Friday, July 19, 2013

Blog Assignment # 16 (Final Reflection)

Final Reflection

When I graduate, I will be teaching high school history. As a teacher I will use Project Based Learning (PBL) in my classroom. I believe PBL is the best way to teach students because it not only promotes independent thinking but also creativity. By using PBL students will be engaged and excited about learning. Also, by using PBL, students will learn problem solving skills instead of burp back education.

Not only will I Teach PBL, but I will also use many other tools in my classroom. Using technology tools will enhance my students' projects and learning experiences. Some of these tools include iPads, E-readers, laptops, smartboards, Blogger, iCurio, and Podcasts.

I will use iPads in my classroom because they have all the tools that a desktop computer has, but can be carried around by students. This allows students to have endless knowledge at their fingertips. I will also use E-readers in my classroom because they allow students to have all their books on one device as well as take notes directly on the E-reader. I also want to use them because it is cheaper for the school and the students to download books than it is to buy a hard copy book.

I will also be using Blogger in my classroom. Blogger allows students to set up an post on their own blog page. I think this is an important tool because it allows students to have their ideas and projects seen and heard from people around the world. iCurio will also be a tool I use in my classroom because it allows students to safely research online without me having to look over their shoulder.

I believe on of the most important tool I will use in my classroom is a Smartboard. Smartboards allow teachers to have interactive activities on the board. Smartboards also givesstudents access to the internet, where they can play videos. Smartboards can even allow Facetime chats with professionals from all over the world.

My classroom will be a place students cannot wait to get to. It will be a place where they can express their opinions, be encouraged to ask questions, and be able to share their work with people all over the world. Students will not leave my class with only historical dates memorized, instead they will leave my class with skills they will use for the rest of their life.

What I would Change From the Start of the Semester

In my first blog post I wrote about what my dream school would look like. Reading it now it makes me laugh. I said in Blog Assignment #1 that it would be important to have comfortable chairs for the students to sit, because then they would be more focused. I now know it is not the chairs that keep the students focused but the way in which a teacher teaches. I still agree that I want my students to know that "no matter what their grade is, they all have something to offer that the world can benefit from". I believe as educators we should encourage students dreams-not tear them down. I would add to this post that I want my students to understand that sometimes the questions we ask are more important than the answers. After taking EDM 310 I realize that in school students are not taught or even encouraged to ask questions. In my classroom this will change! In my first blog post I said "I would have the students share their questions and answers with the class". I now believe "Why stop witt just the class when the students can have their own blog page and share their questions and answers with the world.?"

In my first blog post under "tools" I would use I will admit that I purposely left out using Smartboards. To be honest, I had never used a Smartboard until EDM310 and thought they were just a more complicated version of a dry erase board. I now see how wrong I was and using a Smartboard is now one of the tools I look forward to using the most when I start teaching. I still agree with what I wrote for The Role Students will play in my first blog post. I stated that "Students would play the leading roll in my classroom, and I would act as their guide." The students would be able to let their creativity, and imagination loose, and I would encourage and support them.

Final Reflection video

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Blog Assignment # 15 (Collaborative)


In this video Anthony Capps and Dr. Strange talk about iCurio. ICurio is an online tool that allows students to safely search websites and use other online media. Another great feature that iCurio offers is it allows students to store information that they find interesting into folders and to also create new folders. By allowing students to add to and create folders it gives students responsibility and organization skills. These are skills that students will be able to use for the rest of their life. The feature I thought would be the most useful to teachers is that iCurio has the ability to read text to students with disabilities. This feature will be a great help to teachers who have a student with a disability, because they will not have to read the text to the students themselves.

Discovery Education

In this video Anthony Capps and Dr. Strange talk about the online search tool called Discovery Education. Discovery Education is an online search tool that does not just offer pictures but also video’s of experts giving information on the topic. Anthony Capps stated that Discovery Education does not take the place of reading but helps to enhance it. I agree with what Dr. Strange said “students should not just be consumers of technology but also producers of it”. I think this is a great statement because students should not be satisfied with using the technology they are given but rather the students should want to create and contribute to technology, which allows them to have their voice and ideas heard.

Don't Teach Technology -Use It

In this video Anthony Capps and Dr. Strange talk about the use of technology in classrooms. I agree with the statement Anthony Capps made in the beginning of this video when he said “it does not matter if you like technology or not you are surrounded by it”. Everywhere you look there's technology and it is at our fingertips at all times with smartphones, tablets, and laptops. The most important thing I learned from this video is a teacher should not teach technology but should do it. A teacher can do this by designing projects that starts off with just an introduction to technology, then the teacher continuously designs projects that allows students to build their skills and combine the tools they are learning. I think this is a great idea because it allows students to use critical thinking skills and problem solving skills, which they will use the rest of their life. There are many advantages to using PBL and technology. One advantage is it is cheaper because it is a one time purchase and teachers do not have to keep buying supplies for projects. With PBL and technology students can be engaged with projects all year long. I thought this video was very helpful because now I know that in my classroom I should not teach technology but use it.

Maggie Adkinsson

In the video iCurio I watched as Anthony Capps and Dr. Strange discuss iCurio. I learned so much about the iCurio and it’s features. Although I had previously looked at it before, I never realized what a great tool it was. I think it is great that it enables students to use the internet while preventing inappropriate material from appearing in their search results. Not only does it provide safe search engines, but iCurio also allows teacher and students to save information in folders to come back to later. I thought this was great! So many times when working on a project I print a numerous amount of unnecessary information because I do not want to lose it after I leave that particular website. Not only is this a great way to be environmentally friendly, but it encourages organization for both me and my future students. I am very impressed with the capabilities iCurio has to offer and will definitely being using this in my class!

In the video Discovery Ed Anthony Capps and Dr. Strange discussed Discovery Ed. Discovery Ed is a website that offers a variety of tools to assist in teaching particular subjects, such as science and social studies. It offers pictures, videos, and much more to reiterate the subject being taught. One feature that I like about Discovery Ed is that it allows students to listen to an expert in a given field. As a future teacher I understand that I will not be able to answer every question they have, but with Discovery Ed I will be able to point them in the right direction and let them find out from someone who does know the answer. I think this is a great tool to enhance and personalize their learning! I think The Anthony - Strange list of Tips for Teachers Part 1 is a great video for anyone who is considering or even on their way to being a teacher. Anthony Capps provides some very great insight to what his life is like as a third grade teacher. Always reading books, always learning new things, and working more than just the school day. Many people think that teaching is one of the easiest jobs, but that is far from the truth. There is so much more to it than just standing at the front of a room talking. There are lesson plans, parent meetings, and so much more that a teacher does not because it is easy, or because teaching pays a lot of money. They do it because they are passionate about teaching children.

Kaylee Diegan

What can I learn from conversations with Anthony Capps?

I really enjoy listening to Anthony Capp’s ideas and advice. Knowing that he once was a student in EDM310, as I am today, gives me hope that I can grow from this class and apply my knowledge in my Project Based Learning Classroom. Earlier in the semester, I chose to do one of my posts on iCurio. I think iCurio is a great tool for students and teachers. In the video about iCurio, Capps discusses how safe it is and how it can be used for any grade level. Like Dr. Strange, I tend to misplace my notes. This tool can prevent that problem! Students can upload their files into certain folders, search under restricted sites and save their information quickly. This video taught me how to allow my students to search the internet without coming across inappropriate sites. This is really important to me, as a teacher and a parent. Discovery Education is another tool to be used in the classroom. This allows students to enter key words they are searching for. Like iCurio, this also allows students to search for information without seeing inappropriate websites. I think this would be a great tool for students in elementary school. It seems to be harder to know exactly what to type in the search engine when you are younger. Searching for key words can help students quickly find what they need. I hope to use both tools in my classroom! The third video I watched was Additional Thought About Lessons. Anthony discusses four “layers” to his teaching strategy. He says there is the curriculum based off of the year, the unit, the week and the day. He compares this theory to a Russian nested doll. It is important to prepare your projects and teachings in all four of these time frames. I agree with Anthony on this! My biggest fear about using Project Based Learning in my classroom is time management. This strategy helped me realize how I need to plan the curriculum. I think this strategy could really help! I love how Dr. Strange is surprised by many of the information Anthony gives him. This really proves that teachers can learn from students. I enjoyed all of the videos I watched on conversations between Dr. Strange and Anthony!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Blog Assignment # 14

Can a History Classroom Benefit From PBL and Technology?


Students are to watch the video Technology in Our Schools: The Social Studies and History Class. After students watch the video, they will write a blog post answering the question "Can a history classroom benefit from PBL and Technology"?

My Post

I thought this was a great video to watch! This video helped me see how much a history class (or any class) can benefit from PBL and technology. The video states "Technology provides students with a platform to show their creativity. Students are engaged and take ownership of their learning". This video also gives great suggestions of ways to use technology and PBL in not only a history class, but other classes as well. One tip the video gives is to use FaceTime for video conferences, because this can help connect your students to people all over the world. I think this is a great idea for a history class because it allows the class to talk to an expert in whatever historical event they might be studying. When I begin teaching I will defiantly use this suggestion, because it will give my students a chance to ask questions to someone who specializes in a particular field. The second suggestion this video gives is to have students make blog posts and podcasts. When students make podcasts and blog posts they are able to share their ideas and work with people from all over the world, which answers the question most history students ask- "who cares and why do I need to know this"? The video also mentions using Google Earth because it allows your students to travel all over the world while still in the classroom. I have never thought about using Google Earth before I watched this video. However, I will be using it when I begin teaching. When I was in history class I loved to look at the pictures and always wished the textbook had more. With Google Earth my students will be able to see the historical sites and locations we will be learning about. Why should my students be limited to just reading about these exciting places when I have the technology to take them on a virtual tour? I found this video to be very helpful in giving me ideas for projects and tools to use in my history classroom. PBL and technology can help students who do not like history become more engaged and excited about coming to class and learning about history.

C4T # 4

Get Started Using Screencast In PE.

Mrs. Hamada post Get Started Using Screencast In PE gave readers different tools and apps that can be used to give feedback to PE students or players. Mrs. Hamada makes a great point that when you are teaching a PE class or Coaching a sports team feedback is very important but sometimes very difficult. Some examples she give of why feedback is difficult for PE teachers and Coaches is the noise level in a gym or field. Another reason feedback could be difficult is because most of the time the teacher or the coach is not standing right beside the student or player and may have to yell across a field. Screencasts make feedback for teachers and coaches easier because "Screencast is a movie on your computer screen that you make to explain or share something with someone else". One of the tools Mrs. Hamada suggested was Coach's Eye. Coach's Eye is an app that can be use to take video of students or players and then play it back to them. This is a great tool because it allows the coach or teacher to either pull the student to the side and show them the video of what they are doing correct or incorrect. As a Softball coach I think this is a very useful tool. One thing that makes this tool so helpful to coaches and teachers is that the app allows you to slow the video down. Being able to slow the video down is one of the main reasons I will be using this app when the softball season starts. I will use this tool to help me coach hitting to my softball players because when a player is hitting everything happens so fast that it is hard for them to visualize what they are doing wrong. With Coach's Eye I will be able to video them hitting and then play it back for them in slow motion so they can see and understand what they are doing wrong. I left Mrs. Hamada a comment telling her who I am and that I enjoyed her post. I also commented that I would be using Coach's Eye and could not wait for the softball season to start so I could use the app on my players and get their responses.
photo of Coach's Eye app
Twitter Challenge For PE Teachers

In this post Mr. Hamada explains that she did not understand what the big deal about Twitter was at first. However her husband was so attached to it that she decided to give it a try. Mrs. Hamada points out how she was going to use Twitter Professionally. First she wanted to find out about some hash-tags and see how she should use them. The next thing she did was follow PE teachers. The third thing she did was to find out what people were up to in their PE departments in other International and regular schools. Mrs. Hamada talks about the amazing people she has met and connected with that would have never of happened without Twitter. She then challenges the reader to get into Twitter. I wrote a comment about how much I enjoyed reading her post. I also explained that at first I also did not see the big deal with Twitter but the more I used it the more I got of Twitter logo

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Project # 15

Civil Rights Supreme Court Cases that Shaped America



Students will use the Internet to research Civil Rights Court Cases and Amendments. Students will be put into groups and assigned a Civil Rights Court Case and work together to gather information from books, websites, and newspaper articles. Students will make a video reenacting events related to their court case. Students will also make a PowerPoint presentation using Google docs covering the main points of the court case and the outcome. After videos and PowerPoint presentation are finished the groups will present both to the class. Students will then upload both PowerPoint presentations and videos into their personal blog page.

Entry Event

The teacher will show a PowerPoint presentation on a Civil Rights Court Case that was not assigned to a group. The Presentation should also be an example of what the students Presentations should look like.


This project should take no longer than 5 days (keep in mind this project is for high school students)

Content Standards

SS(12)United States Government

2. Analyze purposes, organization, functions, and principles of the constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights.

SS(12)United States Government

3. Explain how the federal system of the United States divides power between national and state governments, including areas of taxation, revenue distribution, federal grants, distribution of entitlements, regulation of interstate commerce, and enforcement of contracts.

Local/National Standards


How does the Government established by the constitution Embody the purposes, values and principles of American Democracy?

How does power and responsibility distributed, shared, and limited in the government established by the United States Constitution?

What is the place of law in American Constitutional system?

How does the American political system provide for choice and opportunities for participation?

Materials Needed

Put students into groups
Go over rules of working in a group
Assign Supreme Court Cases to groups

Technology Resources Needed

Presentation Software
Digital Projector
Video recording device

Day 1

Introduce project by explaining the role of U.S Supreme Court to students. The teacher will then put students into assigned groups and explain rules of working in groups. Teachers will also give groups their assigned Supreme Court Case.

Day 2 and 3

Students will spend 2 days in the library using the computers and books for research and work on their PowerPoint presentation

Day 4 and 5

Students will present their PowerPoint and videos to the class. Students will upload both PowerPoint and video to their blog (each group should not take more than 5 minutes for their presentation)

Reenactments and videos should be done by groups outside of class for homework

21st Century Competencies

Critical thinking
Creativity and Innovation

Formative Assessment

Blog post
Rough Drafts
Check list

Summative Assessment

Oral Presentation, with rubric
written Products, with rubric
Peer Evaluation

Reflection Methods

Blog Post
whole-class Discussion

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

C4T # 3

Mr. Robbo-The PE Geek

Top Apps For PE Teachers.Part 26

I enjoyed reading this post. This blog gave great app ideas for PE teachers and coaches. My favorite app that he talks about is called SwipeStats. SwipeStats is an app that lets coaches, PE teachers, students, and players to keep statistical information. This app can also be used by anyone who might want to keep track of their favorite pro athlete's statistical information. I commented on the post that, as a softball coach, I think this would be a great app to use to keep track of my player's statistical information.

Another app that was mentioned in this post was called Jade of Spades. In this app, the user picks a card out of a deck, and on the card is a physical activity that the user has to complete as quickly as possible. The app allows the user to choose a half deck or a full deck. By allowing users to users to choose a half deck the user can work their way up to a full deck which is a longer exercise program.

Motion Tennis-An Amazing Air Play App

This post is about a motion tennis app. This app allows the user to pair with Apple TV or other AirPlay devices. This app turns you iPhone into a virtual tennis racquet that allows the user to play tennis using their iPhone. This is an amazing app that shows how much iPhones and apps are truly capable of.
photo of people playing sports

Blog Assignment # 13 (Collaborative)

Shukla Bose: Teaching One Child at a Time

I enjoyed the video “Teaching One Child at a Time”. In this video, Shukla Bose talks about how she started the Parkrma Humanity Foundation. This foundation helps the children in India who live in the slums get an education. Bose started by going to the slums and identifying houses where the children who would never go to school lived. She would then talk to the parents about sending their children to school. The parents wanted their children to go to school, because they wanted their children to have a better life, but the parents still had to be convinced that change was possible. The Parkrma Humanity Foundation started with one school that was located on the top of the building and had 165 children. The Foundation grew to four schools and a junior college, which all became successful because the schools taught the best curriculum possibly. They even taught English to get the students ready for a globalized world. I think it is great that the children are not just being taught basic skills but also skills that will help them have a better future. The main reason the schools became successful is that the schools and teachers operated under the idea of "one child at a time", which means they would educate students through school and into college by focusing on treating each child as an individual. I believe more schools should operate under this idea, because not every child learns the same or at the same speed. This idea means students are more likely to understand the material taught rather than just being passed along to the next grade.

Kaylee Diegan

Are you thankful for the education girls AND boys are given in our country? You should be! I know that I am after watching the TED video on Kakenya Ntaiya! I highly recommend everyone watch this video!

As a child growing up in Kenya, Kakenya Ntaiya was not promised an education past twelve years old. Her father was away working most of the time, and when he was home he was selling the crops her mother had worked on all year and drinking with his friends at a local bar. Her mother, her siblings and herself were to do exactly what her father demanded or the mother would be abused. She was arranged a husband to marry once she became a woman. When she was thirteen she was mutilated as a female, like the all of the other girls her age. Since her mother was denied an education, she emphasized how important an education was. Ntaiya told her father that she would go through with the “celebration” of becoming a woman if she could continue her education. He agreed.

Little did she know how her world would change! She went to high school in Kenya then received a scholarship to college in the United States. She went around to all of the men and collected enough money for her plane ticket to America. Once she got here, her eyes were opened to: SNOW, rights, laws and many other things that had been stolen from her back home. After receiving her Master’s, Ntaiya went back to Kenya to repay the community for helping her receive her education. She started an all girls school and not only kept 125 girls from being sexually mutilated, but helped them transform into educated young ladies with chance at life!

It is so important to realize how lucky we are to have our education handed to us. For me, it was known that I would attend school all the way through college. But, for others it’s not that simple. It’s amazing what you can do if you really want something and fight for it. In another TED video Sugata Mitra emphasized how amazing it is to see what children can do if you give them certain atmospheres and tools. Once she made it to America, all it took for Ntaiya to be successful was an opportunity. We should teach our students to be motivated like she was and not just expect things to be given to you. We are truly lucky to live in this country and be given the education opportunities that we have

Maggie Adkisson

In the video "To This Day" ... for the bullied and beautiful Shane Koyczan raises his voice against bullying in a poem. As a child he was picked on and torn down everyday because of his weight. This video was made to raise awareness, put a stop to the cruelty, and most of all give hope to those who feel different and alone.

With his combination of words, music, and pictures the audience is sucked into the lives of the different characters. Feeling their pain with every word. Watching the constant insults break them down. Allowing the names to define them, because after hearing it for so long they are no longer able to see themselves as anything else. Watching this video is like watching a train wreck waiting to happen. It is dark and depressing, but you just cannot take your eyes off of it. My words alone cannot even begin to explain what a nerve hitting masterpiece Shane Koyczan has created. I believe it is only appropriate to share a couple verses.

she was eight years old
our first day of grade three
when she got called ugly
we both got moved to the back of the class
so we would stop get bombarded by spit balls
but the school halls were a battleground
where we found ourselves outnumbered day after wretched day
we used to stay inside for recess
because outside was worse
outside we’d have to rehearse running away
or learn to stay still like statues giving no clues that we were there
in grade five they taped a sign to her desk
that read beware of dog

to this day
despite a loving husband
she doesn’t think she’s beautiful
because of a birthmark
that takes up a little less than half of her face
kids used to say she looks like a wrong answer
that someone tried to erase
but couldn’t quite get the job done
and they’ll never understand
that she’s raising two kids
whose definition of beauty
begins with the word mom
because they see her heart
before they see her skin
that she’s only ever always been amazing

People says "kids are cruel" like it is an excuse not to stop bullying. That bullying is okay because it is coming from a child. We ignore how badly the bullied child's feelings are hurt and what the possible repercussions could be. This teacher just moved them to the back of the class hoping they will become invisible. Unfortunately, time and time again we have learned that ignoring the problem does not work. That is why we have kids bringing guns to schools to kill other students, harming their own bodies so that they can feel a moment of relief, and overdosing on pain killers just to get away from reality. By leaving them alone, without support and trying to make the them invisible we are doing nothing, but helping to create their own personal tragedy. We need everyone, not just children, to come to a realization of how their words and deeds can affect others. On his project website he says, "Schools and families are in desperate need of proper tools to confront this problem. We can give them a starting point… A message that will have a far reaching and long lasting effect in confronting bullying". His original video has received over 9,000,000,000 views on Youtube. I believe that we had found a plausible solution. If we could show our students something like this video, we could teach them what their words can do to others. Everyone has compassion and I think when they realize the outcomes a change will be made.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Project # 14

The Face of History

Duration: 4-6 hours

Subject: Social Studies


Students will learn about local history, using technology and creativity. Students are to use the internet to research local historical sites. The students should focus on the Civil Rights Movement and the Civil War. After the students finish researching they will visit the historical sites and take pictures of the sites they visit. Students will visit and take pictures of at least four historical sites, and then students will put the pictures into a PowerPoint presentation made in Google docs. After the students PowerPoint presentations are finished they will present the presentation to the class, then they will upload their presentation to their blog.
Driving Question:

What are the historical significances of the locations around the students?

Content Standards:

SS(10) United States History to 1877

• 10. Describe how the course, character, and effects of the Civil War influenced the United States

SS(11) United States History from 1877 to the present

• 2. Describe social and political origins, accomplishments, and limitations of progressivism. • 12. Trace events of the Modern Civil Rights Movement from past-World War II to 1970 that resulted in social and economic changes, including the Montgomery bus boycott, the desegregation of Little Rock Central High School, the march on Washington, and the Freedom Rides.

Local/National standards:

NSS-USH 5-12.5

• Understand the causes of the Civil War • Understand the course and characters of the Civil War and its effects on the American people

NSS-USH 5-12.9

• Understand the struggle for racial and gender equality and the extension of Civil liberties

21st century competencies to be taught and assessed

• Communication (Oral Presentation) • Critical thinking • Creativity and innovation
Entry Event:

Teachers will talk about local history and also show video of mobile’s history.

Formative Assessments:

• Journal/ learning log • Blog post • Rough Drafts • Notes • Check list

Summative Assessments:

• Written products with rubric • Oral presentation with rubric • Peer evaluation

Resources Needed

• Digital camera or any device that can take pictures. For example smart phones or tablets • Computers • Individual and class blog page

Reflection Methods

• Blog post • Whole class discussion • Group discussion


• Some students might need help with research or PowerPoint. If students have problems with research then peer tutoring is an option. Students who finish early can help students who need help. Teachers should also have after school tutorial available for those students who need it.

• Many students might choose the same historical sites. Teachers should encourage students to find sites that most of their classmates might over look.

Part one

Teacher will introduce videos and lecture on local areas. Teachers will have a class discussion and point out key dates, facts, and people. The teacher will then give the project instructions and go over them with the class.

Part two

Teacher will give students five days to gather photos and visit locations. The pictures and locations are to be taken and visited outside of class.

Part Three

Students will have two days in the computer lab to create PowerPoint in Google docs. Students will then upload to their blog page.

Part four

Students will present PowerPoint to the class. Each students Presentation should take no longer than 3 minutes.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Blog Assignment # 12 (Collaborative)

What can we learn from Sir Ken Robinson?

Changing Education Paradigms

In the video Changing Education Paradigms Sir Ken Robinson he asked two questions. The first is "How do we educate our children to take their place in the economies of the 21st century, given that we cannot anticipate what the economy will look like at the end of the next week?" The second question he asks is "How does a country educate children to also have cultural identity while also being part of globalization"? I enjoyed this video very much. It shows how public education became what it is today. "The current system was designed and conceived for a different age. It was conceived in the intellectual culture of the enlightenment and in economic circumstance of Industrial Revolution." The current system divides students into the academic and non academic categories, which makes many brilliant people believe that they are not smart. I believe this is very true. If a student does not make good grades the stdent often believes that means the student is not smart. If a student is discouraged they begin to shutdown and do not want to go to school. Sir Ken Robinson makes a great point that the school system needs to get away from standardization and go to divergent thinking. Divergent thinking is the essential capacity for creativity and to see multiple answers-not just one. I think this is a great idea because divergent thinking teaches students to use their minds and their creativity rather than just using their memorization. Sir Ken Robinson also gives a great example of how the public education system is failing. In his example, 1500 kindergarteners were given a test to measure divergent thinking. 98% of those students scored in the Genius level. The same test was given the the same children when they were 8-10 years old, and again at age 13-15. The results were that the scores continuously deteriorated. I was amazed by the results of the test. It shows that as children get further along in their education their divergent thinking skills begin to suffer. This is because they have been taught that there is only one correct answer. This video opened my eyes to the problems of how students are being taught in the education system. I think any person that is wanting to become a teacher should watch this video.

Kaylee Diegan
I really enjoyed Sir Ken Robinson's video How To Escape Education's Death Valley. He discusses learning in America and how even though we put enough money and time into teaching, it's not the most successful way of allowing our students to learn. I was literally laughing out loud when Robinson was discussing ADHD (not because I think the diagnosis is funny for any child to have, I just couldn't agree more). He says that he knows it exists, but that just because a child is hyperactive doesn't mean they should be put on medicine to be calm. I agree with him: any child that you make sit in a classroom for hours at a time is going to get bored and lose concentration! With that being said, why don't we make the students' learning exciting and try not to let them get bored? Another analogy he used was curiosity being like the engine of a jeep. I learned that curiosity is so important for the teacher to possess as well as the students. Students can thrive off of curiosity and therefore willingly learn more. I never thought about it, but learning and education are two different things. Robinson says you can talk about education without talking about learning. Just because a teacher is in a classroom "teaching", does NOT mean the students are learning. We've been talking about standardized tests in a lot of my classes lately. There is a time and place for standardized tests. They should not be used on a daily basis; just for diagnostics. I agree with this for many reasons, but especially because not all students are good at taking tests. So, just because a student doesn't do well on a standardized tests means they don't understand something? FALSE. At the end of the video Robinson describes what he means in his title by "death valley". Death Valley is a desert by his house that nothing grows on. It doesn't get any rain, therefore it has no grass, trees, flowers, etc. But, when it did rain, flowers grew! Death Valley is like our students' learning. If we don't teach them anything and give them a learning atmosphere, then they won't learn anything. If we do, then they will grow in their education and learn. I can't wait to have a classroom and try to apply the things I've learned in EDM310 from people's blogs and videos to my own students!

Maggie Adkisson

Ken Robinson is an author and educator. He led the British government's 1998 advisory committee on creative and cultural education, and was knighted for his work. We can learn so much from Sir Ken Robinson in his 2006 TED talk on The Importance of Creativity. Although he talks on a variety of points, one in particular caught my attention. He said, There isn't an education system on the planet that teaches dance everyday to children the way we teach them mathematics. Why? Why not? I think this is rather important. I think math is very important, but so is dance. Children dance all the time if they're allowed to, we all do. We all have bodies, don't we? Did I miss a meeting? Truthfully, what happens is, as children grow up, we start to educate them progressively from the waist up. And then we focus on their heads. And slightly to one side. After hearing this, I began thinking of all the schools I attended throughout my life. That is twelve schools to be exact. I came to the conclusion that not one of them encouraged me to get up and dance, do something creative, or anything else outside of academics. I thought why is this? Who decided that math, science, and English were the most important subjects? I later learned that our educational system was made to suite the needs of the industrial revolution. A time when people were focused on manufacturing. Public schools began preparing students for jobs by focusing on math, science, and other subjects that were deemed important. Likewise, little time was spent letting students use their creativity in art, drama, or music. Society did not care at this point in time if you could paint or do something extraordinary with your creativity. They wanted someone to be able to work machines and understand how to fix them.

Even today, our education system remains much the same as it was during this time. Students spend minimal time in classes such as art, drama, and other creative thinking based classes. Sir Ken Robinson is absolutely correct when he says that schools are killing out creativity. As young children we probably look like this little boy a lot, or at least I did. Covered in head to toe in whatever I was doing. Most time it was dirt.

Then we start going to school, where teachers only want one answer. The textbook, burp back answer. It does not matter if you see a color as being salmon, but if a teacher says it is pink then you are supposed to see it as pink as well. We tell children they are wrong, when in fact they could very well be right. Who is to say their perception is wrong? Instead of accepting their ideas, we break them, and turn them into robots by teaching them only to see what we want them to see. I learned from Sir Ken Robinson that we need to stop this negative stigma of being wrong, and let children discover and learn through their own eyes. Allowing them to keep their creativity and imagination.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Project #13

Project # 13

Project based learning lesson plan

A Day In The Life Of Worker Ants

Duration : 225 to 250 minutes

Subject: English, Science

Grade Level: 3rd

Project Idea Summary:

Students are to do online research about worker ants. Students are to use the research they found online to create a short story, and illustrate it about if they were the worker ant for a day. They are to write about what they would do, what problems they might encounter, and how they would solve those problems.

Students are to then get into groups and read over each others stories. Each student would get and give feed back from their group members and also give feed back to their group members. Students would then revise their stories and illustrate them. All the stories would then be made into a book called A Day In The Life Of Worker Ants. A podcast would then be made of the book with each students reading their story. The podcast would then be posted on the class blog page. The teacher would then teach students how to upload the Podcast to each students personal blog page.

Content Standards:

ELA(3) 9. Compose narrative text using an introductory paragraph, specific time frames, clear sequencing of events and conclusions.

TC2(3-5) 8. Collect information from a variety of digital sources.

ELA2010(3) 24. Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear events sequences.

21st Century Competencies To Be Taught and Assessed:



Critical Thinking

Creativity and innovation

Entry Events

Show Youtube video about worker ants

Formative Assessments (during the project )

Rough Drafts

Summative Assessment (end of the project)

Written products by using rubric

Oral Presentation by using rubric

Resources Needed

Class blog page

Computers with internet access

pen, paper, crayons, and markers

Computers with microphone

Reflection Methods

Group discussion

Whole class discussion

Writing in daily journal


Some students might have problems using computers for research and uploading the podcast to their blog page. If this problem happens teachers should have time put aside to work with those students having problems individually on the computers.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Blog assignment # 10

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

There were so many amazing things in the video Randy Pausch's Last Lecture that it is hard to find a place to start. Randy Pausch had cancer and was given 3 to 6 months to live. Most people would focus their last lecture around family or faith but he did not He focused his lecture on childhood dreams and enabling the dreams of others. When Randy talked about his childhood dreams, he said he wanted to play in the NFL. Although he never made it he said that that he learned lessons that were more valuable than the dream itself. This is a great message because it tells people that just because one did not succeed in what he or she wanted to accomplish does not mean that pursuing their dream was a waste of their time. This message tells people there are always opportunities to learn and improve no matter how old someone is. Randy goes on to say that "most of what we learn we learn indirectly". He gives an example of the first little league football team he played on. Although he was learning the fundamentals of the game of football, what he was really learning was how to work hard, show sportsmanship, and work with team to accomplish a goal. This same concept can be applied to project- based learning. In project-based learning, students are not just working to get the assignment finished, they are learning how to work with others, how to communicate, and how to express ideas. He then quoted his mentor John Snoddy who said "wait long enough and people will surprise and impress you". I think this is a very important lesson for teachers to learn from this lecture because it is saying never give up on someone,even a student who does not show much potential because you never know what they are capable of.

Randy Pausch goes on to talk about enabling the dreams of others. Enabling the dreams of others is the reason many people become teachers. I became a softball coach to help girls get college scholarships by playing a game that they love. I believe throughout this whole lecture the main point he wanted to audience to understand was that learning is a lifelong process; it’s never over, and people should take every opportunity they get to learn something new. I believe he also wants the audience to know that they should never give up on their dreams no matter how far away they seem. My favorite quote he used in this lecture was "brick walls are not there to keep us out but to show how badly we want something". This is something I will teach to my students, even though there are challenges don’t give up on something you really want because they are capable of breaking down those walls.
photo of Randy Paushs

Monday, June 24, 2013

Blog Assignment # 8 (Collaborative)

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Back To The Future

Back to the Future is a video by Brian Corsby who is a teacher at Agnes Risley Elementary school. Mr. Corsby teaches fourth graders who are second language learners. The first day of class he gives his 24 students a quiz. One question asked the students what city they lived in. Only 9 got the answer correct. Another question the quiz asked the students what country they live in. Only 3 got the answer correct. This video goes on to show the many projects and style of teaching Mr. Corsby uses in his class. My favorite project they did was sending a high altitude balloon up into the atmosphere with a camera. When the photos and video came back, the students wrote stories from the point of view of the balloon and took their story and the photos taken from the balloon to make an illustrated book. Mr. Corsby does not have tests in his class. Students post videos of themselves doing projects to their blog. Each student not only has a blog but also a laptop computer to use in class. Students also use their blog to post about what they learned and did in class that day. Mr. Crorsby used technology to help fourth grade students get excited about learning and connect with students all around the world. I thought this video was amazing and Mr. Corsby showed more passion for teaching and learning than any teacher I have ever seen. Keeping students engaged in learning and excited about going to school is the most important thing any teacher can do because if a student is excited about learning than the sky is the limit.

Maggie Adkisson

Through the video Making Thinking Visible, we see Mark Church a sixth grade teacher in Amsterdam, use visible thinking in his classroom. The video starts with a topic they learned about the day before, early human beginnings and the origins of human society. He has his students create and write down a headline to summarize what the meaning of the search for human origins is all about. The students then start discussing in their groups how to summarize what they have learned into a small statement. Once they have decided on their headline and written it down, they share it aloud and tell why they chose that headline. Later on once they have completed the lesson they will go back and answer the same question, and then see how their answers changed over time. This is an example of visible thinking. The goal of visible thinking is to develop student thinkings patterns while expanding their understanding of a given topic. To do this visible thinking uses questions to get students talking and thinking about the possible answers, and documented answers to be able to go back and reflect to see how their understanding and thoughts have changed on a given subject.

Kaylee Diegan

Paul Andersen, a science teacher in Montana, is incredibly smart and has great ideas to incorporate in his Blended Learning teaching style. He has been teaching science for nineteen years and just recently began teaching science online. His main idea is Blended Learning in the classroom. Blended Learning consists of online, classroom and mobile tools that incorporate engaging, exploring, explaining, expanding and evaluating (the five E's).

Andersen has six steps to his students' learning process. The first is the question. This starts the tone and is the "hook" of what they are learning. I realized that it is important for the question to be something interesting to the students so they are willing and encouraged to learn. The next step is investigation/inquiry. This is where the students should experiment and try various things with the proposed idea. Next is the video. This is more for the teacher. Andersen makes podcasts giving his students detailed instructions so he doesn't waste any class time. Instead, he has this time to review with his students. The fourth step is elaborating. This is where the students can read on the subject, or do some research. Also, this is where graphs and tables come in to play. Review comes next. Andersen meets individually with his students to evaluate them and see how well they know the material. He says in his video that if a student really knows material, then they should be able to explain it. He sits with his students and asks them questions. This is where he can tell if they know the material or not. Lastly is the summary quiz. If he doesn't feel like the students know the information, they will start over wit this learning process. If they do know the information, he will give them a timed, paper/pencil test.

I learned quite a few things from Paul Andersen. First of all, I was very impressed with his blog and the way he presented himself in his video. He sounds very intelligent, put together and like he really cares about his students. I have already learned from EDM310 that my classroom doesn't have to be the same, boring classroom atmosphere I had in grade school, but Andersen really reinforces this. He gave great examples in his step-by-step learning process on ways to ask questions, use time management and make sure your students really understand what they have been learning. I am excited to incorporate things such as group activities, podcasts and student-centered learning in my classroom!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

C4T # 2

says I love appsBlogging and Social Media For #physEd

In this blog great information is given about starting a blog. One of the tools this blog talks about using to create a blog was Weebly. Weebly is a tool that makes creating a blog simple and easy. This blog also talks about how important it is to use social media such as Twitter and Facebook to connect physical education teachers all over the world. Using social media to connect teachers is a great idea because it allows ideas to be shared. I commented on this blog and said that I was happy that the blog pointed out different tools that could be used in creating a blog. I also said that the tool Weebly was my favorite because it is easy and user friendly.

Google Apps For #physEd-forms For Record Keeping

I enjoyed this blog becasue it talked about how you can use google app forms for record keeping and organizing. This blog talked about how a PE teacher used it to keep up with 300 students and put them into categories based on the student's ability. This is a great blog because informs PE teachers and coaches about this app that can be very useful, and the blog also has a video that shows how to use the app. I commented on this blog that the blog was great and as a coach I would be using it for tryouts and camps.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Blog Assignment # 7 (collaborative)

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What Assistive Technologies Are Available To You As A Teacher ?

Teaching Math To The Blind

Before watching this video, I never gave much thought to how a blind student learns math. I had always assumed blind students learned math with braille. However, blind students are unable to learn math using braille because braille is only linear and cannot show two diminutions in math problems. Professor Art Karshmer at the University of San Francisco, designed a solution to this problem. Professor Karshmer put braille on small blocks that look like scrabble pieces and then designed a board that was made into a grid. The blind students scan a block and then put it on the board. The computer then tells them in what row and grid they placed the block in. This design makes it possible for blind students to work problems out in two diminutions, which helps give blind students a foundation of math. This design is one of the most important tools available to blind students and the teachers responsible for teaching them math. Without a foundation of math, the number of jobs for a blind person becomes more limited.

Ipad Usage For The Blind

This video was amazing! Wesley Majerus is blind, yet in this video he demonstrates how new software that is put into an iPad makes it possible for a blind person to use an iPad. The software has voice-over which allows the user to drag their finger over the screen while the iPad tells them which app their finger is on. Another great feature this iPad offers is a main stream e-reader. By having e-readers available, a blind person can buy a book they would like to read but which is too expensive or else not offered in braille. The e-reader on the iPad reads the books out loud and describes images in the book. The only problem with the e-reader that I noticed during the video was that the reading voice was fast and hard to understand at times. The best thing about this iPad is that it comes this way out of the box and already set up. This makes it more user friendly to its blind owner. With this new software, a blind person is now able to use the same type of technology that seeing people can.

New And Useful Technology For The Blind

I was amazed at all the different technology for the blind. I found two different ones on the website click here ; that I thought would be very helpful. The first technology is called the smart cane. The smart cane is a new and better version of the walking stick. The smart cane can detect objects around the user up to a few meters away. This would be a great thing for a blind student to be able to have for crowed hallways or field trips. The most impressive technology for a blind person on this website was the Knfbreader mobile. The knfbreader mobile is a phone for a blind person; however it also has a camera that lets the owner take pictures of a text. The knfbreader mobile will then read that text back to them. This would be an amazing tool for a blind person in any situation in which braille text is not available. However, I was unhappy to find that I would not be able to use these tools in my classroom because they are hard to obtain and very expensive.

Maggie Adkison
What assistive technologies are available to you as a teacher? In Teaching Mom What Her Deaf/Blind Child Is Learning On the iPad, I was able to watch as a parent was given instructions to use an iPad, that her child uses in class. It was simply amazing to watch. Although, it was just an iPad that so many people use day to day, I have never seen it used in such a way, nor did I realize what an incredible tool it really is to have. The parent was able to slide her finger across the top of the screen while the iPad read aloud to her the apps available to select. When she found the app she was instructed to find, she was able to double click anywhere on the screen to bring it up. Even more amazing she was able to type any letter by using this speaking iPad to help select the proper letters.

After watching this video I wondered who was this Denise Robinson? I google searched "Denise Robinson special ed teacher" and the seventh listing was the article, A New Model of Education for Blind and Low Vision Students. As it turns out she has an amazing story of her own. It is not just Denise Robinson, but Dr. Denise Robinson. A woman who puts every waking minute into working with blind children. Her inspiration? She lost her vision due to diabetes when she was twenty-four. Fortunately, she gained her sight back years later due to several surgeries. Through her experience of being blind, she understood the improvements needed to help others be able to function and live a normal life. Her story is inspirational and reminds me of my math class last semester where I encountered a boy that was blind. I had never been around someone who was blind and for me it was fascinating. He was so smart and I could not understand how he was able to survive in college. I remember talking to my mom about him. Saying that, even though I did not know him very well I was so proud of him because if it was me, I don't think I would be able to go and do what he is accomplishing. Likewise in the article, she tells that there is a 74 percent unemployment rate among blind individuals because they are not being taught effectively. With her methods and use of technology she is working miracles in lives of so many students. She is someone that I inspire to be like. This video and research is useful to me because it made me realize how much I would enjoy making a difference like Dr. Robinson has working with blind children. After this assignment I will definitely be looking into specializing my education to help the blind.

The article, 50 Must-See Blogs For Special Education by Jeff Dunn, is a great resource for teachers. It has different blogs that cover anything and everything. From special education tips and strategies all the way to blogs for specific disorders. One particular blog that caught my attention was, ADDitude Blogs, a blog made to help those dealing with attention deficit. It is a brilliant website. Not only is it available to help those coping with the disorders, but the writings are all from those suffering from ADD, parents whose children have been diagnosed, as well as ADHD experts. For a teacher, this is a great because the writings are not giving a glossed over, dictionary version of a disorder. It is giving you personal accounts, findings, methods all from people who understand. When you have a child in your class that has a disorder such as ADD or ADHD, what would you rather read to be able to help them to the best of your ability, a research paper or a personal account?

Kaylee Diegan
With today's technology, there are so many available tools to help enhance teachers' classrooms. I watched the video Assistive Technologies for Vision and Hearing Impaired Children. In this video many tools are shown that can help increase the learning experience for impaired children. A few of these are sensory aids, flip cameras, text telephones and text to speech devices. Sensory aids, such as hearing aids, can allow students with hearing impairments to hear better in the classroom, thus automatically increasing the things they can learn. Flip cameras allow access to videos immediately. Text telephones are used for those who have speech impairments. The main tool that struck my attention most was the text to speech devices. These are frequently used for students who have ALS. There are apps you can download on the iPad such as EZSpeech Pro, Fat Cat Chat Repair and Verbally Premium. EZSpeech Pro is for literate users who have lost their speaking ability to ALS. Users can receive phrases from others and store them in their device. The Fat Cat Chat Repair is more "small talk" based. The student can push a symbol, then they are prompted to choose from fifteen different words choices that best fit the symbol. Verbally Premium seems like it would be extremely helpful for those who are speech impaired. With this app, students can save their favorite phrases or most commonly used phrases. The voice can be personalized. Students often use this for common places such as a doctor's office or the classroom. These apps, along with many others, can be found on a Special Apps, Special Kids blog.

The other video I watched was the Mountbatten video. The Mountbatten is a braille writing machine. You can connect it to a computer and save, transfer, and receive files. It helps recognize braille characters, allows play for young children who are not physically able to use traditional braille writers, provides basic level concepts of using braille and displays the children's work. This is a great way for impaired children to be included in classroom activities such as peer group projects.

It's hard to say which of these I will use in my classroom, but I think all are potential tools that could help me with any impaired students I may have. Hopefully I will have an iPad in my classroom, in which case I could download any of these apps to use in my classroom. I think it is so important that project based learning is including impaired children. All children deserve the opportunity to explore and learn at their full potential. They can't do this without teachers who are willing to let it happen!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Blog Assignment # 6

What Do We Need To Know About Asking Questions To Be An Effective Teacher ?

Before this blog assignment, I never knew that the types question a teacher asked matter. I always thought that as long as a teacher asked questions then students would be engaged. I now realize that not all questions are created equal. I found many useful tips for asking questions in "Asking Questions To Improve Learning". One helpful tip I learned was to wait for responses. Waiting 5-10 seconds after asking a question can help give students more time to think about the question and volunteer to answer. I think this is a great tip, because when I was in school the teacher would ask a question and call on the first student to put their hand up. Another great tip is to not interrupt the students answer. Although I am not a teacher but a coach, I am still guilty of interrupting my players before they can fully answer.

Asking Questions To Improve Learning Video
In this video I learned to avoid closed-ended questions. Closed-ended questions allows students to answer in one word, without giving the question much thought. The video says that it is better to ask open-ended questions. Open-ended questions call for more critical thinking and for students to give more information. This video does a great job showing how asking questions does not help if the teacher is not asking the right type of questions.girl raising her hand in desk

Blog Assignment # 5

Longwitche Listening and Comprehens

I thought this was a great blog about podcasts. I was shockphoto of different technologyed to learn that they use podcast in first and second grade. That is amazing ! Students should be taught at an early age how to use technology because they will be using it for the rest of their life. The students were not just learning how to do podcasts but learning language by using podcasts. Podcasts are a great way for the students to learn because it keeps students engaged and excited about learning.

The Benefits of Podcasting In The Classroom
I thought this video was great. I never realized that people born after 1980 have always had so much technology available to them. This video makes many great points about why podcasting is useful. One point the video makes is that if a student is out sick, they can still get what was taught in class that day. Another reason podcasts are great for classrooms is because parents can keep up with what is going on in the classroom, as well as help their child with homework.

Langwitches Blog Flat Stanley Podcast

I thought Flat Stanley was a great idea. Having the class make a podcast where the students were able to create their own story was an amazing way for the students to learn. This activity allowed students to let their mind and creativity roam free. More schools should be teaching this way. The most important thing teachers can teach students is the use of technology and how to use their creativity.

Monday, June 10, 2013

C4T # 1

hand with google chrome on it
Innovative ICT In Education Web 2.0

I did my C4T #1 on Mr. Wickens PE. The first blog post I commented on had a video posted called Innovative ICT In Education. This video does a great job in telling what Web 2.0 is, which is a way of sharing information, and keeping it all together. The video also gives great tools to use in the classroom. For example educrations, which is student friendly, and I believe when using these tools being student friendly is very important. Educraction allows teachers and students to write, and draw in tablets, this is a great tool to use to diagram a sports play. Another tool suggested in this vedio was ibuild app. This tool lets a person create their own app for a smartphone or a tablet. This is a great tool not only for teachers who could use it for things, such as posting homework, but also for anyone who would like to create and app for personal use.

Google Chrome In Education

The second blog post I commented on was a video about the different uses of Google Chrome. Some of the benefits of Google Chrome is you can have different user accounts to personalise and privatise your browser. I think it is great that with Google Chrome you are able to keep your job and your privet life separate, becasue that is sometimes hard to do as a teacher, but very important. I also liked this blog becasue after the video he posted directions on how to create Google accounts. Although I found both blog posts to be very informative,as a coach I would have liked to have had examples on how these tools tied into sports and PE.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Blog Assignment # 4

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21st Century Learning And Communication Tool

When I graduate I will be teaching High School history, with that in minde I believe the most important learning and communication tool I will be using in my classroom will be e-books. There is new technology being brought into classrooms every day, however I think the most important, and overlooked technology is e-books. One reason I think e-books will be the best learning tool for my classroom is, because they are small, weigh a lot less than a traditional textbook, but can store all the students needed information for all of their classes. Not having to have many different textbooks is not just good for the students, but also great for the enviornment because e-books do not use any paper. E-books are not only good for the students but also great for the shcool as well, because books would be much cheaper downloaded on e-books. On the web site it says that 1,500 books on an e-book will cost about $15,000, however to buy 1,500 hard copy books would cost about $39,000. By simply using e-books schools could save a lot of money that they could put towards other improvements in the school.

The third, and most important reason that e-books would be the best learning tool in my classroom is they offer many options that pen, paper, and text books do not. The website says "e-readers offer online dictionary, unlimited notes, saved highlights, simple and convenient search, and the ability to share quotes on popular social resources like twitter and facebook". With these types of options right at my students finger tips the sky would be the limit to their learning. With so many benefits it is hard to understand why schools have not already gone to using e-books. E-books range in price from around fifty dollars to hundreds of dollars, and are available at most electronic stores and even online. I believe it is only a matter of time before schools start doing away with textbooks, and replace them with e-books. My question is, with all the benefits e-books offer to classrooms, why wait to make the swich ?

Maggie Adkisson

Sunday, June 9, 2013 Once I start teaching elementary education, more specifically second grade, I want to use tools that keep learning fun. That is why in my class room I would like to use SMART Response interactive response system to go along with my SMART board. The SMART Response interactive response system connects a small hand held devices directly to my SMART board. This allows me to post math problems, reading questions, and potentially many other daily questions such as attendance at the front of the room. All they have to do to respond to a question is simply click a button on their assigned device. The potential this tool has in a classroom is limitless. As a teacher, this benefits me in many ways, but most importantly it allows me to evaluate my entire class almost instantly. If I was to give the same problems on paper it would likely take me at least 30 minutes to go through all the papers and get back to my class to address frequent issues or see that they have comprehended the material. Not only does it speed up the time it takes to evaluate my students understanding, but it is a very helpful tool to eliminate unnecessary paper waste. Making my classroom more environmentally friendly.

Kaylee Diegan

There are so many technological tools to be used in the school systems. Many of those are used in my EDM 310 class such as a blog, twitter, google docs, skype, etc. However, I think there are certain technological tools that should be used with different age groups. For instance, Remind101. This is a tool that could be used for the age group I want to teach, which is sixth grade. Remind101 was created by two brothers who can see the obvious struggle of communication between parents, students and teachers. How It Works As a teacher, you create a login and are given a unique code for your class. Your students and their parents can also sign up, using your class code. The teacher can then send messages to those who are signed up. The best thing about it though, is that there are no cell phone numbers shown. The only thing that you can see when sending/receiving messages is the other's name, not phone number. This keeps a safe barrier with the communication, ensuring that the cell phone numbers of teachers, students and parents are being misused. Examples A teacher can send a reminder saying, "Science test tomorrow." A teacher can send a message saying, "Homework due on 06/11/13. American History, page 220, questions 1-6." With this tool, students are reminded of their work, and parents are either reminded, or told for the first time. Many times, students are lazy and don't turn in their homework. This is an easy way to stay on top of them and make sure they are performing their very best.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Blog Assignment # 3

How can you provide meaningful feedback to your peers

What is peer editing ?

What is peer editing is a video on sentence structure, focusing on subject, verb, and predicates. Although I am in college I thought this video was very helpful, becasue sometimes I get so focused on relaying the idea that I pay no attention to sentence structure. The video is also helpful to a student just learning subject and predicates, becasue it gives very simple explanations. Another reason this is a good video for a student just learning subject and predicates is becasue it askes questions and keeps the students interactive. By asking questions this video does a great job at keeping students engaged and focused on the subject. I wish I had this video available to me when I first began learning about sentence structure.

Peer Edit With Perfection Tutorial

In the slideshow Peer Edit With Perfection Tutorial it goes over 3 steps to peer editing. The first step in peer editing is compiments. I believe that this is the most important step, because if you do not stay possitive with your peers then they will become defensive and not take any of your suggestions. The second step in this slideshow is make suggestions. The slideshow gives you examples of what kind of suggestions to make. Some of those suggestions include, word choice, using details, organization, sentence structure, and topic. The last and final step is corrections. The corrections this slideshow suggest in makeing are in spelling mistakes, grammar mistakes, missing punctuation, and incomplete or run-on sentences. I found this slideshow to be very helpful, because when I do a peer review I am never sure where to start, or what to look for. I am sure I will be using these steps and suggestions in my peer reviews from now on.

Writing Peer Review Top 10 Mistakes

I thought the video Writing Peer Review Top 10 Mistakes was a entertaining video. This video also gave some good advice on what not to do during peer review. Although the video gives 10 Mistakes I am going to focuse on the four that I have personally experienced. One of the mistakes I have experienced is "picky patty" and in the video picky patty looks for anything to correct, even if it is not relevant to the paper. The example the video uses is hand writing style. Another mistake I have come across in peer review is "whatever william". The video shows whatever william as being a peer who does not care about the assignment, much less makeing the suggested changes. The third type of peer mistake is "social sammy". Social sammy is the one I have come across most often in peer review. The video describes this mistake as someone who constantly wants to talk to other members of other groups. I think this is a mistake effects the person who is being reviewed and also distracts the people in the other groups. The last peer review mistake is "off-task oliver". This is also a peer that I have came across often, and it is always distracting to everyone in the group. I think this video does a great job at covering all the differnt kinds of mistakes students make during peer review, and by pointing out these mistakes it will help people avoid makine these mistakes.

While doing a peer review for every member of my group, I was sure to use the skills covered in the video and slideshow. My group members did a great job on their blogs. Both members stuck to the topic, but also made their blog interesting by backing up their thoughts and ideas with personal experiences. There was clarity in the blogs, I think this was because they covered the main points and topics very well. I also considerd the blogs to be written well, because I was not able to find any grammatical or spelling errors. When I offer suggestions I will do so both publicly, and also privately, depending on the suggestions I offer. For example, if I was to point out a spelling or grammatical error I would do so privately by e-mail. I would make this suggestion privately, becasuse I do not see the need to post it publicly when no one else would be helped by the suggestion. If I was making a suggestion on word use, or ideas on how to make their post better then I would post it publicly, because other people could see it, and maybe find the suggestion helpful as well.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Blog assignment # 2 (collaborative)

Mr. Dancealot

The video Mr. Dancealot demonstrates many faults with education. In the video students in a dance class are expected to learn to dance from lectures and notes. Lectures and notes is the way almost all education is taught today. For example when students take a math class the teacher gives the students a few notes, then works example problems, and students are excpeted to be able to work problems like the examples on the test. This video does a great job at showing why notes and examples are not enough. It seems ridiculous for a dance class to be taught by only lecture and notes, so why do we think its fine for other subjects to be taught the same way? This video shows that the problems students are having with learning might not be all the students fault, its the way education is being taught that could be to blame.

Harness your students Digital Smarts

In the vedeo Harness Your Students Digital Smarts Vicki Davis teaches students how to use the most important resource that they have avalibale to them, which is technology. By showing her students how to use technology Vicki Davis is able to break down walls, and help connect her students to students all around the world. In the video one of her main goals a a teacher is to get her students comfortable with useing technology. Getting students comfortable with technology is very important for students, becasue the world is changing, and technology is no longer a luxury to have its a requirement. It is easy to see from this video how the use of technology lets the students open their minds and create and learn in ways never thought possible before.

Kaylee Diegan

1. The Mr. Dancealot video was a great example of how not to teach. His teaching style, or lack thereof, was almost impossible for the students to learn anything. How are students supposed to learn by listening to a teacher read straight from a power point? It’s not so obvious in many other classes, such as history, english or psychology as it is in this specific dance class; but it still pertains to all subjects. For as long as I can remember, my teachers have read from a power point or a book, I re-read the information, and forgot the information right after the test. The open style learning that is being used in Dr. Strange’s class is moving us as far away from Burp-Back Education as possible. All students may not be kinesthetic learners, having to have hands on experiences in order to remember information. However, with the open style learning, all types of learners are at an advantage. Mr. Dancealot held his students back from learning in his class, all because he didn’t let them learn. He put his students at a disadvantage like many of my previous professors have done, but I am just now realizing it.

2. Roberts makes it very obvious that teaching in the 21st century is very different from what we are used to. When I think of my K-12 education, the memories consist of chalkboards, memorization, copying from a friend and cramming for tests at the last minute. My entire college career consists of those same characteristics. With the change we have witnessed in technology over the past ten years, I think it is obvious to say that in the future, teaching and learning will both be dramatically different. As Dr. Strange said today in class, electronics (the things that are enhancing our education now), were not allowed in school. We were sent to the office if we brought cell phones to school. We were forbidden to use the computers in the library unless we were being closely supervised. I completely agree with the ideas shown in the video. The amazing technology, that is becoming more advanced every year, should be used as a helpful tool for our education, not a punishment. The “Educational Exchange” says that as teachers we are expected to give students all of the information possible in order to enhance their education. Why wouldn’t we let them share ideas through blogs, tweets and facebook? Why shouldn’t they be able to post a video on “how to make a paper airplane?” By taking this new route of teaching, we are helping students, not hurting them! By the time I am an educator myself, I will have ipads and/or computers in my classroom. I will be writing on a smart board, instead of a chalkboard or dry erase board. Hopefully, my students will sharing their ideas and teaching each other things. I also hope that I can be the “filter” in the student-learning relationship, rather than just the teacher.

Maggie Adkisson

The video Mr. Dancealot is a perfect example of our current education system. It takes the sit down, shut up, and listen approach to teaching. This approach does not work. The students in the video were bored out of their minds sitting there, and likewise the class attendance declined throughout the video. It bothers me that we can expect students to want to learn when they cannot and are not even encouraged to be involved in their education.

The video The Networked Student describes a modern day student that is encouraged to use technology. Instead of the standard textbook and class lectures, this modern student has both classes and personal online learning. Through his online learning connections, who are possible other students, teachers, and college professors, he is able to read and understand a given topic more in depth than your average textbook allows. With the extended amount of knowledge he is able to gain using the internet, the teachers primary job is to reinforce the information.

I love the fact that this 21st century student was in control of his learning. Through technology and this idea of connectivism he is able to create and control what he learns. By using blogs, scholarly articles, Itunes U, and other resources he is able to read and listen to some of the most educated people that specialize on his given topic. Not only is he able to read and listen to others knowledge, but he can exchange ideas with numerous individuals to further his understanding and knowledge. This a great modern day idea that is not being used by a majority of students. It baffles me why it is not the most popular way of teaching in our schools. Every answer a student could want is right here, on the internet, but instead we are relying on sometimes outdated textbooks that may only partially cover an issue.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

blog assignment #1

shcool buildingIf i built a school !

I think Krissy Venosdale had some great ideas in her blog If I Built a School. One of the things I liked in Krissy's blog was how she described the physical features of her school, for example, the colorful walls, and comfy seating. It is easier for students to learn if it does not feel like they are stuck in a prison all day. I also liked the idea of comfy seating, becasue if the students are not comfortable the only thing they will be forcused on is when they can get up and move. Another thing I liked about her blog was her idea of "grade levels" which Krissy said they would be like "rooms that kids advance through, not based on age, but based on readines and ability". I think this is a great idea because students learn at different speeds.

What I want my students to know !

I want my students to know learning is not just remembering answers, learning is also asking questions. I would also want my students to know that learning does not just take place in the classroom, but also through communication, relationships, and experiences. The most important thing I want my students to know is that no matter what their grade is, they all have something to offer that the world can benefit from.

What I want my students to be able to do !

I want my students to be able to not only ask questions, but also be able to find the answer and think for themselves. I also want my students not just to dream, but to act on those dreams. I think it is important that students question accepted knowledge, come up with their own conclusions, and think outside the box.

Methods of teaching I would use !

One thing I would do in my class is have my students write down at least 5 questions they do not know the answer to, and are intrested to find out. Then the last hour of class I would give them time to look up the answers on either a desktop, laptop, or ipad. After they are finished finding the answers, or at least better understanding the subject I would have them share their questions and answers with the rest of the class.

Tools I would use

In my class I would use the classic classroom tools, such as chalkboard, desk, books, and notebooks. However I would also have as many computers and ipads for my students as possible. I would use my excitment and enthusiasum about learning to get my students excited about learning as well.

The roll students will play

Students would play the leading roll in my classroom, and I would act as their guide. The students would be able let their creativity, and imagination loose, and i would encourage and support them.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

my test post title

this is my first post. i clicked the HTML button which i should always do in EDM310. i am now a blogger!