Sunday, December 9, 2012

Project #13

Project 13, for my group Problems Children.
Kayla Szymanski
Sidney Jensen
And this post by Annie Turner,
We have used so many types of technology in this course! We have had the best opportunities to learn about Skype, Facetime, Google Docs, SMART boards, PLNs, YouTube, iMovie, iPhoto, iBook, blogs, and so many other collaborations. I have used Skype prior to the class and loved it from the beginning. I love how we can integrate it into our classrooms and connect with teachers and students from around the world. Facetime is one of my favorites as well. I have used Facetime prior to this class and thought it was great how you can talk to someone like they are there in person.I have used this to collaborate with my group this semester and it was very helpful. Google Docs is amazing! I love how you can share documents with anyone you want, whenever you want and it is accessible anywhere! I am so glad that tool is available for us as teachers. SMART boards are awesome! I can't wait to learn and do more on those in the classroom. They are so interactive and engaging for children to apply their learning. I can see so many things I can do on the SMART board in my classroom to get the students motivated! I am also glad to have found my PLN (Personal Learning Network) and to be able to add teachers and experts to it as I find them for future references. I'm sure it will benefit me in the future when I'm teaching. YouTube is such a huge part of this class and I feel very lucky to have used it so often and see how to embed videos or share them in different programs. iMovie, iPhoto, iBook are all wonderful programs!! I have really enjoyed creating movies, videos and the iBook. I have learned so much like how to insert pictures, videos, text, charts, hyperlinks, make movies, detach audio from a recording, upload photos, import, export, edit, crop, re-size photos, etc. I must say the possibilities are endless when it comes to technology! I am so fortunate to have learned so much in this course and to have all these technologies to use and get for my own classroom. The students will be so excited to start learning about them! All the blogs we had to visit and comment on were great experiences and showed me how there are so many educators out there willing to share anything you want to know. I can only hope that the school I become a teacher in has as many great technologically advanced devices to utilize as we got to learn about in this class!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Monday, December 3, 2012

Final Project #16

This video is mostly describing the challenges in EDM310 and advice for going into the class. The challenge in the beginning, finding your own inspiration in the middle, and reflection of EDM310 is in this video.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Final Progress Report on PLN

December 1st 2012

My final PLN has more links to different teacher blogs around the United States. I have also added my favorite assignments of teachers blog post I enjoyed this semester.

October 27th 2012

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Final C4K Summaries for November and December 2012

The first comment I left was for a ninth grade student Justin. His post, “Veterans Day History and Tribute”, talks about the previous wars America has been involved in. Wars such as World War I, World War II, and Vietnam are what Justin refers to in his blog post. He gives various statistics on the wounded, as well as the troops who sacrificed their lives in the wars. I thanked Justin for his support in our troops, and his useful information he provided. One thing I told him I did not know was Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day in America. Armistice Day was celebrated to thank the soldiers who were in World War I, but after World War II it changed to Veterans Day, to honor all veterans in our country. I enjoyed reading Justin’s post, and it brought a warm feeling to my heart for our troops.

Special Request

From my previous C4K post, I had a request from Mr. Boylen’s student Kelsi D. She requested in a comment for me to read her post on Brain Cancer and Title. I decided, instead of doing one of my assigned readings for this week, to summarize Kelsi’s two posts she asked me to read. I really liked Kelsi’s first post I read, and I did not mind to share her work again for my final C4K.

Brain Cancer: Kelsi D.
October 31st, 2012

The first post I read was called, Brain Cancer. It was about a young girl who found out she only had a few months to live due to her chemotherapy treatment for brain cancer. Of course the young girl and her family where devastated with news, but they pulled through in the end. She did not want to tell her friends or anyone that she was slowly dying; she did not release the news because, she did not want others to treat her any differently while she was sick. She did die in the story, but Kelsi said “death is only the beginning” at the end of her post.

My comment I left to Kelsi complemented her on her ability to change the themes of her stories so easily. She is always able to put herself in another person’s shoes, and keep the readers entertained. Even though this was a sad story, she kept it alive through some positive aspects.

Title: Kelsi D.
November 4th, 2012

The second post I left on Kelsi’s blog was for Title. This story you cannot picture by going off the actual “title” of the post. I think she did her title this way because it gets readers curious to know what the post is about; therefore, they must actually read the post to figure it out. For her story the two main characters are, Sarah and Kali. Sarah is a daughter of a famous explorer Edward Sweets. She is forced to live in the jungle for three months, while her father looks for the Golden Temple. Becoming an explorer herself, Sarah runs into the jungle man Kali. Kali is not use to people, but he knows quite a bit of English for a man living in the jungle. At some point in the story, Kali takes Sarah through an adventure, and teaches her a few things. Later, at the end of the story, Sarah marries Kali, and they both live in the jungle as a happy family.

This is exactly what I meant by how Kelsi can change directions with her characters. My comment to her compliments her work, and her good grammar. She is a great storyteller, and I can tell she loves to write. She is able to keep the reader’s attention, and is creative when it comes to adventures. I am just starting to read her novel, and so far it seems very interesting. I suggest others to go read Mr. Boylens’ class blog; you too will be amused by his students!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Final Project Report

For our project Sidney Jensen, and I are doing an inspiration video for mid semester Edm310 students. The video will consist of interviews of other Edm310 students, and uplifting music as well. So far we have sent emails to students in our class, but only heard back from a couple. We seem to have are topics, and questions ready to go now we are just waiting on interviews to keep the ball rolling. We set out for specific students, but I am hoping that does not change the impact of the video I want it to have. All we have is meet up days set for us, and questions for students ready to go.

Blog Post #13

“Back in the Future” Brian Crosby

Brian Crosby is an elementary teacher, who teaches 4th, 5th, and 6th grade with all of the same students from his 4th grade year. This video is a reflection on his 4th grade class, produced by TEDx Denver. This video relates to how students should be learning in the 21st century. From Smart Boards, laptops, Wiki’s, blog sites, and other social media connections Mr. Crosby’s 4th grade students are active learners. They are not just taking notes and then a practice skills test, no his students are actually reflecting what they learn through their blog pages. They share their thoughts and ideas globally with other students. His students do many projects; one of the main projects he discusses that his students have previously done was High Hope. It included a balloon with cameras for taking pictures, science components, and all of his students along with others written High Hopes for the project. Later, the students put themselves in a position if they where the balloon, no longer human, what would the experience be like and post it on their blogs. This whole idea helps the students to become creative while learning, and the blogging makes them feel important in the world. Brain Crosby makes sure his students are learning in the 21st century, with the new technology available and the audience of social media.

Another thing I found that I was absolutely amazed by was the part in his video about the home schooled girl name, Salest. Mr. Crosby was told by the school principle he would be getting a new student in his class, but he would never see her in his classroom. The reason why she could not participate in the class room is because, the poor girl had Leukemia, and if she went to class her illness would have gotten worse. Well Mr. Crosby was not going to accept the fact one of his students would be left out, so he made it his priority to include Salest in his classroom. He did this through video, Skype perhaps, to help her feel welcomed by everyone in the class. This is what makes a great teacher to not only show you care for your students, but you also care for their well being in an educational environment.

To tell you the truth I really wish Mr. Crosby would have taught my 4th, 5th and 6th grade classes for science. I must say those were the hardest years of my life to actually have to focus on school itself, and not just because my mother made me go to it every week. I think he is doing a great job with his students, plus they are enjoying themselves in a learning environment. He really does take it up a notch with the project High Hope, and I wonder if he had any other big main projects through other years with his students? I think some teachers need to go back and think of change. Obviously Mr. Crosby has and change is good!

“A Vision of Students Today” Michael Wesch & 200 Kansas State University Students

Michael Wesch, along with other students, made a video comparing learning of the past to the 21st century. It is just a clip of student’s reaction on how much the education system has changed, in addition to their personal opinions on how they learn as of today.
At first I thought the video was showing just students wanting something new in the class, like technology. I finally noticed that even technology did not satisfy the students. In order to learn in the 21st century, it is not just students who need to be involved in the up-to-date technology, the professors as well need to make lesson plans relative to the source. Students will not care to be creative with the new source, if the teacher is not ready for the change. The video also shows how much time they spend reading, writing, and studying in college. Most of the students, who are in the big lecture halls, do not even pick up their textbooks, or focus in on the class discussion. They are very bored in their classroom, you can tell by the look on their faces. Technology is really the only source to keep the classrooms alive, to make a change for the 21st century. All students should become active learners, not just younger grades. This is a challenge between old vs. new sources; I think the new sources of today have outrun the old, and the only thing keeping students from moving forward is the educators. Both students and the teacher need to be on the same page with the rest of the world.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Final Teacher Summary #4 for December 2012

Lisa Thumann: NY/NJ Mobile Learning Summit
September 30th, 2012

In Lisa Thumann’s first post she wrote about her busy work with the Mobile Learning Summit. She first talks about how she only has posted one post about every month this year. She list what her work schedule has been like, and explains that this is the reason for the few blog posts. She has designed SGEI (School for Global Education & Innovation) website, made a list of PD sessions for SGEI, contracted with Google Apps EDU Professional Learning Organization, and planned several events at Kent University.
One of those events is, the NY/NJ Mobile Learning Summit. Mobile Learning Summit is a group of leaders coming around to meet up and discuss what is best for the learners of K-20. They also show techniques to use in the 21st century, as well as let others share their own ideas freely. I left a slight comment on how I think her and the organization are doing a great job with developing technology in today’s classroom. I also commented how EDM 310 tries to inform students on the new sources of technology in a classroom setting. She has a pretty tough schedule, but she is doing a great job with her work.

Lisa Thumann: Untapped Apps on Google Drive
November 14th, 2012

In Lisa Thumann’s post she mentioned the different Google Drive apps and their functions. Most of the apps she talked about would be very useful for Edm 310 assignments. Apps such as the Pixlr Editor, WeVideo, and Twisted Wave we could have used for some of our projects. Pixlr Editor App lets you customize and edit images. The WeVideo App allows you to create and edit your own video, similar to iMovie functions. Last, Twisted Wave is an app used to edit audio or even sound effects from the computer. Lisa also told viewers how these apps can be used on multiple devices. This is due to the fact that, when you purchase the apps from Google Chrome, it follows your account and not the device. In my comment to Ms. Thumann I stated how these tips, on the Google Drive apps, would have been useful this semester. I told her how I wish I would have known about these apps would have came in handy for some of my projects. As well, at the end of my comment, I thanked her for her post overall.

Blog Post #12

For Blog Post #12 Dr. Strange wants Edm310 students to create a blog post related to our major. It must be something Dr. Strange himself would have assigned if he came up with the idea.

Kid Pix 3D

I am majoring in Elementary Education, and my grade level I plan on teaching is Kindergarten. I want to use technology as a source, but I do not want to put too much pressure on my younger students. Therefore, previously I watched a video on YouTube to give me a better picture on the 21st century activities in a Kindergarten classroom. I decided I wanted something that would grab my student’s attention, as well as put their little creative minds to work. One of the programs the video mentioned is Kid Pix 3D. This program allows you to make an animation story. The students can upload music, pictures, movie clips, and put it all together in a film. Also, the program by itself provides all the tools to create a good film clip. This I feel is better than creating a podcast story because, students are allowed to have 3D animation characters interacting in the story. This is the perfect program for the younger generation, to have them get started in the 21st century of education. It is simple, and can be very useful for the new techniques in the world today.

I would like for my students to create a short story clip, and get in the habit of using the new program. By having them create their own stories to share with the class, my students will be able to use their own words to express their thoughts. They will be using complete sentences in an exciting new way. Kid Pix 3D will be really fun and exciting for the classroom setting. Plus the students can post their creative film online under our class blog later on.

Right below I have my first try at Kid Pix 3D. It is a short story with a song I felt everyone can relate to. This program is free for 15 days, as well as suggested to school districts to purchase the program later. Sorry for the blurry scene, I need to upgrade my software, but you get the idea.

The Actual Assignment Blog Post#12:

For the blog post this week I would like for you to create your own Kid Pix 3D film. YOU MUST download the 15 day free trial, before you can have access to make the film. Your film must be appropriate for the younger grade level to watch. This means no inappropriate language or bad usage in the film what so ever. Create a short story film, no more than 5 minutes long. After you have made the video save the file, and follow the instruction for any questions in the Kid Pix 3D guide. This guide will be given to you after you have downloaded the program. Upload your film clip on YouTube, and post it on your blog. Under the video write a paragraph or two about how you feel this program will be useful in the 21st century. Include your own personal thoughts on the program. What did you like about it or what did you not like about the program? Would you use Kid Pix in your classroom? Follow the qualifications of Writing a Quality Blog.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Fun Video Clip of "Kindergarten Learning through Technology"

This is a video I recently found on Youtube,by Donna Guerin, will help me with my blog assignment #12. After watching this video, I feel South Street Elementary is truly integrating technology into a classroom setting! I posted this video just in case other students, who are going into the same grade level I plan to teach, would like to know what kind of kid activities are used with technology in a classroom.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Blog Post #11

First Graders in Ms. Cassidy’s Class

Ms. Cassidy is a first grade teacher located in Moose Jaw, Canada. She expands the use of technology among her first grade students, and goes out of her way to make sure her students are learning in the 21st century. She believes it is very important for teachers to be technologically literate, because of how much technology is a part of the world today. Teachers need to understand the new sources out there in order to teach today’s generation; some educators are still stuck on old technology, which will not help their students in the future. Teachers, like Ms. Cassidy, are learning how to use new programs to benefit education inside a classroom environment. Ms. Cassidy’s first grade students use plenty of sources a part of technology: Smart board, Internet(Web pages), Wiki’s, Skype, Nintendo DS’s, Blogs, and video components.

Her student’s absolutely love to blog. One of the reasons why Ms. Cassidy started a class blog was to let her students share their work with an audience; by sharing their work with an audience, it is inspiring her students to become better writers in their posts. With resources, through the internet, similar to PLN there are web pages. Her students look through a variety of pages, to find places for learning online. With Wiki one of the projects her students made was an alphabet demonstration; later, other Alabama students shared their own way to learn the the alphabet. Wiki also helps Ms. Cassidy’s students find fun facts, if they are curious to learn something new. Skype is another way her students stay connected to the world, through interviews with other classes. They use the DS’s to play learning games, similar to apps most likely on the iPad’s.

I would definitely use some of Ms. Cassidy’s approaches for technology in the classroom. One source of hers I would use is Wiki. Wiki is a great place to browse information, and keep the students active on the computer. I would also like to have my student’s blog, that way they can learn about other cultures around the world. Blogging is very important, and I think all teachers should make a class blog for education purposes. I would like for all my students to have a fun learning environment inside and outside of the classroom. To share their thoughts with others, and create new ides to help additional students along the way, is what I want to accomplish with my students.

When providing new resources in education, there will always be some sort of barrier blocking the way. Whether it is critics who do not like your method of teaching, or finding inappropriate data while browsing the internet, they both can have an effect in the learning atmosphere. Simply there can be ways to fix these barriers; one would depend on what you feel is best for your students, and the other barrier is an educational system problem. Ms. Cassidy mentioned in the Skype interview was how she had to have an older group of her students tell the story in the video because, students who were recorded in the video did not yet fully understand the new technological resources given to them. This can be a slight disadvantage in the classroom setting, if younger students do not quite implicit the new sources they are using. To prevent this disadvantage an educator can make sure to apply these new resources as daily activities.

It is wonderful to see how involved Ms. Cassidy’s students are with technology. All together, these approaches she uses will help her students keep their foot in the door for future references. I think the biggest thing the students will learn is how to reflect their ideas. Students can do this by going back through previous posts, and seeing their improvements in the year; this is the same thing we will do at the end of EDM310, which will be to reflect what we have accomplished in the course. I am glad I got a head start in learning new technology tools, before I dove into the learning environment.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

October and November Summary Comments for Kids 2012

The first comment I left was for a young man named Dilan. He wrote a post called, “2 Wheel Drive”. He and his friends started off driving a golf cart around when suddenly they came up with the idea to build a ramp. The first ramp was unstable, causing them to almost flip the golf cart. The next ramp they built was more stable, and they started to use the four wheeler. At one point in his post Dilan has a concern for his friend Cole because, he thought he fell off the four wheeler. Instead Cole was letting Dilan just try it on his own for his second try! This post was really great, and I told Dilan to make sure to keep in mind safety first.

My second comment was to a student in Miss Mac’s Out Standing Owls, named Sam. The student posted a picture of a Chameleon reptile. In the post she stated the length of the reptile, and the fact that they can hold on to a branch with their tails. I commented to her asking her a couple of questions of what was it she liked about the Chameleons. She later replied that it was her favorite because the Chameleon can change colors.

For the third comment Dr.Strange had us post a comment on Vitulli and Sanitoli’s: Eyes on Ireland blog site. My post was under the category, "Halloween in Ireland". They were not able to finish how Halloween was celebrated in Dublin, but they did leave a link “A history in Halloween”, by Paul Colella. Paul gives details of the history of Halloween when it started and the purpose of Halloween; the purpose of Halloween was to show the end of summer and honor the dead. As well stating later how dressing up in costumes, decorating houses, and passing out candy was a new way of celebrating Halloween. The site has more information describing the specific candy made particularly during this time of the season. He supplied nice fun facts about Halloween, and I commented on their blog that I have never learned the history behind Halloween. I did not know trick-or-treating was also known as guising, did you?
P.S. Later, Vitulli, replied Dublin celebrated Halloween similar to the United States.

My fourth comment was for Mr. Boylen’s 8th grader, named Kelsi. She had a whole story about her trip to Tennessee with her family called “Fuzzlelumps”. Between the long drive she visited some family members, and picked one of her grandmothers she had mentioned in her post. She went to Ripley’s Aquarium, white water rafting, Dollywood Splash Country, mini golfing, Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum, Bubba Gumps, Rain-forest Zoo, and went to see a 4-D movie. She also tells readers what her favorite things were at most of the places she visited. Her favorite things at the aquarium/zoo are the sea turtles, penguins, and lemurs. The best part she liked about white water rafting, was her brother almost getting knocked out of the raft. One bad thing she mentioned was at the water park she found out she was claustrophobic, because of a body slide that made her start to hyperventilate. I really liked Kelsi’s story, and I was entertained. I left her a brief comment, on her excitement at each place. I also mentioned she was tougher than I was, for participating in water rafting. I am still waiting to see, if she comments back about, how she came up with the title “Fuzzlelumps”.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Special Blog Assignment

A World Where Grades Will Be Left Behind” Mary Beth Marklein

This article was in the news of USA Today, about a man named Sebastian Thrun. Sebastian is a man who made a learning system revolving around technology. He is vice president of Google, and used to be a professor at Stanford. Today he is the founder of an education company called Udacity. His vision he set out to achieve was a school that was free, and fun. Udacity is an online source, with free courses taught by famous professors around the world. Where does the fun come in? Thrun and his staff made computer games, for the lessons taught by the professors. That is right his schooling consist of playing fun puzzling games, which are meant to challenge the mind. New technology and programs are emerging everyday; Udacity is only one of the top experiments for the new learning in the 21st century.

Sebastian Thrun also states in his interview, with Mary, “Grades are the failure of the education system.” He believes there should not be a limit set, based on someone’s skill. When someone learns a new skill, they should take as long as they need to master that skill. Grades should not be a part of the learning process; if there are exams they should be set separate from the learning process. His school is about mastering a lesson, not worrying about getting a good grade. Udacity is a different way to learn it is new, exciting, and entertaining.

For the most part I found his argument to be positive. I agree with his argument about how grades are holding others back from mastering courses in learning. If there were no grades, students would focus more on learning new sources rather than getting a good grade. However, grades also acknowledge how well a student’s performance level is, and it is important for the students to know this. What I do not agree with is learning through a game system. I feel it is ok to play games every now and then to get students involved in a lesson. I do not think computer designs should be the main source of a lesson, just like I do not think the whole classroom should revolve around technology. It is important to keep some of the basic learning material in a classroom such as, books, computers, paper, pencils, etc.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Blog Post #10

“I’m a Papermate. I’m a Ticonderoga”: John T. Spencer

While viewing Mr. Spencer’s picture, “I’m a Papermate, I’m a Ticonderoga”, I came across with his view of old technology opposed to new technology. It involves pencils, but the bigger picture he wants to get across is sometimes a higher price can be the better option. In my opinion it relates to a regular laptop and a Mac. One at first does not seem to be better than the other, except that a Mac cost higher than an ordinary computer, nevertheless a Mac has more to offer. We need to upgrade with new technology, cost can be a factor, good or bad depending on the software. Sometimes a little more spending is a good thing, especially when it comes to bringing technology in a learning environment.

“Why Were Your Kid’s Playing Games?”

This post was set as a conversation between Mr. Spencer and the principle at his school. The principle was mad at the fact role memorization skills were not being used in Mr. Spencer’s class. Instead he was playing a game with his students. His game was active, and it did involve a learning curriculum. But, the principle was not having it. He wanted students to do well on the role memorization test, not play a game.
The argument he had with his principle made it a point that the school’s main focus was the test; I feel test are very important, however no school policy should be focused around them. From reading other blog post about Mr. Spencer it seems he wants his kids to get involve with the 21st century of learning, but the school itself is stuck in the past. I think it is great that Mr. Spencer was playing a productive game with his students; the game kept their minds open to other possibilities of different ways to learn. If there is no involvement in the classroom, students will not care to learn the material. Sometimes a little fun needs to be in the classroom from time to time.

“Remember Pencil Quest”

John T. Spencer writes about his past sophomore year when his teacher was excited to play what was called, Pencil Quest. The game involved multiple pages and the usage of a pencil in a classroom, as well as a computer. The fact that they were active with a pencil, other than just reading a book, made it more exciting. He mentions the pencil was not that sociable, but they loved the fact that it was multiple pages they had to go through. He looks back now at Pencil Quest comparing it to new things out in the world day, major difference.

I think back at times when I was in elementary, and I would get all excited over similar things like Pencil Quest. Now, I look at how everything has changed around me to point where I wish some of the new sources today would have been around when I was younger; some kid’s will never know how great they have it today, compared to back then. Mr. Spencer questions how his students will look back on what they are learning now as appealing. It is such an amazing thing to have technology as of now, but I am pretty sure everyone does wish they would have had it back in the day. As educators we can help bring new sources into our student’s lives, and keep the cycles going from old to new.

I think the big point Mr. Spencer makes out of all his post is, recognize the change in the world as of today. We must bring technology into the classroom so that every student has equal chances as other students out in the world. His title to his blog is Adventures in Pencil Integration, which to me means, pencils are important still and so is technology. Does a classroom need to have up to date technology as the only source to learn, no! Pencils or other older materials are very important to use, plus we should not forget about them completely is another point I think he is trying to get across. There was another post I read about Mr. Spencer not wanting to do the Flip Classroom Method, called The Con Academy. It all came back down to the students, and can teachers focus on each student individually. This is the problem the visitor proposing the Flip Classroom Method was trying to make, we as educators look at what is best for our students as a whole, but what about what is best for students individually? The Flip Classroom Method is a way to solve the problem, by knowing how each student processes certain learning material we can better the education system. Technology is a possible way to make sure educators can do this in their classroom setting. We should not ignore old materials on the other hand we should embrace the new sources out there like social media or technology.

“Don’t Teach Your Kid’s This Stuff. Please?”: Scott McLeod

This post by Dr. McLeod had me laughing the whole time while I was reading. It was very entertaining because, he was describing why students should not have certain things at all while learning. It is about complaints teachers and parents, in a way, made about sources of technology in the classroom. Scott was being very sarcastic, by acting against technology then again, towards the end he was all for it. There are always negative outcomes or actions that can happen with any new source out in the world, but we have to take a chance. Dr. McLeod takes chances by letting his students explore the internet, do social networking, and have their cell phones in class. It is all a part of learning using the new sources available. If we worry about all the negative things in the world today, learning would not have expanded worldwide as much as it has; learning would still have been focused around a paper and a pencil. This makes him a good Professor because he allows a change in the classroom environment. There is always a chance of it not always headed in the right direction. Since this post was very humorous, I found the best part about it was the truth behind it all.

Information on Scott McLeod can be found on his website, under the section About Me. It talks about how he has made an impact with technology in other classroom settings. He is a leader when it comes to technology issues as well as the founder of UCEA Center of Advance Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE) program. CASTLE was the first technology savvy of school leaders to be present as a graduate program. It also talks about Dr. McLeod publishing his first book called, “What School Leaders Need to Know about Digital Technology and Social Media”; this book explains how to integrate technology in a K-12 school.

Dr. McLeod has truly made an effect on the source of technology, and he is still striving to put it into schools around the country. I think it is great that he is allowing students to become leaders, plus the fact that he made a graduate program specifically for this degree. However, I still feel technology should not be the only source in the learning environment. I will agree that it should be a key source in the classroom, to help students learn in the 21st century K-12.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Teacher Summary #3 for November 2012

Lauren Brannan: In the Hands of Children “Sharing the iPad Screen with Students”
August 27th, 2012

The post was finding a solution, so students can see an iPad screen in a larger perspective. Lauren provided two links as the solution with the iPad screen. One link was the Apple VGA. This app is able to project the iPad screen onto a projector for other students to view. However, there seemed to be a bit of a problem with viewing all the apps provided. So instead they use what is called the Reflection app. This app can project the iPad screen on a computer, and from a computer to a smart board. Both of the apps are non-expensive, which falls right into the category of a teacher’s budget.

I thanked Lauren Brannan for sharing these useful apps online. I also mentioned about how technology is changing, and to apply this change is important in a classroom setting. I did ask a question about a previous comment, posted about the multiple iPads on the screen, which caused the reflection app to crash. I wanted to know if they had found a way to put multiple students’ projects up on a smart board without the crash. Last I gave her my information, just in case she wanted to contact me through email.

“We have iPad Covers”
August 18th, 2012

Lauren posted how the faculty where able to come together and purchase protection for the iPad. It was not easy because, most school systems do not have a funding for such a thing. Instead the principle at the school was able to take some of the office funding to purchase the iPad Big Grips Foam covers for their new iPads. She mentions how wonderful the products protection is, for the fact that just in case of an accident the iPad is still in good condition. She mentions towards the end how teachers can get a good price deal on the items for teaching at an institution. I think it is wonderful how her school is progressing in technology. They are able to bring excitement into the classroom, by using the iPad touches. I left her a brief comment thanking her for sharing the iPad touch cases experience, and that it is nice to see teachers getting involved with a new source of technology in a classroom setting. I am pretty sure it was not easy for them to purchase all of those iPads, but they pulled through for their students. I would want to the school system to do the same for my students to help them succeed in the 21st century.

Blog Post #9

Mr. McClung’s “What I Learned This Year” Post 2009-2010

For this assignment Dr. Strange provided us links to Mr. McClung’s reflections of teaching throughout the years. I decided to choose the post for 2009-2010, where the teaching role had change for Mr. McClung. In the post he refers moving from Missouri to Fayetteville, Arkansas. He had to change his mentality as an educator to adapt from sixth grade to eighth grader students. In the first section, he speaks of how he adapted to multiple lessons, instead of only one. He had to teach science, social studies, and the history of Arkansas. It was a rough start for him, but he finally found a routine for him and his students. The important note to get out of it is, to never get to cozy as an educator; there are changes all around and it is a good thing for teachers.

The next section was about students thinking for themselves. He ran into a barrier, as he was teaching his social studies class, his students were unsure if they could make opinions in the classroom setting. He had to leave his opinions out of topics, or else the students would dig to find the right answer from him. Now his students are able to debate and think analytically on each situation that comes up. It is very important to allow students to share their opinions on subject matter and research for the answer; this way they can rely more amongst themselves, not teachers.

Another important section he mentioned is to make sure you show your students how much you enjoy your job. He says how sometimes he had to make a joke out of himself or lessons to keep his students involved in what they are learning. Educators should not expect students to take the lessons seriously, if we do not show them how passionate we are about our jobs. Educators have to do whatever it takes to teach the curriculum, even if that consists of making a fool of yourself in the process.

He mentions more useful tips for first year educators like finding your school mom, or the scope and sequence technique. Find your school mom simply means find an older teacher who does their job very well, to help you through the ropes. Scope and sequence is when you plan out lessons, stick with it, but also keep a cycle for the lessons you teach. The last important tip Mr. McClung states is to make sure never to bring outside problems in a classroom setting. This can affect the students, which they should have no part in the matter, of other grown folks business going on around school. As well as, make sure to keep focused in the classroom setting, listen and observe other teachers to find what fits your style as an educator.

My final thought on his post is he seems to be an amazing teacher. He is reflecting, and developing the life style as an educator through his students. Developing a relationship with your students and understanding how they enjoy learning is the key to being a good teacher. There are those teachers, who teach just to teach. I do not plan on becoming one of those teachers; I want my classroom full of excitement, so that my students will always have fun learning. I think Mr. McClung’s first tough year, he handled pretty well. I appreciate him for sharing his posts because it will help me keep a good mind set when I become an educator.

“What I Learned This Year” Post 2011-2012

Mr. McClung’s fourth year as a teacher post is a little shorter having only two main points. One point he makes was he was trying to define himself as a teacher. He was having a tough time this year, because he was starting to question what other peers thought of him as an educator. However, in the end he was not going to change himself for others approval. His students enjoyed his approach in the lessons, and that was all that mattered. The next point was in a comparison to his 2009-2010 post. Mr. McClung mentions how he was starting to rely on old lessons and becoming comfortable with the same environment. He states this is bad as for teachers because you start to lose the excitement for your students, while teaching. You pretty much become a boring teacher, if you get too cozy.

What I got out of his final post is, not to worry so much of what others think of you as an educator. This might be hard for me because I am constantly wondering what others think of me. I will do my best to not let it get a hold of me as an educator, in order to keep a pleasurable classroom environment. As of his second tip, seems like educators should always have something new up their sleeves. To always save some creative work for other years will help you as an educator. Again I thank Mr. McClung for his informative learning’s as an educator, and I plan to look back at his post throughout the years of his teachings.

PLN Project #10 Progress

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Teacher Summary #2 for October 2012

Kelly Tenkley: Construct #2
September 4th, 2012
Construct Two Game

Kelly Tenkley, posted information about what “Construct Two for HTML5”. Construct Two is a program allowing anyone, who has the right software, to build HTML5 games. The program is very simple for beginning learners. Most children do enjoy playing games on the computer; embedding Construct Two into a classroom will let their creative minds come to life. With determination, students can learn different programming and coding on a computer; both items are beneficial for the students’ future.

Kelly provided links to the actual Construct Two site which, has more information about the program. I would like to have my students began the year with an easy program, like Construct Two because, it is simple. Later however, I will show the students how they can use a more complex program for better results. I think it is great that students can be imaginative off paper in addition to staying active in the classroom.

My comment to Kelly was brief. The comment stated my appreciation for her post on Construct Two for HTML5. I gave her my thoughts on approaching the students with a simple program, then moving on to more difficult ones. I gave Kelly my information in her comment box, just in case she wanted to get a hold of me.

Bloom’s Taxonomy Re-imagine & Digital Blooms: Different Ways to Approach Learning
October 17th, 2012

Kelly Tenkley’s post was about Bloom’s Taxonomy, which is a frame work that has been used in learning for K-12 for years. It consist of six categories: Knowledge, Comprehension, Analysis, Application, Synthesis, and Evaluation. These can be set as a goal to achieve in a classroom setting. Kelly mentions how she uses this in her classroom because, it helps her and her students learn the learning process. She took Bloom’s Taxonomy and created her own version. Her version is a visual of the categories in text, as well as digital images for her classroom. Kelly’s images are very cute, and definitely will catch the attention of a student. The categories on the posters are, Remember, Understand, Apply, Analyze, Evaluate, and Create. Under each of her categories are subcategories with links to the site relative to the topics. She does not want her students to just think schooling is, memorizing, reading, and understanding. There is much more to learning about life than those three sources. To make sure they learn life lessons inside and outside of the classroom, students have to make their own decisions in life.

I found her site very useful, and I commented to her about the visual images she provided for her classroom. This a great way to stay connected with your students, with acknowledging that each of them learn differently. I mentioned, how it is important for students to make their own decisions and learn from them, as she previously stated in her post. Together her post was very wonderful, I would like to use this approach of Bloom’s Taxonomy in my future classroom.

Blog Post #8

Dr. Richard Miller “This is How We Dream” Parts 1 and 2

In the video what Dr. Richard Miller wants us to attain is, “How writing in the academy has changed, and writing in the culture has changed.” He tells viewers the difference between fundamental changes, compared to incremental changes. Fundamental change, I think, is the beginning of something great, a base. The fundamental change, Dr. Richard Miller is referring to, is multimedia; this new source of technology has changed the world in a way we communicate and learn globally. Incremental change he describes is how we work now in the world, with the resources around us. Sources like paper, pencil, books, Microsoft Office products, the web, etc. One example he uses is Collaborative Networking. It is a way to communicate with anyone globally, plus connect with others through education. This document is shared worldwide through networking. It combines beautiful resources of pictures, sound, film, text, speeches, and more put together in a coherent document; in which the creativity behind it all makes it a fun experience. It might have started on paper, but now culture is going international.

So much new technology is being created and renewed as we speak. Dr. Richard Miller describes in part two, “This is How We Dream”, the digital work. Such as ITunes U, where you could find lectures, podcasts, coherent documents, or academic information right in your own home; through the internet there is a whole library basically at your finger tips. This kind of relates to the question, “Why do we need teachers?” Well these resources did not just pop up magically. Someone had to either show or create such a wonderful supply of information online for others to view. Educators are there to show the students the ropes, and help them construct multimedia projects; plus, educators are always helping to improve social networking. By teaching with multimedia, our students are able to reflect their creativity. Many students already write and learn with networking sites. Young students are already making their own podcasts for learning, why not push them even further? Push them with new techniques, we can have the students share their work with others.

I will be prepared to write with multimedia, for the reason that I want my students to learn in the 21st century. I will motivate them to learn all of these new resources, which will become useful in their future. My students will not feel alone to learn such a skill because, I will be right next to them every step of the way. Students are able to do anything they put their minds to, and it is important for me, as an educator, to let them. Students should be able to share their thoughts without restraint. As Dr. Richard Miller states towards the end of part two, “Ideas do not belong to us individually, but they belong to us as a culture. And that we as educators must be in the business of sharing ideas freely”, educators as well as students should have no restraint in this.

One last thing, our biggest obstacle in life is ourselves because, only we can get in the way of accomplishing our goals in life.

Blog Post #12 Carly Pugh

Blog Post #12 assignment is a post where edm310 students are allowed to create an assignment for Edm310. Not just any assignment, but one Dr. Strange would have thought of himself to assign, if he were to come up with the idea. Carly’s Blog Post #12 consisted of her adding to Blog Post #10 in the course assignments. Simply stated, she wanted students to put together a YouTube playlist of videos, relative to the topics she had listed. The topics are things related to what we have learned in Edm310 or new topics based on education. You only have to choose five out of ten topics, with a minimum of ten videos in your playlist. She has resourceful links in her post, and describes the importance of some of her videos under her playlist.

Carly was very creative, and relates to Dr. Richard Millers idea on collaborative networking. She put together collected material of media then shared it with others across the world. She in a way created a document, but as a digital work of videos. Giving resources throughout her blog post for the videos, and text information, she created a coherent document. Carly has indeed put together a collage for public viewing. I enjoyed going through each of her links posted; most of all the funny videos relative to education. Such brief statements can really tell the whole truth of a bigger picture.

EDM310 for Dummies and Chipper Series

EDM310 for Dummies, is a video based on how to make sure to stay on top of things in this particular class. It shows the frustration Edm310 can cause on students, and ways to understand Edm310 to prevent such irritation. The fiction book, EDM310 for Dummies, tells the edm310 students how they can approach the class. Listing video tutorials on every project or activity that is required throughout the course, the book says it all. Main point is if you actually go online and look for tutorials on the projects, it will benefit you for the class; actually, most of the assignments provide video tutorials with clickable links. Using your own resources or others to help you learn about what is new in the world, Edm310 can help you discover how to be an educator in the 21st century.

The next video was the Chipper Series. It told a story about a girl who started as an edm310 student, and how she acted as a student reflected here future. Chipper was a negative person when it came to Edm310 class courses, she had an excuse for everything. She did not try hard enough, only procrastinated to get things finished. Her future did not go as she planned, because each task she failed to complete. How you react now as student in college or anywhere, effects what will happen in your future. Say you were a slacker when it came to math throughout school, it would most likely be a mistake to go for an accounting job as a career. In order for anyone to be successful you have to work hard and strive for what you want.

If I had to make or participate in a video for edm310 students to watch at this point in the semester it would be about inspiration. The inspiration video would be based off of other edm310 students who have struggled in the course, and how they pushed forward in the class. I know at this time right now I really need positivity to keep moving through this course; I am starting to catch myself reacting like a Chipper, by making an excuse for everything. I think this video should include tips on how edm310 students handle the class. What keeps them going, how do they try to stay ahead, or even how do they overcome their frustration. The video should include inspirational music, and just have a positive effect on students who watch it during this time in the semester. There is still a lot of work to be done, and we must stay focus on our dreams to become educators. Inspiration, motivation, determination, anything to help the students keep their heads up high, is what we want to accomplish from the video.

Learning to Change, Changing to Learn

This particular video describes how the changes in the economy should also influence the changes in a classroom setting. It talks about the new things out in the world today are reflected outside of the classroom, instead of inside. With today’s new technology students can reflect, research, retract, and repeat which is great for learning; this way of learning needs to develop inside a classroom setting. Shift the academic experience, start with the educators and work towards the students. To help the students have a good mind set of the 21st century, educators need to learn about the tools in the 21st century. One person mentions how standardized tests have no prior meaning to the jobs students will have later on in the future. Jobs are not based on a right answer out of multiple questions. They are based off of the students reflection of what they have learned, not memorization. In the 21st century students should be a capable to find, use, understand, collect, reuse, communicate, share, etc. data.

I agree with this argument that we must teach now what needs to be taught, or else our students, and we as educators, will be lost in the world. We will not be up to date with the new tools provided to us as educators, if we live by the same old standards. As educators we should not allow this to happen. We must realize as well as analyze the change going on in the world.

Scavenger Hunt Web 2.0

-Watch the video introduction for Discovery Education Web 2.0 for 2011.
-Visit Discovery Education's WEB 20.11 site.
-WEB 2.0 Tools is for the Scavenger Hunt.

1.)Part one was to locate a social tool, which we ourselves can use as educators in the future.

Under Community Tools, is what is called Wikispaces. A great site available for teachers to use and stay connected with their students or other teachers. It is a great networking site, to share ideas with an audience all over the world. It seems almost like blogging, but you can grade and post assignments on Wikispaces. You are able to make as many wikis as you want, for an awesome price deal for teachers. This could be an option I would use in a classroom setting, because it is a reliable source. To have all of my documents in one source, Wikispaces would be a great use for organization.

3.) Part three was to locate a tool and make a comic strip.

Jay the Procrastinator
By: Jazmin Montgomery
Jay procrastinates when it comes to finishing her blog pot for the week.
Click the picture, if it is to blurry to read!

4.) Part four was to find a video tool, you never used before, and summarize its features.

The video tool I found was called, Animoto. Some of its special features include, Cinematic, Spotlight, Text, and Embed. You can simply upload videos add your own story line and music. With the Cinematic A.1 it automatically analyzes all the video components and making the video look like a real movie. The spotlight lets specific images get a prominence and display time. The video is easy to share or embed online for others to view.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Blog Post #7

Wendy Dexler – The Networked Student

The video corresponds to a teaching method used in the 21st century. Networking is becoming a real idol to use in the 21st century, and the video suggest a way to use networking in a classroom setting. Wendy Dexler’s high school students take a course called Connectivism, by George Siemens and Stephen Downes. Connectivism is described in the video, as a theory that believes learning occurs as a social network of different people and ties. Wendy Dexter uses this course for her classroom setting to help teach her students the importance of networking, in the 21st century.

The video tells us about a student in college who creates his own network for learning. His class does not use a textbook, and only meets three days out of the week. His network corresponds to his major; he uses sources such as Google Scholars, Blogs, Podcasts, Wikispaces, and more to learn about his major. After he learns, through other sources, he shares his knowledge with the world using his own network. He also posts his own material, and uses the sources to make sure he is correct about his work.

The 21st Century network uses broad connections like, Information Management, RSS, Synchronization, and Contacts. All of these connections are used around the world in the 21st century. Students can pretty much teach themselves through today’s technology. They mention in the video, that the teachers are there to help students find these sources. If they have a problem, teachers should be able to answer and help them get to where they need to be. I find Connectivism course great for high school students, not so much for middle school or lower. In middle school I think we should have them start learning the connections, but not to make their own personal network. This is great to use for the last two years in high school, because it gives the students an advantage in college later in their future. I would not use this in my grade level classroom setting, however I will still use RSS or other learning connections.

Welcome to PLE: Mr. H’s 7th Grade Student

This video shows, through the help of Wendy Dexter, a seventh grader’s personal learning environment. Her PLE is very similar to our edm310 PLN. It is the home page showing different sites the users visit often. It helps to just click straight to a recent site, rather than typing a URL. It is similar to bookmarking, and the student uses Symbaloo for creating her personal environment. Her PLE is similar to my PLN because, it consists of the same criteria. The only difference is my PLN is not fully filled with sites, like the seventh grade students is, but I am working on it

September and October C4K Summaries

The first student I commented on was a girl, named Asena. She is attending a school in England, as one of Miss King’s students. Her post consisted of a video showing her team winning medals for a netball competition. Under the video, she wrote a note about how happy and nervous she was to receive her medal. I told her, from where I was sitting, none of her team mates looked nervous; all of her team looked happy and proud.

The second students name was Tame, a boy describing his school doing the Paralympics activities. He was teamed up with one of his friends, and they both pushed each other in the activities. One activity made him run with one hand behind his back. He described how hard it was to keep his balance, while running with only one hand. I told him I never considered to run with one hand before, but maybe will try it one day.

The third student was a 4th grader, named Reilly. She wrote a post called “Flying on Wheels”, as I would call it, an adventure story. The story was about her and her friend Abby taking a dangerous steep hill with their bikes. It was fun at first until, they began to go faster and faster down the hill. Suddenly Reilly noticed she could not use the brakes; she was riding a bike, at the time, were the brakes were located on the handle bars. Instead of using the proper handle brakes, she pedaled backwards. She was freaking out about the sharp stones down the hill, and she thought her brakes went out. Everybody was yelling at her to use her brakes. She ended up using her feet, against the ground, to finally come to a stop. Later she laughed, after finding out that her brakes were on the handle bars. I commented to her how I was afraid for her safety, after I had read the story. I enjoyed her little story, and also mentioned how good she did not losing control of the bike.

Last comment I left was for a 10th grade student, named Calvin. His post was called “Friends”. The post consisted of the stability between personal and academic life is a way to have good productivity. He tells us, if you have too much personal it can be very distracting and less productive. As well as, if you have too less of personal it can be more stressful and cause less productivity. I commented to him about, how I agree with finding a balance between the two points. I mentioned about my first year in college, contained too much personal life. I suggested to him, for any academic setting, to make a schedule to help balance personal and academic life.

All of my comments to the students were positive and encouraging at the end!

Project #8

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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Blog Post #6

Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture: Achieving Childhood Dreams

In this video Randy mentions the important key factors on how to be a leader, as well as a key to help others become leaders too. There are three main topics in his lecture: His Childhood Dreams, Enabling the Dreams of Others, and Lessons Learned. He begins the lecture about his childhood dreams, and the steps he took trying to achieve them. At the Carnegie Mellon University, he shows his students ways to enable others to reach their dreams through creativity; He has his students create, beyond his expectations, something exciting for others to enjoy. Last, he describes what to learn and achieve out of life, through lessons. Wanting the adults to teach the younger generation through guidance, Randy uses his own life experiences to tell a story. His lecture not only concerns childhood dreams, it is also about leadership. Along the way, to fulfillment, you will run into obstacles and learn to gain more out of life.

A brick wall is an obstacle that everyone will run into as they go through life; we do not want to teach children as this being a failure, or a bad thing to run into. Instead, Randy gives an idea that brick walls are proof of how badly you want something through dedication; “Brick walls are there to separate you from other people who really do not want to achieve their childhood dreams”, Randy mentions toward the end of the lecture as a reminder. It is important for the young generation to experience obstacles as a learning situation. Children are capable of fulfilling anything they set their minds to, and it is important for educators to let them know of this capability.

When a teacher puts a border line between improvement and what is good enough, they set students back from doing better. Teachers must know that their students are always a capable of doing better than before. Another important key factor Randy Pausch states is about enabling other childhood dreams. Children can accomplish their dreams through others achievements. As an example, “Alice” was a computer program developed to help kids learn; the “Alice” game was made through someone else’s achievements, in order to make learning more fun for kids. Randy Pausch feels if you focus on people, besides yourself, learning can become something great. Great as in, learning programs going global!

When I become an educator I will use Randy’s Techniques. By keeping their imagination open, for new creativity, my students will have an opportunity to succeed. Using technology in a classroom, to help students build their own learning games, is a great way to keep creativity intact. I would also like for all my students to fulfill leadership qualities. If they learn how to be a leader, they can teach others to become a leader as well. Towards the end Randy tells the viewers about the “head fake” of the lecture. The actual purpose was not on how to achieve your childhood dreams, but how to direct your life and others. His intention was to acknowledge adults, to pass his techniques on to the children. With this in mind, I will use his teachings to better myself as an educator for the younger generation. Another thing I will uphold from his lectures is his idea on barriers. My students and I will run into barriers that come along, together. In the end my student’s can self reflect what they learn through the help of their peers, parents, and other role models; they will all become leaders.

All in all, Randy’s last lecture was entertaining, informative, and humorous. I enjoyed how he told a life story,and made it into life lessons. I agree with all of his methods, and how important it is to keep pushing towards success. What I mostly got out of it, was the importance of creativity. To take creativity away, at a young age, can destroy a future in someone’s’ life. Obstacles are a big part of life, is another factor I got out of his lecture. Without obstacles things will be left unchanged, and no excitement for the future. This man was dying, but yet he was still having a blast in his life. He was fighting an obstacle, which made everything around him more exciting. Life has to have bumps in the road or else it would just be a boring old world. What a great lecture, by Randy Pausch!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Blog Post #5

The iSchool Initiative (Mobile Learning) – Travis Allen

Travis Allen, at seventeen, made a video about the advantages to learn through iSchool. Now in college Travis and his students travel the world to encourage others to support Mobile Learning. The idea of the school is pretty much evolved around the apple products: iPad, iPod, iMac, iPhone etc. With all the apps and accessories, the iSchool could become an actual mobile school. The entire school revolves around technology, the homework, books, notes, lectures, tests and more. With this usage Travis mentions the budget of public school versus the iSchool. The iSchool is much cheaper mostly because there are no paper books. The iSchool is up to date with technology and is good for the economy.

I honestly agree with Travis regarding the iShcool as a new revolution for learning. However, I do not feel it is necessary to create a whole school based on apple products. I think some technology should be involved in the class room, but not for all of the lessons. The iSchool seems to go a bit far with all of education in one source. Having lectures on online are good, but sometimes students work better with hands on material. I would not want my students to only have an iPad for learning. Plus looking at a screen to long can cause irritation.

Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir

WhiteAcre's Virtual Choir
After watching Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir, I was astonished by the scenery and sound. If the music was only playing, I would have thought it was a professional choir singing on stage. Instead it shows a variety of people around the world singing the selection, Lux Auruque. The group never met each other, only practiced and recorded in the comfort of their own homes. With a few technical adjustments to each individual recording, the group became an ensemble. With the help of the internet, the singers came as one and made a wonderful sound.

Teaching in the 21st Century - Kevin Roberts

Roberts’ video questioned viewers, “What does it mean it Teach to the 21st century”? He also asks a key question if students know how to find information on a computer? Information on the computer such as, Wiki, Google, Facebook or any sources online are not easy to find. Do teachers acknowledge the fact that some students do not even know how to use the internet? Robert describes how these sources are a must in the 21st century. When giving students permission to use the internet, you have to properly show them how to find information. The information has to be important, daring, and engaging! Learning has to be engaging. This is the answer Robert wants teachers to know; a teacher has to engage their students in a classroom setting. Not entertain and not just teach the students, but hold their students attention. Therefore, a teacher of the 21st century must be up to date with the world.

Why I Flipped My Classroom - Katie Gimbar

A baord that says, Why I Flipped My Classroom
“Why I Flipped My Classroom” by Katie Gimbar, was a video concerning a new teaching method for inside and outside the classroom. A method made by Dr. Lodge McCammon, who saw classroom time as to short for proper learning. Class time is mostly based on lecture than active work towards the end. When a teacher gives assignments at the end of class they cannot see each student’s progress. That is why Dr. Lodge McCammon came to flipping the classroom. To give students, every other day, a lecture to watch online and have in class activities later is smart. With Katie she describes how efficient his method is towards her classroom. She was able to focus on all of the students needs and engage her students to learn.

I would use Dr. Lodge McCammon’s system in my classroom setting. If the students know the resources ahead of time, it is great way to manage classroom activities. They can watch the videos online and come with an open mind to the classroom the next day. It will help them get use to using the computer, and myself as a teacher to connect with my students. The Flipping the Classroom Method has the power to reach out to the students.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Blog Post #4

Podcast Cartoon: Joking Scene
Langwitches: 1st Graders Create a Read along Book

Mrs. Lobster’s first grade class does not just read out of a book, her students develop a creative way to read. With the help of Silvia Tolisano, the children turn an ordinary school book into a fun learning experience. The students use podcast to create audio script books, with the guidance of their teachers. While podcasting, the classmates go back and forth reading their parts. They create different sounds to give the script a real life effect. Podcasting gives a new way to interact while learning. It keeps the student’s attention, plus their minds open to new ideas.

I enjoyed listening to the podcast online, in addition to reading with Mrs. Lobster’s class. I am defiantly going to get my students to read with podcast. By starting off with an example, I will slowly have my student’s work their way into creating their own podcast. Podcast is wonderful way to bring creativity into a classroom, and for students to express themselves.

The Benefits of Podcasting in a Classroom

Another resource about podcasting was posted by Joe Dale, “The Benefits of Podcasting in a Classroom”. The source, followed by a clip, gives public detail on the advantages of podcasting in a classroom. Podcasting can be helpful for students who did not attend class. The teacher can post a podcast online going over what the students missed for the day. Part of the clip features also Mr. Dell and his sixth grade class. He created a podcast, with the help of other administrators, from a scene in the book his class had currently read. The administrators really gave the podcast character by acting out their parts. Most of his students really enjoyed the podcast, some were even eager to start their own. Mr. Dell made a positive impact on his students presenting podcast into their learning.

Joe Dale’s site was well informative on developing podcasting into a classroom setting. I saw a different ways to podcast then just reading and creating; I saw podcasting as a character telling a story. His post included tips on podcasting, directly underneath the video clip. I will be using his helpful tips for my podcast with my group.

Judy’s Scharf Podcast Collection

Last, resource I read was, “Judy’s Scharf Podcast Collection”. Her site consisted on how to podcast, ways to start a podcast, plus other podcast resourceful information; she has printable handouts that can be used in classroom for each of these criteria’s. The handouts are available to save and download for later practices. She gives podcast topics followed by a time schedule to make a podcast. When I began to help my student’s podcast I will look back at Judy’s collection to make sure I am on the right track.

I think all three sources gave me a brighter idea of podcasting. Podcasting is a great way to learn, and I agree how it can make class more active while learning. I will take the knowledge I learned from each source to help with my group’s podcast. First, we will set a timely matter schedule for our podcast. Next, with determination, we will come together as a team and put all of our ideas into the podcast. By coming together as a team, and with hard work we can produce a great podcast. Our podcast will have a twist; by twist I mean, to add personality in the characters. If all works out, we can produce a great podcast that keeps the viewers attention. I am excited to see what we come up with in the end as a team.