Sunday, December 11, 2011

Final Video Reflection

Blog Post #7

picture of Mr. Randy Pausch

Randy Pausch's Last Lecture

Mr. Randy Pausch gave his last lecture at Carnegie Mellon University on September 7, 2011.  At the time Mr. Pausch had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and was only given three to six months of good health. Mr. Pausch has a very humorous and lively spirit and he is not in denial of his illness. 

In Mr. Pausch's last video entitled, Achieving Your Childhood Dreams, Mr. Pausch talked about the lessons he learned while achieving his childhood dreams. A couple of the dreams he talked about were: playing in the NFL and being a Disney Imaginer. Of these lessons, Mr. Pausch got more form his dream of playing in the NFL than any of the others.  Although Mr. Pausch never made it to the NFL, he was able to play football as a child. He talked about how he had a very  old-school coach that taught the players fundamentals. A statement that his assistant football coach told him that Mr. Pausch carried through life was, " When you are doing wrong and nobody is saying anything to you anymore, that means they gave up on you." This is a very inspiring statement that want to instill in m students.  Mr. Pausch explains the importance of experience. He states, "Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you want".  This to me is important because we may not always get the results we want from situations, but as long as we gained experience and knowledge from trying and putting forth effort, we have gained a lot. We will know how to make the situation better the next time.

picture of a brick wall

Next, Mr. Pausch talked bout how becoming an imagineer was the hardest thing for him to do. He was faced with many brick walls, while trying to achieve this dream. Mr. Pausch states that,"Brick walls are there for a reason. They are not there to keep us out but to give us a chance to show how badly we want something." This is true; if we want something bad enough we will not let the brick walls stop us from getting it. We will do everything in our power to knock the walls down or climb over it to reach our goal. Mr. Pausch went on to work with imagineering, but he decided to turned down an offer of being an actual imagineer.  Instead he became an consultant of an imagineer. So in the end he reached all of his dreams.

picture of the Alice Project

Mr. Pausch eventually became a professor to help other enable their childhood dreams. He created a course called Building Virtual Worlds at Carnegie Mellon University. The course allowed students to work on 5 projects throughout the semester with different students. Mr. Pausch really enjoyed being a teacher and teaching the students in a field he really enjoyed.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Blog Post #10

Do You Teach or Do You Educate?

In my opinion the video, Do You Teach or Do You Educate?, is eye opening and inspiring. I personally do not lean all the way toward being only and educator and not a teacher. In my opinion, one must teach in order to educate effectively.  The materials and skills one teaches and how they teach them, plays the role in whether or not a student is actually being educated. So I think the comparison should be between good and bad teachers instead of teaching verses educating. My definition of a bad teacher is one who feeds facts and no skills and does not deliver a  purpose for the information being feed. He or She only requires memorization and "burp back" of information and doesn't instill knowledge. A good teacher on the other hand, teaches information and gives purpose for the information being taught. Also, he or she teaches students how to be resourceful, challenge their thinking and creativity, and create morals within them.

As a future educator, I plan to teach my students many skills and instill in them the importance of setting goals and how to reach them. Also, I plan to instill in my students that with success comes failure. The only way one will learn how to be great at something is to know what it feels like to fail first.  You can't learn how to walk without falling down and getting back up.

"With discipline, hard work, and determination, all things are possible!!!!!"-KaShondra-

Project 9b

How did February Become Black History Month?

Blog Post #5

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Don't Teach Your Kids This Stuff Please!

Mr. McLeod's post made a very great point in a sarcastic way. I have realized that there is both good and bad in everything we do and use in the world today. Technology especially, can have its pros and cons, but it is up to us as educators to help make the best of technology for our students. No a days, technology is one of those things that students must be introduced to. The future jobs of students today will all be technology based.

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The iSchool Initiative

Travis Allen's video, The iSchool Initiative, was very informative on the reasons his idea of the iSchool will be beneficial.  The idea of using only your iPod or iPad sounds very great. Not having to carrying around a load of books, keeping up with calculators and papers, and having every resource you need all on one devise sounds very useful and again beneficial. Now, with all the beneficial aspects of the iSchool, let's mention the downfalls. I personally would see the iSchool as a big distraction to students. Teachers will soon find many of there students abusing the privilege of this technology in the classroom. There are too many distractions that will take away from a lesson. There are distractions such as Facebook and YouTube that students will focus more on instead of their actual assignment, and with everything being online, what reason is there for students to really come to class for one-on-one learning?  So the idea of the iSchool can be both good and bad.

picture of the virtual choir
Eric Whitacr's Virtual Choir
Okay, I must start off by asking the question, "How was this possible?" It sounds so amazing to hear an entire choir singing in tune and on key together, and have never met a day in their life. This just goes to show how the use of technology can make the impossible become possible. Not only did technology make this look so amazing, but Mr. Whitacr's is a very talented person to make a vision as this one come to life. This was a very amazing video.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Blog Post #14

picture of Mr. Picardos logo, Box of Tricks

Mr. Picardo's educational blog is kind of complicated to view at first. Once you get the feel of it, it can be very resourceful. His blog contain a tool called Triptico, which is an essential resource for interative whiteboards. I have never heard of this but it seems to be a great tool. 
In the video entitled Top 10 Tips for using Technology, Mr. Jose  Picardo explain his ten tips:
"1. Use Streaming Video
2.Use Music more often
3.Use teleconferencing tools- great for meetings with colleagues in other countries or states.
4.Create your own interactive exercises- this gives you the opportunity to share your interests.
5.Use your interactive whiteboard more efficiently.
6.Create your own podcast.-this is a great communication sharing tool
7.Start a blog or a wiki.
8.Use social networks- we can connect with people around the world with similar interest
9.Use Internet tools.
10.Make the most of your pupil's gadgets."

Many of the tips Mr. Picardo mentioned, we use in EDM 310. As a future educator there are a few of the ten tips that I would use more often in my classroom. I would strongly encourage my students to incorporate music into their learningStudents tend to pick up on all of the latest music on the radio. So an example would be multiplication. If we take one of the kids favorite songs and but the rhythm with their multiplication facts, I think the student would learn them well. I would also strongly encourage  pod casting. Pod casting is my favorite way of learning.  I would allow my students to use pod casting as a ways to enhance their reading skills. If I was to record the students reading and allow them to listen to it, they will see their areas of needed improvement. I would also use pod casting to record myself and allow the students to follow along with me to help their reading as well. Finally, I would allow my students to use blogs. This will help them tremendously with their grammar skills. If students are able to see what they write and get constructive feed back on it, they will be encouraged to improveAlso blogging will allow the students access to give feed back to their classmates and visit the pages of other students around the world.

Final Report on PLN

picture of a personal learning network

Throughout the semester I have used my PLN along with my tweet deck to expand my personal learning network. My symbaloo account is my favorite way to organize all of the websites I use. I have added Mrs. Yollis and Mrs. Nancy to my symbaloo profile. I have introduce symbaloo and tweet deck to many of my friends and family, and they have found it to be very helpful as well. One day my mother asked me, what was the html symbol for hearts. I was able to go straight to my symbaloo profile, pull up Mrs. Yollis page and get the codes. I will continue to use my PLN throughout college and when I become a teacher.

Final Project #16

Group, JAM (KaShondra Rudolph, Ramsey Willis, Erwin Coleman), Final Project on time Management!!!! Hope You Enjoy!!!!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

C4K Summary

picture of kids standing

My first post was to Mr. McClung's Blog. I commented on his post entitled The Middle Ages. Mr. McClung and his students were beginning their lesson on the Middle ages and wanted to began the lesson with a little brainstorming. He asked the students to contrast what life was like during the middle ages and renaissance. The answer his students came up with was, "Life in the middle ages sucked". This was so hilarious, but what can you expect during the brainstorming process from students?

My next post was to a kid name Shane from Mrs. Yollis class blog. I was assigned to his blog post titled  A Fun Halloween. Shane had a really amazing story and he also has a wild imagination. After reading his story, I commented on his post saying:

Hello Shane!!!

My name is KaShondra Rudolph. I am an EDM310 student from the University of South Alabama and I must say, I really enjoyed your story, A Fun Halloween. My favorite part of the story was the idea of putting blood on your face. Now that was an amazing idea. I also had a very fun Halloween. Even though I did not dress up, I was able to chaperoned a few kids that really enjoyed themselves. When I see kids smile, it make me so happy.

Keep up the great writing.

My final post was to a kid by the name of Mele. Mele is in Mr. Somerville's Room 16 at Pt. England School. Her post was titled Ab sailing. She was able to attend Camp Benzon and go Ab sailing. She had a lot of fun and i wish I was not afraid to do things such as this. My comment to her was:

Hello Mele,

My name is Kashondra Rudolph. I am an EDM310 student from the University of South Alabama. I really enjoyed reading your post. It seems like you really had a great time at Camp Benzon. I have never been Ab sailing, but I have tried rock climbing once. Well, I can say I never made it off the ground. The instructor told me I needed to work on my upper body strength. Hopefully one day I will succeed. I am glad you enjoyed yourself!!!

C4T Summary # 4

picture of a logo that says, are you listening.

I was assigned to the blog of Nancy Teaches. She seems to be a very passionate teacher and is always up for learning new things and becoming a better teacher. The first week, I was assigned to her blog post entitled:
 Am I So Busy Teaching I Forget to Listen.

This post was a great eye opener for many teachers. In the post, Nancy spoke of how she is so busy teacher and trying to be a great teacher that she sometimes forget to listen to the ideas of the students and do not notice the students who need help but are afraid to ask. I was able to relate to her blog post and my response to her blog post was:

"I am an EDM310 student from the University of South Alabama. I really enjoyed your post. From a students point of view, I can relate to your post. In the classroom, we as students are sometimes afraid to come forth about confusion or problems within the lesson being taught. I am realizing that this is a fear that I must conquer in order to become more educated an not get to far behind. As a future educator, I realize that it will be my duty to make sure my students are actually getting a clear understanding of what i teach, so they will not have to be the kid in class, lost and afraid to ask questions."

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The next week I was assigned to her blog post entitled:I Had An Idea. She assigned essays for her students to write and thought the students did an amazing job with writing them. So after the essays, she came up with an idea of turning the students essays into speeches. They students were really passionate in the idea of helping animals, the earth, and recycling, but Mrs. Nancy was afraid that they did not really know what it meant to give back. From there she came up with the idea of getting the students to do research on humanitarian organizations. This was a really great post. I left here a comment saying:

"My name is KaShondra Rudolph. I am an EDM310 student from the University of South Alabama. I really enjoyed reading your post. I think students have many wonderful ideas and an a wild imagination. They really want to do their part to help and make a different. As long as we guide them the right way and give them that extra push and motivation, they will succeed at doing just what they want to do."

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Special Assignment #1

Did Not Get the Metaphor...
picture of a traffic sign, used as a metaphor.

As defined at, a metaphor is a figure of speech in which a term of phrase is applied to something to which it is not literally applicable in order to suggest a resemblance. To me a metaphor is basically a figure of speech. A few metaphors that I have noticed lately are: "Spill the beans mister", "You are the apple of my eye, sweet pea", " Lets jump for joy and get this thing over with", "I'll believe you when the cows come". Metaphors are often used in everyday conversation and many times they are not noticed. As a future educator, I think it is important to teach students at an early age how to catch the metaphors. We must first teach them that a metaphor does not mean or portray its exact words. Once the students understand a metaphor's true meaning they will be able to view things from many different points of view. I often use metaphors just for a sense of humor or so others will easily understand my point of view.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Blog Post # 13

E-Media Fast

As soon as I finish writing this post I will try for a second time to attempt this E-Media Fast. The first time almost worked but face book hit the spot. I started by turning my phone off last night before bed. That was not the hard part. It seems that my computer has been calling my name all day. My mom came home and asked me about a status online and I ran to the computer. So now I have to start all over. It is now 9:40 and my E-Media Fast starts once more. I will post again tomorrow.

Okay so I must honestly say, I did not past the test!!!! My fast lasted almost 24 hours. I slipped up around 8pm during a boring ride home. I decided to turn my cell phone on and check out Facebook. The e-media fast, at this point had totally slipped my mind. I must say this was a excellent learning experience for me. If it is this impossible for me to go 1 entire day without E-Media, how would I be able to teach a class of students without the use of technology in some way. I do not think that would work well in today's society. When one is use to the use of technology, simple things such as holding long conversations and  reading books does not hold ones attention for a long period of time, without the student's attention span decreasing.

This was an excellent project and I will try it once more!!!!

Project 15 Smart Board Instrustion Part 2

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Project #14 Skype Interview

Skype Interview with Portia Rivers.

C4K#10 Mrs. Yollis

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Mrs. Yollis seems to be an amazing teacher. Teaching is a passion for her and she is really dedicated to it. I like the fact that Mrs. Yollis is a life long learner and wants to continue learning so that she can teach her students more  modern information and skills.While visiting Mrs. Yollis blog, I found some great html "happy coding" that will be fun to incorporate into your posts. They are: ♥ ♔ ★ ☀ ♦ . HTML codes can be used for many other things such as page breaks, links, bold and also italics. Mrs. Yollis also has a link that shows the different time zones of people her class communicates with. I really enjoyed exploring Mrs. Yollis blog.

Blog Post #12

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Watch the video, Problems with Education. (3:56) The video is very funny!!! Despite the humor, write a brief summary of your insight of the video. Do you agree or disagree with the point being made? If you agree with the video, briefly explain a way you can fix a few of these problems with education.

In the video, Problems with Education, the comedian make some really funny but true points about problems related to education. He talks about how he should open up a 5 Minute School, which will teach students in 5 minutes the information an average college graduate will "Actually Remember" after 5 years of courses. Not a bad idea for a school; the largest problem is teachers feeding students enough information to remember for the test and not  teaching them skills. I actually agree with the point being made in this video. As a future educator, I will take the time to make sure my students actually learn the concepts and reasons for learning the information I teach. Not just feed them information and allow them to remember it for a test at the end of the week and never look back on that subject. I will continue to introduce them with the information and skills so that they will be familiar with it always and actually learn it.

Progress Report on Final Project

Picture of a greenscreen

Our  final project group members are Erwin Coleman, Ramsey Willis, LeeAnn Bone, and myself. Our final project will consist of an activity that we will create using the green screen to travel to different parts of the world. We are very excited to see the outcome of this project.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

October C4K Summary

 logo that says kids rock

My fourth student was Karla from Mr. C's classroom. Karla is in the 8th grade and decided to write a scary story for her blog post this particular week. the story was very interesting and depicts Karla great imagination. The story goes a little like this"One day there was two friends named Yengshi and Alex. They decided to go to a spook house but they didn't know that the spook house was located on a cemetery. When they were going through they felt something behind them so when they turned around and someone hit them in the face with a stick. The next morning they woke up and they were in a room that was dark. They got scared because they were tied up against poles after that day they were never found!!"

My next student was from Pt. England school in Aukland, New Zealand. I do not remember the students name, but the students in the class was learning about narrative writing. My student rewrote the story of little Red Ridding hood and put a little scary twist to it. 

My final post was to Mr. McClung's Blog. I commented on his post entitled The Middle Ages. Mr. McClung and his students were beginning their lesson on the Middle ages and wanted to began the lesson with a little brainstorming. He asked the students to contrast what life was like during the middle ages and renaissance. The answer his students came up with was, "Life in the middle ages sucked". This was so hilarious, but what can you expect during the brainstorming process from students?

Blog Post #11

1st grade ABC page logo

In the video, Little Kids Big Potential the kids were very engaged in their classroom technologies. The kids are so tiny but seem to be experts with their use of the computers and smart boards. The Skype interview between Dr. Strange and Mrs. Cassidy was very informative. Mrs. Cassidy seems to be a very dedicated and passionate teacher. She teaches first grade and they really enjoy the time they get to spend writing on their blogs and engaging in technology in her class. She is doing an amazing job by introducing her students to the many different sources associated with technology.The students are able to practice their writing skills through writing. This gives each student the opportunity to express their opinions, talk about what they learn and give their classmates feedback as well. The blogs in Mrs. Cassidy's class not only benefits the students, but the parents and guardians  as well. They are able the monitor what their child is learning and they also can learn new things from other educators who leave comments on the blogs as well. Having access to the blog will keep the parents engaged  and connected in the classroom and also keep them in the ever changing trend of technology/learning. As a future educator I will keep a class blog along with a weekly class newsletter.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Blog Post # 2

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Did You Know? 3.0

In the video, Did You Know? 3.0 by Karl Fisch, some very interesting points were brought to my attention. The video states how students today are being prepared for jobs that do not exist yet. This shows how the technology of the world is constantly being upgraded; the things we are learning today, we will have to regurgitate those same skills eventually. I can remember as far back to the Ipod and mp3 players becoming popular. During that time, CD players and cassette players became a rare necessity. It always seems as if there is nothing that can replace the current invention until something better comes out.Another great example of how technology is constantly changing is the X-Box Kinect. Who would have thought your actual body would become the controller to a video game. It is also fascinating to learn how fast social networks are expanding. More and more people are actually participating in online dating and to know that 1 out of 8 couples married in the U.S. actually met online is quite interesting. Another interesting fact was, China will soon become the number one English speaking country in the world. "CHINA"

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Mr. Winkles Wakes

Mr. Winkles Wakes, is another video that demonstrates how the world is changing within the blink of an eye. Dear Mr. Winkles finally awakes after a hundred years of sleep. Only to find that technology has upgraded and expanded throughout the world. Mr. Winkles learns of the discovery of video chatting and x-rays. Mr. Winkles realizes, though the world is constantly changing and new discoveries are being made, some things remains the same. Education is one aspect of the world that still consist of many similarities as one hundred years ago. Many classrooms today still consist of teacher-student learning setting. Many of these classrooms require long lectures with notes being taken on paper. Well, not all classroom settings are still taught this way and personally I do not believe classrooms will be taught this way at all soon. Online education will soon take over teacher lectures.

Pictue of a creative mind

Sir Ken Robinson states that "school kills creativity", and I think in some ways this can be true. In school students are taught to do thing specific ways and taught to follow orders. This can be good because everyone needs a little guidance in everything, but it can also be a con to creativity. If one is taught to do things a specific way and always follow orders then, the student will never be able to use their imagination and think outside the box of ideas and creative ways to complete tasks. "If you are not prepared to be wrong, then you will never come up with anything orgininal." This takes away the creativity in individuals. I do not think anyone should want to be like another person. I feel that everyone should stand out in their own different way and have their own distinct characteristics, my example of diversity.

Sir Ken also gave the example of the little girl, who does not pay attention in class. The little girl draws a picture of God in her own image. The teacher makes the statement that "No one knows what God looks like" and the girl comments and say, "They will in a minute." This was very fascinating to me. Who is to say what God looks like, but who is to say that the image the little girl painted was not actually God? This is a great example of individual creativity.

Cecelia Gault (Young Student in Finland) Interviews Sir Ken Robinson
This video was an interview by Cecelia Gualt, with Sir. Ken Robinson. The interview shows Cecelia as a very smart girl. She interviewed Ken Robinson with such confidence and maturity. She also stood with great posture and focused most her attention on her person being interviewed. It is very clear that she was taught by and excellent teacher who taught their students great grammar skills, interviewing skills and also how to be confident in the things they do. I will be sure to incorporate activities such as interviewing in my classroom and bring out the inner confidence in my students.

Vicki Davis portrays to be such an amazing teacher.  I think it is great that she allows her students to work this much with computers and programs. I will teach my students these skills in my future classroom. Many of these skills are what they need for the futre and it will be great if they are introduced to them at an early age. Every student will need to be able to function computer programs, and every student should have a class that is dedicated to just technology, because the real world is full of it.  Ms. Viki Davis is doing a very good thing with her students. Just as I always say, everything we do will be operated by computers one day. 

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Blog Post # 9

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Mr. McClung's what I've learned This Year 2008-2009

During Mr. McClung's first year of teaching he basically learned the majority of the Do's and Don'ts as a beginner teacher. Mr. McClung explains how one should be able to read his or her crowd. He talked about how he was so worried about being   assessed by his superiors, that he lost touch with his audience and the delivery of his lessons. I often worry that when I become a teacher, I will worry so much about getting my lessons done on time and meeting all of the required standards, that I may lose the attention of my students. Mr. McClung believes that in order for one to be effective, he or she must be able to let their audience drive their instructions. With this being done, the students will feel involved and more interested in learning. Mr. McClung also mentions the importance of being flexible, reasonable and communicating; they will play a great role in teaching experience.

Mr. McClug also talks about the things a teacher should not do.  He feels that a teacher should "Not be afraid of technology" and "Never Stop Learning." I agree. Society is constantly changing and as a teacher we should stay caught up with it. In my opinion the world will be technology based one day and students should be taught the basics now. The use of technology will also give teachers more resources to explore so they will be more effective with their teaching methods and materials. Also, a teacher should always be willing to learn. As I stated before, society is constantly changing; therefore, there is much more to learn, constantly. There is always room to learn more.

picture of mr. mcclung homeroom class
Mr. McClung's what I've learned This Year 2010-2011
Mr. McClung has learned new things as a third year teacher. He is now a cross country coach and a computer applications teacher. One of the things he mentions as a teacher is to know who your boss is. He talks about how it is important not to lose sight of the students and not or get that they are the reason for teaching. We can not become so entertained in trying to please every individual. My favorite thing Mr. McClung talks about is "Don't touch the keyboard". The importance of this is to not be that person who does the work for students instead of helping them. Be the person who does more explaining and less taking over. Mr. McClung states it like this: "The idea is that if you touch the keyboard and take over the task that they are not trying to learn than they will never learn how to do it on their own and you end up doing all the work." This is a great concept. I have found myself doing assignments for students while trying to explain to them the steps and process of their assignment. So I think we all can learn from this.

SmartBoard Project #13 Part 1

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Blog Post # 8

picture of a dreaming sunset
This is How We Dream Part 1 and 2

 In the videos This is How We Dream Part 1 and Part 2, Richard E. Miller talks about the way writing has changed in academy and in the culture.Mr. Miller talks about how he was a person who basically lived by books. Mr. Miller grew up in a house filled with book, and he dreamed of a career that involved working with books. He states how the end results are still books and the only difference now is, many of the books are virtual. He makes it clear that the way we work now is through our computers and not much with pencil and papers. This can be a good thing now because, back with only pencil and paper we were limited to creativity. One could write words, draw a few pictures, color them and basically be done. Now with the use of technology, we can use the creativity God instilled in us. With technology, we can teach better, use more animation, gather more information and  get instant feedback from others with in a few minutes. In these video, Mr. Miller constantly compare the use of technology(computer) to the use of the library. With some similarities, there are many more beneficial differences. In my opinion, the library's only  use  now days is to get access to a computer, realistically. Not many people use libraries for informational use through books.

Blog Post # 12

Carly Pugh's blog post # 12, her play list, and many of the related links were very creative and amazing to explore. The links I followed on her page had some really great videos that I think will be something I use in my  future classroom. This will give the students time to work with technology and learn something new while using their own imagination. The video that stood out the most to me was Think Different. Think different was about some familiar people who have had a great impact on the world today. Some of these people were, Martin Luther King Jr. Muhammad Ali, Nelson Mandela, and others that I could not think of their names. Many of these people stepped outside of the box, payed no attention to the rules, were trouble makers and did what they thought or knew was right.(Think Different) They did not care about criticism and what people thought of them, they wanted to make a difference. The video describe these people as having no respect for the status quot, and the round pegs in the square holds. They thought differently from the average person. Look where they are now!!!  Famous,well known, and MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN SOCIETY.

The Clipper Series/EDM 310 for Dummies

 The Clipper Series, was a very funny, yet very eye opening video. There are many students in school like Chipper, and I can honestly say I have found myself to be a "Chipper" on some occasions. "Procrastination"!!  Waiting to the last minute to do assignments is not a good idea. When we procrastinate, there are always issues to face such as: technological issues, emergencies and forgetting to do parts of the assignments. I pray to God, I never end up totally like Chipper. She really missed the entire point of being in school, which is to learn and abide by certain rules. As a future teacher, I do not wish to have any students such as Chipper, but I Know I will. So because of this, I hope to be able to create a great teaching pattern and give the students an environment they will be willing to learn in. 

Now lets discuss EDM 310 for Dummies. This video was amazing!!! I think I can put myself in the shoes of the actors in this video. I have realized, that with discipline, determination, and a little guidance anyone can make it in EDM 310, and any other class. The first step to surviving is disciplining yourself, and MANAGING YOUR TIME wisely. If I had to come up with ideas for my own video, I would find a homeless person on the streets, who desire education but lacks resources. I would pay their tuition for a semester in EDM310 and give them a copy of EDM310 for dummies for an entire semester. At the end of the semester, I would write a summary on how well the homeless person did in EDM 310, using the book and its resources for help. This idea will compare an average student with an homeless person, and determine how well anyone can actually learn.

Learn to Change, Change to Learn

Learn to Change, Change to Learn  was a very interesting video. One of the first statements that was made in the video was, "Education is ranked # 55, and that's below coal mining."  My first thought was "REALLY???" This is horrible. The group of teachers who made their statements and short speeches, all had interesting views. I personally find it true when realizing that kids do have a richer environment outside of school. The things they are familiar with such as texting and social networking are prohibited in many schools. To me this is not allowing their creative minds to exploring their own way of learning, nor giving them a more realistic learning environment. Technology and Children are like peanut butter and jelly, these days. So why not incorporate more technology into schools and give the kids a more modern learning environment?

Project #12

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Project #10

I created my PLN using symbaloo. I enjoyed creating it and fund this to be a great organizer to help with my time management problems. My PLN consist of websites, from C4T, and other great sources such as ALEX and many social networks. I have them all arranged according to their importance by color. I have all of my Social networks in Blue. My class websites are in Red, and sites I shop on are in Green. I also have other random websites in White. This is a great tool that anyone can use!!!! I plan to continue expanding my PLN.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

C4C Summary

image of child on the computer

I was assigned to a student by the name of Stephanie from Pt. England school. In her blog she talked about Silly Sports day at school. On this day the students age 7 and  had the opportunity to play silly games. They played a game where they had to carry a tennis ball on a spoon, sling shot, and they had to carry a bucket with water and a sponge and try to keep as much water as possible in the bucket until they reach the finish line. Stephanie was excited her team won the game.

In this post, I was assigned to Mr. Anthony Capp's P.A.C.E. student, Desirae. The class wrote letters to Ms. Lucy who gave their class an iPad and granted the students an opportunity to visit the Exploreum . Desirae mentioned the class enjoyed using the iPads and Mr. Capps uploaded apps for them to use. The class can now learn Spanish with the app.

I was assigned to a student by the name of Shweta. Her post was written on  the topic of, "Where I Would Like to Visit". In here blog post she talked about how she would like to visit Paris one day. She want to visit the Eiffel Tower, visit Disney Land and eat authentic French food. I commented and told her to dream big and never give up on her dreams.

Podcast Project

Blog Post # 6

picture of connectivism

 The Networked Student by Wendy Drexler was an interesting video. The video started with a definition of connectivism. Connectivism was described as a theory that presume that learning occurs as part of a social network of many diverse connections and ties. This network is made possible through many tools of technology.  I myself am in a learning stage when it comes to using different sources of technology and networking. Networking allows an individual to communicate with different people of similar interest and ideas.  Networking also allows people to work together to come up with new ways of learning and teaching. 

In the video, this question was asked, "Why does the network student need a teacher?”
I believe a teacher is needed, in the classroom, to show students the proper and most effective way to use and understand networks. Teachers should be aware of better ways to find certain resources and excellent ways of organizing data, for the students. The use of technology is a great source, but I do not think the teacher should ever be excluded completely. Everyone needs guidance. Networks can be very beneficial and I want to learn more about them. This way, I will be able to teach my students the benefits of networking.

 A 7th Grader's Personal Learning Environment 

A PLN (Personal Learning Environment) is a great organizer to arrange all of your different networks and links to great sources.  The student  in this video has a very organized PLN with everything she needs in color codes.  She is able to pull up links that associate with her classwork, and links of social interest. In the video she showed us, step by step, how to get to certain cites through her plan. Just as our EDM 310 class, her class is also paperless. I find that going green is better than keeping up with a stack of papers and finding places to store them all. This is why a PLN is a great tool to use for organization. My PLN is similar to the PLN of the student in the video. I have all of my links color coded and sectioned off according to their importance. I use my PLN for almost every website I visit.