Friday, May 6, 2011

Final Post #15: Video Reflection

This is my Video Reflection Project, my very last post in EDM310. It has been a great learning experience in this class. I have learned so many things that I never knew how to do. Also, I met knew people that I might now have met if it were not for EDM310. EDM310 is so much more than a technology class, it also taught me to self evaluate, learn on my own with very little guidance, collaborate with classmates, and be creative with my projects.

Thank You EDM310, Dr. Strange, the lab assistants, and my classmates for a great semester in EDM!

A special thanks to my patient brother, Preston Sasser, for helping me with this video project!!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Final Project

For our Final Project, Brandon Caten, Alexa Howie, and I produced a Documentary about The USA Show Choir's final performance for the semester. The USA Show Choir was asked to perform at St. Elmo Elementary school for the students and parents at their PTA meeting/Reading Rally. The Show Choir put a lot of work into this performance for these Elementary students. Brandon Caten worked with the Show Choir to teach the music and choreograph each song while Alexa Howie and I will be recording video and sound plus interviewing for the video.

We hope you enjoy!!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Final Project Trailer

Our group made a trailer for our Final Project, as well as, our Final Project video. The video is still a work in progress and will be posted soon!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Final Report on PLN

The first PLN that I started making somehow got deleted, so I had to start over and make another one. Luckily, I remembered a lot of the tiles that I used from the first one and I added those and more to my new PLN. Over the past few weeks I have been working to find tiles to add to my PLN. Like I said before, I had a lot of fun with this project. Before EDM 310, I did not know what a PLN was. But now this will be something that I will use in my classroom. It is a great way to keep all of your favorite and most used websites together.

The top left side of my PLN includes websites that I visit often, such as: Facebook, Twitter, Blogger, the Class Blog, Student Links, GMail, Google, South Alabama Homepage, YouTube, and a few others.

The middle left side includes photo editing websites, some of which I use pretty frequently and others that I recently found while making my PLN. I use Picasa and PicNik for editing every photo shoot that I do. EDM 310 introduced me to Flickr and Aviary, and I found Foto View while making my PLN. These tiles are close to the top because photography is a big hobby of mine and I plan on bringing this hobby into the classroom. After all, "a picture is worth a thousand words".

The bottom left side are random websites that I visit less frequently, but felt like they should make it to my PLN. These websites include: SchoolTube, TeacherTube, Amazon, iTunes, Ebay, Yellow Pages, Pandora, Weather Channel, and Online Dictionary. Some are used more than others, but I wanted all of these to be on my PLN because I use them all on occasion.

The top right side includes Google sites, such as: Google Maps, Google Docs, and Google Earth. Under this row, there are websites that we have used in EDM 310 or were supposed to download to our computer. These websites include: iTunes U, Apple, Skype, Wordle, and Timetoast. There may be other websites we used in EDM 310 that are not on my PLN, but these are the ones I have used the most.

The bottom right side includes websites that I have found and thought will be useful in my classroom one day. Some of these websites I have been introduced to at the Learning Center, such as: Story Starter, Clifford, and Story Line. The rest of the websites I have either found on my own or I know of them from school, such as: PBS Teacher, PBS Kids, Dr. Seuss, Funbrain, Poetry4Kids, Brain Pop, National Geographic Kids, Scholastic, Alabama Virtual Library, Homework Helper, SMART Board, Discovery Works, and Discovery Education. These websites take up majority of my PLN because I believe I will use these tiles more than any other tiles once I get in my classroom.

The bottom middle, under Google Search, includes websites such as Mrs. Yollis' class blog, Mr. McClung's class blog, Ken Robinson's speech on Schools Kill Creativity, and Randy Pausch's Last Lecture speech. I included these tiles in my PLN because these are a few of my favorite things that we got the chance to look at in EDM 310 and I would not want to forget about these class blog's or the speech's. They all contain information that I plan to take with me in my journey with my students.

In summary, I think my PLN is very helpful to me right now, as well as, later on down the road. I have found some very insightful websites that I plan to take with me after EDM 310 and use in my classroom one day.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Summary Post C4T #4

C4T #1
I was assigned to read Mr. Tom Johnson's blog post, "Acceptable Use Committee".

Mr. Johnson's post was about banning "Pencil Predators". His post was about a few things. The first point that I got from this post was that he uses few rules in his classroom, but he knows that some are necessary, especially when using computers. Another thing he wrote about was teaching students to be "ethical critical thinkers". What a great idea, teach our students to think and make decisions on their own, using their minds!

In summary, I wrote to Mr. Johnson that there are many precautions to take while using the internet with children. But we can learn the right ways to go about using the internet. Also, he mentioned that he only has three or four rules in his classroom, a lot less than any classroom I have seen. However, he says his class runs just fine with few rules!

C4T #2
I was assigned to read Mr. Johnson's post, "5 Reasons for Leaving The Pencil Conference".

Mr. Johnson's post was about a Pencil Conference that he went to and left early because of 5 main reasons. I listed the few reasons that stuck out most to me. The first reason is that the presenters were unapproachable and claim to love social media teaching tools but do not want you to send them anything making them have to use the tools. A second reason is the presenters were arrogant and he felt as if they were trying to "change" him as a teacher. They did not ask questions because they already "knew it all". A third reason is that no matter how good of an idea something was in the past they will not recognize it to be a good idea. They see it as in the past and only see good ideas now.

After reading Mr. Johnson's 5 reasons for leaving the Pencil Conference early, I can not say that I blame him. Who wants to sit through a class/conference where the presenters know it all and make no mistakes? No one knows everything and everyone makes mistakes. We can never learn to much about anything. That is part of growing and learning!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

C4K Summary # 7, 8, 9, 10

For my seventh C4K, I was assigned to watch a video on Mr. McClung's blog page about students doing a intermission for an event called World Festival. World Festival is an event that his students get to be apart of where they show off their projects from the year to their parents, grandparents, other teachers, and other students. One of Mr. McClung's teaching methods is getting his students to work together in groups, which he shows at the World Festival.

For my eighth C4K, I was assigned to a student named Cohen. Cohen's blog was not working, so Dr. Strange asked me to pick another student. I chose to write on a student's blog named Lucy. Lucy is a Year 6 student at Epping Heights in New South Wales, Australia. I commented on Lucy's blog post called, "Talking & Listening Task: Rainforest". This is a video of her presenting facts about the Rainforest to her class. In her presentation, she talks about why you should reduce, reuse, and recyle to save the Rainforest. She gave examples of how to save the Rainforest by doing these three things. Also, she named some of the animals that live in the Rainforest. Lucy defines a canopy and ecosystem in her video. In my post to Lucy, I told her how nice her blog looked and how well she did on her video presentation. Also, I told her that I espcially liked that she mentioned the jaguar in her video; because the University of South Alabama's mascot is a jaguar!

For C4K #9 we were all assigned to thoroughly read and look through Ms. Yollis' class blog. Ms. Yollis' is a third grade teacher in California. She recently finished her Master's Degree in Integrating Technology in the Classroom to help her improve the use of technology in anyway she can with her students.

One thing that I really love about Ms. Yollis' class blog is that her students are featured in all of the videos that I watched. You can tell her third graders love being in the videos and they look like they are having so much fun. One of the videos I really liked is the five tips for writing a quality comment. The best part of this video, in my opinion, is at the end when the student is talking about the last step, which is to proofread. He is informing whoever is going to write a comment about the punctuation you should use. I like seeing the third grader inform us on how to proofread because this shows Ms. Yollis' has taught him something that he would like to share with others!

As I browsed through Ms. Yollis' class blog I found Exploration of North America. These giant maps are an awesome teaching tool! It looks like these students learned so much from the map of North America and Asia. Ms. Yollis class made videos of their trip to North America and Asia, in which they learned new facts about the continent they were discussing! Ms. Yollis allowed her students to dress up to show more about where they were on the continent. The videos from these projects looked like her students took a lot of time learning about the continents to put the videos together.

Just reading the comments that these students are writing is amazing. They are in the third grade and are writing on such a higher level. Ms. Yollis is doing a great job in helping her students learn to write and blog early in school! It is easy to see from the comments from parents and grandparents that they are very proud to see what their children are doing.

I am so thankful for EDM 310 introducing us to teachers, like Ms. Yollis' and many others, who are making such an incredible impact in the lives of their students by using technology. The teachers Dr. Strange have introduced us to, through blogging, are the kind of teachers that we all should strive to be like. I am able to take so much from Ms. Yollis' class blog and incorporate ideas that I like into my future classroom. It is a great feeling to know that there are some teachers out there that are willing to advance their classroom with technology!

For my tenth C4K, I was assigned to write on a student named Jaden's blog from Mrs. Yollis' class. Jaden is in the third grade and is already learning so much through blogging. He wrote on our class blog and is so excited to get to blog with college-level students. His blog post was about a Clippers vs. Mavericks game that him and his dad got the chance to go to. He loves basketball and wants to be a NBA player when he grows up!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Blog Assignment #13

ALEX, The Alabama Learning Exchange, is a website designed for teachers, administrators, parents, and students, to have all of their needs met through this one resource. This website is produced by the Alabama Department of Education. Its goal is for teachers in Alabama to gain knowledge from other teachers that share their expertise on this website. ALEX provides information for teachers such as: lesson plans, web recourses, professional learning, podcasts, and more. This website is set up so that it is easy to navigate and find what you are looking for.

The homepage on ALEX has seven links to help you navigate around the website. They are courses of study, web resources, lesson plans, search, personal workplace, professional learning, podcast treasury, and ALEXville. Lesson plans are available for any subject, as well as, any grade K-12. Teachers, who have an account, are able to post lesson plans from any category that they chose on ALEX for other teachers to see and even use. Also, podcast are available for any grade or subject and there are tons of videos to chose from after you pick a subject. Teaching tools and tips for technology tools are available on the website as well.

I think ALEX is a teaching tool that teachers should use to their advantage in their classroom. The website is easy to access and has a search tab if you need help. I love the idea of a website where teachers are able to make lesson plans and podcasts and share their information with other teachers. Alabama Learning Exchange seems like a very useful tool to use while teaching.

Access Distance Learning is available to all Alabama public high school students and access to high quality instruction, quality learning opportunities, and greater equity for all Alabama high school students through technology in the 21st century. On the Access Distance Learning website, you will find courses taught on video from highly qualified teachers. The Access Distance Learning has many goals. Some include providing access to advanced diploma courses, providing access to additional course offerings, providing access to Advanced Placement and dual enrollment, providing access to remediation resources, providing teachers with multimedia and tools to enhance instruction, and others.

Access has many awards an accomplishments. Some are more than 100 teachers have been trained in e-learning course delivery, increased enrollment to over 9,000 per year in 174 high schools, awarded 70 grants to Alabama high schools to implement a 21st century distance learning classroom, increased the number of courses by 50 with 5 foreign language and 10 AP courses. So this leads us to the future of Access Distance Learning, which is to provide a 21st century distance learning classroom for every Alabama high school and to have the capacity to serve 45,000 enrollments.

Access started on November 1, 2004 and was planned by Governor Bob Riley's Task Force on Distance Learning. The main goal of Access id to "provide equal access to high quality instruction to improve student achievement through distance learning opportunities." Another gaol that Access has is to provide greater equity for all Alabama high school students through distance learning technology and to a wide range of courses that are unavailable to a lot of Alabama high school students today.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Final Project Progress Report

For my groups final project (Project 16), we are working on a documentary (A docu-drama as Alexa likes to call it) that is based on the final performance for the semester of The USA Show Choir.

The USA Show Choir has been asked to perform at a PTA Meeting / Reading Rally in order to create excitement for the children of St. Elmo Elementary School.

Brandon Caten is working with the show choir to teach the music and choreograph each song while Alexa Howie and I will be recording video and sound plus interviewing for the video.

Together we will combine the videos and create a documentary that shows you just what it takes to create a show and make a big impact, even if it is a small one!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Blog Assignment #12

Since Dr. Strange questions using Facebook in EDM 310, I decided to do this assignment on why Facebook can be helpful in the classroom. Hopefully, the videos I chose will help him with his decision.

First, I found a video about a teacher named Sara Romeyn who teaches AP U.S History. Watch this YouTube video and write about what this project was all about and what you liked or did not like about her project. Also, would you use something like this with Facebook in your classroom?

Sara Romeyn made a History project for her students to find information on a person from history and make them a fan page on Facebook. The students had to make statuses like they were the person writing them from the past. They loaded video's, music, information on what their person did, and one student posted his status in Morse Code. Students became so involved in this project that Ms. Romeyn said they were posting things late at night on the weekends! This project sounds like a great way that she got her students to learn new things about important people from the past, and her students had fun in the process.

The second video I found was made for a BYUH technology class. It is based on Facebook and why it would be a useful teaching tool in the classroom. Watch this video and write about the things you saw about why or how Facebook could be used in the classroom.

Facebook is one of the biggest social networking sites, with information posted all of the time. It has over 500 million active users. Facebook would be useful in the classroom because you are able to find friends in your classroom, chat with classmates, answers question students have about homework or other assignments. Others things Facebook would allow students to do would be projects on Facebook, reading Newsfeed, and communicating with other teachers. Teachers could post homework assignments, projects, or other assignments on Facebook because students would be more willing to check there than the school website.

Hope this helps your future decision with whether or not to use Facebook in EDM 310 Dr. Strange!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Project #14 Teach Someone Something

For my Teach Someone Something project, I chose to teach Charla how to make a scrapbook page. Although the video turned out to be a little lengthy, I think it got the main point across of me teaching her how to design a scrapbook page. She loved being in the video and had a lot of fun making her page. Scrapbooking is a huge hobby of mine, so this is the reason I chose this idea for my project. Also, in my future classroom I plan to have a scrapbook for each student and throughout the year they will make their book of what they do and learn in my classroom to take home at the end of the year!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Blog Assignment #11

Being an Elementary Education major I especially loved the Little Kids...Big Potential video. It has always been my dream to have Kindergarten or First graders in my future classroom, and now I am learning to make something like this video come to life in my room. It is unbelievable to see these students at such a young age blogging and posting their assignments online. They love blogging and it is helping them learn so much. The students know the rules about blogging, like what you do and do not say on someones post. They are aware of internet safety and aware that you do not share personal information because it could be dangerous. The students tell how they are learning sight words, math, and even how to read by links their Ms. Cassidy post on the blog. This class, like Mr. McClung's class, is learning with groups of other students.

These students are even using Skype in their classroom! I have only used Skype a few times, yet they are in First grade and already using it to learn. Another thing that I really liked about this video was at the end there were pictures of the students teaching the class. I visited a Elementary school in Mobile a few months ago and the teachers let their students teach their class. These students were Pre-K to Kindergarten teaching other students about the Alphabet and it was really fun to watch. It is so awesome to see how engaged these young students are in learning through technology and also how much time the Ms. Cassidy is putting into helping her students learn. Little Kids...Big Potential fascinates me and gets me so excited about making this happen in my future classroom!

One of the techniques that I would like to use in my classroom would be blogging. Ms. Cassidy says blogging is different from pencil and paper because with blogging you have an audience. Students are able to post their work onto their blog and get feedback, not only from their teachers but other students, family members, other teachers, and more. She said her students love to blog because it is so different than the ordinary way of learning in the classroom. She explains that as a young student it is very powerful to see that hundreds of people are reading what you post on your blog. It makes the students really excited and to want to post more.

The thing that I like the most about Ms. Cassidy is that when she was starting out she did everything she could to bring technology in her room. She was very excited about her students learning through technology and she tried to learn as much as possible before her students started in her room. She said in the Skype Conversation that she does not really use a lot of technology at home, which means that she cares enough to bring it to her room for her students to learn. Ms. Cassidy is a teacher that is worth looking up to and I am going to strive to one day teach like she does.

Special Assignment: Mr. McClung's World

1. The way Mr. McClung constructed his class blog shows that he really likes to bring technology into his classroom. He uses his blog to show off what his students are doing in his classroom for parents, students, and others to view. In Mr. McClung's class, his students learn through group and partner work, which I really like and will use in my classroom. Mr. McClung makes it very easy for everyone to view his blog and find just what they are looking for.

2. Mr. McClung seems like he has many great qualities of a truly passionate teacher. He believes in working in groups and teams, which I think is such an awesome way for students to collaborate and share ideas with one another. You are able to learn so much when in a group because each student has something different to offer and share. Mr. McClung says that he believes it is hard for students to learn through traditional ways of learning. After years of going to school, listening to lectures, taking notes, studying material, and taking tests, students begin to get bored with the same ways of learning. Teachers must work hard in keeping students engaged in their classroom so they are excited to learn. The best thing, that I have found out about Mr. McClung, is that he loves to keep learning fun in his classroom. From his posts and assignments that we are able to see, it looks like he is very fun, engaging, and passionate in everything he does with his students. Someone with so much love for teaching has to be a wonderful educator.

"I’m a very avid supporter of technology in the classroom and try my best to implement technology as much as possible in my everyday instruction."

3. Mr. McClung's "rules" are pretty basic rules for an everyday classroom. His expectations, listed at the beginning, are so cool because they are all about listening and talking in his classroom. On a list of expectations for a classroom you rarely see "I expect you to talk in class". I really like that Mr. McClung has this on his expectation list because it shows how important group and partner work is to him, in his classroom.

The addition of Mr. McClung's rules is where it gets interesting! As a future Elementary teacher, I would love to incorporate some of his ideas in my classroom. Not only because they seem like a lot of fun, but also because they seem very engaging. The first procedure that I would like to bring to my classroom would be using gestures when learning and making my students do this in return. I am a visual learner, learning just seems easier that way for me. So I can completely see how using gestures myself and making my students do them could be a learning experience. Another procedure I would like to bring to my classroom would be Teach-OK. Students listening to Mr. McClung and then in return having to teach what the just learned to their neighbor sounds like a good way to get students involved with their students, as well as, helping them remember what they just learned. The last procedure that I would really like to use in my classroom is the Scoreboard game. What a great way to reward your students at the end of the day! We have fun games and rewards for our kids at the Learning Center and I have always wanted to use some of the teachers ideas in my classroom because you can tell a difference in your students after you reward them for good behavior. I can see how these rules and procedures could work in a classroom and I really can not wait to use some in my room!

4. The first thing under Everyone needs is a day planner. Everyone needs a planner to keep up with assignments that are due or tests that are coming up. I feel that a day planner should be a requirement in the classroom, even at an early age in school. The earlier teachers help their students get familiar with a planner, the better it will be on them in the long run. I'm not sure what I would do without our upcoming assignments on Google Docs for this class. It is sort of like our calendar for EDM 310 and it is very helpful in reminding me what I need to get busy working on. I think Mr. McClung requiring a day planner for his students is a really good idea.

5. Mr. McClung says that he tries to keep homework at a minimum as possible for his students, so I feel that the penalties for it being late are fair. In my classes I have always remembered having consequences if my homework was not turned in on time. I think having penalties for late work will make your students strive that much harder to get their assignments accomplished on time. Also, I think it helps to keep students from procrastinating. If they truly care about school and their grades, then they will stay on top of their homework and other assignments so the consequences will not happen. Having penalties in your classroom prepares your students for the years to come. It will help prepare them for high school and college.

I believe Dr. Strange's penalties are like Mr. McClung's for the most part. However, they are a little different because we do not see our grades until the end of the semester, making us work that much harder toward our final grade. EDM 310 is a perfect example of a college class where students are required to get their assignments done by themselves on time. We have Google Docs to help remind us of what is coming up so that we do not forget or procrastinate. Lab assistants and Dr. Strange are here to help if we have questions and the lab is always open. For the most part, Mr. McClung and Dr. Strange's assignment penalties are about the same.

6. In my opinion, Mr. McClung is making many parents very happy with what he is doing with his blog and how he is involving his students online. Also, I'm sure as a parent it is so reassuring to know what is going on in your child's life at school and what they are learning in their classroom. They way Mr. McClung has everything set up on his blog is so easy for parents to keep up with whats going on. Parents are able to go on the blog and find videos of what their children are doing, which I'm sure makes them so proud!

Mr. McClung says that his blog is a daily newsletter online for parents and even students. He says the blog is what drives technology in their classroom. Parents are able to come on the class blog and see what their child needs for school and the games, procedures, and rules that their children are doing. Allowing parents to view the blog is a great way of communication and keeping them connected with you, the teacher, as well as, their child.

7. As a scrolled down the Useful Links, I clicked on many but wanted to keep searching until I found just the two I wanted to post on here. There are a lot of good links on Mr. McClung's blog. The first one that I really found interesting was Stixy. Stixy is basically a website that saves your "sticky notes". Stixy is an online bulletin board where you can create notes, upload photos, add documents, or add your todo list. You can share your webpage with you friends so they can see these things to. Stixy allows you to customize your bulletin board however you like. The second Useful Link I found was Scholastic Story Starter. This website is actually on my PLN. I found this site while making my PLN and really loved it. Basically, Scholastic Story Starter is a helpful site to get students excited about writing. It has hundreds of combinations to help students in grades 1-4 get started writing. With the Spin lever, students are able to produce a topic that they should write on. If you do not like a section of the topic you can even set the Spin lever to a specific part in the sentence to change. If this explanation is confusing, go try it out for yourself! It really is fun and I think it will be helpful in the classroom.

8. The internet can be very dangerous if not properly used. Without the right precautions, kids could get into serious trouble using the internet, which is why as teachers we must be on the look out at all time. We must give the right guidance to our students and watch over them as best as we can when using the internet. It is best to be overprotective when it comes to the internet and not giving out personal information.

9. After scrolling through others blog post, I found Martin Luther King Jr. Day. I decided to stop here and read more about this post since I have a love for Dr. Seuss. Mr. McClung used the Dr. Seuss book, "The Sneetches", to explain the MLK Jim Crows Laws. He split up his class into two groups, one group with stars and the other group without stars. He demonstrated how the group with stars got more attention and were treated better than the group of students without stars. By the end of the day, the group without stars started to get frustrated, which helped them to understand the point of Jim Crow Laws. This activity was really a fun way to show and teach students about Jim Crow Laws.

10. After reading more into Blogger vs. Edublog, it seems like there are quite a few differences in the two. With Edublog you are able to create and access student blogs. Students blogs can be on your blog, the teachers, and you are able to see and post their work onto your blog. Also, you are able to get to your students blogs from your blog. So your class is altogether on one blog. Another thing that I found was it seems Edublog is allowed in more schools. Some blogging sties, such as Blogger, have been banned from schools. Edublog sounds pretty cool and it looks like it makes your blog easily organized and easy for students and parents to find what they are looking for.

11. Mr. McClung's blog is extremely helpful to the classroom. He is using his blog in a way that is very easy for students, teachers, parents, and others to browse and find anything that they are looking for. Mr. McClung is very organized with his blog so there is no confusion trying to find things on his blog. The class blog is so helpful for parents to be able to see what their children are doing at school. Also, with the syllabus on his blog it is easy for parents to look online to find the material that their children need for school instead of using paper! I think Mr. McClung is making many proud parents. Proud that their children have him as a teacher and proud of what he is helping them to accomplish in his classroom.

12. Mr. McClung's blog is different from other blogs because he has made a blog for students, parents, teachers, students not in his classroom, and others. His blog is very easy to browse around and find any information that you need. Mr. McClung's blog is not only for students, but it is a guideline that parents can read too.

13. I am highly impressed with Mr. McClung's blog and can not wait to use the links I have found and try out some of the Procedures in my own classroom one day. I am so glad that we all got the opportunity to check out Mr. McClung's blog because he has a lot to offer us as future educators.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Blog Assignment #10

An Open Letter to Educators
We all can compare to Morgan Bayda when she says that she sometimes has a hard time staying awake in class and keeping her mind focused on the lecture that is being taught. As students we have gone through years of sitting in desks, listening to the teacher lecture, or taking notes from a power point. While technology is advancing and taking off, education is not catching up. We are still being taught with books that cost us hundreds of dollars and are never even opened.

When I envision my future classroom, I see group work, teams of hard working students, questions being asked, and most importantly the use of technology. I can not wait to learn more about how technology can be used in my classroom. EDM 310 holds great ideas for future teachers, and I am thrilled to be able to use what I have learned in my classroom one day soon.

Don't Let Them Take Pencils Home!
Tom Johnson's post was mainly about how people tend to focus on the problem more than the solution. When a problem occurs it is best to focus on how something good can come out of it, or even work to make something good come from it. Like in this post, taking pencils home was not such a bad idea because he did not care what they were doing with the pencils because it was keeping their minds busy. I hate to think that there are teachers out there who are more concerned with the test scores. Let students "bring the pencils home". They are learning something even if they are using their pencils to play Hangman!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

C4K Summary # 4, 5, 6

For my fourth C4K, I was assigned a student named Chelsea. She is a Year 8 student at Point England School in Auckland, New Zealand. Chelsea is in room 19 and her teachers name is Mr. Harris. Her blog post is called “Health Camp”. She wrote about a time when her and her friend Beni went to camp. She wrote about them playing games and that they got to stay at camp for 2 weeks. On Chelsea's blog I wrote to her that camps are a lot of fun. I asked her to tell me more about Health Camp and what activities she got to be apart of.

For my fifth C4K, I was assigned to a student named Benjamin. Benjamin is 11 years old and a Year 7 student at Point England School in Auckland, New Zealand. He is in Room 22 and his teachers name is Ms. Tito. Benjamin is from Cook Islands and has 5 sisters. The name of his blog post is "All About Me". Benjamin wrote in his blog post that his favorite thing to do is play rugby. On his blog I wrote, that sounds like a lot of fun having 5 sisters around! I only have one younger brother. I have never played rugby, but it sounds like a lot of fun.

For my sixth C4K, I was assigned to Team Two's Photo Challenge slideshow. The students on Team Two are in Mr. Webb Hamilton's room. Tatiana, Ridwan and Tamara are in Room 8 at Melville Intermediate School. Mr. Webb Hamilton assigned his Digital Photography students a special challenge. They had to create a slideshow that feature four sets of five pictures with the Themes being the Library, Around Melville, Odd and Students of MIS. Students had 15 minutes to take the pictures. Team Two did a wonderful job taking their pictures in just 15 minutes. They added background music to their slideshow, which was Classical Jazz.

On their blog, I wrote how great their slideshow presentation looked and sounded together. These three girls worked hard on their challenge and it showed. They also had comments from other students at the end of the slideshow, which I thought was cool! Their slideshow consisted of outside pictures, pictures of their school, and pictures of the girls in their group. What a fun and interesting challenge to have your students do!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Summary Post C4T #3

C4T #1
I was assigned to read Mr. Fisch post, "Archive of School Board Social Media Discussion".

Mr. Fisch post contained two videos and one chat concerning the use of Social Media in the classroom. First, is a slide show that has three circles with illustrations describing each. The three circles are: Purpose, Technology, and People. He has a UStream video and a chat with other teachers about using Social Media.

In summary, I wrote Mr. Fisch, The first slide show by Prezi was awesome! I enjoyed looking at each category and the examples that went along. I look forward to bringing Social Media into my classroom because it offers a great way to communicate, to gain information, and to stay connected with one another and technology. Social Media in the classroom will keep students interested and they will have fun will learning and staying connected.

C4T #2
I was assigned to read Mr. Fisch post, "The Learning Studio".

Mr. Fisch post was about the School of Medicine at the University of Virginia has created a room called "The Learning Studio." So what happens in The Learning Studio? Students work in teams of eight. The have a debate case which helps prepare them for the real world once they graduate and get a job. They read information beforehand and come to class to take a test on what they got from the reading. "Studies also show that individual grades improve when working within a team."

In summary, I wrote Mr. Fisch, The Learning Studio sounds like a fantastic idea. It is a great idea to have students working together in groups because each students will bring something different, which will make the group grow in learning together. I am a Elementary Education major, so I believe in starting group work early. Students will then be more prepared for group work in the years to come.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Blog Assignment #9

After reading Mr. McClung's What I've Learned This Year, I found that he wrote about some very important rules to consider when teaching. Mr. McClung wrote these rules after his first few years of teaching in Noel, Missouri. It is great that Mr. McClung decided to blog about some of the things he learned because now we, as future teachers, are able to get some knowledge of what to expect.

One important rule that he wrote about is that it is not "all about the teacher". In his first few years of teaching he thought that it was all about him, the teacher. He saw teachers who were more worried about how they delivered the lesson than how their students comprehended it. "In order to be effective you have to be able to let your audience drive your instruction." Teachers have a tendency in wanting to make the perfect lesson. The lessons we make will turn out different than how we expected, and that is okay. We will learn how to make the situation a learning experience even if it does not go exactly the way we planned it to.

Another important rule Mr. McClung wrote about was our expectations of our students. Teachers seem to have high expectations for our students and sometimes if they do not meet the goal they are punished. Mr. McClung states that when a student does not meet the goal that has been set, do not punish them, instead help them to get back on track and maybe meet the goal next time.
"Our job as teachers is to simply pick them up after they fail, dust them off, and encourage them to try again."

A third rule he wrote about was "Do Not Be Afraid of Technology". As future teachers, we need to be aware and prepared of the technology that is available for us to use in our classroom. He explains that even though we may not master technology, at first, we still should keep working with it. Technology will help us and our students learn and grow, so we should start learning as much as we can about it!

The last few important points that Mr. McClung made was to listen to our students. Something so simple makes all the difference. It helps to get to know our students in order to build a good relationship with them. Also, if we are taking a interest in their life outside of school their parents will love that too. Students will grow closer to us and want to listen to us if we listen to them. Also, Mr. McClung wrote about never stop learning. This is one of the most important rules, in my opinion, because we can never learn to much. There is so much that I am going to learn in my next few years at South and I will not stop learning after graduation.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Project #13 SMART Board

For our group's SMART Board project, we chose to teach Fourth grade Life Science. We taught a lesson on Producers, Consumers, and Decomposers. Before the SMART Board project, I had no idea how to use a SMART Board. So my wonderful group trained me on how to use it! Together I think we all did a great job on our presentation. Everyone worked hard and participated with everything we did to make our presentation happen!

From our critique, the audience rated our presentation a 9.2 out of 10 when asked how helpful it was to them. When asked which part of our presentation did they enjoy the most they said, "Learning New Technology", "Subject Matter", and "Seeing The SmartBoard in Action". The audience rated our presentation a 9 out of 10 when asked how helpful the SmartBoard would be in their future classroom. Finally, all of the members of our audience found that they learned something new from our lesson.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Blog Assignment #8

This Is How We Dream Parts 1 and 2
Richard Miller’s video, This Is How We Dream, is showing how multimedia is being used in classrooms all over the world. EDM 310 is similar to this video because we do not use books to find answers or information, we use the internet. Students in EDM 310 learn so much because we are watching or reading something online and having to blog about what we just watched or read. I believe having to search for our answers online with little guidance helps us grow.

Using the internet makes research much faster than going to the library and searching for books. With the internet you really have an endless amount of material to choose from. Also, people come together online which makes learning more fun because you are able to share what you with people all around. This idea gives everyone the ability to share information through things such as: blogging, skype, podcasting, and more.

Will I use multimedia in my classroom? Yes, most definitely. I believe multimedia is a great way to incorporate different ideas into the classroom. It would make the lesson so much more fun and interesting and would be another great way to engage your students. With multimedia you are able to combine audio, text, images, and animation together into one. I would love for my students to use multimedia as well. Assigning your students to a multimedia projects have many possibilities for learning things such as: working together in groups, the importance in research and planning, presenting information in a different way rather than on a poster board, and creatively constructing something.

The Chipper Series
The overall message from the two videos was to do your work on time and to work hard at what you are doing. The Chipper Series, showed many different things. One of the things it showed was EDM 310 can be overwhelming at times, but it is not too much and it can be done. Also, Dr. Strange talked about the importance of deadlines. He said that deadlines are there to get you to turn your assignments in on time. In the video, Jamie Lynn was upset with Dr. Strange because “he wasn’t doing his job”. She felt like Dr. Strange was not teaching and making us learn and figure everything out on our own. I feel that Dr. Strange is making us grow as students and as future teachers by making us figure things out on our own. It gives me a feeling of accomplishment after I finish my blog post, my projects, and other assignments because I know I could have had help if I needed it, but mostly I did all of these things all on my own!

EDM 310 for Dummies
EDM 310 For Dummies was very funny and entertaining. I believe that we all probably feel stressed out and overwhelmed at times. However, if you stay on track, keep up with deadlines and assignments, and do not procrastinate then you should be doing just fine.

An idea that I had while writing this blog post would be to show the different websites that I have been introduced to in EDM 310. Before EDM 310, I was unaware of all of the resources that were online and available to use in the classroom. I think it would be great to share the websites to others and show other students and teachers so they would be able to incorporate them in their classroom too. Websites I would include would be many from my PLN because I found many useful websites while it. I would talk about PBS Teachers, Wordle, National Geographic Kids, Story Starters, and others in my video and the importance in each. It would be good to add lessons and how you could use the web sites in your classroom.

Learn To Change, Change To Learn
What an awesome video about educators speaking of the changes that could be made in the classroom. One of the things I found interesting in this video was the quote, “Technology is not a choice, it has created a world.” This is very true because technology is simply not a choice of whether or not to use it in the classroom or not. If you are a educator not using technology there is so much that you and your students are missing out on. Another thing I found interesting was when one of the educators said, “All of the social networks that kids are using and are good at are banned from schools”. Students are good with social networking and it is something that interests them, so why not incorporate it in the classroom somehow?

A final quote that I found important was, “It’s not about memorizing the facts that they will need to know for the rest of their life, it’s about knowing how to find information, how to validate it, how to synthesize it, how to leverage it, how to communicate it, how to collaborate it, and how to problem solve with it. That’s the new 21st Century set of literacy’s and it looks a lot different than the model in which most of us were raised under.” This was probably the most important thing that was said in this video, to me, because it reminds me of EDM 310. When the educator said this quote it made me think of Dr. Strange explaining to the class what EDM 310 was all about. It is important because it talks about how remembering facts and memorizing information is not what should be important in the classroom.

Now check out Learning To Change, Changing To Learn-Student Voices:

RSA-Animate: The Secret Powers of Time
First of all, the animation was amazing. It kept you interested and it was a great way of illistraing points throughout the video. This video by Zimbardo, speaks about how time can affect our work and our health. He also talks about how time can affect who we are as a person and how we view relationships and act in the world. Zimbardo talks about six time mythos:

Past Positive – Focus on the better times in the past.
Past Negative – Focus on the regrets of the past.
Present Hedonistic – Interest in what feels good now.
Present Fatalist – No sense in planning because my future is fated.
Future Oriented – Goal making and planning.
Future Transcendent – True life begins after death.

RSA Animate - Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us
Dan Pink’s video, The surprising truth about what motivates us, is about what motivates us at home, at school and in the workplace. He illustrates that most people think the way to be motivated is through money or rewards. However, studies show that rewarding people with money only works to a point. In his video, he discusses three main points: autonomy-the desire to direct our own lives, mastery-the desire to continually improve at something that matters, and purpose-the desire to do things in service of something larger than ourselves.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Summary Post C4T #2

C4T #1
I was assigned to read Mr. Scott Elias post, "Narrative Research on a Mac".

Mr. Elias's blog post was about tools that he has found interesting over the semester for
transcribing interviews, coding and reviewing notes, and outlining and diagramming major themes. He describes himself as "a major Apple geek". Scrivener was the first tools that he wrote about. Scrivener was an invaluable tool for transcribing audio files and putting together a final transcript. The second tool he wrote about was iAnnotate. By using iAnnotate he was able to use several colors of highlighter to identify key themes that he identified in a interview. The next tools he wrote about was OmniOutliner. Not only does OmniOutliner save in its own native file format, it also has the capability to export outlines in the standard OPML format that can be read by other applications. OmniGraffle Pro has the ability to read files that have been formatted in OPML and turn them into visual displays.

In summary, I wrote Mr. Elias, I have enjoyed reading his blog about “Narrative Research on a Mac.” As I read his blog, I clicked on the links that he posted and went to each one. I looked around each one to learn a little bit more about each section. I hope to one day have a Mac that I will be able to use in my classroom because there is so much you can do and much more to explore on the Mac. This blog was helpful to me because, like I said, I hope to own or be able to at least use a Mac with my students and I will now know some things that can help me to get started. His blog post will help me in the future to remember important things to be sure and have on the Mac.

C4T #2
I was assigned to read Mr. Elias post, "Engaging Teachers in Instructional Rounds".

Mr. Elias's post was about his personal goal to support teachers in talking to each other about their practice. He wants to improve on high-quality learning and get the teachers involved. By next year he hopes it will expand throughout the whole school, but for now he says he is starting small. Each teacher will open their classroom to the group one time and have the opportunity to observe the other six over the course of the pilot.
In Elmore’s parlance, I have a theory of action that looks something like this:

If we develop and nurture a school culture that supports collaborative inquiry and the sharing of best teaching practices, then classroom instruction will be strengthened and students will learn in deeper, more authentic ways.

The most challenging part is arranging class coverage for the observing teachers so that we can all be together to observe and de-brief the process.

In my post to Mr. Elias, I wrote that I believe that teaching students at a high level is great and very engaging, Some students are being to learn rapidly and educators need to be right there behind them. The Instructional Rounds in Education sounds like a awesome way to reach his goal. I read some things about this book and one of the things I liked was, “Through this process, educators develop a shared practice of observing, discussing, and analyzing learning and teaching.” I felt like this statement had a lot to do with his post and his idea.

Project #11 Short Movie

For my Short Movie Project, I chose to read Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse by Leo Lionni. I chose this book because Leo Lionni is one of my favorite children's book authors. I read Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse to the three year old class at the Learning Center. At the Learning Center, our children love puppets, which is the reason Marty Mouse was in my video. I really enjoyed doing this project because I felt like it was a good opportunity to get creative. The three year olds enjoyed my project too!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Blog Assignment #7

Randy Pausch’s video, The Last Lecture, was very inspiring. He made some very good points and he seems like he was a wonderful educator. Randy Pausch used different methods when teaching which made his course even more fun and interesting. His love and passion for teaching showed through him and that is truly a way that students get excited about learning. The Last Lecture was about Randy’s childhood dreams, enabling the dreams of others, and lessons that you learn as you go on to be an educator. Also, he shared that we will be able to use the methods, he told us about, to enable your own dreams and the dreams of others. He talks about his own childhood dreams and shares his life situations which make it easier to see that your childhood dreams can come true.

One method that Randy Pausch discusses in The Last Lecture is the importance of enabling childhood dreams. He says that enabling a child’s dream can often be better then enabling your own. It is so important to help children reach and get to their dreams because that is something they strive for. As future educators, we have to have the drive to help every student accomplish their dreams and goals. Part of our job will be to enable the dreams of each one of our students.

Another method that Randy Pausch spoke about was a different meaning of brick walls. “The brick walls are not there to keep us out; the brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. They are there to keep out the other people. ” With this quote, Randy gives brick walls a whole new meaning. This is such a motivational quote because we all reach “brick walls” in life but we have to decide how to get over the wall. We have to work hard and push through the wall to make it to the other side, to what we want. This quote has a lot of meaning behind it because it could be a great illustration for our students, as well as us. Teaching our students about the importance in “brick walls” and how to get to the other side is a good way to help them accomplish anything they want!

A final teaching method that Randy talks about is the importance in creativity and having fun while teaching. Teaching is so much more than books, paper, pencils and chalkboards. It’s about engaging your students in learning and having fun while doing so. Randy Pausch sounds like he was a very fun, creative, lively, loving, passionate teacher. He had the motivation and the skill to make students want to learn. I am a firm believer of keeping your classroom alive with creativity and fun! Don’t get me wrong, I understand learning is serious business and we will be preparing our students for the future. But who says that learning can’t be fun? And if there is any opportunity to make the lesson interesting, I’m going to take that opportunity and run with it.

Randy Pausch was a very driven man that never gave up. He had a passion and love for what he did and that showed through him. I think that is what being an educator is all about, having such a passion for teaching that it shines through you and your students. If we are excited about teaching and bring new ideas and techniques to our room, our students will be excited about learning. Also, the more excitement we have with teaching will make our students more willing to try new things and even ask more questions. As a future educator, I will now strive to be more like Randy Pausch and bring some of the methods that he taught to my classroom, as well.

“The only thing stopping you from your dreams is yourself.”

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Project #10 First PLN

Making my PLN was very fun and interesting because it is such a great organizer and way to keep all of your important websites together. I decided to make my PLN using Symbaloo because it seemed pretty straight forward and easier than Netvibes. Symbaloo will be very useful inside the classroom and outside the classroom because it keeps all of your websites together on one.

At this point, I have about 25 tiles added to my Symbaloo. I added websites such as: facebook, twitter, gmail, google, South Alabama homepage, the EDM 310 class blog, and others. Also, I added websites that I thought had good teaching ideas. Symbaloo has a lot to offer. I searched for many different types of tiles and could stay searching for hours. I will continue adding tiles to my Symbaloo as I find anything interesting.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Project #9b Timetoast

Blog Assignment #6

1. The Networked Student by Wendy Drexler

Even though technology is and will continue to advance, there will always be a spot for teachers. Teaching is a job that is definitely needed. Teachers will continue to grow and learn as technology grows and they will learn to teach their students all that they can. The job of a teacher will be the same no matter how technology advances. The main goals are to keep students interested by keeping creativity in your classroom, help students to love learning, guide students to reach goals and to strive harder. Teachers will always have to help guide their students in learning. I think this video should ease the fear that future teachers may have about technology taking our jobs.

While watching this video I began to compare this method to our EDM 310 class. It shows how students and teachers from around the world can stay connected with each other simply by blogging. New ideas, new ways of learning and communication are all through technology. I feel that EDM 310 helps students stay on top of things and search for the answers. It is such a good feeling to find out new things on our own because it makes you feel accomplished and proud, which is something I look forward to my students feeling.

In my opinion, I am well on my way to being a teacher of the networked student. EDM 310 is my first educational class and it has already started to prepare me. Everything that students do in this class prepares us to be awesome teachers with technology. I look forward to what else EDM 310 will teach me and also what I will take from my educational classes to come!

2. A 7th Grader's Personal Learning Environment

This 7th grade student did a great job creating her PLE. I like that she has different categories for her tiles. That makes her PLE very organized. Also, it was interesting to watch how she set up the different sites and tiles for her science class. I started on my PLN before I watched her video but after I watched it I went back and did more to mine because her video had good direction to how to make it. We both have Blogger, Facebook, Google, Youtube, and Yahoo. I hope when my PLN is complete it will be detailed like hers.

3. Critiques of Smartboard

Why Smartboards Are A Dumb Initiative
Basically, Michael Staton says that Smartboards are the “least cost-effictive way to improve learning”. Smartboards are just a wow factor to amuse the students, according to Michael. He says that Smartboards are a waste of money and make teachers manage lessons that they would rather not manage.

Why I Hate Interactive Whiteboards
Why I Hate Interactive Whiteboards
Bill Ferriter describes the Smartboard as basically useless and a waste of money. He says that he had one in his classroom but got rid of it because it is useless and did not make teaching any easier.

SMART Board Goodies
Take a look at Amber Coggin’s blog page called, SMART Board Goodies. On her blog she has awesome ideas and assignments that she has come up with for teaching using the Smartboard.

Teachers Love Smartboards

Obviously these teachers love their Smartboards! On this website you will see Smartboard tips, challenges, games, lesson plans, adding animation, and other ideas. Also, you are able to click on a grade or a subject and it gives you creative ideas on making your lesson fun. I enjoyed looking through this site and will be looking back through it again to get ideas for my Smartboard Project topic!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

C4K Summary # 1, 2, 3

For my first C4K, I was assigned to a student named Connor. Connor is from Comox Valley, Vancouver Island and he wants to be a video game designer when he grows. He is in the 6th grade. He has just started blogging and seems like he is really enjoying it. The name of Connor's blog that I commented on was, "Video Game Fest". In his post he talks about some of his favorite video games such as, Jak 2, Jak 3, Meteoroid Prime, and Super Mario Galaxy. Connor talks about how much he loves playing video games and hopes to one day design them! On Connor's blog I asked him to tell me more about these games, because most of them I have not heard of. I told him that my brother and I used to also love video games and we would play Super Mario, also.

For my second C4K, I was assigned to a student named Brandon. Brandon is from Point England School, which is in Auckland, New Zealand. He is a Year 4 student, which means he is in Miss. King’s class. Miss. King’s students have a blog so that they are able to share what they are learning and their projects online for friends and family to see. Students, like Brandon, are posting videos of assignments in their classroom. It seems that the students are enjoying their blog and are really leaning a lot by doing them. Point England School truly seems to be “building a pathway to success”.

Brandon's blog was about Netbook Day. I commented on Brandon's blog and asked him to tell me more about Netbook Day and what Miss. King allows them to do on this day. He is also very good with his blog and seems to enjoy it.

For my third C4K, I was assigned to a student named Turuhira. She is from Point England School in Auckland, New Zealand. Turuhira is a 6 year student and in Room 16. Her teachers name is Mr. Somerville. Students from Mr. Somerville’s class each have a blog. They are posting their work, stories, and even pictures to their blogs. The students seem to enjoy posting blogs, just like students in Miss. King’s class. This class blog is working great with these students. They are growing and learning about technology at such an early age!

Turuhira's blog was a story that she made up about her being a superhero. The name of her blog post was "Superhero Girl". She wrote a story about being a superhero and Volcano Boy as the "bad guy". Her purpose was to help people and her super strength was to make people happy.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Blog Assignment #5

Eagle Nest Radio & Class Blog
This group of 3rd graders really motivated me to use podcasting in my classroom. They seem to really enjoy their audio about Rome and I am sure they learned a lot in the process. This is such a great idea to do in the classroom because it is so much fun and a great learning experience. It gives the students a chance to work with one another and to do some research on their topic. It was interesting to listen to these students talk about Rome because in our podcasts we, also, talked about Rome. We discussed some facts about Ancient Rome and how to find it on Google Earth.

The Beneļ¬ts of Podcasting in the Classroom
From this video I learned a few things about how important podcasts are in the classroom. Podcasting is useful in the classroom because it helps students interact with one another, while having fun and learning.  Also, it helps to teach students how to upload video and audio to a website, blog, or the computer. It gets students familiar with using technology and with working as a team in the classroom. Podcasting brings technology in the classroom in a fun and different way. It helps to teach students about project-based learning. I have never heard or worked with a podcast before, so this site helped me to better understand what podcasting is. On this website, I found a link for tutorials on how to podcast using GarageBand. Our group chose to use GarageBand for our podcast so this link helped to further the knowledge of how to incorporate GarageBand into our podcast. The link shows you step by step how to use GarageBand.

100 Ways to Use Your iPod to Learn and Study Better
Oh wow, this website contains many interesting ways in which the iPod helps you to learn and study. I had no idea there were so many things you could do on an iPod! With just a few clicks and downloads to your iPod you are able to study and learn while on the go. I found Learning Podcasting to be helpful while making our podcast because it gives you tips and step by steps on how to get started. Of course, you do not have to do yours just like that, but tips are always helpful to get you started.

All three of these websites were helpful when preparing our podcasts. They provided many ideas that helped get us started. Also, they provide facts about what podcasting is. If you are like me, and have never even heard of podcasting, then these sites would be especially helpful. They give helpful tips and ideas on how to get your podcast going.  

My Sentence Movie

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Blog Assignment #4

1. Don’t teach your kids this stuff. Please?

Scott McLeod is an Associate Professor in the Educational Administration program, at Iowa State University. He is the Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education. He was also a co-creator in the video, Did You Know? (Shift Happens). Dr. McLeod is known as one of the nation’s leading academic experts on K-12 school technology leadership issues.
Dr. McLeod’s is stating in his post how technology can be used in negative and bad ways. It is sad to say that people are using technology for the ways that Dr. McLeod mentioned. However, I think that the good outweighs the bad in this case. He is very sarcastic in his post, but I think it is an interesting way in getting the point across. I believe that if children have a proper knowledge of technology and what it is supposed to be used for then it is a wonderful thing. But if children do not have proper knowledge in how to use technology then it can, if fact, be used for bad purposes. This does not mean that technology and computers should not be used just because of the bad things they could be used for. Computers are used for much more good than bad and are worth the risk.  

2. The iSchool initiative (Mobile Learning)

 Wow, talk about a money and time saver! Travis is seriously on to something with the iSchool initiative. He has put a lot of time and thought into how schools, students, and parents could easily save money. He estimated that we could each save around $600. That is a great saving! I was not aware of how much the iPhone could do. I have a few Apps on my Droid, but nothing that compares to these.
Image representing iPhone as depicted in Crunc...Image via CrunchBase 
I would like to think that sometime in the future the idea of the iSchool could possibly happen. I mean, technology is growing at a rapid rate as it is. The iSchool would definitely save a lot of money and time looking for a book or homework you misplaced. With the iSchool everything is just a few clicks away from your iPhone or iTouch. Could something as simple as downloadable Apps onto our phones really start taking the place of books, computers, calculators, calendars, paper, pencils, and more?

3. Lost Generation

This video is probably one of my favorites that we have seen so far. It is awesome that the writer is able to take something so negative and without hope and turn it into something terrific and hopeful. This video is a great example of how something bad can be turned around just by you believing it can be done. No way will I let people tell me how my life will end up. There is hope for anyone to turn their life around if they ever feel like the writer in the first part of the video.
Picture of Eric Whitacre conductingImage via Wikipedia4. Eric Whitarce's Lux Aurumque
This is incredible. As I watched this video my jaw literally dropped because I can not even imagine how this is possible. The participants did not meet each other to practice, nor did they meet Eric Whitacre’s. These people are from all over the world and are able to put something together like this. I can not even begin to  think through the process of all of that. Eric Whitacre’s obviously has a great deal of creativity and a lot of knowledge about technology.
 5. Teaching In the 21st Century                                 
 Teaching in The 21st Century had very good points and questions. The part that stuck out most to me was when entertainment and engagement was being compared. Entertainment is not all there is to teaching. It is not only what teaching is all about. We should be learning about how to engage our students with what is being taught.

Engaging students with better activities, involvement, and questions will have them more motivated to learn. Engagement can also be fun, but it is not all that it has to offer. Teaching students in the 21st Century is about helping them find, solve, understand, and answer the questions. It is about having fun while learning and being motivated to learn and want to figure out answers. Teaching students in the 21st Century takes us, soon to be teachers, trying to figure out different, better, more effective teaching methods and applying them to each student in the classroom.
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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Summary Post C4T #1

C4T #1
I was assigned to read Mrs. Caren Carrillo’s post, “Grading Parents”.

Mrs. Carrillo’s blog post was about a article she read about teachers giving parents grades. Parents were graded to see where they needed improvement in these three areas:
1.A child should be at school on time, prepared to learn after a good night’s sleep, and have eaten a meal.
2.A child should have the homework done and prepared for examinations.
3.There should be regular communications between the parent and teacher.
In her post, she blogs about these three points and her view on each on them. She says she likes holding the parents responsible for the child being late because she was always the child that got in trouble for being late and never understood how that was fair since she could not yet drive. Next, she blogs about her view on parents being graded on their child eating breakfast. She wrote about how she never ate breakfast as a child, but that does not mean her parents were responsible for it, or even bad parents for that matter. She wrote about parents being graded for their children getting a good night sleep, getting their homework done, being prepared for exams and for having regular communication with their child. Also, she wrote about how parents may not have money for these certain things. Does that make them a “bad parent”? Should parents even be graded on these kinds of things?

When I wrote Mrs. Carrillo, I wrote about how some of the points mentioned in her post were relating to my life, as well as, the lives of the children at the Learning Center. First of all, if children are late it does not matter because we do not have punishment for being late. However, I do remember being late as a child and it was usually not my fault because I could not drive. Next, my parents are great supporters and even though Math is not my subject, they tried their best to help me throughout the years. Sadly, Math is not their subject either but they would do everything in their power to get me help. Does that make them a “bad parent” because they were sometimes unable to figure out the math problem? One last point I mentioned was the lack of parents helping with homework or school work at home with their child. Like I said before, even if Math was not my parents subject they still sat at the table for hours on end with me trying to figure them out. But, not all parents take that time out with their child to go over what they learned in school that day. It reflects through the child when a parent does or does not help them learn. Sometimes just learning it at school may not be enough and the child may need the parent’s help too. Our four year old teacher gives her class homework and hopes that the parents will only take a little time out to help their child. The difference is obvious in how many children got help the night before and how many did not. I enjoyed reading this post. It has a lot of truth behind each point.

C4T #2
I was assigned to read Mrs. Caren Carrillo’s post, “A Teachers Frightening Power”.

Mrs. Carrillo’s blog post was about the power that teachers have over how students feel about school. She wrote about a class that she took with a teacher that made her feel like her opinions did not matter. Mrs. Carrillo says that she is thinker and a questioner. She says “her mind if often working faster than her mouth.” In this post she wrote about how the teacher humiliates her, and others, for the information they put forth in the class. Her teacher makes her come home from the class making her feel defeated and like feel should not be allowed to ask questions or voice her thoughts. She hopes that she has never made a student feel this way in her class and it is now something she works hard at to make sure no student will feel this way in her class.

In my post to Mrs. Carrillo, I wrote about how I agree that a teacher has the power over how their students feel about the class. It is sad to say that I have not taken a class before just because I have heard horror stories of the teacher which made me not take the class. We have all been in a class where the teacher makes you feel like your thoughts are not needed and that he or she can only voice their own opinions. Being able to ask questions, voice your opinions, and tell your thoughts are ways of learning and no one should take that away, especially not the teacher. A teacher does have all the power in “making the class” or breaking the class” for their students. This post made me think. No one likes to feel humiliated or like their thoughts do not matter, so it makes me want to strive to not be that teacher who “breaks” the class for their students.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Blog Assignment #3

A mathematics lecture, apparently about linear...Image via Wikipedia
1. A Vision of Students Today
A Vision of Students Today is, indeed, how would view my college experience so far. Although this video is short and very simple, it shows the lack of technology used. It also shows how things should be, but are not changing over time. Students sit in desk, teachers lecture and it is the same methods year to year. We are students working to build a better future. What are we doing to get there?
Students buy books that are never even opened. That is such a big deal to me, not only because it is a waste of money, but what does that teach us? We buy books in hopes that we are at least going to open them. Our books should be broken into by the end of the year. Almost all classrooms still have chalkboards and still use them. Even though, our classrooms had Smart Boards they were never used at my school. We are the future. Therefore, we should be working and striving to make changes.

2. It's Not about the Technology
Mrs. Hines makes some very interesting points in her post “It’s Not about the Technology.” If teachers do not know much about the new technology, then, “It’s not about the Technology” has truth. Teachers must know something about the technology before they try to use it when teaching. We have all heard teachers say this, “I don’t know why these kids don’t get it. I’ve taught it a hundred times.” Like Mrs. Hines said, you may have taught it a hundred times, but if the student does not understand then it does not matter how many times you teach it.
Learning new and different ways that will help a student understand is a great way to avoid “teaching it a hundred times.” Because more than likely you are teaching it a hundred times, and each time you are teaching it the same way which leaves you right where you started. Being able to have numerous ways of teaching one thing is something that I will have to work on because I think that it would make things flow better in the classroom. Different children learn in different ways so different methods have to be used.  

3. Is It Okay to Be A Technologically Illiterate Teacher?
I would have to say my answer to this question is no. No, it is not okay to be technologically illiterate in a classroom. To me, teaching requires you to have knowledge of the technology around you. While technology is rapidly growing, the classroom is just the place for it to be alive. Students are certainly aware of technology so it is a good idea that the teachers are too.
Like Mr. Fisch said in his post, technology is especially growing with communication. Communication is essential when teaching because you must be able to communicate well with your students, other teachers, as well as, with parents.  There are so many more ways of teaching through technology. It makes learning more fun for the students and the teachers. Teachers who are passionate about doing everything they can to reach their students level, should be learning all about technology to help their students succeed! 

4. Gary Hayes Social Media Count
It is incredible to look at the speed of each of the counts on this website. Not only is the speed mind blowing but the number of people that are doing this is just insane. It is hard to think about how to keep up with technology. That is almost impossible. I will have to find ways to try and keep up with technology and how fast things are going on. Luckily, this class seems like it will be such good help with that!

5. Technology in the Classroom
This video helps to show just how useful technology really is in the classroom. It shows great examples of how technology can be used. Brooke, also, states that it is just a lot of fun to use. That is so true! “Technology has tremendous power to help students obtain, organize, manipulate, and display information.”