Post #10- “Elmo”

Elmo technology ties with a smartboard at times, but also stands alone. It acts like an overhead projector but uses a camera rather than transparencies. Thanks to “Old Shoe Woman” for her picture of Elmo at work. Other of her works can be viewed as attributed below.

elmo image

Creating an enlarged visual of an item that all in the room can better view is the objective of Elmo. Being able to project instructions of a demonstration¬† of an experiment will help clarification during the actual procedure. In any classroom, Elmo can help “magnify” learning.

Elmo tickles student writers.

The above link will take you to a blog written by a writing teacher, Pat Harder, and how quickly Elmo allowed the students to take over the discussion. Sounds like an awesome tool.

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Post #9- “Froguts!”

“Froguts!” is a way cool site that offers virtual dissections, labs, quizzes on multiple species. Everything is virtual, so populations are not hindered in the least, and your students get to “virtually” dissect the species at their own pace and with an individual tutor. The company offers “school subscriptions” that allow you to use their cd programs for one year on all computers and for all students multiple times throughout the year. There are also options to purchase a “home subscription” that allows home use of a disc for additional studies. Neat and clean, very little prep time and minimal clean-up!! The costs are comparable to buying actual specimen, but when you look at how many specimen are included, this program is much more cost efficient. You get frog, starfish, squid, fetal pig, owl pellet, cow eye, pea lab, and fly lab all for one price. Check them out!


The link above will take you to their site where you can access a demonstration of their product.


Thanks to Noel Zia Lee for the nice frog photo. You can check it out along with others of hers on Flickr.

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Post #8 Creative Commons PPT “Technology and Education”

Here is a power point I created using photos of my own, as well as a couple from Flickr accounts. I have attached an “Attribution page” to the slide show with information about the pictures, and where you can find them. Please view my power point and enjoy.

Extra Credit Post-Remarkable Ohio

Here are the Ohio Historical markers that my wife and I visited on a beautiful Sunday evening ride on our two-tone Envy Green Harley Davidson Ultra Classic.

Solar Refinery in front of Lima Refinery entrance

Servicemen's Free Canteen & Bradog

Lima Locomotive Works & Bradog

Interurban & Bradog

Fort Amanda & Bradog

To be able to read each marker, there are closer views on my Flickr page. Please view these and other photos taken by my wife or I at my Flickr site, just click on the link below.

Bradog’s Flickr Site


For this discussion of “new technology” I have chosen the technology activity of “Geocaching.”

following a GPS

This is a version of a scavenger hunt that uses GPS devices to lead you to the cache(hidden treasure)! A cache is literally a “savings or collection of something”, and in this case the collection may be small trinkets/prizes to exchange or just a collection of signatures. The most frequently visited site to get started in this activity is located at “where you are the search engine” as they say on their site. (You can click on their graphic below for a link.) You will need to open an account, which is free, and then you are able to access thousands of caches placed all around the world. The site gives several options of locating the point (maps, lat. & long. , UTM, etc.) and you can plug this information into any GPS device and begin your hunt. Once you find the cache, you return to the site to log it, and thus officially score a find.

Geocache sticker image

According to the Garmin site (¬† GPS stands for “Global Positioning System” and is a satellite system of 24+ satellites placed in space for navigational purposes. It was originally developed for military use, but has become available for free access by the general public. Your GPS unit receives signals from the orbiting satellites and you receive a very accurate report of your location based upon trigonometry of the angles of your signals from these satellites.

Here is a picture of one of many different models of hand held GPS units offered by one company Garmin, and it serves as a link to their website. These devices are slightly different than ones found in autos, in that they do not talk to you, they point you in the direction of your goal.Garmin GPS

Now, what does this have to do with the classroom? Well, geography, mathematics, reasoning, outdoor exploration. Any number of connections can be made to today’s classroom standards, benchmarks, etc. By acclimating students to use of maps, not only are they gaining experience with charts and graphs type involvement, but applying it to real-life experiences. You could hide various caches around your school for the students to find, each cache leading them to another, and eventually to their final destination. Setting up a scavenger hunt in your school yard would be an awesome final assessment for this activity.

Post #5 Podcast

Here is the URL for the podcast I have chosen for this blog.

DNA Podcast:Genetic Testing and Adolescents

In this interview from Melbourne University Up Close Podcast, Dr. Shane Huntington interviews medical research ethicist Dr. Rony Duncan, from Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. The discussion bases around the technology of genetic research. Dr. Duncan discusses the ethics behind the tests and more-so the notification of young adults of the results of those tests. Results that can lead to life-changing decisions about marriage, children and even personal health care.

DNA poster

DNA profiling is a new technology that is used for this research. A sample of the individuals DNA is collected and then compared with a known sample of DNA that has the disease or condition of interest. The accuracy of predicting the likelihood of a person acquiring a disease in the future have risen dramatically with the advent of this technology.

I realize that this is not necessarily technology that will be used in public educational classrooms, it is more of a collegiate topic. But the information needs to be introduced in our Jr. and Sr. high biology classes. I believe this type of technology will become a huge player in health care in the future.

Post #4 RSS


I am using Google Reader as my RSS reader device. An RSS reader will be very useful to me as a teacher. This technology allows you to place a lot of information/sites in one place, and then be “notified” when something new is added to any of your subscriptions, or when they are updated. As a science teacher, updates are very interesting to me. Some of the sites I plan to subscribe to are ones that are conducting on-going research, and I want to be made aware of any new information. This appears to me to be one of those “computer secrets” that most people do not learn about for quite some time, but once they do, and begin to use/understand it, it will be an everyday necessity.

I have subscribed to all of my classmates blogs.

Post #3

blackberry pda

My technology of choice is a PDA. How many of our students have personal cell phones? I know that many of my students do, because I frequently see them out of their pockets! Why don’t we use these to our advantage? Just like any other piece of technology, there is a window of opportunity for misuse or abuse, but if we invite technology into our classrooms, we can use it to our advantage, and hopefully limit the abuse of this technology. Just last year I was talking with a veteran teacher of 20 plus years, and he jokingly said, “How long before our kids use their phones to take notes on?” The more we discussed it, the more sense it made to us. Rather than “fighting” technology, let’s show these students that this device can be more than a communicator to your own little group of friends. PDA’s could be used for notes, searches, investigations, links, etc. The possibilities are nearly limitless. In an article titled “Handhelds in the Classroom” from Education World, a Chicago area school and one in Seattle are attempting just that. Think of it, take notes, make schedules, hall pass with a stopwatch, any number of uses. Is this a reality in the near future? I don’t know, but I feel that there is definitely a strong case for the argument of their use.

Blog Post #2

For this entry, I would like to list the most influential people in educational technology as I view it. These choices may not be the same as yours, but that is the beauty of personal choice.

Here is also a link to my ed. tech. professors blog site. Mr. Trusty and I attended third grade in elementary school together and I am pleased to be in his class.

According to the textbook I use for my seventh grade science class, “technology”¬† is the use of science to help people in some way. I wanted to start with Ben Franklin, inventor and statesman, as my first influential person of educational technology. kiteWithout the “kite experiment,” performed in June 1752, our use of electricity would be impaired. According to the definition above, technology does not require electricity. However, we in the 21st century, are very accustomed to it’s use. Our computers would be of little assistance to us without the electricity to make them run. So I say, “Thanks Ben, for holding that string in a thunder storm!”

Next I want to thank Thomas Edison. He took what Ben had “discovered” and made so many devices that use electricity, many of which we still use today, or at least some form of them. Thomas Edison spent his later winters in Ft. Myers, Florida, a place where I spent one particular summer week that is very dear to me. So I also say, “Hats off to you Thomas Edison, for not giving up!” This is a picture of his residence in Florida, which happens to be next to Henry Fords winter place.

Edisons winter home, Ft. Myers Florida

Thirdly, Bruce McPheron has been a huge influence on me. Bruce McPheronBruce is my cousin and is 12 years older than I am. Just this month, July 2009, he was named Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State University. Bruce is an avid entomologist (studies bugs) and has traveled the world speaking about bugs, most frequently, a fruit fly. Why fruit flies? How many countries import or export fruits? Do fruit flies have anything to do with fruit? Now maybe you begin to understand the importance of the lowly fruit fly. Bruce grew up here in Ohio and became interested in bugs at a very early age and never looked back. He has used technology in all of his studies, presentations and communications with family and friends. Even his mother, now in her 70’s, is an avid computer user! I think Bruce’s successes and investigations have been a huge impact on me, and my “later in life” pursuits of education.

I know the assignment was for the top three, but I could not limit my influences. Technology has had a huge influence on all of our lives. Toonces was one of my first exposures to video type technology of incorporating video clips, live action shots and puppets together. Watch out for that cliff!!!toonces the driving cat