Sunday, December 1, 2013

Blog Post 15

Teaching Mom What Her Deaf/Blind Child Is Learning On the iPad

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This video was created by Denise Robinson to help parents understand how their children are using the iPad to learn. After watching this video, it really made me think about all the children, who cannot hear or see. It is very challenging, but having all these technologies that we can use is very helpful and touching.

The National Federation of the Blind, is the largest organization of the blind in America. It was founded in 1940, and has grown to include over 50,000 members. I was reading about it, and its amazing that these people are able to go to college, and become successful people. Sheila Koenig is a member of this organization. She teaches 9th grade English at Southview Middle School in Minnesota. She uses braille for seating charts or notes, and uses the computer for speech.

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I think that it is extremely important for parents to learn what their children are doing in school. It will really help the parents get a clue of what they're learning in school, so that they can help them with there homework. or assignments. I will be using the computer as well as the ipad in my classroom.

This video by Denise Robinson was a very touching video. This gives you a great idea of why iPads are so important to have in your classroom. Children that are not able to do certain things in the classroom that most kids can, is now possible. Technology is making so many changes in our kids lives. Students are able to use these tools, to get the independent learning they need on their own.

I also found an amazing video on The National Federation for the Blind

Author: Claire Williams ----
all children can learn
This is a subject that is very dear to my heart. Children with special needs are so often discredited and not given the same opportunities as normal, healthy children and it simply isn’t fair. Although children with special needs may require special attention, they should still be treated the same, and given the same opportunities to learn and grow. It is important as future educators that we are well aware of the many different tools available to assist us in the classroom should we be fortunate enough to teach a special needs student.

Naturally I believe that teachers can make a huge impact on each student, but I believe there is even bigger potential to make a difference in the life of a special needs student. Not everyone is “cut out” to deal with special needs children, so before committing to the task, teachers should really evaluate themselves and determine if they are capable and ready for the challenge. It will take a lot of patience and compassion...but the reward is so much greater!

Technology has come a long way. Whether the student is deaf, blind or has a physical disability, scientist are constantly inventing devices to assist those students in the classrooms. For instance, in the video, Teaching Math to the Blind, Professor Art Karshmer discusses a device called the 3M Touchpad that was designed and created to teach math to students who are blind. Those who are blind are taught how to read by using braille. This presents the main obstacle when teaching math to the blind, since math is not only linear. With this new device, blind students are able to place “braille dice” on a large electronic pad, and the coordinates are read aloud which then allows them to visualize the math problem and therefore work and solve the problems. Inventions of such devices to assist those with sensory impairments are allowing barriers to be removed and learning to flourish.

While researching more on this topic, I came across this website that list several useful assistive technology tools for the classroom. The one I found most interesting was the FaceMouse. This device allows students who have limited mobility to use head movement and facial expressions to navigate and perform tasks on the computer. For most of us, using a computer is second nature. However for a special needs student it could be another milestone that devices such as this are making possible to be accomplished. Once again….breaking down barriers!

With hard work and effort, teaching a special needs student can be such a rewarding experience for both the teacher and the student. Who knows, you could be teaching the next Beethoven!

Author: Hilliary Sanders


The video I watched introduced a device called The Mountbatten that is being used at The Florida School of the Deaf and Blind. The Mountbatten is an extremely advanced device that allows blind students to be involved in classroom assignments and to receive feedback from their teacher. As the student brailles, the machine says what is being brailled.

I think this is an amazing tool for blind students to utilize in the classroom as opposed to not participating in class discussions and not communicating their thoughts. This device has the ability to save files and transfer files. They is also a way for teachers to receive a translation of the braille writing.

It is important to be in tune with the new technological advances so that we can better our students learning abilities and that we cater to each and every student regardless of their disability.

Author: Lauren Patterson

Monday, November 25, 2013

Blog Post 16

My Dream Classroom:The tools I will use in my classroom Part 1
Kindergarten

As a student in EDM310, I never knew what it was like to be able to come up with something like a project or able to come up with an idea. Now that I have been in this class my views on teaching have changed tremendously. My dream is to teach kindergarten. I have always loved children, and I believe that kindergarten is the right grade for me. The classroom would focus mainly on reading and writing. I would have them learn how to write thoroughly, and be able to speak in a proper manner. Kindergarten kids need to be fully prepared to move on to first grade. I will want my students to be fully prepared for the upper levels. Kindergarten kids absorb so much information at such a young age, so I believe that having them fully educated in all subjects will increase grades,scoring and the percentage of children being held back yearly.

As part of my curriculum, I will be using technology in my classroom. The students will use computers, ipads, and we will have a smartboard. The smartboard will be my main use of techology in my class. I want them to get familiar with how to use it. After taking EDM310, I as well became familiar with the smartboard. I love everything about the smartboard, and how it operates. Doing these projects on the smartboard really helped me learn how to operate one, and without this class I would have never known how to use it. It is crazy how time has changed growing up with a chalk and marker board, and now it has transformed into a touchscreen board, with highly qualified tools on there.
Teach Me

There is an APP on the ipads that all my students would have to download, and it is called Teach Me. Kindergarten is an educational app for your iphon,ipad, and ipod. It teaches six different age appropriate subjects to kindergarten aged children. They can sight words, adding, subtracting, spelling and now writing letters and numbers. Parents can select which subjects they want their children to learn and set different difficulty levels to get them better prepared if they are struggling in a subject. Parents can also view a history of their childs progress, to see how each child is doing.

This app keeps children engaged with a rather unique reward system where children earn a coin for every three correct answers. Coins can be used to purchase stickers to place in ccertain sticker scenes or to purchase items for the new aquarium. Sticker scenes can be exported as wallpaper or emailed to family and friends. The simple and intuitive user interface is designed to be child friendly, which allows children to play without help from an adult. An animated teacher (Mimi Mouse) gives verbal instructions and feedback to the child which makes learning fun.

I would also make my parents get very familiar with Google Docs. Parents would use this as a way of communicating with me and able to pull up students work. You can use it to chat with the teacher if you have further questions or things you are not familiar with. Google docs is a very affective way to keep up with work and documents that you share. I love google docs, and I have recommended it to several of my familuy members in college now and they absolutely love it.
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Differences from Blog Post 1: What I would change

After reading my Blog Post 1 there are several differences in what I would change and what I would keep. I would change the idea that I came up with by having my students learn all the subjects in all different languages. At a kindergarten level that might be a little hectic for them to process all of that information in one semester. So I will only use the english and spanish language in my classroom.

Part 2 Final Reflection

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Blog 14

For Blog Post 14, we are able to pick out our own assignment, and we can choose anything under the sun. It took me a while to figure out where to even start. When you have limitless options, it makes it very tough to pick something. I believe that ever since this class, it has gotten easier for me to pick something and just go with it. Before, I would get so overwhelmed and I would stress over the littlest things. Now that the end is near, I have gotten very comfortable with having 7 or 8 projects.

For this Project I chose a GIFMaker.com

GIFMaker.me allows you to create animated gif images online freely and easily, no registration required.

Regardless of whether you are a professional designer, photographer or simply an amateur, GIFMaker.me is designed for you. Just take photos with your digital camera or mobile phone, touch up them with Adobe Photoshop, GIMP, Ribbet, Pixlr or other photo editing software, then compose them into GIF animations with GIFMaker.me!

C4T #4

C4T Comment 1

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My C4T teacher is named Erin. She is a third year Vice-Principal in Ottawa, Canada. She is also a budding photographer and you can check out her work at Adrienne Paynter Photography. She has a deep passion for her students learning and leadership skills.

She posted to her blog about The Lasting Legacy of "The Red Group". The article was quite funny when I started reading it. Erin noticed two kids that she saw in the doctor’s office one day, and how it related to her day to day school life. The little girl noticed a jar full of colored pencils and she immediately kept saying that she belonged to the “Red Group”. I think that by saying this she thought I wonder what she is talking about. The little girl was in a certain color reading group at school and she started thinking I wonder how she got put in the red reading group. Maybe it had to do with how slow or fast you are at reading. The story itself was so cute and funny, because the little girl remembered when she saw that red pencil she was reminded of the group she got put into at school. Kids these days’ notice the little things and retain so much of it, just by looking at a certain color or object. This story was by far the cutest I’ve read so far in EDM310. Children have such big imaginations, and they absorb so much information, that we as adults do not see sometimes. Just like the red pencil in the jar. It is so phenomenal that a child can think of this stuff from their mind. It is truly amazing!!

C4T Comment 2

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How Do You Help Students Reach Their Yet?. Erin made a great point on the way parents and children communicate with each other on a daily basis. Being in school at a young age, you are constantly growing and making observations on how to learn different things in school. Erin talks about in this article the discouraging messages parents tell their teachers about their childs learning process. "She doesnt know how.." How to liste, how to focus, how to do his times tables, how to spell, how to read.. It's more than discouraging and downright dangerous I quote from Erin Paynter.
The answer is that motivating them instead of stereotyping, and underestimating them. Give these students a more powerful words of wisdom. Erins answer to these statemens has been using this one particular word: Yet.

Examples:
"She doesn't know how to spell." "Yet".
“He just doesn’t know how to read.” “Yet.”
“He just doesn’t know how to handle frustration.” “Yet.”
“She just doesn’t know how to do her times tables.” “Yet.”

This one word is the most powerful tool to reflect the studen and parent bonding. This word will really motivate students to learn. Even when times are tough, they can take this word and say "I can do this."

How can we get our students to their yet?

Final Report on PLN

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On my PLN I added a couple of new interesting things, that I find fascinationg for teachers and students. One of the websites I added was Teachers Homepage:National Geographic. It is basically a website that has different current events world wide that you can read up on. Another website I added was My last C4T teacher: Erin Paynter. I thought they both deserved to be added to my PLN, I can really use these to get good educational articles. These two websites are both educational and I would suggest everyone look into them. I think having a PLN is great, and very helpful. It keeps you organized and helps you stay on top of things. I will be adding more to my PLN as I take many more education classes. This is not only a good use in EDM310, I can use my PLN all the time.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Blog Post 13

Blog 13 What can we learn from these TED talks?

Authors: Hilliary Sanders, Lauren Patterson, Claire Williams
In last weeks blog, we had the opportunity to watch several videos of Sir Ken Robinson from the prestigious TED Conferences. The speakers who are invited to the TED Conference are considered to be the leaders in their field and are well respected by their peers. We have each chosen a video to discuss. Here are our thoughts…

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The video I chose was Teaching one child at a time by:Shukla Bose. Educating the poor is more than just a numbers game, says Shukla Bose. She tells the story of her groundbreaking Parikrma Humanity Foundation, which brings hope to India's slums by looking past the daunting statistics and focusing on treating each child as an individual.

We as united states citizens, live in a country where education is a right, not a privilege. Every child in the USA has an education, no matter if it is public or private. If you stop to think about it, some small percentage of the country might not get the education that we do. We constantly see that you must have a college degree or higher to even be competitive in the adult job world. Shukla Bose, is trying to provide this for the children of India and in the process, giving them and their families hope for the future.
Shukla Bose, made an excellent point, by saying that not all children get the proper upbringing or chance to foresee their future. Building these schools in the poor part of India will deeply increase the results for learning and a better future for these children. Ms. Bose created this idea and giving these children hope. They are going to be challenged and have the opportunity like every other child to go to college and become successful. Some of the mothers were interviewed and gave insight on the change the school had brought to their children. Most children thought they did not have a future and felt basically hopeless. Now the children believe in themselves, and know that they will have a future just like everyone else. Ms. Bose has given the parents opportunities to be involved with their children. Eighty percent of the parents are actively involved in the schools and want their children to learn and be successful. It really touched my heart, that these kids are able to go to school and gain so much knowledge and when they get home everyday teach their parents.

It is truly amazing that Ms.Bose has come such a long way with these kids in just a few years. Her ultimate challenge is to make her kids strong and competitive in the economy and give them some kind of backbone in the real world. She not only teaches her kids english but teaches them to shoot for the stars and reach for their dreams. By these children achieving their goal, maybe this will end poverty and ignorance that holds people in a state of hopelessness.

Author: Claire Williams

no bully
The video I chose to watch was Shane Koyczan: To This Day ... for the bullied and beautiful. His humorous and realistic approach to hopes and dreams was so captivating and moving. Even as a young adult, I can easily remember thing that classmates would say about me but thankfully, I was strong enough to know that no one else can determine my destiny but me. Koyczan’s spoken word poem addresses the reality of what children deal with on a daily basis. We often ask children what do they want to be what do they like, and what do they think but criticize and push our opinions on them. How can we tell student ‘you can be whatever you want to be’ but at the same time tell them, “that’s not what you want to do”, or “you can’t do that”. Especially as future educators we must always uplift and encourage students.

As a future educator, it just reminds me that children deal with bullying and tormenting in a different manner than adults do. The cruel and mean comments stick with children. For some, it may help motivate them and for others it could cause them to shut down and not try to achieve their goals and dreams. To hear positive encouraging words make a world of a difference. You must be mindful of the words you say to students and to help build their self-esteem.

I would encourage all of my colleagues to watch this video. While it doesn’t introduce new ways of teaching, it is an awesome reminder that bullying still exists, verbally and physically.< br />
Author: Lauren Patterson
Khan Academy
Salman Khan: Let's use video to reinvent education

Founded by Salman Khan, the Khan Academy is a fantastic tool that can be used in the classroom to boost students learning and allows them to go at their own pace. Khan spoke about the creation of the Khan Academy at the 2011 TED Conference in Long Beach, California. What started out to be a way for one cousin to help the other, turned into a multi-media, educational powerhouse used by millions of users each month.

So what exactly is the Khan Academy? Basically the Khan Academy is a resource tool with thousands of videos covering hundreds of topics. Teachers can create "subject" folders and invite students to participate in this unique learning experience. The site is integrated with a "gaming" type software that engages the interest of students and provides positive yet constructive feedback on their progress. Teachers are able to go in and see each students progress and address any issues the students are having on an individual basis. This advanced monitoring system also allows the teacher more time to address those problems areas instead of spending time on lessons that the students are grasping more quickly.

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One of the many great points that Khan pointed out in his video what his thought that often so many students are taught a lesson, then tested and receive a passing grade of 85%, and swiftly moved on to the next lesson. What about the 15% they didn't comprehend enough to answer correctly on the test? In response to this the developers at the Khan Academy decided to integrate the before mentioned "gaming" software. The "gaming" or "testing" area is used to gauge students comprehension. The students are given a series of 10 questions and when the students are able to correctly answer all 10 correct in a row, they are given "badges". This fun, rewarding system keeps the students excited about learning and entices them to do better in order to move forward and receive a specific badge. The students in essence are mastering a lesson while having fun!

How can this be applied in my classroom? I really like to idea Khan mentioned where teachers are assigning the video lessons as homework and the students are actively participating on lessons in the classroom. The "flip" allows the teacher more time to interact with the students and gets the classroom collaborating and helping one another. Something else I think would be a neat idea is to after each lesson, divide the students in groups and allow them to create their own lesson video and present it to the class. This could be a unique way to grade students on a variety of subjects and provides more valuable time learning more about the various "tech" tools they will be using.

When used as a tool in the classroom, the Khan Academy can be extremely useful and is certainly a site that I anticipate utilizing in my classroom and would encourage all educators to check it out and see if it would be a good fit for your classroom as well.

Author: Hilliary Sanders

Thursday, November 14, 2013

C4K post (November)

C4K Comment 1
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My first C4K child is named Louis he is five years old at Pt England School in Auckland. He published a story to his blog called Zombies in Vegas.

The story takes place on an airplane. Shaun awoke from a nightmare, and it was about zombies taking over where he was about to land which was Las Vegas. The story continued with Shaun defeating all the zombies in Las Vegas. The story was quite entertaining, and funny. I believe that after reading this, it made me realize how big kids imaginations are. This particular blog, made me realize that having students write about what they enjoy, really gets them involved with their learning. It really brings their creativity out, and it lets you really see the individual childs talent. As a future teacher, I want my students to have blogs of their own as a fun activity. Not necessarily for a grade, but I will have them publish weekly anything on their mind. I want it to be like a journal. Louis's blog, gave me many ideas of how I want my soon to be students blogs are going to be. It will be made up with imagination, creativity, and exctitement.

C4K Comment 2
ghost

My second C4K child is names Zane, and he is also from pt england school! Zane published a story about a Ghost that haunted three boys named Joe, Franklin and Michael. The story was quite funny, because the ghost ended up being a white sheet covering a tractor. I love that the children at this school, are able to make up stories with their imagination and publish them. I think that this idea builds character and gives the child a reason to get feedback on it. Each child progresses, and it is able to broaden their minds and keep them going.

These children are all able to write what comes to their minds, and it really makes them enjoy learning. I think that as future teachers, we all should let each child do some assignment on their own. Let them brainstorm and get feedback from other people to improve their learning.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Project 15 (Lesson Plan 3)

100 More Hungry Ants


Lesson Plan 3
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Objective:
Demonstrate comprehension of second-grade.
Determine whether a group of objects (up to 20) has an odd or even number of members.
Read and write numbers to 1000 using base-ten numerals, number names, and expanded form.
Add and subtract within 1000 using concrete models or drawings and strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction.
Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners.
Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to clarify comprehension, gather additional information, or deepen understanding of a topic or issue.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Blog Post 12

Sir Ken Robinson...

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Sir Ken Robinson, PhD is an internationally recognized leader in the development of creativity, innovation and human resources in education and in business. He is also one of the world’s leading speakers on these topics, with a profound impact on audiences everywhere. The videos of his famous 2006 and 2010 talks to the prestigious TED Conference have been viewed more than 25 million times and seen by an estimated 250 million people in over 150 countries. His 2006 talk is the most viewed in TED’s history. In 2011 he was listed as “one of the world’s elite thinkers on creativity and innovation” by Fast Company magazine, and was ranked among the Thinkers50 list of the world’s top business thought leaders.

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Changing Education Paradigms

In his video, "Changing Education Paradigms", Sir Ken Robinson asks the question, “How do we educate our children to take their place in the economies of the 21st century? Given that we cannot anticipate what the economy will look like next week”.

I enjoyed this video very much. It opened up my eyes to how public education became what it is today. It is truly amazing at how much has changed over the years. They were trying to alienate the past and move on quickly to the future. The problem with this, is that it is alienating the students, and making them not want to even be in school. If you look at a few years back, people were to be educated from kindergarten to senior year, go to college, and get a career. This is the routine that has always happened, and now our kids do not believe this. The current system was designed and conceived for a different age.It was conceived in the intellectual culture of the enlightenment and in economic circumstance of the industrial revolution. These students are defined by academic and non academic categories. They believe that if they do not make good grades then they are not smart. So they are prescribed medications to calm them down. We are giving our students drugs to get them focused, and this is not the answer. We should be waking them up to what they have inside of themselves. Ringing bells, divided subjects, age group, etc it is the same routine in every school but Sir Robinson asks why? Why put them together based on age?

Divergent Thinking is not Creativity, it is not a synonym; its the ability to see a lot of possibilities to a question. To be able to see multiple answers not just one. Divergent thinking is a great idea, it really involves the child creative wise, not just memorization. Sir Robinson tells a story about 1500 kindergarten children , who were given a test to measure divergent thinking. 98 percent of the children were put in the genus level. They continued giving this test to children as they got older, and the more students failed it. It really shows that as we get older our imagination and creativity with learning slowly fades. It really shows how students are learning and retaining information in the classroom daily. It really opens your eyes up to how it is going to be when i become a teacher.

Author: Claire Williams

The Importance of Creativity

Is our educational system diminishing the individuality and creativity of its students? Sir Ken Robinson seems to think so! He believes we are providing an education for a future that we cannot grasps and feels that creativity should be as importance as literacy. Students should be praised for being different and thinking on their own, rather than being judged and grouped together based on standardized testing. I feel that I have a good understanding of the purpose of standardized testing, I also feel Sir Robinson has a point that creativity should be allowed to flourish, not be suppressed.

In his video, “The Importance of Creativity”, Sir Robinson shares a story about a woman who when she was a child in the 30’s, the educational system wrote a letter to her mother and suggested she had a learning disability because she could not concentrate and was extremely fidgety. Her mother took her to a specialist only to find out that she did not have a learning disability but rather was a brilliant mind that liked to dance and had to be moving to think. She became a very successful dancer who made a large fortune because of her creative ability to dance. More so today, doctors and specialist are quick to medicate children that are perceived to have a learning disability. Sadly enough, often times it is the parents who are requesting the medications because they do not understand nor have taken the time to get to know their children well enough and therefore become frustrated and no longer want to deal with a “hyper” child. I understand that there are some children who truly need to be on medications, but I tend to believe that there are alternatives to medications, such as specialized diets that limit the sugar and food coloring intake by children. There is no telling how many other brilliant minds doctors have suppressed for one reason or another. Ultimately it is the responsibility of the parents to make these types of decisions, but as an educator we should see each child’s individual potential and educate their “whole” being.

Another point that Sir Robinson mentions is how students are taught that making mistakes is the absolute worst possible thing. Now, I realize there are many different levels of “mistakes” and I’m certain he is referring to the low level, non-criminal sort of mistakes. We have to be cautious to not demean our students, but rather turn a mistake into a learning lesson. If students stay in constant fear of making a mistake, and therefore never make mistakes, how will they deal with the real world where it is inevitable that mistakes will be made? Students should feel comfortable and confident enough to know that when they do make a mistake that the right thing to do is to take responsibility for it, reflect on the issue, apologize if necessary and move forward. To simply state it, "If you are not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original” – Sir Ken Robinson

In my opinion, creativity plays a huge role in our students and who they will become. Each student is different and has different potential. It is our job as future educators to help find that potential and to see to it that each and every student grows and develops into someone who is smart, well-rounded, confident and eager to grow themselves.

Author: Hilliary Sanders

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How to Escape Education's Valley

I couldn’t help but laugh as I started watching Sir Ken Robinson's video, "How to Escape Educations Death Valley". Sir Robinson made the most valid points about today's educational system in a light, humorous, and very informative manner. Sir Robinson believes that there are 3 principles that the human mind flourish from.

The 3 Principles are:

1. Human beings are naturally different and diverse: Sir Robinson stated that NCLB is focused on conformity instead of diversity. While math and science are necessities, a good and sufficient education gives equal attention to each and every content area. Students will forever be different and it is important to celebrate each child's talents and allow them to excel.

2. Curiosity: Once a teacher sparks the curiosity in a student, they will learn without any further assistance. Sir Robinson believes that a great teacher passes on information but also provoke, stimulate, evoke, and mentor students. If there is no active learning happening in the classroom, there is no education. Teachers must peak students interest and really show them how to learn as opposed to focusing on testing.

3. Human life is inherently creative: Sir Robinson believes that one of educations roles is to awaken and develop students power of creativity. With all of the standardized testing being used, it is safe to say that education has been geared towards testing instead of using standardized tests to help students.

Moreover, Sir Robinson believes that leaders, namely teachers, should create a climate of possibility. It all starts with a great teacher that motivates, and encourages true learning and understanding to take place. For now, education appears to be in its own death valley but, education just needs a revolution.

Author: Lauren Patterson

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Blog Post 11

cathy cassidy


We were assigned to watch Ms.Cassidy's first graders in a video called Little Kids.. Big Potential. The video is how they incorporate technology into the classroom. The students have blogs of their own to use, and it has really benefited them in so many ways. Technology is not going away, Kathy said this multiple times in her videos and this statement is very true. Technology is expanding day by day, and our students need to be technologically savvey. The opportunities are endless when it comes to technology. Collaborating and working together as a team really makes a big difference in how children learn. Kathy used many different approaches and strategies in her classroom, and I find many of them interesting. I will be using alot of them whenever I become a future teacher.

In Cassidy Part 1 Kathy talked about three important things I will be using in my classroom which is Blogging, Skype, and Twitter.

Blogging
As Kathy mentioned in her video, having a blog not only benefits the student, but gives them many opportunities to get feedback on all of their work. Children need to see the audience, and get different insight from other people around the world. Commenting on each others blogs really helps and motivates better learning. I will be using blogging in my classroom, so my students can become bigger and better learners.

Skype

Kathy talks about how her first grade class uses Skype and how it relates to blogging. Skype develops a relationship between you and other outsiders all over the world. You can discuss blogging and converse on how to make your writing better and improve it. Skype is a wonderful idea especially when you are a blogger. My students will be blogging, so they will be using Skype also, to connect with people.

Twitter
Third would be using Twitter. Kathy mentioned that this was considered the "Older People Facebook". Dr.Strange pointed out that many of his students rarely used Twitter. Twitter is a great tool to use in a classroom. You can follow people and possibly find out interesting tips and tools on successful teaching and learning. Twitter is one of the top websites in the world, and is used by many. I believe that this is a great start to finding different tools to add to your personal learning network.

After watching Cassidy Part 3. Many of the students were asking many questions about blogging and how it affects the day to day life in the classroom. Some students asked about plagiarism and stealing peoples work. Cathy pointed out that its not cheating people piggy back off each others work which is considered collaborating. In the world of technology, people help people and work as a team. Learning is all about collaborating, team work, and learning to be successful. Cathy did an amazing job on answering all of our questions about personal learning networks. I will be using many of the strategies in my future teaching

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Project 12

Thursday, October 31, 2013

C4T #3

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My teacher I was assigned is named, Dorothy Burt. She post to her blog called Manaiakalani: Livng Local Le rning Global.

The blog post is about the The Mayor of Auckland City who signed a 'Memorandum of Understanding' between Auckland City and the Manaiakalani Education Trust. This movie shows you this hui which includes the people of the community,the Kapahaka group, and the whanau.
Mayor Lyn Brown signed a memorandum of understanding the Manaiakalani Education Trust and the Super City of Auckland, NZ. Auckland city was able to carry out its dream of providing free internet to the children in each individual home, and mount the points on power poles to their streets. The mayor of Auckland City went through so much to help the Tamaki Learning Network to become what it is today. It is amazing what the mayor did for these children. Technology has really been a huge deal in helping children in the world. They are able to learn how to use computers and do things through the internet. It is really amazing at how much technology has opened up and broadened people's horizons.
“Digital technology is the foundation for business success in the 21st century. Technology offers our children and young people more than just jobs; it offers them the opportunity to build careers.

C4T Comment 2

Pt England School Gone Google


Google Docs opened a world of possibilities. Children are able to work collaboratively. It bridges their gaps, and it becomes apart of a person's lifestyle. Children who have access to the internet makes them independent learners. It has made a huge difference to this school, and what they have to offer for the future. It becomes apart of a lifestyle and not just what they do in school. Google Docs has been a great enabler for them. Being able to collaborate with their peers, teachers, and adults. You see actual improvement in their learning and improvement in their studies. Google Docs was an amazing idea for students and teachers all over the world.
We actually use Google Docs in EDM310, so I am very much used to collaborating with groups and having people critique my work! It was an amazing invention, and I am most likely going to use this in my teaching.

C4K Post (October)

C4K Comment 1

Service Puppy


Out of my Mind Part 2 My first C4K child is named Eleni, and she also wrote about the new addition to melodys family Butterscotch. Butterscotch is a service dog that is highly trained to help the disabled. Service dogs are very beneficial in peoples lives. They change so many families and really bring joy to your homes. Many of these dogs fit the lives of different people and fit the needs for each individual child.
This video on Elenis blog was on channel 11 news involving a life changing kanine. The town of White Salmon, raised a donation to bring this amazing white lab named Barlet to a man who has almost lost his life due to seizures from stress. Bill suffers from seizure disorders, that started back in football and rodeo. He is not able to go far from home or go anywhere, because his seizures come out of nowhere. Barley, the white lab, was able to tell when Bill was going to have a seizure after just three weeks. It is so special and heart warming how a service dog can change many peoples lives.
Melody I believe will really enjoy having butterscotch in her life. It is truely amazing at how much happiness they can bring to people's homes.

C4K Comment 2

Madison is a fourth grade student in Mrs. Schroeders class. She posted to her blog about her Fourth day week in school. She took a trip to the pumpkin patch, and also discussed Nuval Scoring. Halloween is a very exciting time of the year as we all know. Madison and her class, went to the pumpkin patch and each of them picked out a pumpkin.
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Madison described her experience as being very fun and eventful. I have always loved Halloween and the traditions we do at my house. The whole tale of Halloween has a bunch of history behind it besides trick-or-treating. Halloween is also known as "All Hallows'Eve". It is a yearly celebration observed in a number of countries on October 31, the eve of the Western Christian Feast of All Hallows or (All Saints).


Madison's class, also had a speaker come talk to them about Nuval Scoring. Nuval Scoring, makes it easy to shop like a nutrition expert. One number is all you need to know to make decisions about food for you and your family, decisions you can feel good about. The Nuval System scores food on a scale from 1-100. The higher the number the more nutritious the food is. You can compare overall nutrition the same way you compare a price in the store. The scores summarize nutritional information in one simple number 1 and 100. It also takes into account more than just nutrition, but what's good and bad for you.
Students in elementary school need to learn to start eating healthy not only for their benefit but to lead to healthy ways when they become adults. The smartest thing to do, would be to start eating health at this young age. It gives you more energy to learn, and to think actively. The more better nutrition you have in your body, the better off you will comprehend in class.

nutrition


C4K Comment 3

Learning

Rebekah is in Mrs.Sommervilles class, and she posted to her blog about Learning, and how important it is to learn. Learning is a very important thing for adults as well as children. Your brain is like a sponge that absorbs so much information it is limitless to how much you can obtain. Being a project based learner it really opens up my eyes to how much more you can remember and know just from doing projects, and not reading from a book and taking a test.
Rebekah states that if there was no learning, then children would not be able to grow and become successful engaged learners. It gets tough along the way, but in the end you will feel accomplished, and have something to be proud of.

C4K Comment 4

Caroline wrote a blog post on Voter Discrimination: It Still Exists
voting


Voting has been around for as long as I can remember. We, all as people, have the right to vote, but back then the rules were slighly different. Discrimination arised, and it became a huge war between the goovernment and the people. In today's society, we still actually have discrimination, believe it or not. I do believe that the voting day should be a holiday, where people have the day off from work. Some people out there cannot afford to take off from work to go vote or might not have the time. Transportation is also an issue, because some families do not have vehicles or ways of getting to the voting polls. The only route they take is the bus, so they have to plan and map out there day of when they can go vote. It is a very tough situation, and I strongly believe in making voting an actual holiday.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Project 14- Lesson Plan

What is inside a pumpkin

The students will learn the following:

Classify objects as solids, liquids or gases
Use words that describe real-life objects and actions
Understand the relationship between numbers and quantities
Describe objects by length or weight
Name shapes and identify shapes correctly

Lesson Plan- What is inside a Pumpkin- Claire Williams

Blog Post #10

dreams


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

Randy Pauschs delivered a very touching and one of a kind Last Lecture, that really changed our world. I didnt realize how touching and amazing it was to listen to. I was so in tune with this video, I watched it the whole way through without even clicking pause. Randy Pausch is an amazing teacher and motivator to people all over. My dream is to do the best of my ability as an educator and as a learner. Randy Pausch goal is helping students achieve their dreams, and getting them where they want to be in life. He begins making jokes and shows a slideshow about his fight for cancer. When I saw this it made me realize that we should all take everything into care. You never know how special something is until it is gone. Follow your dreams and fulfill your passions. You should reach for the stars because the possibilities are endless.

After watching this wonderful lecture, I have learned so many things about teaching and learning. The ideas have really motivated me as a future educator to really strive for my students. I want my students to learn as much as they can and achieve all there goals that they desire. I will definitely be reading the book because their were many motivational ideas that caught my attention.

"You can not change the cards you were dealt, you can only change the way you play your hand"-Randy Pausch This quote is so inspirational to people all over the world. I will remember and cherish this quote forever. This will inspire me to never give up on my students, and make sure they never give up on themselves. I know this is supposed to be a good saying on how you live your everyday life, but this will motivate me to never give up on my students and to always encourage and motivate them to strive to the best of their abilities.

What I learned and gathered from watching Randy Pausch’s last lecture was to always chase your dream. Do not ever give up on anything in your life. Cherish every moment you have because you really never know how good something is until it is gone.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Blog Post #9

Learning is fun
Within the walls of a school, students should not be the only ones learning. In order to keep up with the ever evolving tools, programs and techniques used to teach students, teachers need to be in a constant state of learning themselves. Whether they are learning by browsing the web for new ideas, attending workshops or seminars, it doesn’t matter...as long as they are learning and growing! This is something that we as future educators need to keep in mind.

One of the great ways for teachers to learn is by connecting with their peers and finding out what is working for them, and applying it to their own classroom, as they see fit. This week, we had the opportunity to watch 3 videos made by teachers. In their videos, they are detailing what they are doing in their classrooms and describing how it is working for them.

Here is a summary of what we learned...

First we watched a video by Brian Crosby Back to the Future. Brian discusses his fourth grade class and everything that they have accomplished throughout the year. He talks about projects involving the community and making sure that it is technology sufficient. Brian believes that there is no narrow curriculum at all. Curriculums should expand and not be such a basic idea. Imagination and creativity should make up the majority of the teaching

The students were given an assignment called "High Altitude Balloon Project". The students were to pretend that they were the actual balloon and had to talk about their experience of being shot off and fired up. As a balloon, you had to describe every detail about what happened from the second you were on air, until you were way up in the sky. Brian said that the students had a great time doing this, and learned from it. They remembered everything, and were able to learn from each project their teacher made them do. It is so important to be able to provide projects like this as a teacher. Especially with fourth grade, their attention span doesn't last very long. Providing activity projects such as the Balloon project, or the air pressure from a coke can project, are great ways for students to successfully learn.

Brian Crosby talks about the Language Intense and what all students get from being active and independent learners. The students are able to...

  • Read and Write to Learn Content

  • Write to Clarify and Share

  • Write to Tell a story; Creativity and Imagination

  • Feedback

  • Articulate Orally

  • Connect Globally

  • Authentic Audience

  • Remember Audience

  • Remember the science, high hopes art


Brian discussed a lot about how active learning is the key. Empowering students to become independent learners and learn on their own. He is a great motivator as well as an educator to really get his students involved in their learning. He makes it fun and memorable.

Brian Crosby decided by using these projects, it helped his students learn to be independent learners. Technology has made a huge leap in the education world. A girl in the fourth grade class was very sick. She was not able to physically be in the classroom, but she still got her education. We were so enthused to see that Mr. Crosby let this little girl still attend his fourth grade class, but not actually be there. It was a very touching and great thing to do for a child who cannot do everything other kids can do. To be able to still get her education through the use of technology really shows us, that anything is possible through successful learning.

In the next video, Blended Learning Cycle, Paul Andersen, a teacher from Bozeman, Montana shows us how by utilizing his PLN (Personal Learning Network) he was able to come up with a new technique to use in his AP Biology class. The “Blended Classroom” is the idea of utilizing more online and mobile resources with the 5 E’s of the “Learning Cycle”; engage, explore, expand, explain and evaluate. Combined together, Mr. Andersen refers to this as “QUIVERS” which is an acronym for,

QU- Question
I - Investigate and Inquire
V - Video (podcast)
E - Elaboration
R - Review
S - Summary Quiz

In his classroom, Mr. Andersen prefers PBL (Project Based Learning) plans, so this “blended classroom” works well for his students. His unique approach to teaching provides his students with an alternate way to learn that peaks their interest and promotes their eagerness to learn.

The last video we viewed featured Mark Church, the author of Making Things Visible. Church presented a new topic to his class and asked them to create a headline based on what they thought of it. After teaching the topic in depth, he asked the class to re-evaluate their headline and to see if their opinion changed.

We all agree that Church did a wonderful job engaging his students in the new lesson by allowing them to pre-teach themselves and grow throughout the lesson. Also, going back and seeing how much more you know is always exciting and for students, it is fun to see whose prediction of a particular topic was mother most similar to the true facts.

Authors: Hilliary Sanders, Lauren Patterson, and Claire Williams

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Blog Post #8

Technology is an essential part of everyday life for many people, including today’s students. It’s time to start incorporating technology in the classrooms, so we can help our students become more comfortable with using technology and keep them interested in learning. Here are some great tools that can be used in the classroom...

Wiggio



Wiggio is an amazing site to use when working on assignments and projects collaboratively in groups. The makers of Wiggio decided to develop this program because they became frustrated with sending emails back and forth trying to collaborate, and it became very difficult to have meetings that were convenient for everyone due to their busy schedules or illnesses that wouldn’t allow them to physically meet. Wiggio was the answer to these problems!

Wiggio is a virtual meeting site where you can create and maintain projects. Group members have the ability to create and share documents, and upload additional files. The site was designed to be easy and straightforward, even for someone who is not computer savvy. Wiggio provides everything that you need to work productively in your groups, without having difficult unnecessary features. Wiggio is a solution offered by Desire2Learn, a global leader in cloud-based (SaaS) learning solutions. Desire2Learn enables clients to deliver a seamless, personalized experience using technology that inspires users to connect, collaborate, and engage in ways that reflect their unique needs. Also because Wiggio is web-based, collaborating is extremely convenient.

Wiggio would be a great way tool for students to use in the classroom. Students will learn how to collaborate, and learn how to do it on the computer. I think using this also in EDM310 would be very beneficial. Instead of having to meet in the lab every week, we could use Wiggio from the comfort of our homes.

Authors: Lauren Patterson, Hilliary Sanders and Claire Williams


Popplet



Popplet is a big pinboard you can put Popples onto. It takes graphic organizers into the digital age by allowing users to not only organize words, but they can link to pictures, YouTube videos and Google maps. Students remain engaged while organizing their content. Students and teachers can also collaborate on a Popplet by inventing other Popplet users to work on their projects.

Popplet
Popplet is a great thing for students and teachers to have. This tool allows you to look up certain materials or items and get feedback on each subject. You can also post your own stuff on your own Popplet. It is very similar to Facebook and Twitter. I researched and Mrs.Pazos class is using Popplet for an assignment on world cultures. Each student must explore and explain the rights and duties of citizens. Popplet is a great tool to use for assignments such as these, because it involves students mentally and physically. The advantages of Popplet is that students can sign up without emails, and collaborate together. The disadvantage is that students can only make 5 total Popplets with one free account.

Popplet is a very useful and beneficial tool, and I think all students should give it a shot. As a future educator I will be using Popplet in my classroom. It is a very fun and easy tool for students to use. Collaborating is very important for students to get used too, because you work as a team with any job you get.

Author: Claire Williams


Edmodo



With all the extra paperwork, meetings, and workshops teachers have to juggle, any resource that helps them manage their time and still be an effective teacher is alright in my book. Edmodo is a safe social learning platform for teachers, students, and parents. Through Edmodo, teachers can post additional lessons, assignments, and quizzes for their class. They can also grade the assignments through Edmodo.

For the students, it is a great way to communicate with your classmates about assignments, or even just to share photos for fun. One upside is that students get the perks of "social media" but it is monitored by the classroom teacher. In addition, Edmodo is mobile phone friendly. Students can not only access Edmodo from iPads, smartphones, and tablets but they can receive notifications about updates that their teacher posts to the site. Parents also have the opportunity to access their child's classroom information through Edmodo. This is one innovative way to keep parents involved.

Edmodo is considered the Facebook of education and we all know how often users check in just to see what's going on. Edmodo practically can function in that same manner for students, parents and teachers. From getting clarification on an assignment, collaborating with fellow classmates, to checking grades, Edmodo should definitely be implemented in classrooms to keep everyone in the loop.

Author: Lauren Patterson


Socrative



As an educator, it is our responsibility to find new and fun way to engage our students. Especially if you are teaching the higher grades in elementary schools. Most fourth thru sixth grade students have very active “tech” lives outside of the classroom. These students are browsing the web, texting or using Skype to communicate with their friends and playing video games. The are bored with the typical classroom where the teacher presents their lesson, passes out worksheets for the students to complete, then administers tests to judge the students understanding. So what can we do to relate to this generation of students? One way is by utilizing new technologies in the classroom such as Socrative, which is a great tool for quizzing and testing students.

Socrative is a free web-based platform that can be accessed on any PC, iPad, iPod or smartphone device with internet connection. Teachers has the flexibility to create a custom True or False, multiple choice or short answer quiz for the students to take by themselves or a quick quiz question announced out loud. The teachers can also group the students together and have a “Space Race” between the groups. Space Race is a fun way to engage the students, assess their understanding and help build communication skills through collaboration with other students. Immediate feedback will be sent to the teacher to record the results. There is also an “Exit Ticket” feature that allows the students time at the end of the day to reflect on what they have learned that day.

Another great feature of Socrative is that the students are not required to sign-up for an account to participate. Each time a quiz is being administered, the teacher will be assigned a “Room Number” for the students to join. Also because Socrative is a web-based program, other than an internet ready device, no other equipment is needed.

Socrative is a great way to facilitate discussions and assess student learning. This easy and fun student response system is sure to grab the attention of your students and keep them interested and excited about learning.

Author: Hilliary Sanders

Saturday, October 12, 2013

C4T # 2

C4T Comment 1

I believe that as a teacher, every classroom should get a chance to explore and have the opportunity to have an imagination. That is what teaching is about creativity and fun.

creativity

Denise Krebs wrote an article on Creative Genius, which is a movement that allows students to follow their own passions and explores creativity in the classroom. I think that this idea is very interesting. Students need to bring out their imagination, as well as creativeness. Students need to be involved in the classroom and should be able to come up with their own ideas. It makes them more involved and makes each child feel important.
Denise gave me the idea to use "Genius Hour" when I become a teacher. I want my students to be creative and independent learners.

C4T Comment 2

Denise Krebs second post The Reform Symposium, is about a conference that will be held October 11th to 13th in conjunction with Connected Educator Month. The entire conference will be online using the Blackboard Collaborate webinar platform. The webinar is a world wide conference. You can attend this online at your home or anywhere that has Internet access. This amazing conference provides educators new or currently active on social networks, the opportunity to connect with educators and professionals in the field of education worldwide.
From my personal experience, we have webinar where I work, and it is very convenient. Webinar is great for people that have to communicate with people all over the world in a conference setting. Some of the people that will be on this webinar are, Genius Hour, Jason Levine on Call and Response Tunes to Practice Verb Tenses (sounds fun!), Michael Griffin on Working in the Global Classroom and Chris Wejr on Education Leadership: Creating the Conditions for Passion and Innovation.

I think that every teacher needs to atleast try a webinar for personal experience.
webinar

Project #9- Podcast

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Blog Post #7

project based learning
Experiences of a 3rd Grade Teacher

After listening to Anthony Capps conversations, in his Project Based Learning Videos Part 1 and Part 2, it is clear that Project Based Learning is the key to successful teaching and fun learning. He talked about several projects that he did with his class that really gets you thinking. Doing these projects showed each student what they have achieved, but also what they’ve learned. One of the projects, the students had to write letters to Congressman, Joe Bonner. They wanted to give their opinions as to how they felt about women being allowed to fight in combat. The kids were so excited to do this project. Some students had family members in the military, so they each could connect in a special way. This project made the students feel involved and accomplished. The projects Anthony chooses for his 3rd grade class are great projects that we could use as teachers. The students have fun, they want to learn, and they go home feeling achieved and happy. Project Based Learning is a learning and planning experience. It takes a lot of work but, in the end, you come out successful. Not all projects are perfect, but you as a person feel successful. You can always improve to become better.

In another video, Anthony also discussed iCurio, and how much he uses it in his classroom. It allows students to safely search websites pulled from online. Whether it is pictures, audio, video etc., iCurio allows teachers and students to store content they find valuable. Students using iCurio will get used to making folders and completing assignments online. This is also a great way to keep the students organized. iCurio is kid friendly, and having this in classrooms will be a great use. Students will learn how to be technology sufficient and gain knowledge each day. Anthony did yet another video about Discovery Education, which is another website that he uses with his students. Discover Education deals with science and social studies. Students used this when discovering many things, such as plants and people in history. As a teacher you are bringing these texts to life, and making the students feel like they are in the book. Students see it and watch it in progress, and most kids would rather be watchers compared to reading and writing.

learning cycle
The videos we watched were very helpful, and gave many good tips to our future teaching. We believe that everything he talked about will really help us in our own classrooms. Project Based Learning, iCurio and Discovery Education are great ways to benefit kid’s lives and make sure each child gets the attention they deserve. With Project Based Learning students have a better chance of becoming successful, as well as better learners and observers.

Authors: Lauren Patterson, Hilliary Sanders and Claire Williams




project based learning
Additional Thoughts About Lessons by:Anthony Capps

A lesson, provides framework that guides class instruction. It is based on student needs in terms of the curriculum, and unit of instruction. Lessons often reflect the interests and needs of individual students. Anthony Capps added his additional thought about lesson plans. They must be made up of four components in terms of being four layers thick. Being a teacher, you must be able to come up with a year plan, unit plan, week plan and daily lesson plan. When you think about it, it seems tough, but it helps you stay extremely organized and prepared. Lessons not only help the teacher stay organized, but it helps the student as well. Students can prepare what they have learned over the course of time, as well as gain knowledge.

With the year plan, you must think about how it fits in with your entire school year. This is extremely important and crucial because you have to make sure that it fits in perfectly with everything you do. The unit plan is the second layer. It is for devising projects, hands on activities, group projects etc. You must start with an aspect or approach. You cannot rush the unit and say “We are going to learn this today, and you must know all of it by tomorrow”. Rushing is not the key, You must casually progress it overtime. When the students start with an aspect they should be able to master the outcome in 6 to 8 weeks. The third layer is the week plan. Several questions come about with this. How are you devising your week to get everything done? Are you going to get the goal for the week done? What is your Monday through Friday goal? The fourth layer is the daily lesson plan. The daily lesson is something you do daily with each child. Delivering to your students, you must get their attention properly and have them engaged in their learning. Having something afterwards, to see what they have learned, and to where you can pick up the day. If not you will not be successful in lesson planning period.

The four components we have here, are very crucial in having an effective teaching method. Without these four components, teachers would be out of sorts, and wouldn't have a clue of where to begin. Anthony Capps did a wonderful job explaining the lesson in layers. It is like an onion, you peel one layer after another. The four ideas are a fantastic way to have a phenomenal lesson in your classroom. As a future teacher, I will be using this method in my teaching.

Claire Williams



teachers are learners too
The "Anthony - Strange" List of Tips for Teachers

Anthony Capps is a former student of Dr. Strange in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. Anthony is now a 3rd grade teacher at Gulf Shores Elementary School. The duo discusses several important aspects of being an educator in the "Anthony-Strange list of Tips for Teachers" video.

Before we move to the list, I think it's important to mention that Anthony Capps is not your ordinary elementary school teacher. In Capps' classroom, he is using technology to assist his students with many of their assignments. He incorporates the use of iCurio and Discovery Education in his Project Based Learning lessons. His style of teaching accomplishes many things including keeping the students engaged by using tools they find interesting and fun while growing their ability to collaborate successfully. His teaching style is the new 21st century classroom! As mentioned earlier, Dr. Strange is an Educational Media Instructor at the University of South Alabama. His vast knowledge of the wide array of tech tools and programs for the classroom is invaluable. These two are definitely on top (and ahead) of the game. For these reason, any advice offered from these gentlemen should be taken, and applied in your own classroom.

Now, the list…

Be a constant learner yourself
Part of being an educator is to not only teach lessons, and classroom standards, but also to be a positive role model for your students and others around you. If we are interested in learning, they will notice and hopefully be interested themselves. It is clear that the methods of teaching are evolving, and we must keep up. We must continue to learn new techniques and programs and come up with our own new ideas on how to incorporate it all in the classroom.

Teaching never ends, It is hard work...But very rewarding
Anything worthwhile, is worth the time. We all want our students to learn and succeed so they can be productive and valuable members of society. In order to help them succeed, we must take steps to make ourselves valuable. One way to do that is by seeing teaching as not only a job, but as a hobby. By doing this, we spend much of our personal time working on our “craft” and growing our techniques and ideas for the classroom. Our efforts will pay off when we see that our students are growing and learning.

Be Flexible...The unexpected will happen!
The idea behind this tip is to to be flexible by having a back-up plan. Things may not always go as planned, and you do not want to be caught off guard. So when creating your lesson plans, make sure you think of everything. This would be especially true if you plan to use computers, iPads and such as learning tools in the classroom. Say the school lost power and/or internet connection, what would you do? It’s never a bad idea to have an alternate plan, just in case.

Start with a Goal
I’m sure every teacher starts the school year with boosting themselves up, and giving themselves a pep talk about how this year is going to be the best and every student is going to do well and pass on to the next grade level. This should be every teacher’s goal. But how do you guarantee this happens? Kids like to have fun, so make learning fun for them. Find new unique ways to keep the students engaged, and eager to learn. For instance, using podcast is a easy and simple way for students to listen to a lesson, and yet it seems fun to them. It somewhat relates to back to their second tip, on how we are to make teaching more fun for ourselves. If you are having fun, it doesn’t feel like you are learning.

Engage 100% of your Students, 100% of the Time, in 100% of Their Projects
It is important to keep students interested in learning. This can be accomplished by making learning fun to them. One way to do this is by using programs such as iCurio and Discovery Education. These sites are safe for use in the classrooms and offer new, unique ways for the students to learn. In particular, Discovery Education offer interactive books, which makes reading fun. You can also engage your students by challenging them to find fun and interesting facts about another country by using iCurio. Students typically thrive on order and routine, so it is very important to be consistent. Try to always incorporate these types of learning tools in every assignment. Remember, if you are having fun, it doesn't feel like you are working and learning. So make it fun!>

Reflect, Revise and Share your work with an audience
Their last tip is probably the most important one of all. Being a teacher takes a lot of time, and we must also have it in our minds to do our best and produce the best learning environment for our students. We take the time to create great lesson plans, and decorate the perfect classroom, so it shouldn’t be difficult to take the time to step back and reflect on what we have done, to see if there is room for improvement. There may not be any need to improve, but taking the time to observe and reflect will keep your mind growing for the next phase.

This list has certainly been insightful and very useful. The main idea that I take away from this list is that we should always strive to be the best all around teacher possible. Be the teacher that inspires her students to want to learn, because she exhibited a learning spirit. Be a teacher that is resourceful and knowledgeable. And finally be the teacher that your students will want to come back and visit, or one day write about on their personal blog because you were their inspiration.

Hilliary Sanders


learn teach tech
Don't Teach Tech. - Use it

In the video of Anthony Capps, he made it plain and clear that teachers should use technology in their classrooms. I can definitely say I'm hesitant when it comes to incorporating new ideas and components simply because there's a chance that students may not understand. Anthony made a very good point in saying that we should not teach technology to our students. Instead, we should just allow them to use it. Don't get the wrong idea though. Yes you have to give the students directions but, setting aside 30 minutes a day to teach students how to work a program isn't necessary. Using technology comes natural to just about every child so inadvertently , they will be able to navigate through websites and programs without a great deal of prior knowledge.

Moreover, Anthony reminds us to scaffold the information we give our students and to build upon the prior skills they've already learned. You can't expect our students to produce a perfect product the first try but the following week, they can perfect the previously learned skill and add on the new component.

All in all, Anthony made some very valid points during his video and it's great confirmation for apprehensive individuals like myself that students will be able to grasp on to the new and innovative ways to learn and they will be excited to do so.

Lauren Patterson

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Project 13 Lesson Plan One

Red Riding Hood
In this Project Based Learning assignment, students will pair up and together read the story of Little Red Riding Hood. The students will use iCurio to determine the capitol of states listed and the distance between each capitol. They will track her journey to Grandmother’s house using worksheets provided. They will also present a fun fact to the class about a city / town of their choice. And finally the students will tally the miles traveled by Little Red Riding Hood to Grandmother's house.

Little Red Riding Hood - Lesson Plan
Created by: Lauren Patterson, Hilliary Sanders and Claire Williams





Project Thirteen --------------------------------------------- Lesson Plan #1 created by: Lauren Patterson, Hilliary Sanders and Claire Williams

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

PLN Project #2

Symbaloo


My PLN so far as been a very cool and exciting experience. I recently made an account on Symbaloo. Symbaloo is the easiest starting point on the Internet. "It’s that simple; you could have thought of it yourself!" kind of deal. This tool provides easy internet access, and prevents you from having to go to many different tabs. So far my experience with symbaloo has been very productive. I managed to add all of my favorite places to go to on the internet. I have added Pinterest, Yahoo Mail, and The Weather Channel. I also added a new webmix called EDU TOOLS. It has everything up to Wiki Spaces,Teacher Tube, Skype and PB Works . I would highly recommend adding this webmix. It has many tiles you may want to use in future teaching as well as for EDM 310 projects.

I absolutely love Symbaloo. I have never been a very organized person when it comes to the computer or managing folders, pictures, etc. Ever since I created my Symbaloo, it has really helped me stay in order. I haven't quite finished my Symbaloo, but I will definitely be adding more to it.