About Your Professor: Kimberly Fentress Adams

In My 34 years of working in the field of academia, I have worked in the role of a classroom teacher, Computer Resource Specialist, Online Testing Specialist, Kim_Canada.jpgDistance Learning Specialist and System Administrator for Virtual Virginia Beach e-Learning, as well as an Information Security consultant. I currently serve as an adjunct Assistant Professor where I teach instructional technology at Old Dominion University and computer concepts and application at Tidewater Community College (Virginia, USA). My "day job" consists of filling the role of Instructional Technology Coordinator for Virginia Beach City Public Schools, where I oversee the Computer Resource program and the Library Media Program at all of High Schools, Academies, and Centers, as well advocate and support all instructional technology throughout the school division.

I am a regular presenter at local, state, national and online conferences speaking on topics of Internet Safety, Information Security, Social Networking, and Identity Theft. Serving as a technology consultant, I am a certified Google Educator and trainer. I frequently facilitate online seminars and workshops using Adobe Connect, Windows Live, Google Hangouts, Google Classrooms, Desire2Learn, Blackboard, Edmodo, and other learning platforms.

In regard to my educational background, I received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Old Dominion University, a Masters of Science in Information Assurance (Security) from Norwich University, and an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership and Administration from George Washington University.

Follow me on Twitter @KimAdams007

ODU Email: kfadams@odu.edu
TCC Email: kadams@tcc.edu

Teaching & Learning 430/530
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ITE 115 Computer Applications & Concepts


  • Evaluating Websites-How can you tell if a website's information is valid? Some hints and tools to use as you and your students search the internet.
    • Evaluating Internet Sites 101 How much do you know?
    • Evaluating Webpages An all-inclusive chart about issues teachers and students need to understand if they are using the internet for research for middle and secondary students OR QUICK, same information on an elementary grade level
    • Evalutaion Surveys for elem., middle and secondary (look at the example for your age group). Consider using the appropriate survey tool with your classes the first time you allow them to conduct research on the internet. Once you have students go through the process of veifying information using the survey, most will internalize the information and continue to use it as they conduct research using the internet (well, we HOPE they do!). http.jpg
    • Can I use Wiki? Internet searches will often take you to non-academic information resources such as Wikipedia.com, Ask.com, Encarta.msn.com, Infoplease.com, etc. You may supplement your research with these sources, but keep in mind that the information you find there may not be accurate [Wikipedia Falsely Reports Comedian Sinbad's Death], since it does not come under a formal oversight or peer-review process. [See False Entry in Wikipedia] While you may use and cite non-academic resources such as Wikipedia when working on assignments, you may not rely on them exclusively. The majority of your sources should be peer-reviewed academic journals. Further, remember that you are responsible for the accuracy of any facts you present in your assignments and therefore should confirm the veracity of information you find on non-academic sources through further research.

  • Resources for English Facilitators

  • Internet Safetyinternet_safety.jpg

Internet Awareness & Safety - http://kimberly.f.adams.googlepages.com/

    • How do we educate the "Digital Native"? View The Educause Learning Initiative.
    • View the video "Did You Know?" . This presentation originally started out as a PowerPoint presentation for a faculty meeting in August 2006 at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado, United States. The presentation "went viral" on the Web in February 2007 and, as of June 2007, had been seen by at least 5 million online viewers. Today the old and new versions of the online presentation have been seen by at least 10 million people, not including the countless others who saw it at conferences, workshops, training institutes, and other venues.
    • Union City Public Schools
    • Do you know what the classroom of the future will look like? Watch this video.
    • How do you want to teach? Watch this video... is this you?
    • Web 2.0 according to Michael Wesch - this video sums up what Web 2.0 is in 271 seconds.... We all know that the nature of the internet is changing, but what are these tools that make up Web 2.0?
    • Are You Paying Attention? A thought provoking video about how Web 2.0, cell phones and other digital tools impact our student's lives, and how we could use them to our advantage in the classroom.

  • Folksonomy (also known as collaborative tagging
, social classification, social indexing, and social tagging) is the practice and method of folksonomy.jpgcollaboratively creating and managing tags to annotate and categorize content. In contrast to traditional subject indexing, metadata is generated not only by experts but also by creators and consumers of the content. Usually, freely chosen keywords are used instead of a controlled vocabulary. Folksonomy is a portmanteau of the words folk and taxonomy, hence a folksonomy is a user generated taxonomy.Folksonomies became popular on the Web right around 2004 with social software applications such as social bookmarking or annotating photographs. Websites that support tagging and the principle of folksonomy are referred to in the context of Web 2.0 because participation is very easy and tagging data is used in new ways to find information. For example, tag clouds are frequently used to visualize the most used tags of a folksonomy. The term folksonomy is also used to denote only the set of tags that are created in social tagging.

                • Weblogs ("Blogs")

    • Videoconferencing Websites
    • *** Pacific Bell Knowledge NetworkAn excellent guide to videoconferencing in general and available programs, you'll find this an often referred to resource. It also provides a directory for finding schools throughout the world to collaborate with and opportunity to add your school to the directory
      • The Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration
        • Lots of good programming is coming out of CILC. Check out the searchable database and get program ratings from CILC. They also act as a booking agent for many content providers.
      • TWICE
        • The premier website for class-to-class collaborations and projects. They are the creators of many interesting projects ie. Read Across America, MysteryQuest, and many more. They also provide an extensive searchable database of content providers.
      • NYIT Education Enterprise Zone
        • The Educational Enterprise Zone is a consortium of museums, cultural institutions, research centers, school districts, educational organizations and corporate facilitators who work toward bringing quality K-12 videoconferencing to classrooms.
      • NYIT EEZ Videoconferencing Training Web
      • The Nassau BOCES videoconferencing Program Guides
        • Download a guide to videoconferencing in general and available programs, you'll find this an often referred to resource.
      • Videoconferencing Cookbook
        • Excellent resource. Spend some time on this site and explore all of the links.