Friday, September 23, 2011

Blog Post #5

kids in classroom using ipads

Don't Teach Your Kids This Stuff. Please?
This blog post was very interesting. It had a different format then other blogs. It was sarcastic and basically to the point. Some say it was confusing, but it the truth about technology. Technology is the future. This means that students need to being using technology to get them familiar with it. Although, I think students of the 21st century know all about technology and can use it better than their teachers and some teachers. I say YES to technology.

"From Mr. McLeod's About Me page, Scott McLeod is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Kentucky. He also is the Founding Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), the nation’s only academic center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators, and was a co-creator of the wildly popular video series, Did You Know? (Shift Happens)."

SmartBored teaching in classroom

The iSchool Initiative
Watching this video i was astounded by how much the itouch can actually be used for strictly school usage. I think that this is an excellent idea. He is really on top of this idea and knows exactly what it is he wants to make a reality. He is conquering his goal by getting the support of others and making meetings with different affiliates with the Apple itouch and school administration. I believe that this will one day be a reality.

Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir
This video is so cool. To know that all these people never met, but they are apart of 1 choir amazes me. I saw an instrumental video like this before in my intro to music class. I think it is so cool that this is able to actually work out and sound great. It definitely makes me think about how they are able to put all this together.

students using laptops in class

Teaching in the 21st Century
I really liked this video it makes you think. Thinking about this video I was pondering about how it would affect me being a teacher in the future. It seems to me that this video is saying that the teachers would be teaching the students how to apply different concepts, make sure they know how to validate the information and also problem solve with the information...etc. Right now students can find "anything, anytime, anywhere." Its totally made possible with all the technology that we have thus far. Thinking to the future that it is already true that "teachers are no longer the main source of knowledge." Now we have to change our teaching ways and teach them how to use the technology as long with trusting (validating) what they are reading online and such places. Teaching has totally changed, and I think for the better. We now have more technological resources being used at the students expense. I think its great.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Blog Post #4

podcasting cycle

This blog was incredible. I enjoyed listening to the podcast and reading along with them. I think that this is a great idea! Even with first graders. I think the podcast read-along would make the children more excited about learning to read and reading in general. It gives the kids something interactive to do while learning. Like the post stated the students started to learn about the way their voices sounded and wanting to redo the recording. I like how the students have a script to read along with, but I understand how sometimes they could get lost. I think its a great idea that they have the certain noise indicating they were moving on to the next chapter. I feel this is a great tool to use in the classroom and the students enjoy this method also.

The benefits of podcasting in the classroom
I really like the idea of podcasting in the classroom. It gives the students another way to study or have the advantage to keep up with what's going on in the classroom if they are out sick. I never thought about how the kids could keep up with the class when being out sick, but I really like that it's an option to help the students. I really think that I will be incorporating podcasting in my classroom in some way. Just like in Langwitches this teacher incorporates podcasts with books. Although in this podcast he reads and has other teachers help him by playing parts in the book. When listening to the teachers 'in character' I could hear the emotion. I feel the students stay focused and learn more if they can remember what was going on and I think that emotion in reading the book will stay with the children longer. The teacher also stated that the students went home and was explaining what the book was about to their parents. I believe that is one way to know that podcasting and the way that a book is read makes a difference. Parents always like seeing/hearing about what goes on in the classroom. Podcasting gives parents a way to see what goes on in the classroom other than just asking their children.

The Education Podcast Network
This is the first time I had heard about the Education Podcast Network(PEN). I have learned that there are many resources out there for educators on podcasting.I think its a great idea for taking the classroom to the 21st century. Its a great site to get ideas and help with podcasting. This site is also where other educators share their experiences with podcasts and how they found a way to teach with it and incorporate it in the classroom.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Blog Post #3

older technology

new technology

Peer Editing
Through my C4C's I have commented on what I liked that they posted in their blogs. I have done so with a positive attitude. I did think this video was very helpful and pointed out some other things I can do when peer editing. Peer Edit Perfection Tutorial is a great resource to keep and look back at when needed. Writing Peer Review Top 10 Mistakes was a great video to watch. It was very funny and entertaining which sometimes gets the point across more and you remember the examples better.

It's Not About the Technology
Mrs. Hines changed my attitude on technology. She has made me realize that "technology" isn't the most important thing being used and taught. It is how we used the technology to teach. I also learned more about how its not a one time education for teachers. I already knew that being a teacher is a lot of work, but keeping up to date information and technology is a big necessity. It's not what you have to teach its how you teach it. For example, even if you have all the up to date technology you need to know how to use it with what your teaching. I also learned that if a teachers students haven't learned then the teacher really hasn't taught. After reading this in the article I had to think about how that could be. I believe the statement and think that if they don't understand the lesson one way teach it using a different method whether that is with or without technology. This article's title says to me after reading it that it is not about the technology you have it is how you use it and that teachers know how to use it. I enjoyed this article.

Is It Okay to Be A Technologically Illiterate Teacher
When just reading the title of this post I was thinking about the questionnaire we took the first week of class. It had a question just like this in it. I thought about what Dr. Strange had said in class about this topic. First off, I do not believe it is okay being in the 21st century for our teachers to be technologically illiterate. So many new technology advances are happening for us as teachers not to be tech literate in the classroom.
This article is basically saying it is not okay for teachers to be technologically illiterate. Mr. Fisch states that being technologically illiterate in the 21st century is like being a teacher not knowing how to read or write in the earlier times. I agree, I feel like this is a great opportunity for teachers to learn and use all the resources they can to teach. It gives different varieties to how to teach and approaches of how to teach the lesson all together. Teachers need to be technologically literate.

Social Media Count
When i first got to the link I was confused. I thought I had to press play for this movie or something to play. I realized that the numbers where raising every second. This Social Media Count was insane to me. The numbers were extremely high. I never thought about how many things were shared on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube in a matter of seconds. After seeing this count and reading the other articles for this post I know that technology is a big part of teaching already and will probably be a big part for a while. For example, students are getting MAC books for high school now. Also,some courses and programs of study are not using books anymore, and all the information is all online or they have Ebooks. This Media Count just reiterates that teachers need to be technologically literate.

A Vision of Students Today
Students today use technology everywhere they go. Whether it is in the classroom on their computers or cell phones, Ipads and netbooks technology can be brought everywhere today. For example college students who bring their computers to class are not always following along with the lecture the teachers are giving. Most of them are surfing the web or on Facebook. We are preparing for what is coming in the future, but we don't know how anything is going to be. For example, right now teachers are preparing kids for jobs in the future that don't even exist yet. Which is puzzling to me, but I guess new jobs come into existence all the time. This video really made me think about how I learn and what my goals are now, but also how things are changing so quickly and what we will experience in our lifetimes.

Saturday, September 10, 2011


kids learning something new from a traveling teacher

The teacher I was assigned for my first C4T is Ms. Bayda. She is a "traveling" teacher from Saskatchewan. She travels volunteering and helping communities that need it. These volunteers help do anything from planting to cooking and also teaching. When I commented on this post I introduced myself and told her I was in EDM310 this semester. I enjoyed her post and I think it takes a special person to travel around to different countries and teach. I also told her I loved that she captured some of the activities the kids were doing and posted them on her blog as well. I think that teaching around the world would be such a learning experience, and I'm sure it is for Ms. Bayda as well. Another one of her posts was more photos and explanations about her time in Costa Rica. She met a lot of new friends from all over the world. She got to practice her Spanish with a farmer who was also a neighbor of the Ranch the volunteers were staying at. The volunteers cooked in Costa Rica also. They got to watch a local soccer team the Mastatal's Galacticos play a big game. The volunteer teachers also did fun things together like playing basketball at the community center. They also taught lessons at an elementary school there. I posted my second comment on this post. I explained how her lifestyle was a different and very interesting to me. Teaching others something and seeing them understand it for the first time is such an honor. I stated that I hope when I start teaching that I have as much success as she has been having all over the world.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Blog Post #2

A school bus dropping children off at school

Did You Know?
Watching this video I was completely surprised at the numbers and the rates that things were invented and had already made so popular within a short amount of time. I was surprised but I can see how the numbers jump so high and so quickly. The most interesting part of the video to me was at the end when it was showing how many babies were born during the video. The number of babies born all over the world within the time of the 4:56 min video was crazy to see. I could not believe it. I think this video was very interesting and was informal. It explained how fast things come into existence and how fast the next bigger and better thing can replace it. This video was made up of series of technology between years.

Mr. Winkle Wakes
This video kind of puzzled me at first. I didn't know how to explain it either, but as I began to think about it I realized this video was about how there is no technology in the school. Every where else had new up to date technology that Mr. Winkle had never seen before. All except the school, there was a small computer which was new to Mr. Winkle, but it had dust all over it. Meaning it doesn't get used very much. Mr. Winkle described school as the same he had seen in the "old" age, a hundred years before the same as he saw in today's society. I think this means with as much as technology as there is in hospitals or businesses that the children in the new generations need to be technologically literate.

Sir Ken Robinson: The Importance of Creativity
I think Sir Ken Robinson is an intelligent and funny man. He is also a great speaker. I enjoyed this movie very much. All that he said was so true, and I never thought of creativity in the terms he has. I believe that creativity is important, I think that is when children get to express themselves and have fun. If school isn't fun to them they won't want to pay attention. I love the story about the little girl painting God. It shows how kids are creative in all different ways. I agree totally with Sir Ken Robinson, when he says "mistakes are the worst thing you can make" is what we are living by and how we are teaching today. Which isn't how we should teach children and what they grow up believing. If they believe that statement then they won't want to express their creativity because they will think "well, what if this is wrong."
Academic ability should also correspond with the arts. Creativity should be involved in the "higher academic classes" such as math, science, English. For example: Dance incorporating English or spelling, or Theatre with science or math something with the arts and the other academics. Like Sir Ken Robinson says, "We will be teaching students in these generations with what we have now, but we have no idea what type of technological progression there will be by then."

Cecelia Gault (Young student in Finland) Interviews Sir Ken Robinson
It is interesting how different the rates of succession in schools are from country to country. From Finland to the U.S. there is a great deal of difference in drop out rates. Finland has a rate that's less than 1% and here in the United States we have a drop out rate of 25%. Sir Ken Robinson says "that education needs to change to meet the needs of technology of the 21st century in many ways." I believe that creativity is anything also, just like Sir Ken Robinson says in this interview. I can ensure that the Cecelia Gault's in my classroom will have many opportunities to make the best of learning and get the best education they can while in my class. I can definitely make sure that creativity is combined with all academics and give them lots of time to express themselves.

Vicki Davis: Harness Your Students' Digital Smarts
This teacher does lots of interesting things in her classroom. I agree with her when she says "With pencils and paper only certain students learn." I believe that incorporating the four types of learners makes it easier for everyone to learn and be successful together. In this video they encouraged and helped each other when it was needed. I think this is a great way of teaching and gives the students a way to learn on their own. Seeing the kids finally get something right and understand it makes the world of difference. I agree with Ms. Davis on the fact that not teaching something and letting the students figure it out by themselves gives them a sense of ownership and power.