Sunday, March 25, 2012

Blog Post 8

This Is How We Dream Parts 1 and 2

In this video Dr. Richard E. Miller discusses how writing is changing. He starts by telling us how important reading and writing is and how he beginned his career. He is an English professor at Rutgers University in New Jersey. He is the author of As if Learning Mattered: Reforming Higher Education (1998) and Writing at the End of the World (2005). He also, published many articles and videos such as This Is How We Dream. His current issue is “the end of privacy" and how education is being changed as a result of hand-held devices that enable instant publication and global distribution of anything that can be seen or heard.

This video tells us how teaching has changed and will only continue moving forward. I recently read a blog post about children between the ages 5-8 given netbooks to see there reaction. It amazed me that just by giving them their own personal computer they enjoyed writing more. Even to this day I have always hated writing. It was hard for me to see my mistakes, to keep my paper clean, and to read my own writing. Using word processing software such as Word helps me to organize, type fast, and finish my work much faster. So what does this mean to the children? Do you wonder if they will ever write with pencil and paper again?

These are questions we as educators have to figure out. Yes, I understand how easy it is to use technology, but I see children that do not know how to use the telephone book. I believe the way teachers, parents, and others are going about this technology is a little wrong. I love my technology but sometimes we all need to learn how to pick up pencil and paper. I have been to stores when the system is down and the workers become confused. Although technology has always been around in my life; I still know how to use things when it is not available. What if one day the internet crash globally what will we do then?

Carly Pugh's Blog post 12

Carly Pugh is a student at the University of South Alabama, who published an outstanding post on her EDM 310 blog post assignment. She created a playlist of YouTube videos that defined her teaching of philosophy. Her idea was to show her beliefs as a teacher and what she expects from her future students. After reading and watching Carly’s post I saw many similarities as well as differences. I feel like in Carly’s post she approached to teaching by integrating technology such as blogging, podcasting, and others along with written essays and reports. Dr. Miller to me focused on just technology based activities. I am leaning more to Carly’s philosophy of teaching. I love technology but we should teach kids the traditional things too. I think using modern and traditional teaching philosophy will create better teachers which develop better learners.

Chipper Series &
EDM 310 for Dummies
The Chipper Series was really funny. Chipper is a student who thought she could play the system and breeze through without doing the work. She like most people is just looking for the easy way out of things. She does not believe in deadlines and does things the way she wants. We all know that life is not easy. There will be times when you are stuck and things will not always go as planned. To be successful in the real world takes patients, handwork, and willingness. In the end Chipper finally realize she was going about a career the wrong way and sees how EDM 310 helped.
In Edm 310 for dummies I really understood how these ladies were feeling. This class is really not hard but isn’t easy either. I find it to be very stressfully sometimes because it requires so much attention. At the beginning of the semester Dr. Strange informed us that we will need at least 9hrs a week. At first I thought he was bluffing but this is true sometimes it requires more. I can now do so many things using technology that I would have never knew about. I think this class is awesome.
While watching assigned videos, I have learned a lot about how to create and use other technology to create a video. The videos created have been useful to my success in EDM 310. I would love to be able to create a Prezi of my own which I have not mastered yet.

Learn to Change, Change to Learn
It is definitely time for a change in education. This video is comprised with many knowledgeable educators. Education is raked 55 by its level of IT intensiveness. That shows you how much the education system needs to step up to the new way of learning. As an aspiring teacher, I can’t wait to step up in a classroom of my own and make a change. I want to be the teacher that not only the children enjoy, but an inspiration to them. I see so many kids that are scared to dream, and believe they will never amount to anything.

Scavenger Hunt 2.0
The Student Circle is a social network site that I found for students, teachers,and institutions. I joined the site finding that it is similar to facebook. It was started in Kyrenia-area in 2010 as an educational social network for college and high school students. It provides free course resources and materials, live teacher help to students, scholarship offers, study groups and many more students services.
The comic Strip
Poll Everywhere

Friday, March 9, 2012

Blog Post 7

Wendy Drexler: The Networked Studentt

In the Wendy Drexler video The Networked Student, you can see how networking is a great way for student to learn. Her high school students completed an amazing very interesting project. This project was a way for them to enjoy learning. Technology will be the base of all learning now. Most students will go to the computer before looking up something in a book. We as future educators should teach our youth how to use different websites on the internet. Teaching our students how to be computer literate enables them to find information and connect with others. It amazes me what all we can do with technology. I remember when the only way we could find out things was through boring books and talking to teachers. By using the internet even shy students will be able to stay in contact with many different people. Students will be able to get in touch with scientist, doctors, and more. As a future teacher I have learned that most of my teaching will be teaching our students how to use the internet efficiently. I want to be able to teach my students how to be independent, responsible learners. I am all for changing the way we learn. I think back to high school when I dreaded going to history. I never saw the point of the class. We lectured every day and did one long research paper as a project. I want to find ways for my students to enjoy all subjects and use technology to keep them interested. Communicating with other classroom and making big projects with others all across the world and changing ideas sounds like a great plan.



A 7th grade student shows us how she uses her PLE, Personal Learning Environment in a video. She created her PLN using Symbaloo, which is the same site I used to create my PLN. She has hers well organized with everything convent for her use. It was amazing what all she included in her PLN. All the information she needed for different projects were there. I believe that your PLN changes as your life goes. There will be things you need everyday and things you will only use once. I believe using this method in the classroom will make it interesting to get the class involve. They will enjoy changing the colors and organizing the tiles. I think this will be an easy way for parents, and teachers to teach there kid how to use the internet at a young age. Furthermore, I believe PLN is a tool to help students become responsible, independent learners with technology.

Project 10 PLN

First Progress Report
By using Symbaloo I created my first PLN. At first I did not know what the purpose of this project was. I have heard about Pinterest from a friend and it remeinded me of it. I never understood that site so I did not use it. When I was filling in the blanks I did not know what I was adding. After thinking about what mold me and my likes it became easy. Before I knew it I had covered the entire thing with more ideas in my head. The things that I use the most are all included such as; shopping places, Facebook, twitter, calculators and more.I have listed my schools where I am in contact with some teachers. This was an amazing opportunity for me to organize all the things I use the most at my fingertips. I will continue changing and rearranging my Webmix and pass it on to my friends.

Project 9b Timeline

project 3 C4T#2

Learning Theory is not Pedagogy
In this blog, Mr. Kruse talks about a Theories of learning. The one he focused on was Constructivism. I disagree with this type of teaching because I believe it is not fair. Constructivism talks about the desire a leaner has to lean new material. Most young people today are lazy. I sit back and watch how the desire to do things they want and most do not include education. The youth now only focus on fast money not finding something that will help in the long run. A lot of the youth today are very intelligent but do not take the time to educate themselves. Therefore, I believe us as parents, family, educators to not just let them learn what they desire but to push them into bigger things. I am not saying push them into things they do not like, but show them how to be well rounded. I believe every child has a chance to do anything but if they do not know they will not desire.
cyber surfing

Preservice Teachers as Users and Producers of Technology
In this blog post, Mr. Kruse talks about technology in the classroom. When reading this post I thought about our class. In EDM 310 we as future educators are doing exactly what Mr. Kruse wants. He wants all teachers to be able to use the technology we have in our classroom. Before entering this classroom I thought I knew all I needed to know about technology. I was wrong! I have learned things I have never knew existed. Such as: Blogs, Podcast, PLN,s, and more. Because technology is evolving so rapidly I believe not just educators but everyone should know how to use these things. This class is amazing and I look forward to learning more about what technology can bring to my future classroom.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Blog Post 6

Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture
his book

Randy Pausch delivered an amazing speech titled “Last Lecture-Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams.” On September 18, 2007, he stepped in front of an audience of 400 people at Carnegie Mellon University and talked about achieving childhood dreams. He started the presentations with slides of his CT scan about his pancreas cancer that will kill him soon. On that stage you could never tell he was fighting cancer. He was energetic, youthful, cheerful, and very funny. He seemed to be like Captain Kirk invincible. Unfortunately, as tough as he fought the cancer took his life July 25th, 2008.

In his lecture he talked about his childhood dreams, enabling the dreams of others, and lessons learned. During his childhood he dreamed big about going somewhere, meeting amazing people, and doing great things. As a football fan going in the NFL seems like a wonderful goal. Training to get there he met positive, caring coaches. One thing he learned was to never give up and take any criticism given. He gained enthusiasm and fundamentals for living and successful life. He also learned that hard work pays off.

“Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted. And experience is often the most valuable thing you have to offer.”
― Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

Although he was not able to do everything he dreamed he found better dreams. Wanting to be an imaginer at Disney land was the biggest, but he got turned down. As a determined young man he never let the brick wall block him. Pausch fought down every wall and even with rejections he found a way to get close to his dream job.

As a future educator, like Pausch I believe every child should dream big. He taught kids through technology that learning does not have to be boring. With his class “Building Virtual Worlds” he enabled college students to think out the box and do something they never did before. He was amazed at the outcome; this shows you how amazing students can be when doing things they aren’t use to and learning while doing them. I to want to find ways to get my students involved without dreading doing the work, and coming up with ways that teach them how to stay focused while working with peers. This world is growing because minds are being put together. One person alone cannot do everything. Left and right brains are needed to develop bigger, better projects.

To get where he was it took many different people. With the help of parents, mentors, students, friends, and colleagues he became a phenomenon with a legacy that will live on forever. One quote that stuck with me was

“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.”
― Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture.
After listing to this lecture I learned that no matter what obstacles faced I should dream bigger and fight harder. I will continue encouraging any youth in my path to do the same. I have a quote in my room that I look at every day. I will put it in my classroom to encourage my students. It says “ Dream, as if you’ll live forever Live, as if you’ll only have today.” In the words of Pausch “Are you a Tigger or an Eyore?”