Sunday, December 4, 2011

Final Project!!!!!!!! #16

Blog Post #14

Jose Picard's Blog was really awesome! I really enjoyed it and you could tell that he is really passionate about technology in the classroom. The tips in this video were very useful for me. I'm pretty sure that I would use technology in my classroom. Piscard gave great tips of how to use technology in the classrooms. Just simple techniques like the ones Piscard stated in the video could help teach the kids tremendously!

Joe Piscard suggested that we use streaming videos, which I think is an great idea. I believe that students can learn a lot by visuals (like video assignments). He also stated that we should use social networks which is another great idea. Before EDM 310 I have never used Facebook or Twitter for educational purposes. I can honestly say that the Facebook Group for EDM 310 helped me tremendously. I believe that if it could help me that it can help others as well.

C4K Summary Post-November

Test a Buddy - Maths

In this blog post the students had numerous of pictures of themselves interdicting with one another and help one another learn math. I felt like this was a great idea because sometimes students learn more from their peers than from the teachers. I really admired the fact that the kids are engaging with one another and learning from each other.

Dante @ Pt England School

In Donte's blog post he talked about fireworks and how he enjoyed fireworks. His post was very interesting and I enjoyed it a lot. I told him that I love fireworks and I can tell from this post that you he did too. Fireworks can be very beautiful but I told Dante that he need to be careful while using them. Last I stated that everyone should always have an adult to watch him.

C4T #4 November Summary Post

In my comment to Mrs. Yim Blog I said that, In the article "An A for Home Schooling" from it states that, "everything we know about home-schooled kids says that they are flourishing academically in every way." It also states that, "sixty-nine percent of home schooled kids go on to college, compared with 71 percent of grads from public high schools and 90 percent of private school grads."

Final Report on PLN TITLE=

This was my first time having to use a Personal Learning Network. My PLN has been both useful and fun for me. It kept me very organized. I like the idea of the PLN keeping your favorite websites, and the websites you used the most organized. This has really saved me a lot of time. I really recommend to anyone who doesn't have a PLN to get one.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Skype Interview Project #14

Additional Post #1

Why did you miss the metaphor in Tom Johnson's post? TITLE=

I believe that I missed the metaphor in Tom Johnson's post because I wast thinking to hard and talking the assignment to seriously. I can honestly say that the metaphor went right over my head and that I completely missed the assignment because I take everything kind of too serious. I literally took what Mr. Johnson said and ran with it. I didn't try to think critically about the assignment I just did what came naturally to me.

What metaphors have you encountered since I asked you to create a log of them?

What other things can we do as educators to help our students to understand and to use metaphors?

I strongly believe that we as educators should enforce the idea of critical thinking and metaphors to help our students to understand and to use metaphors. I can honestly say that my teachers didn't enforce the use or learning of metaphors. If they did they didn't clarify or explained it vividly enough that we could grasp an clear understanding. But as educators the only solution that I can think of is telling our students what we want from them and teaching them how to do it.

Why do we use metaphors?

We use metaphors to elaborate on things to make the readers or listening see and read things from a different perspective other than the basics. We also use metaphors to help understand a concept that is unfamiliar or unapproachable. So basically we use metaphors to helps others grasp or understand an idea.

Blog Post #13

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I must say that this has being a very difficult 24 hours. I can honestly say that I tried very hard on my e-media fast. The temptation to use anything from the list that was stated on the instructional manual was very hard. I kept finding myself having to start over and over because I unconsciously used objects that we weren't suppose to use like the telephone. I believe that not being able to use the telephone was the most challenging part of this assignment.It felt as if I was being punished by hearing my land line and cell phone ring. But the one thing that made me break was that very distinct iPhone text message tone. Without any form of hesitation I unlocked my iPhone and read the text message. So again I had to start over. I went 12 hours without using any form of electronics, but what I did instead was nap, read magazines, and newspapers. Throughout the whole 24 hour assignment I was only able to complete 12 hours without the use of anything electronic.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Project #15 Smart Board Presentation Instuction Part 2

Final Project Progress Report

For the Final Project I'm in a group with two incredible women. They have been great to work with and very helpful(Tricia Spafford and Brianne Woods). We pretty much have an idea of what we are doing for the project but as of now we're just working out the kinks.

C4k #10 Mrs. Yollis' Class Blog title=

Mrs. Yollis' Class blog is really amazing. Her class blog is very motivational to me and as well as future educators. This blog really inspired me to do things like this when I become an teacher. Mrs. Yollis' Blog is very informative for anyone who visits, it's filled with numerous of information for both the students and visitors of the blog. Her students are very bright and you can tell that they enjoy blogging with Mrs. Yollis.

This 3rd grade class blog has numerous of visitors. I'm pretty sure that the students are learning a lot while blogging and that they are enjoying receiving comments and replying back to comments. Mrs. Yollis' is dong more than teaching her class how to blog but she's also teaching her class how to network. This class is being introduced to thousands and thousands of kids by just blogging.

Blog Post #12 TITLE=

If I were to assign something to the EDM 310 class I would give the assignment to give their opinion about which products are best used to help kids learn Apple or Windows. I would have the class give detailed opinions on why they think that the product that they chose is better than the other one. Also, I will like the students to find credible sources that back up their arguments. Students will have to list the pros and cons of both Window and Apple Products as well as the specifications of the specific products they choose. They also will demonstrate how the product of their choice is more useful. Last but not least the class will have to explain how the item could be used productively in the classroom than the other products. The main purpose of this project is to find the best technological product that will benefit learning inside and outside of the classroom.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Blog Post #11

Mrs. Cassidy Little Kids...Big Potential

This was a great video. Mrs. Cassidy really is a great teacher. It's remarkable how students as young as the students in this video are using technology. The students in Mrs. Cassidy's class uses a variety of things that uses technology. I find it pretty neat that a first grade is learning how to use Wiki's. Mrs. Cassidy is giving her kids the required skills that the generation today will need in order to do well in school and as well in society.

Mrs. Cassidy is truly an inspiration. I like how the kids are enjoying using technology in the classrooms. Mrs. Cassidy makes learning in the classroom both fun and informative by the use of technology. Ms. Cassidy says that "kids and technology go hand in hand." I agree wholeheartedly! Kids younger and younger are able to use and do things with technology that my generation and the generation before me wasn't able to do at their age.

C4K Summary October

Test a Buddy - Maths
I really enjoyed looking at this particular post. In this post the kids were teaching each other by showing picture diagrams to one another. There were pictures on the blog giving you an idea of what the students were doing. I believe that this post was very powerful. It showed us that sometimes we have to learn not only from our instructors but from our peers as well.


In another post the student's blog that I commented on had an animation of a rain-forest. The student explained their love for nature and animals. The animation was very creative. It had a variety of animal and plants that gave me an idea of what the student like. Although, I'm afraid of animals this student made me believe that animals are kind and gentle creatures.

Mr. McClung Lessons Learned

I really enjoyed reading this blog. The blog I read was Mr. McClung's class blog. What stood out to me most was the idea of cherishing your childhood and not growing up too fast. Mr. McClung stressed in his blog that his students in Jr. High School should cherish their childhood memories and not rush growing up to fast. Mr. McClung showed a video clip from the movie "Billy Madison" when Billy was telling a kid to cherish being a kid.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Blog Post #10

Do you Teach or Do you Educate?

This was a nice video. It differentiated teachers from educators. It told us that teachers are usually known for giving students facts in order to past standardized or state tests. I believe that an teacher gives you what you need in order to succeed in the academic world and I believe than an educator influences your life as an whole. I think that I would like to both teach and educate my students. But I will put an emphasis more on educating. I would like to educate because I would like to inspire, motivate, and encourage my students. Not just give the facts to help them do well on tests to motivate them to achieve their maximum potential as a student and as well as a person.

There are numerous of reason that I would like to become an educator. Everyday I find myself pondering the idea of me being able to teach and touch people's lives. I want to live a life of service to others, especially children. i want to nurture then and be the person that lifts them up. My goal is to encourage then to obtain a creditable education, to overcome adversities and to acheive their maximum potential. I feel that there is nothings as challenging and rewarding than being an educator.

Tom Johnson's Don't let them take the pencils home

This was an very interesting post. At first I was thinking to myself "they're just pencils what's the big deal." But now I understand the subject at hand. As many have said too many teachers focus on the problem and not the solution. I like how the teachers were able to come up with a solution to the so called pencil problem. Instead of taking the pencils away the composed a solution that taught the students and teachers different ways to benefit from using the pencils.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

C4T Summary

In my comment I stated that In order for out students to have an effective learning experience we should also help educate parents and everyone else in out students communities as well. Also, I agreed with Mr. Couros about the idea that teachers should share with one another the different techniques that they are using to see if it would be benefital to any other teacher.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Blog post #9 title=

What I've Learned This Year (2008-09). In this post Mr. McClung talks about his experiences as being a first year Elementary School educator. He talks about what he expected and how he was completely invested into his self and not into his students. In this post he explains that it is just not about the teach but about the student. Also that you need you need to communicate and listen your students. You learn as much from students than they learn from you.

What I've Learned This Year (09-10)
In this particular post he talks about his experience teaching Junior High School. He had to adapt and gain an "Junior High mentality." One thing that stood out to me the most was his topic of "Checking your ego at the Door." I agree wholeheartedly! Teachers shouldn't let their egos stop them from being the best possible educator that they can be. Leave your egos at home.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Dr. Richard E. Miller Discusses Writing With Multimedia

Part 1 & 2:

Dr. Miller's video is telling us about multimedia learning all over the world. Multimedia learning is being used every where. As of now i believe that multimedia learning is more effective than basic learning with books. We learn so much via multimedia. Our class EDM 310 is very similar to this. We learn so much via internet by looking at blogs, listening to videos, and also interacting with other students and educators.

Learning and teaching over the internet makes things so much easier. Everything is at the touch at a finger tip or at the movement and click of a mouse. So many things are available, so many resources out there waiting for us to discover. When I become an educator I will definitely use multimedia in my class. Dr. Miller did a great job of explaining the use of technology inside the classroom and I have learned numerous of things.

Blog Post #8 Carly Pugh

Carly's blog post was very interesting and her playlist idea was great. This is a great source for teachers everywhere to use. Personally I have never created a YouTube video but I think I will when I become an educator. The playlist seem like they would be really effective for teachers.


The message that I obtained for the two videos was to learn to do your work online and to not procrastinate. EDM 310 can be very stressful if you don't procrastinate and wait till the last minute to do your work. If you pace yourself and manage your time wisely you can be stress free. EDM 310 should be an fun experience and you should learn while having fun in EDM 310.

Learn to Change, Change to Learn

This video states that education is different. This video was very informative. Kids learn so much through various of multimedia sources. Some kids may even learn more from these resources than they learn form their teachers at school. Like stated in the video "You learn form the teacher." You have to lead by example. I also agree that school should be like an community, where everyone come together to feed off of each others energy and to teach each other. The speakers in the video was incredible, the basically said that it's not all about what the students learn inside the classroom but outside the classroom as well.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Proiect 9b Timetoast

Randy Pausch Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams

This lecture was very interesting. Mr. Pausch talked about his dreams and going out and achieving your dreams. This lecture was truly inspirational. I believe that Randy Pausch opened his lecture in the best way possible for this lecture, this audience, and this venue — by relieving stress. He did this by saying a joke by introducing the "elephant in the room," his pancreatic cancer. After breaking the ice Pausch starts to outline his lecture. Mr. Pausch spoke on various of things, but one key point that stood out to me was when he stated that "It is an easy time to dream when we are young (and happy) and we should never lose that spirit." We should all live by this, you are never too old to dream

PLN Project #10 Progress

PLN Progress

My PLN is going great. Before this class I have never heard of a Personal Learning Networks but I'm glad that I've now been introduced to it. It's very convenient for me and is very organized. I have carefully arranged everything to be in the place that I want them to be in. I love the fact that everything is at the click of a mouse. I really believe that my PLN will help me socially and educationally.

C4T Summary

It’s Not Really Teaching Unless It’s a Required Class: Biology

In this post Dr. Cornally talks about teaching Biology. On my comment to Dr. Cornally I stated that, the standard curriculum in Biology is basically a game of memory. Instead of teaching the basic essentials of Biology, what I have experience from taking Biology in High School is just having to remember basic vocabulary in order to pass the class. In today’s generation the students lack critical thinking. Biology classes doesn’t require much thinking these days. The only thing you need to know how to do is to recall the information that you have obtained.

How I Teach Calculus: A Comedy (Programming)

In this post Dr. Cornally talks about teaching math on the computer. I've never experience learning math first hand on the computer so this was very new to me. I'm use to a more traditional approach of teaching math in the classroom on a blackboard. I stated in my comment to Dr. Cornally that this post was very interestin and that learning math through programming and on a computer will be more efficient than just traditional teaching in the classroom.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Project #8

Blog Post 6

Networked Student by: Wendy Drexler

This video was very interesting and very illustrative. I believe that online learning is effective for only a select group of students. Online learning is not for everyone. Some students might require their professors to be there in front of them instead of online to actually grasp the information. Although online learning is a major factor in education today, I feel as if in-class teaching will never get old. I agree with Mrs. Drexler completely about networking. We can provide numerous of resources to our students by helping them network.

A 7th Grader's Personal Learning Environment. Welcome to My PLE

In this video the students talks about her personal learning environment. I find the idea of the PLE very interesting. I wish that we would have had this when I was younger. She explains to us how she uses her PLE for both personal and educational purposes. One thing that stood out to me was when she mentioned that she emailed an scientist in Austria. It's just simply amazing that all of these resources are provided to students today by just a click of a mouse.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Blog Post 5

Don't Teach Your Kids This Stuff. Please? By Scott McLeod

In the post Don't Teach Your Kids This Stuff. Please? agree with Mr. McLeod wholeheartedly! This is the 21st Century where technology rule. Most parents and educators are stuck on the traditional way of life and teaching, which is okay. But nowadays without being well rounded in all things technological you are lost.I believe that we as educators need to get our students the "leg up" as Mr. McLeod state in his post. Without the proper technological skills ours kids are destined for failure. Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., 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).

The iSchool Initiative.

The idea of the iTouch schooling is very interesting. I believe that it could really help transform education in America. It's both convenient and up to date. I believe the idea of the iTouch in school is possible in today's society. The iSchool initiative will take education to the next level. I strongly believe that students would be willing to learn more and more due to the technological advances and the convenience that iSchool has to offer.

Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir - 'Lux Aurumque'

This video is simply amazing! I love music and just the thought of something this beautiful being created via internet is unbelievable. These singers have never met and probably have no idea of what they are apart of. This video made me believe that you can do anything over the internet. Technology is indeed taking over.

Teaching in the 21st Century by Kevin Roberts.

Teaching today is not about standing in front of the classroom reciting facts over and over again to out students, hoping that the information will stick. Mr. Roberts explains this very clearly in his video. Teachers are not the only source of education and information. There are various of resources that are available to students other than hearing it from the teacher. They have Google, Facebook and etc. Students may also get information from friends, strangers, mentors and family. I believe that our job is to encourage our students make them want to learn not drain them by lecturing them over and over again with the same facts.

Project 9a

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Blog Post #4

Eagles’ Nest Radio Episode #3: Roamin’ with the Ancient Romans

In the post Eagles' Nest Radio Episode #3: Romain' with the Ancient Romans the third graders participating in the pod-cast was very informative. They talked about current subjects that they have been discussing in their classrooms. This was very interesting to me. They discussed various of things about the Roman Empire, from Cleopatra, Julius Ceasor, Roman Agriculture, and gladiators.

The Benefits of Pod-casting in the Classroom

In this pod-cast The benefits of Pod-casting in the Classroom Mr. Dale talks about the benefits of pod-casting as an whole. He talked about how pod-casting helps creativity and innovation. I really enjoyed this video. It was extremely informative and gave me a sense of excitement to do my own pod-cast. Although, I have never recorded a pod-cast I believe that it will be a very enjoyable experience.

Practical Principal

In the post Practical Principal it was a series of pod-casts that discussed technology in the classrooms. They talked about improvement plans and different reasons why you would put a teacher on an improvement plan. Also, they talking about showing support for our teachers who need improvement. The Principals gave stories of situations that they had in their schools and how they have learned from their mistakes.