. It will not only be easier to remember in words that make more sense to you, but it will create connections that help with learning.

The use of iPads sky rockets participation in the classroom. Students are more willing to engaged and participate if they aren’t going to be judged by their peers. IPads also add an aspect of fun to classroom and kids were more excited to participate. With the proper applications and uses of them, they can thrive in the classroom.


Copyright is the exclusive legal right, given to an originator or an assignee to print, publish, perform, film, or record literary, artistic, or musical material, and to authorize others to do the same. Fines for breaking the laws of copyrights can be very expensive, and can reach up to $250,000. That’s crazy!

The four tests for fair use involve:

  • The purpose of the material being used -for educational purposed or commercial purposes?
  • The nature of the work- Is the work published or unpublished?
  • How much of the original work you’re actually using
  • The value of the work being copied, or the effect of your use of in in the market.

Copyright is taken pout on an abundance of things. The type of media that is copyrighted matters because the are some exceptions, such as for uses of education. More damage can be done infringing the copyright laws of computer software, therefore the fine is larger. There are different rules, guidelines, and exceptions for copyrights pertaining to each type of media.

Presentation Design Principles and Techniques

To be honest, I haven’t really created that many PowerPoint presentations in my time as a student… And I’m sure that the few I’ve created were not top quality. However, I have seen quite a few boring PowerPoint Presentations with cluttered slides and too many pictures. As far as being aware of the elements addressed in Presentation Zen, these things had never really been brought to my attention before. The main concepts such as balance, negative space, and simple to-the-point slides are some that I will certainly incorporate in my future presentations.

I will be incorporating these techniques in any and all slides I create in the future. I will also teach my students the importance of a well put together presentation. The elements of a good presentation are important because we are all tired of sitting through boring presentations of a speaker rambling on and on while trying to write down or retain all of the information written on each slide. It’s important to have little writing on your slide, and convey most of your information verbally. Not only will this keep the attention of your audience, but it shows that you know a lot about your topic.

PowerPoints that I have created in the past were full of bullets containing just about everything I was saying out loud, if not more. I am guilty of putting too many pictures in one slide, or having really distracting graphics. Like I said earlier, I haven’t created very many PowerPoints to compare. However, I will do my best to create interesting and effective power points in the future.