Sunday, April 29, 2012

C4T #4

Using BrainPop to Enrich Math Instructions Mrs. Deyamport has started using the educational program BrainPop with her students to help them better understand math concepts. The website is fun, informative, and it tests what Mrs. Deyamport's third graders have learned. I know how fun BrainPop can be, a couple of years ago I observed a fifth grade class and they all used BrainPop for science. The kids enjoyed the site and they really learned I think it is an awesome program. Bringing the World to My School: Culture Day 2012 Mrs. Deyamport hosted Culture Day for her school and her students were a much needed help. They played a huge role in the day and they were not even required to do so, they did it just because they wanted too. Mrs. Deyamport had a lot of support from other members of the school faculty and universities. Culture Day was a huge success and the students really enjoyed it. I think it is a wonderful idea to have culture day it is important for the students to learn about different walks of life.

Blog Post #13

No Technology
To be honest I really did not think I could do this activity. I thought to myself who could really go one full day without using technology. Then the unthinkable happened; My cell phone went dead and it would not charge, Saturday night. It was my only form of technology in the home. We do not have the internet and I am not a huge television person. My cellphone is my lifeline. So I did not complete the activity for 24 hours, but for about 12 hours I did go without technology. It was very difficult to go without using technology. It has become a part of my everyday life. I use my cell phone for talking, setting appointments, news updates, school, and for social networking. Everything I do involves my phone. Once my cell phone went dead I found other things to do to occupy my time. I read a novel, I used the land line to talk, and I even read the newspaper. I think since I have become so dependent upon my cell phone it has made me quite lazy. I did not even want to roll over and look at my clock to check the time. The time was always so convenient in the palm of my hands on my phone! My friends did not make the assignment any easier they were a distraction. They sent me sms and mms messages, that i just could not ignore. I became bored and I surfed Facebook, Twitter, and StyleTag. I believe by the time I start teaching that technology will be even more major than what it is now. I will have to be prepared and very well equipped on the various forms of technology to effectively teach my students.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Blog Post 10

Do you Teach or Do you Educate?

"Education is not the filling of a vessel, but the kindling of a flame." – Socrates

When I decided to become an educator, I did it for these reasons: I could not think of another field to go into, I knew I wanted to help people learn, I wanted to be a role model, and I loved the teaching methods my elementary teachers used to teach me. I use some of their methods now when I am assigned teaching assignments. I idolized my teachers and I always said, “This is what I want to do.”
I intend to educate by students by getting them involved in the lessons I teach them. I will instruct them with smart board activities and I will allow them to interact with it as well. I will take that extra step for my students. I will provide my students with instructional websites, like Dr. Strange has done for us. I also want my children to know how to read and write, effectively! I will assign them different reading comprehension assignments, have them write out what and how they felt about the reading, and then they will be able to type their responses once I have proofread them. This is just one example of how I plan to educate my students; I will incorporate more than one teaching and learning method for my students.

Don't Let Them Take the Pencils Home

Mr. Johnson kept a positive outlook in a general conversation he was having with another teacher. The teacher was more concerned with children learning from the structured learning environment; instead he encourages them playing different games and learning from them such as hangman. He believes they may learn something more valuable from their games than what we teach. He just has very open mind about children’s learning. This just teaches us that as we become educators to not focus so much on our students scoring high on test scores, but to encourage them to learn.

Blog Post 9

What I've Learned This Year (2008-09)
About Dr. McClung

What I've Learned This Year (2008-09) must read for all new teachers. Dr. McClung is the author of a series of blogs and this one pertains to his first year of teaching. He list several guidelines for us as new teachers to follow. He advises us to be patient, to communicate, and to not be afraid of technology. When advised us to be flexible he gave a quote, "NO LESSON IS EVER PERFECT. THE LESSON YOU TEACH AND THE ONE YOU PLAN ARE ALWAYS DIFFERENT." Your first year of teaching is a learning experience, well ALL of your years of teaching will be a learning experience. The first year just allows you to trial and error different methods you can and will use for the future. He tells us not to throw a fit about our lesson plans and activities having a total different outcome than expected. The quote he gave about one his students, "I know my teacher cares about me as a person when he.
- Listens to what I say" was very inspirational. It just further shows how much our students really care that we pay attention to them. I think that EVERY teacher should have a wonderful Student-Teacher relationship. We are who our students see for the majority of a week-day's time. Taking the time out to listen to your students, teaching in a manner that is fun and somewhat caters to their likes and way of learning is a great way to effectively get your students to comprehend the curriculum you are trying to teach.

What I've Learned This Year (2009-10)

Dr. McClung informs us of his first year teaching junior high school students and his new teaching curriculum. He advises us to find a school mom, a teacher who has been teaching at the school for several years. She has the run down on how the school operates and functions. I agree with this and I think we all can relate to this. I know whenever I start a new job I always find a “job mom”. It provides a sense of security to me; it really helps with my confidence and improves my job performance. He tells us to be passionate, even if we’re faking it, about the subject we are teaching our students. If we as educators just stand in front of the classroom reading directly out of a book to our students they will be very bored. This creates behavior problems and possibly low test scores because our students are uninterested in the subject matter at hand. Dr. McClung also spoke about what really matters which is our students. He explained how the biggest conflicts in the school are not with the students they are with the staff, the adults! This is very true. Having a disagreement with how a staff member or administration is handling a situation should not be taken out negatively on your students. The students are our priority; just take the situation with a grain of salt and get back to what is really important, teaching your students as effectively as possible.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Blog Post 8

Richard Miller
In the videos Richard Miller: This is How We Dream Part 1 and Richard Miller: This is How We Dream Part 2 he speaks about how the world has made a change with the use of technology. He states that, “Writing in the academy has changed and writing in the culture has changed.” We can now communicate instantly and globally by Twitter, Facebook, and email for example. If we have never been engaged in literacy before we should definitely now is that time.
I do think I will be prepared to have my students write with multimedia, but as I have said before in previous blog posts, my students will write using pen and paper as well. I think students need to have experience in both areas writing and multimedia usage. Technology is the new way of the world, but children need to know the basic fundamentals of using a pen and paper.
Using multimedia does not just consist of typing; it includes the use of pictures, videos, and research as well. This is a very affordable and convenient way for students to enhance their school work. Material can now be changed right before our eyes as we are viewing it. Someone is constantly updating information on the web. We learn new information almost every second.

Carly's Blog Post #12

Carly’s Blog Post #12 was very insightful and creative. The main objective was to create a personal playlist that views things in the same light as you. She provided guidelines for the videos to look for, the ones you liked the most you just save. It allows students to somewhat control their way of learning.

The Chipper Series

The Chipper Series was very funny. Chipper decides in her mind that since Dr. Strange is not teaching then he is not doing his job. She feels that procrastination is turning in your work even if it is late. In her eyes late work is ok. Chipper even created a school called Timeline Pilot School. She in the mean time finds other jobs and fails miserably at those jobs as well. Chipper returns back to Dr. Strange’s class and realizes she has to do the required work assigned for Dr. Strange’s class. His method of “teaching” allows us to be independent learners and if we do need help he has lab assistants and himself to assist us. This video is exaggerated but it is very true how we as students want the easy way out, which is NEVER beneficial to us in the end.

EDM310 is for Dummies

EDM310 is for Dummies, starts off with two very angry students throwing a tantrum about

the class. They eventually grew to like and understand EDM310. This class requires a lot of time, effort, and patience. It starts off bumpy then it transitions to a smooth ride.
I would like to create and participate in a video that demonstrates that technology should not replace basic fundamentals in the classroom. The use of pen and paper in the classroom is essential for present and future students.

Learn to Change, Change to Learn

I agree with the notion they made about the standardized tests. One man stated “the jobs these kids are seeking do not call for this right answer vending machine approach.” I think this is a true statement. We as students are given all of these standardized tests that are socially and somewhat racially biased. They indeed have nothing to do with what we (the students) will use in the future. These tests are usually what the curriculum is based on and it has nothing to do with nothing in my opinion.
The teachers in this video believe technology is an adaptation that has to be made. It is now becoming a way of life. Thanks to technology children now have the opportunity to learn outside of the classroom and bring back what they have learned to school. We as educators and future educators know how important education is. We have to do something about Education being ranked near the lowest. Utilizing technology may be the key. We have to prepare our future leaders.

Project #11

Friday, March 9, 2012

Project 10 My PLN

Blog Post #7

The Networked Student is about a high school student who has branched outside of the traditional classroom setting. He owns no textbook; he does not sit and listen to the teacher give lectures. He does not even sit and take notes. He simply takes control of his own learning. This video demonstrates the various tools technology has to offer and the connections the student has made.
The student now has a more positive outlook on school. The Networked Student is now allowed to learn on his own time and research topics that are interesting to him.
Roles of a Network Teacher

This is a type of learning we experience in EDM310. He can make the connections he feels will best benefit him. The student not only interacts with fellow classmates, but he can now take it a step further and interact with professors.
The teacher’s duty is to guide her networking students. She helps them in their dilemmas, not solve them for the student. She makes the learning experience more worthwhile for her student. One example would be, turning a web search into a scavenger hunt. Her main objective is for her student to apply his/her obtained information into their everyday life.

The Seventh Grader’s Personal Learning Environment (PLN)

The Seventh Grader’s PLN was very organized. She included links that were helpful to her and that she would need later. This PLN allowed her to credit where she got pictures and information from. It also allows her to share her information with other students openly. It was arranged so that her schoolwork tiles were arranged at the bottom of the PLN, and the tiles relating to social networks and other things arranged at the top.
I have my PLN arranged by row; the first row is what I use strictly for EDM310, the second row consists of a combination for what I use for EDM310 as well as my personal life, third row is what I will use when I become a teacher it is also color coded pink with alphabet symbols, and the last row is for my personal use only.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

C4T Summary #2

In the first post, How to Empower Your Child by Letting Them Know They Matter , Angela features a guest speaker by the name of Jodi. Jodi expresses how we should make people feel how they matter. In the college world especially at a university students can become very lost. I know this because I transferred from a two-year community college to a huge four-year university, and it was a major transformation. I went from a world of all of my teachers knowing me on a first name basis to a huge college campus where I was just a number. I was very intimidated at first, but I did get used to the change. I think this topic will be very helpful to the audience you all are trying to reach. In the second post, Join Us for a Live Discussion on Stop Stealing Dreams, is a continuation of a discussion with the Author of the blog Angela Maiers and Steve Hargadon about some statements Seth Godin has made. Seth Godin believes that if we keep doing the same thing we will get the same results. He thinks we need to change and update older teaching habits.



In the article Don’t Teach Your Kids This Stuff. Please? Scott McLeod has a very sarcastic way of telling us what not to teach our kids. Examples include… don’t teach our kids to read online, chat online, and social networks. At the end he informs us that even though everyone else is saying they won’t let their kids do it, he will. His kids will have an advantage in life that other kids will not because technology is here to stay. The earlier kids learn about technology the easier it will be for them in their adulthood years.

The iSchool Initiative

Travis Allen’s video demonstrates an education world full of nothing but technology. Travis explains to us how his hometown state, Georgia, is having major budget cuts. The cuts are affecting the school he attends and the entire state. The classes are becoming larger and the amount of teachers employed is becoming smaller. He has come up with the iSchool, a form of everyday school activities being functioned online. There will be no printers, pencils, paper, or books in the class. Some examples were school lunch menus and interactive class agendas. All of the apps provided would always be made available to the students and teachers. Travis emphasizes how going paperless will affect our carbon footprints and allow us to save money.
I like the idea of everyone saving money and keeping their jobs. I really agree with incorporating as much technology as possible to our kids. I do not agree with making the school completely technology and no writing. I can see now the difference between our generation and the generation of my fifteen year old sister. They are adapting the technology era with text messaging on their cell phones. It
Teens Texting

makes them somewhat lazy in my opinion. They do not spell their words out correctly. For example instead of typing, “What are you doing?” she will text, “wyd”. Another example would be instead of her writing out the word, “what” she will write, “wat”. This is a sign of laziness trying to make as shortcuts as possible. I just think we need to stick to certain basics when it comes to educating our children.

Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir - 'Lux Aurumque'

This video was absolutely beautiful. The choir sound quality is so amazing. I have never heard of a Virtual Choir. It astonishes me that 185 people from twelve different countries have united to make one sound. This just proves that technology has the capability to connect the world. Eric Whitacre has done one great job and deserves a round of applause.

Teaching 21st Century Students

In this video, Kevin Roberts, explains to us how technology has taken over the traditional classroom setting. There used to be a time when the only resource a student had was his/her teacher. That has now changed; students now have new and improved resources such as Google and Facebook. Even though students have these new found resources everything found on them is not accurate. It is still up to the teacher to reiterate what is correct. I think that technology is a major help in the classroom, but we should still stick to some of traditional pencil and paper roots as well.

Reading Rockets

Reading Rockets has podcasts that contain interviews with children’s book authors and illustrators. This would be helpful in introducing the children to who made their books. They can now put a voice to their favorite book makers. This is something I never got to experience in elementary school, so it will be really exciting to my little ones. There is also a link for Classroom Strategies that provide teachers with a variety of strategies to assist their students in literacy areas they may need improvement in.
I like this website and all that it has to offer. It is a great resource for not only teachers but parents as well. It is free so it can be accessed by anyone. They put a great deal of time and effort into this website to ensure that it was accessible and helpful to all of its users. I will most definitely utilize Reading Rockets in my classroom as well as at home with my children.

Monday, March 5, 2012


In Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture he spoke about a number of methods that can be used in the classroom. Some of the methods he spoke about were experiences he learned while trying to live his dreams. One method he spoke about was constructive criticism. Constructive criticism is designed to help a person improve. It is imperative for students to receive this in the classroom to prepare them for the real world. Students can become sheltered while in elementary school from the teacher being too passive about what they lack stability in. It is important that the students know the critique is not the teacher picking on them, it is to help them get better at what they are struggling in. An example of constructive criticism in the classroom would be correcting a student on their method of writing a paragraph. Make a note for the student or students on their paper or address it to the entire class if the majority of the class is making the same mistakes. Addressing it to the entire class will help to correct the errors they keep making. Addressing it to that one student will keep the student from being embarrassed.

Another method he spoke about and that I am very familiar with is story telling. Randy advised us that story telling activities allow children to learn. It was so funny to hear him speak about this method because one of my teachers, Dr. Shelly Bradford, advised our class about the story telling method. Story telling is not only fun it allows for dialogue and feedback from the students. It switches the students’ learning environment up some. It takes away the boring way of teaching where the teacher does all of the talking, and it allows for the students to give their input and knowledge to a class lecture. So it helps to take away from the traditional “burp back” method.

Showing gratitude to your students was another method Pausch spoke about. An example of showing gratitude to your students would be rewarding your class with a treat after passing their standardized tests. We all know it is necessary for our class to pass these tests because it benefits us as teachers. We receive pay raises, and recognition for it. Our students become stressed and tired from the constant studying of these tests as well. So it’s only right that we show our gratitude to our well deserving students.

The last method Pausch spoke about, that I will be sure to use in my classroom, was find the best in everyone. We all know that we will not have “star” students. Everyone will not be the smartest, best athlete, or best behaved. Our job as educators will be to look past the negative and to find that positive in our students and work with that. Look at the big picture and achieve the main goal we are her to accomplish. That goal is to educate each and every one of our students as best as we possibly can. If Sarah constantly causes distractions in class because she cannot stop talking, flip the situation. Allow more dialogue in the class lecture and allow Sarah to voice how she feels on the subject. This will allow less disruption in the class, keep Sarah from getting into trouble, and it allows you as the teacher with to do your job.

I was shocked when I read the title of this video because it is Randy Pausch’s last video. I thought it was a very nice way to end his last lecture with so many people he cared about attend, including Jon Snoddy. The happy birthday song he had sung to his wife on her birthday was so sweet. He touched so many helpful topics to use in the classroom. This is a must see video for all future and current educators.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Project #6 My Project Video

Blog Post 4

The Benefits of Podcasting in the Classroom

Harry Dell explains to us the meaning of the term “millennial” which means anyone born after the year of 1980. A Millennial has always had some form of technology. Mr. Dell introduces the many benefits of using the podcast in the classroom. He gave many examples including podcasts assisting students in making up class work, allowing students to utilize project based learning, and providing students with relevant information.

Judy Scharf Podcast Collection

Judy Scharf explains in this website what a podcast is how affordable they can be, the equipment you will need for them, and how they can be used. She also provided helpful links to view videos that allow you to make a successful podcast. I really like that she provided her students with topics that were fun and not boring nonsense.

Langwitches-Podcasting with First Grade

This blog demonstrates how exciting podcasting can be to children. The children were thrilled at the fact of having an audience and listening to themselves as well as their fellow classmates in audio. The podcasts seem to give them a sense of responsibility and that they are doing something that the older children can do. The podcast assignment also allows children to open up to their environment more. For example, the quiet, reserved students talk more than usual and interact with the other students.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Kia Like the Car-Google Presentation

Blog Post #3

The “Flipped” Classroom

When reading the title My Flipped Classroom my initial thoughts were that this teacher had the most horrible, uncontrollable class ever! After reading the two blog posts I was absolutely wrong. The flipped classroom is a wonderful method of teaching. This teacher found creative ways to allow her honors AP biology class more relevant, easier, and fun for her students. The class is designed to be fast paced but the students could not learn the information. This teacher made videos, interacted with her students more and “flipped” her classroom. She taught another teacher the same methods so she could relate to her class more and have a more productive learning environment. Children are like sponges ready to soak up knowledge so the change of the learning environment made it that much more fun.
Technology in Special Education
This video shows us that all children can learn. It may not be on the exact level or the same methods may not be used but it can be done. The teacher allowed laptops, Ipods, computers, and other methods of technology to be utilized in her classroom. The children had special needs and technology allowed the students to communicate with their instructor more. Technology allowed the students to complete assignments at a faster pace, it allowed them to read more efficiently, and it kept the students interested in learning.
There was one student who used the keyboard as a means of communication with her teacher. She had cerebral palsy making it difficult for her to speak. Whenever her teacher asked her a question she simply answered by spelling out her words on the computer keyboard. There was another student who had to have a lab assistant assist him with his silent reading. Well thanks to the Ipod technology he was able to accomplish silent reading on his own while listening to the IPod Touch Audio Books. This also decreased the extra attention he probably received from the other students when the lab assistant came would come in. There was another student who could not read the fine print in the books his laptop allowed him to zoom in on the text making easier for him to read. I think this is a major adjustment from when I was in grade school. There was a kid in my class who had to have his textbooks special ordered, the font was huge and so were the books. I think that it drew a lot of unnecessary attention to the student.
I would definitely incorporate technology into my classroom. I want to be the teacher that has the fun classroom and at the same time allow my students to learn. Children spend the majority of their time in school; it should be interesting with content other than books, which is why technology is the way to go!

iPad with Academics for Autism

I would use the iPad Works. This app allows children with autism to stay focused on the material they are learning. I would use this app with many subjects in assisting my students with special needs. This app can be used for math, writing skills, reading, learning shapes, and many other purposes.
I would use this app for math and learning shapes by letting the student count the number of shapes. While the student is counting the shapes I would also have him/her point out what each shape is. I would also write a word on the iPad then let my student mimic the word I wrote out. This will not only teach my student how to read they will also know how to pronounce the words they are writing out. There are numerous methods that I or any other educator can use to incorporate this method technology in the classroom and make them effective.

Gary Hayes Social Media Count

The rates for these social sites seemed to change every half of a second. They increased and increased. I am thinking that the majority of the people logging onto these sites are younger and they may even be minors, meaning they could very well be my future students.
These increasing numbers mean that I will have to be literate in the area of technology, in order to make my classroom environment productive and interesting. I will need to know the newest forms of technology. By the time I get into my own classroom chalkboards may be thrown out of the window!

Michael Wesch

As a student this video was relevant and very true. The sign referring to how the majority of your teachers don’t know your name shows how impersonal and overcrowded schools can be. The majority of the textbooks we never will open but we are told to purchase is waste of time and money. A waste of time to have to wait in that long bookstore line and a waste of money because we are considered starving students, so that money could have been used elsewhere. The amount of debt we will be in after completing college will be awful!! We did not create these problems but we still have to deal with them because they are our problems.
I am not really sure what this video would mean to teachers or university presidents. To be honest most teachers and university presidents are all about making their money so they may be uninterested about what their students face. Universities are very lucrative businesses and they are designed to make money. So I don’t think my college president would care that my books are overpriced. I don’t think that the amount of debt I will be in once I complete will be a factor to anyone other than I because that’s life. We all have to take these measures to become successful in life. That is just the way it is.

Monday, January 30, 2012

About Me!!! Blog Post 1

All About Kia

Hello, my name is Kia Hunter and I reside in Mobile, Al. I am a little unsure of what my major interests are. I would like to be an elementary school teacher, but I would like to venture outside of the classroom and maybe become a guidance counselor, reading specialist, or speech pathologists. I obtained my associate's degree from Bishop State Community College, I then transferred to Auburn University for one semester.  Due to issues beyond my control I returned to Mobile and I enrolled in the University of South Alabama.
My hobbies include talking on the phone, talking period I just love to talk! I am not a morning person which is not great seeing that I want to enter into the world of education where my days start at six or seven in the morning! I like to cook a little bit for my family, which consists of my mom, Ivory, and little sister, Gecor. I chose to enter the education field because I want to make a difference in people’s lives. I love to see my former teachers who really showed an interest in me and made a difference in my life. I want to influence children and help mold them into great men and women in society and what better way to do that than by becoming an educator.

Dr. Pausch's Time Management

Dr. Pausch’s video on time management was very helpful and true. I learned that the majority of the topics he discussed did apply to me. I am very poor with time management. The statement he made, “Failing to plan, is planning to fail” was a pretty accurate statement. How can a person know what they will do in life if they do not have a solid or somewhat game plan? I also liked the suggestion of having to do lists just because I am a poor planner and I can be very forgetful.