Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Project #12 B

Team Grammar

Boston Morgan
Rebekah Linton
Randy Rayford

Monday, April 20, 2015

Blog Post #13

What Did I Leave Out?
For this blog post, I've listed a few things that I think should be taught in our schools today.


This week we were assigned to do a blog post on what we believe should have included in our class assignments. Here's what I came up with,  as for me and my students. something, that I would highly enforce in my classroom is learning how to write legibly and writing in cursive. More so important writing so that people can actually read what the student is trying to say. You would be surprised how many adults here today actually do  not know how to write, spell or less known write their name in cursive.  Since I've been attending South Alabama I've heard the saying "please write so that I can read your hand writing at least 100 times this semester. Were all focusing so much on the use of technology till where at the point now we've forgot about the old fashioned ways. Since we are all grown and in college now, professors assume that we as students know these things but some people actually don't. Cursive handwriting is something that seems to me has just completely disappeared within the public school system and I personally think we as future educators should bring it back into our school systems.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Blog Post #12

After watching the video Assistive Technologies for Vision and Hearing Impaired Children, I found it to be very interesting to me. For one seeing how the teachers were active with helping their students really touched a soft spot. Patience is something that we as future educators must endure. 

Using some forms of technology can really benefit children and help them develop several different learning skills. Teaching Math to the Blind, was a very inspirational video on teaching students with hearing and vision disabilities. It helps these students with beginning algebra and much more. Another video was The Mountbatten, and I learned so many cool things about this piece of technology. This very unique tool can do almost anything your normal desktop could do. 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Blog Post #11

After watching all 6 videos, I've come to conclusion that the one I really liked the most would 
have to be BACK TO THE FUTURE by Brian Crosby. I think he had some really cool ideas for projects. The hot air balloon project was one I really found interesting. Not only did the students learn but they had the ability to use technology while doing it. In today's world, just about everything involves the use of some technology and allowing the kids to use it a very young age I think is a really great idea.  

In Blended Learning Cycle, Paul Anderson talked about the process of blended learning together which is the compelling design of mobile, online and classroom. He also uses the acronym Q.U.I.V.E.R.S which is his way of remembering the blended learning cycle. This simply stands for Questions, Investigation, Video, Elaboration, Review and Summary quiz.

    In the next video, Making Thinking VisibleMark Church had his students to watch a video about early human beginnings. Then the Students would have to come up with a headline that tells you what he or she learned.  Later the Students worked together to come up with this phrase and write them down. Last they all were told to hang up their headlines and two weeks later to go back and look and them and see if anything had changed. I personally believe this was a really unique exercise Mr. Church had his students complete

 In Teaching Digital Citizenship which is by a fifth grade teacher in Omaha, Nebraska by the name of Sam Pane. Basically what he talks about is  teaching his class how to be good digital citizens.  This simply means teaching proper behavior and setting appropriate prohibitions. Watching what you post and the things that you share online because later in life you don't want those things to come back and haunt you in future. I think we can learn a number of things from Mr. Pane.

Roosevelt Elementary's PBL just shows you how Project Based Learning is used in the school. These projects are very helpful not only to us as teachers but to our students as well. PBL is something that we will continues to use throughout our career.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Blog Post #10

                                             Little Kids...Big Potential

After watching the three videos about Ms. Cassidy I began to think.. this lady must really love technology. She used just about every piece of technology she could get her hands including the Nintendo DS. I think this was a really great idea especially in terms of the students learning at the same time.  I also really loved the idea of secure web browsing. My biggest concern with the use of technology in the classroom would be kids abusing the privilege or using it for other purposes rather then learning. Even today for example here at USA , a professor of mine banned the use of technology in her class simply because students would surf twitter, buy clothes, use chat websites during class in stead of using it to learn/take notes. I guess with a group of elementary kids you don't have much to worry about besides playing video games during lecture. I think that using the techniques Ms. Cassidy use for her classroom would be a great way to get the students more involved.  

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Blog Post #9

I find Project Based Learning for Teachers to be very helpful  for not only myself as a future educator but to others as well.  As future educators PBL seemed to be used a lot in EDM 310 so I'm sure it has a lot to do with our field of study. This resource requires students not only to interact but to create and share their class work with other students and or teachers.  

1. A Need to Know- When a student ask questions about that particular subject and or assignment .
2. A Driving Question-Typically an open ended question that make the student think what was the whole purpose for completing this project.
3. Student Voice and Choice- Basically keeps the students interested when  making their own decisions when completing class work/projects.
4.21st Century Skills- This one speaks for itself, teaches our students the skills and techniques of communicating and using technology in today's world.
5.Inquiry and Innovation- Students come up with their own questions answers and conclusion
6.Feedback and Revision- which is basically where each and every student critiques one another's work.
7. A Publicly Presented Product- Students come together and share what they have learned

·         This topic would have to be the one I enjoyed the most. After watching the video I have learned that a simple "Good Job" could go a long way as a teacher.  However, rewarding my students is one of the many things I look forward to when becoming a teacher. I want my students to know that Hey, Good job and they should be praised for following directions and or doing their work.

The next assignment that I chose was" Ten Sites Supporting Digital Classroom Collaboration in Project Based Learning."  This also Plays an important role when using  PBL's and the different type of methods that are used such as…

Titan Pad
Wall Wisher
Google Docs
Microsoft Live
Today's Meet
Skype In Education and Quick Screen Share

Two Students Solve the problem of Watery Ketchup By Designing A New Cap 

This particular video was very interesting to me. These two  high school students were dying to know why water comes out of a ketchup bottle when squeezing it. It's interesting to me because I've always wondered the same thing. The use of PBL helped these guys find out why such a thing happens. This shows that these  guys will go a long way in whatever they do, If you want something out of life don't stop until to reach it no matter what the situation may be.