Saturday, December 8, 2012

Project # 13

For Project # 15, smart board instruction (part 2), the groups were not allowed to meet face-to-face, unless they participated in an alternative assignment. Our group, The June Girls, which included: Chelsea Calvert, Hillary Hamlin, Kabrina Harris, and myself, choose to do a science based lesson plan. Our lesson plan was to label to parts of a plant cell.

Most of our collaboration was done through email. Through email we talked about what we were going to do for the lesson plan, who was going to be videoing, the times that each group member would have their portion completed, and who would be putting the video together.

Another way that we communicated was through a document in Google Drive. Chelsea started our document and shared it with all of the group members. Our document included our vocabulary, how to open the original smart notebook plant cell that we would be labeling for our lesson plan, also who would be doing which parts in the video.

We also used Google Chat to communicate. In Google Chat, which we used before finding the smart exchange template of the plant cell, we were sending each other links to different pictures of plant cells that we were considering using.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Final Report on PLN

Symbaloo logo image.

For my PLN, I began using symbaloo a few weeks ago. Symbaloo allows you to book mark important web pages, and web pages that you visit frequently onto one page that is simple to use. After the first day of starting my symbaloo page, I honestly haven't added any new web pages, other than the 12 or so that I had already book marked while making my symbaloo account. When I find web pages that I use frequently, or feel that I will be using frequently, I would much rather book mark them onto my internet explorer tool bar. It is just easier for me.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Blog Assignment # 13

A Vision of Students Today

Students inside a classroom, many with laptops.
This week our blog assignment was to watch a short video on youtube called A Vision of Students Today created by Michael Wesch and the students of Introduction to Anthropology, Class of 2007, from Kansas State University. The video summarized some of the characteristics of students today.

Some of the things that were highlighted in the video were how students will be in extreme debt by the time that they graduate, or even have a job once that graduate that doesn't even exists yet today. It also talks about how students pay for classes and then they never actually go to the class, or while they are in class, they are on their laptops and phones facebooking, or doing things that are not even related to the class. It even mentions how much students pay for text books that are never even used throughout the semester.

I can relate to so many of these topics that were mentioned in the video. I will be paying back a lot of money in student loans after I graduate, which is my own fault, because I changed my major, however many students attending college are not as privileged as I am, and will be paying back a lot more than me. I also spend a ridiculous amount of money on books every semester, and this is my ninth semester in college, and I have only used maybe 6 out of the about 40 or so books that I have purchased. I am not a student that misses class often, but after the first couple of assigned class times in a semester, it is easily noticeable how many students stop coming to class, it is also easy to notice the students that come to class, but choose to talk to their fiends, text, or waste class time on social media website rather than focusing on their school work.

This video should be a wakeup call the college professors. If the students are being challenged to find their own research and keep up with work online, much like we do in EDM 310, it challenges the students who want to learn, to learn even more. If more classes were web based, I feel like it would keep the people who want to learn and become lifelong learners challenged, and it will also keep them from being distracted by those who come to class just to get through.

C4T #4

Royan Lee - The Spicy Learning Blog

For this comments for teachers assignment, I was assigned to read Royan Lee's blog. His blog is titled "The Spicy Learning Blog" because he likes spicy food. He is a dad, husband, teacher, and blogger.

The first post that I read was titled Photos + Dropbox = Reflective Family. On this particular post, he was explaining how he linked all of his family's computers’ desktop wallpapers and screensavers to connect to a shared Dropbox folder called ‘Wallpaper’. He says that it brings his family closer together because they will come home and say things like "I laughed today when I saw the photo from when we were..." or "Math was just about to start, and I saw the photo where we..." So, the photo's really get the family talking, all together, and reminiscing on their past memories.

The comment that I left was about how his post inspired me to go through all of my electronic devices and "clean up" all of my old photos. I desperately need to sort them into folders where they can be easily found.

The last post that I read for this semesters C4T assignment is called Headphones in the Classroom. The post was about how he allows his students to listen to their own personal music with headphones in his classroom. He also lists the reason why he allows this. He asked for teachers to comment their views on this and why they feel the way that they do.

The comment that I left for this post was about how I am not currently a teacher, but when I do have a classroom of my own I will allow my students opportunities throughout the day to listen to their own personal music with their headphones because from personal experience I have found that I am more focused while studying if I am listening to music with headphones because they cancel out all of the noise around me.

Project # 15 - Smartboard Instruction (Part 2)

C4K November

Vitulli and Santoli: Eyes on Ireland

This week I was assigned to read Dr. Vitulli and Dr. Santoli's blog post 3. And Even More St. Patrick's: St. Patrick's Cathedral from their blog Eyes on Ireland. They are currently in Ireland, and blogging about all of the things that they do and see.

This particular post was basically like a virtual tour of St. Patrick's Cathedral and Christ Church Cathedral. It was full of beautiful photos and historical information. It really looks as if Dr. Vitulli and Dr. Santoli are both really enjoying their trip to Ireland, and judging by the photos South Paw is enjoying their trip as well.

The comment that I left for Dr. Vitulli and Dr. Santoli was about how it really looked like they were enjoying their trip. I also told them that I would like to visit Ireland one day, because of how much the movie P.S. I Love You talked about it. Which I know is a very silly reason to travel to a different country.

Tristen K.

This week I was assigned to read Tristen K.'s, a seventh grade student from Mr. Boylen's class, blog. It was about how for the past couple of years he has been going with his parent's friends on a haunted hay ride. He gave a lot of great detail on some of the things that happened while they were on the haunted hay ride. This year however, there was no haunted hay ride, so his parents and their friends created their own.

The comment that I left for Tristen was about how I have never been on a haunted hay ride, or even to a haunted house, because I am too afraid. I also told him that the fact that his parents and their friends created their own hay ride, that it would be a memory that he cherished when he was an adult.

IBKeegan - Intelligent and thought provoking student blog…or something like that!!

This week I was assigned to read a ninth grader in an IB World History class named Keegan's blog. His post was about what the world would be like if the Byzantine Empire never failed.

I left a comment on his blog post saying that it is always interesting to think about how different the world would be if certain events in history never happened. I also told him that his post was extremely well written, and to keep up the good work.

Montgomery Field Trip Projects

My final comment for kids assignment was to watch The State Capital video project made by the fourth grade students in Ms. Nelson and Ms. Yim's classes. These students are from Daphne Elementary School, and made video projects from pictures and videos that they took while on their field trip to Montgomery, Alabama.

The comment I left was addressed to Ms. Nelson and Ms. Yim. I said that it appeared that their students had a really great time on their field trip. I also said that they did a great job creating their videos on the iPad's and that I was glad they shared them.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Progress Report on Final Project


For our final group project, my group, The June Girls, decided to create a 10 - 15 minute video. Our video is titled "Advice for Future EDM 310 Students." I thought this was a great idea for a short movie because at the beginning of the semester, I felt completely overwhelmed with EDM 310. I was so worried that it was going to be the most stressful course that I have taken at the University of South Alabama so far. I wasn't as stressed out after talking to friends that had taken the course in the past, so this video is kind-of like we're just the viewers friends, giving them advice on how to have a great semester in EDM 310.

We have already completed this project. We all had multiple opportunities to meet and we also used the time frame when we are scheduled to meet for EDM 310.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Blog Assignment #12

My Blog Assignment

Instructions: Visit the Heidi Songs website. Explore her website. For this assignment, I'm giving you three options.
-Your first option is to go through her free downloads, and find one that you would use in your classroom, or if you are not going to be an elementary school teacher, find one that you feel would best benefit elementary students. Following the guidelines in writing a quality blog post, tell me which download you choose and why.
-Option two is to visit her blog. She does not have any recent blog posts, but she has many great ideas for teaching language arts to elementary school students. Choose one of her blog posts, read it, summarize it, and reflect on it. Follow the guidelines in writing a quality blog post.
-Your third option is to watch the following videos: I Can Follow the Rules, The Tattling Song, and Outside Voices, Inside Voices Song. Tell how each song can be useful in an elementary classroom, and how/if you personally would use these songs in your classroom. Follow the guidelines in writing a quality blog post.

Heidi Songs.
Heidi Songs

For this weeks blog assignment, I visited Heidi Songs' website. On her website you can browse and buy her products, look through her free downloads, and there is even a tab that goes to her blog. I loved exploring her website, and for this assignment, I watched three of her videos that are on YouTube, I Can Follow the Rules, The Tattling Song, and the Outside Voice, Inside Voice Song.

The first video I watched was I Can Follow the Rules. It talks about how if the students follow the rules, listen to their teacher, follow directions, keep their hands to their self, and are nice to everybody, that they will have a good day and have more time to play.

The second video that I watched is called The Tattling Song. It talks about how if you tattle on someone; they aren't going to want to play with you. It also goes through what you should always tell the teacher, for example if it is an emergency, if someone is hurt, or if there is a dangerous situation you should always tell the teacher. My favorite part of the song is after it lists all of the things you should always tell your teacher about, it says "but if it's not, be a friend. Zip it up, and that's the end."

The third video that I watched was Outside Voice, Inside Voice. It talks about how if you use your outside voice inside, it can be hard to learn. Then it shows the kids what outside voices, inside voices, and whispers sounds like.

All of these videos are from Heidi Songs' Classroom Management CD. While watching the tree videos that were assigned, I also found another video called No Interrupting Song, that I really liked. I would use all of these videos in my classroom at the beginning of the school year. I think that each video teaches the students an important lesson about school, and they do so in a fun way.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Special Blog Assignment

Mary Beth Marklein's USA Today article A world where grades will be left behind, she talks about a new form of education. No one will ever be late for class. You won't have to pay for your education. Failure is not an option, and lessons look a lot like the well-known game Angry Birds.

She speaks with Sebastian Thrun, a Stanford research professor, and one of Google's vice presidents. "You want learning to be as much fun as playing a video." he says. After teaching an online course on artificial intelligence to over 160,000 students, the overwhelming experience made it to where he never wanted to teach in a traditional classroom setting again. "I feel like there's a red pill and a blue pill, and you can take the blue pill and go back to your classroom and lecture your 20 students. But I've taken the red pill, and I've seen Wonderland."

There are things that I like and things that I dislike about Sebastian Thrun's ideas for future education. For dedicated student's, this idea would work our just fine however, some students would not do as well in his online classroom.

One of the things that I really like about Sebastian Thrun's idea, is the fact that a class would never be full. An unlimited number of people would have the ability to sign up for a particular class. At South, many times I have ran into the issue of not being able to sign up for a class because the class was full. With these ideas that would never be an issue. Another thing that I like is the fact that you, personally, would have as much time as you needed to master one skill or lesson, before moving onto the next. Sometimes, especially in math, I need more time to practice problems, but I don't get that opportunity without getting "left behind" because the teacher has moved onto the next section or chapter. Last but certainly not least, I like the fact that you could never be late for class. You do your school work when it is convenient for you. I'm rarely late for class, but there are times of the day when I am more focused than other times. Currently, many of my classes are during lunch time, and I am more apt to focus on whatever it is that I am working on in the morning. So, that would be nice for me to be able to get my school work completed when I wanted too.

The thing that I dislike about this idea is the fact that it is free. Which is also something that I see as being positive for the students however, as a future educator, yes, I am passionate about teaching, but to live you need to make money. If this educational program is free, then how would the educators be earning a paycheck?

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Blog Assignment # 11

Little Kids...Big Potential

The alphabet letters.
The video Little Kids...Big Potential shows how eager kids are to learn on their own. The children discuss different resources they use in their classroom and the things that they enjoy about each of them.

The first thing they talked about is their blogs. They love writing on their blogs because people actually get to see it, and they receive comments on their blogs. They said that each time they write on their blog, their writing gets better and better. One student said that his blog is helping him spell and sound out words by being able to see them. The blog is also an online portfolio for their work, which is a neat way to look at it. They know the rules of commenting on a blog, and they also know how to be safe when using the internet. Both of which are things that I find to be beneficial for when they get older.

Another thing the students mention is how they use their class webpage. They are able to get on the computer during center time and visit the webpage. They can work on site words or do anything thing else to help themselves learn. They can also visit the webpage from home.

The student's also had a wiki page. One example of how they used their wiki page was when they wanted to learn about what a tradition was. On their wiki page, people from around the world posted what some of their family traditions were, which helped them really understand the meaning of tradition, and helped them to think about what some of their own family traditions were.

Other things the students used in the classroom involved Skype, in which they used to ask a geologist some questions, and Nintendo DS, on which they played Nintendogs, which taught them about problem solving and sharing.

I think that I will definitely use blogging in my future classroom. It seems to be one of the most beneficial things to Ms. Cassidy's students. They were so excited to talk about blogging. The blogs helped them with their spelling, helped them become better writers, they could be seen by people around the world, they were able to receive comments on their blog, and also it serves as an online portfolio for all of their work. One impediment that I could see happening is if a student does not receive as many comments on his or her blog as another student they may feel pretty upset. I would probably monitor this though, and make the comments to where they would have to be approved by me, before they would appear on the child's blog itself. I would make sure that every child was recieving comments. It would be a neat idea to get the other classes of the same grade in my school and in other schools to also keep up a blog, maybe not every week, maybe just once a month, and all of our students could be blog buddies. They could be given an assignment, much like ours in EDM310 comments for classmates. That would ensure that students would receive comments from other students, and also be able to see other students blogs.

Blog Assignment # 10

A cartoon about different types of pencils.
In my opinion, cartoons can be interpreted differently by different people. What I feel that this cartoon is about is that the cheapest way may not always be the best way. The cartoon shows a Papermate pencil, and says it's the cheapest pencil to buy, but it breaks all the time, and the Ticonderoga is the most expensive.

Why Were Your Kids Playing Games?

In John T. Spencer's blog post Why Were Your Kids Playing Games? He talks about a conversation a teacher had with the principal at his school about how no games are allowed to be played in school. Although the game that was being played wasn't a game like tic-tac-toe or hangman, the principal said that no games should be played, period. This particular game seemed to connect the lesson the students were being taught to real life. It involved reading and writing, but still the principal felt that it should not be allowed. The principal felt that the students should be learning facts so they could pass the memorization based examinations, and not actually doing hands on, "fun," learning.

I also read John T. Spencer's blog post titled Remember Pencil Quests? In this post he talks about how excited he was as a student to go on pencil quests. He says that he looks back now and is a little embarrassed by it. He also talks about how because of remembering how excited he got over these pencil quests, and seeing how excited his students get over their various projects, he wonders what his students will look back on and remember about their school days.

I really enjoyed John T. Spencer's writing style. Many of his blog posts revolve around a conversation. I feel like that's what drew me into continuing to read post after post. In Why Were Your Kids Playing Games? I feel that the point he was trying to make was that you should be more concerned with your students learning rather than trying to get them to memorize multiple facts just so they can pass a test. He seems to be a very caring teacher. He wants his students to become life long learners, which is why he tries his best to make learning the lessons fun for them. Also, in the post Remember Pencil Quests? He shares what he remembers the most about school from when he was a child, and wonders what his students will remember. It seems as though he wants them to remember his class, and I would be willing to bet that they will.

Don't Teach Your Kids This Stuff. Please?

I just read Scott McLeod’s blog post Don't Teach Your Kids This Stuff. Please? In it he sarcastically talks about how many teachers will not let their students use a great resource, the internet, and names off some of the various reasons why. He states that regardless of what other people think, his students will be using the internet.

I agree with the point he makes. Students need to learn how to do all of the things online that he discusses. It will benefit the students. You have to trust your students. You can block the sites you do not want your students to visit, but to not allow them to use computers at all is asinine. It is a wonderful resource for students to be able to use the computer, especially if they are privileged enough to be able to do so.

Through research, I learned that Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., 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 center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators, and was a co-creator of the wildly popular video, Did You Know? (Shift Happens). He has received numerous national awards for his technology leadership work, including recent recognitions from the cable industry, Phi Delta Kappa, and the National School Boards Association. Dr. McLeod blogs regularly about technology leadership issues at,, and and occasionally at The Huffington Post.

C4T # 3

This week I have been assigned to Royan Lee's blog titled The Spicy Learning Blog. The most recent post he has made that was not a video, talks about how close he lives to the school he works at, and how they ride their bikes to the school and home each day together. He talks about the reactions he gets from different people because he and his daughter ride their bikes to school. One day, they rode their bikes even though it was raining, and the reactions of other people were not very pleasant. This post was a love letter from a father to a daughter. It was heartfelt.

The comment that I left for Royan Lee talked about how his post made me remember and think about al of the things that my father and I did together when I was a child. I told him that I thought it was wonderful that he and his daughter, Yumi, had to opportunity to ride their bikes to and from school together. I also told him that I adored the drawing his daughter had created for him, because he had posted it into his blog.

This week I read a post about how district/school ipad's are being given to teacher's with the camera function disabled. He then lists multiple questions for the decision makers. This was a rather short post, but I found it to be extremely interesting, and I also read through all of the comments. Many of which were from fellow educators stating their views. One teacher even said that she sometimes disabled the camera function because their were only so many duck face pictures she could take however, she also sometimes used the camera function because it was a great classroom tool.

The comment that I left talked about how many neat projects and ideas can be done through using the camera feature on the ipad, and that the teachers that will not be able to use the cameras on their ipads will definitely be missing out. The disabling of the camera feature should be left up to the discretion of the teacher.

C4K October

Aidan's Blog

This week, I read a blog post called Fall fun in the sun, by Ms. Dunlop's student, Aidan. The post was about how much Aidan loved the fall. His blog is titled Aidan's Blog.

The comment that I left for Aidan was about how fall is my favorite season, and that my favorite thing about fall is that all of the leaves change colors. I also asked him what his favorite thing about fall was.

The USHRS Blog

Today I read The USHRS Blog. This blog is kept by student-authors and their teacher Mike Gwaltney. USHRS stands for United States Research History Seminar.

Their about us page had a few great tips for commenting on blogs that I would like to share, because I feel that they can be helpful to many students, because sometimes the rules of commenting are easily forgotten. 1. Carefully and Thoughtfully read the blog post. 2. Reflect - what do you think of the post, and about the topic? 3. Begin your comment with a greeting: ex. "Hi Jimmy, …", "Thank you Bill, …", "Dear Jane, …", etc. 4. Compliment the author in some way - what did you like about the post? 5. Ask a question, or add meaningful information/content. 6. Close with your name: ex. “Sincerely, Mike.”, “Best wishes, Mike”, “Keep up the good blogging, Mike.” 7. Proofread your comment - you should have used good language/grammar. Ask yourself if the tone is correct, so the comment is understood in the way you meant it. 8. Ensure your comment does not reveal personal information. 9. Click submit!

The post I read was written by a student-author by the blogging name mattjames33. His post was about a project that they are currently working on class. He talks about how America's identity cannot be easily defined. He also talks about how rather than listening to every spoken word while watching the political debates, he likes to watch for the people in the audiences reactions, and listen to hear the reactions of other students at his school.

The comment that I left was about how much I enjoyed this particular blog post, and how it made me think about a few different things. I thought that it was interesting that he said rather that listening to every word that was being said during the presidential debate, he was more interested in seeing everyone's reactions to what was said. I told him that I was always interested in people's reactions. I also commented on how well written and descriptive the post was.

Angela's Blog

This week, I read a young girl named Angela's blog. She seems to be new to blogging, because The Living Branch was her very first post. She is a third grade student in Mr. Capps Gulf Shores Elementary school classroom.

Her blog assignment was to publish her first draft of a short story called The Living Branch. She is a wonderful descriptive writer, and her use of adjectives really enhanced her writing. For such a young writer, her use of onomonopia and quotations really blew me away.

The comment that I left for Angela was about how I am also keeping a blog for one of my college classes. I told her that she was a great descriptive writer, and that her use of adjectives really brought her post to life. I also asked her what her favorite season was.

Mackenzie's Blog

This week I read Mackenzie's blog. She is a young girl from Canada. Her most recent blog post was very interesting, in had a link to a website, with three pictures, and a video. I choose not to comment on it; however, because a portion of it was incomplete, it still said "insert your text here." So, I moved on to her next post. A slideshow she made with Animoto. The slideshow was filled with wonderful pictures that showed off things about Canada.

The comment that I left for Mackenzie was about how fantastic her slideshow looked. I told her that it showed a lot of interesting things about Canada. I also asked her if polar bears were her favorite animal, because she uses a lot of pictures of them in all of her posts and in some places on her blog, and told her that my favorite animal was the sea lion.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Blog Assignment #9

What I Learned This Year

While reading Mr. McClung's blog post titled What I Learned This Year - Volume 4, I managed to learn a lot about myself. He talked about how he became aware of his insecurities when it comes to what his peers think about him, and he said something that I really took to heart. "Worrying about perception of adults has never done anything positive for me, but making sure that my kids are taken care of an enjoying class has done wonders for me. As long as I remember who I really work for then I should never divert down the wrong path." I am not a school teacher yet, however, I currently have a job as a dance instructor so this quote fits perfectly into my life. Lately I have found myself worrying about how the other instructors feel that I am teaching. It has been causing me to feel extremely stressed out. I need to realize that as long as my students still come to class each week, they enjoy class, and they learn something new, then I am doing a pretty decent job. I need to focus on worrying about my students and not my peers.

I also read Mr. McClung's post from 2008/2009 entitled What I Learned This Year. This post talks about everything that he learned throughout his first year of teaching, and he learned a lot.

Many of the lessons he learned can easily be applied in situations in your daily life. He talks about how no lesson is perfect. How the lesson you teach, and the lesson you plan are always different. This same idea can be used in many situations in life. Many things do not go as planned, but sometimes that leads to a better lesson. He talks about how important communication is, and how important listening to your students is. He also talks about how you must never stop learning, and I feel that - that in particular is what EDM 310 is all about. Becoming a life-long learner.

Bottom Line, what I learned from Mr. McClung is to stay positive, and never give up.

Ballerina's in dance class. If youever feel like giving up, just remember there's a little girl watching who wants to be just like you. Don't disappoin her.

Project # 10 - PLN Progress Report

Haleigh's PLN.

My PLN Progress Report

To start my PLN I used a website called Symbaloo. I choose this website because it was free to set up an account and also very easy to use. I have many sites already saved onto my PLN or "web mix," but I am anxious to add more. A few of my social networking sites that I have saved include Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. Some websites that I go to on a regular basis that I have pinned are the University of South Alabama's home page, Blogger, and Google Scholar.

Project # 12 - Book Trailer

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Blog Assignment #8

This is How We Dream

The world surrounded by laptop computers.
Dr. Richard Miller's video This is How We Dream shows how technology has changed and how technology will continue to change.

One thing that he discusses is how he had the opportunity to write an article in response to the one year anniversary of the shootings at Virginia Tech. He did this entire project without stepping foot into a library, because online he had access to all of the different universities libraries, and the governments documents.

Another thing that he talks about is the fact that this particular publication, This is How We Dream, was published online using YouTube. Within three months, it had nine thousand views. It had already been embedded into blogs and starting conversations around the world. If this publication had been written down in text, it could have taken two years for it to come out.

I feel, after watching this video that if you want your voice to be heard, on any topic, the fastest way is to post your thoughts directly onto the internet. There are so many ways that you can do this. You can make a video, or post it onto a blog, or really any social media website. This video definitely opened my eyes to how fast things can travel if they are posted online.

Carly's Blog Post

In Blog Post #12 Carly's assignment was to create an assignment that Dr. Strange could use in this particular class. Carly went above and beyond on this post, which I'm sure she will also do when she has a classroom of her own. She did a phenomenal job. Her assignment was to create a playlist on her YouTube account. This is a list of the description for each video that you were looking for:
1). describe the kind of teacher you would like to be 2).show ways you can motivate your students 3). offer tips on classroom management. 4). offer tutorials on programs you have learned about in this class that you like so much you would like to use (podcast, iPods, PLN's, etc.) 5). are on topics related to your field of study; for example, if you are going to be an English Teacher, include videos about Shakespeare, poetry, novels, things of that nature. 6). describe what a good teacher is and what a bad teacher is 7). ways to improve modern education as we know it 8). have been used in other blog posts from this semester. It could be a video you had to write about or one posted on the blog of a fellow classmate, teacher, or classroom's blog. 9). center around creativity. 10). advocate challenging, motivating, encouraging, and supporting students (but still maintaining professionalism) Your YouTube Playlist needs to be published, and needs to be titled with your name, and EDM310 Blog post. You do not need to include all of these topics, but you need to include at least 5, and your playlist needs to have a MINIMUM of ten videos. I would then like you to explain how these videos describe your teaching philosophy and relate to things you have learned in this class. Also, what could you do with them in your teaching environment?
I feel like this was an excellent assignment. Well thought out, and I also believe that finding these videos will help any future educator become inspired.

The Chipper Series & EDM310 For Dummies

After watching the videos The Chipper Series and EDM For Dummies, I really want to work on my procrastination. If I could chose a topic to create a video for, it would definitely be on time management. I know towards the begin of the semester we watched Randy Pausch's videos on time management, and they were great, but I think that if students made a short video on time management, the message may be more clear to future EDM310 students. In the video, such as in The Chipper Series, the fact that your work must be on time should be emphasized.

Learn to Change, Change to Learn

The video Learn to Change, Change to Learn discusses how children are having a much more stimulating enrich environment outside of school rather than in school. It says that children are learning through email, text messaging, and social networking sites, all of which are banned at school. It also talks about how technology is here, and it is a great tool for learning. It says that school grades are based on standrardized tests, when the jobs that many of these children will not be getting jobs based on knowing facts, but on how well they are able to find solutions, and communicate these solutions.

I agree with many of the arguments that were made in this video. Children are extremely tchnology savy, and if technology was incorporated more into the classroom, I feel that students will be more focused, and will learn more than just the lesson being taught. I also feel that these students are not going to be going out for jobs where they have to know the right answer every time a question is asked, but that it is more important for them to be able to look up information that they need to know, and be able to explain what they have discovered.

Scavenger Hunt

The first thing I found for the scavenger hunt was a video tool that I have never used. It's Animoto, you can click here to view their site. It's free to create an account. On this site you can turn your photos, video clips, and music into stunning video masterpieces to share with everyone. It's fast, free, and easy to use.

The next thing I found was a website to create your own comic strip. For this part of the scavenger hunt, I found a great website where you can create your own comic srip. Click Here to create your very own.
Comic strp abou procrastination.

Last but not least, I found a website where you could create your own poll. Poll Everywhere. There are many ways for you to get responses. You can get people to vote via text, twitter, or just a private poll where you send them a link directly to the poll. Click here to visit Poll Everywhere.

C4T # 2

Paula White

For my comments for teachers assignment, I read Paula White's blog. Paula White is a mother, grandmother, educator, and a thinker. Her blog urges you to come think with her.

The first blog post I read was titled Getting Smarter Together-All of Us. Through reading this post, you can tell Paula White really cares about her students. She talks about how many students become frustrated because time in the classroom is spent doing things that they already know how to do. She talks a lot about one student in particular, that is in an after school care program and has a thirst for knowledge. They work on projects together, and one time Mrs. White said "I don't know how to do this, we need to look it up," and the child said "I know how to do it." Rather than getting onto her for her tone, she said "Okay, well then show me." The little girl showed her how. She is amazed how well the child learns on her own. She also talks about STEAM learning. STEAM learning is centered on teaching with design thinking in mind as we set up lessons and experiences.

The comment I left on this post was the fact that I admire how caring of a teacher that she is, and the fact that I agree that many children do become frustrated because they are doing things inside the classroom that they already know how to do, rather than moving onto something new. I also told her that the fact that her principal was trying to turn her school into a STEAM school was fabulous.

The second blog post I read was titled When is Listening Not Enough? This blog post focuses on how fourth graders really think about the world's issues when they are on their geography unit. She started something called a conversation calendar, and is impressed with the fact that she gets responses from some children who rarely speak up in class. The conversation calendars worked out very well, however some children explained to her that she should make the box bigger, because there just wasn't enough room for all that they had to say. So, she then provided them with a small notebook, and urged them to post their thoughts onto their blogs and wikis so they could have more of an audience around the world. She goes on to say that kids have strong opinions and we need to help them find their voice. This was a powerful and inspiring post.

The comment I left for her explained how powerfully inspiring I found her post to be. Also, that I agreed with her on the fact that we need to make sure our students feel like they are being heard. We need to make sure they have a voice.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Blog Assignment # 7

The Networked Student

A doodle of a student sitting in her desk.

The video The Networked Student, showed how students are capable of learning on their own. The particular scenario mentioned in the video is a student taking an American Psychology class. He attends class three times a week and online two times a week. He doesn't have a book for class, and the teacher rarely lectures. This teacher uses connectivism, which is a theory that presumes that learning occurs as a part of a social network of many diverse connections and ties. Connectivism is made possible through various tools of technology.

With this type of learning, students build their own knowledge base. They do all of their research online, where they have access to some of the best professors in the world's lectures through video. They also are able to look through other student’s research. They keep all of what they have learned on a blog. In using a blog, other student's around the world are able to post comments and say what they like and do not like about the research. This also allows for students all around the world to connect and work together on research.

You may wonder, as I did, what the purpose of the teacher is when using connectivism. The teacher shows students how to build their network and take advantage of learning opportunities, offers guidance when the student gets stuck, shows how to communicate properly and ask respectively for help from experts, shows how to differentiate between good and bad information, helps to get the student excited when he or she finds the information that they are looking for, and last but not least, helps organize the information. All in hopes that when the student leaves class, that he or she will continue to use their network for learning and to help solve the problems of the world.

I feel that having a classroom using connectivism would be beneficial in a high school. The students would learn a lot from connectivism, and I think that it would really help them out in college for when they start having to do a lot of research to write papers and do different projects.

Personal Learning Environment

After watching the video Welcome to my PLE!, I thought about what we are doing in EDM 310. It is very similar. This particular seventh grade student keeps up with a blog, does online research, and watches videos to get information. That is exactly what we are doing. We are using different websites to create projects that are helping us learn. We also keep up with a blog to share what we have learned with others. Another similarity is that we use google docs to keep up with assignments, and she also uses google docs for certain assignments. I also learned what a a glogster was. It’s a digital poster. You can have text, photos, videos, and audio all on one page. That may be something good to know about in the future.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Blog Assignment #6

Randy Pausch's Last Lecture

In Randy Pausch Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dream, you feel as if Randy Pausch is talking about achieving your dreams, and how to achieve your dreams, only in the end to find that it isn't about achieving all of your dreams, it's about living your life. If you are living your life the right way, you're dreams are not as difficult to achieve.

An important lesson I feel you could teach children, is that it is important to have a specific dream. To use Randy Pausch's example, he wanted to experience zero gravity, which he did in fact get to do. Being able to have that experience though was an easier goal to accomplish, than if he had said that he wanted to go to the moon. If you have a specific dream, it is a lot easier to achieve your dream. I feel that this is a good lesson to teach to children, even when they are young. If they ask their parents if they can eat ice cream right before dinner, their parents will, or should, say no, but if the child asks if he or she can eat their small piece of candy that they received for good behavior at dance class, their parent's may allow them to do so.

One way I feel teacher's can push students to do their best, is to assign them to a task that is something completely out of their comfort zone. If the task they are assigned isn't something that they are good at, they are forced to work harder to complete the task, and will learn a lot more from it. This is something I took from Randy Pausch's football example. One day his football coach came to practice with no football. After being questioned about this, he asked the players how many players were on the field at one time, and they responded twenty-two, and he said at any given time, how many players are holding the ball, and they said one, so he said okay, then today we are going to be working on what the other twenty-one players will be doing. This same football coach would occasionally take the players and place them in a position that was completely wrong position for them. He would do this for one play out of the entire game, but for that one specific play, the players would try their absolute hardest to score points or to keep the other team from scoring points.

While Pausch was working as a professor, he worked on an assignment, where the students had to create a virtual world. He didn't give them any guidelines. They were able to run free with their creativity, the only two rules were no violence and no pornography. He was amazed with what his students came up with. Some of the students took the stage aspect of the project way too seriously, which I find to be amazing that the students were so enthusiastic about their projects. I feel that because I am going to be an elementary school teacher, a project like this would be too intense, but children could certainly create a virtual world either inside a story or as a drawing. It would be inspiring to see what an elementary student could come up with.

Finally, I would like to mention a few things that I took from Randy Pausch's Last Lecture, that I feel everyone could use as a reminder at times. Brick walls are put up, not to keep people out, but to keep the people who don't want it bad enough out. If you make it through a "brick wall," it shows your hard work and dedication. Another thing I personally need to remember is that experience is what you get when you didn't get exactly what you wanted. When I set goals for myself, and they don't go as planned, I look at it as a terrible thing, rather than a learning experience. When people give you feedback, you need to cherish it and use it. Show gratitude, not attitude. Last but not least, look for the good in everyone, no matter how much time it takes for you to find it.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

C4K September

As Told By Taylor

For my first comments for kids assignment, I will be reading the blog of a young girl named Tayor. Her blog is titled As Told By Taylor. The specific post that I read was about a trip she recently had to the orthodontist.

In the comment I left for Taylor, I tld her how much I enjoyed reading her blog, and that she did a wonderful job incorporating the pictures from her orthodontist visit into her post. I also asked her if she would like to be a dentist or orthodontist when she grows up, because of how excited anbd interested she seemed about her visit. For such a young girl, her blog is wonderful, and I really hope that she keeps up with it.


My second comment for kids assignment, I read the blog of a seventh grade student from Iowa, David. His blog is titled BaseballXC. The blog post that I read was about the Kentucky Coffee Tree.

I left David a comment about how interested I was in plants, because my grandparent's have a large piece of land, and it is covered in different plants. I also told hi that his post sparked my interest in the Kentucky Coffee Tree, because I had never heard of it, and I would have to do some research on it.

Project 9a TimeToast Timeline

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Blog Assignment #5

iSchool Initiative

iPod touch in the palm of a hand.

In Travis Allen's video The iSchool Initiative, he argues about a greener way to manage your classroom. Everything you need for class would be on one small mobile device. On an iPod touch, you can have all of your necessary textbooks, your scientific and graphing calculator, notes, emails, basically everything else you may need to use while in the classroom and then some. There would also be limitations on the websites that can be accessed while in the classroom. Teachers and students would be able to contact each other with ease, and parents would be able to access grades, assignments, or even contact the teacher from any computer.

The video Travis Allen's ZeitgeistYoungMinds entry (Mobile Learning) iSchool Initiative, talks about all of Travis Allen’s accomplishments. I am shocked when I think about all he has accomplished so far in his life at such a young age. I feel that iSchool is a wonderful idea. I remember being a child, and having to carry around all of my heavy textbooks. If all schools switched over to iSchool, children would have all of their textbooks with them at any given moment, with the touch of a finger, literally in the palm of their hands. Parents would save money every year, because they would not be purchasing as many school supplies and the same goes for teachers. Overall, I think that iSchool is a great idea for our future.

Eric Whitacre

Red curtains opening.
The use a technology is overwhelming in the video that Jennifer Chamber posted titled Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir. I am amazed that none of these people had ever met, or practiced together.

I feel that using technology in this way is beneficial to everyone. They put on a complete choir performance, and no one even had to leave their house. I think that the way they used technology could be used in ways other than a choir. This could be a way to teach a science lab to many students. A video could be filmed of a teacher performing a lab, and the video could then be emailed or posted on a school website for all of the students the access at any time. I believe that would benefit students because if they forgot how a portion of the lab went, they could go back and re-watch the video as many times as necessary.

Teaching in the 21st Century

In Teaching in the 21st Century, Kevin Roberts is presenting what his ideas on teaching in the 21st century are. He states that regardless of the resources you are using to teach, your lesson has to be relevant, challenging, and engaging.

The thing that I liked the best about this video were the points he made about how entertainment and engagement are two completely different things. I feel that sometimes teachers get caught up in making sure things are entertaining, that their lessons often fail to be engaging, which is more important.

This video really got me to think about the fact that the role of a teacher is now to guide students learning. A child can look up information on any subject at any time, anywhere. A teacher's job is not to give students the facts, it is to teach students the skills. In my future classroom, I will be sure to keep that in mind.

Flipped Classroom

The two videos on flipping the classroom: Why I Flipped My Classroom and Flipping the Classroom - 4th Grade STEM both have really great information regarding flipping your classroom. Flipping your classroom means changing from 90% lecture time with 10% application time to 10% lecture time with 90% application time. This idea allows students to watch the lecture videos from any computer, before class begins. That way students have background knowledge, they can come to class with questions regarding the information, and they can also work at their own pace. For some students, working at their own pace means remediation, they would be able to watch the lecture videos as many times necessary for them to really grasp the information they are learning. For other students however, this means they can work ahead. As soon as they fully understand one concept, they can move on to the next.

I would love to work in a flipped classroom. I feel that flipped classrooms are more beneficial to the students. The only concern I have would be if the students are not able to watch the videos from home. Even if they are allowed to watch them at school before class, those particular students may feel embarrassed that they do not have a way to watch the videos at home, when other children in their class do have that opportunity. That is a concern for me because I feel that all student's in a class should feel welcomed and at ease, and if they feel embarrassed they are not going to be as focused on the lesson being taught.

My Sentence Video

Sunday, September 23, 2012

C4T #1

Growth Through Learning

For my comments for teacher's assignment, I was assigned to read Mike Prater's blog Growth Through Learning. I read two of his most recent blog posts.

The first blog post I read was titled "Motivate Students to Learn Without Reward." In this blog post, Mike Prater talks about basic behavior management. He says that it isn't enough to just say "don't do that," but you have to also say "do this instead." Many motivated students from good home environments want to please their teacher, so they don't just because "I said so." This is how they were trained, and they will use this behavior so that they are rewarded with a certain grade. He then goes on to say that many of your students won't be like that, they will come from less ideal homes. He then lists ways to motivate them to learn.

The first way to motivate students was to show genuine care for them. He says that if the student has a relationship with a caring adult at school then they are more motivated to learn. The second way to motivate students is to show a personal excitement when it comes to learning. You have to show excitement about new concepts and new ideas, and make learning relevant to the students. The last point he makes is that you have to introduce appropriate challenges to your students. If the assignments you are giving are too easy, the students will become less motivated, and if the assignments are too hard, the students will become frustrated with it.

I left him a comment talking about how when I ready the section of his blog post titled "Show Genuine Care For Your Students," I had a specific teacher from elementary school that instantly came to mind. I also told him a personal story about my little brother. When he was in fifth grade, he became bored with school, and never wanted to go. Soon after, he was tested for the pace program, and qualified. After he started taking to pace class, he was more motivated to go school, and even excited to talk about what he had learned in school when he got home. That story was an example of how you have to introduce appropriate challenges to the students.

Keep Calm and Teach On.
The second blog post I read was titled "Loving the Unlovable Student." In this blog post Mike Prater talked about his experience with a group, of what many people would consider unlovable students. The entire group entering his class had already failed the class once. Instead of dreading teaching the class, or complaining about it. He embraced it. He told the his class that he knew they had all failed the class before, but the one good thing about high school was that in August they got a fresh start, and they could turn it around if they wanted too. The most inspiring part of this particular blog post was a personal story. A student came to him nearly in tears the day after his parents had gotten a phone call from Mr. Prater, and they student explained to him that his father had taken him out for pizza after that phone call, which was something that his father had never done before.

The comment that I left on this blog post talked about how inspiring I found his personal experience with a not so lovable class to be. I explained that I feel that he was the reason many of the student's succeeded, because he made them feel comfprtable. He made them feel like they truly had a second chance, and that motivated them to succeed.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Blog Assignment #4

Langwitches - 1st Graders Create Their Own Read-Along Audiobook In Langwitches 1st Graders Create Their Own Read-Along Audiobook, a class of first grade students recorded their own read-along audiobook. It starated out only being a recording of small groups of students reading, chapter by chapter, a book from The Magic Tree House series called Vacation under the Volcano. The students were so interested in making sure their voice sounded just right while they were reading. Soon, the teacher decided to create a script for the students to follow along with while listening to their recording. They would eagerly follow along, fingers on the script.

I won't be creating a read-along script to go along with my podcast, however, I feel that for children, such as the first graders, it is more exciting to read-along to a recording, and also easier to focus on the recording. When I have a classroom of my own, if I ever record my children reading a script, I will definitely make a read-along script, so that the entire class can read along to the recording of themselves and their fellow classmates.

Langwitches - Flat Stanley Podcast

Flat Stanley Template.

On Langwitches Flat Stanley Podcast, students read the book, Flat Stanley, by Jim Brown. They then sent paper Flat Stanleys to friends and family member's around the country, and then were sent back images and stories about what Flat Stanley did on his adventure.

The assignment sparked the children's creativity. They all wanted to be Flat Stanley, and they all wanted to be recorded telling listeners about their adventures as Flat Stanley. In their next assignment, they were told to pick a place around the world, check out a book on that specific place, read the book with their parents, and also look up other information online. They also had to create a short script, where they needed to keep in mind their location, how they arrived there transportation wise, what they did while they were there, and how they got home. They also had to keep in mind the sights and smells that may be at their location.

The main thing I was focused on while listening to the children's recording was how well they read with expression. Reading with expression will help capture your listeners or viewers. Therefore, I will be sure to read, or talk rather, with expression when I do my podcast.

The Benefits of Podcasting in the Classroom

Joe Dale talked about all of the benefits of Podcasting in the Classroom in his video. The people currently in school can be referred to as millennials. A millennial is anyone who was born after 1980. These specific students have never experienced life, or a world, without personal computers or technology, and because of this podcasting is a way of learning that they are famil]liar with.

Podcasting focuses on the higher levels of Bloom's Taxonomy. It allows creativity and innovantion. One benefit of a podcast or vodcast, which is a podcast with video, is that they are easily uploaded to websites or blogs. That way absent students are able to access them online.

When creating my podcast, I will keep in mind that not only students at the University of South Alabama, but students all over the world will be able to see my podcast.

Project #5 Presentation

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Blog Assignment #3

A scientist trying to turn in a finished paper.

C4C - Chris Schank

This week for my C4C assignment, I have choose to post a comment on Chris Schank's Blog publically to tell him my critiques because I feel that if you're critiquing someone in a nice, friendly manner, then they won't mind the critique being seen by the public. There were many positive things that I could have said about his blog, however I kept my comment short and wrote that it was well written, and quoted something specific that he had said, told him that I agreed with him, and why. One thing I did not mention in the comment that enjoyed about his blog, was the fact that he mentioned his wife in part of the assignment. I feel that when you mention your personal life in your blog posts, your post becomes more personal, relatable, and realistic. As part of the assignment, we were supposed to add links into our blog post, which he did not do. That was the only negative critique I gave him, with a specific example as to why adding links to our posts is so important.

Peer Editing

Through watching the video Peer Editing, I learned the three steps that you should follow when peer editing someone else's writing. The first step is to compliment. You have to stay positive when reviewing someone's writing because you want to help them improve, not make them feel bad about themselves. You should always start your peer review with a compliment, tell the writer what he or she did well, and explain why. The second step in peer reviewing is to make suggestions. In this step, you need to give the writer specific ideas on how to make their writing better. You could make suggestions about the writer’s word choice, use of details, their organization, their sentences, or their topic in general. The last step is making corrections. When you are making corrections you need to check for punctuation mistakes, grammar errors, sentence structure mistakes, and things that are misspelled.

Before I talk about what I learned in watching Peer Review Top 10 Mistakes, I would first like to say that all of the children in the video Writing Peer Review TOP 10 Mistakes did a remarkable job. It's hard to believe that they are only in fourth and fifth grade. After watching this video, I never want to be a Picky Patty, Whatever William, Social Sammy, Jean the Generalizer, Mean Margaret, Loud Larry, Pushy Paula, Off-task Oliver, Speedy Sandy, or a Defensive Dave. If this were to be shown in a classroom, I feel that it would be beneficial to elementary school students to help them learn about peer reviewing because they wouldn't want to be like the students I listed above either.

Technology in Special Education

Through watching Technology in Special Education, I realized how helpful technology really is to special needs students. The smaller iPods were being used instead of having to take a student out of the classroom setting to have someone read aloud to them. Some of the students were using the laptops to speak. Some of the students were even using the laptops to magnify what they were reading to make it easier to read.

When I have a classroom of my own, if I have the resources to do so, I would love to be able to use all of the devices I talked about, iPods, laptops, etc, to help my special needs students learn, and to make it easier for them to learn. I am currently tutoring a third grade student that is a struggling reader, and I have found that my iPad is a helpful tool. Instead of making paper flashcards of sight words, I made flashcards on my iPad of the words that she was having trouble with. She gets excited to use the iPad, and therefore is more eager to learn. I have also found that if we are using the iPad she stays focused for a longer period of time.

Apple's Apps

Apple's App Store logo.

After watching How the iPad Works with Academics for Autism, and visiting Apple's App Store, I found many applications that would be appropriate to use in a classroom. One application that I would consider using, if I were working with a younger age group, is called Alphabytes. In using Alphabytes, a student can go through the alphabet, practice tracing letters, spell words, and play educational games that will help them with the alphabet.

I also really liked the applications that the man in How the iPad Works with Academics for Autism was using. The counting one seemed to be really helpful to the little boy, and he sometimes said the number, before he even clicked on the object he was counting. I also really liked the application he was using that went through the sight words. The iPad said the word as it appeared, so the little boy could see the word, and hear how to pronounce the word, and the repeat the word aloud.

Harness Your Students' Digital Smarts

All of Vicki Davis's teaching approaches in Harness Your Students' Digital Smarts are truly amazing. I like the fact that she said she doesn't define everything she teaches because the students should be looking it up. I also like that she said that she doesn't feel like she has to know everything before she teaches it. Her student's in her terraforming group, taught her. Another thing that I enjoyed about this video, is that at the bottom some of the terms that some students may not know, such as avatar and terraform, were defined.

Some of Vicki Davis's classroom assignments sounded similar to what we are doing in EDM310. Her students also created a blog. One student seemed very proud of her blog. I feel that using technology in the classroom, such as blogging, is a great way for the students to interact with other students around the world, which is exactly what this particular class was doing.

Friday, September 14, 2012

What Teachers Make

This was not an assignment; however, I found it to be very inspirational as an elementary education major. If you are passionate about becoming a teacher, you should definitely watch What Teachers Make.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Blog Assignment # 2

Did You Know 3.0

United State's Flag and India's flag.
The statistical facts in the video Did You Know 3.0 by Karl Fisch, Scott McLeod, and Jeff Brenman, were some I found to be astounding. I am aware that India's population greatly exceeds the United State's population, but the fact that 25% of India's population with the highest IQ is greater than the total population of the United States completely blows my mind. As a future educator, I feel that teachers should be striving to raise all of their student's IQs, and my goal in the future will be to raise each of my student's IQs as well. The fact that soon China will become the number one English speaking country in the world is shocking to me. I believe that shows their desire to learn. Teachers in the United States need to fill their students with more of a desire to learn, because I feel that many student's get discouraged from school at a young age, rather than have a thirst for more knowledge.

More statistical facts that left me in a state of astonishment were the statistics on the use of technology. I rarely take the time to think back on how technology has changed over time, or even within the last five years. Technology has been a part of my daily life since I was born. However, it is an even bigger part of my daily life today. When I was in elementary school, the only thing I ever had to use the computer for may have been to type and print a paper I had to write for a particular class, today however, almost all of my classes homework requires to use of a computer, along with the internet. Even my math homework is submitted online. I feel that children are starting to use computers, cellular phones, iPads, and other devices at a younger age now, which I feel that is to a teacher's advantage because of how often technology is used in the classroom. As far as how to prepare students for technology that has not even been invented, I just feel that teachers should focus on today's technology, because newer technology may work differently, but as long as students have a certain knowledge base built up for technology today, the transition to newer versions of technology shouldn't be too strenuous.

Mr. Winkle Wakes

Mr. Winkle.
In Mathew Needleman's Youtube video Mr. Winkle Wakes, Rip Van Winkle awakes from his hundred year slumber, to find many changes in the world around him. He was amazed by the normal things many people use at their jobs daily. Talking face to face to people half way across the world on cameras on the computer is one thing that he noticed. He also noticed the machines used to help people breathe in the hospital. There were so many things that had changed that he had never even imagined were possible. He was overwhelmed with change until he walked into a school. The school seemed to be the same to Mr. Winkle. The teacher lectured on each subject, while the students sat at their desks and took notes all day. The only difference he noticed in the school was the fact that there was a computer inside of the classroom, but it was dusty and unused. He found that even after the hundred years, school had remained the same.

I feel that this video should be used as a wakeup call for teachers everywhere. It shows that there is not enough technology being used inside the classroom. There are so many great resources that could be helpful in teaching any particular lesson that are not being used, and I feel that it is doing an injustice to the students. For example, if you were teaching a lesson to a young age group on the behavior of animals, there are many things to help engage the students and make them more interested in learning that particular lesson. There are videos, and different zoo's around the world even have webcams on certain animals that are publicly accessible that would be great to show in class. Sometimes change is a good thing. Teacher's need to start using these resources, or in the future, just as Mr. Winkle, they will not like change, and they will not be able to adapt to it.

Sir Ken Robinson: The Importance of Creativity

Poster from Cats
Sir Ken Robinson's video The Importance of Creativity, did as expected from the title. He made many points on why creativity is so important, and did so in an interesting and entertaining way. As a dance instructor, I am very passionate about the arts, but they are not given much importance in schools. In fact, arts are at the bottom of the list of importance. For example, dance is not taught on a daily basis like mathematics or science. Schools mainly focus on the subjects that are going to get you a job. Student's feel discouraged to pursue careers in the arts because school's focus so little on them. I, on the other hand, feel that school's would benefit from spending a little more time teaching about each of the arts.

Children are so creative when they are young, because they are not afraid of being wrong. One of the most powerful quotes from the video is of you're not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with anything original. I feel that this should be the message teachers send to their students. That it's alright to be wrong sometimes. By the time children become adults, they are afraid to be wrong. So they are not willing to even give it a try unless they are positive that it is the right answer, or the right thing to do. Sir Ken Robinson also talks about how we don't grow into creativity, but we grow out of it, and I completely agree. Children are born creative, but when they are taught so little about the arts in school, and become so terrified of being wrong that they aren't willing to try new things, they grow out of being creative, and in my eyes that's a shame because some of them could be brilliant within the arts and never even know it.

One of Sir Ken Robinson's stories that was great proof of that importance of creativity, was about Gillian Lynne. In the time period that she was in school ADD was not a disease that was known. She was constantly moving in her desk. She went to the doctor with her mother, and the doctor told her mother that there was nothing wrong with her, she was just a dancer. She joined dance classes, and went on to be the choreographer of the musical Cat's and Phantom of the Opera. If she had ignored her creativity, she wouldn't have made it into her profession.

The Future

Futuristic Glass Technology
Watching the Corning Incorporations video A Day Made of Glass in comparison to Mr. Winkle Wakes, I see that Corning Incorporations welcome change, unlike Mr. Winkle. Mr. Winkle was overwhelmed by change, and even felt that there was too much change. The Corning Incorporation, however, wants to make a change.

The Corning Incorporation has a vision of glass that can basically take the place of all other devices. With this glass, you have the power to listen to music, transfer files, and even do medical work at your finger tips. The way it was being used in the school was absolutely incredible. Each student sat their glass onto their desk, and they were instantly connected with the teacher's. I feel that their vision would be amazing, but I feel that it will be a long time before it ever is created and perfected.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Blog Assignment #1

About Me

My name is Haleigh Respess, and I am 22 years old. I have lived in Mobile, Alabama my entire life. Most of my family also lives in Mobile, and I am blessed to have a close relationship with all of them. I live about twenty minutes away from the University of South Alabama's main campus, and I have three roommates. I call them mom, dad, and Logan. Logan is my little brother. He is eleven years old and started middle school this year. His stories always keep me laughing. I'm positive that I don't need to explain who mom and dad are, but I will say one thing, they are always there to support me and cheer me on. I don't know what I would do without my family.

I have wanted to be an elementary school teacher since I was in elementary school myself. When I started college, I was discouraged from becoming a teacher, so I started out as a Radiology major, which is the reason that I haven't graduated yet, and also the reason that I am a little behind on my original four year plan. Although I was discouraged in the beginning, I am ridiculously excited that I can finally see the finish line of college or the starting point to a new adventure in my life. I cannot wait to hopefully become an elementary school teacher.

In addition to going to school at the University of South Alabama, I also teach dance Monday thru Friday at Gale's Studio of Dance. This will be my twentieth year dancing with "Miss Gale," and I am honored to have the opportunity to teach at the studio that I have grown up in. I teach most of the younger age groups, two year olds thru eleven year olds. I also have a few high school aged classes. I teach ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, and hip hop/acrobatics. I love all of the styles of dance, but my favorite to teach is hip hop because all of the kids are full of energy and excited about that class in particular, and I think this is mainly because it isn't as serious as a ballet class.

Randy Pausch

I thoroughly enjoyed Randy Pausch's video on time management. He made a lot of great points, and I learned a few things that I could change personally. When I make a to-do list, rather than breaking down the larger projects into smaller steps, I just generally list the project, and doing this I see a large, time consuming project, which stresses me out, and I procrastinate starting the project. For example now, rather than writing "clean the guest bathroom," I will write the smaller steps, "take out the trash in guest bathroom," "sweep and mop the guest bathroom floor," and "wipe the counters and mirror in the guest bathroom." That way I will be less intimidated to get the task done. I will also begin with the tasks that are more time consuming.

Another thing I will change after watching this video mainly pertains to homework and school assignments. I often find myself stressing over if I'm doing an assignment incorrectly. This causes a delay in getting the assignment completed. From now on I will read the instructions for the assignment, complete the assignment, then reread the instructions to insure that I completed the assignment correctly, and if I made any mistakes I can then correct them. Sometimes, especially when an assignment is not going to be handed in for a grade, I will just decide not to complete an assignment. From now on I will look at the consequences to not completing the assignment, before I decide to skip it all together.

Time Management

Reading the time management page from Penn State I realized I may have more of a time management issue than I realized. I already use a planner in an extremely OCD fashion. Everything, big or small, gets written into my planner, with color coding. The problem with this is that I write everything in pen, even assignments and test dates, which sometimes change. I need to start writing things that may change in pencil, so they are easier to correct in my planner.

I also need to pay closer attention to my time wasters. I know that I can find at least one more hour a day to do homework that is currently being taken up by time wasters. I need to start focusing on one thing at a time. I often find myself trying to do a few projects at one time. Doing this, none of the tasks are completed, they are all just "worked on." In doing this, I also stress out over the fact that I am not going to get any of them completed. If I focus on one project at a time, I am more likely to get all of my projects completed in a timely manner.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

My Test Post Title

This is my first post. I clicked the HTML button at the begining of my post. I am now a blogger.