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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Final PLN Report

For my PLN, I used Symbaloo. This semester in EDM310 has taught me so much about what websites and people can help me to further my learning. My PLN has grown steadily over the past few weeks. I tend to be very organized and this tool helps me a lot. I plan on adding more as time goes on to help my PLN to grow. I also plan on using this tool in my own classroom one day with my students to help keep them organized,keep them entertained, and build their own personal learning network.

Blog Post #14

In Jose Picardo's Top Ten Tips for Using Technology in the Classroom he gives a list of thing that help keep students focused in the classroom. The list is as follows: 1.Streaming Video, 2.Music, 3.Teleconferencing, 4.Interactive Exercises, 5.Interactive Whiteboard, 6.Podcasts, 7.Blogs and Wikis, 8.Social Networks, 9.Internet Tools, 10.Gadgets. Some thing in this video, such as music, I would have never thought of using in the classroom. Teachers are always searching for ideas to keep their students focused in class while also keeping them entertained. This video is a great way of doing so.

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In his blog Box of Tricks, he gives a list that are resourceful websites for teachers, listed A-Z. I was scrolling through the list and noticed we used some of these suggested in EDM310. This blog is suggested websites for teachers as well as students.

Blog Post #13

For this assignment I chose option 2, My Teacher Is an App by Stephanie Banchero and Stephanie Simon. This article explains the differences in online schooling and the benefits it has. There are many different forms of online schooling to choose from. You can have some classes online, or all of them. Some schools are starting to make it required to have at least one online class to help prepare the students for college in the future. Some students prefer to do all of their online schooling at home because its is easier to express themselves in front of a keyboard instead of a class full of students.
There are also benefits for online schooling. Teachers can have more students and more time on their hands due to the computer grading assignments, and no lesson planning. Online schooling also saves a lot more money than traditional schooling.
There is one thing about online schooling that I myself do not agree with. I think that all kids should be enrolled in a traditional school, because there is more to school than learning. Meeting and interacting with new friends is a really important part of school to me. The friends I made in grade school have helped make a big part of the person I am today.
computer diploma

Final Project #16

Thursday, December 1, 2011

C4K Summary Post 3

For my November C4K assignments I had some really amazing kids! My first C4K was Taylor G in Mrs.Yollis class. It was a Halloween story titled "The Candy Kitty". It was so cute and I really enjoyed reading some of the other students Halloween stories.
My next C4K was sixth grader Max L from Auckland, New Zealand. His post was about attending the Junior film festival and how much he enjoyed the experience.
This semester, I have really enjoyed reading and doing the C4K assignments. It is possibly my favorite part about the class. I have found so much entertainment from these students blogs. They all have done amazing work!

C4T #4

My first C4T assignment was to write on OnlineSchools.ORG's Education Debate. The post was titled "Is Success Really About Failure?" by Michelle Luce. I summed this post up to say that everyone needs a little failure and disappointment in their life to become successful. Without failure, you will never strive harder to succeed. Giving everyone credit or rewards is not fair for those who work hard to stand out and be the best. We have to allow our students/our own children, to experience difficulty and failure in order to go far in the future.

The next assignment was a post by Elise Morrigan titled "Online Schools: Where Parents Become the Teachers". It is a program that is kind of similar to our online college courses, but for grade school students. It is kind of like homeschooling, but the difference is that there is an actual teacher that calls and interacts with the student. Students will get out of the schooling as much as they put into it. If they fail to do well then they will not pass. The parents are the teachers at home that help the student to do well and finish their work. I think that this form of schooling is a good idea.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Progress on final project

I am going to be working with Courtney Holifield, Bethany Fillingim, and Kacie Manuel on our final project. We have been discussing and brainstorming numerous ideas such as using the smartboard and integrating two subjects. As of now, we have not quite discovered which two, but plan to do so by meeting this week in the lab.

Blog Post #12

Watch the video above: Top 10 Reasons to Use Technology in Education: iPad, Tablet, Computer, Listening Centers. Many people still do not understand why technology should be used in the classroom. After watching this video write a blog post that helps to explain why the use of technology in schools is a good idea, as if you are trying to persuade those who don't agree to change their minds. Explain how technology in the classroom has benefits for the schools AND its students. Also, explain how you would one day incorporate technology into your classroom.

The video Top Ten Reason to Use Technology in Education shows many good reasons for why technology should be used in the classroom. It helps students who are ADD to focus more in the classroom. It also lets the teachers lecture outside of the classroom, which is a great opportunity for students to get more inside class attention. Buying an iPad or other form of computer might seem like a lot of money at first, but it saves money in the long run. There will be no need to buy books, pencils, paper, or other school supplies. This saves the students and the schools a lot of money. Students who use technology will be more prepared for the future outside of school.
When I have a classroom one day, I hope to incorporate technology into is as much as I can. I want to use blogs, iPads, and smartboards. After watching last weeks video for blog post 11 I would also like to use the Nintendo DS to play educational games as well.

Mrs. Yollis class blog

Mrs. Yollis class blog is very organized and it is very easy to find what you are looking for. The tabs are clearly labeled and the blog archive helps you search blog posts by month. It is much like the EDM310 class blog. The page is always updated with new information on what the class is doing or if there is a special event.
Mrs. Yollis class has had over 214,000 total visitors. She allows her students parents to comment on the blog which is a great idea because parents can feel more connected and see what their kids are learning.
I think that more classrooms should use a class blog. It is a great learning experience for the students and it is much more fun and interactive. I can not wait to use this in my classroom one day!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Blog Post #11

Mrs. Cassidys video Little Kids...Big Potential showed how her students used technology in their classroom. And her Skype interview was interesting as well. I love how she uses all different types of technology from computers to the students Nintendo DS. I have 46 elementary students in my day care class, and most of them own a DS. I never thought that they could be used for educational purposes, but now I know that I can use them one day in my classroom. I would also like to use blogging with my students. Mrs. Cassidy stated in her Skype interview that she likes to use the kids first names only to protect their identity, which is very important for the children. I like everything that Mrs.Cassidy does with her students and I hope that one day when I get my own classroom I can incorporate technology into it as well as she did. I want to make learning fun for my students and I want them to enjoy every minute of their time with me as their teacher, while learning to the best of their ability.
apple and DS

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

C4K Summary Post 2

Lee was my first student. He is in Mrs. Gregory's 6th period class. His post was about what a firework is made of. He had great illustrations to go with his assignment and it was very informative.
Tabbey was my next student who is also in Mrs. Gregory's class. Her post was about Columbus Day and how it should actually be called Natives Day since the Native American lived there first.
In Mrs. Garden's 6th grade class, Gabriel made a video presentations bout Fiji and Canada. He provided many facts about the two countries.
My favorite post by far was by Elizabeth in Mrs. C's 8th grade class. He post was called "Why I Write". It was my favorite because I can relate to what she was saying. I write to express myself and my feelings, which is great to hear from someone so young. This is why the C4K assignments are my favorite.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Blog Post #10

Do You Teach or Do You Educate?
This video explains the difference between being a teacher and being an educator. Teaching is just giving students the information they need to know. But being an educator means so much more. Being an educator is about being a mentor and an advisor.
The reason I chose to be an educator is because I just want to make a difference in someones life. If I could change one childs life, all of the time and money spent on school would be worth it. I want to give my students my all and be more than just a teacher to them. Everyone has that one teacher that they always looked up to that made a difference to them and I want to be that teacher.

Tom Johnson's Don't Let Them Take the Pencils Home
With every problem, there is a solution. I think that this blog post proves that statement true. If you find a solution to the problem it will make things much easier. With the hangman example, we as teachers should be willing to let our students think and learn a little however works for them. I think this was also meant to show how people feel about using computers and technology for school. Like students being distracted and not focusing on the assignment. Students who use the "pencil to play hangman" will probably learn something from doing so in some way. And teachers worry so much about test scores which is not what simportant. Whats important is that these students are LEARNING and GROWING.

to educate

Saturday, October 29, 2011

C4T #3

My first assignment was to comment on Dr. Paige Baggett's blog. Dr. Baggett is an assistant Professor in the College of Education here at the University of South Alabama. Her post about a man named Mr. Ricky who was blinded from two accidents, but he still paints! It is amazing that despite his blindness he never gave up his talent and love for painting.

She also said that he used some sort of technology that helped him to identify the colors. It is absolutely amazing that we have came so far with technology today that a blind man can use a machine to find paint colors.

The next post of Dr. Baggett's was a video about students getting payed for good grades. An elementary school in Ohio pays their students for good test grades. This is not a good idea because students will expect a reward. And when the reward is not given anymore the students most likely will give up or stop trying so hard. Students should want to work hard to get good grades to go to college or get a good job in the future.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Blog Post #9

May 27, 2009 What I've Learned This Year (2008-09)
In Mr.Mcclung's post he shares what he learned in his first year of teaching. His first was how to read the crowd, meaning you have to make your lessons student centered and check for student comprehension. Next was to be flexible. Mcclung says "NO LESSON IS EVER PERFECT. THE LESSON YOU TEACH AND THE ONE YOU PLAN ARE ALWAYS DIFFERENT". Sometimes things will not go as planned but you have to learn to work with it. Next was communicate. Communication is a big key in success in the workplace, with fellow teachers and your students. Be reasonable was the next. This means that we cannot set standards for our students and set them up for disappointment if they fail. We as educators must know that nobody is perfect and all we can do is encourage them. Next, don't be afraid of technology. Computers are a big part of todays society and we can not be scared to use them. Next was listen to your students. Getting to know your students and being a part of their lives is really important. We need to listen when they talk. Lastly is to never stop learning. It is never too late to learn. The more you want to learn the more you will gain. He states that we work in a learning environment so we should learn while we can.

Stay Positive

June 23, 2011 What I Learned This Year (2010-11)
In this post, Mr.Mcclung wrote what he learned. First you should know who your boss is. He says that we should not get caught up in pleasing people,but to remember why you are teaching in the first place.....for the students. Next was don;t be afraid to be an outsider. Mcclung connects with the students and differs from the other teachers. He also connects with the students on a different level. Don't touch the keyboard is the next thing he learned this year. By this he means that we should give the students a chance to do the work for themselves. DO not do the work for them or take over. They need to learn for themselves. Lastly was don't get comfortable. We should change up our routines by doing something you would not normally do. Do not coast through the day bdoing the same old things. Branch out and learn from doing so.

Project #13 Smart Board Presentation

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Blog post #8

Richard Miller: This Is How We Dream Parts 1 and 2
In Richard Millers video This Is How We Dream parts 1 and 2, he talks about sharing knowledge infinitely. I think it is so much easier to use a search engine instead of books at the library. this will become much more convenient over time because everything is based around technology. Also adding a visual and audio to text makes it much more interesting.

I am prepared to write with multimedia because I believe that I learn something knew with technology every day, and if I want to teach my students to use it I must learn and perfect it now.

Miller states that "We as educators must be in the business of sharing ideas freely". I agree with this because teachers should share their knowledge and ideas so others can learn as we do. One day I hope to teach my students to use this form of writing as well as using pencils and paper, just so I can expand their ways of learning.

Blog Post #12
Carly Hayes's blog post was an assignment to create your own assignment. Carly suggested to make your own YouTube playlist to expand your learning and what we would like to teach. She used some ideas that DR. Miller shared in his videos. She gave links to videos which helped you to create your own opinions. This was a great assignment and I would love to create my own playlist for my classroom consisting of things to help my students learn.

The Chipper Series and EDM310 for Dummies
In the Chipper Series, Chipper believes procrastination is turning your work in regardless if it is late or not, it is still turned in. Chipper also decides that Dr. Strange is not doing his job because he is not teaching, so she creates her own school and fails at all of her other jobs. In the end Chipper ends up back in Dr. Strange's class. This video is a way of showing that EDM310 does not just prepare you for your career but also prepares you for life.

In the EDM310 for dummies video its starts of by showing the students getting angry because they do not understand the assignments. When they were in the lab and understood the assignments they started to enjoy it. This class can be frustrating at times, but it is a great learning experience!

For Dummies Picture

Learn To Change, Change To Learn
This video states the we as educators have to accept technology as a way of life, it is no longer just a choice. Children learn through communities, and through their homes, and even online. School for them is where they come together. School should become a community system where they are connected to make them better prepared for college and prepared for life. Students now have the chance to learn outside of school using technology. These teachers in the video believe that it is not just about what students learn in the classroom, but what they learn outside of the classroom as well. It is our job as teachers to prepare our students to learn how to use technology outside of the classroom.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Blog Post #7

Randy Paush's Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams was a very inspirational video. I honestly did not think I could watch a lecture on You Tube for an hour, but Paush made this very interesting. He first started off by giving his story about his cancer and that it was not going to discourage him, but he was going to help others to dream big.

He talks about his childhood dreams of working for NASA, playing in the NFL, and working for Disney. None of these dreams were accomplished, but he explains that he got a lot from not accomplishing them. He also says that experience is what you get when you don't get what you wanted. I definitely agree with this statement because you learn a lot from being let down.

He also says "brick walls are there for a reason, they let us prove how badly we want things". To me this is very true. I believe that because if we are let down, it only pushes us to work harder to achieve our goals.

Pausch says it is important to have fun and help others. It is a good way to get people to help you. You can not get to where you're going alone. Pausch says to apologize when you screw up, tell the truth, and apologize when you screw up. When you do the right thing, good stuff has a way of happening. Its not about how to achieve your dreams. its about how to live your life.

In the end of this video Pausch says that the video was not for the audience watching, it was for his kids. This video was truly inspirational and a joy to watch. I learned a lot about reaching my goals and achieving my dreams, as well as how to help others do the same thing.

Randy Pausch quote

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Project 10 PLN

My Personal Learning Network is growing daily. I chose to use Symbaloo to keep me organized. I use most of the websites I chose every day. I used to just bookmark my favorite websites, but it started to get a little confusing so this is much easier! I am adding and deleting different sites on a daily basis. I like the idea of a PLN because it is a great way to stay organized and keep track of my websites. I look forward to building more of my PLN.

Project 9 Timetoast

C4T Summary #2

For this C4T I was assigned to Mrs. Ripp.
The first blog post was "I Can Change The World". I loved this post because it was about how we should set an example for our students. We can not change the world but we can change the classroom and how we teach our students. She says we can change the way kids think of teachers but first we have to change ourselves. I enjoyed this post so much and I hope to have this attitude when I have my own classroom one day!

The second post was "Student Blogging Resources to Get You Started". This post was about why student blogging is a great resource to use in classrooms. She gave a story from her own experience about a kid in her classroom who moved away and kept in touch with her through the blog. This post helped show me how it helps the students to learn and grow through technology.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Blog Post #6

The Networked Student
This video by Wendy Drexler was definitely an attention grabber. The use of the visuals made it easy to follow and understand. It talked about creating a PLN which we will hae to do in our class as well. It helped me to learn better ways in gathering information and sources for my PLN.

The theory of "connectivism" is where students can collect data and information from other students and people of interest, while also sharing information with them. Students can learn a lot from networking

So why does the networked student even need a teacher? Because the teacher helps provide the student with knowledge he or she will need to search content. She teaches what information is good and what is not. She teaches them what they will need to know to use these skills when they leave her class. A teacher is there to lead you in the right direction. Since technology is changing every day it is important to stay up to date. I am prepared to be a teacher of a networked student, but I myself am willing to learn everyday so I can teach my students what I know.

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A 7th Grader's Personal Learning Environment
This 7th grader has everything organized appropriately and it is very important to stay organized! I love that her teacher gives them the freedom to be responsible and not waste their time on social networks. It teaches students to stay on track and use their time wisely.

It is very easy to get off track and not be on time with assignments but with the way she has her PLE set up she can see what she is doing in her class. For my PLN, I will need to stay organized and research more like the girl who created this PLE.

C4K Summary Post

I really enjoyed reading both of my kids blogs! It is really amazing that we can communicate with other kids across the country and see what they are learning.

My first student was Adam. His blog posts were very creative and funny. I loved reading his posts because they were always interesting. One was about how he got to miss school for a county fair, and he even had an educational paragraph on using proper vocabulary words in sentences. He is really interested in video games just like any other elementary school boy.

Connor was my second student. His blog post that I read was very informative and was part of the international blogging contest that is held twice a year. He used links in his posts as well as pictures to make it more engaging. I really enjoyed reading his post.

I love this assignment because you can interact with the kids and see what they have to say about many different topics. They are able to express themselves through their blogs and their writings.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Blog Post #5

Don't Teach Your Kids This Stuff. Please?
Dr. Mcleod's post was a joy to read. His small hint of sarcasm made it interesting. I definitely think that we should teach our kids to use the internet and other sources of technology, as well as the old fashioned ways of learning. But I do believe that parents and teachers should monitor their use of the internet and technology seeing as how cyber bullying, sexting, and other points that Dr. Mcleod made in his post are happening so much.
Dr Scott Mcleod is an associate professor at the University of Kentucky. He has founded the nation’s only academic center dedicated to technology called UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership Education.

The iSchool Initiative and Zeitgeist Young Mind's Entry
At 17, Travis Allen created a YouTube video to launch a digital learning revolution. At 18, he formed iSchool Initiative. Now, he is a student at Kennesaw State University and has a team of students to help spread the word about iSchool.

In his iSchool Initiative video, he gives a list of pros for the use of iPhones and ipads in the classroom. He states that it would be a lot less expensive because there would be no need for textbooks, paper, pencils,or printer ink. An average student would save around $600 using an iPhone that costs $150. And of course this helps with the whole go green movement by not using paper to produce textbooks or other school supplies. He also said that there is an app for all subjects. I believe that this would be a great thing to experience in the classroom. Schools could even block websites that are non-educational. Travis Allen put up a good argument and I believe that the only problem would be keeping the iPhones and iPads safe and protected. I think that kids in middle school and up would have a better chance of using these tools in the classroom and it would help keep them interested.

Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir
This video consisted of 185 people performing 'Lux Aurumque', but the significance is that none of these people met or performed together! Each singer performed individually and it was all composed together by internet and made into a YouTube video. This video showed me how amazing technology is and that we are coming a long way with it.

Teaching in the 21st Century
In Kevin Roberts video “Teaching in the 21st Century”, he explains what he thinks it means to teach. He sees teaching as changing because of technology that is growing every day. WE are no longer just teachers. Students can get information from many different sources now, so we have to be the "filters". This means showing them how to use these resources and in the right way. We as educators have to rethink tools and problems to keep students more engaged and not just entertained. I agree with Roberts video simply because kids should enjoy learning, not just facts, but skills necessary for the future. As a future educator I will definitely make learning interesting and teach students facts AND skills they need to know.

iPhone apps

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Blog Post #4

Colorful iPod

100 Ways To Use Your iPod To Study Better

In this article, Valene explains that there are many different tools on iPods that are available for educational purposes. From children to college students and adults, there are many different educational tools to download. The article lists many different ways an iPod can be used for studying and listed the different applications that are available. This showed me that iPods are used for much more than listening to music. I believe that this can help me to better my skills as an educator by giving me different tools for teaching, as well as learning for myself.

Benefits Of Podcasting in the Classroom

This post by Joe Dale was very informative about podcasts. I own an iPod and I have been using them since they were first put on the market, but I have never downloaded a podcast. After watching this video I have learned so much about podcasts and the benefits of them. The use of iPods are very common, and podcasts are easy to use. They can be listened to anytime and anywhere, and are easy to download. Creating and uploading them is also easy. This is a great learning tool as well since it makes interacting with students outside of the classroom easy.

Eagle Nest Radio and Class Blog

I really enjoyed listening to these kids podcasts! These podcasts were done by third graders and was made like a radio show. It sounds like they enjoyed making them and this is a good way to promote creativity. Some of them were very entertaining and were full of facts. This showed me that I can be creative and show excitement while doing my own podcast!