Friday, December 11, 2015

Assistive Technology

You will have a wide variety of students in your classroom, and some will require the use of assistive technology. Assistive technology is any tool that helps a child with a disability work around their challenges so that they can learn.  Technology has been a great source to help students with disabilities to enhance their learning experience.  Assistive technology can help with many challenge areas including: listening, math, organization and memory, reading, and writing.

One assistive technolgoy website I have got to explore is Tar Heel Reader.  This is a website where certain books are online.  I got the chance to write a book for this site about my dog, Aussie.  This website could help students that can't turn book pages themselves, or even read the book to the student.  I plan on using this website in the future in my classroom.  To read my story, click here.



Photo credit- iClipart for Schools Iowa AEA
Video credit- YouTube- What is Assistive Technology (A.T.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIm2MuJUCTE

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Becoming a 21st Century Teacher

Everyone is talking about stuff related to the 21st century.  People will say "Get with the 21st century."  Usually, what they mean is to get involved with the technology and media more.
To reach our students the best in today's society, we need to become a 21st century teacher.  So what does this mean?  A 21st century teacher is a teacher who is tech-savvy, has a learner-centered classroom, and keeps learning.  A big part of the Educational Technology and Design class, for me, has been learning new ways to use technology.  This has really helped me and provided me with ideas I can utilize these tools in the future when I am teaching.  Being a 21st century teacher will enable you to be that positive role model in your students' lives.  To read about the top 10 characteristics of a 21st century teacher click here.

Photo credit- Iowa AEA iClipart for Schools

Monday, December 7, 2015

Building your PLN with Twitter

A PLN is a Personal Learning Network.  Before taking Educational Technology and Design at UNI, I never would have thought of using Twitter to further help my teaching career.  Using hashtags before a word can help you see what other people are posting about that.  We explored the hashtag #unietd, and with this you could see all the great ideas other people were saying relating to this topic.  Not only did I get to share my ideas, but I got to get ideas from other people.  To further investigate what people are saying using the hashtag unietd, click here.  This can help you teach in new exciting ways and try new things to help the students connect better in your classroom.  You can connect with people from all around the world.  I plan to continue to use Twitter for building my PLN.  I have found great techniques and ideas that I would not have found if I didn't search on Twitter.
Photo credit: iClipart for Schools- Iowa AEA 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Pray for Paris

Blogging is a great tool for people to use to communicate ideas and opinions online.  I plan to have my students create and comment on blogs in my classroom.  Students can support or argue with their peers' ideas.  Blogging can also be good to let students get vent about some emotions they are having, and seek for support.
There was a tragedy this past Friday in Paris.  Over 100 people were gunned down and killed by terrorists.  Without technology, I would be unaware of this devastating massacre.  To show support to those who are affected by this tragedy, I changed my Facebook profile picture to the France filter.   I know there are many others who seek support during this devastating time, and blogging can be a great tool to do so.  Students can talk about this attack and comfort each other.  To read more about the tragedy, click here.

Photo credit: https://www.facebook.com/montana.gourley.7

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Welcome to my blog

Welcome to Montana's blog for Ed Tech and Design.  :)  
Enjoy this cute picture of my animals: Aussie, Ava, and Tiggs.