Monday, November 16, 2009

What do parents expect?

Before Nov 23, Please read the article "Parents: Focus more on 21st-century skills Schools must do more to prepare students for information-age careers, say respondents to a national ed-tech survey"   at

In your blog comment address the following questions.
Were you surprised with the survey and article?
What is one way you can learn what your students' parents are expecting?
Of course you can add anything else you wish and you are encouraged to read and comment on your colleagues' comments.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Assignment for October 5, 2009

Using Internet in our classrooms is our next topic.

Visit the Kathy Schrock site at

Choose one of the links and in your comments to this post give a short review of that link. Please read your colleague's reviews (comments) first and then choose a link that has not been reviewed.

Please remember to comment to this post and do not make a new post.

Thank you.
Dr. Topp

Monday, September 14, 2009

Technology tools in the learning process

Hey everybody. I'm attempting to post a blog and hope it will work. Well, it's been 10 years for me since I finished college and now I'm in the graduate program and teaching at the same time (like everybody in the class). Kind of crazy you would say and I would agree with you but I'm enjoying it too. I am open to new ideas for teaching and I'm also learning a lot from the articles in this class. I agree, technology is no longer an option in the classroom, it is here to stay and become an integral part of teaching curriculae.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

OK. This is the third time I've tried to Post a Comment. I'm crossing my fingers that it will work this time...

So just the other day, I was thinking of this Very Thing. Rip Van Winkle. And pencils. And paper.

I have been away from teaching for FIFTEEN! years while I stayed home with own kiddos. This is my first year back at Millard North High School, teaching Spanish 1 to (mostly) 9th graders.
Times have changed. The world outside has changed.

But I was watching my 6th period Spanish 1 students complete a worksheet with golden yellow, #2 pencils. In a World of Modern Technology, this seemed almost wrong. Obsolete. Rip Van Winkle. Why wasn't I using iPods or cell phones or computers or a Smart Board?! What are the rest of you doing?!

I totally agree with Jill and her comment about the telephone and putting All This on the back burner. But HOW (exactly) do we bring our schools (our classrooms--our 6th period Spanish 1 students) out of the 20th century?! On Monday?!

I would LOVE to hear what you all are doing out there! I would LOVE some real, practical, hands-on ideas for September 14, 2009. What are yous doing out there?!

I did check out And, at the risk of missing most of the Husker game, I opted out of searching after the first thirty minutes. There's so much Stuff there.

Lora, I would have LOVEd to hear your young student play Chopin. What a Beautiful Thing!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Skills for the 21st Century

Schools should be changing but are they? Check out this article,8816,1568480,00.html. Enter your reaction to this article in the comments section. You are encouraged to react to your fellow scholars' comments.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Welcome to Introduction to Technology Tools in the Learning Process

The scholars in our graduate class will use this blog to review our readings and information. Also, any other topic can be posted for discussion.