Integrated Unit Plan Assignment

Cho, Tony – Lesson Plan 1 – Contractions Cho, Tony – Lesson Plan 2 – Vocabulary Lesson 2 – Cow art article Lesson 2 – Cow Art crossword Lesson 2 – Matching activity.doc Technology Integrated Unit Plan – Tony Cho


Internet equity…

I think this article is another example of something we’ve heard again and again from different sources. Giving people technology is not the answer to all of life’s problems. As the article states, the problem lies more in the family and environment than whether someone has or does not have technology. Even if the technology is given “FREE OF CHARGE”, how is it being used?? on games, social networking and entertainment… maybe even inappropriate sites??

Although general computer use increases basic computer literacy, I don’t think it’s a good use of time and resources for the whole student… to be learning social and learning skills that will help them succeed in life and not just being able to use whatever the current technology is at the time. We should learn from the LA Unified school districts attempt at rolling out ipads for students and not make the same mistakes that have cost millions of dollars and hundreds of hours that could have been spent on helping students “learn” and grow as individuals.

LAUSD ipad refund

The video from Comcast also sheds light on what the needs are in the classroom and makes an attempt to “level the playing field.” I commend its efforts and the intentions behind the program of enabling families to access the internet but believe it should also include training/education for adults to know how to guide their kids to healthy internet use, without which, could lead to all kinds of problems for students as well as the family. e.g. internet addiction, struggles with pornography/violence, etc…

Some good programs/resources are: – These are some fun ways to expose kids to the reality of the dangers of the internet. My wife and I have used these videos for our kids at home to introduce them to internet safety. – I liked their curriculum and will use it based on where the students are at in terms of grade, level of technology understanding and maturity.

Flipped classroom – Cow art

At first it was a struggle trying to save/download Powtoon into a format that I could use with EDpuzzle so eventually downloaded a free trial of Camtasia Studio 8 which was pretty amazing. It could import videos, increase the speed of the audio to speed through dead times, I could import power point slides, add audio as I was capturing the Powtoons file and saved it as an avi file.

I also downloaded a youtube video using Dirpy and then imported that into Camtasia. I did some editing to take out dead times and then finally rendered it into an mp4 file which I uploaded onto EDpuzzle. I then made some questions for kids to answer stopping at different points.

Tumblr… do I need it?

(sorry, I just updated this because I originally had a powerpoint file).

After doing an interview with my 17 year old daughter, doing some of my own research and then using it for a while, I decided that it’s not something that is soooo distinct that I will need to create an account and keep up with another social media platform. Especially because of the sexually explicit content that is not monitored well by Tumblr that could cause people(including myself) to stumble onto pornagraphic sites/images. It’s disturbing that “some porn bloggers earn money by referring traffic to adult businesses through referrals and widgets.Edwards, Jim (September 12, 2011). “Why Tumblr Must Kill What Made it Big: Porn and Copyright Violations”. Retrieved March 28, 2013.

Founder and CEO of Tumblr, David Karp (29), “revealed in June 2012 that between 2 and 4 percent of Tumblr’s traffic is porn-related.” Farber, Dan (June 15, 2012). “Tumblr for iOS launching next week”. CNET. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on June 16, 2013. Retrieved June 16, 2013.

So for me, that would be a “NO” for my heart, mind and eyes sake.

Negative consequences, timeouts, and punishment just make bad behavior worse. But a new approach really works…

new way to discipline

Looks like they are onto to something here with stats to back it up… over a 2 year period in one school, referrals to the principal went from 145 to only 45, in a hospital group, the use of physical & chemical restraints(i.e. sedatives) went down from 20 per month to 0 after implementing the new approach for 1 year.

Is “MORE” = “BETTER”? – Project Tomorrow’s Speak Up 2014 Student Survey

In my opinion, not necessarily. Others also share this opinion.

More Technology Not Always Better, Says Top Teacher


I see a lot of statistics about how students/staff are using technology more but I didn’t see a whole lot about how it’s affecting achievement scores nor how its impacted their emotional/physical health (e.g. increase in family conflicts/tensions, increase in ADHD or a rise in other mental health issues due to increased use of technology). I also didn’t see research on the challenges teachers face in keeping students on task from the constant distractions students face online doing what they want to do with social media.

As far as I’ve read, the article did not address other issues like how online classes affects some students’ ability to connect with relationships outside of the virtual world (i.e. underdevelopment of social/emotional coping skills). It might be great and necessary for some to utilize because of circumstances (i.e. hospitalization/medical issues, physical location/accessibility) but for a vast majority of students, it may not be necessary.

One statistic makes me question if the survey is really all that helpful in understanding the true positive impact of technology. For example, “one third of Grade 6-8 online learners (35 percent) strongly agree that technology enhances their engagement in learning compared to 30 percent of students in traditional learning environments.” How accurately can a middle schooler gauge his/her whether something enhances their engagement?

Bottom line, just because you use technology more or can access knowledge/information faster doesn’t always mean that it’s good for them in the long run. I believe the goal of education is not more/faster knowledge but more life maturity… and a holistic view of life. I’ve seen and read about athletes who burn out at a very young age because they were just too intense in their quest for physical domination. I can see the same thing happening to young children if they are given the same kind of freedom and direction for their lives and burning out their minds/emotions in their youth.

My take on Brain rules…

I think he has a lot of good things to say about how the brain functions. I agree with a lot of what he said because in my opinion, they are common sense/logical deduction principles but packaged in a nice set of 12 with nice videos and charts. For example, the fact that brain pathways are physiological changed based on decisions that we make, it makes sense that not one brain is going to be the same as anyone else’s. Stressed brains are not going to perform as well as those that are not under stress. Repeat to remember? Hasn’t this been taught by teachers since the beginning?

I think he makes some good points. I liked what he had to say about our brain does not do multi-tasking higher level tasks well, thus being less productive/efficient even though we “feel” more productive. It’s the delusion that being busy means that you are being productive which I don’t believe in.

  • Workplaces and schools actually encourage this type of multi-tasking. Walk into any office and you’ll see people sending e-mail, answering their phones, Instant Messaging, and on MySpace—all at the same time. Research shows your error rate goes up 50% and it takes you twice as long to do things.
  • When you’re always online you’re always distracted. So the always online organization is the always unproductive organization.

The Physical side of the internet

Tedtalk by Andrew Blum:

He made some good observations of the reality that the internet has altered relationships that he has/had with the people around him. Spending 8 hours on the computer at work and then more time on his screen on his phone. How can it not change relationships? His descriptions of his 2+ years of researching the physical aspects of the internet was fascinating. Everything from the underwater cable systems that were up to 8,000 miles long to the amplifiers every 50 miles enables the signal to get through the thousands of miles it needs to travel to get from one side of the ocean to the other. I loved the pictures he took of the actual physical wiring that came up from the ocean floor to the beach where the relay was to be connected to get the signal to the inland. I liked what he said about the responsibility of wired people needing to know something about wires… how the internet actually works.

Digital Storytelling – If you give a pig a pancake…

Process and experience of Digital Storytelling

We started by “replying all” to the email you sent us about being in the same group. We threw some ideas out and eventually found some good scripts from Reader’s theater and then chose a few that had 4 speakers for our group. We created a google doc that we could share and paste pictures onto related to the story. Each of us took some photos and pasted it onto the doc.

I watched the video of the missed class and saw the cool feature about using the Tools, Research function to find pictures/images that were free from copyright so that was really convenient. We spent time putting pictures on Power Point slides to correspond with the script and then we went over who would say what parts. We also learned how to put our faces on the pictures of pigs that we were using for the digital story using Pixlr. That was really helpful because I’ve always wanted to learn how to do that because I’ve had several situations where I wished I had known how to do that.

We weren’t able to finish everything the first night because we ran out of time so we finished it the week after. During the week, our fearless leader worked on the project on her own and uploaded her photo as well as our photos and edited the photos with our faces on the pigs. We converted the music we found on a youtube site using Dirpy and downloaded and included in the Photo Story 3 project we were working on but eventually decided not to include it because it was too disruptive to the voices of the storytelling.

Overall, I thought it was a good experience getting to use some of the technology that could be used to help students incorporate more creativity into their writing / expressions of what they are learning. I will definitely use some of the programs that we learned through the process like Pixlr, Dirpy, Google Presentation & Docs as well as Photo Story 3.

BAM Radio: As Marijuana Moves toward Greater Acceptance, What Is the Impact on Teens?

Some research has2015-06-19 Teens & marijuana shown that teen brains are more vulnerable to brain changes that lead to short term memory loss, inability to follow directions and difficulty in concentrating to do problem solving. There is more emerging research revealing the effects of marijuana use on brain abnormalities but there are not a lot of longitudinal studies over a course of time.

What should parents do? According to the data, the level of marijuana(i.e. THC concentrations) in what is being smoked is a lot higher than 10-20 years ago so what kids are smoking these days could have more negative impact on their brains as a result. Paranoia is one of the effects of high levels of THC.

One study showed that even after abstaining from the use of marijuana for over 2 years, there were still impairment of cognitive abilities and short term memory linked to brain abnormalities.

The legality of marijuana is putting the job of educating kids about its negative effects upon parents and I believe on educators as well. Some argue that marijuana is just the same as alcohol but the fallacy in that argument is that there is enough evidence to show the negative effects of alcohol on kids in the womb up to the teen years so is illegal until 21.

I think the podcasts would be a great way to do professional learning. You can get direct feedback from teachers and students since they are short enough to listen to and then respond back to on a blog.