Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Project #11

We are now aware that this was not a group assignment! We all did separate parts on the topic of bullying and put it together in one movie

Monday, June 25, 2012

Blog Post #8

Richard Miller Discusses Writing

I had to watch the Videos by Richard E. Miller three times to try to understand what he was talking about! The Title was "Richard E. Miller Discusses Writing with Multimedia". I thought the videos were boring! His voice was even boring. Maybe if he showed his face while talking I could get into the video a little more. While watching the video for the third time, I decided to pause to take notes. Richard discussed how he was raised in a house full of books and dreamed to work with books one day! He is now an author and sells his book on Amazon for .59 cents.

During the video he mentioned how communication is now global. Most peoples work-space consist of a computer rather than pen and paper. He told how he did a report on the Virginia College shootings and was able to do it without going to the library. He found all the information online! He stated that most people walk around carrying a laptop. I found the information that he was saying was true because most people are "going green" and use computers for everything! I find it quicker to type than to write! I think it is great that his book is online, but he mentioned that educators should share knowledge freely. His book is .59 cents, that's close to free but it's not free. He is probably still making a profit off of it.

The presentations that he did about keeping the dream of Martin Luther King looked interesting. I find it amazing that we are able to use technology to get information. It is so much easier to Google something than to look through a lot of books to try and find information. Miller mentioned that we are living in the most important time for reading and writing. I believe this is true because any information that I want to know I can find a blog, an online article, or a post on Facebook! I think that is amazing!

Carly Blog Post 12

I think Carly did an awesome job on her blog post 12. Watch it Here She gave many different sources to watch. She explained how all children are different. Her post relates to Richard Miller because she used the internet to provide information! She did not look up in a dictionary and have to create a works cited page!! She gave useful links to information, a song, and other videos! I was unable to get the playlist to work!! It kept saying the page could not be found. All the other links worked fine though. She seems to have put a lot of time and effort into the post. Carly made a good point when she stated that not everyone likes to read!! Some people are visual learners! I think she did a great job on the post!!

The Video was about a student who procrastinated doing work. Her procrastination and inability to learn independently caused her to drop out of school and try to start her own school. Her school was shut down and she decided to get a degree online. the video was funny because it made me think of young college students always changing their minds. She was dependent on her parents and seemed really immature. I try to always do my work on time. The checklist has really come in handy!! I am able to check off what I have done every day! While watching the video EDM310 for Dummies I was laughing out loud. This video made me think of myself. The semester is halfway over and I am still feeling overwhelmed with work. I don't understand how people are able to finish the work in 16 hours. I have never been late on an assignment but I spend so much time at my computer I swear I will need a new prescription for my glasses by the time this class is over!! If I were to create or participate in a video I would like it to be about how many people get into the field of education without really knowing what they are getting themselves into. Before taking this class I saw education as a teacher standing in front of a classroom. I thought this way because that is what I experienced as a child. Now I see education in a different way!! This class has changed my outlook on being an educator! Or another idea that came into my head was creating a video about the negative things about classes being completely based on technology!! I love technology but there is a side effect to every drug!! Like I mentioned earlier about wearing glasses, my doctor said that I am unable to see far off because my eyes are so used to being so close to my computer screen!!

Learn to change, change to learn

Scavenger Hunt

For one part of the scavenger hunt I decided to find a tool similar to facebook. The tool that I found was Classroom 2.0. I found another site as well but it would not allow me to join. My request to join Classroom 2.0 is still pending approval, but I was still allowed to browse the site and look at all the useful information that some of the teachers have been posting! They have everyone wait for approval because they are trying to prevent spammers! I informed them that I am a student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. I noticed that the latest main topic was Symbaloo. This is something that I could relate to because I recently completed a PLN using this tool. I feel that this could be useful to use with my class because while reading some of the post a lot of the teachers were on the site for help! They were getting such great ideas on what to do in the class room. I loved the site because their was not any post about "other" stuff. This would be a great network for teachers who are serious about taking care of business without reading what someone ate for lunch!!. Great social networking site.

Part 2
Another part of the scavenger hunt that I completed was part 2. I think for the video "Teaching in the 21st century" they used Prezi. I recently used this program for a project for EDM310. I think they give a great deal for students. The price to use prezi is free for 30 days but after its 59.00 for the regular and $159.00 for the pro. They give students and teachers a big break on the price and allow them to get the pro for $59.00 that's a savings of $100.00. I guess they realized that students are on a budget. I noticed that you have to use a student email to get the price though.

My first Poll

Friday, June 22, 2012

Project #10 PLN First Post

I created this PLN using Symbaloo. I found this site really easy to use. it was so simple, all I had to do was put in the titles of the sites that I use often and put them into the tiles. As you can see I use Facebook, twitter, and YouTube. I am new to prezi and twitter. My PLN kind of describes me in a way. I shop Google stuff a lot and I like to listen to music in my free time.

Project 9b

This is a prezi that I created to help children learn the colors of the rainbow. My dream is to teach small children Pre-K till third grade. I taught my three year old son the colors of the rainbow and also included a song!! He really enjoyed it. The sources I used are Day Care Suite 101 and Wiki

Thursday, June 21, 2012


Humility quote

"10 tips for Workshop Presenters  any Teachers"
I Recently read a post by Edna Sackson feel free to look at it Here The post was really interesting. It was 10 tips for workshop presenters any teachers… I commented on Ms Sackson's post and told her how much I enjoyed it. A couple of the tips were use your own voice, don't speak too much, and the best one.. be humble. I loved this and I told her that I felt that arrogance will hinder learning. No one knows everything and sometimes the students are able to teach the instructors a thing or two.

"Are Adult Learners Different from Young Learners"

Another great post by Edna Sackson. In this post she describes how adult learners are basically just like young learners. She states how everyone is different and learn from different methods. She stated what adult learners value and enjoy. I commented on Edna Sackson's post about how I hated sitting in classroom's as a young learner and still hate is now. I am able to see similarities between the way I learned as a child and the way I learn now. In order to learn she stated that there is a need for a challenge and that everyone has the potential to learn.

Blog Post #7

I just finished watching The Networked Student by Wendy Drexel. I enjoyed how simple this video was. During the video someone talked while laying down paper images. The video explains how a student attends a high school one day a week in person and two days online. It states that the student does not use a textbook, and the teacher almost never lectures. The teacher believes in Connectivism. According to Wiki, Connectivism is a theory of learning based on the premise that knowledge exists in the world rather than in the head of an individual. Students using this method would use technological resources such as Google, blogging, and YouTube to learn and share new information.
The 21st century student will most likely use tools such as an MP3 player. He will not only use it to listen to his music, but to also listen to podcast from different professors. Professors from Yale, Berkeley, and even Harvard record podcast for students to listen. One question that was asked was... Why does he even need a teacher? He stated that the teacher is there to help students take advantage of new learning opportunities and helps students if they need help.

I liked the concept, but I am not sure if this is a method that I would 100% use while teaching. I know many people who take online classes for the convenience of hours. I also know people who take online classes because they are able to cheat. I think that if taking classes online that the test should all be in a school setting. I know you are suppose to have trust, but you will still have students who will cheat. I know cheating will only hurt the cheater, but it can also hurt others if that cheaters becomes an educator and does not know the information. I am not 100% on this method. I think it's great but more work will have to be put into online schools to prevent people from cheating. PLN

I watched My PLE which was done by a 7th grader. She did an awesome job. She explained how she was able to do work on her own time. I think it was awesome that she was allowed freedom to do the work on her own, but she said at times she felt it was a lot of responsibility. By using this method she was not allowed to skip any work or be late on it. I think the method is great for students who still have to go to a school setting. It allows them to use less time in a class setting listening to lectures. I still think this method should be used with classroom time.

I just watched a video about Thomas Suarez. This 12 year old boy is amazing! It is awesome that a child his age is interested in creating apps and games. Instead of wasting time playing them all the time he learned how to create them!!. He seems really mature for his age. He has created an app club at his school for other interested students to learn to create apps. He stated that when it comes to technology that the students know more than the teachers. I found that funny and in some cases not true!! Teachers are starting to use technology more now than they used to. I really enjoyed the video. This video fits very well with the other videos that I watched in this post because it shows how young children are using technology and advancing!!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Blog Post #6

Randy Pausch Inspirational quote

During Blog post 1 I talked about a video I watched online by Randy Pausch titled Time Management. I felt that the video was kind of boring. So when I found out that I had to watch another video by him, I was really dreading it. When I realized this video was over an hour long I began to dread it even more. I am so glad that I watched this video. Randy Pausch Last Lecture was an awesome video. Mr. Pausch told a lot about his life long dreams, how he achieved them, and quotes that I will always remember. During the beginning of the video I was kind of lost. My first time hearing of Mr. Pausch was during my first blog post in May of 2012 so he is farely new to me. I decided to do a little research on him and found that he was a professor at Carnegie Mellon University. While he was speaking at his last lecture he stated that he was told that he will have three months to live. When he made this statement my heart dropped. I didn't even realize that this man was dead. I then realized that is the reason he titled it his "last lecture".

While watching this lecture I realized that Pausch's parents did a great job with raising him. He mentioned his parents during the lecture and I was shocked when he showed pictures of his mother riding a rollercoaster at age 70. I was amazed when he showed his father at age 80 still going to amusement parks. During high school his parents allowed him to pain his bedroom. this is something that most parents will not allow children to do. When I was in high school I wanted to paint my bedroom purple, my mother liked white walls so that's the color they stayed. Pausch decided to paint an elevator in his bedroom. I found this really funny, but I think by his parents allowing him to do it they were allowing him to be creative.

I stated that I did a little research on Mr. Pausch I found a video on youtube Randy Pausch Inspires Graduates" .In this video Randy Pausch had lived past the timing that the doctors had given him. In this video he stated that "We don't beat the reaper by living longer. We beat the reaper by living well". Randy Pausch seems to have live a great life. During his last lecture he said some things that really stuck with me. He allowed me to see that some of the obstacles that I face in life are just there to show how dedicated and hard working I am. the obstacle is there to see just how badly I want to achieve my goal. By watching his last lecture it made me stop complaining and just work harder.

While Mr. Pausch was showing pictures of how he taught his students I was really impressed. I noticed that he was very "hands on". He was not the type that taught by books. He even stated in his lecture that he felt that by the time the students got to his classes that they should have read enough books. On most of the pictures that he showed of his students projects he was in them. He was always interacting and having fun with his students and I believe this is what made him so well known. This is probably the reason that his YouTube video has over 14 million views. Randy Pausch seemed to have a great relationship with his family. He stated that the lecture was made for his children. He also showed a great deal of love to his wife. In the first assignment for the semester My instructor asked if I knew anything about Randy Pausch and now I really do. By watching this video it has sparked my interest in him. I plan to read more about him and watch more videos about his lectures.

Project #8

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Blog Post #5

The iSchool Initiative
iSchool Initiative

The iSchool Initiative by Travis Allen was an O.K video. During the video Travis was trying to argue the fact that students learning from an iSchool would be cheaper than books, paper, and pencils for learning. Travis made some great points in the video such as the fact that parents have to buy expensive calculators for school. He also brought attention to the many apps on the iTouch such as the calendar, globe, and email. The video Travis Allen's ZeitgeistYoungMinds entry compared Travis Allen to Mark Zuckerberg (ceo of Facebook). Travis Allen made some good points about the iSchool, but that is something that will be difficult to sell to parents, and to the school systems. Most parents are going to see this as being too expensive. $150 does not seem like a lot of money initially, but you have to consider children loosing them, them being stolen, and also breaking. Also there will still be extra expenses such as apps, cases, and whenever a newer version comes out. I am not saying that Travis Allen's iSchool is not possible or even beneficial, but I think a lot of other factors should be included.I noticed that the first video was published in 2009 so I looked up more information on Travis Allen see if there was any update to his iSchool. I found that he will be visiting 17 states to spread the word about the iSchool initiative. I found that Allen developed the iSchool initiative because he was not allowed to use his iPhone as a way to learn while in high
school. I did find it amazing that someone his age would do something like this, he must have really loved his iPhone.

Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir
virtual choir

Maybe some of you found Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir amazing, I did not find it really interesting. I loved the fact that people from around the world are able to sing in harmony using the computer, but I would rather see it live. Listening to people sing is something that most people like to get dressed and go outside of the house to watch. We can't use the internet for everything, and if we do then everyone will turn into fat, lazy bombs. Everyone will sit in their homes at a computer screen all day. This is not healthy not only will you gain weight, but you will also get poor eyesight from staring at a computer screen all day. Don't get me wrong I am not saying the performance wasn't good, in fact I think the singing was great. This was a great way to get people from 12 different countries to sing together, but I don't think I would enjoy watching it on a computer screen often.

Teaching in the 21st Century

In the Video by Kevin Roberts he explain how teachers are no longer the only source for knowledge. He explained how simple it is for people to go to the internet to learn. Mr. Roberts believes that teaching has changed and teachers are not teaching new information, but teaching how to find new information. In the video Roberts mentioned how Facebook, twitter, Google and many other internet tools have become very useful in teaching new information. He believes that teachers should teach the students how to correctly use these tools to increase knowledge. I agree with Roberts, I use Google daily to find answers to questions I may have. One interesting concept that Roberts pointed out was that learning should be engaging and not just interesting. I believe this will affect educators because with the use of the internet, teachers will be learning and educating students at the same time. There is always something new online and the students will possibly be able to teach their teachers something new.

Why I flipped My classroom
The Videos Why I flipped My Classroom by Kate Gimbar, Dr. Lodge McCammon's Fizz-Flipping the classroom by Dr. Lodge McCammon, and Flipping the classroom-4th Grade STEM by Ms. Munafo were all about how to "flip" a classroom. These three videos talked about how to change classes from a teacher standing in front of the class to a teacher being on a video. Ms. Munafo stated that she was preparing the students for jobs that were not created yet. I honestly don't see how this is possible. I think that I could use the "flipping" method as a teacher, but it would still require time and effort. The instructors in the video made this method seem so easy. I think it would be beneficial for students that are having trouble learning. These students would be able to play back a video over and over until they understood the lesson. I still think this would be great for college students who are expected to be able to work on there own. I don't think it would be as effective for elementary or middle school students because some of them still need one on one assistance in order to achieve goals.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Blog Post #4


Children Podcasting

I learned about pod-casting today, and I was really excited because this is something I have never even heard of before. The Video by Joe Dale was very interesting. I learned that I am considered at Millenial which is anyone born after 1980. This group grew up with, and depends on technology. Millenials watch a lot of t.v, send thousands of instant messages, talk a lot on the phone, and play lots of video games. I do not have the time to play video games or watch a lot of t.v, but I still use my cell phone a lot to text, email, or chat with family and friends. Podcasting is very useful in the classroom setting. Children will get sick sometime and may have to miss time from school, but with podcasting they will still be able to listen to the lecture. I think this is awesome because it allows the ability to stay on track even if you miss a day. I also read a couple post from Ms Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano. Feel free to check out her blog its title Langwitches. I even listened to the audio at the bottom of the page. The students in her class did their own podcast. While listening I could tell excitement from the high pitched voices. The Flat Stanley Podcast was very entertaining. My three year old son was sitting on the sofa while I was listening to it and he came over to listen with me. The sounds of the children's voices caught his attention. These 1st graders did an awesome job with their podcast. This method could be used to grab the attention of children and adults.

My Sentence Video

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Blog Post #3

Students Helping each other

Peer Editing

I learned a lot from watching the videos Peer Editing uploaded by nrpatric and Writing Peer Review TOP 10 Mistakes by tbed63. The slideshow Tutorial Peer Editing was also very useful.The videos defined peer editing as working with someone your own age to improve their writing. They gave three steps of editing compliment, suggest, and correct. The slide show was extrememly funny, and I think the students did a great job. I learned that when editing to not be picky. I also learned that when someone is giving suggestion to not be defensive, or ignore the persons ideas. Editing is a way to help improve the writing skills so it is a way of someone trying to be helpful.

Technology in Special Education

The video Technology in Special Education was very inspiring. In this video it shows how technology has helped students in special education to learn assignments in a easier way. The instructor Ms Cook told about how her students are learning faster and how they are more excited to learn. While watching the video I noticed how some of the students could not talk, but they were able to type what they wanted to say onto the computer. One student had trouble seeing, but an app that he had on his computer allowed the words to be magnified. I found this very interesting how these students were able to learn different things. I also found it interesting that one student was able to listen to a book from his Ipod. Technology made it possible for him to be in the classroom with all the other students instead of being read to in the hallway. I think this is amazing. I look forward to becoming a teacher. These tools would be useful for all students not just for those in special education. Some students learn better by hearing books rather than reading themselves. I remember when I was in school and the special education students really didn't learn anything, I think it's amazing that programs are being created to help them to learn. Technology has played a huge role in education. I believe that with the use of computers the students become more interested in the topic. Some students will still not participate and go to other websites, but I feel that most will stay focused. I found Ms Cook's relationship with her students very interesting. She was able to tell when the student was saying yes or no by the way his eyes moved. One student used a mouse to put words together on a screen, I found that very amazing. This video was very interesting. I am pretty sure that when the time comes for me to teach more advances to technology will be made. I look forward to that.

How the iPad works with Academics for Autism

This video reminded me of an app that I downloaded on my 3 year old son's leap pad. I think that by using technology with children that It keeps their attention. The child in the video was autistic, but the ipad kept his attention the entire time. The child in the video seemed to be very interested in learning. I think the use of technology like iPad, leap pad, and other educational systems are more fun than the old fashion flash cards. Also their was a part of the video in which the child had to write words, and he was able to do it. I did notice that towards the end of the video as soon as the parent took away the iPad the child immediately lost focus. My child is not autistic, but he is 3. I have learned that 3 year old children have small attention span. When I sit my child down to play on his leap pad, he will sit there for an hour playing an educational game. I went online to the apple apps to find an app that would be useful if I was teaching a student who was unable to see clearly. I found an app called iseeclearly. This app could be downloaded to a phone, iPad, or iPod, and seemed useful in making small print bigger. It seemed easy to use all you had to do was take a picture of the text and enlarge. It reminded me of a student from a previous video who had trouble seeing I think this app would be useful to him.

Harness Your Students' Digital Smarts

Learning using digital

This video taught me the concept that "Teachers don't know everything. While watching the video the instructor stated how she knew nothing about a topic until her students taught her. I did notice that during the video the teacher allowed the students to get in front of the class room and teach.The students were learning while using tools that are popular in movies such as avatars. It looked as if they were playing games while they were learning. This seemed very fun and I can tell it really grabbed the students attention.

Jamie Cunningham's First 25

Saturday, June 9, 2012

C4T # 1

hands growing like flowers

"Researchers Workshop"

I recently read a post by Denise Krebs titled Researchers Workshop. I really recommend checking out her Blog . I found the experiment that she conducted with her students extremely interesting. She allowed her students to choose a topic, research for three hours on the topic of choice, and do an assignement on the topic. Her students were allowed to really show their creativity. They produced movies, posters, an imovie, and even a facebook page. She required that they use the entire three hours researching their topics. The students seemed to really get interested in doing the research. I left denise a comment stating how interesting the assignment seemed. I informed her that I loved the way she allowed them to choose their own topics. When children are able to choose a topic of interest I feel they will do a better job. Ms Krebs seemed to be really impressed with the outcome.

quote about mistakes

Do We Learn Most of All By our Mistakes"

I read "Do we learn most of all by our mistakes" by Denise Krebs, and I must say I was laughing out loud. In this post Denise tells how she was allowed to learn from her mistakes. She told about a time in Junior High when she had to bake a banana bread. She disobeyed the instructor and set the temp higher than instructed. The end result was her cake was pretty on the outside with a raw filling. The teacher could have made her eat the cake, but instead just informed her to follow instruction next time. She also told about a time when she attempted a family recipe, and didn't know to cook hamburger meat before adding it to the dish. She was able to fix it and now she feels that being allowed to make the mistakes and learn to do the task correctly it made her the great cook she is today.
I believe Denise made a great point about mistakes. By making mistakes it helps us to remember what "not to do". Mistakes are made daily, and by acknowledging wrong doing helps you grow to be a better person.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Blog Post #2

"Did You Know"

Did you Know that

The you tube Video "Did You Know" by Dr. Strange is an edited version on an original which was created by Karl Firsck and Scott Mcleod. It provided predictions, statistics, and other valuable information about how technology is being used around the world. Before watching this video I had no idea that every single minute a total of 48 hours of footage are uploaded to YouTube. I also didn't know that "1,393,519 searches are made on Google EVERY MINUTE". The information in this video was very intriguing. The data also made me think that Americans are not as advance as others such as Chinese and people from India.

This video showed how so many people around the world use technology constantly. I can say that from experience, Google and YouTube are both very valuable resources. In 2012 you are able to Google any person, place, or thing. There are even many "how to" videos that are useful on YouTube. This video explained how technology is changing, and jobs will also change. After reading I thought about how many employers like stability and don't really like to hire people who have jumped around from job to job. I can't help but wonder what the future holds. With technology changing daily people will have to constantly learn new skills. I can only wonder how this will affect the people who are set in there ways and resistant to change.

"Mr. Winkle Awakes"

Humorous Education Pic
I recently watched a video on you tube by Mathew Neddleman titled Mr. Winkle Awakes. I found this video very interesting. Feel free to watch it Here This video explains how technology has advanced, but the education that schools are teaching has remained the same. In this video a man named Mr. Winkle woke up after a one hundred year slumber to realize that everything has changed except for the schools. I found this video rather humorous. I felt as if Mathew Needleman was trying to get a serious point across in a humorous way. He showed one computer in a class room that was not even being used, just sitting there dusty. The resources were available but were not being taken advantage of in the classroom setting. It was interesting that after a one hundred year slumber, Mr. Winkle visited a business, hospital and a school. The only place that was still using methods that Mr. Winkle was accustomed to was the place that was suppose to prepare you to become successful in life. Schools are suppose to prepare you for the future and after watching this video I realized that they are not.

I also noticed that some of the equipment that was shown was outdated, the main reason was because the video was published in 2008. With that being said take into thought that Mr. Winkle slept for 100 years, and this video was only pusblished four years ago. In the short period of time so much has changed. The fax machine is really becoming a thing of the past. Most people have decided to "go green" and have changed to email. By using email instead of the fax machine less paper is being wasted. This video was enlightening in several aspects. First, how can we prepare our children for a world that is primarily based on technology when we are still using education methods from 100's of years ago, and secondly technology is advancing daily.

"The Importance of Creativity"

Pic of Hands on

Importance of Creativity by Ken Robinson was a very knowledgeable yet funny video. This video was very lengthy so while watching I had to take notes. Mr. Robinson made a very interesting statement about how unpredictable the future is, therefor, students are not truly prepared. Mr. Robinson stated that the Education System basically despises mistakes, and by doing so they are not allowing creativity. He states his views on degrees and how he feels they are worthless. Mr. Robinson used to be a professor and believes that people should rethink views on intelligence.

While watching this video and taking notes I thought about a close family member who went to school for cosmetology She was great with hands on, but could not pass the written exam. This video made me think even more about how education has come more about "Academic Ability' rather than creativity. I agree with Mr. Robinson when he states that degrees are worthless. In the job market employers are more so looking for job experience. I have many friends with degrees but they do not have jobs. When I was little my dad taught me to ride a bike, and in high school I was asked to memorize the first 50 presidents. I must say I still remember how to ride a bike, but I don't remember the presidents. With that being said I feel that many people learn through experience and not by memorization. A serious change needs to be made in the Education System.

"Classroom Disruption"

Choose me T shirt

While watching Classroom Disruption uploaded by GetPureEnergy, I felt that it was very biased. This video showed two different schools that used two different methods of education. There was a private school which used computers to learn, and there was a public school which had a monotone teacher. In the private school all the students were working hands on and seemed very interested in the assignment. Totally different with the public schools. The students in this class were sleeping, doodling, and not one of them were paying attention. If I had to choose which school to go to I would of course choose the public one just because it looks more interesting.

I would have to say that in the past the public school most likely represents the types of classes that I have taken in the past, but I must say I have never had one that was that bad.In the video the instructor of the private school had his students to read an article online, but the instructor of the public school printed out a 35 page article for the students and informed them they will have a test on it the next day. I would prefer to teach using the computers, but the truth is you cannot make students interested. Having computers in a classroom does not mean that all my students will raise their hands and interact with the discussions. I must say this video was ridiculous, it seemed more like a commercial, and as we know commercials are usually biased toward one idea.