Thartman Integrating Technologies edci 501

March 30th, 2013

This week’s blog allowed me explore and have some fun. I loved the free websites and that nothing had to be downloaded.  The first site I explored was Brain Nook. I would love to use the presentation software we have used this semester with Animoto and Brain Shark to discuss the games on this site. I explored the math games on the Brain Nook site and they truly were amazing I had a virtual diva named Bella to interact with. I really loved the games and I actually would love for my grandson to use this site. I feel older students in the exceptional learning class that I teach in would love to use this site. It would encourage creativity and exploration as well as fun for them. I could use the Brain Nook to encourage my students to have fun and play during free time and they could learn from this site it actually is truly fun while learning.

I would use this website to announce that we are having a virtual fun party with websites.. I would create a virtual field trip complete with popcorn and soft music. I could use the talking Avatar to announce our fun using Brain Nook. I could use the NASA site to look at how the UV rays affect your home and the atmosphere. I could discuss how the UV rays affect our lives from global warming to the pollution that could be causing global warming and use this site to explore this hypothesis.  I could perhaps make it a research project.  This would allow my students to look at how to save on power and make your home more power efficient. My students could use the information that they learn from Brain Nook to play fun games when they are bored or just want to explore when they are in the computer lab. I feel that the NASA website would be a great tool to help my students learn more about space and what programs that NASA has. This site gave a virtual tour of that looked at ways to conserve energy in the home and was of exploring information about how the ultra violet rays affect our homes and people.

My students could use the talking Avatar to explain time spans to summarize what has happened to the earth in the last century. My students could use Brain Nook to explain this phenomenon with the talking Avatar. I would encourage my students to explore Brain-Nook and Minyland to be creative while having fun.  The NASA websites are excellent resources for students to look at the different seasons and how global warming and the atmosphere has changed and they also could use the Avatar we used in the last few weeks to explore fun ways to describe what they have leaned about chemistry or Oceanography. The website from NASA could be used for my students to explore what has happened from space exploration to our world. I really loved this site.




Thartman Mini Project 2 edci-501

March 24th, 2013

Ryan WhiteFor the mini project 2 I have been going back and forth with the technology and frankly I am very frustrated because of how much time it is taking to do the assignments. I work a full time job and I have a house, and elderly mother, a husband and grad school assignments. I feel like this semester has been a little overwhelming. I have learned so much though and I do not want to sound unappreciative of what I am learning.  I chose the time line topic and I have been working with Google Trek.

The time line project this week wasn’t very hard I chose to work with the Toast Website I chose the topic of Ryan White because I work as a substitute teacher in a high school and the things I see their made me realize that as educators we must do our part and educate our youth and especially teens about STD’s and HIV/AIDS. I am not promoting sex at all but I realize that many of the students that I work with have no clue. I see young girls pregnant and girls and boys kissing in the hall way. When I was growing up that was considered taboo to do at school.

Anyway I know that often times as teachers we have to make tough choices about our teaching style. I really used more of a time period to express some of the things in simple terms that happened to Ryan White. In case any of you are unaware or do not know who he was I will tell you. Ryan White was diagnosed with AIDS after giving blood from having hemophilia. This was in the time period of early 1980’s.  Young Ryan was banned from his school in Indiana and publically ridiculed. This to me is a disgrace and frankly it has touched my life. I feel that no child should be kept from education and especially not in the way he was. Please take a look at why I feel it is crucial to make sure we remember that this should never happen again to any child.


I have more work to do especially on the Google Trek which I feel I will display African American Slavery in Virginia. I am not sure yet though. I did finish the Time Project I will use this assignment in the classroom to teach about a courageous young man who dedicated his life to stopping the stigma of HIV/AIDS. Elton John and Michael Jackson and many around the world including myself were appalled at how he was treated. He was a child of God and I feel that the people who treated him like that were uneducated about HIV/AIDS and afraid yes but that still does not give people an excuse to do the things that were done to him.

It was has been fun working on the time line project about him because I am an advocate at heart for many such things as Lupus HIV/AIDS and Breast cancer. It gave me a chance to look at a topic that is important to me to teach. Take a look at what I have so far

I still have more to do on both projects but I stopped tonight after 4 days of working at night. My husband said enough already.  Anyway I can’t say how much I appreciate the technology that I have learned in this classroom but sometimes I need hands on learning perhaps a video of other students showing us how to use the technology would be better than all this websites. I enjoyed the time line and I have more to do for the finished project.

Budget Education edcu- 506

March 23rd, 2013

Budget Letter

Tiffany Hartman



To the School Board

March 21 2013:

I am concerned with the current state of School Boards budgets. I plan to discuss some of my concerns and outline some of these concerns in this letter .The outline that I am proposing will allow our school budget to help our schools in the Roanoke Valley continue to function and allow our students and employees to continue to serve and to go to public school and get their needs met.

My objective is to not make budget cuts that will affect our teachers, instructional staff as well as need custodial, secretary and other important staff that help our school run. Instead my objective will utilize Smart objectives that will be measurable within the small changes need in the budget, specific because they will target specific area in small ways, relevant and attainable. This may be a possible solution because the smaller class size is a relevant idea may be attainable and help with improved student success.

There has been discussion that the School Board may have to vote and the budget cuts may be needed that will affect class size or needed health benefits for our employees. It is within my objective and plan to make sure that teachers and students and other support staff that are affected within this budget understand that their jobs and the honorable education of our students not be affected by this budget.

It has been noted by past research that reduction in class size is needed for effective learning and classroom learning is better achievable with smaller teacher to student ratios. I feel that it is in the best interest that we maintain of the subjects that our teachers teach and we continue to provide Special Education classes, PE Music and Art Its pertinent that are employees continue to keep their health benefits and we keep teachers teaching. We need healthcare that are employees can continue afford

I propose to reduce the budget in small ways and deduct one point from paraprofessionals needed in the classroom. I know this is a strong cut for us and taking from families but I propose that paraprofessional can take turns in other classrooms and be brought back on as the budget allows. I propose to reduce 4 points in our music budget and use online resources to replace this budget or borrow from other school’s music equipment needed for our music department. We have many students who are great at fund raising and we may have the do a fundraiser to help with the point education needed to take from this budget cut from our music department.

I also propose that we can budget more in our library and use internet resources. We can use free online resources as verses buying many new books this semester I propose to deduct 4 points from our library budget. I do not plan to take from our parent resource department because this program is instrumental in the success of our students. I will plan to deduct 5 points from our new school book budget because we can use online resources to make up for the loss and use of these books and inter loan library to help with this cut.

I will have to reduce 2 points for transportation for the student activity bus and 2 point for the secretary staff and utilize a plan that will establish the use of online planning and will detail an outlined budget that will detail and discuss possible cuts to vote on in detail of this budget. For a short time period we will have to reduce student activity bus transportation by 5 points.

I am sorry to have to recommend these cut but is important for the continued success of our school budget to be successful and to continue to run our public school system Should you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

Tiffany Hartman

Mini Blog 1

March 16th, 2013

Thartmans Exceptional Learner Comic

This week I decided to use digital storytelling and I created a comic book story of a topic that I thought was important. I used the topic of autism and exceptional learners for both of the mini project topics. I posted them both on my web portfolio. The reason I chose this topic is because of the very personal reason that autism has affected my family and many of my friends. My grandson was diagnosed with some of the symptoms of being autistic. Yet he never was given an official diagnosis until me and my daughter fought to find out more about what he was experiencing. Because he did not have a severe case he was not diagnosed for a long time. My family went through so many ups and downs and it became apparent that my daughter and I would need to advocate for her son and my grandson. We sought information from websites support groups and on television we would have to get information for ourselves. It also became hard to communicate with other effectively.

While doing the assignment Mini Project 1 I thought of many of the things my family has went through and all the ups and downs of what a family goes through with autism. It took all day to create the comic story and it still does not work like I wanted it to but again I know more than when I began. I figured out how to use the technology maybe not master it yet but it was worth seeing my great work come to life. The problem was there was not a link to save my work like other assignments we have done in the past after I finished. That was frustrating!!! I am not sure if it comes with a link for sharing and if so I do not know how to do so. Does anyone know? I got frustrated and ask my husband to help me and he could not figure out how to get a link either. I done a great job with it and it was fun but I could not save the link. My computer keeps acting up from downloading so many free downloads because other free site tries to get me to download  pop ups. I hope my free virus protector prevails.          The comic story website did have good directions and it was fairly easy but it did not give directions on how to share a link with others so I did a screen shot of my work which I am using more often.  I had more luck with my digital story telling but I will work more on that assignment tomorrow try to add media and try to just have fun.

Doing this assignment did bring up some really cool important points for me as a teacher. It is important to share a piece of me with my students. I feel I can use the digital storytelling present information on say history or science or use it to tell a story of what happened in my family with autism. I feel I can use this technology in my classroom to connect with my students. Story telling is amazing and I remember how story time affected me as a student. The role for me as a teacher to learn some of the technology to present stories in a classroom of meaning a substance and share with my student’s important aspects of autism and autistic students. I want them to know that autism affects many families in the world and this could happen to any family My students also need to understand autism so they will know how to understand students that they come in contact that have been diagnosed with it. I thought that a music video or another technology that we have learned with voice thread would have done this job more effectively I chose to use another route so it was either stick with the long hours of work or change up. I chose the second option. My link to my story telling is here I still have more work to do on it.

There was not many places to go to go back and edit for the comic story at least that I could figure out and the icons did not work like I learned in the learning presentation it was fun though but I did not feel like a digital diva this week. I should get an A for all the effort though. 5 hours total. And 2 today so that equals 7 hours of learning new technologies.


Thartman Wallwisher Blog

March 1st, 2013

Tiffanys wallwisher

I found this week’s  Wallwisher assignment to be interesting. I actually have beeen enjoying working with the technology thus far. I feel more self assured with the technology. I am learning and really love the stuff I am mastering. I feel like I may not be able to do everything with different technology aspects but I really know much more than when I started this semester. I also listen and go to the websites and try to recreate things and use trail and error. I now have a Smart Phone,I am using Smart Boards,I have a Kindle Fire which I love, I have a Linked in page which I really am not feeling so great about but hey I will give it a chance!!!!

I leanrned how to use the Animoto site which I love and created music videos and I have learned also how to use Brainshark to allow my students to introduce themselves to me. I tried to create a game whith  Scaratch which I hated but plan to go back and try again. I am a natural blogger now. I am learning ways to network and use my Facebook and my Linked In Page to help me professionally. I can use new technology to as a way to stay in touch with friends and family in a suitable way to use socail media. I have worked on 2  web portfolios and I have tried all sorts of new technologies.

I am very proud of myself. I have found that it is best to go slow and at a pace that is fit for my work time and my school hours and to do what I can and not to get too overwhlemed. I am playing around with and creating music videos and posting them for me and my husband to have as keepsakes and I think I can actually use the technology for fun and with my students to be creative.

This week I learned about Wallwisher and ways to use it in my teaching style and in my classroom.I feel I can use Wallwisher to help my students create fun ways to be creative and to post sticky notes for reminder assignments as well as for myself to post what I have learned this semester. I can use it to save important things that mean a lot to me and to be creative and remind my students of important dates or things to uplift them in their learning adventures. I have learned how to flip my classroom and I can use the Wallwisher to help with flipping students’s assignemnts as well. This week I plan to see how many things I can post on Wallwisher to help me feel motivated and then share it with my students and then see how they like it too.

I work with children who many times come from broken homes or foster care and they do not have many people in their life who care about how they feel. When they come to school it is my greatest challenge to help them feel worthy of what they learn.   I often times feel unsure myself about life and all the obstacles in it but I know we fall down but we get up. Here is what I created so far. I still have to go in and add more. What I like about is you can add as much as you would like and add as many walls as you like. Here is what I have started  I will try to add add all the wonderful things I have learned this semester on it.

Also here is a music video I put together of me and my family for fun and for my husband about the love we share so yes I am using the technology I have learned this semester. I just have not been able to go back once I create something and edit for misspelled words etc. But I think you will enjoy what I am learning and have done thus far.

This one is one that I call homeymooning not honeymooning because we spent time with family in our home town during our honeymoon and then went away togther so I call in spening time at home. Homeymooning (LOL)

Take a look


I can use Wallwisher and other technology so that my students to can do creative things.

It was an amazing time to stop life and spend some much needed time homeymooning


Check in enjoying family time now that I am back at home and living where I belong.


So I am enjoyning the use of all the technology I am learning this semester and for the most part I am happy about it.

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