Tuesday, March 27, 2012

C4K Summary (March)


My first C4K assignment was for Jude, a young boy from the UK. I really enjoyed reading about his Saturday with his dad. They went to the Great North Museum, also known as the Hancock Museum. They went to see a LEGO exibibtion. He said there were people making a LEGO city. Before they could go into the exibition they had to kill time because there were time slots. In their spare time they went and bought new school shoes, ate, and bought flowers and chocolates for his mother because it was Mother's Day. Sounds like they both had lots of fun. The Hancock Museum sounds like a really cool place to visit. I’d like to go there some day.

My final C4K was for Andrew, whose perfered name is Andy. Andy lives in Canada. Me and Andy had some thingd in common. His favorite sport is football, which is also mine. I also found out that he like pumpkin pie. That's one of my favorite desserts. Andy seems like a really interesting person. I wish to know more about Andy.

Blog Post #9

May 27, 2009 What I've Learned This Year (2008-09)
I can truely tell that Mr. Joe McClung has grown as a teacher. He made many great points in his blog post. For example, when he said teachers do not make their lessons student centered, and they become so concerned with the delivery of the content that they are missing the most important aspect of teaching. I also agree with him as far as student comprehension being the most important aspect of teaching. One statment that really stood out to me was when he said "Our job as teachers is to simply pick them up after they fail, dust them off, and encourage them to try again". That shows the type of attitude you must have to be a teacher. That is a teacher's job-to encourage one to do their best while guiding them through the process. Another great point that he made was listen to your students. Many teachers don't take the time to get to know their students. Teachers shoould develop relationships with their student. I believe it nakes for a better learning environment. This post had a lot of userful information in it. Reading his post will make me a better teacher by learning from his experiences.

June 23, 2011 What I Learned This Year (2010-11)
This post by Mr. McClungs is filled with useful information also. One of the first things he mentions under "Know Who Your Boss Is is that teachers must not get caught up in what others think about them and trying to please everyone in the work place. He makes a great point by saying "Remember the reason that we got in the business in the first place, the kids." That statement holds true in my eyes. No matter what the case may be, teachers should always put the students first. "Dont Touch The Keyboard" was another section that caught my eye. This section was about helping the students and not hurting them by completeing the task for them. Most teachers want only the best for their students. When a student is struggling with something it is best to guide them in a way that helps them understand the task at hand. Teachers should never give a student answers. It takes away from the learning experience and the student is in fact not learning anything; hence, the teacher is not doing their job correctly. Mr. McClung's blog posts were very interesting to read. They all gave useful information that will help me grow into becoming a great teacher.

-This means that our students will struggle a little bit in the front end but it will help them excel in the end game.
-Our decision making process should always be student centered and not centered around pleasing adults.
-While routines are good in the sense they allow me to be more effective, they can also be bad because they can foster apathy.

I'm very happy with the teacher that I have become.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Project #12


Mr.Robbo has begun developing a offshoot website for app development. The website can be visited via www.thepegeekapps.com and provides a variety of ways for users to interact and gather assistance surrounding any of the apps for PE teachers.

In the past year Mr. Robbo havs received numerous emails asking the best and easiest way to go about designing ‘apps’ for classes etc. The question varies depending on what type of functionality they desire, however for anyone looking to build an app that links together content from multiple web sources such as RSS Feeds, YouTube videos, twitter accounts etc then he recommends two tools to get this done in a matter of minutes.

1) Web Apps – The benefit of building a web app is the fact that they are designed for multiple devices, meaning that anyone with internet access can access the app by simply visiting the URL while on their device. They also offer some of the basic features of native apps with an increased level of flexibility. For a step by step video guide to building your own app and making it accessible in a matter of minutes. Check out the video below. 2) Native iOS/Android and Windows Phone Apps – If your craving a little more flexibility in your apps and would prefer to follow the official route in terms of submission to the app store and android market, then you might be interested in the “The App Builder”.

Mr. Robbo has had a great idea to come up with such ways to create apps for teachers. This movement has already made great strives to help teachers use technology in the classroom. Most of the apps have seemed to amaze me. I am really looking forward to seeing whats next.

Blog Post #8

Reading The Future
Richard Miller is an English professor at Rutgers University. I enjoyed watching the videos by Dr. Miller. He discusses many important topics. He explains how the world of writing is changing constantly. I agree, we do live in a world of immediate communication and collaboration. In the first video, Mr.Miller focuses on the old style of writing and how it is perceived. The traditional way is to visit the library, research and find information, then begin writing the paper. This is how writing was, not how it should be. Miller then goes on to explain how technology is slowly changing the way people perceive writing.

In Miller's second video, he stresses that the writing of the future is key. We no longer have to write long lengthy papers. We now have the technology to add video and audio through podcasting and imovie. New technololgy allows for innovation. We as student and teachers can create great works that can be very useful. We no longer have to make trips to the libriary just to read or buy a book. We can now access the book online and make online purchases from our home computers. Miller also talks about video communication. He explains how after three months publishing these videos on the web, he had 9,000 views. He explains how if his lecture would have just been a printed lecture it may have taken two years for exposure. This is a perfect example of how video broadcasting can reach many people all over the world.
Live to Read

In the past writing has not been my favorite thing to do but Mr. Miller has changed the way I feel about it. There are so many things you can say with words. Words are powerful. Everyone needs to know how to read and write properly because you will use it on a daily basis, and especially in the class room. I have written many papers, essays, and blog posts. The idea that Mr. Miller presents about video and audio was also key. I have already experienced that in this class buy ehancing by blog post with videos to make it more interesting, and also more professional. I am excited to see what writings in the future will be like.The possibilities are endless and we, as students and teachers, need to expose our students to all of these options so they will be able to use their creativity to produce wonderous works.

Carly Pugh's Blog Post #12
Carly's video was awesome!!. She did a great job completing her project. She used exatcly what Mr. Miller talked about in his video. She was able to write her own story about teaching philosophy through pictures, video, and audio. I definately see how her video relates with Mr.Millers videos.

EDM For Dummies
I found these videos a bit humorous! The purpose of both the Chipper Series and EDM310 for dummies was to help people understand there are always people who are willing to help if you have problems with the class, but you must be dedicated. You should also want to succeed. That's a rule in life: If you want to be great or perform great at something you must be dedicated. Not many things come free or easy in this world. I almost felt the need to create a video to help future students in the class. I've encountered many problems, especially time management. I've had to balance this class with football and another computer based class. Another problem I encountered was understanding how to utilize some of the tool we have used. I have managed to stay on task by working diligently and asking for help just like the video explained.

Scavenger Hunt 2.0

My Comic
Animoto Animoto syncs with Facebook, Flickr, Picasa, Photobucket, and SmugMug to get your images in a snap. You can add text and emphasize specific images with the touch of a button. Music is at the heart of an Animoto video — upload your own mp3 or choose from our collection of tunes in several different genres. You can also watch your video in HD on Animoto.com or share it on Facebook, YouTube, your blog, or a DVD. It's fast and easy to post to websites or download.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Blog Post # 6

Randy Pausch
In the beginning of Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture he explains, “We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.” After coming to the realization that he had 10 tumors in his liver and was given 3-6 months to live I’m sure this quote meant more to him than any other. Keeping the audience alive and listening, Pausch used much humor and was very energized in his tone throughout the lecture. He talked about his childhood and explained some childhood dreams of his. Inspiration and motivation were two main factors in this lecture. Pausch makes you realize that life isn’t about, and shouldn’t be about, worrying about tomorrow; it’s about living for today.

Pausch shares many quotes throughout the lecture. One that caught my attention was, "Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted". This quote is for those childhood dreams that you didn't exactly achieve but got much needed experience from working for it. It could also be for a game or competition you lost. When we lose or don’t get what we wanted is when we become better and learn to work harder the next time. My favorite quote was, “Brick walls are there for a reason - they let us prove how badly we want things.” I feel like this quote applies to everyone and couldn’t be any truer. A life without working hard for something is too easy and almost never happens. These brick walls provide drive and teach us how to fight for what we want and believe in.

Some of Pausch’s childhood dreams included becoming an NFL player, being Captain Kirk, winning stuffed animals, and a couple more. Pausch may not have accomplished all his dreams but he came close. He inspires you to never give up on any dreams of yours and strive to accomplish every single one. He teaches you to take criticism and use it to your full advantage. He stresses that listening to criticism and learning from it will help you from making the same mistake twice.

If Randy Pausch was to be summed up into one word it would be inspiring. You would have never been able to tell he had 3-6 months to live. His attitude, tone, and even presence were so positive and motivating. Watching this hour long video teaches you things that some people take years to learn. After hearing his quotes and beliefs the way I’ll think about life and brick walls is completely different. Randy Pausch has inspired me after watching this video and I’m sure he has touched millions of others.

Project # 11

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Blog Post #7

The Networked Student by Wendy Drexler
This video is about communication and 21st century learning. It explains how student studying American Psychology uses blogs, google, iTunes, and many other useful tools to learn and connect. He uses his social bookmarking site where he can share his sites and topics with other students. He also uses blogs to connect with other students much like we do in this class. He has access to connect with some of the best professors for his research. Now that's amazing. He can now get some of the most precious information from his home computer simply by the technology of the internet. This video has really shown me how helpful new technology can be helpful.

“Why does the 21st century student need a teacher"? Teachers help students learn how to utilize the tools to take advantage of every educational oppertunity. Teachers are needed to guide students through the learning process of this technology. They also help them know how to ask for help and talk to professors in a professional, respectful manner. Anyone can put anything on the internet in this day and age. Thats why we need teachers to help students learn to evaluate selections to help them choose the best websites and information possible.

Technology in the 21st century is going to change the way teachers teach and students learn. We, as students and teachers, must take in this knowledge and use it to change the world in making a better worldwide learing community. It already has affected the entire world in many ways. Technology is only going to continue to get better and help make teaching and learning more useful, fun, and effective.

The student explained her PLE very well. She seems to know how to utilize this technology at a mature level. Her PLE is very similar to my PLN. I also added many tools that I will use in and outside of the classroom. PLN's and PLE's are a useful tool that help keep us organized.

Project #10 PLN

I was completely unfamiliar with what a PLN was but the videos tremendously helped with my understanding. A PLN is an easy way to organize tools that that I may use daily in life, my EDM 310 class, and other instances where I might need to use the internet. My PLN is an easy way I can access all the usefuil tools without having to go through an internet engine. Everything is just one click away. I have included Twitter, Facebook, and Google, which I use on a daily basis,in my PLN along with many other usefull tools. This will help me as a student, and will also help me when I become an educator. I plan on adding more tools to my PLN to help me stay organized.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Project #9

Time Toast

Blog Post #5

Dont Teach Your Kids This Stuff. Please?Dr. McLeod is very humorous in this selection. He is reporting many negative statments about the all of the new technology which is seemingly true but, that shouldnt stop us from using this new technology. He is tryning to get the point across that the pros out weigh the cons on this issue. If we eliminate this technology we would only be hurting ourselve in the future. This technology is our future Dr. Scott McLeod is an Associate Professor at Iowa State University. He is also the director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education. He is also co-creator.

iSchool Initiative
The iSchool InitiativeWow! This guy was very impressive. He presented his information very well. It was very easy to understand him and what he was trying to accomplish. The powerpoint was well displayed. He explained many different, but effective ways the ischool program could be useful.The amount of money and resources really stood out to me. This video really opened my eyes to the power of technology. It makes me want to join the fight to open other students and schools to this program.

Eric Whitacre’s Virtual
Choir This video was very interesting to watch. I never knew the internet could be used in such ways. It's amazing how they could create such performance, especially each individual being at their own computer. This is a perfect example of how the internet can bring people with a common interest together. Im sure some of the performers were from all over the United States, maybe even the world.

Teaching in the 21st Century

Mr. Roberts suggest that teachers are no longer the main source in information which holds to be true. There are many ways students can access information on anything, anywhere. Teachers must direct students to use all these resources in the right way. He presents a series of questions that students may have in their future. How will these questions be answered? My answer is through technology. We have so many useful resources that we dont use efficiently. Why, because no one has ever taught them. Teachers must teach students to use this technology for a better purpose and a higher learning. Use this technology not for entertainment but engagement to learn and become better prepared for the world arounds us.

Reading Rockets
Reading Rockets

I found many valuable resources that can potentially help improve my teaching skills. One selection that I read was about reading and writing skills. This website informed me on how writing, spelling, and reading reinforce each other. Spelling helps a child see the patterns in language and understand how words are put together. By learning spelling, children realize that the English language follows rules, which makes it easier for them to understand those rules when reading or writing. Another selection that stood out to me was "Teaching Strategies". Every student doesnt learn the same way. Personally I learn best from watching someone perform a task then practicing it afterwards. Teachers should ues multiple teaching strategies. This website informed me that when using any teaching strategy, teachers should help students to understand why a strategy is useful, and describe explicitly how the strategy should be used. Teacher demonstration, modeling, and follow-up independent practice are critical factors for success. Teachers should use examples, diagrams, or videos to get their students to understand. Student discussion following strategy instruction is also helpful.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Blog Post #4

The Benefits of Podcasting in the Classroom Podcasting is an effective way to interact with students other than the traditional way.Podcasting focuses on the higher levels of Bloom's Taxonomy, and allows for creativity and innovation. Vodcast is a form of podcasting that which allows students to include a visual for a better understanding.A benefit of podcasting include differentiation in the classroom.Another example where podcating can be very useful is when a student may be out sick, they can easily download their notes from itunes to study. Student whom are introduced to podcasting seem to enjoy it and all of its benefits. Judy Scharf Podcast Collection Judy Scharf Podcast Collection This site gave a lot of useful information about podcast. She gave great ways to use podcast in the class and even gave grading criteria. I think that it is great to have a place like this site to go because it is a great resource for teachers that do not know that much about podcast and want to know more. I think that podcast are a great way to put information out and make it convenient for people to see and learn. She had great ideas for useful ways to use podcast. Its such an interactive way for students and teachers to learn. Langwiches It was very interesting reading this. It's amazing how podcasting can get the children invloved at a young age. The younger they start using this technology the better it will be for them in the future.