Course 2

Course 2 Reflection: Fair Image use in the Classroom


When IT specialists invented a lot of image capturing tools, such as : Snipping tool, Screen Clipping tool, PrtSc SysRq, GadWin PrintScreen or Movie Makers, Ulead Studios and Camstudios, did they think about image usage at all? I felt so convenient to use these tools, but if I have to give credit to everyone, then ….

When the students see us teachers using images, but never give any credits to anyone, what do the kids think of the teachers?

While I was preparing the course 2 final project, I found the answer from the website of the University of Maryland University College. YouTube Preview ImageI also discovered a lot of videos to introduce the issue of copyright to the students.

This course to me is very valuable and meaningful. Because it opens my eyes to Copyright and Fair Use in the Classroom, on the Internet, and the World Wide Web.

Who Should Monitor a Teenager’s Phone and Facebook?


My son’s 12th Birthday is approaching (on 12/12). His wish is to have a cell phone. In my opinion, he doesn’t need one. He spends most of his time at school. Even after school, he joins the Tiger Shark swim team and International Soccer team, and his Mom is nearby, so he won’t need a cell phone for anything at all. The thing that we worry about the most is that if we give him a cell phone, it might be more troublesome than of help to him. Is he allowed to surf the Web and send and receive text messages and photos freely? It seems to me that electronic communication has become invisible or endless. Sometimes, I just don’t have time to monitor my kids. I can only start to imagine how often my son will text his friends. However, as Debbe Geiger wrote in her article: “ In today’s world, texting is how kids stay connected with their peers. For many kids, it’s a major part of their social world, and not having it makes them feel like an outcast.” That’s why I will probably have to buy one…

I hardly have time to check my son’s Facebook regularly, all his friends and classmates have Facebook. We may not be aware of this, but the minimum age for a Facebook profile and account is 14.Now am I supposed to provide more devices to create more troubles? Tara Parker-Pope mentioned in her article: “The best route is probably to have lots of discussion and education. Talk with your kids about what kinds of cyberbullying they may have witnessed between cellphone users, and how they might personally avoid or respond to such problems. Because all of our kids will have to use electronic devices throughout their lives, education, experience and talking about these problems is probably the only long-term solution to electronic misbehavior.”
I shared a stopcyberbullying website with my son and decided to give him a cellphone.

Searching for the Ideal eReader


This year my daughter’s wish for a Christmas gift is an iPad. Since she already has a laptop, I was trying to convince her to buy a Kindle instead. With “digital kids”, I have to use digital evidence to convince them. Here it’s the video I found on YouTube.YouTube Preview Image

When I searched online, I also learned there are other eReaders, such as the Pandigital Novel and Nook.YouTube Preview Image I never heard before, except as vocabulary.

After watching several videos, I realized that this is a silly and pointless comparison. I’m comparing a dedicated E-Book reader with a multi-functional laptop style device. This is not how you review technology. You review a product based on what it is intended to do and how well it provides that functionality.

I should make a decision for her based on her real needs –which is reading and while doing that less strain on her eyes. Kindle 3YouTube Preview Image is just right for her. Last but not least is nice to our wallet.

Psytec QR Code Editor –an easy solution


As a Mandarin teacher, I always search for fancy tools or resources to make my teaching more fun.

QR code is one of the ways I found very interesting. Usually the students don’t really like to read or write Chinese. Now with this tool, I don’t need to force them or quiz them. They already love to type and read characters.

Recently for rewarding students’ hard work, I arranged a Chinese cooking session. Meanwhile, I assign them to create a menu code for their friends. Unluckily, most of the students don’t have iPhone3 or Android phone. So I read some related articles(How to use QR Code in one minute) and discovered Psytec QR Code Editor.

Psytec QR Code Editor is a free software that can interpret and make QR Code. I thought it was an easy solution to reading QR Code for educational purposes.

Can you read the Chinese QR Code? If you can, come to me for the prize.

Useful Copyright Hints


I now feel more and more to choose this course was right for me, I even wish I could have taken this course earlier, especially in connection with copy right issues. As a teacher who would like to be creative and explore new ways of teaching Mandarin, I feel that this issue is of very great importance. Because at every point in planning projects, I was faced with questions concerning the materials I wanted to use: Could I use them freely? For educational purposes only? Or did I have to apply for permission?

I learned from this course that I always should use the freely available resources (Flickr, although some nice photos are still not allowed being download) and give credits to authors. For the usage of other materials I need to do more reading and research.

Another aspect of this topic is the protection of teaching materials that I myself produced, for that issue I found a very practical solution through our IT course instructor Jeff on the website of Creative Commons. I also found it in Chinese.

This hint will be of great help in protecting my previous and future works.

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