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
View The Chipper Series Here
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
Watch Video Introduction Here
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.


  1. It is good that you are very open to technology changing so quickly. I also believe that our teaching methods will change every year due to the additional technology that teachers will recieve through their schools. Your blog post was very informative on everything you posted about. The examples that you provided were very good. I didn't see any grammar errors. Good Job!

  2. Thorough, Thoughtful, Well Done! It's getting monotonous. Than you very much for the excellent work you are doing and your delightful blogs. You were the winner of the best blog of the week last week!