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EDTC6340  Applications of Advanced Technology

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2009 Profile



During the beginning of the semester we were assigned to create our own brief biography with an incorporated picture. This simple assignment marked the beginning of the course as we read a little about each other and got to know each other. It was a neat, beginning assignment that would allow our professor to see what basic knowledge we acquired about the basics of technology like uploading, and posting on a wiki. This assignment was rather simple for me being that I was already familiar with the basic fundamentals of online technology wikis. I also liked that this was one of our first assignment because we very quickly got to know each other and we were able to share ideas, interests, and inquiries with each other.









Hello , my name is Lilian Villarreal, I was born and grew up in Monterrey, N.L. Now, I am a teacher at PSJA High School in San Juan, TX. I am second year teacher, and I teach English Language Arts II and IV. I have also taught English Taks classes for freshman and sophomores.  This is my first year at UTB, and I am trying to succeed in the MTT program. I really hope I can very soon learn to integrate all these wonderful technology tools into my classroom. I look forward to learning from all of you and helping each other out in anything that anyone needs. 


Technology Orientation Powerpoint



The technology orientation required us to create a two slide power point. It wasn’t merely so much about the content of the power point, but it allowed us to edit the content in the wiki and upload our power point presentation successfully to our class wikis, and then discussing them with each other. I was not able to attend to this meeting, so I didn’t really see how presenting a power point to the class would work until we presented a later project. For this particular project I was required to place a meaningful picture on the first slide, so we could discuss with our peers and to get familiar with the cropping and adequate sizing of photos for the web. I was also required to place a meaningful quote, and then discuss the meaning of it.  I felt comfortable at this point knowing that I was going to gradually become familiar with the fundamentals needed to successfully finish this course. This assignment marked one of the basic procedures that we would have to become familiar with in order to meet the necessary expectations to complete the course.




Project 1- Part A Photo Stories




For this particular project, it required me to develop two parts: I had to develop a digital photo story after becoming familiar with its basic components and a lesson plan where the actual tool was incorporated. I created a story that was rather engaging and of educational purpose to my students. They were able to use it as an example as they created their own digital stories based on their autobiographies. In the beginning this project seemed like it would take me time to learn, but the basic functions were simple and easy to use. I found this assignment very intriguing being that I found many ways that I could incorporate using digital photo story in my English classes. As I selected the photographs I realized that this would also be a very good learning tool to teach our students about using photo credits, so they could get used to doing so every time they use media from the internet. Incorporating the rich media like music, was also a lot fun because it enhanced the project and engaged my students like there was no other project they had ever done that was this much fun. I am very glad we learned how to use digital photo story because it opened a wide array of ideas which I could use in my classroom. The lesson plan I created was an outline of how I would use this tool in the classroom. I had a little trouble with the format of the lesson plan, and correctly organizing all of its components. After revising the rubrics and following the feedback from Dr.Chavez, I was able to fix my mistakes and create a better product. 


My Life With a Smile

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Project 1B - Part B Lesson Plan

http://komodo.utsystem.edu/med/lvillarreal/LESSON plan revised.doc 




Project 2 - Component 1 - Mission Statement



I want to say this assignment was my most difficult task. Coming up with a mission statement to cover a broad topic of issues was difficult but after attempting a second time, I was able to do it better. I enjoyed taking the time to find out more about the needs of my campus and making a power point presentation to address to administrators the need for technology integrated classrooms. Being that the state of technology at my campus isn’t at its best; I think by simply researching and creating this presentation I am one step ahead. I showed my presentation at a department meeting and I started a word of mouth discussion among my colleagues. I know this is just the beginning but, I will strive to improve this state of technology at my campus. The most important part about this project is that I was able to see the presentations of my peers, and I realized we all shared most of the same issues. This brought a concern of urgency to my mind, and it made me realize many things. Rather than using the tools to enhance our classrooms, I had the urge to believe that transforming our classrooms in 21st century classrooms would perhaps be a difficult task; but it could be done and it will be better.


Mission Statement

To make available support to the educators who have stumbled across the following challenges: using technology effectively has become a burden, intimidation factors keep technology out of the classroom, when the time for planning with technology isn’t available, availability and cost of technology isn’t obtainable and when there is ineffective professional development. Together we will smooth the transition to a technology-integrated classroom by setting goals, a plan, and making it happen for 21st century learning.



Project 2 - Component 2 - Multimedia Presentation





Project 3 - Web 2 (point) 0 - Part 1




Using Web 2.0 was probably the most interesting part of this course. I was given the opportunity to meet new learning tools to use in the classroom. First I was required to define the meaning of Web 2.0 as I read, and watched videos by Tim O’Reilly. As we developed our meaning of Web 2.0, we were able to read each other’s definitions and I realized that somehow we all shared something similar. We shared an interest for technology, but most of all we shared that urge, that fire for technology tools that we wanted to learn, to show to as many people as we could. Defining Web 2.0 also made me realize that posting a larger chunk of text into the wiki required me to look for mistakes a lot more than usual, which I fixed the second time. I didn’t realize until later that I could use Microsoft to create my assignments and then paste them accordingly into the wiki. The sources provided for this module were excellent sources that guided us in a very user-friendly way; so that made the assignment trouble-free.   

What is Web 2.0?

Web 2.0 is the next step to the World Wide Web 1.0. Obviously, it is a development of interactive web that has emerged to enhance student learning or even personal use. To me, the World Wide Web means anything that is collaborative and up-and-coming such as: blogs, wikis, community sites, video sharing, podcasting, etc. Web 2.0 is best defined to students as new tools they can use to enhance their learning to open more opportunities for them to learn and share the information they learn at a universal level. The web has opened an infinite window for users to communicate all around the world. Web 2.0 allows users to not just take in information but to create, upload, do, produce, form, enhance, improve, develop, etc.  As more people, companies, and users contribute to Web 2.0, it becomes a larger playfield for any other user to build to and contribute to the basic stage of the network, and then that becomes another tool of Web 2.0. Web 2.0 is the greatest thing that ever happened to create endless, authentic learning opportunities.

I read the article of Tim O’Reilly, and as technology teacher/student, I find Web 2.0 a lot easier to understand than other students who aren't already familiar with web technology might; that is not to say I still have a lot of learning to do! I believe I grew up with most of the Web 1.0 tools, but as I saw the development of all the Web 2.0 components, they were then easier to understand. Web 2.0 has just made anything Web 1.0 developed better, more efficient, and more improved (O’Reilly, 2005)  That is not to say that Web 2.0 has replaced everything that was older than web 2.0, but it has upgraded to help enhance what technology can offer.


Article by Tim O’Reilly - What is Web 2.0-

O'Reilly, T. (2005). Design patterns and business models for the next generation of software. What is web 2.0, 30(Sep), Retrieved from http://oreilly.com/pub/a/web2/archive/what-is-web-20.html?page=5


Project 3 - Web 2 (point) 0 - Part 2




As our reading towards Web 2.0 tools continued, the requirements become more specific and the projects required time-consuming, effort and hard work. I created a Del.icio.us account for social bookmarking. This site was very interesting and had personally never heard of it before. We were able to meet people who shared the same interests. I was given the opportunity to create links, tag, and crate bookmarks for others to see. I was also able to follow the links of those users whom shared the same interests. This was a basic fundamental of Web 2.0 and it didn’t require too much effort, it was a simple and good experience.


Lilian Villarreal's De.licio.us account: Lvillarreazy


Direct Link: http://delicious.com/Lvillarreazy


Project 3 - Web 2 (point) 0 - Part 3




Creating a wiki for an educational purpose was one of my favorite assignments for this course. I was given an opportunity to open a window for my students to use online. I created a community not just in my classroom but online as well. This also gave me the opportunity to become more familiar with wikis and play around with the different tools that are available within a wiki. The sources that were provided for this activity were relevant and had a lot of information as to how to make a productive wiki and all the different ideas we could use with them. I was also able to see very good examples of wikis. For my wiki, I developed a community where my students could find resources to help with their writing assignments. It was also available for them to use as a collaboration tool for projects and class discussions. Creating a wiki was very exciting and it made me realize how many more doors you can open in your own classroom. 



Project 3 - Web 2 (point) 0 - Part 4



Developing a blog for classroom use was also one of my favorite projects. I created a blog to use for me English classes, and I quickly began to use it by posting weekly discussions. The students were very engaged in this process, and they started an online discussion within their own classroom peers.  I linked the blog to my wiki, and this also created regularity for the students in my classroom. They very quickly were able to access the wiki and the blogs and move from destinations. I had a little trouble creating the blog and identifying the correct settings so that my students would be able to access it from home, but after playing around with it for a few days I was able to access it. My students also had trouble just with the accessing the wiki, but again after a few tries it was successful.





Project 3 - Web 2 (point) 0 - Part 5



For the last part of Web 2.0 I was required to create a VoiceThread or Jing Project. After exposing myself to both tools, I was able to create both, but I only posted the VoiceThread project because I really liked how it worked in class. I really enjoyed how we gradually went from creating a very simple task to a more difficult task. As we learned the fundamentals of technology I was able to build on each task and then apply it to the next one. I knew I had successfully created a VoiceThread project when I realized how much my students took from it. I used a lesson “A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words”, to showcase photographs and have students comment and take notes of them. We created a very productive discussion that led them to produce better quality papers. I really enjoyed this assignment and I will definitely use it a lot more in my classroom and in technology workshops.


English Language Arts 10-12

“A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words”

With this activity students well create their own interpretations about images, allowing them opportunities to brainstorm and create vocabulary to produce better-quality figurative language for narrative writing. They will explore connections between images and words to give them a better sense of storytelling, telling their own story with description and details. Producing their own interpretations allows them to critically create a story behind each picture.


3 - Students apply a wide range of strategies to comprehend, interpret, evaluate, and appreciate texts. They draw on their prior experience, their interactions with other readers and writers, their knowledge of word meaning and of other texts, their word identification strategies, and their understanding of textual features (e.g., sound-letter correspondence, sentence structure, context, graphics).

6 - Students apply knowledge of language structure, language conventions (e.g., spelling and punctuation), media techniques, figurative language, and genre to create, critique, and discuss print and nonprint texts.

12 - Students use spoken, written, and visual language to accomplish their own purposes (e.g., for learning, enjoyment, persuasion, and the exchange of information). 


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