Monday, January 23, 2012

Tool # 3: Finding Online Video and Image Resources

For your Tool #3 Assignment:


  1. As a psychology and sociology teacher, I have found several sites that are invaluable to my teaching. I love using Discovery education, You tube and NPR. These sites have tons of visuals, commentaries and  research relating to any and every topic we investigate in both sociology and psychology.
  2. I've embedded two videos I use in my classroom.
  3. Copyright and fair use regulations...Glad to know there are exceptions for teachers and students!  As long as we repurpose and/or add value to a copyrighted piece we can use it for educational purposes. Also if we are using a legal copy or reproduction of a legal copy AND can answer YES to each of these questions below, we are within our rights. 
    Will the copyrighted work be performed or displayed in 1) the course of face-to-face teaching activities of a 2) non-profit institution in a 3) classroom or similar place devoted to instruction?
  4. Created a drop box during SBISD in-service in August. Every teacher responded to assignment that was put in this drop box.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Tool #2:Building Community in the Online Environment

  1. I just googled psychology blog and was amazed at what I found. Yes, many were educators, doctors, therapists, individuals blogging about their mental illnesses or criticizing some aspect of psychology - research on psych reviews, criticisms about the proposed changes in the DSM etc...you name it.
  2. I have very mixed emotions about private "journaling" in public spaces. It can be so advantageous and so dangerous at the same time. I think it will take an incredible amount of effort for any individual, and for students even more effort, to separate good from bad, real from "surreal", oppressive from liberating.
  3. Yes, I suppose blogs can be very useful in building an "online community" if the blog is a credible site, it could be very helpful and insightful.
  4. psychologicalscience.org./only human/2010. This site offers interesting reviews on research about everyday life situations.

Tool #1 Creating a Blog

This was fun but frustrating because of MHS networks!
So happy to have created a Voki. That part was fun but getting it in my blog was challenging for me.Now on to tool number 2.