Monthly Archives: March 2014

EDTECH 541-VoiceThread-Social Networking and Walled Gardens


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EDTECH 541-Internet Safety Guidelines and Resources

While there are so many powerful teaching tools found on the internet there are also very dangerous and degrading sources found on the internet.  One of the most important things as educators and students of education is how to safely use the internet.  There are at least 5 potential problems that can be faced while using the internet.

1.  Accessing sites with inappropriate materials
2.  Safety and privacy issues for students
3.  Fraud on the Internet
4.  Computer viruses and hacking
5.  Copyright and plagiarism issues
(Roblyer & Doering, 2013 p. 214-216)

The above list may seem frightening and maybe even discouraging for students and educators to use the internet.  However, if the proper safety guidelines are taught, learned, and followed, the Internet can be a safe and powerful tool.  To combat students accessing dangerous sites firewalls are being used to prevent access as well legal actions to ensure that these filtering systems are in place. Although filtering helps to eliminate most of the threats there are still some important guidelines and methods that any internet user should be aware of.  Some basic safety guidelines methods are:

1.  Keep virus protection software up to date
2. Download only from reputable sites
3.  Never open email attachments from unknown senders
4.  Never open email attachments until you confirm their intent
5.  Teachers should teach students the rules of plagiarism and copyright
6.  Use sites to check for and prevent plagiarism
7.  Use firewalls and other software that filter content
(Roblyer & Doering, 2013 p. 216)

Another recent area of concern is Internet use addiction.  Youth today can be very addicted to using the internet, especially social networks.  One website,  has some age-centered guidelines that are very useful in helping the rising generation use the internet and technology in appropriate ways.  Using the Internet and its tools isn’t without it’s risks but knowing the basic guidelines and risks help keep educators and students safe from harmful activity on the web.


Roblyer, M. D., & Doering, A. H. (2013). Integrating education technology into teaching. (6th ed., p 122). Pearson. 

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EDTECH 541-Relative Advantage of Using Multimedia in the Classroom

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EDTECH 541-Relative Advantage of Spreadsheets and Databases in Seminary

Among the many great tools on the internet for educators there are Spreadsheets and Databases.  Since the idea of Spreadsheets first originated in 1961 (Power, 2004) this tool have become available on PC’s.  What has recently made Spreadsheet and Databases so powerful has been the online access available through the internet.  Collecting data is enhanced greatly when it’s easier to collect!  By having such easy access, online Spreadsheets and Databases benefit educators and learners.

Using Spreadsheets and Databases have many benefits in all types of classrooms. The Seminary Classroom is located off of school campus and is independent of school resources making Spreadsheets and Databases great tools for collecting information, registering students, and tracking grades outside of the school.  These tools can also be used in a Seminary classroom, namely as calendars, enrollment forms, grade sheets, and integrating rubrics into lesson previews.  Examples of how I will use these resources can be found here.

One of the greatest examples of relative advantage of using Spreadsheets and Databases in the Seminary classroom is in how much time is saved. “Spreadsheets save valuable time by allowing teachers and students to complete essential calculations quickly” (Roblyer & Doering, 2013 p. 122).  Even though calculations are usually done in math classes, Seminary classes still collect data.  A monthly reading count is taken for each class.  While collecting these numbers is simple calculating, time is greatly reduced by using spreadsheets.

Another tool is Databases.  Databases in seminary are great for filling out forms of enrolled students and also for tracking assignments for grading.  Databases may also be used for lessons and activities.  One activity in particular is the March Madness one created as a sample lesson plan.  Students will use an online form to track their points for the activity.  The information is immediately collected and students will be able to compare and see quickly how well their class is doing.  It is because of these great tools that these great activities can be performed which provides every student a greater learning experience overall.


Power, D. J., “A Brief History of Spreadsheets”, DSSResources.COM, World Wide Web,, version 3.6, 08/30/2004.

Roblyer, M. D., & Doering, A. H. (2013). Integrating education technology into teaching. (6th ed., p 122). Pearson. 

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