Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Final Project 16

Project #13: Report on Collaboration

Google Plus
For both projects 15 and 16, my group used Google+. The Hangout feature was most beneficial. We were able to have a voice and video chat and use the screen share tool. I would have to say that was the best part. Being able to see your group member's screen and she see yours was really helpful. We were able to look at each other's work and give our opinions and make necessary changes. For project 15, we looked at the Smart Board presentation Khushbu was creating on her computer and told her what to add or change. We also discussed which slides each of us would do for when we met to record it. It was a way for us to work on the project together at once. For project 16, I was able to show the videos that I had been working on and ask their opinions. Later we met to fix a few things before we felt it was completed.
Dropbox Logo

For Project 16, my group used Dropbox. With the help of this tool, we were able to share pictures and videos with one another. We also did a lot of emailing and texting.

I would just like to make a quick shout out to my group- Khushbu Patel and Pat Hampton! My dad was in the hospital during the time of these assigned projects, and they were so very helpful when it came to working around my school, work, and now hospital schedules. They were truly a blessing to me, and definitely the best group I have ever been paired with!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Final PLN Report

For my PLN, I use Symbaloo. To be honest, my PLN is about the same as it was for my last report. I am following more people on twitter who I have found some great resources from, though. Although I have not gained much more than in my previous PLN report, I have learned how to better use my resources that are a part of my PLN. There are several that I use almost everyday. I also have become very addicted to TED. I love the videos. I hope that as I begin to teach, my PLN will grow even larger. I will meet people in the field and add them as resources.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

C4T #4

Tina Barseghian
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"MindShift explores the future of learning in all its dimensions – covering cultural and technology trends, groundbreaking research, education policy and more. The site is curated by Tina Barseghian, a journalist and the mother of a grade-schooler."

For part one of my C4T Assignment #4, I posted a comment to Tina Barseghian's post from November 13, 2012 "Quick Look: Bringing Together Big Thinkers at the Big Ideas Fest". This post is about the Big Ideas Fest that takes place every year in Northern California. Educators, students, entrepreneurs, policy makers, and many others come together to discuss big ideas related to education. At the Big Ideas Fest, they can work together to come up with solutions and strategies for redesigning the future of education. This year it is being held December second through the fifth at the Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay. You can find more information at www.bigideasfest.org. She also provided the link for those who want to register.

For my comment, I wrote to Mrs. Barseghian that I have found MindShift to be a great resource. She has great ideas, and I respect her opinions. Also, I have never heard of the Big Ideas Fest before now. I guess that could be due to the fact that I live in Alabama, and the event is held in California. I commented that I think this would be such a great event to attend, especially as a student. There will be so many education experts there, and it would be a great way to meet people who could possibly become a part of my PLN. Since I will not be able to attend, I wrote to her that I hope she will post information about what takes place! Lastly, I thanked her for the information and links she provided about the event.

After I posted a comment to Mrs. Barseghian's post, I recieved an email from Mrs. Weiss. She is the project manager of the research and education programs for the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME). She told me that Mrs. Barseghian from Mindshift let her know that I was interested in attending Big Ideas Fest on scholarship. She sent me a link to the scholarship application so that I could fill it out and return it to her. Although, I do think it would be a great opportunity, I had to decline due to exams on the days of the Big Ideas Fest. I did think it was really cool that she offered me this opportunity. That just shows how a little technology and communication can be very beneficial.

For part two of my C4T Assignment #4, I posted a comment to Tina Barseghian's post from November 27, 2012 "Physics in the Hands of a Seven-Year-Old". This post was about a seven year old boy named Audri who made a Rube Goldberg machine with pencils, marbles, a toaster, books, pen tips, a paper roll, and a wine glass. You can view the video of his chain reaction machine HERE! Mrs. Barseghian wrote that Audri wants to study robotics at MIT and eventually become a theoretical physicist. This video definitely shows the ingenuity of kids and what they have the potential to do. The video OK GO’s This Too Shall Pass inspired him to create his machine.

I commented on the post about how much I loved this video. I used to love doing things like that when I was little with my twin brother. Our little contraptions were on a much smaller scale, but we used to line up the dominoes and other household items, too. I know this little guy has a great future ahead of him! He is super creative. I thanked Mrs. Barseghian for sharing this video.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Progress Report on Project #16

Option C Either as an individual or a 2 or 3 person person group, create a video of 1-2 minutes that can be used as a part of the fund raising effort surrounding the University of South Alabama’s 50th anniversary. Details of the contest (which has a prize of 2 iPads for the winning group - or one iPad if done individually - 3 IPad minis if done as a 3 person group) will be available on the EDM310 Class Blog by noon Tuesday November 11, 2012.

My group and I chose option C for project #16. We have met several times to discuss what we want our video to reflect about the University of South Alabama. We have already taken pictures to include in our video, also. I think our video will be very good, and I cannot wait until it is finished!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Blog Assignment 13

Brian Crosby, Agnes Risley Elementary School, Sparks, Nevada, Back To the Future
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This video really concentrates on collaborative and active learning in the classroom (and outside of the classroom). Mr. Crosby teaches fourth, fifth, and sixth graders. Most of the students are second language learners. As a teacher, he is trying to give his students experience so they can build schema. His class has one to one laptops and and all students have their own blogs. With his class he sent a balloon up over a hundred thousand feet. Through this activity, the class met several science, history, and language arts objectives. The classes got hands on experience then wrote about the experience and posted pictures. The class then individually wrote a high hope for their school, their community, and for the world and posted it on their blogs. These types of activities allow the students to build their learning network, too. This type of learning is empowering the students and is motivating. Mr. Crosby also spoke about a student in his class who had leukemia, so she had to stay home because of her immune system. He used Skype to really included her in the class.


I really enjoyed this video. I loved the little girl with leukemia and how happy she looked to be involved in the classroom. I think the types of activities Mr. Crosby is using in his classroom are very effective and active for the students. I agree that so many teachers focus on teaching their students to prepare them for tests and such that they are not motivating the students to learn. When students become motivated to learn then it is amazing what they can do. I plan, as a teacher, to incorporate this type of learning in the classroom. It also makes school more interesting and exciting when you actually get to be active instead of reading a textbook, answering some questions, and then memorizing it for a test.

A Vision of Students Today by Michael Wesch
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This is a short video about the characteristics of students today. It is about how they learn, what they need to learn, what their lives are like, and what their lives will be like in the future. This video pretty much illustrated the thoughts that college students have when they think about education. How will this help me? Why am I purchasing a $200 dollar book that I will never use? Can my teacher be any more enthusiastic about this? Students are obsessed with technology these days. They spend so much time on laptops, Facebook, twitter, cellphones, etc. Why not use technology as a medium for teaching then?
As a student, I can totally relate to the students in this video. Most of the things my teachers teach me I never use again. Most of the ways they teach me are boring and stagnant. Most of the work I do is not helping me at all. I could keep going on and on. The world is changing. Therefore, teachers need to change too. Adapting to the students and what they enjoy is something I hope to accomplish when I become a teacher. I want to be a teacher who is relevant and motivating. I want my students to enjoy school and enjoy learning. Even though, I wrote above that most of my teachers were not helpful, there were also many who were. Those are the teachers who I learned the most from and still use the material I learned in the class to this day. Those are the teachers I look up to and hope to be like.

Love My Teacher

Monday, November 19, 2012

C4K Summary for November

For my C4K #8, I was assigned to Alex M in eighth grade.
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Alex M is an eighth grader in Mr. Boylen's Class.
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Alex's latest post was titled "Wind Catcher". It was super short post about the reason he liked the book Wind Catcher. He says he likes it because he can understand it. It is about a boy who buys a sail boat with his own money. Apparently he was going to purchase a scooter at one point in time, but decided to save his money for a boat.

When I left my comment, I first introduced myself to Alex. I told him that I live in Alabama and that I go to school at the University of South Alabama where I am getting my degree in elementary education. I also told him about my blog for EDM310 and a little bit about the class. I wrote to Alex that I haven't ever read the book, but it sounds interesting. I commented that it was cool that the boy was able to purchase the sail boat with his own money. He must have saved up for a while. If I had enough money to buy a sail boat, I think I would by something different, though. I might buy a car. I am not much of a sailor, but I do like to fish. I asked him what he would buy if he had enough money to get a boat? I commented that I wonder why the boy in the story decided to get the sail boat instead of the scooter. Maybe, he likes being out on the water. I wrote to him that I hope he find more books he can understand and enjoy reading!

For my C4K #9, I was assigned to ibramseys13.
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Mr. Cometti @jpcometti Robertsdale High World History:
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ibramsys13's latest post was about Marie Antoinette who was a ruler that lived lavishly. This post contained lots of information about Antoinette, including information about her parents and siblings. She had fifteen brothers and sisters, lived in a palace in Habsburg, and married King Louis XVI. Antoinette had four children, but only one (Marie Therese Charlotte) lived to adulthood. According to this post, people did not like having Antoinette as ruler because she spent so much money and enforced high taxes. Eventually, a revolution broke out and the French revolted against the Government. Louis was executed and later Antoinette was killed by the guillotine, which was a popular killing device.

When I left my comment, I first introduced myself. I wrote that I live in Alabama and that I go to school at the University of South Alabama where I am getting my degree in elementary education. I also wrote about my blog for EDM310 and a little bit about the class. I commented that I did not know any of this about Marie Antoinette until reading this post. It was very informational and well-written. I asked the students what he/she would do if he/she was in Antoinette's position? I asked, "Would you spend all that money, too?" Also, I commented that I could not imagine having fifteen brothers and sisters. I have one brother (my twin) and one sister, and I think that is plenty. I am glad my parents do not have to decide who I marry because that could be catastrophic! I commented that this was a great post and for ibramseys13 to keep up the good writing!

For my C4K #10 - Ms. Nelson and Ms. Yim (created Checklist) @theparentsview Daphne East Elementary 4th grade
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"Montgomery Field Trip Projects: It is amazing what students can do when the technology is put in their hands" This post had four movies and a picture of the class with Gov. Bentley. I was assigned the movie about Rosa Parks specifically.

The Rosa Parks video had several pictures of Rosa Parks, and a recording of the students explaining who she was. She was an African American woman who refused to give up her seat for the white people. The video also had a couple pictures of Martin Luther King Jr. who also had a profound impact on the Civil Rights Movement. The post had a picture of the students all having iPads. They were using them to either take pictures or video Governor Bentley.

When I left my comment, I first introduced myself. I wrote that I live in Alabama and that I go to school at the University of South Alabama where I am getting my degree in elementary education. I also wrote about my blog for EDM310 and a little bit about the class. First of all, I have always loved Rosa Park's story. I have written several papers and given many reports on her. Her determination to stand up for herself is encouraging and inspiring. I also, loved the picture of the kids with Governor Bentley. They were so excited to meet him. Man, I would be too! I wish I could have went on that field trip! I think it is important for children to know who are governor is and what he does for our state. This field trip sounded like a great experience for the students, and I know they took a lot of information away from it just because their videos were so informative. I really enjoyed watching the videos. I especially liked looking at the pictures while listening to the student's explain them. The video looks like a fun assignment for students to do after a field trip to a place like our capital. It definitely gives them a chance to talk about everything they saw and learned.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Blog Assignment 12

Classroom Management

Classroom Management
1. Watch New Teacher Survival Guide: Classroom Management (11:35).

Write two or more paragraphs about classroom management. What kind of obstacles do you think you will face as a first year teacher? What tips and strategies from the video will you use in your classroom?

2. Summarize each of the following videos and what you can learn about classroom management and rules from each them.

Watch this cartoon on the difficulties of writing good classroom rules: CLASSROOM RULES (2:29)

Watch Creating Classroom Rules (1:44)

Watch What Will Our Rules Look Like? (1:58)

Our Classroom Rules

3. Now, create a list of rules that you might implement in your classroom.

Song The Rules of the Classroom Part 1 (0:44) and Part 2 (0:41)
I just thought these two videos were cute! You do not have to write about these two videos in your blog post.

1. New Teacher Survival Guide: Classroom Management

This video is about a new teacher who is trying to improve the management of her classroom. She talks with a management expert, Jackie Ancess, and applies what she learns to her class. This video shows the before and after of her class. It gives teachers tips for keeping control in their classrooms. Some of the tips include creating a consistent classroom routine, using individual strategies to target students who act out, using group strategies like positive narration, and using non-verbal cues to redirect students.

Even though this video is focused on a sixth grade classroom, I think the tips that are provided for teachers can be useful for all grade levels. One of my personal favorites is using non-verbal cues to redirect students. I have developed quite a talent for the teacher stare. Also, I really feel like breaking down lessons into their smallest components is a very important part of maintaining control in the classroom. Also, making sure to have extra assignments if lessons are done quicker than expected is a good tip to keep in mind. I loved the tip about using games and competition to engage the students. I have found that this strategy works for me. If I am challenged I will most probably do my best and succeed in whatever I am doing.

2. What I learned from these videos:

This is a cartoon about the difficulties of writing good classroom rules. It portrays how hard it can be to right perfect rules. Rules are what keeps the class in order, so it is important to develop good, working rules. You don't want to have too many, but you want to cover everything. The cartoon shows exactly how agitated teachers can get. Teachers may even want to resort to, as the cartoon says, calling in sick... The students can make their own rules!

Creating Classroom Rules
Speaking of students making their own rules... This is a short excerpt from Creating Rules with Students in a Responsive Classroom. It showcases a third-grade class as they group rules together. They organize all the many rules they have listed into categories. I think this can be a good idea for some classes because it helps the children understand the rules, and they also have ownership over them and, therefore, are more likely to obey them.

What Will Our Rules Look Like?
This video is about a first grade teacher who uses discussion and an activity to help students understand how to act according to the classroom rules they have created together. She has the students draw a picture for each classroom rule to show her what they would look like if they were following the rules. I think this would be a good activity for young kids, but not as much for the older ones. (I did get a good laugh out of the girl swinging her hair around at the beginning of the video!)

3. After quite a bit of thought, I finally decided on the rules I would use in my classroom. Of course, these are subject to change, but for right now this is what I came up with. These are in no particular order.

Miss Alison's rules:
1. Listen when your teacher is talking
2. Raise your hand to speak
3. Keep your hands to yourself
4. Respect adults, respect others, respect yourself, and respect your school
5. If it's not yours, don't touch it
6. Follow all directions
7. Come to class prepared and on time everyday

Know The Rules

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Blog Assignment 11

First Graders in Ms. Cassidy's Class
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Ms. Cassidy is a first grade teacher in Moose Jaw, Canada. She is a strong believer in using technology in the classroom. In the video she allows her students to demonstrate the type of ways they use technology in the classroom. The students have blogs, they have a classroom webpage, they use wikis, they make videos, they Skype, and they use Nintendo DS. They use all of these tools to collaborate and share not only with their classmates but with other students, teachers, professionals, etc. The kids really enjoy this type of learning atmosphere. They are excited about coming to school and working with technology.

Technology in the Classroom

Skype Interview with Ms. Cassidy
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In the interview, Ms. Cassidy talks about how she got involved in technology. She got involved ten years ago when she got five computers in her classroom. Programs could not be put on the computers, so she started looking on the internet to find out what she could do with her students. She started by making webpages and blogging. Afterwards, she just added more and more things as she learned. The kids really enjoy it. She says that technology is not going away. It is here to stay, so we might as well embrace it and use it to its full potential.

Before this class, I never even considered using all of these types of technology in the classroom. This is not because I do not think it is effective; I just had no clue about any of it. When I was in elementary school, we did not do things like that. I am thankful for this class because I really feel like I have learned a lot of new techniques for teaching students. The only things I thought I would possibly use were SMART boards if the classes had them, grade book tools, and online portfolios. Now that I am aware of tons of other tools out there, I am thinking in a totally different way. I might incorporate blogging into my classroom instruction. I think Skype is a great tool as well. It is a way of connecting with other students, teachers, and experts. Also, I will definitely have a webpage for the class. They offer such a great way of communication. It is a great tool for making announcements. The parents can go on and see what their children have due and when. I could put instructions and information for the students' assignments. It also is a great way to showcase students' work, so the parents can see. I have only ever had one or two teachers with webpages, and they were extremely helpful. Videos of instruction can be posted on the webpage for students who were absent or needed a refresher in the material. Contact information and class schedules could be placed on there. I love the idea of having a webpage, and I will definitely have that! I think blogging is a good tool for students because I think they would write better if they new someone other than just the teacher would be reading it. When people comment on their posts, the students would feel encouraged to write more. Next thing you know, the students are wanting to write. They do not complain or groan when you say it is time to write. They get excited! That is my main goal as a teacher- to get my students excited about learning. When your having fun, it is like the brain soaks so much more in. Yes, I want my students to excel and show improvement in academic areas, but most of all, I want them to LOVE TO LEARN!

C4T #3

Teacher Tom - Thomas Hobson
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Thomas Hobson is a preschool teacher, writer, artist and the author of "A Parent's Guide To Seattle". For the past 10 years, he has been the only employee of the Woodland Park Cooperative preschools. The children come to him as 2-year-olds in diapers and leave as "sophisticated" 5-year-olds ready for kindergarten. The cooperative preschool model allows him to work very closely with families in a true community setting. He intends to teach at Woodland Park for the rest of his life. He loves the kids and loves the families.

For part one of my C4T Assignment #3, I posted a comment to Thomas Hobson's post from October 23, 2012 "How An Emergent Curriculum Works: Constructing It Ourselves". This post was about a lesson on spiders that was constructed on the spot by children and their own interests. It started out when Teacher Tom found a 300 square foot spider web in his Halloween decorations. He took it out to the kids when they were playing outside. The kids stretched it across the playground. When the kids came inside, Teacher Tom had them sit altogether on the rug for a discussion time. Immediately his students began sharing information about spiders. Instead of the teacher getting them to concentrate on the 300 square foot topic or having to be the person with all the information, he let the children share what they knew about spiders. The discussion had turned into a scientific exploration on spiders. Teacher Tom felt like from this experience, the students had learned much more from discussion with classmates than they would have if he had forced material on them about spiders.

I commented on how I really enjoyed reading about his experience with the students, and their information related to spiders. I love how he let the children construct their own learning discussion instead of forcing material on them. Sometimes, I think students do not learn material because they feel it is work to learn, instead of it being fun to learn. I also commented that I agree with his opinion on peers becoming competitors instead of contributors. Students think they have to compete for better grades instead of encouraging each other and helping each other learn. I wrote that he seems like a very thoughtful and dedicated teacher and thanked him for putting all his effort into his teaching and his blog.

For part two of my C4T Assignment #3, I posted a comment to Thomas Hobson's post from November 8, 2012 "Where Our Focus Ought To Be". This post was about Teacher Tom's perspective on how families that value education tend to have children who thrive in school. He wrote about when he was growing up and how his parents were always learning with him and helping him achieve at high levels. He says that this is why he got a good education. He writes about how there are parents who cannot help their children with their schooling. He says that low income parents are working several jobs to provide just the necessities. How are those parents supposed to be involved in their children's education? They can't. Also, there are parents who speak a different language and have no way of helping their child understand. Teacher Tom says that children can have the best teachers, the best books, the best building, and the best curriculum, but most students still need their parents to succeed. He states that if he was put in charge of education budgets, he would focus on parental involvement. He believes this is the way to improve our schools.

I commented that I could not have stated this any better myself!! AND I CAN"T!!! So please go visit the blog and read the post. I completely agree with him. To this day, I give my mom complete ownership for where I am in my academics today. I have a twin brother, and we both have excelled in school. This is not because we just have that "brainiac" gene or because we attended the best schools. It is because my mom took her time to get involved in our schooling and encourage us to achieve at high levels. My mom had to work and my family was not extremely well off, but we were blessed and enjoyed everything we did have. My mom was not able to come to every function because of her work schedule, but she came to what she could and helped in every way possible. This post is right on target. I say let's put Teacher Tom in charge of the education budget!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

C4K Summary for October

For my C4K #3, I was assigned to Kate in fourth grade.
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Kate is a fourth grader in Ms. Dunlop's Class.
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Kate's post was about her trip to New York for her birthday gift. She wrote about the train ride to the hotel and the glass elevator in the hotel. She also wrote about what she did while she was in New York. She went to see the play Mary Poppins, and she also went to the American Girl Doll Store. She said that the store was three stories high. Kate loved her trip to New York!

When I left my comment, I first introduced myself to Kate. I told her that I live in Alabama and that I go to school at the University of South Alabama where I am getting my degree in elementary education. I also told her about my blog for EDM310 and a little bit about the class. I wrote to Kate that I have never been to New York, but that must have been the best birthday present ever! I asked her if she enjoyed the Mary Poppins play. I told her a three story shop sounds like it would hold a lot of dolls. I also wrote how I was on a glass elevator one time when I was younger, and it was really cool to be able to see everything around me while it was moving. I do wonder if people who get car sick get sick in elevators like that, though. I told her that I hoped she gets a chance to go back to New York again.

For my C4K #4, I was assigned to an 11th grade US History Research Seminar post "From the Mouths of Babes".
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This is a post on a class blog kept by student-authors and their teacher Mike Gwaltney (@MikeGwaltney)at Oregon Episcopal School.
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This post was about "What does it mean to be American in 2012?" The author of this post and her partner for this project asked a second grade class their opinions and got back answers like "freedom" and "taking care of each other". The author wrote that these second graders were upset at the fact that voting is not taken seriously and that citizens should fulfill there rights and vote. The people completing this project also emailed relatives and friends asking what they felt it means to be an American. Through replies to these emails, second grade opinions, and some extra research, they found that the core part is freedom. It was mentioned almost every time they asked.

When I left my comment, I first introduced myself. I told the author that I live in Alabama and that I go to school at the University of South Alabama where I am getting my degree in elementary education. I also told her about my blog for EDM310 and a little bit about the class. I wrote that I enjoyed reading her post. I told her about how I observe in a third grade classroom currently, and I have learned that some of the craziest but also wisest things come "from the mouths of babes". I too would say that the key part of being an American is the freedom that comes with it. I believe that America offers many opportunities, and it is what we as Americans do with those opportunities that makes the difference. A little bit of hard work and perseverance goes a long way. I also commented about my strong opinion on voting. As soon as I was old enough, I was registering to vote. I believe that voting is an American right that should be taken seriously. I thanked her for her thought-provoking post.

For my C4K #5, I was assigned to Zea.
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She is a fifth grader in Mrs. Goerend's class in Iowa.
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Zea's post was about her finding out about her newborn cousin. She is a very descriptive writer. When I was reading her post, I could feel what she was feeling, because she was using so many descriptive words. She began by telling her readers that it was March, and it was late at night when her mom called her grandmother asking for her. When she anwered her mom had the good news that Zea's baby cousin was born. She found out it was a girl, and that her name was Hope. Zea could not wait to see her little baby cousin. You could feel the anticipation in her writing. Her cousin lives in Arizona, so she knew it would probably be a while until she was able to take a trip from Iowa to Arizona to see her cousin. Her mom told her that they all would be going to California in June and would get to see her then. She said that she loved the trip and cannot wait until she can go back as a family.

When I left my comment, I first introduced myself. I told her that I live in Alabama and that I go to school at the University of South Alabama where I am getting my degree in elementary education. I also told her about my blog for EDM310 and a little bit about the class. I wrote that I enjoyed reading her post. I told her how she was very descriptive, and when I was reading I could feel how she was feeling. That is a great characteristic to have as a writer. I told her that I had a niece who was born in March, too. I also have a niece that is four. I commented that they live close by though, so I get to see them quite often. I thanked her for sharing her story, and wrote that I hope she gets to go back and visit soon.

For my C4K #6, I was assigned to Elizabeth.
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Elizabeth lives in the Rocky Mountains. She is in the fourth grade. She loves to do gymnastics and read. Her favorite book is Matilda.

Danielle Spencer Canada @iambeamer
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Elizabeth's post was a short summary about herself. She wrote about living in the Rocky Mountains in Alberta where people like to do winter sports like hockey, skiing, and snow boarding.She wrote about her love of gymnastics and reading. She also wrote that she does not have any brothers or sisters.

When I left my comment, I first introduced myself to Kate. I told her that I live in Alabama and that I go to school at the University of South Alabama where I am getting my degree in elementary education. I also told her about my blog for EDM310 and a little bit about the class. I wrote that it is probably super cold in the Rocky Mountains, and that I could not imagine having to live in such a cold place. I have never been skiing or snowboarding. I have always wanted to, though. I told her that one day I will do it, and I will most probably brake every bone in my body! I have never played hockey either, but I have been ice skating. I am not very good at it. I did gymnastics when I was younger, and I absolutely loved it. I told her that I have one brother and one sister. My brother is my twin, and my sister is eleven years older than us. It was not planned, but we all have the same birthday (Sept. 24). I told her I enjoyed reading her blog and thanked her for sharing the information about herself.

For my C4K #7 Special Edition, I was assigned to the Irish Blessing post.
Dr. Paige Vitulli and Dr. Susan Santolli are in Ireland attending the Ireland International Conference on Education. Their blog is Vitulli & Santoli Eyes on Ireland.

Irish Blessing

This is what the Irish Blessing post contained. I commented to Dr. Santoli and Dr. Vitulli that I have never been to Ireland, but I love the Irish accent. Actually, I think I love all accents! I wrote that I hope both of them are enjoying themselves and are learning a lot. I have actually never heard of the Irish Blessing, but it is beautiful. After the week I had last week, I commented that this was encouraging and definitely a blessing. I have decided that I am going to be more optimistic about the outcome of this week! I thanked them for sharing.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Special Blog Assignment

USA Today article "A World Where Grades Will Be Left Behind" by Mary Beth Marklein
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Sebastian Thrun
Sebastian Thrun, a Google Vice President and research professor, founded an education company called "Udacity". This company wants to revolutionize education by making learning free and as entertaining as possible. One question I have is this. How is this going to be free? Tax money? Federal money? Also, I agree that learning needs to be fun to be effective, but it still needs structure. I just think there are a lot of questions and situations that need to be addressed concerning this. If we're looking for education to fit individual ways of learning, then something like this could be a solution offered to students. I guess they could experiment with this and see the outcomes. They could study the results and see if it would be effective.

I do think that education needs some changes. Frankly, I am sick and tired of children being taught to do well on standardized tests instead of taught to succeed in real life! I just do not know if I want to jump on the band wagon for this idea just yet. "No one is late." "Failure is not an option." What?? I think that life is full of failures and successes and that we need them both. I have never failed speaking specifically about grades in school, but I can say that I have failed at many things in life. I let those failures push me to be better, though! I am not sure we should do away with failures. Also, I like having teachers who know me and want to see me succeed. With online classes catering to so many students, I'm not sure that would be the case. Education needs to change. I'm just not so sure it should be like this.

Blog Assignment 10

John T. Spencer
Visit His Blog Adventures in Pencil Integration

I'm a Papermate. I'm a Ticonderoga.

This cartoon by John T. Spencer is a mock of the I'm a Mac and I'm a PC commercials.
If you have not seen them, you can CLICK HERE to see the I'm a Mac and I'm a PC commercials. I personally own a PC because I can not afford a Mac. I do not really have an opinion on which one is better than the other. I am just thankful that I own a laptop. I take care of it and try to use what it offers to the best of my ability. I guess if I had the money and was trying to decide whether to get a Mac or a PC, then I would form an opinion and see which one would offer the things I use most. Since that is not really an option for me, I will just stick to my PC and be happy!

I do think that EDM310 has been helpful in that I can learn about the Mac and the associated programs by going to the lab. I would not have had the opportunity, since I do not own a Mac, to learn about the things that Mac's offer. I am definitely grateful for the lab! Oh, I am grateful for the lab assistants, too!

Why Were Your Kids Playing Games? by John T. Spencer
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In this post, Mr. Spencer writes a set of dialogue about being called into the Principal's office. He gets in trouble for allowing his students to play games in the classroom. The principal has no tolerance for this and tells him he needs to prepare his students with rote memorization. Mr. Spencer tries to explain that the games were engaging the students and helping them connect to what they were learning. He even adds that soldiers play games and doctors do simulations as a part of their education.

The fact about this is that their will be teachers, principals, administrators, etc. who believe in what Dr. Strange calls the "Burp-Back" method. They fill the students' heads with loads of information, get them to memorize it, then have them burp it back up on tests, and afterwards they forget everything they learned (no memorized). Educators need to realize that the real way students learn the material is by getting engaged and relating the material to themselves in some way. Practice makes perfect, right? Why are we having our students practice memorizing? So they can be perfect at memorizing? That should not be the wanted outcome. We should want students to truly learn, and through games not only can they have engaged learning, they also have fun and enjoy learning.

Now, I do want to make a point about games. I have been in classrooms where the teacher allows the children to goof off and play games that have absolutely no relation to learning. I am not supporting that. I think those teachers need to ask themselves why they are teaching in the first place if they are not even willing to put in the effort for their students to learn. There is a difference between games that promote learning and games that promote occupying the students with no productive reason.

Avoid Social Networking by John T. Spencer
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I found this post very interesting. It was about the district office HR representative explaining at a staff meeting that teachers have to avoid any site that allows for social networking with the students. The teachers were bringing up points where they often see students. For example, volunteering in a church youth group, running into students at the grocery store, coaching a baseball team, a family friend of a student, etc. The representative was pretty much telling them that they cannot interact with a student at all outside of school. It is sad that there has been enough inappropriate things happen that it would come to this, but it is so true that teachers have to be careful when it comes to relationships with the students. Now, I think the representative was taking it way too far in this case. I think students need to have relationships with their students because like one of the teachers Mrs. Jackson says, "It seems that the best way to model appropriate adult behavior is to interact with kids and be a positive role model." I feel like you have to have a relationship with your students to really invest in their educational journey.

Don’t teach your kids this stuff. Please? by Scott McLeod
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Mr. McLeod's point in this post was to say go ahead and keep your kids away from the new technologies. His will use them and have an even bigger advantage over yours. I loved the sarcasm and agree with him on the importance of teaching our kids about technology. Technology is an avenue for kids to create, learn, and share. It would be harmful to keep them completely away from it. I think it is a good idea for parents to monitor what their children are doing on the internet, though. The internet is a great place for learning when used properly, but it is also a place filled with things that kids do not need to get involved with. I think it would be a good idea for parents to talk to their children about the positives and negatives of the internet, but that means parents have to be technologically literate so that they know what those positives and negatives are.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Project #10 - Personal Learning Network 1st Progress Report

For my PLN, I am using Symbaloo. I have a Home Webmix and an EDU Tools Webmix. They helps me keep track of all the different people, websites, and tools that I use as a student and a future educator. Currently, my PLN consists of several social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and many more. Through these sites I can keep in touch with all the people I have met and can rely on for information. I follow all the people you suggested on the Twitter List. I have gained much from these individuals in particular.
Mr. William Chamberlain @wmchamberlain
Mr. Joe McCling @jkmcclung
Ms. Wendy Drexler @wendydrexler
Steven W. Anderson @web20classroom
Ms. Jenny She @jshe
My PLN also consists of different websites that contain useful information for educators. One is Edutopia and another is At the Teacher's Desk Blog. I have a tile in Symbaloo for TED, so I can access videos of great speakers like Sir Ken Robinson. I have other personal sites that I use to access things like the news, my bank, the school website, the library, music, stores, etc. I also have a tile for the EDM 310 Class Blog. Even though my PLN is not complete, I do not think they ever can be. They should always be changing and growing. PLNs are a work in progress always. I am an organization freak, so I really enjoy how organized Symbaloo is. I am looking forward to finding more people, websites, and tools for my PLN.
My Symbaloo

Project #12 Book Trailer

Blog Assignment 9

Mr. Joe McClung
Joe McClung

At the end of each school year Mr. McClung writes a blog post reflecting on his adventures, accomplishments, and learnings. Listed below are the posts. This post is part of a series of posts at the blog At The Teacher's Desk.

May 27, 2009 What I've Learned This Year (2008-09)
June 15, 2010 What I Learned This Year (2009-10)
June 23, 2011 What I Learned This Year (2010-11)
June 13, 2012 What I Learned This Year - Volume 4 (2011-12)

The two posts that I chose to read, summarize, and comment about are the last two (2010-11 and 2011-12).

June 23, 2011 What I Learned This Year (2010-11)

This year was a year of a lot of firsts for Mr. McClung. It was his first year to teach at the same school for more than one year, first experience as a head coach, first experience coaching cross country, and first experience as a computer applications teacher.
Know Who Your Boss Is
I can definitely relate to what Mr. McClung is saying here. He is saying that although we may want to please people, we have to make the students our first priority and make sure we are focused on them. I am working part-time at a job where I have been for almost three years while going to school full-time. Although, sometimes it can be overwhelming, I love my job and am blessed to have it. Many times I am asked to do several favors for several people. Like Mr. McClung, I am a "people pleaser", so I do my best to help my coworkers out. Sometimes I end up in a situation where I am so wrapped up in completing work for others that my priorities and job duties get pushed out of the way. I have to take a step back and realize that my job duties are my primary focus and come before any "people pleasing" assignments. This is parallel in the teaching field. Students are who we are there for and need to be our first priority.
Don't Expect Others to be as Excited About Change as You Are
In this section, Mr. McClung states, "moral of this lesson is that you cannot allow others to stifle your own excitement and joy that you experience in teaching or any other facet of life for that matter." Well, all I can say is I really needed to read this. Again, my situation is a little different, but the lesson still applies. Lately, my twin brother who also attends South and is studying Engineering has been "stifling my excitement and joy" for teaching. He refers to teachers as having easy and effortless jobs and has made me feel worthless. I know he has not done this intentionally and only out of harmless teasing, but it has resulted in me losing my excitement for teaching. Mr. McClung has helped me understand that I cannot let what other people do or say, whether it is other teachers in a professional development session or my own brother, influence me to stray away from what I love and enjoy.
Don't be Afraid to be an Outsider
This lesson is simple and straight to the point. Do not be afraid to be yourself. Do not let what other people think of you change you. Be yourself and be proud of who you are. That is a life lesson right there.
Don't Touch The Keyboard
Here, Mr. McClung is saying that if you touch the keyboard or take over the task students or employees are trying to learn to do, then they will never learn how to do it by themselves and you will end up doing it for them. I am really glad I am reading this right now, because I am struggling with the same thing. Currently, I am training (and have been for a while) a student who is taking my position at work since I have been given new job duties. I am quite a bit of a perfectionist and many people would say I am OCD. The fact is that I like things to be done timely, and I like them to be done right. I have very high expectations, and when people don't meet them I tend to take control and do it for them. This is exactly what has been happening at work. I need to stop touching the keyboard and allow the student to make mistakes and learn from them. Even though I cannot stand for things to be wrong, I can no longer do her work for her. I have to set aside my preferences and let her learn.
Don't Get Comfortable
This lesson is simple to understand, but difficult to do. As Mr. McClung wrote, teaching can become an easy job to get comfortable in. As a teacher, I will have to resist that temptation. I will have to strive to be better every day, and I will have to continue to challenge myself even if it is in a way I never dreamed of doing it. I do not want to ever become complacent or stagnant in my position. When I become a teacher, I want to always be improving and moving forward. I want to always keep my passion for children, and I want to motivate them to be the best student they can be and motivate myself to be the best teacher I can be.

June 13, 2012 What I Learned This Year - Volume 4 (2011-12)

This year only two underlining themes really stuck out to Mr. McClung.
You Gotta Dance With Who You Brought to the Dance
For this theme, Mr. McClung writes about how this year he has been overly concerned with what his peers think about him and his teaching methods. He has realized that he has to concentrate on what has gotten him this far- making sure his kids are having fun and enjoying his class. I could say I am a person who cares about what other people think. I usually do not change myself to fit what I think they want, but I still care. When I begin teaching, I am sure I will come across this point and need to remember this lesson about staying true to who I am.
Challenge Yourself
Mr. McClung began noticing this year that he was becoming a bit comfortable in his teaching. He was using old lesson plans and becoming lazy. His creativity was shriveling up and his class was suffering. This next year he will be teaching a different subject, and he is excited for this change. He knows it is important for teachers to always challenge themselves so that the students will benefit from the class. I will definitely take some lessons to remember away from this. Honestly, they could have not come at a better time. It is time for me to get my self together and get going!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Blog Assignment 8

Richard Miller: This Is How We Dream Parts 1 and 2
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The first video is about how writing has changed. We can now communicate globally instantly instead of writing being done with paper, a pencil, and books. We use word processors instead of writing on actual paper. Instead of having to go to libraries to find books and research, a person can find information on the web. You can also purchase ebooks. Another change is that collaboration can be done, and images, videos, and sound can be added to text. Dr. Miller displays many different examples in the video to explain how all this change has affected writing.

The second video is about working in the new digital environment. As educators we need to be able to share our ideas freely. Dr. Miller talks about using material, producing alternatives, and not having any limits. The nature of communication has changed, and educators must stay up to date with new technology. Before we know it, our students will be using even more various types of technology, and we need to understand these technologies and be able to teach students how to use them.

It is hard for me to understand how the world is changing so much, but at least I know it is changing. I can, therefore, adapt my teaching strategies to the changes, so my teaching is as effective as possible. I believe there are teachers that do not realize the changes. I loved how Dr. Miller encouraged his audience not to let their own limits keep them from achieving great things. To be honest, I had a little trouble following the technology part of these videos. It was pretty advanced. I blame this on myself. It just tells me that I have some learning to do in respect to technology. I believe I am prepared to write with multimedia, but I can be even more prepared by discovering new tools and using them.

Blog Post #12 by Carly Pugh
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Carly's blog post is a suggested assignment. The assignment is to create a YouTube playlist with videos that describe or reinforce our teaching philosophies. After watching YouTube videos for way longer than I should have, I can say that Carly is right. Not only is YouTube addictive, it is also a great resource. Carly had so many great videos about possibility, creativity, and achievement. There were also videos with teaching tips and videos about motivation. I may start putting some of my favorite videos into a playlist of my own. Carly did a great job with coming up with an assignment that is so helpful.

The Chipper Series and EDM310 for Dummies
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View EDM310 for Dummies Here

Both of these videos were fun to watch. Th Chipper Series is about procrastination and incomplete work. It shows where laziness will get a person, and that is no where! Time management and responsibility are important. Chipper talks about her decisions and how they affect her. When she neglects her responsibilities and does not do what she is supposed to do, she ends up getting constantly fired. She eventually realizes that Dr. Strange was right in his teaching techniques. EDM310 for Dummies is a video promoting the book EDM310 for Dummies, and explaining that edm310 is not meant to be a hard, frustrating, and impossible. The video is saying that all a person needs to do well in this class is a step by step guide for all the different things we do in the class. Although, this book looks like it will do that, Dr. Strange pretty much lays out our assignments step by step with pretty good detail. If you just take the time to read and watch instructions and give the class your best effort, you should have no problems in the class. If I was to make a video, I would probably make one about the most common mistakes when commenting on posts. I have seen a lot of comments that were not effective, and a video about the wrong and right ways to comment on blogs would be helpful. Well, That is as long as people watch it!

School bus going the opposite direction of the school
Learn to Change, Change to Learn
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In this video, educators are talking about the need for change in classrooms. I cannot believe the U.S. Department of Commerce ranked education number 55 out of 55 in the use of IT. That is ridiculous. Also, I loved how the one person said, "every turned off device is potentially a turned off child." I agree with the arguments made in this video. The approach they are saying teachers should take is to make classrooms fun involving technology and communication instead of children becoming bored and viewing education as something that is not enjoyable. Students are already using all kinds of technology in every day life like phones, text messaging, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Why not use these in the classroom? Students would become more engaged in the learning process and would be able to use and apply what they learn not only in the classroom but also outside of the classroom.

Scavenger Hunt 2.0
Discovery Education Web 2.0 for 2011
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Web 2.0 is interactive, accessible, and collaborative.
Visit Discovery Education's WEB 20.11 Site Here
WEB 2.0 Tools is where you will find the Scavenger Hunt.

2.) Locate the tool that most likely created this presentation. Once you find the site, look at the top right and click Pricing. Write a paragraph about the nice deal they make for students/teachers.
This presentation was filmed from an original prezi presentation at http://prezi.com/. You can view pricing at http://prezi.com/pricing/. Students and teachers receive good deals on this site. It is free for the Prezi Edu Enjoy license in which you would get 500 MB storage space, be able to make your prezis private to secure your content, and use your own logo instead of Prezi’s logo.

3.) Find a tool to make-your-own comic strip. Create a comic. Post a picture of it in your blog.
I used http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/ to create my comic.
I could not get my comic to show up on my blog large enough to be able to read it, so you can CLICK HERE to view it.

5.) Find a tool to create a poll anywhere and at anytime. Create your first poll and post it here.
I used http://www.polleverywhere.com/ to create a poll.

Summary C4T #2

Sheamus Burns: The Learning Brain
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For part one of my C4T Assignment #2, I went to Mr. Burns blog and read his post from September 28, 2012. Since he has switched blogging formats and Tumblr just allows notes, I was not able to leave a comment. Therefore, I will summarize his post then write what I would have commented if I was able to. In his post, Mr. Burns wrote about how he has been recognized by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and has been asked to take part in their year long Teachers of the Future Program. He also had a his school's webpage URL available for people who wanted to read more about this.
Visit His School's Webpage Here
I visited the school webpage and learned that Mr. Burns has been a Visual Art Department faculty member at the Lawrenceville School for the past six years. He was one of twenty teachers nationwide chosen for the program and will lead an online discussion forum designed to share innovative ideas and teaching techniques.

If I would have been able to leave a comment, I would have first congratulated him on this outstanding achievement. I have never heard of the NAIS or the Teachers of the Future Program, but from what I read it seems like it will be an exciting program to work with. I would have wished Mr. Burns the best with his discussion forum and thanked him for his dedication to schooling!

For part two of my C4T Assignment #2, I went to Mr. Burns blog and read his post from October 15, 2012. Since he has switched blogging formats and Tumblr just allows notes, I was not able to leave a comment. Therefore, I will summarize his post then write what I would have commented if I was able to. In his post, Mr. Burns asked for help in judging his seniors' design class inventions. The seniors at the Lawrenceville School in Design for Social Impact came up with designs and prototypes for new products. They announce the winners on Wednesday.

I went to the web-link that was provided (https://sites.google.com/site/lvilledsi/). I took a look at all the different designs and descriptions. There were all kinds of things. Some of the options were a Fan Bookmark, a Self Sustaining Solar Lamp, a Stair Slide, earTunes, a Monday Morning Mirror, The Insect Annihilator,and many more. My two favorites were the Fresh Scent Fan and the The Mixed Drinker 4000. I enjoyed looking at them and reading about them. The class did a really good job of creating a wide variety of innovative designs.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Blog Assignment 7

The Networked Student by Wendy Drexler
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Personal Learning Network
The Networked Student is a great video to help people understand networked learning in the 21st century. This video is cartoon-like because it uses pieces of paper to portray information. I really liked this approach. It kept me entertained and helped me follow along with the information that was being given. Honestly, I believe that this is what the schools of tomorrow will be like.

The video was about a student in a psychology class in high school. This, as the video mentioned, could be any student in any class in any school. The student had no textbook and his teacher never lectured. His teacher was a student of connectivism, a theory that learning is done as part of a social network with various connections and ties. This is done through many tools of technology. This teacher empowers her students to take control of their learning and make connections with others during the learning process. Therefore, the student builds his personal learning network. He looks up valid information and shares it with others via networking tools. Through each connection, he has a new learning opportunity.

Personal Learning Network
I felt one of the most critical parts of this video was the teachers role in a networked classroom. Why does the networked student even need a teacher? Well, as the video stated, teachers should be the guide for the students. Information management can be a challenge and that is why it is critical for the teacher to know as much as possible about all the useful technology out there. First of all, teachers are the ones who teach the students how to build these networks and how to effectively use them for learning. One thing is for sure, students will always have questions. The teacher needs to be there for students who get stuck, need advice, or need answers to questions. The teacher also models the correct ways to communicate and how to differentiate good and bad information.

the roles of teacher, guide, coach and leader
When I was thinking about this role the teacher plays, I thought about how Dr. Strange always says he prefers being seen as a coach instead of a teacher. I think this idea goes hand in hand with the role presented in this video. Teachers are no longer the only means of information, so their role has changed. They teach students how to obtain information instead of giving it straight to them. Coaches encourage, correct, and push their students to be the best they can be. I found a video that represents this teacher as a coach role. It does not have to do specifically with technology, but it shows how teachers "coach" their students to greatness.
Great Teachers: "Coaching"
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Detroit Public Television highlights some local teachers who strive to make a difference in students' lives. These teachers want to build a long lasting relationship with their students and show them how to work as a team. This video is just eight minutes long. Please, please, please take a moment to watch this video and see if you think taking a "coach- like" approach will benefit your students.

A 7th Grader's Personal Learning Environment (or PLN)
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Welcome to My PLE, a personal tour by a seventh grade science student, was very interesting. The student sounded really engaged in her learning and liked the freedom she had to search the web. The PLE in this video was built using http://www.symbalooedu.com. This student's PLE is extremely advanced and my PLN is just getting started. I look forward to learning about all the tools there are to help me as a teacher prepare students for the best future they can have.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Blog Assignment 6

Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture
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Randy Pausch's Last Lecture

Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch's video is about his childhood dreams, enabling the dreams of others, and how to achieve those dreams. Pausch had about ten tumors in his liver. The doctors told him he had three to six months of good health left. He was in really good health at the time of this lecture and was not depressed about his situation. He just took it and made the best out of it. He gave this last lecture at the university on September 18,2007 in the McConomy Auditorium. He passed away July 25,2008. This last lecture about his lessons learned and advice for others on how to achieve dreams is inspiring.

Pausch spoke about a time when he was at football practice and the coach had brought no footballs to practice. The coach wanted to work with the fundamentals, on what most of the team would be doing without the ball, since only one person actually touches the ball at a given time. Through approaches like this, Pausch felt he learned the most. Even to this day he feels most comfortable on a football field. He also told a story about how his coach was being really tough on him at one of his practices. He learned that this was a good thing because when people stop telling you that you are doing things wrong, that means they have given up on you. Critics are the ones that still believe you can do it and care. That will definitely stick with me.

Another thing that I really took away from his lecture is that brick walls are there for a reason. They make us prove how badly we want things, because they are there to keep the people who don't want it bad enough out. Also, I learned that there is a good way and a bad way to say "I don't know".

Pausch also talks about his course on building virtual worlds and shows some examples from the class. When he stopped teaching this course, he started working in the Entertainment Technology Center. It was about artists and technologists working in small teams to create things. I love the fact that the students are having fun while learning something hard.

Pausch talks about people who help us achieve our dreams. Those people are parents, teachers, mentors, friends, and colleagues. Some things that I really got out of this lecture are "never lose the child-like wonder", "help others", "focus on others, not yourself", "brick walls let us show our dedication", "listen", "don't complain, just work harder", "find the best in everybody", and "work hard".

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Project #9a TimeToast Timeline

Early Inventions: Household Heroes

C4K Summary for September

For my C4K #1, I was assigned to Moses at Pt England School.
Visit His Blog

Moses is a fifth grade student in class 13 Pt England School, Auckland, N.Z. He likes to play with his brother at home, and he also likes rugby. Ms. King is his teacher.Visit The Class Blog

Moses posted a short story called the "The Little Mouse" on his blog on September 19, 2012. It was about a mouse coming out of his hole after a long winter sleep. The mouse went outside and ate some cheese and ran to get some other food. It was too cold, so he went back to his hole to sleep. Not long after, the mouse wanted more food.

When I left my comment, I first introduced myself to Moses. I told him that I live in the United States and am currently going to school at the University of South Alabama, so I can become an elementary teacher. I compared myself to the little mouse in the story, because I seem to want food often too! I told him how my dad is always asking me how I stay so skinny, because all I do is eat. I always say that I cannot help it that food is so good! I then asked him what kind of foods he likes. I also told him how I am like the mouse, because I like to sleep when it is cold. I snuggle up in all my blankets, and in just a few seconds I am sound asleep. I asked him if he liked to sleep. Then, I told him about when I was younger, and how I was always so active that I would never want to slow down enough to take a nap. Now, I wish I could take naps, because work and school can really wear a person out. I thanked him for sharing the story!

For my C4K #2, I was assigned to Cooper in Mrs. Krebs @mrsdkrebs 8th grade in Iowa.
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Cooper is an eighth grade student in Mrs. Krebs' class. He loves to play and watch sports, and his favorite teams are the Miami Heat, New York Yankees, New England Patriots, and the Iowa State Cyclones. He plays baseball, basketball, and football. He likes to use computers and other kinds of electronics. Visit The Class Blog

Cooper posted a picture of his class and explained that this week (the week of September 25th) is their homecoming week. He wrote that they start the week off by going to Gehlen, because that school and their school will be merging next year. They also share the same football team. The class also decorates their hallways for a homecoming contest. On Tuesday, the class dresses in all gray for Monochromatic Day. On Wednesday they wear fifty of one thing on their bodies for 50 Nifty Things Day. This is to celebrate Spalding's 50th anniversary. On Thursday the class dresses as a herd of animals for Herd Day. Cooper's class dresses as cats. Friday is Spartan Spirit Day, so the student's dress in as much black and gold as possible. They go back to Gehlen for a homecoming parade and play the Okoboji team in football.

When I left my comment, I first introduced myself to Cooper. I told him that I live in Alabama and that I go to school at the University of South Alabama where I am getting my degree in elementary education. I told him about my blog for EDM310 and a little bit about the class. I wrote to Cooper that I read how much he likes to play sports. I told him how I like to play those sports, but that I am not too good at them. I asked him questions like "How did your class do in the homecoming decorating contest?" and "What did you wear fifty of for 50 Nifty Things Day?" I told him how I did not know how his teacher is going to be able to concentrate and teach the class on Herd Day, because every time she looks at her class to speak she is going to see a whole bunch of cats! I told him that I hope he has a great time at his homecoming parade and that their football team wins.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

My Sentence Video

Blog Assignment 5

iSchool Initiative
The iSchool Initiative by Travis Allen
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Travis Allen's ZeitgeistYoungMind's Entry
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Travis Allen launched a digital learning revolution demonstrating the capabilities of mobile learning in the classroom. He formed the iSchool Initiative dedicated to revolutionizing education. He wants to prepare our youth for the digital world they were born into. The iSchool will be built on apple's iTouch platform. It is a handheld device that could change the ways of public education.
Students would be able to have access to their classes anytime and anywhere. Parents would also be able to monitor their child's progress in classes easily by just accessing a computer or phone. The iSchool would save schools and students money. The cost of an iSchool would be around 150 dollars. Compare that to the costs of supplies and books now; that is a lot of savings. According to Travis Allen, it is 600 dollars worth of savings. It would also have a great impact on our environment by reducing or maybe even completely ridding student's use of paper. Technology has changed so many things that we do everyday from shopping to communicating. Why not let technology impact the way we learn too? Travis Allen asks "Does technology belong in our classrooms?" Well, he convinced me. You can check it out now at the link I provided and make your decision.

Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir
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A choir ensemble of 185 people peformed Lux Aurumque without ever meeting or performing together. The entire performance was put together through the internet and then posted on You Tube.
Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir

Wow! This is an amazing example of use of the internet. I would have never even guessed that it was possible for that many people to sing the same song separately, and then the songs be put together as a choir without even being together. I enjoyed listening to the voices, and found the video incredibly interesting.

Teaching in the 21st Century by Kevin Roberts (John Strange version)
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What does it mean to teach in the twenty first century? Kevin Roberts asks this question in the video several times. Honestly, I have never really thought about it. I always think of teaching like how my teachers taught me, but this video showed me that this is not the case at all. Things have changed and will continue to change, and I, as a teacher, will have to adapt my role to be as effective as possible. I can say I want to be the best teacher I can be, I want to empower my students, and I want to make education fun for them, but I cannot do any of this until I know what my role is and how to do it. Roberts states that we as teachers are no longer the main source of knowledge and information. Students have so many different tools to use to find any information they need at their fingertips. It is now the teacher's job to be the "filter". We have to teach the students how to handle all these resources. Roberts says, "We need to rethink the tools we use and the types of problems we ask students to solve." He is right! We need to prepare them for their future properly. I love how Roberts contrasts entertainment and engagement. Engagement requires active learning and solving problems. Entertainment does not. One of the first things I thought when watching this video was, "so what do I do now?" Good thing for me, Roberts included that in the video too! He lists four steps. First, see what is out there. Second, start small. Third, collaborate. Fourth, take a risk. Now, I think I can do that! I will find out what it means to teach in the twenty first century, and I will do it!

Flipped Classroom

Katie Gimbar "Why I Flipped My Classroom" and "Flipped Classroom"
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Dr. Lodge McCammon "Dr. Lodge McCammon's FIZZ - Flipping the Classroom"
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Ms. Munafo "Flipping the Classroom - 4th Grade STEM"
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The concept of flipping the classroom is a great idea. It is a way of decreasing in-class instruction time and increasing application in the classroom. Their are usually three sets of students. Their is the middle set who get most of the teaching. Then their is the higher group that is not being challenged. Their is also the lower level group that is struggling and can't keep up. Ninety percent of class time was spent on delivery and review of content, and the small left over ten percent was spent on application. Flipping the class changes all of this. Students watch videos of their teachers giving the information at home previous to coming to the class. Then students can pause, rewind, or move forward. They can learn the information at their own pace. This means that ninety percent of class time is now spent on application and the other ten percent on the delivery of the content. This allows teachers to work with students who each learn at their own pace. This way of providing effective differentiation is an outstanding idea that I will definitely consider using in my classroom. I once had a teacher who put podcasts of her teaching instruction online. She also provided notes with blanks, so students were not trying to write every piece of information down. Instead students were able to watch, listen, and concentrate on the teacher instead of concentrating on writing all the notes down. Students were also able to go back and watch the podcasts if they did not understand something or were not able to follow along at the teacher's pace. The student could rewind and re watch material that he or she knew she needed to work on more. Flipping the classroom is something I will look into when I have a classroom.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Blog Assignment 4



Langwitches Blog
View blog at http://langwitches.org/blog/category/podcasting/
1st Graders Create Their Own Read-Along Audiobook.

In this post, Ms. Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano talks about the podcast she made with first graders. She read a book to them one chapter at a time and then discussed it as a class. Afterwards, she typed up all the questions and answers students had came up with during that time. Then, the students recorded the questions and answers from the "script" she had written. Each student had a chance to record their voice. Ms. Tolisano writes about how shy and quiet students were coming out of their shells because of this. Through this process, she was seeing students improve in confidence level and voice expression. Just some of the skills addressed through this were speaking, presenting, voice acting, oral fluency, and comprehension.

Judy Scharf "Podcast Collection"
Podcast Collection

Judy Scharf includes benefits of podcasting in education, tips and suggestions, and tons of other resources for creating a podcast in her "Podcast Collection". She defines a podcast as a "radio-style" talk show. She writes about how podcasting is easy to do, and that every educators should take advantage of it as a resource. It can convey any information, so any teacher can use it for whatever their needs are. Some of her tips to succeed are making sure you spend enough time learning the software you use so you are comfortable with it, let students have a choice of topics, have example podcasts for them to listen to, allow plenty of time for completing the project, and allow students to show as many people as possible their presentations, because they will be very proud of their work.

"The Benefits of Podcasting in the Classroom" by Joe Dale
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Joe Dale's post includes a video about podcasting in the classroom. One of the benefits of podcasting that he lists is how podcasting is an effective way of interacting with students outside of the classroom. For example, students who are absent can watch podcasts, so they do not get behind in the class. Another benefit is that it promotes creativity and innovation. It is easy and makes learning more memorable for the students. Also, parents can hear and see what their children are doing in school. He includes links for podcasting video tutorials which I believe will be helpful in the future when I do my podcast.

Project #5 Presentation

Summary C4T #1

Scott Jelias: Do I Dare Disturb the Universe?
Visit his blog at http://blog.scottjelias.net/
For part one of my C4T Assignment #1 I posted a comment to Scott Jelias' post from February 8, 2012 "Convening a Professional Study Group". Scott Elias is currently in his second year as the principal of Conrad Ball Middle School in Loveland, Colorado. Prior to coming to CBMS, he spent three years as an assistant principal at Loveland High School and two years as an assistant principal at Greeley West High School. He spent the first 9 years of his professional career in the Broward County School District in South Florida serving as an assistant principal, technology coordinator, and a teacher of math, statistics, and physics.

In the first post, Mr. Elias wrote about the test scores at his school. Since he was not satisfied with them, he decided to create a Professional Study Group. He does not like the fact that kids are taken out of the classes they love like band and art and made to have extra time in the classes they dislike and do poorly in just so that the teachers do not have to be placed on an improvement plan. Mr. Elias stated, "There are too many highly intelligent and committed educators in my school who want to be involved in the process of making things better." This is why he developed the Professional Study Group, which is about a dozen teacher who come together and share ideas about how to supply their students with the tools to be successful in school and life.

I commented on how I was inspired by his dedication to his students and their achievement. I wrote that I thought it was fantastic that he wanted his teachers to be involved in the process. I also commented that I agree that standardized tests are not the best way to determine what students know, but that is the way it is. Therefore, we must prepare our students the best we can. I wished him success and let him know that I would love to know how it turns out.

When I went to do my second comment, there had not been another post, so I looked through the older posts. I came across this post "PhocuseD 3: I’m doing this, why?" posted on January 23, 2012. It was very inspiring. It was about him trying to get his PhD and becoming very discouraged with the struggles that come with school, kids, bills, etc. He said that when he wants to give up and quit he sees how far he has come already and the positive results that lie ahead in the future if he finishes. Mr. Elias said, "Heck, if it was easy everyone would have a PhD." All I could say was "SO TRUE!!"

I commented that his post was encouraging not only for those who are working on getting there PhD but for everyone who is dealing with a situation in which they feel like giving up. I have been in that situation myself several times, and like he said, I have to remember the reason I am doing what I am doing and press on towards my goal! This was inspiring to me because he was able to admit his struggle and encourage others to not let their struggles stop them from pursing their goals.
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