Saturday, May 30, 2009

Exploring the Possibilities of Technology...

I believe most of the technologies I have learned about the past couple of weeks can easily be incorporated into my career. I can use technology for the following:
  • Facebook can be used to stay in touch with teachers throughout the state of Maine to share ideas.
  • Google Docs (Awesome Program) can be used for just about anything. I would use it to create presentations on how to play games or teach skills, create assessments, create documents on performance cues, announcements for upcoming events, tests, and what we are doing in class for an activity.
  • Blogger can be used to stay in touch with colleagues.
The possibilities seem to be endless with technology.....

Web 2.0 Awards List...

What I found was really neat about the Web 2.0 Awards List is I liked how they broke everything into categories and ranked the top best three sites. I learned about some new programs yet again that I had never heard of. I am getting overwhelmed by the minute with all this technology. A good overwhelming though!!!!

Google Docs-Sweetness....

Wow....Google Docs is soooooo easy to use!!!! You can do just about anything. Some ways I plan on using Google Docs in my career is:
  • Spreadsheets can be made for the weight room
  • Presentations can be made for how to play a certain game
  • I do a unit on Creating Your Own Game, students could use the presentation or document to create their game and turn it in to me.
I can see myself using this program on a daily basis. Reading through other classmates blogs I came across some other ideas that I can bring into my classroom.

Google Docs

I am learning so much about technology.  It takes me a while to become familiar with the programs we are using, but it is so worth it.  Hopefully I will be somewhat of a pro when I get done this technology class!  Not only have I learned quite a bit of information from this class, but I learned alot from classmates about what I can do with this technology in my classroom. 

Bloglines Experience

I really like the fact that I can keep all my favorite blogs in one spot. I can stay up to date on all the current information and it's easy access. The only problem I ran into and I am still trying to figure out is how to add my classmates blogs to my blog so it is just a click away. Any advice????

Sunday, May 24, 2009

3 things I found interesting in reading these articles....

Article 1 "Neomillennial User Experience Design Strategies: Utilizing Social Networking Media To Support "Always On" Learning Styles"
  • I found table 4 interesting on how the "Always-On" generation uses technology. It was interesting to see the percentages of how many use IM every week, surfing the web for homework help, using IM or email to talk to teachers, and have used IM to find new friends.
Article 2 "Emerging Technologies Changing Public Library Service Delivery Models"
  • After reading this article it still amazes me how many different programs are out there that I have never used, Wikis, RSS feeds and aggregators, blogs, podcasts, etc. It is definitely important that libraries stay on top of the emerging technologies if they want to attract the community members to continue using there services. People want to use the most current information out there that they can find as fast as possible.

Article 3 "Editorial: Examining Social Software in Teacher Education"
  • After reading this article about the facebook incident, I strongly believe social networking should just be used for personal use only outside of the work force. Why would we want to jeopardize our profession and reputation.


I just signed up for a Twitter account. Twitter is very easy to use and comes in handy if you want to keep family and friends updated on what you are doing. I will keep up with Twitter while I am taking this class, but after the class is done I don't know if I will keep this up. It's very time consuming since I don't spend a lot of time on the computer. Neat program though!!!!

Technoloy Related Topic of My Interest

I needed to create a post about something in technology related that interests me this week. I have to say this is the most time I have ever spent on using my computer. I don't spend a lot of time on the computer, so this is quite a challenge for me. Out of all the assignments this week I was most excited about getting a Facebook account. I am 99.9% sure I probably would of never signed up for a Facebook account if it wasn't for this class. I am really excited to use this account to get in contact with other colleagues through out the state of Maine. This tool will help me to see what other physical educators are teaching in there classes and we can exchange activity ideas.

Flickr Assignment!!!!

For my technology class I had to learn about Flickr. I had never used this program before. I am learning alot in this class. I wish I had taken a class like this earlier in my undergrad. My experience with Flickr was pretty easy. The only problem I ran into and I still can't figure it out, is I still don't know how to use the Flickr's blogging tool to add the image into a post. For this post I just used the Blogger's photo upload tool to add my picture to this post. I found the photo upload was really easy. Anyways, here is my wonderful dog Mister!!!!! He really enjoys getting his picture taken!!!!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

About Me

Hello everyone, my name is Erin Graves. I live in the northern part of Maine. I have been teaching PE for the past four years. I love every minute of it!!!! I coach middle school girls soccer and basketball. I am very exciting to start the kinesiology master's program. I like that the program is online, it allows me the flexibility to still teach, coach, spend time with my family and dog, and work on my masters.
I have never used a blog before, so I am anxious to learn about blogging and see where this takes me. I was wondering does anyone use blogging for there PE classes, if so how do you incorporate it into your lessons?