Sunday, March 25, 2012

Blog Post #8

Dr. Richard Miller

Dr. Richard E. Miller describes how writing in our society is undergoing a large change in it's history. At the beginning of the movie, Dr. Miller describes the importance of books in a childhood and how he always dreamed of working in a environment that books had a role in when he got older.

The idea that greatly influenced this movie is the use of the internet and what all we can find on the internet without even having to go into a library or reading a book. From past experience, when I was little and had to do a project, our teachers would always send us to the library with pencil and paper and tell us to do our research. Now days, students can sit in their classrooms on the computers and do their research there. Technology has advanced so much over the past few years. I am a nanny for two children and in their classrooms at school they have at least 3 computers and one computer that is for the SmartBoard. They are very smart when it comes to computers and knew way more things about a computer than I did when I was there age.

I am a big fan of how technology is becoming more interacted with the students in school these days. I feel that it is a great way to get them used to using them in the future. Although, I do believe that students should also have to use pen and pencil sometimes in the classroom as well. That also gets them used to the "real world".
This Is How We Dream

Carly Pugh
Carly Pugh is a fellow student at the University of South Alabama. Carly created a playlist on YouTube with videos that described her teaching philosophy. When comparing Carly's post and Dr. Miller's post one thing that stands out the most to me is that Carly wants to have projects such as blogs, podcasts, and audio books in here classroom; where as Dr. Miller wants more of everything that a student does be done on the internet. I believe that in a classroom students should use the computer as well as the old school pen and paper to do their assignments.
Carly's Blog

The Chipper Series vs. EDM is Different
I found The Chipper Series to be very entertaining. Chipper is a person who thinks that she can step-up the system and breeze through life without giving much effort at all. After the FAA shut down her "so-called school" Timeline, she decides that she is going to be a teacher. She finally sees that the madness of EDM310 is worth it in the end. No, EDM310 is not a breeze. It is totally different than the other classes that I have. I have learned so much new information and tools from EDM310. I can now use Google Docs, make a podcast from scratch, start and maintain a blog, and tweet with other teachers and students. Stating your opinion and how you think about things is a great way to stand out in the world and make people notice you. I believe that previous students from EDM310 have created great how to videos for current students in the class. At the moment I can not think of a video idea that I would like to create. However, I hope to in the near future. I believe that having videos that you can go watch and get the how-to's for something had made this semester in EDM310 so much easier for me.
EDM310 for Dummies

Learn to Change, Chage to Learn
The video Learn to Change, Change to Learn in composed of several people who are very knowledgeable about the education system today. One fact that stood out to me the most was "Education was ranked the lowest, below coal mining." That was after they ranked 55 industry sectors by their level of IT intensiveness. That right there should make people stop and think. That fact should make people who are in the education field today want to step their game up and get more involved with the technology advances that are being made each and every day. I can not wait until I am able to walk into a classroom full of my very own students and be able to have the most fun you can at school. The most exciting thing to hear is that a child had fun at school that day, not it was boring and he or she hated it.

Scavenger Hunt 2.0
The scavenger hunt was a great idea. I found it very interesting to see how much stuff is actually on the internet that can be used in the classroom today. Here are some things that I found.

1. Smart Board Revolution is a website that I found to very similar to the popular Facebook. It is a website that allows teachers all across the world to develop and share projects that they have created on or for the Smart Board. I have used the Smart Board in a few classes at the University of South Alabama and I found it very interesting how it all works. I also see that throughout the school systems in Mobile and in the surrounding areas, classrooms are using them as well. I would have loved to have something like this as a child instead of the normal chalkboard or whiteboard.
Smart Board Revolution

2. A tool that I found that would be interesting to use if a person was doing a slide show or some sort of project that involved pictures. The name of it is Picsviewr. It allows you to edit your pictures and make them more appealing to the eye. It also helps to make your photos into more stimulating presentations. I would love to use this for future projects in school and also in my own classroom.

3. I decided to make my own poll. The tool that I used to make my poll is called Polls Everywhere.

Create your own sms poll at Poll Everywhere

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Blog Post #7

The Networked Student
I enjoyed watching The Networked Student video by Wendy Drexler. It was very entertaining and to the point. I also enjoyed how they had cartoon pictures to tell the story instead of real people. I think that it made it more enjoyable for children if they were to watch it. I believe that connectivism is a great theory to follow in a classroom. This type of learning allows children to create a PLN and learn things by themselves. There are various podcasts that students can subscribe to and they can listen to them and learn new things.

By creating a PLN, it allows students to visit many sites and get different information about the subject that they are currently learning about in the classroom. It also allows students to interact with other students across the world and they can share ideas about the same subject that they are studying.

I feel that teachers should be in the classroom for the students in case they may have a questions about what they are learning. Learning has evolved so much over the years and students are more in a self-learning basis. It is commonly seen in today's school classrooms where technology is being used more and more. Teachers are also there to help the students pick out the bad information they have collected from the bad. Also, teachers are there to filter the content that the students can find on the websites from their PLN.

The Networked Student

A Seventh Graders PLE

The video that I watched of the seventh graders PLE was very impressive. I know that when I was in seventh grade, I did not know that much about the internet and would not have been able to create something like that. Her PLE is larger than my PLN but with time mine with grow once I get used to using it. I hope to have several educators websites so that I can use them in my very own classroom.

A Seventh Grader's PLE

Saturday, March 10, 2012

C4T #2

Jenna Bentley's Blog

Is the glass half empty or half full?
In Jenna Bentley's blog, the first post that I read was talking about peoples outlook on life is so critical to how we live our lives. Some people think it is easier to look at everything that is wrong with out lives, and we tend to drown in our problems rather that embracing the joys of our lives. A quote that she stated in her post was, "He didn't need any other bribe other that his love for life." Time get hard, situations get old and belief withers away. But if you can see past that, if you can open your eyes enough to look at your problems head on, then don’t be worried – everything will be okay.

I commented on her blog and said, I enjoyed reading your post about the saying is the glass half empty or half full? I love the sentence that states, “he didn’t need any other bribe other than his love for life.” That sentence is very powerful. Also, the last paragraph of your post caught my eye. I believe every word you said. I wrote that paragraph down and posted it in my notebook for school. (: Thanks for the motivating words.

Jenna Bentley's Blog

The second comment that I left on her blog was the blog post called Recipe for Defeating Fear. In this blog post Ms. Bentley talked about many people having dreams of being fearless. But in most cases that is not true. Standing tall, and facing fear right in the eyes and defeating it with one swift motion. To do that we have to find the cause of fear, accept it, and face the reality of its outcome. She states that there are two steps that you must overcome to face ones fear. Step one Coming to terms with the fear you are trying to face and step two taking action. Everyone must face their fear so that they can go on with their everyday life. Fear is just something that we must face, accomplish it, and bear with the reality of the outcomes.

In response to her blog post, I commented back on it and said I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class at the University of South Alabama. I enjoyed reading your blog post. It was very helpful with me and facing everyday fears. Many people in today’s world have fears that they are scared to face. But that is a major problem. If they do not face them then they will not be able to move on with their life.

PLN- Project #10

This is a screen shot of what my PLN looks like. I was already a member of several of the websites that were on the PLN as I started working on it. Some that I added were Pinterest, Skype and the University of South Alabama homepage. I was confused at first when I started working on my PLN but I found out that it was very interesting after I figured out the use of it. It is such a great tool to have because it saves time having to type web address in and searching for them on google or other search engines. A PLN reminds me of Pinterest in a way. For those of you who do not know what Pinterest is, it is a website where there are people all over the world "pinning" things to a board they have made and viewers all over the world can see them. I catch myself sometimes pinning things that I want to do in my classroom. I find it very similar to my PLN. I hope to add more blocks to my PLN as I go on in my schooling and throughout my teaching career.

Time Toast- Project #9b

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Blog Post #6

Randy Pausch Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams
Last Lecture

After watching Mr. Pausch's video, I found that he presents a lot of interesting information that I found would be very useful in the classroom. He gives tips on how to work with students and to push them academically in the classroom. Teachers should always be their students number one fan and push them to achieve their goals.

Students should be reminded daily that they can achieve anything that they set their mind and brain to. Mr Pausch says "students can be having fun while learning something hard." I believe students learn and remember more of a subject is they are having fun while learning it. Not one person should not be able to accomplish their dreams. If it gets tough then try harder. Motivating students is one of the greatest impacts a teacher can have on a student.

Mr. Pausch had a goal of being in the NFL when he grew up. However, he did not achieve that goal. He did start playing when he was nine. People need to get the fundamentals of something so that they can achieve more in that sport or maybe even subject. When you are doing something wrong and no one tells you, that is a very bad place to be. Your critics will always be there telling you what you are doing right and wrong. That criticism will stick with you the rest of your life.

Two quotes that Mr. Pausch stated in the video that stuck out to me are, "Inspiration and the permission to dream is huge" & "experience is what you get when you didn't get what you want." Those two quotes I find are very motivating for me as well as students in the classroom. Reading these daily will always help you to remember that you can achieve anything that you put your brain to.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

C4K Summary of February

C4K Summary #1:

Jose's Blog

In the blog that I commented on, Jose stated that he writes because his teachers tell him to and because he likes to express how he feels about a situation.

I commented back to his blog and told him that that was a very good quality to have. Not a lot of people like to write. There will be times when his teachers to tell him to just write about something, then there will be times that his teachers will give him something to write about. With that being said, I then told him to make the best of what the subject is that his teacher gives him to write about and put good imagination in it.(:

C4K Summary #2:

Tolman's Blog

In Tolman's blog post that I read, he talked about riding snowmobiles. He said that it was fun because you go fast. He also likes to do jumps while he is riding his snowmobile because he feels like he is gliding in the air. He rides with his mom and dad in the big open field that they have.

I really enjoyed reading your blog post about riding snowmobiles. It seems as if it is something that you really enjoying doing. I unfortunately have never road a snowmobile before. I think I would be very nervous about that. I am not a big fan of riding something that goes fast and not having some sort of seat belt. Also, you mentioned you liked to jump while riding. I could never be able to do that. I would be a nervous wreck the whole time. Thank you for sharing your love for snowmobiles. I hope that you are very safe while riding them as well. One minor thing that I would like to point out is that you "i's" in your blog post are not capital. That is a very important thing to do when you are riding.

C4K #3

Ryan's Class Blog

In Ryan's blog he told about the party called Fat Tuesday. He described the colors green, gold, and purple and what they meant. Green stands for faith, purple stands for justice, and gold stands for power. He also told about the special cake they have called the king cake. There is a small baby hiding in the cake and whoever finds it in their slice of cake has good luck for the year to come and then in return has to buy the cake for the next year.

I enjoyed reading your post about New Orleans and Fat Tuesday. I found it interesting about what the three colors meant. I had no idea that there was meaning behind the colors for Mardi Gras. One thing that I do suggest when writing a post is to spell check your paragraph and make sure there is correct punctuation throughout the post. Other than that the post was good and I learned something from it.

C4K #4


In the blog that I read, the student's name was never mentioned. But the student was talking about taking a cruise with his family. He said that him and his siblings would try to be really nice to each other and they would listen to each other more. He/she said they could also all play a bunch of games or if they didn't want to do that they could relax as a family. He/she said that it would be cool to say that they have been to a specific place if they study it in school. He/she said that going on another cruise would be one of the best memories of their life!

I replied back and said, I enjoyed reading your post about going on a cruise. I have been on a cruise before and it was so much fun. I liked how you said that you and your siblings would try to be really nice to each other. That is something that I would say to my parents about my brother and I. Family vacations are always fun and great times to have bonding time. Also, it is fun to be able to say I have been there when you are learning about places in school. It’s neat to see if fellow classmates have been there as well.