Sunday, April 27, 2014

C4K #3

This C4K assignment first took me to Sarona's blog. Sarona wrote a story for her blog post. It was very scary in the beginning but it had a great, happy ending! She broke her story into 7 paragraphs. It was a good story that held my attention. I commented telling her where I was from and why I was there. I told her how great her story was and that I was sure she had a future in writing!

My next assignment took me to Ritua's Blog. I looked at her weekly reflection and her haiku about rain. It was very good and I was so impressed! I told her my name and where I was from. She has great weekly reflections and could also have a future in writing! In her reflection she said she would like to add more art to her week. Art is such a great way to express yourself and it is so much fun! Blog comments were restricted so it was not posted.

My final assignment took me to Kyron's Blog! He had posted pictures from Purple Cake Day on friday saying they had a fun time. I did some research on Purple Cake Day and found out from it is "a charity event that supports children worldwide to receive the education they need to break the poverty cycle and create a better future for themselves, their families, and their communities". I told him I had never heard of Purple Cake Day and it sounds like a lot of fun for a great cause. By the looks of his pictures they really enjoyed themselves.
Purple Cake Day

C4T #4

For my last C4T Assignment I read and commented on Daniel Edwards' blog, Learning and Innovation. Daniel is the Director of Digital Strategy at the Stephen Perse Foundation schools. The first blog post I read and commented on was Pedagogy First- Technology.... This blog post points out how increasingly important technology is today. Before we jump into a world of technology we must learn to teach with technology. If not used correctly we will only hinder our students with technology. I commented telling him who I was and why I was there. I agreed with him saying that now is such an exciting time in education. Teachers might have a hard time switching from pen and paper to a tablet. This is why it is so important that educators be educated on how to teach with technology. It is time that educators learn how to effectively use technology and learning will be amplified!
 Apple and worm
The next post I read and commented on was Top 10 Apps in an Established 1:1 iPad School. He listed the top 10 apps that will benefit students and teachers alike. One app he mentioned was Explain Everything. It is a digital whiteboard and screen casting tool. You can annotate pictures, animate, and narrate presentations. He says it is a "must have" app. Another one that stuck out to me was iMovie. We use it so much in this class and it is so great to see that other think it is super important as well! I commented telling him about the apps that stuck out most to me.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Blog Post #13

How can you integrate technology and art into your classroom?

Read Integrating the Arts with Technology: Inspiring Creativity and present your findings from this article. Then give your thoughts about technology and art and provide any websites you find.

Including the arts into your classroom daily can be hard to do but the reward is outstanding! It benefits everyone in the classroom and raises class morale. The arts provide an opportunity for self expression and personal reflection. Children with disabilities can use art as a way to get away from their disability and be creative. Art can sometimes become boring to students. Integrating technology into art is a fun way to get students involved and motivated. With technology it is easy to bring artists to life and make them fun to learn about. Students with learning disabilities can try out different learning methods through computers with graphics that are eye-catching and memorable. Art websites create a new world for creativity and learning. Combining art and technology can break down barriers and jump-start learning.

As with all teaching techniques, it is important to be well versed in the technology you are using. Most websites have tutorials to help you out. Make sure to browse through the entire site and learn ways to accommodate for disabled students. Search for helpful websites with new ideas. Websites like JamStudio, ArtWeaver, and Art Partners were suggested by this article.

 Art and Technology

I think that art is very important in a classroom, especially in elementary where I am wanting to teach. With children growing up in an age of technology it only makes sense to combine art and technology to expand their learning. I hope to have iPads and a SmartBoard in my classroom. The possibilities would be endless! I believe art should be hands-on but integrating technology could open a new world for all students. One great site for both learning about an artist and creating art is

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Blog Post #12

I guess I had not really thought much about teaching vision and hearing impaired children. Once I watched Assistive Technologies for Vision and Hearing Impaired Children my eyes were opened to all of the hardships and possibilities. This video shows how students with disabilities can overcome obstacles to help them learn. We have the technology to push boundaries and open a new world to these students. The video asks if we as educators will knock down walls and build others that ALL students can climb. The answer is YES!

Another video I watched was iPad Usage For The Blind. As they run their finger across the screen, the iPad reads the names aloud. They can double click on the place they want to go. It can read books to them and describes the pictures in detail. This video got me ready to learn all of the ways we can teach our vision and hearing impaired children.

Blind student using iPad

I started searching for assistive technologies and I found a great article at Great Schools. The article mostly explains what assistive technology is but the best part is the links that it provides to other websites. One link leads you to electronic math worksheets. Another leads to a program with talking calculators. This article also provides assistive technology tools to help with listening, math, memory, reading, and writing.

Assistive Technology

With the help of assistive technology, the sky is the limit for learning. All students can now have the opportunity to learn. We can enhance learning and success with new technology. I hope that the knowledge we have only continues to grow so that hearing and vision impaired students can learn like never before.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

C4K #2


The first blog I commented on for C4K was Meliana's . She talked about her fitness story. She also got to draw a picture to go along with her blog post. I told her how I like to work out and to keep up her healthy lifetstyle!

My next C4K assignment took me to Johnathon's Blog. Johnathon gave safety tips to help someone ride a bike. He also provided a picture that labels parts of the bike. I commented telling him how great his post was. I also asked him how old he was when he learned to ride a bike.

C4T #3

For my third C4T assignment, I was assigned to Michael Kaechele's blog. Michael is an artist transformed into a teacher. He strongly believes in learning by doing.

The first blog post I read and commented on was titled, "I'm an extroverted introvert". He considered himself completely an introvert until people asked him why he thought that. Once he thought about it, he also considered himself an extrovert. Sometimes he likes to be alone and sometimes he likes to be surrounded by people. The whole point of his post was to help people realize that students are all different. As educators, we should make sure that our classroom accommodates both kinds of students. I commented telling him where I was from and why I was there. I told him that I also considered myself an extroverted introvert. I usually love being around people, but sometimes you just need to be alone. His post made me realize how I should be conscious of how I approach a student. The more aware I am of their personality, the better relationship I can have with my student.

The next post of Michael's I commented on was, "Why you shouldn’t attend conference sessions". Just by the name you can tell he is not a fan of conferences. Although, he still likes attending them. Why? Because of the people he meets there! The most information he gets from conferences is from interactions in the hallways. He recommends following the hashtag #Miched to learn from some of the best educators! I commented telling him how the title really caught my attention. I have been excited to attend any kind of education conference since I have heard Dr. Vitulli talk about the art conference she was attending. I will remember this post for the future and know the sessions are not the only place I can learn from!
Learn From Everything

Blog Post #11

By:Holly Shaw

Brian Crosby is an innovative, exciting fourth grade teacher who does not take the easy route in teaching his students. While most teachers are satisfied with high test scores and multiple choice tests, Crosby is not. In this video, he talks about a particular project dealing with atmospheric pressure and the levels of the atmosphere. Rather than just teaching his students verbatim what their textbook claims, Crosby used the book, charts and had the students complete various exciting activities. The students videoed their experiments and embed them to their personal blogs. In Crosby’s class, the students are doing more than learning meaningless facts, they are getting hands-on experience. By the students blogging they are getting to reinforce what they learn. The students are also exposed to flicker, wikipages, and other 21st century tools.

students sitting and standing in a circle with laptops outside
The most rewarding part of Crosby’s class is that his students are getting more out each lesson rather than just a simple science lesson. Students are learning to read and write to learn content, to write for the purpose of clarifying and sharing, and to give an receive feedback along with many other language intense skills. Brian Crosby believes in active learning where students are being empowered to learn and to learn on their own using 21st century tools. Students are also encouraged to collaborate in and outside the classroom. Students are motivated because they are able to connect with people all over the world.

By: Caitlyn Barton

Paul Anderson teaches AP Biology in Bozeman, Montana. This past year he turned his classroom into a video game. He thought it was a great year but a little too different. So this year he wanted to do a blended classroom. He talks about it in this video. His idea for blended learning is combining mobile, online, and classroom learning. For biology, he teaches his students by using the 5 E's: engage, explore, explain, expand, and evaluate. His idea of blended learning combined with the 5 E's makes his blended learning cycle. Mr. Anderson likes to start a lesson with a big question that catches the students' attention. Next, he lets the student investigate to try and answer the questions they all have. Once his students have more answers, they get to watch a video that goes along with the topic. He ends his lesson with a review and testing. I think his way of teaching is something that every teacher should try in their classroom. The class does not all move along at one time. He makes sure each student is ready to move on to the next part of his blended learning cycle. Mr. Anderson says all of his students have responded positively to this method of teaching!
 Year 2000 Classroom Prediction

March Church's Making Thinking Visible video gives us a look into his classroom. Mr. Church likes to break his students into small groups. While in their groups he gives them questions to elaborate on with the other members of the group. Each group comes up with a headline that captures the essence of their topic. He then asks the groups to present their headline and explain why they chose it. To finish the project all of the headlines are joined together to make a bulletin board!

By: Ashley Howell

In the video, Super Digital Citizen, Mr. Pane, who is a fourth grade teacher, teaches his students about Internet safety. I feel like in today’s society kids are constantly learning how to use the Internet and technology, but they don’t really learn much about how to be safe. Mr. Pane wanted his students to learn how to be good digital citizens, which meant knowing how to act safely, respectfully, and responsibly on the Internet. He decided to teach his kids about Internet safety in a really neat, fun way. He had his students use a website to create their own Digital Superhero, as well as their own imagined situation in which the superhero would save the day when it came to Internet safety. The students basically wrote their own narrative, like a comic. Not only were the students learning about how to use technology and Internet safety, but they were also learning more about their English and writing skills. You could tell by the video just how much fun these students were having with this project. In the video, Mr. Pane mentions how it’s important to create some projects that are about the students because it makes them more meaningful. As teachers, it’s important to remember that the students are exposed to so much online and they need to know how to make good choices.

Kids surrounding a computer

We have been learning a lot lately about Project Based Learning and how great it really is. In the Youtube video titled, Project Based Learning, we learn how three teachers in Canada restructured their day to use Project Based Learning. In this particular classroom, students don’t learn in segmented subjects. Instead, the teachers integrate subjects like History and English coupled with technology. In the video, we learn that research shows that integrated learning through projects allows the students to be more engaged and provides an opportunity for deeper understanding. The three teachers in this video realized how beneficial Project Based Learning can be, but all they needed was more time. The teachers decided to restructure their day to make time to blend ideas and content, go deeper into learning, and provide feedback. It’s hard to do a good, thorough project when the students are limited. With Project Based Learning, teachers are allowed to teach things beyond the curriculum. It gives the students a chance to create something great on their own and be proud of the process, as well as the outcome. Brian Crosby-Back To the Future

By: Sarah Carl

Image of children thinking
The video of Roosevelt Elementary School's PBL program is proof of how project-based learning is so great for students. The Roosevelt teachers teach their students skills necessary for the real world such as public speaking. So many adults go through school and enter the real world never being able to properly give a speech or how to interview and that is a major reason why our society is the way it is today. Project-based learning not only teaches the students public speaking skills at an early age, it also teaches them self-motivation. They need to know that sometimes the only way to keep moving forward in life is to be able to motivate yourself to do things because they will not always have someone to hold their hand through everything. The students learn to work independently and cooperatively. By working together in PBL, the students practice social skills and how to work together which is also very necessary for the real world. Project-based learning does not use just one way of learning, it incorporates multiple intelligences so each child receives the most information from each lesson. By using multiple intelligences, it makes the students much more engaged and interactive. It makes them curious and wanting to learn. As the teacher's at Roosevelt Elementary School said "It's not easy. It's a lot of work for teachers." But I think to see the students so engaged and excited about learning makes it completely worth it.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Project #15

For my project based lesson plan I wanted my class to learn about the life of butterflies. It is for a first grade class. They will get to watch a caterpillar transform to a butterfly and learn about all different types of butterflies. Each group will present a Prezi presentation about the stage of life they were assigned. The presentation part will last only one week, but the entire project is 28 days. It lasts so long because this class will get to actually watch the butterflies transform!! Throughout the whole 28 days the students will be blogging about changes. At the end we will release the butterflies outside! Also, the class will get to watch the time lapse video we make of our project.

Check out these resources!
Becoming a Butterfly Overview
Becoming a Butterfly Calendar
Becoming a Butterfly Rubric
Becoming a Butterfly Checklist

SMARTboard Project #12

Blog Post #10

For this blog post we were assigned to watch Sir Ken Robinson's TED Talk, Bring on the Learning Revolution. He points out that so far in education we are all on a linear tract. We start here and end there. We send our kids to kindergarten and we do so, so that they will end up in college. Sir Ken also compared education to fast food. Food is either standardized, like fast food, or it is customized. We have built our education like fast food. We are doing to our school systems what fast food does to a body. We are depleting it. It is time for a revolution! It is time that we customize how we teach our children. Children are not all the same. The way educators teach should not be all the same. Each school should operate in a way that would help them to flourish. I think this video is so relevant to what we are learning in EDM310. The amount of technology we have is growing by the minute. Children will not know a world with no technology. It is time we revolutionize the way we teach to where technology is included. Students who are not introduced to technology will not succeed as easily without it. Let's have a revolution to a customized way of teaching! We can use technology to do so.


Sunday, March 23, 2014

Blog Post #9

For this blog post we got the opportunity to look into Kathy Cassidy's First Grade Class and how she teaches. For the past ten years she has been implementing technology in her class room. It all began when she was given five computers for her classroom. I think Mrs. Cassidy's approach to technology in the classroom is great. She was given the opportunity to have technology and she ran with it. Both her students and herself are a fan of blogs over pencils and paper. They have an audience! Also, they can read comments from people all over the world. To a first grader, this is so uplifting. Parents are also a fan because they can look at their child's work at anytime from anywhere. Mrs. Cassidy has had support from her school administration and fellow educators. It seems as if she has been very successful in her efforts for her classroom.

Before if you told me that first graders were blogging and using technology, I would not have believed you. I would have thought the highest level of technology in the first grade classroom would be lessons on the interactive white board. In Mrs. Cassidy's video I did see them using an interactive whiteboard. But her class was doing far more than that. The students in her video are so well versed in blogging and rules of the internet. I was very impressed with how the children knew how to stay safe. They know to not use their last name and to go to only to sites they are supposed to. Mrs. Cassidy is so right when she says it is our job to TEACH the students what is safe.

Internet etiquette is very important and Mrs. Cassidy has done a great job teaching her students this. Her students know to write only positive comments and to encourage the writer of the blog. With children, there will be mistakes and she explained how she would sit her class down and talk about why what they did is wrong. Kids can sometimes be unkind and I think this would be a great opportunity to teach about character, manners, and why we should be nice to one another.

I would like to implement many of her ideas into my classroom. I am wanting to teach anywhere from Kindergarten to 3rd grade and before I would have only thought the 3rd graders would be able to use technology widely. I now want to start blogging with my students in 1st grade and at least have a class blog for my kindergarten students. I like that she sends home a letter for the parents in the beginning of the school year to let them know what will be happening and to get their approval. I think that is definitely a good idea. Blogging would provide so many opportunities for learning. My class could learn about technology while also improving their spelling and sentence forming. When problems arise it would always bring another opportunity for learning.

Never too early to learn

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Project #14

For Project 14 I created a lesson plan titled, "Money and Our World". I followed the Alabama State Standards for First Grade Social Studies. This lesson plan is about teaching the students the role of money in our community. An interactive white board will be used for a presentation about money and how it has evolved. They will learn the differences from saving and spending, buyers and sellers, and wants and needs. Fake money will be used to teach the worth of different pieces and what they look like. The students will get the chance to create their own currency. At the end of the 3 days they will present to the class their new currency.

Kids Learning Money

Project Overview
Project Calendar

Blog Post #8

For this blog post we were instructed to find 21st century learning and communicating tools. Our goal is to be a lifelong learner, so why not start preparing sources to learn from? Since I began taking EDM310 my search for education information has taken me to one site many times. This site is called Edutopia. This one site holds SO MUCH information. It is for teachers of all grades. You can search for topics relevant only to your grade or you can search the entire site. This site is made possible by The George Lucas Educational Foundation. You can become a member and get free email newsletters. The first thing I did today was sign up for an account! I am excited to begin receiving weekly information and tips about teaching and learning. Edutopia has articles ranging from Project Based Learning to Integrating technology to Social and Emotional Learning. You can research schools that have used techniques and see how they work!

One of my favorite things about Edutopia is how you have access to so many blogs. You can go to the Blogs tab and then have access to many different topics. Each topic will lead you to blog posts that are centered around that topic. This is a great way to build up your PLN. You can follow blogs that interest you or pertain to what you are learning in school right now. This website will definitely be something I reference for the rest of my education and life as an educator.

This website is so extensive and can take you so far. It connects you with thousands of other educators. You can get ideas and also share with others. You can follow them on Twitter, Pinterest, and add them on Facebook. I am positive this is one of the best sites for gaining new information and insights. I recommend you go check it out if you have not before. Sign up for the newsletter! It is certain to keep bringing you information for your lifelong learning career!

 Edutopia Logo

C4T #2

Assignment #1
For assignment one I was assigned to Kathleen Morris' Blog. Her blog post was titled, "The 2014 New School Year". She lives in Australia and in January they were starting a new school year. She is still on maternity leave from having her daughter, Novalie. Kathleen talked about how much her life has changed since she had her child and how much teaching has changed since she started teaching. In the past, maternity leave would have meant being cut off from the education world. Not anymore! She has stayed up to date by following blogs, education websites, twitter and such by utilizing the internet. It seems that she has a great personal learning network and she is getting the most she can out of it! I commented on her post telling her where I was from and how I got to her blog. I left her the link to my EDM310 blog. I told her a little about what we are learning in EDM310. I also complimented her on how involved she was with education while not even being in a classroom. She asked what her readers were looking forward to in our new year. I told her how I want to keep pursuing my degree in Elementary Education and how I am most looking forward to a mission trip to Nicaragua this summer!

It's A Girl!

Assignment #2 My second assignment took me back to Kathleen Morris' Blog. This blog post was titled, "Looking Back, Looking Forward". Since she had not written any new posts since my last comment, I went to one of her older ones. This post is from when she was packing up her classroom for her maternity leave. She tells how she has been at this same school for almost a decade now. She was puzzled at what to pack up to keep and what to trash. One thing she was defintely getting rid of was worksheets! What used to be the busy work that she loved was not something she loathed. Kathleen tells how much more engaging something hands on is rather than just an activity for students to do and pass time. She is leaving those worksheets in the past! I commented telling her how neat it was to have read this post second because I got to see how she was preparing to be away from education and already knowing how she overcame it! It was a great post and I got a heads up at how much teachers love to hold on to items over the years. My mom most definitely keeps things "just in case" she might need it years down the road.

Video Book Project #9

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Blog Post #7

What Can We Learn About Teaching and Learning From Randy Pausch?

Wow. When I started watching Randy Pausch Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams I could not stop. Just by the way he spoke, he had my full attention. Randy Pausch was a professor at Carnegie Mellon University. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and was told he had three to six months of good health left. To that, he responded with his Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams.
 Randy Pausch

He began his lecture by telling all of his childhood dreams. They were not wild, they were specific. He went through a slideshow and timeline of his life and explained how he achieved each and every one in some way. First of all, this is so inspiring just how he managed to hold onto those dreams and achieve them! This marks the first thing I learned from him on how to teach. He was encouraged to pursue those dreams his whole childhood. As an educator, I need to remember to encourage dreams no matter how big!

Another important thing I think we can learn from Randy is the importance of how we look at situations. When he went to one dean for permission, he answered with, "I don't know", and he had no intention of finding out the answer. When he went to another dean, he answered, "I don't know, but I sure want to look into it". I have already learned to do this is EDM 310 by always answering, "I don't know, let's find out!" When our students ask questions or state their dreams, we need to always respond positively and with a "this is an opportunity to learn" outlook.

My most favorite thing I heard in his lecture is his outlook on "brickwalls". They are there for a reason. A brick wall arises to make the people who really want something, work hard for it. And it also arises to weed out the people who are not truly seeking something. He made me realize I need to think about situations more. When I think something is impossible, it is just a brick wall.
Brick Wall

I know that the next time I pass a bookstore I will be stopping to buy his book. I look forward to reading it and seeing what else I can learn about teaching and learning from him.

C4K February

Over the past four weeks I have been assigned a student's blog to read and interact with. With C4K ( Comments for Kids ) I have really seen some cool writing activities for children. The posts really bring out the children's creativity!

For my first C4K assignment, I went to Jillian's Blog. Right when you get to her blog, you know she loves animals. Mainly cats! She has two cats named Adipose and Ewok. The post I commented on was about how Jillian did not do a lot of stuff that week, but she did take Ewok to the vet. She also had made a new Cat Stat tab on her blog and was planning to add both her cat's measurements. I commented on how I loved the names of her cats. She responded to me wanting to know if John Hadley Strange was from the same Alabama University because she had seen his name on her friend's blog. I responded back letting her know that yes, he was my professor at South!
 Jillian's cat, Ewok.

My second C4K assignment sent me to Andrew H.'s Blog. It is titled "OMG Target Takeover ;)". In his post he talked about what he would do in Target if he got to takeover for the night. His idea would be to decorate it so well that when the employees got back, they would want to pay him for how beautiful it is. I commented and told him where I went to school. I also told him how Target was my favorite place to shop. If I got to stay overnight in a store and do whatever I wanted, Target would be a great place to pick!

My third assignment sent me to Al-Baraa's Blog. His post was about Iron Pants. It is a new game that was made to replace Flappy Bird. Flappy Bird was an iPhone/Droid game. You would tap the screen and try to maneuver the bird through a series of pipes. Iron Pants is the same thing, but HARDER according to Al-Baraa. I commented on his post telling him where I was from and my high score on Flappy Bird. He replied with his high score and how annoying the game was. He sounds like a fun kid to be around!
Iron Pants

For my last assignment for February I went to Aye Yoo RJ's Blog.. His blog post was titled "Project". It is about how it would be if he and his friends were the last 3 people on earth. It was kind of a graphic post. It talked about how all the people were killed and how some were abducted. It turned out to just be a dream! I commented and told him that he was a very good writer. I also told him how glad I was that his scary story turned out to be a dream.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Project #13

For this project, we created a Lesson Plan titled DIY (Do It Yourself) Ending. This lesson plan addresses the Alabama State Standards for third grade English and Language Arts. It refers to learning about key ideas and details in which the students should be able to determine the main idea of a text, recount the key details, and explain how the details support the main idea. This project covers a period of two weeks in which the students will be actively engaged. The students will read a book titled, 2030: A Day In the Life of Tomorrow’s Kids. This is a great, age-appropriate book for the kids in today’s society. Technology and our environment is constantly changing, so it’s fun for kids to think about what the world will be like in 20 years from now. Here’s the catch: the students will only read half of the book and at the beginning of the second week, they will come up with their own ending (before they know the real ending). The students will work on this project collaboratively in groups of 4. They will work together to discuss the main idea of the story and come up with a few key details. They will also do some individual work in writing a blog at the end of each week. The main part of the project is that they will be creating/writing their own ending to the story and presenting them by using either a Google Site, a Prezi presentation, a poster, or iMovie. We think that the students will really enjoy this project. After all, there is always that one book that we wish we could go back and rewrite the ending to. Here’s the chance.

Check out the sources below:
Project Calendar
Project Overview
Project Checklist
Project Rubric

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Blog Post #6

According to PLN: Your Personal Learning Network Made Easy , a Personal Learning Network (PLN) is,"the entire collection of people with whom you engage and exchange information, usually online." Going by that definition, we all probably have a huge PLN. It says the ENTIRE collection. This could mean email, Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc. Think about how many times a day you access any of those. For me personally, it is alot! However, I do not utilize these sources as well as I should.

Dr. Strange provided us with two websites that are very helpful when creating your PLN. I liked Symbaloo the best. The other website he recommended was call Netvibes. Both are like a social media and website dashboard. You have access to all of your accounts on one page! This could be very helpful when looking up information. You could bookmark different websites and easily be able to go back and forth while comparing the information.
Symbaloo Screen Shot
I think a PLN could be super useful as an educator. You could follow educational blogs and establish relationships with those authors. On Smart Exchange you could swap ideas with other teachers for interactive white board lessons. Maybe join a facebook group for new classroom ideas. Pinterest is a great site to find ideas for lesson plans, classroom decorations, organization, art and so much more! You could connect on Twitter through hashtags and following other educators.
Smart Exchange Logo
Pinterest Logo
Twitter Logo

I will create my PLN by using Symbaloo. I will bookmark all of my social media sites and news websites. By using facebook and twitter I will find people and pages to follow with educational updates. Hopefully I can find pages who are coming up with new ways to use technology in the classroom. I could search #technologyintheclassroom and see what I can find. The people who I find, I can connect with and have for future references. To begin my PLN I can find my teachers who use social media and those who blog. I can follow them and get their updates. To help broaden my PLN, I could see who my teachers follow. I can follow the people they follow and hopefully that will open up many opportunities for learning that I would not have found before!

Why Is Blue Dog Blue?

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Blog Post #5

What do you learn from these conversations with Anthony Capps?

By watching the Youtube videos between Anthony Capps and Dr. Strange I learned a lot of useful information on how to be a great educator. Anthony is really into Project Based Learning. He does not want to just give a student a project at the end of the lesson and let them "burp it back" to him. He wants to present a project that cannot be completed without the knowledge they need. It pushes them to learn and stay engaged so they will be able to complete their project. He aligns these projects with the ACCRS. He also likes to relate the projects back to the students. When he incorporates projects back to them it is easier for them to be engaged.

I really love how we have been assigned to do so much research on Project Based Learning. Before this class I really did not know anything about it. I have heard my mother talking about learning PBL techniques from teaching workshops but I have never paid much attention to it. I am realizing just how great this can be for students! When I think back to my days in elementary school, my favorite activities were the ones I was deeply involved in. When you have fun learning it, you remember it!

Anthony and the Baldwin County School System use iCurio. It is a tool that allows students to search certain websites that have been filtered. This can search videos, audio, and pictures. It is a safe way for them to search school-safe information. It even allows them to have their own folders to save information they are finding. I am really excited to know about this search engine being that I want to stay in Baldwin County. This gives me a way to look into the technology that I might be using in the very near future!

Discovery Education was really cool to hear about. Children can learn from reading but add pictures and video and they can remember more! It brings professionals to them and they can hear from someone other than their teacher. Students are now accustomed to hearing and watching instead of just reading. Discovery Ed helps to cater to their learning preferences. This helps them to bring their reading alive!

I loved getting to hear all of Anthony's tips. These can help me when I become an educator. One great thing he said is to use technology, don't teach it! These students have grown up in the world of technology so they already have an extensive background in using it. It made me laugh when Dr. Strange said it takes the 3rd graders less time to use iMovie than it does me. It definitely took me a long while to figure it out! I am not great at using technology but I am trying my best to keep up with it!

My Passion

This Is My Sentence

Sunday, February 9, 2014

C4T #1

I was assigned to read Angela Maiers' blog. She is a speaker, an educator, and a writer. The first blog post I read of her's was actually a guest post by an English teacher, Brian Denesha. It talked about how some teachers, the ones who really have an impact on your life are immortal. They will live on with their student. He often referred to Edward Bloom's life in "Big Fish". He told big, elaborate stories. His son always brushed them off because they were not true. Finally, the son realizes it doesn't matter if the stories were true or not. What matters is that Edward will live on in his son from the stories he told. A great teacher will live on in their students. When you make an impact on their life, they will carry you with them. In my comment I told him about how I had a teacher that is now "immortal". She was my English and Literature teacher. She had a different way of teaching than everybody else. She was kind, genuine, and would go out of her way to help you do your best. She now lives on in me, and I hope I can bring to my classroom what she brought to hers.

The second post I read was Hutto Geniuses Choose To Matter. Mrs. Angela is a motivational speaker. She dared the 6,000 students in Hutto, Texas to realize their capability to be geniuses. It was a two-day project. They got to break into groups and choose what real world problem they wanted to solve. They were given free reign and challenged to work together. The students came through with amazing thoughts and ideas. This video shows some of the progress made on this two-day adventure! I was really excited to see a post on a type of Project Based Learning. It really went along with the research we did for our presentations.

Blog Post #4

My mother is a teacher and she loves to ask questions that "start your engine". She asks very open-ended questions that let her students go in any direction they can imagine. Sometimes she might have to steer them back to reality but very often the students come up with some pretty great answers and ideas. When they get on a path to somewhere, she will ask questions that help them to dig deeper on that topic. It helps the students to come up with their own ideas instead of being told what to think. She also loves for her students to ask her questions. She regularly states, "There is no stupid question!" I think this helps to take the pressure off of the student. This way they do not have to bottle up questions that he or she may think are "dumb".

Wow. The Right Way To Ask Questions really opened my eyes as to how important our questions are as educators. I had never thought about how maybe students don't answer because they want to keep on going instead of backing up with the lesson. This article is very true. The teacher asks the question to see if the children are understanding. If they don't, the teacher will go back over the lesson to ensure they have grasped it. What if it is a boring topic? What if they are tired of hearing the teacher ramble on about photosynthesis? Easy. They can just nod their head and the teacher can move on. It is most beneficial to the students to ask an open-ended question, give a few seconds and then call on to answer.

It is so important to ask the right questions. And to give the opportunity for the kids to ask questions. Encourage them to ask questions. Tell them there is no stupid question. And since there is no way for teachers to know everything, let them know that you can find out. I love the motto in EDM310, "I don't know, let's find out!" It is a great motto to take on with us long after this class ends.

I also loved Three Ways to Ask Better Questions in the Classroom. First and foremost, as an educator we should Prepare Questions. It is fine to ask a question if a great one pops in your head. But have questions ready to ask. Know what time you want to ask them. And always ask yourself, "Is it the question that needs to be asked? When is the best time to ask it?" If it is a question that does not need to be asked, just don't. Make sure the questions are clear to the students. If a question is not clear, it will not help, it will hinder the student. Second, we should Play with Questions. Show a question at the beginning of class, but do not answer it until the end. This gives the student time to think about it without hearing just one "right answer". Maryellen suggests that you might try and tell the student to put it in their notes and think about it. You could ask for their answers the next day and see what they have come up with when they had plenty of time to think. Third, you should Save the Good Ones. If a question really engages the students, save it! Time and time again, it will engage your class. Keep notes of questions that really sent their minds soaring.

Presentation #3

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Blog Post #3

In What is Peer Editing? and Peer Edit With Perfection Tutorial I learned so much that could be super helpful when editing my peers in EDM 310. Not only will the knowledge help me with this class, it will continue to help me well into my professional career. My students will need constructive criticism and I am thankful we had this assignment. The most important thing we can do as peer editors and educators is to STAY POSITIVE! No one wants to hear how horrible they did. They want to hear what they did right and how they can fix what they did wrong. Give compliments!! While staying positive, suggest what you think could help make their work better. Don't beat around the bush when trying to point something out, be specific! Finally, you should correct your peer on things that he/she might have looked over.

I also got to watch Writing Peer Review Top 10 Mistakes. It is a humorous video put together by children with excellent advice! By using names like "Mean Margeret" and "Picky Patty" they help to identify the negative ways you can peer review. Each set of students showed a different problem that might arise. Most could be fixed with positivity. Other problems could be fixed by staying on task and paying attention. Each example was great and really got the point across. Be thoughtful when peer reviewing and don't make the Top 10 list of mistakes!