Sunday, September 25, 2011

Project 5: Google Presentation

Blog Post 5

In the post Dont teach your kids this stuff...please?  Dr. Mcleod writes about technology and how important it is to get a leg up in teaching your students about it. My position is that I am completely supportive of moving forward in technology and continuing to educate our students on how important technology is to our life. The sooner you learn an important skill the more fluent you become.

In the video The iSchool Initiative Travis Allen describes a school where there are no books or paper just using the iTouch from Apple to conduct tests, assignments, notes, study guides and many other paper focused activities. I'm somewhat skeptical about this initiative because in Alabama our budgets are at an all time low and if you work in an impoverished school how will the students be able to pay for the iTouch. There is always the threat of breaking or someone stealing it. Also in some cases pen and paper is a great way to get your ideas out. You may also be able to draw on the device but there really is nothing comparable to drawing and shading with a pencil. Overall I think its an interesting idea but it may take a while for it to become a bug free initiative.

In the video Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir he created a choir with many people all over the world to create a virtual choir. This is impressive because it is difficult to conduct a choir in person and Eric did it virtually. I am very impressed with this video and enjoyed it very much. I think this is a great use of the internet because it brings a big group of people together.

In the video Teaching in the 21st Century Roberts argues a valid point. If we as teachers don't give our students the right tools and techniques for the internet and all its add ons, then where will they learn the right techniques? We must take it upon ourselves to educate our students successfully.

Project 9a: Timetoast Timeline

Sunday, September 18, 2011

My Sentence Video

Blog Post 4

Eagle Nest Radio & Class Blog

During this podcast the students provided useful information about the Roman Empire and showed great skill in creating a quality podcast. I liked that the students put music behind the narration it provided an impressive quality. The students conducted themselves well and had excellent annunciation. They kept the podcast interesting by giving opinions and interesting facts all about the Roman Empire.


As I listened to this podcast I was very impressed by the professionalism of the children during the reading. In the blog post the author describes how they made the script for the progress and it was a great idea to help the reader follow along. The author describes in great detail how to create a quality blog post and gives some great tips.

The Benefits of Podcasting in the Classroom

This vodcast was very educational to a first time podcaster, the author outlines effective ways of creating a quality podcast/vodcast. Also the author outlines great advantages of making a podcast. You can record a lecture and post it so your students can use it as a review or you can create a lesson on how to make a podcast. He gives some great ideas on creating your first podcast.


Sunday, September 11, 2011

Project 3 : C4T : The Thinking Stick

C4T #1
When I read the blog, Sometimes You Need To Throw Out The Container With The Leftovers, I agreed strongly with the blogger. Sometimes you need to evaluate your teaching ways because even though change is hard it is necessary. Even though I am not yet a teacher in a classroom, I am constantly being taught new things. There are so many new ways to teach and to be taught that we have to flip our ways of thinking about teaching in general. His opinions and ideas were very interesting and informative.
Comment #1
I commented on this blog post and shared with the blogger that I enjoyed reading his blog post and i agreed with his ideas about teaching.

C4T #2
In the blog post 5 Gmail Tips for Teachers the author gives some helpful tips on dealing with gmail. I recommend checking it out, it helped me a lot. This author has some interesting ideas when I read some of his previous blog posts.

Blog Post 3

 Peer Editing

For C4C #2 I commented on Kelly Ficarelli's Blog on the Project #3 post in which I found no grammatical errors and a very interesting post. She shared her opinion on the assigned blog honestly and creatively, in which she highlighted some high points in the blog post. She distributed great clarity in her post. If i were to give any negative criticisms I would do it privately by email because I prefer to be discrete and to not make the author uncomfortable. Otherwise I found no errors so I commented on her post and gave her my honest opinion, in which I enjoyed the post. 

In this blog post Ms. Hines offers a great point on technology and its role in the classroom. She states that to use it effectively the teacher also needs to be a learner. Technology is always changing and as I have observed the younger generation is often some of the first people to master it. Which means as teachers to keep up with our students learning abilities we need to be as fluent in technology as our students our. 
Also she stresses to focus on the  students learning without having to pound the information in the child's brain over and over again with no results. Another good point she makes is that when the technology is not utilized it is wasted money. Which is a disappointment for the children whom are excited about new and different ways to learn and would likely enjoy using said technology thoroughly. 

Mr. Fisch's post was very powerful to me, he argued that today in the 21st century teachers need to be technologically literate to be successfully teaching their students.  I completely agree that if the teachers do not take responsibility for providing a technological environment for their students they may never be exposed and become technologically illiterate themselves. As a future teacher I need to be exposed to technology in every way possible to ensure that I am using my states tax dollars successfully teaching our future leaders. 
Reflecting on my own learning experience, I was taught since first grade that it is important to know how to use a computer, I was a successfully fast typer by middle school and have proficiently used a computer since fifth grade. The longer you wait to learn something the harder it becomes to learn so in turn the sooner our students learn the more proficient they will be with the technology.
This ever changing social media count is not surprising to me personally being someone who has been involved in social media for a good amount of time. Technology moves so fast and it has a daily effect on how fast it moves into our lives and our classrooms. Who knows? In 100 years teachers may not be needed as technology progresses. In the last 10 years technology has come so far it is astounding.
If you would have asked me that I could use a portable phone like a computer 10 years ago I would not have believed you. That was an idea of the future, and look where we are, the future! I cant imagine how far we will come in the next 10-20 years with technology but as I prepare for my career as a teacher I'm attempting to prepare myself for the ever changing technology in our environment.

In this video there are some startling numbers which are quite true in my own life. There are rarely enough hours in the day to complete all my tasks, such as having a part time, high stress job, being a full time student with plenty of homework, and keeping up with social relationships and household chores, oh and sleep. I somewhat agree that the technology we invent can sometimes hold us back from learning, but I don't believe the laptop was made to help students to not pay attention in class, it's intended purpose is for a person on the go who needs access to the internet.
Also I don't believe social networks were made for the same reason, but as many different things in our environment are misused from time to time but for the most part are used for the intended reason. Technology can harm and help our daily tasks and for the most part is a useful and important part of my life. 


Sunday, September 4, 2011

Blog Post 2

Did you know?
In this video it explains that the technology in our environment is ever changing and and the staggering numbers are very surprising. The amount of technology has risen so much in the last 10 years and it steadily rising. I believe that technology is good for everyone and it helps everyone in so many aspects of our lives. It effects our schooling, work, social interactions, and everyday life. I know I use the internet multiple times a day on many different devices and appreciate how much it helps me complete many tasks.

Mr. Winkle Wakes
In this video it is showing Mr. Winkle is surprised how much the world has changed and how many different technologies there are. Mr. Winkle is confused by all the machines in the workplace and in the hospital but is comforted when he goes into a school and the technology is being neglected. I believe that the video is trying to show that technology should be utilized in the classroom much more and it should not be neglected when it can be used to help the students learn in a different way. I agree with this video in that technology should be used in the classroom to help the students learn in a different way.

Sir Ken Robinson: The Importance of Creativity
In this video Mr. Robinson is explaining that many children are not being exposed to creative ways of learning. He argues that creativity is important to a child's development and that being creative is beneficial to their overall learning experience. I agree with his argument, I know that being creative in dance and art helped me, I suffer from ADD, become more focused in my studies and get better grades. Having a creative outlet is helpful because it focuses your creative energy into an activity so when you need to concentrate on another activity your creativity does not spill over into the activity you are currently working on.

Cecelia Gault Interviews Sir Ken Robinson
In this video the student Cecelia interviews Mr. Robinson, she asks him about his views on education. For me to have students like Cecelia who are so creative and interested in learning is a dream come true. Catering to such driven children is challenging but also rewarding. For students like Cecelia you need to provide a challenging and ever evolving learning environment which stimulates their creativity.

Vicki Davis: Harness Your Students Digital Smarts
In this video it shows a teacher who is using technology in her classroom effectively by empowering students to take part in each others learning experience. She teaches them effective ways of writing blog, and connecting with students across the world. I admire this teacher for her work because she is teaching students not to be afraid of new technology and to be knowledgeable about all the technologies they will need in the future.

-Meredith :)