Saturday, December 11, 2010
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Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
1. Alabama Learning Exchange
The Alabama Learning Exchange is a communal database of lesson plans created and posted by teachers of all grades ranging from kindergarten to high school. It is a searchable database that includes traditional subject areas as well as modern teaching areas such as technology, and information literacy. It is a well developed and organized way to give teachers the opportunity to create their own personal learning space where they can save or upload their own lessons. I can see how this will be helpful for teachers. You can view other peoples lesson plans and pull some ideas from them or you could potentially get together with other teachers and collaborate to make assignments together. I think this is probably the first thing I've seen that could be useful to me when I become a teacher and I intend to use it when that day does come.
ACCESS, which stands for Alabama Connecting Classrooms, Educators & Students Statewide, is a statewide distance learning initiative that will allow schools to help other schools by offering advanced level courses and electives that might not otherwise be available. ACCESS has even helped out a school that was in my county that I graduated from. In Clarke County there is a small town called Coffeeville, it is here that ACCESS has given more than $93,656.00 dollars in funding to help Coffeeville High School students have the necessary core classes to graduate. For several years, the students at Coffeeville High School have depended on distance learning web-based course/credit that provide them with some of the electives, core, and advanced courses required for the Alabama High School Diploma/exit options.
The new blend of interactive videoconferencing courses and web-based courses will expand and enhance opportunities to improve students' achievement mentally, socially, technologically, and academically by utilizing advanced technology to maximize and expand learning opportunities.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
If you want to be a teacher you have to know how to teach. Here are some helpful tips that could help improve your teaching skills. Read the 4 tips and talk about how these would be useful in a classroom setting and add a few of your own that aren't mentioned in the reading
This is just a short list of tips that could potentially help people with how they handle teaching in a classroom setting. The first tip says communicate with parents. This is a key concept especially in high school and below. By keeping the parents informed they will be able to keep their kids focused and on track for school. You also need to be able to communicate with your students. This is probably the most important tip that I can give you since you will be dealing with them on a daily basis.
The next tip is focus on fundamentals. This is just simply stating that you, as a teacher, must stay on track on focus on the important material that kids will need to know. It is not saying that you can't teach them things that aren't in the book because a lot of times history books are only written with one perspective from one side. So it is okay to your students know more than one side of the story from time to time.
The next step is to organize your classroom. If your room is a mess and cluttered it will not create a good learning environment. When students see how neat and clean you keep your room, they will follow suit and learn from your example. All eyes are on you, be the best you can be.
The last tip is to design and enforce effective rules. This will keep a good, calm balance in your classroom and let students know exactly what you expect out of them before they take your class. I hope these tips will help you with your future teaching.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Little Kids...Big Potential
In this video first graders learn how to use computers and demonstrate the very basic principles that a person can learn while using a computer. They learn how to read, write, and type all at once, increasing their proficiency the more they work at it. The students click on pictures that take them to links necessary for them to do their schoolwork. Putting pictures up works for people of all ages as statistics have shown that most people are visual learners. Visual learning is a teaching and learning style in which ideas, concepts, data and other information are associated with images and techniques. It is one of the three basic types of learning styles that also includes kinesthetic learning and auditory learning.
Mrs. Cassidy Skype Conversation
Mrs. Cassidy explains how she got started in using technology. I do like the idea of using the Internet in a classroom setting. I feel that we should start teaching children how to use technology at young ages, much like Mrs. Cassidy demonstrates in her video. A child's mind is like a sponge and the more you pour onto that sponge, the more it soaks up. I agree that students and teachers alike have to be technology literate but older people may have more of a problem becoming technology literate than the younger generation. I, for example, have learned how to do all my computer skills in high school. I don't understand the big whoop over Twitter, it's nothing special to me and I feel that there has to be something better than Twitter. Yes, you can get interesting information on Twitter but, Twitter isn't the only place where this information is available. Twitter will definitely not be a part of my teaching lessons during my career. Mrs. Cassidy seems like a pretty, cool teacher and I wish I would have had her as teacher when I was in first grade.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
1. This Is How We Dream Parts 1 & 2
Mr. Miller talks about how now, more than ever, is the most important time for reading and writing in today's society. During the video Mr. Miller shows various ways the Internet can be used in education. He combines hundreds of apps together like iTunes and Nova to make it easier to access information from a students standpoint. He foresees a time when books will be obsolete and students will strictly use the Internet to do schoolwork. He and his colleague are working on such programs for the future that he hopes to release in the near future.
2. The Chipper Series & EDM310 for Dummies
Mr. Strange says in the video himself, "You know I'm old fashioned, I don't like to change alot." Education takes that same approach in our schools of today. I've actually heard teachers say, "It's my way or the highway." That is such a narrow minded way of teaching students. Everyone is different and everyone has their own way of learning so don't you think that teachers should accomodate their lesson to try and get the most out of their students? I do.
EDM for Dummies was kind of funny. I have felt frustrated at times with this class and to be honest after this class, I doubt I ever use any of these apps again like Twitter, Skype, and PLE. I don't really see how these apps can make you a better teacher in my opinion. Skype may be the only exception because lets say a student is sick and can't attend school. They can Skype their teacher and listen in to the lecture that way they don't miss any important material.
Smartboards don’t change the model that’s broken. They just make that model way more expensive. This is the problem with society today. If we have a problem, lets not try and fix it but instead lets just throw money at it. I personally don't really care one way or the other about smartboards and feel that like one blog said, "It just gives a wow factor that last about 30 mins." This is our reality, a sad irrationality that is keeping our society down.
I thought this was a pretty cool video and may I just say that the drawer in the video is very talented. The most important thing in the video to me is where Mr. Robinson talks about how the children's scores go down as they get older. This is because as we grow up we are taught in school to only think one way and not be different. Society is no different, we shun those who appear to be different from us and try to avoid them at all cost. I believe that our education system is flawed but I don't have a answer to fix it but, I hope someone in the future will have one. I just hope it is fixed before my kids go through what I had to which is, as the Mr. Robinson suggest in the video, utter chaos. If I had to do a video like this with others I would either be the narrator because I am great at public speaking or either the artist because I am always pretty good at that too.
Project 3 for Teachers Jenny's Learning Journal
When I was given Mrs. Jenny's blog I commented on a video that suggested that we should listen to kids more often. The video had a 12 year old girl standing in front of a huge audience and she was teaching them why children should not be underrated. The video was about 30 minutes long and I noticed that Mrs. Jenny said that she was a little embarrassed because a 12 year old girl taught her something that she didn't know. I told Mrs. Jenny that she should not be embarrassed because no one is ever done learning and that she should also be happy that her students know so much information. After 2 weeks she only posted one new video talking about how her school had a Dragon Dance. The children of the school wanted to put on a play that displayed their heritage in it so, they decided to make a streaming dragon that they have in Chinese festivals. It was a magnificent site. Other children also showed off their martial arts skills and pretty Chinese umbrellas.
Projects 6 Comments for Kids
The first time I commented on Noel's blog was on one of her post entitled When I First Met You. This was a blog about how she judged people before she even got to know them as a person. She said she didn't like the person at first but then after getting to know them, she realized that they have alot in common and now they are best friends. I told Noel to never judge a book by its cover and to always give people a chance because people will always have a way of surprising you like her friend did in her blog. After 2 weeks I returned to find that Noel has been very busy. She has posted all sorts of things ranging from drawing of colonial houses to comic book scenes she thought was cool. The coolest thing by far that I found on her blog was the water cycle animation she had done in class. It is a picture that she had drew of how water evaporates from the sea and then condensates over land as rain. She then took the picture, scanned it in to her computer and put in blinking arrows to show which way the water was evaporating. It was a very cool blog.
When I first commented on Nacho's blog it was about his vacation in Jamaica. He told stories of him swimming with dolphins and snorkeling with his family as the watched the thousands of fish swim underneath. After 2 weeks I returned to the blog and noticed that Nacho only had 2 new post. One entitled "A Day In The Jungle" and the other entitled "The Beach". The first was about a boy named Juan that wanted to catch a monkey in the jungle. He chased a monkey up a tree and finally caught not 1 but 3 monkeys. The last post was about his day at the beach. He said he saw a fox by a cave on the beach. He followed the fox in and found that the fox was a mommy and had delivered new baby foxes the night before.
Monday, October 25, 2010
1. An Open Letter To Educators
The guy made some interesting points and I hate to admit it but I agree with most of them. I was just thinking to myself earlier today, "Why do I even need to go to school?" I have been in school for 16 years of my life now and feel that if I'm not qualified for a job by now I never will be. 16 years!?! 16 years of school and memorizing facts, as the guy pointed out in the video, and yet society demands more. What is the point? America as a whole is one of the dumbest countries around and while we like to believe we are the best, the fact is we're not. Why do we pay thousands of dollars to go sit in class and listen to a teacher preach about facts of the American Revolution or do stupid projects in computer classes that we learned how to do in high school? Since my time here at South Alabama, I have learned nothing that I haven't already learned in high school and haven't learned anything valuable that could help me out in the real world. COLLEGE IS POINTLESS TO ME RIGHT NOW!
2. Don't Let Them Take The Pencils Home!
I really like the message in this blog post. Far too often teachers focus on the cause of a problem, but not on a solution for the problem itself. If a student begins to wonder off into la la land and play hang man, a teacher should look at it this way. At least they are learning math and spelling at the same time lol.
3. Two Questions That Can Change Your Life
What Is My Sentence? Matthew Rodriguez is one of finest, hardest working people I know. Teachers have actually given my parents that exact compliment before and it is true. I have a very hard work ethic and strive to be the best at whatever I put my mind to.
Was I Better Today Than Yesterday? Great question, I kind of have my own little version that I do every night before I go sleep. I ask myself, did I make a impact in someone's life today? I like to think I did whether it be something small like making someone's day by speaking to them or going to check on a friend when she is sick. I guess you could say I have that "Pay It Foward" mindset and hopefully good Karma will favor me in the future.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
What I Learned This Year
Mr. McClung had some very good tips in his blog. Each and every one could be very helpful to teachers of all ages, young and old. The first tip is probably the most important to me, How to Read the Crowd. This is important because you can't just get up there and talk and talk and talk, because really what is the point of talking if none of your messages are landing. You have to read the crowd, access how they are reacting to your lecture, explain things in a simpler way if needed, and make sure that they understand the message you are trying to convey.
In closing I love how Mr. McClung said that we as teachers should never stop learning. We work in a learning environment, so why not soak up as much as you can? We owe it to our students. Powerful words from a powerful man
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
If students have interest, then education happens.
This was a cool video. I must say that it was very cool how the kids taught themselves English and learned how to use the Internet without even being shown. But really, this doesn't surprise me one bit. A kids mind is like a sponge and is able to soak up any and everything you put in front of it. I think a more interesting experiment would be to see if an adult could do this instead of a child. It would be worth it in my opinion, to see if you "really can't teach a old dog new tricks".
By providing these kids with a computer and giving them Internet access, Mr. Mitra, was enabling them to learn whatever their minds could imagine. During my time in school, I have come to realize the best way for me to learn is to teach it to myself. For some reason if a teacher explains a math problem to me my mind goes blank. I just wait for them to give me my homework, go home, open my book and laptop and teach it to myself. Basically, I'm like that in just about every class. Teachers today, especially here at South, try to overcomplicate problems and I'm sitting there listening to them explain this elaborate way of reaching the goal while I'm sitting there thinking wouldn't it be easier to just say this instead of this. It would save them some breath and keep us from drifting into the black nothingness that is sleep.
FYI IDK HOW THE TIME WILL WORK: I POSTED THIS AROUND 9 AND JUST REEDITED IT NOW AT 2:32 A.M. BUT IT WAS COMPLETED BEFORE 12 JUST IN CASE THE TIME DOESN'T SHOW IT
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Wow!!!!! Ok, just to let you know I am really, really, really, really mad right now. I typed up 4 paragraphs about this video and go to publish post, click it, and the internet drops...I LOVE THE GROVE!!! I going to try my best to rethink of what I had but I have to be somewhere in about 10 minutes so I'm about to do a really, quick overview of what I had originally typed.
In this video Mr. Randy opened up talking about his cancer and then went on to talk about his childhood dreams. He described in detail each dream and how he wanted to accomplish his dreams. He talked about his dream of being in zero gravity and how he wanted to be a Disney Imagineer. After he worked with the Imagineer's they offered him a job and he, to the surprise of him and his dad, turned it down.
He then talked about how he could help others achieve their goal and he decided to become a professor. He became a professor at Carnegie Mellon University and he started a new class where students would create projects instead of use books. He showed some of the student projects and talked about how blown away he was with their projects.
The last part of the video he talked about dying happy. He said we should set goals for ourselves and strive to reach them. Once we reach our goals we should then try and help others reach their goals. I loved how Mr. Randy used comedy in his presentation. I like him believe comedy is great tool in keeping the audiences interest and also to keep them awake. Giving a presentation is all about making a connection to the audience.
Ok 5 minutes left and I really got to run. I wish the Groves Internet wasn't so crappy because the 1st draft was 20 times better.
Sunday, October 3, 2010
The Networked Student
The first video that Mr. Miller talked about dealt with how the world today has changed. He described two types of change, a incremental and fundamental change. He also stressed that we, as teachers, must be open to the idea of sharing any and all information that we have. He emphasized the importance the Internet has made in the teaching profession and he seems to like how easily you can attain information. Hopefully, his ideas will continue to progress and books of the future will be a big hit in the future.
A 7th Grader's Personal Learning Environment
This was a pretty cool video. The video showed how easy it is for students to find and do school work via the web. She went into detail describing how she has her PLE set up and showed us various things she could do while using it. I think this is a pretty, sweet, little video and when I become a teacher, I intend to set up my classwork online like this that way the kids won't have to write as much and it'll also save some paper. Going green as they would call it.
The Machine is Changing Us
During this video I noticed the quote by Henry Canby that read, "What we are encountering is a panicky, an almost hysterical, attempt to escape from the deadly anonymity of modern life... and the prime cause is not vanity... but the craving of people who feel their personality sinking lower and lower into the whirl of indistinguishable atoms to be lost in a mass civilization." He was talking about the loneliness you feel in a city and I can relate to that. I just recently moved to Mobile from a small town 1 hour North of here called Jackson, AL, and sometimes I do feel a little lonely and do have that 1 in a million every once in awhile so I can relate to the video and Mr. Canby in that sense. Toward the end of the video they started talking about the free hugs guy and started playing the song "All the Same" by the Sick Puppies and this is just a side note, I met that band at the place where I work here in Mobile and they gave me backstage passes to their Bayfest performance, it was EPIC! But, back to the video, I've actually seen the free hugs video before on the Internet and thought it was amazing but haven't seen it in a while so it made me pretty happy to see it again. If I could write one thing on my hand I would write simply, "ONE LOVE," meaning love everybody the same no matter what race or religion they are.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
The Benefits of Podcasting in the Classroom
This is a post intended to show the many, useful benefits of Podcasting. Kids today spend so much time on the computer and hardly ever use books anymore and so teachers had to come up with a new way to reach the students. This was the solution, by podcasting you enable your teaching lesson to be heard and watched as many times as needed by the students all while simply doing what students do best and that is play on the computer. Podcast also enable students to demonstrate higher order thinking skills and allows them teach different concepts to others. Podcasting can also be used by parents to keep up with what their children are doing in the classroom. Podcasting seems like it will be a fun thing to play around with in the near future.
Education Podcasting Network
This is blog dedicated to inform people about just what exactly a podcast is and what can be achieved while using a podcast. A podcast is a mix between a broadcast and a ipod. A podcast is a radio style talk show that is intented to be listened to on any computer or mp3 player. This website also talks about the many different ways you can use a podcast which will be very helpful once we start our own podcast. I have already saved it to my favorites list so I can reference when needed.
Eagle Nest Radio & Class Blog
This was a very excellent podcast and it is hard to believe that the kids are only in 3rd grade! I particularly like how they go into specific detail about their topics. I actually found myself learning new details about Rome. For instance, I did not know that the Gladiators had to vow a oath before they could enter the ring to fight. You can tell that the children took their time and were well prepared by their teacher for their podcast.
Lisa Thumann at Thumann Resources
The very first time I looked at Mrs. Thumann's blog I ran across one of her post entitled "Bucket Fillers". It was a video about how kids at a elementary school started a new program to boost self-esteem among classmates. Each student would think of a nice comment about another student and simply place it in the appropriate bucket that the kids decorated themselves. At the end of each day the kids would go to their bucket and get to read about all the nice things people wrote about them. The student's parents all reported that their children's attitudes improved and they became much happier day by day.
The next time I checked in on Mrs. Thumann's blog I noticed her blog post entitled "I love, love, love technology...but", this was a post about a South Jersey school teacher who messaged Mrs. Thumann about how she wished her school had better technology available to both the students and teachers. Mrs. Thumann then proceeds to take it upon herself to change the Jersey school for the better by reaching out through her blog and asking for any help she can get to make that school a better place for all. People of course commented immediately offering to help in anyway possible and offered different solutions that would give the Jersey school some simple tools to get them started such as WiFi.
Monday, September 20, 2010
Don't Teach Your Kids This Stuff. Please?
The very first thing I noticed when reading this blog is that Dr. McLeod is very up front and seems like he is a person who wears his heart on his sleeve. Dr. Scott McLeod describes himself as a associate professor, castle director, blogger, idea generator, solution builder, and even a agitator. I must say he sounds like a interesting person that would be worth meeting.
I agree that the world is a scary place and that technology has made it easier for online predators to interact with people and I also agree that it is a scary thought of how smart our “artifical intelligience” is becoming but, not all technology is bad. Some technologies have just simply made it better for teachers and students to communicate and utilize their skills to their fullest capabilities. But overall, I liked your post.
The iSchool Initiative
Wow! I'm stunned. Finally a video that isn't against technology in schools. I really am almost speechless but I absolutely loved this video and love how Travis Allen took what is available to him today and transformed it into something that can be utilized in many different ways throughout our schools.
The iSchool is a great idea and like Travis said in his video the iSchool can and will save students and schools hundreds even thousands of dollars in the long run. I especially love how Travis said at one point that students will only be able to access websites which are dedicated to learning. This is a good idea is already being used in schools around the world. My high school had blocks on Facebook, Myspace, ESPN, and other websites that do nothing but distract kids from learning. Overall I loved the video and love the idea that this can one day become a reality.
The Lost Generation
Whoa! I was mad at first because I'm in that generation too and I was literally saying as she read, I care about the earth, money isn't everything, happiness does come from within. I was basically saying the exact opposite of what she was reading and then she flipped the script on me and boy was I happy. This was truly a very well thought out video and one that was carefully planned in order to provoke such a reaction out of its viewers. I especially loved the ending when she said, "I can change the world and I refuse to believe I am apart of a lost generation." This was a heavy video and I would have to say probably my personal favorite so far.
Eric Whitaker's Virtual Choir
Absolutely stunning! 185 people who have never met, in real life, come together and make such a beautiful collaborative voice and sound as if they have been singing together for years. This just goes to show that when technology is put into good use the end results can be phenomenal.
Monday, September 13, 2010
1. Population of: Using Google Squared
India = 1,131,043,000
China = 1,333,370,000
USA = 298,213,000
2. Top Languages Spoken: Using Wolfram Alpha
Mandarin= 1.055 billion
English= 760 million
Hindi= 490 million
Spanish= 417 million
Russian= 277 million
3. Google Squared is a great instrumental tool that can be utilized in order to find out information quickly and save a little time while doing homework and yes I did know about Google Squared before this assingment.
4. Wolfram Alpha works in the same way as Google Squared. Both are search engines that allow fast access to whatever information you can think of and no I did not know about Wolfram Alpha before this assignment.
5. No, this assignment did not alter my thinking of technology at all.
I took a picture but I can't get it to show up on here but I found the Pitcairn Islands located inbetween Austrailia and South America
Friday, September 10, 2010
Did you Know?
What does this mean? It just means that we are becoming a more and more technology dependent society. I know I can't go anywhere without my cellphone or do a math problem without the help of my calculator and I bet a lot of people are just as dependent as me. My question in response to the video is, "what would happen if for some freak reason all our advanced technologies stopped working?" I bet there would be mass chaos within a hour.
Mr. Winkle Wakes
It was kind of funny. Mr. Winkle awakes to find a new world but the one thing that stayed the same is school. This is a little bit of a fib because we all know that school has changed drastically over the years. Sure it is still some of the same problems but trust me, kids today have new homework and tests that our parents couldn't even fathom of doing in their time.
So, I get what the author is trying to say in the video but I just disagree with the video as a whole and feel that it is a misrepresentation of our scholastics of today.
The Importance of Creativity
School does kill creativity at times, especially if the teacher is very old and set in their ways. I have had a math teacher give me a failing grade on a test even though every answer was correct. When I asked him why I got these wrong? He simply responded,"You didn't arrive at the answer the way I wanted." Isn't that one of the stupidest things you have ever heard? I mean if we all thought the same and worked things out the same way the world would be so dreary. I bet Einsteins brain worked differently too and yet he was one of the greatest minds in the world.
I love this video. I love how he mixes in comedy with knowledge. This is a very effective way of connecting with the audience and keeping them awake. I always love having teachers like this.
Harness Your Students' Digital Smarts
I absolutely love this video. This is what we should be teaching kids in school. In fact I believe we need to teach them this at a early age because the brain at younger ages is a sponge so why not send them information and let them soak it up.
This video shows how even rural places like this small town can, with just one click of a mouse, be connected to the entire world. Isn't that crazy to think about? One person, one town, connected to everyone in the world?
Thursday, September 9, 2010
"A Vision of Students Today"
I think that this video is a pretty accurate account of what students of today go through. I know from experience that classes can get boring and sometimes they leave me questioning why I even bother to attend classes when the information is something I have already learned. When I get to feeling like that, you can usually find me on cellphone browsing Facebook.
Another thing I saw in the video is where one kid help up a sign that read, "I pay hundreds of dollars for books that I don't use." I had to laugh at that because that is exactly how I feel. Books in today's educational world have basically become nonexistent and rarely used by both teachers and students alike.
"It's Not About the Technology"
I agree 110 % with everything in this blog. Technology has the potential to make education better but without good teaching it is useless. I especially love the part where the author said that, "teachers must be able to evolve." This is so true because as we all know, no two students are alike and thus we must be able to adapt our own teaching methods in order help each and every student.
I do feel that the educational system is moving towards a more technological friendly system and will be a great success and long as we teach the children at a young age how to use a computer. The faster they learn the better and I think we will all be surprised with how fast they pick up the material.
"Is It Okay to Be a Technologically Illiterate Teacher?"
This caught my attention so I wanted to start with this first, "If a teacher today is not technologically literate - and is unwilling to make the effort to learn more - it's equivalent to a teacher 30 years ago who didn't know how to read and write." This post can make older people in the profession somewhat mad and is probably a sensitive area for many. I however, do not think that the methods of teaching have changed that much over the years. If you can teach, you can teach in my opinion but technology can only help your teaching skills.
"Changes happen every Second"
Wow! This is just proof to what I have been writing about in the above topics. The world as we know it is engulfed in technology and we as teachers must be the first to dive in and learn how to swim in order to be successful teachers in ever changing world
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
Hi, my name is Matthew Rodriguez and for those who don't know me I am a extreme sports enthusiast. I love all sports and will go out of my way to keep track of daily stats and breaking news in the sports world. I love how sports can unite people of all races and can seem to capture the imagination of both the young and the old in a split second of brilliance and athletic grace. On the other hand, I do have one major complaint with all professional athletes and that is them griping about how underpaid they are. So today as my inaugural first burn, I have decided to burn on the NFL superstar and Jets shutdown corner back Darrelle Revis. Revis is slated to make one million dollars this year on his contract with incintives but Revis wants to be made the highest paid corner back in the league, a title held by the Raiders Nnamdi Asomugha who makes fifthteen million dollars a year. It just seems to me that somewhere along the line athletes lose their fire and love for the game and instead just want to get paid. Alot of people say the Jets should just go ahead and pay the money but in reality over the last three seasons Darrelle Revis's numbers, although impressive, have not been in the top five in the league at his position. In fact, eight other players have had more interceptions and tackles than Revis over the same three year span. So, I would say Revis doesn't deserve to get paid what he wants because in the NFL it's all about the numbers on the field and until he produces on the field he doesn't deserve a dime more than what is already on his contract, so just suck it up big fellow and if you can try and remember why you started playing the game in the first place. This is Matthew Rodriguez and that is what I am burning on.