Kathryn Leal's Blog (6)

Google Apps

Learning about the many features that Google apps has at a teacher’s disposal was very beneficial. One of the ways we used the features was to develop a Google website for our classroom. This made using the other Google apps very streamlined. The efficiently from which a teacher could take advantage of all of the Google applications was very easy to see. Teachers can use and share the Google docs from any computer, and share them with the class by providing a link. No longer would the…

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Added by Kathryn Leal on March 2, 2014 at 11:43pm — No Comments

My Foray Into Harvard through their Free/Open source Course

  • Summary of the course.

The course I chose for my open source course Cultural Beliefs Based on The Heroic or the Anti-Heroic. This is a 15-week Course so obviously I did not have a chance of completing it as of this writing. The course is offered by Harvard and it explores both heroic and anti-heroic nature of the Greek gods as written in the HOMERIC ILIAD and the Odyssey.

  • Design of the course.

The design of the course is self-paced, with…

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Added by Kathryn Leal on February 23, 2014 at 5:17pm — No Comments

Virtual Reality

As our class took a foray into the world of virtual reality, I found my thoughts mixed about the benefits of using it in the classroom. While I think that any technolgy that will help students learn is a good thing, I kind of thought that the research I did on the potential bad aspects of using tools like virtual reality in the classroom had merit. I think we have all witnessed the strange advent of the decline of social skills amount both children and adults alike when it comes to…

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Added by Kathryn Leal on February 9, 2014 at 7:36pm — No Comments

Digital Citizenship

When working on creating policies that addressed the nine components of digital citizenship, there were a lot of things that I knew about as a parent, but never really considered as an educator. I mean, we all talk about the need to use proper etiquette and other obvious items in the classroom and beyond, but I don’t think I have ever thought about addressing health and wellness as it relates to students’ use of technology. I guess this is because each child is very different when it comes…

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Added by Kathryn Leal on February 2, 2014 at 9:19pm — No Comments

Bloom and Marzano

My knowledge about Bloom's taxonomy and Marzano's research will affect my lesson planning in a big way. I can see the importance of implementing the new Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy as a way to prepare my students for the changing digital world. Although technology seems to be ingrained in our students at an increasingly younger age, classroom uses for these technologies still require teachers to prepare lessons to help students integrate technology into their learning as well. Blogs and Wikis…

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Added by Kathryn Leal on January 18, 2014 at 11:25pm — 2 Comments

Technology in the Classroom - Investigating Bloom's Taxonomy

This week my online technology class at Regis University did a comparison between the revised Bloom's Taxonomy and the new Digital Bloom's Taxonomy. I was intrigued by the new verbs that were introduced as part of this study. It made me reflect on how I could integrate some of these exciting changes into my classroom.

Being a third-grade teacher and looking forward to the introduction of, The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), testing Colorado…

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Added by Kathryn Leal on January 18, 2014 at 9:39pm — No Comments

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