Friday, January 28, 2011

Blog Assignment #2

1. Did You Know?
Wow. After watching this video, I would have to say it is pretty scary how fast technology has come. It has come even further since 2011. This video really makes you stop and think about how much we are beginning to use the internet and electronics in every single thing that we do.

We all know that technology is growing, but I’m not sure we realize how much. It is interesting to me to see, first of all, that they are able to know what technology will be here in 2049. As well as, making it "exceed the computational capabilities of the entire human species."

2. Mr. Winkle Wakes
Once again, this video shows how technology is used everywhere, in everything we do, in so many ways. But, like the video shows, students are not getting to experience this technology while in school. I remember in High school when our school received Smart boards. We were all so excited. Needless to say, they sat in classrooms, in hallways, and in the library and were never used.

That is what has happened in schools for years and is still happening now. Students are being taught the same things, the same ways. They are bored. Bringing technology in classrooms would make learning fun. The more fun, the more willing and eager to learn the students will become. Mr. Winkle was a good example of how even after 100 years, things are still being taught the same way.

3. The Importance of Creativity
After watching Sir Ken Robinson’s video, I think what a wonderful view on creativity. I cannot agree more with everything that he mentioned. At the Learning Center, where I work, the children are amazing in their creative skills. They are, of course, anywhere from one to five but those are the very ages when creativity begins and when school starts creativity ends. Like Sir Robinson said, “Children are not afraid of creating things, even if they are wrong.” The teachers at the Learning Center definitely keep creativity alive in their rooms.

This video and the teachers at the Learning Center give me great and very useful ideas that I will use in my classroom. I like to think of myself as a creative thinker a lot of times and I cannot imagine my classroom without all of the creativity and imagination as we can possible have. “We may not see the future but they will. Let’s make something of it.”

4. Cecelia Gault's Interview
Cecelia Gault is a very smart girl. She is very interested in what Sir Ken Robinson has to say about creativity, imagination, why other countries are learning much faster than others, and what intelligence is. Anyone who watches this video can see, Cecelia Gault, is eager to learn as much as she can.

We must help each student get as much information as they can in order to help further their education. We, also, must help to keep students as eager as we can about learning. Students like Cecelia Gault are few and far between. However, this does not mean that we cannot educate students to be more like Cecelia.

5. Harness Your Students' Digital Smarts
It really opened my eyes when she said that to be a teacher you do not have to already know everything before you start to teach. I have never really thought like that, but I am glad she made me take a different approach to it. Also, I think it is awesome that she is teaching her students and they are teaching her. It is a true experience when everyone is learning and teaching too.

I think everything that she is doing on the computer is a great way to teach her students and to help them learn. It is getting them connected with other people from all around the world. She is making a statement in her teaching technique.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Project #2 Wordle

Blog Assignment #1

   Hi! My name is Brittni Sasser. I am 19 years old and this is my first semester at South Alabama. My family and I are very close. Without my parents and my younger brother, I would not be where I am or who I am today. Also, I love my church family. We attend Saraland United Methodist. Saraland United Methodist is not only my church, but it is where I work two days a week. I work with all ages in our Early Learning Center.

   I graduated from Satsuma High school in 2009. After Satsuma, I went to Faulkner State Community college until I decided to transfer and further my education at South.

   After I graduate, I would love to get my Masters and learn as much as possible before becoming a teacher. Children have always been my passion. I love the reaction when a child discovers how to read, write, and learn something new. I plan to, one day, have a great Kindergarten class!

Go Jags!