Sunday, November 30, 2014

Blog Assignment #5 Part 2

Different uses of PLN

I haven't had all the time I wanted to spend on PLN, but from what I learned I will defiantly be using it for my classroom. The tool I liked most was twitter and blogging, when I was able to read other peoples ideas to see how they work differently in their classroom. I cant wait to have my own blog for my teaching ways.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

C4T Summary #4

The last two comment for teachers we got to choose our teacher. The first week I chose Mrs. Cathy Jo Nelson. Mrs. Nelson is a media specialist. Her post was a video about how library's are so important to schools now. She explained how much libraries have changed. They don't just have books and computers to use, but now they have iPads and smart boards as well. My comment to Mrs. Nelson was that I really enjoyed her video. I also said that I wished libraries were updated as much as they are now, compared to when I was in school.

Librarians using iPads

For my final C4T I commented on Mr. Eric Langhorst, a history teacher. Mr. Langhorst posted a beautiful pictures of a sod house in Nebraska with the sunset in the background. I commented on his post and said how much I enjoyed his blog. I explained how I was a big nature and scenery person.

A sod house with a beautiful sunset in the background

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Blog Post 14

The magic fairy waving her wond

I enjoyed reading the USA Today article "Teaching our children can be a profession: column", by Mr. Joel Klein. I strongly agree with what he said about there being many thing I would change more than one thing about education.

The first thing I agree with is using technology to improve teaching and learning. There are so many new technological things I have learned in EDM310. There should be no reason why more technology isn't being used in the classroom now a days. You don't have to have a smart board or iPads to be considered caught up. If you have a working computer in your classroom then you have several websites than can be introduced and shared with your students to make learning more interesting.

Also,I agree with Mr. Klein when he says "we've let virtually anyone with a college degree become a teacher". Not everyone was meant to be a teacher. I hear stories now about how some coaches, that teach as well, don't even teach. They let their kids just sit around and play on their cell phones all day. How is that preparing then for college, or better yet the real world.

Finally, I agree with professionalize teaching, and make it a well-respected profession. Now a days students get away with anything. The main problem with that is that their parents let them. Students don't take their teachers serious, but with out school where would you be. People listen to a doctor to learn how and what to take to get over their sickness. So, why wouldn't students listen to a teacher to help them pass the test, or even the class. I believe it is because students know that the teacher has to bas them. So why take it serious, why try?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

C4K summary for November

The first student I was assigned to comment on was Alyssab. Alyssab is from St. Louis. She is currently in Mrs. Akerson fifth grade class. Alyssab blog post was a comparison between an iPhone and animals. She showed the difference between the structures, functions, and symmetry of both. I commented and told her how much I really enjoyed her blog. I also said that that was very observant and a creative observation.

Below is Alyssab's classification tree:

A picture of portable and nonportable devices

For my number nine comment for kids, I was assigned to Savannah S. Savannah is a fifth grader in Mrs. Mena's class. She is from Chula Vista, CA. Savannahs blog title was "Homework folder problem/solution". She explained that if you forget your homework folder you should log onto Edmodo and ask if someone can post the homework. I commented back and told her that that was a great idea. Also, that I wish we had that in my elementary days, because it seems very helpful.

My final comment for kids was Ayleen G. Ayleen is a fifth grader from Chula Vista, CA. She attends Camarena Elementary School, and is in Mrs. Mena's class. Ayleen's post was about Veterans Day. She explained how she was thankful for this day. I commented back to her and said that I was thankful for it as well. I explained how my grandfather was a veteran, and that it was a very good post.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Blog Post #13

How Can You Use Technology in Physical Education?

A girl videoing another learning how to set a volleyball

While searching the internet for ways you can use technology, I found this YouTube video, Technology in Physical Education. It is a quick two minute video about how a gym coach uses technology in his lesson plans. He uses iPads for students to video themselves and then play them back to see what they are doing wrong. Also, he lets the kids run around with iPods and the iPod will keep track of their distance, calories burned, and their time. I plan on using these activities while I am teaching.
Another useful activity I have heard about was using iPads for videos. Students can search YouTube for workout videos, cultural dances, and even different types of games. You can make a project out of it, and have the students teach a lesson or game to the rest of the class.

Boy videoing his swing forbaseball

Friday, November 14, 2014

Project 12B

This is Group 7's SMART Board presentation collaborative project. Enjoy!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

C4T #3 Summary

My first teacher to comment on was John Spencer. His post was titled "Seven Children's Shows That Would Be Terrifying As Reality Shows." In his post he recognized seven different children's shows that would make a big difference if they were turned into reality shows. He pointed out how they could be scary, depressing, or weird if they were to be turned into a reality television show. I commented and said how I have never thought about a child's television show being like that.

My final comment for this months comments was again with Mr. John Spencer. In this blog, he explains how he was a good drawer growing up, but as he got older he was nervous and not confident with himself and his drawings. He told about how he use to doodle just for fun, but he would never call himself an artist. Finally, he stared posting his drawings to his blog, Twitter, and even Instagram. Below is one of Mr. Spencer's "doodle" drawings.

A picture John Spencer drew himself

Blog Post #12

A blind student using his iPad for work

This short six minute YouTube video, Braille in the classroom, it helps you understand how braille works, how it is helpful, and some of the different types of braille. One of the devices they use is called braille display. This device will connect to the computer and will transfer the text from a computer screen into braille for the student. In the YouTube video iPad usage for the blind he shows us how to use the iPad from a blind person point of view. As he demonstrates, you can hear how he has the voice control instructing him in he background. The voice control helps him find his apps, tools, or whatever item he is looking for. Having an iPad in the classroom would be very beneficial to the student. Especially since everything is changing into technology.
-Macy Roe:)

My family has a history of hearing impairment. My maternal grandfather wore hearing aids from his 40s on to his death at 89. My mother is very hard of hearing, as are most of her siblings. I have lost a significant amount of hearing in my right ear due to military service and I imagine my genetics don't help with that. I have often thought of what it would be like if I was afflicted with my family's impairment at a school age. This post was a great chance to see what would be available to me if I was a hearing impaired student today. The Hearing Loss Association of America has a section of its website dedicated to Hearing Assistive Technology. In the link they talk about an FM system. I have vivid memories of my grandfather using one of these to listen to the TV. After multiple complaints from my grandmother about him blasting Braves games at full volume they invested in one of these FM systems. He placed the receiver close to the speakers of the TV and he had it hooked into his hearing aids. As an educator, I can see this working well in the classroom. The teacher could simply wear the receiver around his or her neck, or keep it on the desk if it was powerful enough, and the student could take it from class to class. It seems kind of primitive in today's technological world, but if it isn't broke, don't fix it. I guess.
Linked here is a video from Oklahoma about Assistive Technologies that educators can use to help deaf/hearing impaired students. Around the 5:30 mark of the video, the iPad is discussed. It seems as though iPads are becoming quite the norm in classrooms these days. I found this short section of the video to be very interesting, as I'm expecting to have iPads available to me in my future classrooms. Here is a short video of deaf students using iPads for the first time. You can see how excited the children are, but also look and see how engaged they are in their learning. My wife, God bless her, is an avid Pinterest user and heard me talking about this blog post. She very quickly found this board. I don't really know how Pinterest works, but there is some really great information on that link. That's what's so great about our modern world today; there's so much information out there. I think that if we just put forth the effort, real effort, to find it, then we will always be in a position to help our students.
-Kyle Parrish

Assistive technology can help students with learning disabilities leverage their education. It can be a wonderful tool for students that have Dysgraphia which affects a student's writing ability. This disability primarily affects handwriting and coherence. Students with this writing disorder will not perform efficiently when being taught how to form letters. Furthermore, they will probably forget how to correctly form words later because of improper movements of muscles required to write. However, there have been technologies created to help them counter this problem.
Dragon Dictation is a speech recognition application that produces words you speak by recording your voice. It allows you to update social media statuses such as Facebook and twitter by speaking. Dragon allows you to speak and send emails or text messages. Additionally, people can create notes and reminders to help them navigate throughout the day. This technology could be useful for students in the classroom who have Dysgraphia because it would allow them to complete their writing assignments by speaking out their words. As a teacher I could allow a student to use their device to assist them in the writing process. This is another way technology is affecting education in a positive way because it is assisting students who have learning disabilities.
-Justin Thomas

Math is a tough alone, and the hardest subject in school for some. I could only imagine how difficult it could be for a blind individual. In the video Teaching Math to the Blind Professor Art Karshmer introduces a tool that allows blind students to still use Braille, something they're familiar with, and electronic feedback. Instead of the math problem written in one horizontal line the student can align the math problem the way it should be. They are also able to receive verbal feedback of the math problem.
I think this tool is very useful for blind students. It is important for them to understand math because as Professor Art Karshmer said in order to get a job in engineering, technology, computer sciences etc. math is an important part of the equation, and the easier it is to practice and understand it the better, and with this tool its definitely possible.
-Janae Ivory

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Blog Post #11

Teacher using their smartboard

Back to the Future

This video was very interesting, you could tell that Mr. Brian was really into teaching his class. He went over several fun prepared lessons that he has done with his class. One of my favorite activities he showed us was the balloon going into space. I learned that you can have one main focus and cover many subjects. He used the subject language by having the kids pretend they were the balloon, and then write about your trip up to space as the balloon. He covered the subject science by demonstrating how far the balloon will go into space with the camera.

Blended Learning Cycle

In this video Paul Anderson talks about how he uses the blended learning cycle in his own classroom. By using the blended learning cycle he brings online, classroom, and mobile teaching together. I also learned what the five E's were. Engage, explore, explain, expand, and evaluate. They are also known as the learning cycle, according to Mr. Anderson.

Super Digital Citizen

I enjoyed watching this video very much. The teacher, Sam Pane, made class fun and interesting for his fourth grade class. He found a way to get the students attention, and also at the same taught his lesson plan. Teaching students about the internet and teaching them to be aware of viruses on there is very important.

Project Based Learning

In this short five minute video, Al Wandler a history teacher, explains how he and two other teachers come together to make a collaborative PBL project. I think that is a great idea. I could see myself doing something like this in my classroom.

Roosevelt Elementary's PBL program

In this ten minute video, they go into depth explaining what a PBL project is. They explain how the teachers come together and meet to come up with different ideas for PBL projects. Also, I learned one or two more things about why teachers should use project based learning in their classroom. I really liked how they pointed out that it gets students out of their seat, and they can get more involved.

Project #14: PBL Plan 2

For our second PBL assignment we did ours on Pearl Harbor.

Pearl Harbor. Planes and ships bombing each other.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Project #12 Smart Board (Part A)

Blog Post #10

Little girl working on a laptop

Little Kids... Big Potential

This video was really neat and interesting to watch. The video is short and the music was great, it kept my attention well. Having to turn things in on a blog is a great idea for the classroom. Students more than likely work harder knowing their work will be put up online and the entire world will be able to see it. The Wiki tool is a very interesting tool that I could see myself using in my classroom. The Wiki tool was a site, that you could go to and learn different peoples rituals.

The following are the three parts are interviews between Dr. Strange and Mrs. Cassidy.

Interview Part 1
Interview Part 2
Interview Part 3

I learned and took several notes while watching the three interviews. One of the things she stated was that we can piggy back off of each other. This is not stealing peoples ideas. when you put something or an idea on line it becomes available for anyone to see or use. When Mrs. Cassidy was asked how does she keep her students safe on the internet, she answered "I tell my students not to put their last names on their post. Also, not to post pictures of themselves online." Those are two very good points to tell your students whether you have them blog or not. Finally, she made a point about physical education, she gave an example of how to inform students to let the know if they would have practice or not. She explained that you could have a page or a blog that you updated for students telling the students if the gym would be open that day or if their practice would be cancelled or that the practice time has changed.

Screen shot of Mrs Cassidys Blog homepage

C4K summary for October

During week four I was assigned to comment on a student named Nicolas. Nicolas is a from Texas, and is in Mrs. Morgan's second grade class. Nicolas posted a very artistic painting of a lava mountain that he made himself. My comment to him was about how wonderful and creative his picture was. I also told him I was impressed. Below is the lava mountain Nicolas drew.

Lava Mountain

Week five of student commenting I commented on a student named Zaya. She is a seventh grader from Madison, Wisconsin, currently in Mrs.Ripp's class. Zaya's post was very good, a few grammar problems but I understood it and she went into very good detail about it all. Her post was about having to get her two bottom teeth pulled. Also, her second paragraph was about having to get braces put on. I commented back telling her she was brave. I told her I understood everything she was talking about because I have had braces before, and told her some stories of my experiences about my time with braces.

Week six I was assigned to a student named Gavin, a third grader in Mrs. Essenburg's class. Gavin is all the way from Michigan. Gavin's post was a good little paragraph titled All about me. Gavin simply explained his family and a few things he liked to do. I commented back and told him he had a great post. I also mentioned to him a few things about my family and explained how I like to play sports as well.

Week seven I commented on a student named Elizabeth. Elizabeth is from Pt. England School Auckland, New Zealand. She is a sixth grader in Mrs. Somerville's class. Elizabeth posted a blog about the movie Divergent. What are the odds that this is one of my top ten favorite movies. I commented and told her that, I also told her that I liked her pictures she used. Finally I complimented her on how well she explained each of the groups in the movie and that it was a fabulous post.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Blog Post #9. What can teachers and students teach us about Project Based Learning?

Students using different tools to work on a project together

While reading the online article Seven Essentials for Project-Based Learning by John Lamer and John R. Mergendoller, I learned a few more things about Project Based Learning that I didn't know already. Papers are a turn off, I know this from being a student, but have never really though of it till I read it in the article of how much I'd rather do a fun project rather than write a long boring paper. I think kids should always be able to have their own opinion about things, but should have answers and proof to back it up. Another thing that stood out to me was when they talked about how the students work is more meaningful when more than just the teacher will see it. If the students knew that they would have an audience of their peers or family viewing the project I think the students would work harder on it because they think so much of what their fiends think of them. The Project-Based Learning for Teachers YouTube video makes several good points of why you should use Project Based Learning in your classroom. Some of the examples it is good for are grouping students together, meeting deadlines, addressing an audience, and brainstorming branching questions.

PBL: What Motivates Students Today?

I enjoyed watching this video because it is from a students point of view. I learned that students like to be recognized when they do a good job, not in a bragging type of way but rather compliments. Students are motivated by sports as well, they have to keep up good grades if they want to be on the team of keep playing. Even at such a young age kids understand to have a good future they have to work hard and find a good job, which is also a good motivator. another great motivator the video point out is to reward the kids with fun prizes. Prizes can be anything from being the line leader one day or giving out candy.

Project-Based Learning and Physical Education

As a Physical Education major this article was very interesting to me. This was a great idea for a Project Based Learning project. The high school students were to make a unit of PE skills for the middle school students. To succeed and make something they would like the high school students would have to go online and search games, as well as interview middle school students to find out their interest.

Project Based Learning in PE

This online article is very much like the one I wrote about above. It explains the importance of Physical Exercise and how much the high school students enjoy getting to teach and help the younger middle school students. It also points out by doing this project it is not a waste of time because it is meeting the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) requirements.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

C4T #2

Tweety Bird saying Aww thank you!

One of my Teachers I had to comment on was a second grade elementary teacher. He also has a daughter who is in kindergarten. His blog post was about how his little girl was sent home with a reading log. He went on to explain how he was so surprised that they were already starting readers log so young of age. My comment to him was how I remember being sent home with readers logs to. Also, that I remembered going home and having to read for at least thirty minutes with my mom or day every night, and then get them to sign off on my log sheet. Finally, I told him to have fun with it and wished him good luck.

My other teacher I was assigned to comment on was Mr. Ross Wickens. His post was very short and sweet. He had working links going to articles that were very interesting to read. My Comment was to Mr. Wickens was that I liked how he was constantly searching for new ideas. I also commented on how I enjoyed his different way of teaching methods, and I liked seeing how different teachers teach.

Blog Post 8

Randy Pausch

When I clicked the link to watch the YouTube video Randy Pausch Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams and then saw that it was an hour long I dreaded watching the video. Though within the first ten minutes I had my full attention to watching the video. I really enjoyed the video. It really made me stop and think about the question what can we learn from him.
He talked about several little things that stuck out and made me think about things in life. For instance, when he said "When someone tells you what you're doing wrong instead of letting you keep doing it wrong means they care." Right after he said that, one thing popped in my head, the volleyball team I coach. I can tell them that they're doing something wrong with their arm swing a million times. I don't do this because I'm mad at them, I do it because I care about them and want them to fix it so it will make them a better player. We learn who really wants it, when he made the comment "brick walls stop the people who don't want it bad enough," I can learn from this because just doing the work won't get you through, you have to be involve, prove, and show how bad you want whatever it is your trying to accomplish.

Implications and Teaching Opportunities for Camera Use in Teaching and Learning.

I think that kids, teens, young adults, and even adults spend to much time worrying about their smartphone and way to many hours of the day than they should. I am defiantly one of the seventy eight percent of people that use their phone more than two hours during the day. Having a camera on your phone is a very easy and convenient tool to just pull out of your pocket and take a picture.
I think students should be able to take their phones to school but not have them out all the time, only when the teacher allows it. I don't think students should be able to use their phones as calculators or other things like such. Most students would text their friends to find the answers. Also many kids find websites that that can put in their math problem in and it will sole the hole thing out for them and show how to do the work. So what is to stop them from doing this stuff on a test or quiz that that are assigned to?

Assuming all of the students I will teach will have a smartphone or a tablet with a camera on it here are a few things I would do with this in class:
1. We would go outside and take pictures of leaves, and when we come back in the classroom and compare them to see what type of leaves we have.
2. You could take a field trip to the zoo or the aquarium and get them to take diff pictures of the animals/fish. Then when you get back to the classroom have the kids share their pictures with one another and talk about their pictures.
3. Have a picture scavenger hunt. As the teacher I would have a list of items in the classroom and around the school and I would have the student go around finding certain items.
4. Have students interview someone in the field of their dream job. Let the students video record an interview of them and someone of their choice that they would like to have a job with when they grow up.

Children playing learning games on their iPads

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Project #9

This is Group 7's recorded video book discussion of Prensky's book. Topic #3.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Blog Post #7

I am very good with an iPad, I think it helps a lot because I use an iPhone. A weakness is I don't know how to use a Mac computer to its fullest. I need to be able to make movies or videos better and learn to edit and use them more. Technology is my biggest worry when it comes to being ready to teach students. I want to be confident when a student ask me any kind of question about their iPad or whatever electronic device they are using.

You can never learn less; you can only learn more

How to make an audio QR Code
I had no idea how easy it was to make a QR code till I saw this video on YouTube. I could defiantly see myself using this in my classes. A good plus side about the QR code is that it seems fairly easy to work and manage because it saves as a URL. I like how you can have this done ahead of time and in your own voice.

iPad Reading Center
I think this is a great new way of teaching and learning how to read. It's good for the students to be able to hear themselves read and hear how they're pronouncing they words out loud. I think it would be really good if some of the student were having trouble reading the words they could watch another kids video and follow along with the words. Other than that this idea is very smart and seems to be working very well.

Poplet with Ginger Tuck
This is a great way to get kids to enjoy reading more. Also, it is a great start for kids to understand how to summarize about books,. It'll be good for them to start young. I like how they can help each other while taking picture and notice the adjustment they have to make with the brightness of the lightning.

Alabama Virtual Library as a Kindergarten Center
I think this is great again because it saves paper and trees. Also, I like that they are starting students so young with Alabama Virtual Library. I have used Alabama Virtual Library all the way through my high school days. I had no idea they were starting so young, but that is a great thing.

Mrs.Tassin 2nd grade students share Board Builder Project
I have never heard of a Board Builder Project before. To me this seems like a poster board project but online. I like how everything is going online and saving paper and our trees. This is a great idea, because you can make it as simple as you want it or it can be very detailed as you want it.

Have You Learned Something Today?

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Project #13

Our group did a project for an eleventh grade history class. The students will work in groups and will have to make a digital timeline about the Great Depression. Check out our plans in the listed links below for more information on the project.

Men walking through the Great Depression

Project Overview

Project Checklist

Project Calendar

Evaluation Rubric for Individual Performance

Group Rubric

Project #7 Part B

For my Students!

For my Parents!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Project #6 C4K Summary #1

Rocks with different facial expressions

The second week I was assigned to comment on the student named Liam, she was from South Africa. Liam didn't have to much to say in her post. Her blog was about how elephants were in an electric fence and when they touched the fence they learned that it hurt and to stayed away. I commented back and told her how that was a good observation and if I was an elephant in the fence I would stay away from it too.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Project #8: Book Trailer

Amelia Bedelia

Blog Post #6

Children working on a project to help each other learn

While watching several of the YouTube videos I learned many different things about project based learning. Project based learning is a project assigned at the end of a lesson to show what you have learned and needed to learn. Anthony states in his YouTube video Project Based Learning Part 1 that the goal of a good project is to have the students interest. He also makes a fabulous point to never limit your students, create opportunities for the students to go above and beyond what you would like them to do. I have never heard about iCurio till I watched the YouTube video iCurio: Conversations with Anthony. I learned that it is a website that lets you take notes and keep them in folders so you can come back to them whenever you need. Another great feature is that it is very kid friendly, and it is great for kids who are new to reading because it can read allowed to the student. My favorite thing I learned from Anthony, is the Discovery Ed. This is a great tool for teachers to take advantage of by bringing experts into the classroom and showing educational videos. I think that it is awesome for students to learn by other people or to see different ways of teaching. While watching the video The Anthony - Strange Tips for Teachers Part 1 there were two tips that really stood out to me. The first, was that it is hard work, but will be very rewarding. The second, is you have to be flexible and understanding with all of your students.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Blog Post 5: Personal Learning Networks

I have never heard of Personal Learning Networks before; but, upon my research I found out how easy they are to learn as well as how helpful they are. Personal learning networks are a quality list of set people and tools that you can call upon for help. It is those people, places, organizations, and activities which will enable you to learn. Watching the YouTube video Welcome to My PLE! was really cool and helped me to understand more about PLN's. PLN's are great because they are worldwide and are usually free. If not free most PLN are very cheap. PLN's are all over, you may be using one and not even realize it. Twitter, Facebook, and even YouTube are all considered PLN's. PLN's can help you with teaching, you can connect with others and see how they are teaching the lesson, or even watch videos on how they teach their lesson.

Picutre of different word ideas jumbled together.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Project 15:Search Engines

These eight sites are great places to search for whatever you are looking for.

1. WolframAlpha
This search engine is not commonly known. I have never heard of it till I was assigned this project. I wish I would have known about it sooner it would have made all of my math classes easier. In the search bar you can put in an equation and it will sole the problem for you. It doesn't only do math problems, it will also search the web for other things you need and will show you detail unlike other search engines.
2. Yahoo
Yahoo is a very common website to search. Several People use this site for their email address. It has many other choices like the weather, sports, dating, and several other categories to click on. On the main homepage it constantly has different news articles sliding by. You can search this site for pictures as well. Most would compare this search engine to Google.
3. Chacha
Chacha is a website that you can ask it anything. You could ask it the most random questions and it can usually give you an accurate answer. You can also text Chacha any question and they will text you back with an answer. The only bummer to this is you only get a limited amount of questions you can ask a week.
4. Ask
Ask is a fairly well known search engine. It has an auto fill search bar. It has a tab to search for pictures, as well as a tab for read up on the news. It is a very simple and easy to work site.
5. Bing
Bing is a very well known search engine, almost as popular as Google. Several people have this site as their home page. A lot of people have this cause it is an easy access to the popular email address MSN. There is a auto fill search bar to search the web and images.
6. DuckDuckGo
DuckDuckGo is a very simple search engine. It has an auto fill search bar. This site does not track your history, which can be a good or bad thing.
7. Monster
Monster is a search engine to help people search for jobs. It gives you three auto fill search bars. The first auto fill is for job titles. The second is for keywords or company names. The last one is for your city, state, or zip code.
8. Dogiple
This search engine is simple to work. It has an search auto fill. This website also has its own app you can download to your smartphone. Dogpile gives you seven different categories to help you find your search. It gives you "resent fetches" to see what is trending.

Blog Post 4

In the first article, The Right Way to Ask Questions in the Classroom , by Ben Johnson made very much sense. I he mentioned several good tips, but what I liked the most was how he said to check with your class for feedback. While reading the articles and links Dr. Strange provided for us I learned a lot and had never thought about some of the stuff I learned, such as you do not want to ask more than one question at a time to confuse the students, or to reword the question you gave to the students in case they became confused by the question the first time it was given.
While watching the Youtube video Asking better questions in the classroom I learned the difference between a close ended question and an open ended question. A closed ended question requires a one word answer, but an open ended question leaves respondent for more thinking and more information. To get an answered open ended question you need to add explain, describe, why, or simply make a list when asking the question.
In the other Youtube video I watched, Questioning Styles and Strategies he showed sever different styles of getting the students to answer the questions, such as random calling upon, surveying, and asking for an extending response. After the students answered a question he was sure to give them positive feedback.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Blog Post 3

While editing your peers papers there are a few things you need to remember. Compliments, suggestions, and corrections are the three main topics to look for. Always stay positive and use your words kindly while editing. Treat their paper how you would want yours to be edited.
When giving compliments the number one rule is to stay positive. While giving suggestions help them with details, word choices, or ideas. Finally, look for corrections such as punctuation, spelling, and grammar. just don't be a Picky Patty, not everyone is perfect.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Blog Post 2

What will teaching in the 21st century be like?

1. Mr. Dancealot
The central message of the video Professor Dancealot, is none of the students know how to do any of the dances at the end during the final because they weren't able to practice all of the dances correctly. At the end of the video the teacher makes his case expecting the students to know the moves and proper foot work to each of the dances. That isn't fair because the hole time the teacher was teaching the correct footwork he was behind the desk. Therefore, I do not agree with the conclusion. I feel that students do better when they interact in class, or practice with the teacher to learn how to do the moves right.

2. Teaching in the 21st Century
Robert explains how much easier it is to be a student now, rather than 10 years ago. He believes you must know how to work technology to answer many of your questions or to keep up with society. I also believe that is very strongly true. He also states that "teachers are not the source of knowledge." I feel that he is saying if the teacher dose not explain well enough or the student wasn't sure what the teacher was asking they would simply use Google, Yahoo, or Bing to search to help them figure out the problem. I think technology is todays new and improved way of learning for many children.

3. The Network Student
I feel that in The Network Student video, there are several good point made. For instance, the web is a powerful tool for learning in the 21st century. I like how you can see other peoples research and can swap information about the topic. I believe everything is true about why even the Network Student needs a teacher. You have to start to learn somewhere. Also, how to know what is true information and what is false information given out online.

4. Harness your Students' Digital Smarts
Mrs. Davis thesis is great and her way of teaching and is the type of teacher I want to be. She teaches, but also lets the students teach her as well. I like how she doesn't explain everything to her students, as she has them look up whatever they aren't aware of online. It is good that the students from such a small town are able to interact from other students around the world.

5. Whose Ahead in the Race?
Watching the Video was very interesting and informative. Being a junior in college, I know how to do about half of the stuff that the Gulf Shores elementary students were doing. I don't feel that every elementary school students know how to do all that the video showed. It is great that the students are getting the opportunity to start so young to learn the technology. I hope more students can take advantage of this wonderful experience.

6. Bringing the Locker Room into the Classroom
Coaching in the classroom is a great way to get students to motivate and teach each other. The educator, Owens, learned quickly in girls basketball locker room, before a game, that the girls engaged participation and collaboration helped them problem solve, how to win the game. T his leads me that in my classroom I shouldn't always be the center of attention. I should allow my students the opportunity to share their ideas and thoughts with the rest of the classroom.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Blog Post 1

I have heard the number one thing about this class, EDM310, is that it requires a lot of work and time. I was unaware that it was a nine hour class, but I am wiling to put in the time for the class. The number one thing people tell me about the class is never to fall behind with the work. Hopefully I will manage my time well throughout the semester and stay ahead of all the work.
I do well working with others for projects as well as class work. This is my first semester at the South Alabama so everything is still very new to me but I am catching on very fast. I have taken computer classes before where we used smart boards and other varieties of media, but this class I expect will be very different and more than likely harder than the others classes I have taken. I will have to take more notes and pay attention to my fullest for EDM310.
I do not have any questions now about the class, but looking at the syllabus I can assure you I will have plenty later on. I am anxious to what I will learn in the class, and the people I will meet at USA and around the world.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Practice Blog

Macy Roe
About me
My hobbies
Why I want to do physical education
What I will do as an physical education teacher
My goal as a physical education teacher

Hi my name is Macy Roe. I am an only child, and have one dog. My dogs name is Bella, she is a black standard poodle. I was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama. My hobbies are playing volleyball, running, fishing, and hunting. I'm not the best runner out there but if I keep pushing myself I will eventually get to my goal. In the sixth grade I was diagnosed with type one diabetes, it has been a struggle but I have never let it keep me from doing anything. Starting my eighth grade year I began to play volleyball, last year I retired from the awesome game that I love. I still like to go play around or on the sand volleyball court whenever I get the chance. I started going to college at Troy University, then transferred over to Faulkner State Community College, and now I am a junior here at South Alabama.

My major is physical education. I chose physical education because I love sports and being active. I also believe kids should be active, and learn to play with others. Living in the 21 century several things have changed in the school system, not only teachers but students also are getting things like iPads and laptops for learning. My goal as a physical education teacher is for kids to enjoy coming to my class, or when someone ask what their favorite subject is they answer PE like I did when I was a kid.


Source: Photo by John H Strange