EdTech 537: Discussion Question Entry

Along with 2 other blog posts, I created a discussion question entry this week in EdTech 537. Initially, I thought that creating a discussion question out of thin air was going to take me a little while, as my blog did not have a theme yet. However, with the news of my new job, I found my blog’s topic and created a discussion question that related.

What tool do you use to communicate with parents? How has this tool changed parent communication in your classroom (or as a parent)?

I introduced my discussion question with some information about my inspiration for the question. Parent involvement has always been important to me. My previous position at a rural low-economic school did not afford me the opportunity to communicate with parents as much as I would have liked. I was hung up on a lot by parents, no matter whether I was calling with good or bad news. 😦  That being said, this new opportunity will require a lot of parent communication, and I am interested in some proven practices that I can implement in my own classroom. Who better to ask than my fellow EdTech-ers? 

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EdTech 537: Links and List Entry

Finally, we are blogging! I have been excited about my blogging course since I registered for it. We have been building our blogs and creating some foundation, but now, we get to do the fun stuff. This week, in EdTech 537, we were assigned to create 3 blog posts. The first two posts were links and list entries. These entries were simple, yet fun to write.

For my links post, I focused on some exciting news in my life (I got a new job! Whoop!) and actually began constructing my blog around a theme. The post included links and annotations to tools that I would like to use in my new 7th grade English classroom. The tools outlined in the post included Nearpod, Twitter, WordPress, Remind, Plickers/Socrative, ReadWorks Digital, Edublog/Kidblog, and Google Drive. After posting, I was encouraged to see 4 comments quickly came in. Each with a positive perspective on my post and my blogging style.

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Bloggety-blog-blog. I love to blog!

The list post actually took me longer than the links post did. I decided to use my list post to outline some ideas for books to teach next year and books to read to quite to develop myself as an English teacher. This post was remarkably similar to the links post less the annotations, yet I found myself wanting to add more commentary to my lists. Maybe I should have written my list post first. Oh well, hindsight. In the list post, I settled on 4 proposed books to teach next year, including To Kill a Mockingbird, The Outsiders, A Day No Pig Would Die, and The Merchant of Venice.

I really enjoyed blogging the day away and hope to continue to have many more entry assignments that make me think more about my classroom as well as blogging in the classroom.

Copyright Scavenger Hunt

Copyright has always been a daunting subject to me. There are some many “ifs, ands, and buts” to the code that I have been begrudgingly aware of the restrictions placed on my online presence. This week, in EdTech 502, we created a scavenger hunt activity about copyright law. My web page focused on the basics of copyright including public domain and fair use. The content for this activity was not incredibly difficult, especially after finding some great online sources. But the web page had some increased complexity that threw me for a loop. Everything was fine and dandy until I came to the CSS link selectors a:link, a:visited, a:hover, a:focus, and a:active. It simply was not working until I read ahead in the HTML and CSS book that the selectors had to be in a specific order. Well, I felt like quite a bonehead after reading that. 

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On top of the lessons learned in CSS, the scavenger hunt was a multi-page web page. At first, I worried that it was going to take me forever to replicate the styling from the scavenger hunt page, but it turned out to be quite easy.

I feel like my CSS and HTML abilities are slowly building and am no longer quite as intimidated by the instructional videos not being as in-depth toward the end of the class. Here’s to many more web pages in my future!

EdTech 537: Disclosure Page

As a part of my EdTech 537 blog, “It’s Bloggin’ Time,” I created a disclosure page. I was reading about the need for a disclosure page and was shocked to find out that the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) governs some aspects of blogging. According to the FTC guides, bloggers that receive endorsements, cash or in-kind payment, must disclose the material connections they share with a product or service’s provider.

I was not sure where to start with my disclosure page. I read a few examples but as a student blogger, currently, those examples did not fit what I needed. My disclosure page ended up being a series of statements declaring ownership of the ideas and opinions expressed on the blog. It also included a clearly stated lack of compensation or outside influence to express thoughts and opinions in a particular way. The disclosure concluded with a few sentences about my intentions for the blog and the topics that I planned to cover.

All in all, I completely see the need for a disclosure page but am still struggling to wrap my head around it. I do not know that outside of this class I would have learned about the FTC’s regulation and the need for a disclosure page. Thank goodness for EdTech 537!  🙂

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Netiquette Page

In EdTech 502 this week, I created a CSS stylized web page about Netiquette. Netiquette is a set of behavior standards related to online settings. For my page, I created an acronym for the word “netiquette.” Each letter was followed by a question with a keyword related to the specific letter.


N – Are your words necessary?

E – Are your words an example of your character?

T – Is your tone appropriate?

With this web page assignment, I learned a lot about netiquette but also about web page design. I worked with spacing a lot in this assignment, particularly with my acronym. I will not act like I did not get frustrated a few times, save the page, and walk away, but ultimately, the web page came out well. 

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With each new web page, I am developing more self-reliance in using HTML and CSS. I am slowly learning how things function separately and alongside other components. I am very excited to learn more about links, video, audio, etc.