RSS Feeds Assignment


RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a format used to deliver web content that is updated regularly. RSS allows people to stay up to date on the news and blogs they view often. A RSS reader is used to subscribe to feeds of interest.  For my RSS feeds, I am using Google Reader. Here is a link of the teaching resources bundle I created.

RSS feeds can be beneficial in the educational environment. I might use this with my students when they are doing research for a project. I could create a bundle for the topic they will be researching and share it with my students. When students go to the link I provide, it will bring them up to date articles they can use for their research.

Another way I could use RSS feeds with my class is with student portfolios. Students could create a blog to post their written assignments. After their blogs are created, I would create a bundle of the all my students’ blog pages so they would be easy to access from one place. I would be updated when they post a new assignment, and they would have a portfolio of their work for the school year.

I also thought that I could create a blog page for parents of students in my class to keep them up to date on school and class activities. Since I did not know the benefit of RSS feeds until completing this assignment, I would send parents a document explaining RSS feeds and how to use it.


Zotero Library Assignment

Google Scholar and Albertson’s Library are very useful tools to use for online research. Google scholar has large database of resources. The nice thing about Google Scholar is that I can set it up to link to the Boise State Library. This saves me a step when I need to find the full article. I can also set up email alerts in Google Scholar for my research topics.  The feature I liked best in the Albertson’s Library is that I can filter search results to show only peer reviewed articles. Both Google Scholar and Alberson’s Library were easy to navigate.

Zotero is a tool used for online research. Articles can be saved in folders in Zotero. The folders are very helpful to keep research topics organized. The best part about this program is that it is a citation manager that can be used to cite references. I found that even though I set my Zotero citing to APA, I need to double check the format. There were a couple of things that I needed to change in the formatting that was created from Zotero.  I am grateful that Shannon pointed this out to me so I could make my corrections.

I think this tool will be useful for me when I am conducting research but I don’t think this will be useful for me to use with my students in the elementary level.

For this assignment, I researched effectiveness of technology in education. My references are below.

Giovanni, S., Berger, D., Saw, A., & Mary, J. (2011). Effectiveness of computer-assisted instruction in statistics: A meta-analysis. Review of Educational Research, 81(1), 97-127.

Heinecke, W. F., Milman, N.B., Washington, L.A., & Blasi, L. (2002). New directions in the evaluation of the effectiveness of educational technology. Computers in the Schools, 18(2-3), 97-110.

Lu, J., & Zhang, Z. (2012). Understanding the effectiveness of online peer assessment: A path model. Journal of Educational Computing Research, 46(3), 313-333.

Thomas, M, & Hofmeister, D. (2002). Assessing the effectiveness of technology integration: Message boards for strengthening literacy. Computers & Education, 38(1-3), 233-240.

Watson, S. L., & Watson, W. R. (2011). The role of technology and computer-based instruction in a disadvantaged alternative school’s culture of learning. Computers in the Schools, 28(1), 39-55.

Learning Log Assignment

I am using WordPress for my Learning Log. This was a new program for me so I had to take some time to play around with it in order to learn how to use it. I am still finding new things each time I open it up. This has been a great learning experience.

WordPress is a great program to use for this assignment because I can post the artifacts I create in different classes in one place. The Tag Cloud widget makes it easy to sort the posted artifacts. This is a great way to organize and reflect on my learning.