Wednesday, December 7, 2011
During the month of November I had the honor of visiting Ms. Dianna’s blog. On her first blog she talked Daily Digital Discovery. Ms. Dianna talked about how to collect web content, collect images, text, video and audio streams from the web. She also talked about how to organize and publish.
After reading Ms. Dianna’s blog I commented by first introducing myself to her, and telling how much I really enjoyed reading her blog. I also told her how I think what she was talking about in her post was a great and easier of organizing research so you can use less cut and paste. The way that Ms. Dianna’s shows you is a much easier way of organizing information and much easier to share.
Ms. Dianna’s second blog post that I had the honor of reading about health, grow and emotion for teens. She talked about a private place that teens can go to get honest, accurate information and advice about health, grow, emotion and life.
I comment back telling Ms. Dianna telling her how I think what she is doing is great. How she is providing not only information but also professional advice to teens that need this type of information about emotion, growth, health and life. The program that Ms. Dianna is providing for the teen is a great way to inform them on very important things that they truly need to know.
Ms. Dianna’s third blog post was about 10 ways to change minds of a tech- reluctant staff. Ms. Dianna talks about how we often hear educator and administrators who love for technology is evident.
I must say that I agree with you about how many educators and administrators who love for technology is evident. It’s still some teachers and administrators who are not as skilled as others about technology. One of the ways I feel that they can be tough about technology is by working one on one with someone that have a lot of knowledge about it. Like one of my teachers always say, if you can’t teach it get someone else who can.
Sunday, December 4, 2011
In Joe Picardo’s video,"Top Ten Tips for Using Technology in the Classroom” I really learn a lot. The video talked about websites that you are able to us that allow you to create games and lessons for classroom assignments. I think that that’s a great way to get kids excited about learning.
I must say that I agree that using music and visual aids inside of a classroom make learning a lot more interesting and get kids excited about learning. As teachers it’s our job to teach students what they need to know and keeping them excited about learning, even if that mean adding a little something different like technology to get the job done.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
I think that my PLN has really grown tremendously since the beginning of the semester. This class turned out to be one of the greatest classes ever, because you learn a lot of different things that can benefit you in the future as a educator. In this class I had the honor of doing many interesting thing, such as following teachers on twitter and reading a lot of interesting blog postes. During this class I have learn a lot about teaching, technology and kids. I must say that this class has really been a great experience for me.
Sunday, November 27, 2011
I think that Wolfram Alpha is a wonderful search engine. I searched the population of the following countries: United States, China and India. It really took me by surprise that the United States was ranked the third in the largest countries with 309 million people, India second with 1.2 billion people and China ranked first with 1.37 billion people. I think that Wolfram Alpha is a much better site to use, because it’s quicker. Wolfram Alpha is a great to use in a classroom, and I must say that it’s a site that I’ll be using when I become a teacher.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Yay me!!! In blog post ten article Don’t Let Them Take the Pencils Home, I was one of the students who got the metaphor. A metaphor is a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable. Metaphors are mostly used to be creative or funny; it’s not to be taking seriously. Here are some examples of some metaphors.
1. As bright as day
2. As bright as the sun
3. As busy as a beaver
4. As busy as a bee
5. As busy as a cat on a hot tin roof
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Watch the YouTube video on the top 10 qualities of a good teacher. After watching the video write a short summary about what you learned and if you agree or disagree with what has been said during video.
I think that this is a great video! In this video Mr. G talks about the top ten qualities of a good teacher. I must say that I totally agree with each and every one of his tips that he talked about in his video. This is a great video to watch if you plan to become a successful teacher. When I get my classroom I will remember all the helpful tips that Mr. G talked about during this video, and hopefully you will do the same when you become a teacher. Well, I hope everyone enjoyed this video as much as I did!
I really enjoyed visiting Mrs. Yollis’s Class Blog. Mrs. Yollis has a lot of different links that you can visit located at the top of her blog. By looking at her blog you can tell that she really has a great interest in blogging. She has a lot of information for students, parents and future teachers. One of the sections that I enjoyed the most would have to be Learn How to Shoot Great Images. This section was created by some of her students. In the video they demonstrate the do’s and don’ts when using a camera. Mrs. Yollis really has a lot of interesting things on her blog that are very beneficial. I must say that I really enjoyed my time that I spent visiting her blog.
My group has decided to do a production on integrating social media in a classroom. Each of us will demonstrate how to use three different social media and how to integrate them in a classroom. In the presentation we will discuss how each social media can be used in the class, and how it will benefit the students. Justin Cometti will be demonstration how to use Wiki’s in the classroom. Kathy Zoghbe, will be demonstrating how to use Edmodo in the classroom. Lastly, I will be demonstrating how to use Twitter in the classroom.
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Ms. Cassidy First Grade Class
I really enjoyed watching this video! I love how all the children were interested in the technology and were also very skilled on how to operate it as well. When I become a teacher I’m going to teach my students all about blogs, Wikis, videos, Skype and anything else that’s helpful to my students. I also like how Mrs. Cassidy helps keep the students safe from the bad stuff. She tells them some of the things that you shouldn’t do to keep yourself safe while surfing the web such as: not posting any pictures of yourself and not to post any personal information. These are some very important tips that I plan on sharing with my students. I must say that I too agree with Mrs. Cassidy about teachers should be technologically literate. The reason I have to agree with her is simply because how can you teach others how to operate technology if you are not too sure on how to use it correctly? I must admit that I’m not the best when it comes to technology but I’m willing to learn more so that I can teach it to my fellow students in the future.
This interview is between Dr. Strange and Ms. Cassidy. In this interview they talk about the different types of technology that she uses in her classroom. She also talks about how she gets support from her parents and other teachers. Ms. Cassidy is very into technology in her classroom. In her class her students are using blogs, and they have blogging buddies. This interview really gets you excited about using technology in a classroom. I love hearing about students been excited about learning something new.
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Angalo is one of the student’s blog that I was assigned to comment on. On Anglo blog he had a vodcast explaining how to be a Rugby player. In his vodcast he list many different way that could help you be a great Rugby player. One way is by eating your veggies! I really enjoyed watching Angalo vodcast, it was very informing on how to become a successful Rugby player. I think that it’s very exciting to be able to make your own vodcast that age. At the end of the comment I told him how I really enjoyed his vodcast and I look forward to visiting his blog again in the future.
Abby was from Pt. England School in Auckland, New Zealand. In Abby blog she talked about important is to keep your passwords safe at all time. Abby also shared with us about the time a girl name Kayla shared her password for her Facebook. She gave the password to one of her friends. Her friend logged onto her account and was bullying other people. The people that were being bullied told on Kayla, even though she wasn’t the one doing the bulling she was blamed because it was her page. I really enjoyed reading Abby blog post. I must say that I too agree with her about how important it is to keep your password safe because you can get in very serious trouble if something like this was to happen to you. At the end I told Abby how much I enjoyed reading her blog and I look forwarded to reading more.
Rita is from Pt. England School year six. In Rita blog post she talked about her most amazing opportunity to visit the beautiful island of Samoa. Rita talked about how she was terrified of swimming in the water with the turtles. She also mentioned how she felt like a big wuss because she was younger than her. After a while her auntie Sela pigi banked her because she was too afraid to swim alone. I commented on Rita blog about how her vacation sounded like tons of fun. I also told her that I also would’ve been scared to swim in the water with the turtles swimming around. I mentioned at the end how I enjoyed reading her blog and that I look forward to reading more.
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Do You Teach or Do You Educate?
What a great video! Do you teach or do you educate is a great question. To teach is just to show and explain to the students how to do something. Basically, giving information and instruction and hoping for the best. An educator is someone who gives intellectual moral, social instructions, mentor, experience, trusted, advisor, and guides students in the right directions. An educator not only teaches but make sure that the material that is been taught is understood by their students. When I become a teacher, I am going to be an educator. I want to make a difference in my student lives. I’m going to be the teacher that they can count on to show them the way. I’m not going to just teach my students but I’m going to educate them and lead them in the right direction.
Tom Johnson’s Don’t Let Them Take Pencils Home
It seem like the blog post is trying to say that we should use technology more in the classrooms. I like how he referred to different thing such as students using pencils as pen pals. I think that he is trying to get us to see the importance of a pencil in a classroom and comparing it to technology. We use pencils every day in the classroom because it’s a very important tool, just like technology. To me the same thing you can do with a pencil can be done with a computer.
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Sunday, October 16, 2011
I must admit that this was a very interesting video. It’s amazing how far we have come with technology and how it is playing a major role in academic; however, as Dr. Miller stated, we have ways to go before we are able to fully use technology in the classroom like he envision. I think one of the main reasons a lot of people are against technology being in the classrooms are simply because they think that the students will use it for the wrong reasons such as: playing games, surfing the web and social networking. This video shows that technology can also be used as a great tool for learning. Technology can be used to make students interested in learning and make learning very exciting too!
The Chipper Series
This video is about a student, Chipper, who lives by the quote "the future is the present," she is a major procrastinator and she wants to be taught so she doesn't have to learn. I must honestly say I’m also guilty of procrastinating at times but I don’t want to be “taught” to keep from learning. EDM 310 is a very great course to take and I don’t mind doing the work, but it’s just VERY time consuming. If I had the attitude Chipper has, I would make it through college.
EDM 310 for Dummies
I think that this should’ve been our first assignment at the beginning of the semester because it basically tells you everything you need to know about the class before really getting started. This video tells the important things about the class such as: Blogger, YouTube, Twitter and Delicious. It tells you how important it is to follow educators on Twitter for important information to advancing your education.
Learning to Change, Changing to Learn
In this video they are really talking about today’s classrooms. I feel that it’s shame that we are not allow to teacher students today using the new way, which is with technology. If we want our kids to be able to keep up with this world filled with this advanced technology we must not ban them from something that can benefit them with their education.
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Randy Pausch is such an inspiration to anyone who watches this video. In this video, he talks about his dreams, him helping others achieving their dreams, and the lessons he’s learned along the way. Randy did so much in his life that others could only dream of doing because he was driven by his own motivation, something we all should have.
During his video he stated a lot of different quotes that really makes you think. One of them is” When you’re screwing up and no one is saying anything anymore that means they have given up on you.” This is very true! When someone stops saying something it’s time to worry because truly they have given up on you. Instead of getting angry at people when that are getting on to you about something, you need to accept their criticism and grow from it because in the long run it will make you a much better person.
“ Brick walls are there for a reason: they let us prove how badly we want things.” I really agree with Randy!!! If we want something bad enough no matter what kind of obstacles get in our way, if you really want something you will do whatever it takes to get it, nothing will stand in the way of you getting it. This motivation is very good to have to insure that you have a happy successful stress free life. As teachers we should teach our students how to motivate themselves to never give up and it they really want something that they should never give up.
I really enjoyed watching this video because it was very inspiriting to me. After watching this video I can honestly say that I have learned a lot from it. I plan to shear everything that I have learned with my students one day.
Sunday, October 2, 2011
The question, "Why is a teacher needed for this type of learning?" It talks about how teachers are there for many reasons. Teachers are there to show the students how to build their network, to provide guidance whenever help is needed. Teachers are to teach the students how to communicate properly and help them organize their information. After taking Dr. Stranger’s course I will be prepared to teach "networked students.
Welcome to My PLE
In this video a 7th grader gives a tour of her personal learning environment, PLE or PLN. She shows how all of her classwork tabs are together and all her personal tabs are together. I was very amazed at all the things she used in her PLE. She also had blogs reflections of what she is or has done in class. For one of her science project she opened one of her color coded tabs and showed how she has all of her information on the box jellyfish together. During the video she also showed how a PLE is useful for citing you’re sourced in a research project. I really think that this is a great way to keep different things organized.
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Thursday, September 22, 2011
This video was created by a high school student by the name of Travis Allen who argues to do away with paper, books, and pencils and put all schoolwork on an iPod touch. Allen feels that iPods as they are today could be capable of performing ischool with additional apps such as Wiki, Word, Formulae and Chemical Touch.
I personally don’t agree with Allen whole idea of ischool. When writing essays I personally need paper and pencil, so that I can be able to write different things down and be able to starch
through it if I know longer need it. I never like sitting in front of a computer for hours at a time doing work. Well, I guess be reading this that I totally dislike the whole idea of ischool.
Don’t Teach Your Kids This Stuff. Please? By: Scott McLeod
Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading academic experts on K-12 school technology leadership issues. Dr. McLeod is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Kentucky. He also is the Founding Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), the nation’s only academic center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators, and was a co-creator of the wildly popular video series, Did You Know? (Shift Happens).
Reading the post by Scott McLeod he tells us many reasons on why you should limit children the use of technology, because of its danger. Well, I must say that I both agree and disagree with him. I agree that we should protect our children but I don’t think it’s a great idea that we should keep them from using technology, because technology is basically taking over the world. One of the ways we can protect our children from some of the danger on the internet is by blocking sites and telling them how dangerous it is to communicate with strangers; most important how very dangerous it is to give out personal information. I think instead of not allowing them the use of technology we should teach them the right we to use it.
Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir
I think this was a very amazing video! I would’ve never in a million years thought this been possible. They sounded really good for them not to have met before recording. It’s so amazing what you can do with technology, I must admit that I am very behind with technology and must do better because it’s changing day by day.
The Lost Generation
This video was very interesting! During this video I was shocked by some of the comments made. I don’t understand how someone can tell they own kids that they are not the most important thing in life? WOW!!! I couldn’t imagine telling my daughter something like that, because my daughter means the world to me. As the video went on, I realized it was only used as an attention grabber. VERY CLEVER!!!
I must say that I was very blessed to have grown up in a home where I had both parents, because so children are not blessed with both their mother and father in the same household. Neither of my parents was previous married before. I pray that one day I can give my daughter the life my parents had given me.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Podcast can benefit children when they are sick and cannot make it to school, as mention in the video. They still are able to do their homework, and possible even test. I think that this is a great video to watch if you plan on using podcast in your classroom.
100 Ways to Use Your IPod to Learn and Study Better
This site give you several different sites to visit that can help you get application on your ipod. One of the sites I will be downloading very soon is Sesames Street, because of my two year old daughter. I recommend everyone to visit this site; because it is a very helpful site it will refer you to a completely different site if the one your one is out dated. This site is really a helpful site.
Eagle Nest Radio and Class Blog
I really enjoyed this video!! How the teacher had it set up was great. This video really gives me many ideas to use one day. I think that this is a great way to get children excited about learning by getting creative.
Friday, September 16, 2011
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Karl Fisch: Is it okay for teachers to be technologically illiterate?
Well, I think that all teachers should have some type of knowledge about technology, but they don’t have to be computer genius. Knowing about technology does not make you a great teacher; However, I think being able to teach each individual using a method that they are comfortable using is what makes a great teacher.
The teachers I’m talking about are the “old school” teachers. Teachers that are not just teachers, but someone who care just as much as you about your education, and make sure that you succeed. Teachers that help you find better ways of doing things to make it more understanding for you. Can you get that from technology? NO!!!! Like I stated before it’s good to have that knowledge, but that’s not what makes a teacher.
Michael Wesch: A Vision of Students Today
This video really sums up my college experience. I think this idea was a great way of showing what we as college students go through. I can truly relate to the students in this vide, and all the signs that the students were holding up are so true. As a college student I can honestly say that I too have spent hundreds of dollars on book that I never even opened. What a waste of money that we already don’t have and to make it even worst, you don’t get half of the money back when you resale it to the bookstore.
It was one other sign that really shocked me. I think it’s crazy that some of the students attend classes with two hundred students, and that the teacher don’t know them by name. WOW!!! I guess it’s shocking to me because I came from Faulkner State Community and I never encountered that before. The lagers class I could think of attending was a class of maybe thirty and that was a science class.
Kelly Hines: It’s Not All about the Technology
I really agree with Kelly Hines view about technology. I must also agree that it is incredible and can make learning a lot exciting for students; however, there has to be teachers that can demonstrate and know how to correctly use the technology. One of the ways that it could make it exciting is power points. Power points are better than just listening to someone standing in front of a classroom going on and on about something that you could care less about, but with power points you’re able to add pictures and even sound effects to make it more interesting for your students.
No, it’s not all about technology but it’s good to have some type of knowledge about it. We as teacher must be all around skilled because it’s our job to know. Students are depending upon us to help them get the education that they need and it’s our job to do so. At the same time we have to remember that all children learn different and we have to do whatever it take to make learning interesting so that we can keep their attention and make learning exciting, even if that mean using so type of technology.
Gary Hayes: Social Media Count
These rates are shocking! It is one thing to know that millions of people have a face book and twitter account or text messages, but it’s another thing that the numbers are still rising. The statistics really make you think about how technology is going to be years from now. Technology is getting even more advance as time go on and is a big of everyone’s lives.
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Do You Know?
I just watched the YouTube video “Do You Know?” by Karl Fisch and Scott McLeod. This video gust out information informing us on how much the world is changing: in population, media, and communication for the future. Honestly, the information presented was very shocking to me.
During the video there were many statistics presented, but the one that really shocked me was how fast technology will be outdated by the time a student finishes the third year of a four year program. That’s shocking knowing that what we are learning today might change before we completely finish our education.
“Mr. Winkle Wakes”
Mr. Winkle Wakes YouTube video is hilarious! I couldn’t imagine waking up to a completely different world after 100 years. In the video Mr. Winkle takes a walk into a world full of changes. First, he visit a hospital filled with machines. Second, he visits the city streets filled with cars and traffic lights. Finally, the visit a school filled with computers. Mr. Winkle was very overwhelmed about all the new technology around him.
As educators we must be able to adapt to as much technology as possible. Technology is a very helpful and beneficial tool. It’s useful in teaching skills that are necessary for life and provide educational entertainment. As future educators we must encourage our students and others around us to take full advantage of today’s technology, because it’s a very helpful and beneficial tool.
The Importance of Creativity
In the YouTube video Sir Ken Robinson talks about the important of creativity. Mr. Robinson feels that the children today are being educated out of creativity. He believes it’s a hierarchy of value in specific subjects in education such as: arts- music, arts, drama, and dancing. These subjects are rarely taught in schools today. I personally think that’s not right, simply because some students may not be as gifted in academic areas, but they may have the chance to succeed in arts.
As educators we must allow our children the right to explore all different types of education including arts. We all have different gifts in different areas, some might be very gifted in the academic area and others in art, but we just can’t look over any of our students. I hope that when I have a classroom of my own that I can incorporate all modes of learning.
Harnessing Digital Smarts
Vicki Davis is a Teacher at a high School in rural Georgia. In the video” Harness Your Students” Teaching Digital Smarts “Found at “Utopia” the viewer is invited into her classroom. In her class she expresses her ability to customize a learning to fit her students. She created an experience so her students are responsible for the own learning. She believes that if a child is just giving instructions some might not succeed.
I must say that this classroom is very different than any one I ever seen before. Ms. Davis won an international award for her teacher blog, and honestly I’m still not too sure on how to work a blog. After watching her video I have learned a lot about how important it is to customize learning to educate the children in your classroom.
Saturday, August 27, 2011
My name is Latisha Yvette Williams; I was born July 4, 1988. I was raised in Mount Vernon Al. My parents are Climmie and Valerie Creighton. I’m the olds of three. I also have a two year old daughter name Jalayah Jones who I love dearly. I graduated from Satsuma High School in two thousand and seven. After high school I then attended Faulkner State Community College where I earned my associated degree in Early Childhood Education. Honestly, I never had the attentions of attending the University of South Alabama, but after having my daughter I couldn’t see myself leaving her behind, that’s when I decided on attending the University.
I always knew that I would become a teacher someday, because of my passion for teaching and my love for kids. When I was a little girl my favorite game to play was school, and I always wanted to be the teacher, even when I had no one to play with, I would teach my stuff animals. Until this day I still love to teach, and my first student is my two year old daughter. My strong passion for teaching and the love I have for kids is what lead me into the Education field. However, during my free time I enjoy shopping, going out to dinner and spending time with my daughter.
Well, I hope you enjoyed reading my life story as much as I enjoyed writing it for you. As a soon to be teacher I encourage you to learn as much as possible during the time you’re in school, it will benefit you in your further. Here is a tip you can live by or try to live by if you can think it, you can do it.
Dr. Pausch’s video
During Dr. Pausch’s video he talked about how important it is to set goals in life, he also talked about failing to plan is planning to fail. My understanding of that is if you don’t make plans in life you’ll never succeed and I truly agree. In life it’s very important to make some type of plan to help you throughout your day. For example, you must have some type of plan to be successful in college. You have to come up with a plan to make sure your work is turned in on time in order to have a passing grade at the end of the semester. Having a plan can make things so much easier, if something come up you can always make changes to your plan, but in order to change you plan you have to first have a plan. Honestly, I’m very glad that this was our first assignment. This assignment teaches you on how to prepare yourself on becoming successful.