Sunday, May 6, 2012

Blog Post #4

Langwitches



In “1st Graders Create Own Read Along Book,” Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano tells her readers about her experience with making her own version of a read along book. When Tolisano takes the place of a first grade teacher, she initiates recording the first graders reading a book from the Magic Tree House series. When the teacher returns, Tolisano continues recording the students while the teacher would read and write the scripts with the students. By the time she was done recording, she had ten written scripts and decided to make a booklet for the students to read along with. I feel that the chance Tolisano gave her students to feel confident with their reading abilities both quietly and verbally was a great idea, and even better she provided them with the option to hear themselves over and over again. This not only gives the students a sense of pride, but the ability to hear their mistakes. I feel this assignment would help the students grow in reading comprehension and reading aloud. All of the comments but one were positive to Tolisano’s idea and mentioned how they wish they could use this technique in their classrooms.


In “Podcasting with First Grade,” Tolisano explains further her experience with the first graders. She had the students listen to a podcast by second graders and got a positive response from the students, who wished to “get [their voices] into other people’s computers and iPods too.” This is when she started reading a chapter book with them, which they discussed in class. The students were supposed to discuss as they were interviewing the main characters and Tolisano kept record of the questions and answers the students came up with and used this as the “script”. That way all of the students were able to participate in the project. They also got to participate by either being the interviewer, Jack, or Annie, and everyone got to record group sounds like gasps or chants. Tolisano was surprised at the participation and interest from the students in recording, waiting to record, and editing. Shy students surprised her the most with wanting their recordings to be perfect. I was surprised to read that the students didn’t read off of the script, but memorized the sentences one at a time and practiced different tones, pitches, and attitudes for recording. This was an unexpected dedication to the project from children so young. Tolisano also mentioned all of the skills acquired from the project itself, including listening, presenting, speaking, and much more. Once again, the amount of positive reaction from readers is great to see. Encouraging children in doing something they love and are proud of. In the beginning of this post, she states that, “having an audience is important… even to a 6 year old.” I feel this is very true because everyone wants to be able to show off what they can do well to others and these students not only got to show off to people they know, but to people all over the world thanks to technology. 


“Listening-Comprehension-Podcasting” begins with Tolisano discussing her role as a former World Languages teacher and the importance of hearing, feeling, saying, and reading words multiple times to fully understand them. Because of this, she fully supports recording and editing podcasts. She says that this gives students the opportunity to do all of the things most important for understanding what they read. In one project, the students all recorded one sentence each but recorded them out of order. Once all of the sentences were recorded, the students were assigned listening to and putting the sentences in the proper order. Not only did this test comprehension, it also addressed organization skills that I feel are very important. Tolisano says, “This lesson was about writing a script, listening, comprehension, collaboration, speaking skills, and fluency in the target language.” The lesson wasn’t about the technology being used; rather it was enhancing the original lesson plan. I like the fact that she holds importance on her true lesson rather than giving technology all of the credit. Once again, this post received only positive remarks and enthusiasm about the students and their success with this project.

Final Blog Post #14

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Collaboration Project Report

I'd like to start off by stating that my group, The Psychotic Salmon Berzerkers, was amazing. Working with Joseph, Terri, and Daniel was a breeze. 
For our first project together we used the program Teamviewer 7. With our latest project, our EDM310 Survival Video, we used a combination of email to discuss different ideas, then used Google Docs to create and adjust a script for the video. Since our email was a group conversation sent to all members of the team, we could all see each other's ideas. With Google Docs we had no problems with editing or critiquing the script since it had been shared with everybody in the group. All in all the programs we used turned out to be very beneficial and I'm glad I could share this experience with the amazing people in my group.
The Psychotic Salmon Berzerkers



Final Project: How to survive EDM310

Friday, May 4, 2012

C4K March Summary

My first C4K for March was on a blog titled, "Hospers5tg3" In the blog post the student talked about The Lost Tapes, which is a show on Animal Planet. The show is about people who come face to face with monsters. The student then tells of how he watched a show today and what appeared to be a vampire like creature was crawling towards a boy. He then states that it is very scary because nobody has proven whether these creatures are real or not.


My second C4K for March was on a young girl named Kaitlyn's post titled, "5 Things That Make a Great Teacher". In her post Kaitlyn lists her ideas of what she thinks is the five things a teacher must have to be a good teacher. Her list is as follows:
1. A teacher must have Starbucks coffee.
2. A teacher must have a class teddy bear.
3. A teacher must have a class blog.
4. A teacher must have a class pet.
5. A teacher must have a tent. 

C4T#2 Summary Post

Jeff Utecht's "The Thinking Stick". 


The first post I commented on was his article titled "Asking the right Questions." In this article Mr. Utecht describes his thoughts on when people ask him questions like, "what's better, iPad or Android?" He states that there is no right answer. It all depends on what you want to do with it. If you are looking for a personal tool he states that they basically have all the same apps. People typically lean more towards the iPad because of their popularity, but they all basically do the same thing.


In his second post Mr. Utecht talks about how he must give a presentation to the student body in a couple of weeks. In his presentation he must encourage students to use technology. He states that his main problem is how he is going to address them to catch their attention. He says that through movements such as the Kony campaign he has a starting point. Mr. Utecht states that he believes this might be the best generation since WWI. He says that this generation is already tied up in social networks, and it has only ust started!

C4K February Summary

My first C4K was a student from Spirit Lake, Iowa named Syharat. His post was a research post about some information he looked up on the car Bugatti. He states that this is a very expensive car listed at 1.7 million dollars. He says that the Bugatti is so rare that even the paint is rare. The color of the paint is a rich blue. Syharat also writes that the Bugatti has over 1000 horsepower making it one of the most powerful cars in the world!


My second C4K was a young girl named Shayla. In her blog post Shayla told a story about a girl named Michelle who loved to swim. Michelle really wanted to be the best, but she had a classmate named Miranda who was always beating her. When Michelle finally beats her in a race Miranda challenges her to a swim off in the ocean. During the race Miranda is attacked by a great white shark and ends up dying while in surgery from a massive bite on her side. Michelle is changed forever. The moral of the story is that even though they were arch enemies Michelle still missed her friend Miranda.


My last C4K for February was on a post written by a girl named Lexi. In her post Lexi talked about Mardi Gras. She listed many facts about Mardi Gras. Lexi then talked about how Mardi Gras has huge parades where people ride on floats and throw cups and beads. She describes the colors of Mardi Gras and their meanings: Purple for Justice, Green for Faith, and Gold for Power. She concludes her post by stating that over a million people attend Mardi Gras and over 800 million pounds of trash is collected after every year.

Monday, April 30, 2012

C4T#1 Summary Post

My first C4T blog I was assigned to comment on is called "At the Teacher's Desk". The first post I commented on was a post explaining Mr. Chamberlain's thoughts about the upcoming edcamp. Mr. Chamberlain states that although it is a great opportunity to discuss lesson plans and teaching methods, he worries that most of these discussions will revolve around technology. He also states that for those using online tools already discussion will not be a problem. Yet for those who are not he feels that they might be intimidated. He closes his post by asking the question, "What can we do to involve more diverse groups of teachers?"


The second post by Mr. Chamberlain that I commented on was a post titled, "The new, cool tech activity doesn't fit my curriculum". In this post Mr. Chamberlain states that since he teaches out of a computer lab, he has flexibility to incorporate certain tech tools into his curriculum. He states that although this is true he can not always go with the cool new tech way. The new tech tool must be able to benefit his students to further their learning. He concludes by stating that it's his job to do right by his students, and that it's not always the new cool methods.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Final PLN report

When we were first assigned to start organizing a Personal Learning Network, I chose to use the website Symbaloo. I chose this site because it looked very easy to use. The first thing I did was to set Symbaloo as my homepage.
Second I removed all the tiles that I knew I wouldn't be using such as: Shopping, Exercise, and Games.
I then added all the tiles that my webmix did not have already. I started by adding a tile that would take me to the website course compass or my lab and mastering (this is the website I do my Anatomy work on).
Once I had all the tiles I needed I arranged them so that all the similar tiles would be grouped together. I have all my social websites in one group, educational sites in another group, various sets of news tiles, and then my random sites in a final group.
The use of Symbaloo as my homepage has made things so much easier to do. I understand that as I continue my educational career my PLN will continue to grow. I look forward to seeing how my PLN will turn out.

C4T#4 Summary

Dr. Strange's Strange Thoughts

My first teacher I was assigned was Dr. Strange. I commented on his blog post "Plagiarism". In this post Dr. Strange talked about how he believes that at least a third of the EDM310 class did not understand plagiarism. Dr. Strange then described how to avoid plagiarism by listing two methods:
1. Always provide the source of the materials
2. Always put quoted material in quotation marks.
After listing the two ways to prevent plagiarism Dr. Strange gives three examples of why it is important students understand plagiarism. His three examples were:
1. A student can receive and F in the course or be dismissed from the University.
2. One can lose his or her job in the educational community.
3. One could fail to teach his or her students how to cite their works and they might suffer the consequences listed.
Dr. Strange concludes his post by stating that the only reason he s not bringing down charges on students is because he does not believe they fully understand plagiarism.

Langwitches

The second blog I was assigned to comment on was the Langwitches Blog. This blog post was a follow up of a previously posted thought about writing in hyperlinks. This post mainly focused on how the theory had been put to practice. The post stated that hyperlinks are used for more than simply citing your works, they are used for showing a writer's train of thought and how he or she got to that thought. There was also a very neat section of the post about an exercise where blogs were wrote on big sticky notes. The participants then wrote on smaller sticky notes to represent comments. The final step of the process was to connect all the similar posts and comments with yarn to represent how hyperlinks could be used.

Blog Post #13

For Blog Post #13 I was assigned to go a whole 24 hours without using technology. In my attempt to go the full 24 hours without the use of technology I discovered that I could not succeed. As a squad leader in ROTC, I have to receive and relay information to the rest of my squad. There are two ways we do this, one way is by posting information on our Alpha Company group page, and the other is by texting information and passing it down. As I attempted to go without using technology, I realized I couldn't because my squad was counting on me to tell them and remind them about all the upcoming events.


Another reason I could not make the entire 24 hours was because of my online assignments. In the majority of my classes here at South I am required to complete online assignments. Since there's absolutely no way to do online assignments this is not possible.


Overall I enjoyed trying to accomplish this assignment. I do feel that if I were at my house and not in school I could complete this task. Without the responsibility of my schoolwork and ROTC I wouldn't need my phone or my computer. I enjoy spending all my time outside while I am home, so I do not have the need to use technology.  

Project #15 Smartboard Instructional Part 2

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Creativity and Curiosity: My Thoughts - Special Post #12A.

The first question we are asked is, “Do schools in the United States systematically destroy (or inhibit) the development of curiosity and/or creativity in students?” I feel that in most cases, creativity in the classroom is encouraged but chances to express said creativity are rarely given. Teachers may not do this on purpose; they just feel as though the traditional approach to teaching got them through school and why change what isn’t broken? Also, new and creative ways to teach require more effort than the norm. If the opportunity was given to integrate things that spark the imagination and interest of students with the curriculum, grades would correlate positively with the amount of interest from the students. Projects that involve group work, problem solving, and the ability to design presentations have always caught the interest of students such as myself undeniably more than cut and dry research papers, book reports, and individual work. I’m not saying that papers and reports should be done away with, I just think that there are approaches to make them more enjoyable to students because the more interest there is in a subject, the more a student is going to retain the information from it.


The next question brought to attention is, “Can a curriculum be developed that increases the curiosity of students?” A curriculum that would raise the curiosity of students would be one that advocated the question “Why?” Everyone goes through the “why” stage in his or her childhood but most grow out of it. I feel that the “why” stage should remain with us our whole life. “Why” is powerful; it is the question that great minds use to change their world and ours. Everyday of school should be started with a new question beginning with “why” that pertains to the lesson ahead. As the class, in either a group discussion or quiet reflection, addresses this question, it makes students wonder about their lives, the lives spent before them, and the lives to come. If we keep the generation that we teach in the state of “why,” we as teachers may help develop minds like the greats, from Socrates to Steve Jobs.


Similar to the first question addressed, our third is, “Can a curriculum be developed that increases the creativity of students?” As I mentioned before, the opportunity to express creativity is not always given in the classroom. If we were to take advantage of the large size of classes, the availability of technology, and the imagination teeming inside of every student, creativity could be shown much more. Rather than giving one choice of assignment for a subject, teachers could give options that range over the multiple intelligences or learning styles of students in the classroom. That way, students could choose an assignment that not only interests them more, but also one that they would excel in on a personal level.


Curiosity, or the “why” factor, can we as teachers affect it? “Can a teacher's actions increase the curiosity of students?” We have to think, what characteristic in a teacher would make me ask “why” or become interested in what is going on in the classroom? I feel that if a teacher expresses that they are still in the “why” stage of learning it would compel me to take on that same attitude, which answers the seventh question, “What would help you become more curious?” If a teacher is positive about curiosity in learning there is a higher chance of the students being positive as well. It’s called the “power of positive energy.” Jon Gordon, the author of The Energy Bus and many other bestsellers, attempts to change the energy of the workplace, the home, and life in general with this rule. The rule states that if you take the negativity out of your life and replace it with positive energy, your life will be positive and it will effect the lives of the people around you positively as well. I feel that the rule applies to anything in life, including the next question, “Can a teacher's actions increase the creativity of students?” If a teacher can show his or her creativity to the students, the students will be less weary about showing what’s going on inside of their imagination.



You don’t normally ask the question, “What would help you become more creative?” If I really had to sit down and think about what helps me get into a creative state of mind, I would have to say a comfortable environment like my house or my room. Somewhere I feel good about myself and I feel safe to express my imagination is where I feel most creative. So I feel that’s why the classrooms where I felt most safe or comfortable are the ones I did the best in or didn’t have to put forth as much tedious effort to do well in. Teachers that you feel comfortable talking to about assignments and you don’t feel stupid asking questions when you don’t understand are the ones that build a creative environment. I hope to one day become a teacher that constructs an environment where my students will grow in both creativity and curiosity.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Progress Report Project #16



My group, The Psychotic Salmon Berzerkers, have decided to make a 
"survival" video of how to survive EDM310.  
Our video will not consist of extreme stunts, 
starting fires with toothpicks, or eating things that quite frankly just should not be eaten like you might see on Bear Grylls's Man vs. Wild, but rather on certain tips and strategies that will help future EDM students to stay on track and do quality work.  
                                                     Some of my Bear Grylls survival gear.

Blog Post #12

Assignment:


Watch Monica. A. F. Lounsbery and Thomas L. McKenzie's Video Making the Most of Physical Education Think about some of the problems discussed in this video. How do certain P.E. programs get away with these things? Whose fault is it if a P.E. program is not provided with adequate time or resources? Write two or more paragraphs on these problems and their main causes. Also, Write two or more paragraphs on how you could help to fix/prevent some of these problems.

Making the Most of Physical Education








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In the video, the narrator states that Physical Education can promote healthy active lifestyles, provide children with much of their physical activity, increase physical fitness, and teach important movement and behavioral skills. Studies show that Physical Education also has positive implications for student academic performance. The video states however that often P.E. programs do not accomplish certain tasks needed to be successful such as: providing lots of activity, promoting activity outside of class, getting kids physically fit, and making it enjoyable.
Many of the problems P.E. teachers face include: limited time, low subject status, and inadequate resources. Often P.E. class is a child's only chance to be active. Research shows that at least 30 percent of the time P.E. class is cancelled. This means that even if a P.E. class is scheduled, a child may not receive Physical Education.


I feel that often school systems do not take Physical Education seriously. Sometimes school officials do not see P.E. as even being a real subject. This thought wears off on the students. They do not take it seriously. P.E. can be the key tho preventing many health issues and stopping obesity. Since school officials do not take the program seriously, funding into the program to be cut. This causes the P.E. equipment to be very worn or outdated. When I get to be a P.E. instructor I will do my best to fight for funding by whatever means possible. If I cannot receive the help of the school system then I will try to do as many fundraisers as possible so that my students will be provided with the best equipment.
Another problem faced is that P.E. is not often provided with enough time. Since I cannot add more minutes to a school day, I will help to get as much as possible out of the allotted time. To do this I can get my students motivated by providing them with fun and exciting games that will also increase the intensity. Also, I will do my best to educate my students on the importance of physical activity so that they will take it home with them and be active outside of class.

C4K April Summary

My first C4K for April was a girl named Daisy from New Zealand. In her post she told readers about all the things she enjoys doing. Her favorite activities are surfing, skating, snowboarding, and swimming. She also told readers about her family which consists of her mom, stepdad, brother, and sometimes her stepsister comes to stay with them. Daisy also has five pets, two cats, two fish, and a dog whom she loves very much.

The second blog post I commented on was done by a girl named Katie. Her blog post gives statistics and examples on the different forms of bullying. One of the forms of bullying she describes is the act of Cyberbullying. Katie states that the most common forms of cyberbullying is done through chat rooms, by making fake online profiles, or by email. She also says that for one in for people that are bullied it has happened at least more than once. Katie states that we must try to stop bullying now.

My third C4K was on Isaiah's blog about Fairfax, Vermont. In his post he talked about how Fairfax was a nice place to live. He says that there are not that many crimes, but when there are it is most likely a break-in. Even when a few break-ins happen they go away quickly after a couple weeks. He also talked about how Fairfax was located next to the highest mountain in Vermont. Mt. Mansfield is 4,395 feet at its tallest point.

Last but not least, my final C4K for April was a picture posted by Tyrese. The picture was taken from his knees down showing his shins,socks, and shoes. The point of the picture was to show that Tyrese had been a good boy so his mom bought him a new pair of shoes. I told Tyrese he should always try to listen and do what his parents say.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Blog Post #11

Mrs. Cassidy

Mrs. Cassidy’s first grade class is more technologically advanced than most classrooms at the high school I attended. Her first graders blog, Skype, and play games, all for education. Not only do they enjoy participating, they are excited about sharing it with their families and students from classrooms that also take part in blogging. Mrs. Cassidy explains that blogging is exciting for kids because rather than just writing for her on pen and paper, their blogs on the internet for everyone to see. She even said that some of the blogs get over one hundred views. They get comments from their families and can see their own progress throughout the year. While they learn to blog, Mrs. Cassidy teaches them that while commenting on other blogs the students need to make their comments positive and encouraging. She also teaches them how to only go to what they are supposed to and to not click the "shiny and flashy" links on the side. Of course with her kids being on the internet safety is a priority and she teaches them not to use their last names, certain information, and to only go to sites approved by their parents or herself.

I feel that with my major being Physical Education, I would face many impediments from my students, their parents, and fellow teachers. First I would be concerned with my students' willingness to participate in maybe blogging or even social networking for physical education. Secondly, I feel that parents would complain about an added work load from a class that has been known formally as purely physical. Third, my fellow teachers might feel as though I'm moving in on funds for technology that they feel they deserve because of the classroom environment. Despite the problems technology might cause, I feel that it would also benefit in terms of my being a coach. Texting and Facebook proved helpful when I played sports in high school for changes in practice and game schedules, even for transportation for fellow teammates. Even though it would be difficult to incorporate technology into physical education, I don't think it would be impossible.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Blog Post #10

Do I teach or do I educate?


Through my experiences not only here at South but all through my education career, I have noticed the difference between a "teacher" and an "educator". In my mind when I think of a teacher, I picture a "relayer". I picture it as if it is a 4x800 track event where the teacher has taken the baton (information) from the book or other source and is now passing it off to me. I then hold the baton for my duration of the race and pass it on to a sheet of paper (the test) and whatever information I once had is now gone. I really have not learned anything. I held onto the baton for as long as I had to then passed it off. On the other hand, When I think of an educator, I think of a "giver". I of an educator as being someone who gives his or her students a gift of knowledge. The difference being: If you give someone a good gift the recipient is not going to "pass the baton". The recipient is going to keep it and use it.
I know a lot about sports, so naturally one day I was asked to coach a boys AAU team. When they approached me they said, "Hunter we need you to teach these boys how to win." I thought about it for a minute and then I replied, "I can only give them the skills they need to win. Whether they win or not is completely up to them." And I feel the difference is that these boys did not look at me as a coach, but rather a mentor or guide. I tried to be a role model the best I could so that they would want it more. I watched the same group of boys finish out their first season of high school basketball and go on to win their county championship, and that's when I knew that I hadn't been the relayer, I had been the giver. I want to apply the same principles when I become a teacher. I will still be coaching, but I hope that I can be just as good of an educator in the classroom as I am in the gym.

Don't Let Them Take Pencils Home

In his article, John Spencer tells a story where a fellow faculty member is more worried about the fact that students would score lower on a standardized test rather than different types of learning. I have actually experienced this myself. When I was in high school, teachers would teach us materials and subjects for the sole purpose of passing the graduation exam. I can remember making stack and stacks of notecards, until we eventually stopped using notecards and soon began to simply cut paper into sections. All types of learning if not done by memorizing notecards was completely taken out. The other faculty member makes the statement, "Okay, you keep telling yourself that, but don't blame me when your test scores are lower." The tone I take is almost like Gertrude thinks of it as a competition between which teacher can produce the best scoring students. Yet again I feel that she is primarily worried about the scores rather than further stimulating young minds.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

C4T#3

Dr. Strange


The first post of Dr. Strange's that I commented on was an elaborated discussion about lectures. In his post Dr. Strange provides readers with many different opinions including that of writers from The New York Times and The Washington Post. Dr. Strange also provides lists of why lectures are useful and why they should be abandoned. In addition to these lists Dr. Strange also states how we as educators could make it better and what the impediments to achieving a better replacement for lectures are. The debates on lectures are still continuing and Dr. Strange insists that we should join the discussion. The option to remove lectures could change education as we know it all-together.
The second post of Dr. Strange's that I commented on was actually an older post than the first. In this post Dr. Strange discusses the statistics of EDM students who read Dr. McLeod's post Don't teach your kids this please, but did not comprehend the sarcasm and satire of the post. In Dr. McLeod's post he says exactly the opposite of what he means describing exactly what to teach your kids. Dr. Strange further explains that it was not only a reflection of the blogger but of the entire EDM community. He continues to state that we as students here at South should be able to identify sarcasm and satire used in literature. He closes his post with the class motto "I don't know. Let's find out."

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Blog Post #9

What I've Learned

The first post I read was Mr. McClung's What I've Learned This Year (2009-2010). In this blog post Mr. MeClung describes his transition from middle school teaching to jr. high school teaching. He talks about how he could not use the same methods or style he had used before. Mr. McClung labeled this as him having to "Adapt". One of his harder aspects is that he had to teach not only science but also history and social studies. He then describes how often with social studies current events are discussed/debated, and that often the students would tell him what he wanted to hear rather than their own opinion. This means a lot coming from him to say that the teacher's opinion is not always the right opinion. I have had many teachers that no matter how well the student supported his or her own beliefs, the teacher believed that they were right. The second reason it means a lot to me is because as a future educator I must be able to play the neutral side and accept my student's opinions no matter what they are.
Also, Mr. McClung makes a point to state that we must not lose sight of what's important. He describes that during the school year he had many problems with some of the other faculty members. Mr. McClung says that some of the "grown-ups" had not acted so grown up. Although this was going on, he still had to set his students first. He also tells of a time where he and another teacher were talking and she told him to "shut it down". He knew this would be the best way to stick it to them, but would it really be in the best interest of the students?
The last point he makes is that he is still a work in progress. No matter what we may think we know, we are always learning. Mr. McClung really feels that he has progressed in the past two and a half years of teaching, but he still has a long way to go. I like how he states that after his first full year of teaching he got a big head, but that this second year has been a humble reminder that he does not know as much as he once thought he did.

The second post I read was Mr. McClung’s What I’ve Learned This Year (2010-2011). In this post he talks about all the changes he encountered in that school year such as, it being the first year that he taught at the same school two years in a row, the first year being a head coach, the first year being a cross country coach, and the first year being a computer applications teacher. He said that with so many changes, it was easy to learn and reflect, and in turn share this reflection with us.
The first thing he discusses is “Know Who Your Boss Is” and how in the line of teaching, it’s easy to get caught up in people pleasing. While he was being “consumed,” he realizes that he was neglecting his students’ needs for his full attention. I really respect the fact that he is so concerned with his students despite so many teachers failing to uphold this attitude. I hope that when I become a teacher, I can remain in this mindset as well.
A word of advice he gives is “Don’t Expect Others to be as Excited About Change as You Are”. He then tells us about how much of an optimist he is, even when it comes to things other teachers tend to not be interested in such as professional development sessions. Everyone is aware of these people, and the teachers that have this attitude are easy to pick out. I like his optimism and how he said he “geeks out” in sessions, which is of course tied into his dedication to his students.
Another word of advice is “Don’t Be Afraid to be an Outsider”. With this, he states that staying true to yourself is key to teaching. He tells us that in his teaching career, there have been rare moments where he felt like he felt like he fit in. I feel like this is a noble statement because how many people do you know that will admit that they don’t fit in with people their own age? The fact that he feels like he doesn’t have to pretend around his students or his fellow teachers is something all teachers should strive for.
He then tells us that despite him being an outsider, there is one teacher he talks to on a daily basis. Mrs. Barron, or as he refers to her as “his classroom mom,” is actually the one giving advice in this section. Her advice to him as a teacher is “Don’t Touch the Keyboard.” What she is saying by this is that as teachers, it’s so easy to see a student struggling and wanting to help them by showing them how to do it rather than guiding them while they do it themselves. I find this advice really helpful because having all younger siblings, I know how it feels to want to do it for them rather than step by step showing them the way.
The final word of advice Mr. McClung gives us is “Don’t Get Comfortable.” When I first read this heading I wasn’t sure what to think but as he described how routines can make a day more effective, it can also become apathy. Whenever he realized he was becoming the teacher he feared he wouldn’t, he started to sign up for things he normally would not think to do. He makes a good point that while teaching is a stable job and it’s easy to become comfortable, it’s not an industry that is unmoving. As a future teacher, I hope that I can be as enthusiastic about teaching as Mr. McClung is and that I can have an attitude as optimistic as he does.

Smartboard Instructional Project #14

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Project #11 Short Video

Blog Post #8

This Is How We Dream


In Richard Miller's videos This Is How We Dream parts 1 and part 2, he describes to the viewer how he believes that the use of multimedia literature is better than hardcopy literature. He tells the viewer that when he was young he loved books and even grew up in a house filled with books. Richard states that he wanted to have a profession where he could be surrounded by books. Except there is a problem with this. He gives an example of an article that someone could receive, but then he or she might throw it away, but by using the multimedia approach he can put the same article online and it will be there forever.

I think it is amazing at some of the things we can do with technology nowadays. Technology allows us to communicate with anyone on Earth instantly. I love how I am able to simply get online and do research without having to leave my seat. With resources such as kindles, iPads, nooks, and other eReaders we are able to access almost any book instantly. My sisters have kindles and they have over a hundred books on it. At the same time though, I prefer a hard copy of literature. I find it easier to have the copy of the book in my hand. So I feel that we cannot rule out hard copies of books.

I feel that I am prepared to write with multimedia. Since I use sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube I believe that I have a solid base for writing and using multimedia. I believe that my students will also be able to write using multimedia. Technology is always changing though, so these websites may not be the best way when I'm a teacher. I must be able to stay up to date with technology so that I can teach them. Although with today's society, kids are somehow drawn to the "tech world" and can often already use technology efficiently, I must be able to adjust and build on what they already know.

Carly Pugh’s Blog Post #12

After both watching “This is How We Dream” and reading about Carly’s assignment, teaching philosophy, and approach to her future English classes, I feel as though she has a good grasp on the acceptance of technology into her classroom and the realization that while technology will continue to grow, you just cannot replace the substance behind a hard copy. She wants what any teacher wants from her students, an eagerness to learn and she feels that with the depth of her favorite classics, the doing away with standard book reports, and the use of social networks and blogging pages, students will be able to appreciate the written word while still forming their own opinions rather than the customary reflections of the timeless works you will see in her classroom. I feel that her approach to a new form of book reports fits well into her philosophy of “think different” and still holds the classic goal of teaching literature to young people. With the use of social networking such as Facebook, Twitter, and Skype, Carly will be able to expand the old-style group work by increasing the availability students have to each other and multiplying the speed of exchanging research and information infinitely. Carly’s efforts to integrate both classic teaching styles with technology into her class would be applauded by Dr. Miller due to the fact that the subject of English has traditionally been pen and paper. Also, I feel that her teaching style fits well into his old love of books and newfound love of technology.

The Chipper Series and EDM310 for Dummies

Videos like “The Chipper Series” and “EDM310 for Dummies” encourage students to remain in school, remain on top of their assignments, and remain in faith that, though they may not agree with their tactics, their success is the first and foremost goal of professors. I would enjoy producing a video that uses my personal experience and statistics to reassure them that the philosophy of “doing it right the first time,” is the way to approach education. Chipper was made an example of as she struggled after leaving school, and although that was effective, I would like to find a way to get the point across without making a drastic example of someone like Jamie Lynn did. Also, while “EDM310 for Dummies” convinced students that using the tools provided by teachers were nothing to be avoided I feel that the exaggerated acting and lack of a more diverse group of students affect the success of the video as a whole. This being said, I would like to participate in or produce a video that kept the concept of “EDM310 for Dummies” but eliminated the problem areas I mentioned earlier.

In both "The Chipper Series" and "EDM310 for Dummies," Jamie Lynn shows us that she went into this course thinking that she had it all figured out. Soon she finds the course difficult and overwhelming in "The Chipper Series" she first tries to make excuses for herself (as so many students do). She then threatens to change the definition of procrastination on Wikipedia so she can turn her work in late and still receive credit like when she won a ribbon for coming in last place in a race. In a final attempt to succeed in EDM310, she confronts her professor, Dr. Strange, about not being the teacher she finds fit for the class. When he does not change his teaching style, she quits school completely, feeling defeated. Despite many hair-brain schemes to find success and a dead end job as a garbage collector, Chipper has a “change of heart.” With this change she gains perspective and realizes that to succeed in life you cannot just do the bare minimum and you cannot do everything the way you want. Jamie Lynn produced this video to show not only fellow students, but also future students that even though things may be frustrating, difficult, and overwhelming, success requires that you step up to the challenge and maybe even ask for a little guidance along the way.

Much like “The Chipper Series,” “EDM310 for Dummies” begins with students being discouraged and even “crazy” due to EDM310. After throwing a tantrum, Jamie Lynn and a fellow student are introduced to EDM310 for Dummies. Thanks to this helpful tool, Jamie Lynn and others find EDM310 not only a bearable, but also an enjoyable class. With this video, Jamie Lynn portrays the use of helpful tools provided by her professor as the difference between “crazy” and an easy “A” in this class.

Learn to Change, Change to Learn

With our society so engrossed in technology, some educators are concerned with the extremely low ranking of the sector of education in IT intensity of industries. Coming in a devastatingly last place of 55 (even behind coal-mining), it is easy to see that the education should take measures to keep up with the steady increase of technology in every aspect of our lives. One of the women in the video is convinced that our education system reflects a factory system and this belief is also held by the producers of “RSA Animate -Changing Education Paradigms” (one of the videos on Carly Pugh’s playlist). With the bell system, lack of creativity, and the four walls holding students into the customs of the industry of education is the reflection of a factory that many of the educators seen in this video would like to change. Another woman described an average classroom and she said that she would create a “different” classroom. All of the teachers in this video feel that we should incorporate technology because they feel that we are not global enough, that we are inhibiting creativity, and that we are not properly preparing children for the world to come.

I’m not disagreeing with the fact that education has room to change technologically speaking, and while communities, museums, libraries, homes, and even the internet are places where children learn, I feel that there should be some structure to education and the traditional classroom should remain intact for things that I feel we need to preserve. An institution of education cannot be built behind a computer screen. Even though there is social networking left and right that provides interaction, we need to preserve the face to face interaction children receive at school. Think of the progression of communication since just the telephone and how much we hide behind our phones and keyboards. Children need to be exposed to diversity, whether it be race, background, or just someone they do not get along with. This exposure is where we learn our communication skills, not through a text message or video chat. Some of the educators on the video argued that technology is not avoidable, and while that is true, neither is human contact. Why do we put our children on sports teams? I know my parents not only put me on a team because I loved to play but because I wanted to be with my friends that I had made on last year’s team. Not only that, they wanted to teach me how to work with my team, how to work hard, how to win, and how to lose. Children that are not exposed to others early on in life are not prepared for an office full of people competing for promotions, raises, and opportunities in the real world.

Several educators in this video also agree that students have a more stimulating environment outside of school with texting, social networking, and games, and are upset that various useful tools involving technology are banned inside of school. These useful tools can also prove distracting in the classroom to not only the student using them but their fellow students. One of the men on the video suggested that life is not looking for “vending machine right answers,” and I agree that we need to think outside of the box to progress and impress. I also feel though, that with things being right at our fingertips with the internet, we do not have to strive as we once did for information. While I like the fact that research is not something I have to leave my computer for and its availability gives me more time for brainstorming, there is a satisfaction of finding something in a book or writing on paper. With this being said, I do have to agree with the point made about how helpful a global education base for teachers would be. I feel that being able to communicate with other teachers and gaining perspective from their teaching techniques and similar aspects to learning from across the world would broaden the spectrum for education and create a universal bond between teacher and teacher, student and student on an international basis.

In conclusion, I agree that technology is not avoidable and education has a long road ahead of it. Although, I also feel that some things in the institution of education do not have to be replaced by technology, but can work hand in hand with it to not only preserve the finer points of education and communication but to progress into the world we are entering that is controlled by technology.

Scavenger Hunt 2.0

The first tool I found and decided to use was makebeliefscomix.com. With this website anyone can go and make their own comic. The creators can add different types of clip art and can even decide how long the cartoon will be. Naturally, I made my cartoon about education.
It can be viewed at Makebeliefscomix

The second tool I used was polleverywhere.com. By using this site I was able to create my own poll for free. I could use this in my classroom when I become a teacher in order to take the class's opinion on certain subjects in order to create discussions and make my class more interactive. With a more interactive classroom I would be a more efficient teacher.


Create your own sms poll at Poll Everywhere

The third tool I chose was Animoto.com. This is a video site that allows you to make your videos so much more creative. A very cool feature I found was the fact that Animoto syncs with Facebook and other social sites so that it automatically has your pictures and videos reading for you to edit. It also states that music is at the heart of Animoto. So what better way to display this than by letting the creators upload and use their own mp3s in their videos/slideshows. The last thing I found interesting about this site is the fact that they have their own iPhone app. Not only is that cool, but they offer it for free. I will try to use this site in the future to make my videos.

Project #12 Book Trailer

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Project 9b Timetoast Timeline

Proect #10 PLN

I wasn't exactly sure where to begin with my PLN, but I decided to use the website Symbaloo. Immediately I loved it. I created my account, rearranged my tiles, and then added it to my homepage. I can't wait to keep using it.

Blog Post #7

The Networked Student


The video begins by telling us about a student who is studying psychology at 21st Century high school. The narrator states that he attends class three times a week and twice online, has no textbook and his teacher rarely ever lectures. When I heard this I couldn't help but wonder if his teacher never lectures then why does he even go to class. I thought the whole point of attending class was to listen and learn from what the teacher has to say. If the teacher is not lecturing and providing information to the students then there is no need for them to attend. Hearing this also made me think that this may be one of the teachers who simply is not doing her job, and expects the students to learn on their own.
I also noticed in this video that the student was doing all his learning through database searches and social networks. Although I believe that these can very valuable resources, I am not sure if it is the best way to primary learn your information. I personally do not enjoy sitting behind a computer. I admit that I rarely check my email, barely get on Facebook, and would not have a Twitter account if it wasn't required for this class. I would not say I like to learn by reading books all day, but I learn best by reading, taking notes from lectures, and highlighting key points.
After watching this video I feel that while the teacher taught him certain tools and methods, she didn't really teach him any of the material. He gathered all the information himself and she taught him how to organize it. I look at her more as a guide or counselor rather than an educator. Also, I feel that most of the methods used were setup as more of a group sharing a common interest and discussing that interest rather than an actual learning process. In conclusion I believe that the networked student still needs a teacher. The methods a networked student knows is valuable, but as a tool not a primary learning process.


My Personal Learning Network


Since I just started using a PLN I wasn't real sure where to start. My PLN compared to the girl from the video's is very "weak." She has quite a lot of tools on hers that I do not have yet, but I really look forward to using a PLN and in time, I too, will have many tools.

Podcast

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Blog Post #6

The Last Lecture

To me Dr. Pausch was not only an intelligent professor who took virtual technology and made it into something great, but also he was an inspiration. He touched the lives of many people. It is sad that a man who could teach us so much in so little time cannot be with us today.


Dr. Pausch begins his speech “The Last Lecture” by quoting something his father told him, “If there’s an elephant in the room, introduce it.” He then displays pictures of his tumors and states that life is what it is, and that “We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.” His next sentence is one of my favorite statements from Dr. Pausch. He states, “If I do not seem as depressed or morosed as I should be, I’m sorry to disappoint you.” This statement by Dr. Pausch really spoke to me. I love how even though he knows that he does not have long to live, he still enjoys life and does not plan on spending however long he has left depressed. Next he continues on telling the audience what all he was not going to cover. As he crossed off things such as cancer and his wife/kids, I found myself wondering, “Well what exactly IS he going to talk about then?” When he says that his topic for this lecture is his childhood dreams I wondered why he would want to do his last lecture on that?


Before he actually begins to list his childhood dreams he tells his audience of how he was looking at some old family photos and he could not find one where he was not smiling. This is something I feel we as adults should work on. Where along the way did we lose this skill of being happy all the time? If we were to all stop and think about how many times in a day we actually smiled or even laughed, some of our numbers would not be that high. One of Dr. Pausch’s childhood dreams was to play in the NFL. This dream is one of my favorites because this is the dream he did not accomplish, but may have learned the most from. Through football he was able to learn the importance of fundamentals. I relate to this dream the most since I played sports growing up and I can remember constantly hearing the coaches preaching fundamentals over everything else. I believe this to be true, and believe that it not only pertains to sports, but also to education. As a teacher I feel that if I can simply teach my students the fundamentals, their imagination will do the rest. The second story he tells about playing football as a kid is when his football coach rode him all practice about all the things he was doing wrong. He then states that the assistant coach came to him and told him that’s good, it shows that he still cares and hasn’t given up on you. As a student/player you always have a hard time when a teacher/coach is on you about something, but it is a valuable lesson we must learn. I hope that as a teacher I will always be able to stay on my students to do better and to achieve more, not to be mean, but because I care about them and their future.


Another dream that Dr. Pausch had was that he wanted to be Captain Kirk. I have never watched the show “Star Trek” but Dr. Pausch makes a statement that really struck home with me. He talks about how everyone on the ship had some form of a skill that contributed to the ship, but he could not figure out why Captain Kirk was there until one day he realized that his skill was leadership. Of all the characteristics a person can have, I believe that leadership is one of the most important. As I have stated before, sports were a crucial part of my childhood, and I believe that this may be why leadership is such a big deal for me. In the Army and ROTC we believe that being a leader is a very valuable thing. I believe that this is also true about us as teachers. We MUST be good leaders. If we fail to be the best possible leaders we can be for our students then how can we trust them to follow us and listen to what we have to say?


Now I get to what I believe to be the most important piece of advice Dr. Pausch gives us in his last lecture. Dr. Pausch presents his audience with an idea that he refers to as the “head fake”. He describes this “head fake” as basically the act of tricking students into learning something by letting them do something fun. One of the examples he uses is where his students thought they were simply making games and videos, when actually they were learning how to program and write codes. To me this is the ultimate teaching technique. I strongly agree with teachers allowing or better yet, even requiring fun projects such as group work to help students to better learn. I have even stated in my earlier blog post on how I support the idea that students learn better when they are having fun. Since I am studying to get my degree in Physical Education, this technique will go very well with my field. Often students think that P.E. is “playtime” when actually they should be learning about the muscles and organ systems that are at work while they are active. I plan to use fun games and activities in order to teach my students these things.


I learned more in Dr. Pausch's last lecture (that is only an hour and fifteen minutes long) than I did in classes that I sat in all year. He is a very inspiring person and an even better leader. Thanks to technology Dr. Pausch's legacy will live on to help others "Achieve their childhood dreams."

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Blog Post #5

Who is Scott McLeod?


Dr. McLeod is a professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Kentucky. He is the founding director of an organization know as the Center for the Advanced Study of Technology in Education (CASTLE). CASTLE is the nation’s only academic center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators. Due to this organization and the popular video series "Did you know? (Shift Happens)", Dr. McLeod has become known as one of the nation's leading academic experts on K-12 technology leadership. Dr. McLeod has also wrote a book titles "What School Leaders Need to Know About Digital Technologies and Social Media."


The iSchool Initiative


In his video Travis Allen states that he has the solution to America's education problem. He answers the question, "Does technology belong in the classroom?" Travis believes that since budget cuts are being made, teachers are being let go, and classes are getting larger, changes must be made. Through his idea for a program called the iSchool students will be able to learn through their iPod touch, thus resulting in the elimination of books, paper, printers, and pencils. Certain applications already exist such as the app Chemical Touch, which allows the student to touch any chemical on the periodic table and info pops up and tells the student everything about that chemical.
I do agree with Travis to some degree. I support the idea of "Going Green", but I'm not sure that using iSchool would be a solution to other problems such as using it because its cheaper. I feel that since the cost of an average textbook for me is about $100, it would take five textbooks to equal the cost of just one iPad. At my highschool we had some books that had been used for at least ten years. If the education system was to switch over to the iPad, would the iPad last for ten years? Would it break with so much use? Or could it possibly become outdated? The cheaper idea of using the iPod touch, which cost only $150 seems like a good idea at first, however, I personally own an iPod touch and have attempted to use it to read books, I do not agree with this idea. In order for the font to be large enough for me to read it, I was only able to read 2-3 sentences at a time, and grew tired of having to scroll down the page. I do not feel that I would be able to learn by using only my iPod touch.


Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir


I was astonished when I watched this video. I find it amazing that he was able to connect that many people and join them in one song. Not only do I love the sound of a choir, but Eric was able to find some of the best Soprano singers from all over the world. It surprised me that technology allows us to connect 185 voices over the span of at least 12 countries. I have heard of people holding business conferences online, but I have never heard of a video conference of that magnitude before.


21st Century Teacher


One of the ideas that Roberts presented in the video is that kids can access information whenever and wherever they want. This means that teachers are no longer the primary source of information in today's society. So it present "us", the future educators, with the question "What exactly is our job as teachers?" As Dr. Strange has stated many times, I believe we must teach our students skills rather than information. I cannot recalculate on how many times throughout my academic career I heard my fellow classmates utter the words "When will we ever use this?"
To some degree I agree with this question, when are we ever going to use this info? I feel that even though a student has learned a vast amount of information, if he or she has not learned how to put that information to use then it is completely useless. We as educators must teach our students skills such as different ways to think, and to not simply answer the question at hand, but to also ask questions themselves. When I say this I mean instead of a student answering A did this, the students must ask themselves WHY did A do this?


Reading Rockets


I navigated the website for quite a while before I actually stopped and focused on any one thing. One of the main tools that caught my attention was in the classroom strategies section. It is a chart that gives teachers pointers on when to practice certain things such as writing before, during, and/or after reading. I found it interesting that there were certain techniques that teachers can use but must be strategically placed in a lesson plan or these skills may not work.
Another tool I found valuable was the many articles about reading deficiencies. One of these articles that I decided to read was "Early Signs of a Reading Difficulty." I found this article beneficial because there were many signs that I did not know to look for before now. I was surprised to read that one of these signs was ear infections. If a child has repetitive ear infections early in life then he or she is more likely to have problems reading. The site also provides viewers with the option of playing games to help the students to learn easier. When I am a teacher I hope to incorporate as many games into my lesson plans as I can. I am a strong believer that a child will want to learn more if he or she is having fun.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Blog Post #3

Technology in Special Education


I strongly believe in the idea that technology helps to keep the students interested in their schoolwork. Often I have found myself extremely bored in a classroom where a teacher is using "tradition" methods of teaching. I never considered the thought of using technology to help to teach Special Education. The way Ms. Cook has implemented technology into her classroom astounded me.
When I become a teacher technology will be even further advanced than it is now, but I will still be able to use it as a means to better communicate with my Special Education students. Such as if I have a student who has a hard time writing and/or talking, I will be able to use a laptop with that student so that he or she can easily answer questions or simply communicate. Also, just as Ms. Cook had a student who needed to use a laptop in order to increase the size of the font so that he could read better, I will use technology to help my students in every way possible.


How the iPad Works with Academics for Autism


My goal right now is to graduate and become a physical education teacher. At the same time, I also want to teach special education. When teaching children with special needs, it is very likely that I will be required to teach my students basic learning skills such as counting and reading. To accomplish this task, I could use tools such as the iPad in order to further excel my students learning.
One of the ways I could accomplish this is by using the iPad app called "Intro to Letters, by Montessorium". This app allows the user to learn how to read and write the alphabet in a fun and interactive way. This app would allow the student to trace the letters and better learn to write them. Not only does it allow the student to trace the letters, but also plays the pronunciations for each letter. Practice lessons are also avaliable for the student to go through and learn the alphabet at random. The use of this app could be a very valuable asset once I become a teacher.


Gary's Social Media Count


When I clicked on the link and I saw all the numbers keep climbing and climbing I simply did not know what to think. As I continued to watch I noticed that in only one minute 12 million sms messages were sent worldwide. This made me realize that the world becomes more and more reliable on technology everyday. The majority of the world relies on technology to do many things today ranging from making a phone call to swiping a debit card.
Watching the numbers continue to rise, it made me realize that as a teacher I must be able to keep up with technology. I need to be able to not only stay up to date with technology used in everyday life, but also be able to implement technology into my teaching skills. Kids are becoming more and more involved with technology and the social world today. How can I be expected to teach my students if I do not know as much about the technological world around us as they do?


A Vision of Students Today


Sadly I found the video to be spot on with its facts. In every class I attend here at South I see examples of the things presented in the video. At least one student in every class I have stays on the computer the entire time, and not once visited a website pertaining to what the teacher was going over. Another problem I see is the fact that I personally hate spending hundreds of dollars on textbooks that my professors never even mention us needing.
Although the students are the ones who decide whether or not to go to class or whether to sit on their computer the entire time, I do not believe it is their fault. I believe it is the teachers resopnsibility to ensure that the students are learning. Is that not the reason "we" are becoming teachers? I feel that my goal as a teacher is to do whatever I can to make sure that my students are learning. I refuse to be the professor who idlely stands at the front of the class and basically talks to himself.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Blog Post #2

with the creativity of future educators

Did you know? 3.0


I hear more and more everyday how Americans are labeled as: lazy, worthless, and unintelligent. I fear that as the rest of the world continues to learn and progress, we as Americans are at a stand still. It is not a competition as to who the best country in the world is, but a sense of pride that we must keep about ourselves. We must take pride and continue to seek further advancement in not only education, but all things.
As I watched the video "Did you know?" I realized that my fears were coming true. For starters, the fact that in China alone, the number of people able to speak English will soon outnumber the entire world bothers me. It bothers me that the number of people in China who can't speak more than one language will be less than the number who can speak more than one language in America. Also, India's top 25% of the population with the highest IQ outnumbers that of the whole United States. Whether it is a lack of effort put forth by the teachers or the students this statistic does not sit well with me. I hope to change this when I become a future educator. I hope that I can teach my students to have the drive needed to pursue a higher learning.


Mr. Winkle Wakes


Although the video "Mr. Winkle Wakes" was a fictional story, it had many facts included in it. 100 years ago there was almost no technology. By technology I am referring to the electrical world. Nowadays almost everything in the world is run by technology. 100 years ago people had to do things with their hands. In order for someone to send a message, a messenger would have to ride or walk to wherever the recipient lived. Now with the technology we have today, an e-mail, text message, or video message can be sent instantly.
Not only is technology used in hospitals to keep people alive and in businesses to send data, but also is a huge part of education. It is very common in schools today for teachers to use computers in order to organize their lesson plans, create spreadsheets, and also to contact parents or guardians when a child has been a disruptance or is struggling in class. Not only are teachers using computers, but also when combined with an overhead projector, they use powerpoints in order to display info for students to take notes. This is a huge time saver compared to back when teachers had to write their data on the board. It amazes me the things that we can do nowadays with technology. I am a huge supporter of technology being used in education, and plan on using it in my future teaching career.


The Importance of Creativity


As I grew up, all I ever heard was keep your grades up. Not once did anyone ever say to me "keep up the creativity". The only thing I ever felt like I needed to do was make good grades. The way I did it didn't matter. Instead of actually learning the material, I was taught to memorize or do whatever needed to be done just to pass the test.
Mr. Robinson makes a very good point when he says education kills creativity. In school we are taught to do every single thing a certain way. Often when a new idea is put forth, it is shot down by others. Whenever someone thinks differently, they are classified as having a learning disorder. Everyone learns in many different ways, and just because a child doesn't learn like the "average" student they are cast out along with their creativity. I hate the idea of grades. I do not believe kids should be judged by their grades, but rather their potential creativity.

A Vision for the 21st Cenutry Learning


I completely agree with the idea that when kids are forced to read their textbooks and simply recite facts, they are not learning the material. Kids do not want to learn when they bored. The average American child can watch a movie or show and replay it back to you almost immediately. Students want to learn when they are interested. This is why students learn better by using technology such as movies, powerpoints, and interactive labs.
The majority of American children in today's society love to play video games. Kids rack up days and days worth of online gameplay on Call of Duty alone. They spend so much time playing games that they can rebuild the level without missing any details. The idea of an interactive video game in which students can travel through civilizations and learn the history and even the language of that country is astouding. I love the idea of students using interactive learning. I believe that if teachers were to add this technology to their plan then the student's learning capabilities would drastically increase. Not only would they learn more from these programs, but would learn way faster also.


Harness Your Students' Digital Smarts


Just as Mrs. Davis is from a veru rural small town, I also come from a town where we are not very connected to the outside world. I come from Morgan County where the closest cities are Huntsville and Decatur, both of which are at least 40 minutes away. Not many people from my hometown have internet. I was one of the select few who actually did have internet access at my house. Due to this, many people where I'm from do not know about the advantages of using technology.
Thanks to Mrs. Davis students are able to experience the vast advantages of technology. For example, one student talked of how she was able to participate in a project with a group of students from all over the world. Unless more teachers like Mrs. Davis incorporate more technology into their teaching tehniques, then some students may never know what it's like to connect to other students all over the world. Also, another point that she made was that the teachers do not have to know everything. Mrs. Davis talks about a time in which she was learning from her students. The thought of this technology allowing the teachers to learn from the students is great.