Wednesday, September 28, 2005

The Government of Canada

The Government of Canada

Reference Section:

Government of Canada. Retrieved Sept. 27, 2005, from

Grade Level: 10

Subject: Social Studies

Brief Description of Activity:

Students will go to a website, in which they will have to read about the structure and functions of the Canadian government. They will then research one particular Department or Agency of their choice within the government’s structure.  The website the students will visit is The students will also be assigned to answer one of the top 25 most frequently asked questions of the Canadian government.

General Learner Outcome: understanding the role, rights and responsibilities of a citizen in a democratic society and a citizen in the global community

Specific Learner Outcomes: the structure and functions of government in Canada are important.

ICT Outcomes:
C.1.4.2    select information from appropriate sources, including primary and secondary sources

F.2.4.1   use technology outside formal classroom settings

F.2.4.7   use current, reliable information sources from around the world

P.1.4.1   continue to demonstrate the outcomes achieved in prior grades and course subjects

Rationale for Computer Integration:

Computers have been integrated into this assignment to allow students to access and familiarize themselves with The Government of Canada’s website. The students will be able to work at their own pace from home while researching a governmental department or agency of their choice. Students will each answer one of the top 25 most frequently asked questions of the Canadian government in order to answer and educate their peers on the ‘real world’ issues facing the Canadian Government and themselves.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Ed 3508 Assign #2.5

Related (specific) Technology Outcome being integrated:P.3.4.2- support communication with appropriate images, sounds and music.

Subject: English

Grade: 11

Description: As a teacher, you could use Powerpoint to meet this technology outcome by having your students do a presentation on a novel or a poem they have read, a movie or a play they have seen, or even something they have written themselves. Using Powerpoint to present this project to the class, the students would also be required to add appropriate images to each slide. This would allow the students to convey visually their impressions of the work. The student could also be required to add sounds and music to their presentation in order to set their impression of the tone of the piece.

Ed 3508 Assign #2

What is good technology integration?

Effective technology integration encourages students to think about what they need to learn, and for this integration to allow for the students to be actively asking their own questions. Technology can be effectively integrated into any class and subject, and integrated into project based and multidisciplinary lessons. Effective integration of technology promotes student exploration and questioning while also allowing students to improve their skills as readers, writers and thinkers. Students questioning should become broader in scope as well as deeper and more reflective.It is essential that the technology used by a teacher in his/her classroom be supporting the teaching and learning, rather than being driven by it.
A good example of technology integration was when Williams'science class integrated technology into the budding of tulips and research of local ecology around their school. The students compared their tulip budding processes with those of other communities. The technology became an integral part of the classroom activites and a powerful computational tool and info. resource for both students and the teacher.

What is not good technology integration?

Technology integration is not effective when teachers are simply 'pouring' the information into the students heads. In this case, there is no application of learning for the students. Teachers might have the skills and knowledge of a certain technology or software, yet are unable to convert this knowledge into effective teaching methods for their students. In these examples, technology is driving the class instead of supporting it through application.

What are some of the barriers to technology in the classroom?

I believe one of the greatest barriers to having or integrating technology into the classroom, is the unfamiliarity of many teachers with the skills, knowledge, and teaching techniques required to integrate this technology effectively into their classrooms. The recent integration of technology into the classroom also means that many teachers are unfamiliar with the history of the technology, and lack the critical thinking necessary for it to be integrated effectively. Lack of funding for technological hardware and software, and teacher motivation to change their teaching styles also create barriers to effectively integrating supportive technology into the classroom.


Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Ed 3505 Assign #1

Hi there! What's up? My name is Trevor Williams and I'm orginally from right here in Lethbridge. I moved away to go to high school on Vancouver Island, but then came back to attend the U of L, where I graduated in 99' with my B.F.A in Dramatic Arts. For the next three years, I lived in Kobe, Japan and taught E.S.L as well as travelling around much of Asia. I found those years enlightening, as well as sparking an interest in teaching. I then moved to Vancouver, where I continued to teach E.S.L at Vancouver International College. This teaching experience in Vancouver affirmed my instincts to enter the teaching profession and come back to Lethbridge once again, (is there a pattern here?) to obtain my B.Ed from the best program in the country.

I'm not a Blogger, and have never blogged before, although I am familiar with the subject. When I heard that we were going to be blogging in class, I was skeptical as I had never blogged before and didn't think I would be comfortable publishing on the net. After reading through all the resources and links to various sites that the class has provided, I'm happy to say that I'm much more excited and comfortable about blogging now, and can see the advantages of using it in the classroom.

Like my personal teaching style, blogging seems to allow for a more open and balanced type of learning to take place between the teacher, students and even their family members. Blogging motivates your students as they become more involved in the learning process. Their work is being published in a place where anyone in the world can read it, which motivates the student to understand the topic, and make clearer and more critical evaluations of the material.

Blogging is a way for students to read and write while sharing and managing information at the same time. Blogging allows students to publish their ideas, which empowers the students and gives the students more confidence in themselves. Through blogging you can hear multiple opinions about a topic. You can work on a blog at any time, and from any place in the world which creates a classroom without boundaries. Blogging allows for students to discuss an issue not only with their teacher, but between themselves, which leads to a more cognitive approach to learning and education.

Although I'm just starting to learn about blogging, it is apparent to me already the multitude of benefits that this subject has to offer. Blogging promotes classroom management, collaboration and strong ties between students and teachers, and is a forum for discussion within the class. Essentially, blogging brings the World into the classroom.