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.