I began my PLN with Twitter. I have several teachers that I am following. Although, I’m not exactly sure that I am using twitter correctly, I hope to get the hang of it soon. I have received a couple of “Thanks for following messages”. I went on Mary Beth Hertz’s blog and posted her a comment. She is A K-6 Computer Teacher and Technology Teacher Leader in Philadelphia. I haven’t heard anything back yet. But if I do I’ll be sure to post it on my blog. I will continuously progress on my PLN status.
I have been commenting on Matthew Needleman the last three weeks. His website is http://creatinglifelonglearners.com/. The three posts that I have read and commented on are very useful for my future teaching career. The first one is "The Low Tech Way to Show Youtube Movies in School". He explained and simplified the instructions on how to download a youtube video in the classroom.
The second post I commented on was about the "Video in the classroom Mini- Carnival # 5". Students of all age levels created their own unique videos. Since I’m an Elementary Education major, I enjoyed listening to younger children’s movies the most. In particular, like how to tie a shoe and how to be on time. Each video went through every step in completing each task.
The last post named “Good Teaching Should Be Like Pulling Teeth (Sometimes)” is about how teachers have to keep their kids motivated to learn. Not every child enjoys school, but teachers have to do everything in their power to give these students the best education they deserve. We have to continue to always keep students challenged and never lower our expectations for them.
My comment for kid’s this week is about two little boys named Clancy and Tom. They created five card flicker smories. On Five Card Flickr, you draw five different cards from the photo storing site Flickr and then you arrange them together to make a story. Clancy’s is called “Carnival Time” and Tom’s is called “A Good Life”. They were so creative with their story telling. I never heard of smories until this week. But I will sure incorporate this into my classroom one day! Visit Clancy and Tom's smories.
I think Mr. McClung’s post was quite inspiring. Sometimes it’s refreshing to listen to someone who is new in their career, than someone who’s been teaching all their life. He brought up a great point about when you first get started in your teaching career, your straight by the book. You make sure that each one of your lesson plans is perfect. Instead of focusing on the lesson plan, you should be watching your students carefully and making sure they comprehend what you are teaching.
Communication is another important factor. It is so important to communicate well with others. Students notice how well their teacher communicates with them as well other individuals. Listening is also very important. One of his students acknowledged how well Mr. McClung listed.
It is vital for teachers to listen and to learn about each one of their students. Finally, never stop learning! I have become more aware of this myself. You have to be able learn something before you can teach it.
My first thought when I began watching this video was WOW; I can’t believe he’s in such good spirits! When he began to tell the audience about his medical history, I was is complete shock. Not only did he look amazing, he was able to demonstrate in what good shape he's in. I loved how he shared his lifelong dreams and incorporated it into his lecture. Even though he didn’t accomplish everything on the list, he sure came close to most. He learned valuable lessons from each dream and learned how to apply it to the future.
The ETC curriculum was great success. He didn’t believe that individuals who are seeking a master’s degree should keep doing bookwork. Instead, his course was more of several group projects throughout the two years. He made it fun and exciting for the students. He took fifty of the first year students on field trips. They went to different shops at Pixar and Industrial Light Magic. I would want my classroom to have a similar learning environment as his. Although, I want to teach young children, I can put emphasis on the importance of working together and having fun while doing it.
He explains the only way to live life is to keep having fun, never lose the child- like wonders and helping others. He had so many dreams to strive for and he never let that “brick wall” exist. His lessons learned were amazing. Dr. Pausch believed, “if you do the right thing, then the good stuff happens to you”. He expresses the importance’s of self inflect.
Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture is the most meaningful and favorite lecture I have ever listened to. I’ll be honest, when I saw that the lecture was over an hour long, I was dreading to watch it. I have learned and acknowledged such vital information as to how I’m going to strive to live my life. He put life into a whole new perspective for me.
This week I commented on Stella is Back! She is a smart and talented young girl. She had several videos posted on her blog. It seems the post were personal to her in some way. They were either stories about her and her family or just videos that she enjoyed watching. My favorite is the Crazy Cat and Dog. It is a short video of a cat chasing a much bigger dog around the yard. I thought it was hilarious! Check out her Crazy Cat and Dog video.
“This is How We Dream Part 1 and 2” were very informative videos. Most of what Dr. Miller said I already knew. But, he had a great way of explaining the changes that have occurred with doing research. I remember having to spend many nights at the library just to find enough research about my topic when I was in school.
Not only is the internet easy to access for most, it is full of plentiful information of any topic you can imagine. He made clear several times that this change is “Sharing knowledge infinitely “ and a "Incremental change not a fundamental change”. The internet always holds a permanent place for any article published unlike a magazine that arrives in your mailbox. Eventually, I believe newspapers and magazines will come to an end. Why not? When it’s just as easy to look it up!
Technology is constantly changing. You can look up lectures and watch live video of events going on around the world. "Writing with multi-media" is something that I would definitely be interested in. In order to be technology literate teachers, we need to have an open mind as well as willing to learn this new technology.
This video presented an interesting theory. There is going to have be a lot of transition made in today’s school systems, if we want to progress to being a networked student. I think it has its positive and negatives. Students in today’s world need guidance.
Yes, the internet has everything they need to some extent, but having a teacher can guide and direct them to independent learning. I know I have needed my teacher in EDM310 to show me how to get started on my own. There’s no way I would have been able to establish independent learning on my own.
The internet is a great for education today. You can watch videos, read blogs, and look up whoever and whatever in the matter of a single click of the mouse. The learning network can be used and practice in classrooms all over. I think it will encourage students to be independent learners as well as being self efficient.
I have really enjoyed watching Professor Wesch’s videos. He had a lot of great points about how media has changed the world. Media communication is constantly growing. He discusses how you tube plays an important role in media. It’s hard to believe that I just posted my first video on your tube the other day. Now I’m a part of this media driven culture.
There are many positives and negatives with using a smart board. Many will argue that a smart board is just some fancy tool that just looks great in the classroom. They are very expensive as well to some; difficult to learn. The post also pointed out that the smart board doesn’t help with teacher workload, lesson planning or allow students to participate in social feedback.
Smart boards can have many useful advantages as well. They can make learning more visual rather than worrying about writing a ton of notes. Students are able to become more focused with the lesson as well being able to participate. You can save notes, print, present student presentations and allow the class to view websites as a group. I can definitely see the pros and cons about using a smart board, but I think as technology continues to rapidly advance, teachers and students need to be aware of the changes and use it as teaching and learning experience. You can see how smart boards are effective in the classroom at Interactive Whiteboards and Learning The Chipper Series and EDM310 for Dummies
EDM for Dummies was a great demonstration of how some of us feel about this class. This book would be a great seller! I know I would benefit tremendously from it! I was scared to death of this class when it first started, but now I don’t know what I would have done without it! It will definitely help me to advance in my teaching career.
The chipper series was a fun video to watch. The scary part about the video is that a lot of people actually think that way. I would definitely use movies in my classroom. I want to teach kindergarten through third so I would like to make up “How To” videos, which would be a great way to demonstrate some of the everyday routines such as brushing your teach or tying your shoe correctly.
I think using podcast in the classroom is a great idea for students and teachers to interact. This is a great way for students to learn and share ideas. It keeps their mind constantly going. From some of the podcast that I watched, the students were so excited to teach history or even to read chapters from a book.
It’s a great way for them to get more involved with school. When students feel that they are a part of something important, they want to take the initiative to learn. Parents are able to keep up with what their children are learning. That alone can help the children when their parents become more involved.
I like how the children use poetry paradise and making change in their podcast. It is important for children to understand how making a change can make all the difference in the world. I like how they discussed the importance of killing sharks. They explained how sharks are killed every year for their pricy hundred dollar shark fin soup.
I enjoyed the vocabulary segment of the podcast. William said the definition of cartilage and used it in a sentence. That is a great way for children to learn how to use specific words in sentences. The Did You Know? was also interesting. I like how they spoke briefly on each topic. I think children have a greater attention span when they learn a little bit of information at a time.
I love how the students told a unique story about several different explores traveling back in time. It always helped me to understand history better when my teacher told a story as if he or she were there. The sound effects were a great way to keep you focused on their story. I like how they transitioned to a new explorer. It kept things interesting.
I think it’s wonderful how different students got a chance to tell a specific story about the explorers. They are learning early in life the significance of working together. Once again, I really enjoyed the vocabulary lesson in this podcast. It’s a fun way for children to learn new vocabulary. The riddles are a great way for the students to test their knowledge on what they have learned.
Podcasting with the 3rd Grade
This Particular podcast gave me a better understanding on how it all works. The teachers assigned each student an endangered animal to do research on. They had to describe what habitat they were from and what they like to eat. The children were asked a specific research question along with creating their own animal drawing, using a program called KidPix.
After reading and learning about their podcast, I am convinced that podcasting is great tool for educational purposes. Not only is it a great learning experience for the students,but it can be an enjoyable one as well. It’s a great way for students to get more involved with what their learning about. They also can learn and improve on speaking and communication, research and storytelling skills, as well as oral fluency.
The video began by defining what being a millenial means. I never heard this term before, but it refers to anyone being born after the year of 1980. This particular generation has never experienced life without the use of computers. It explains how “podcasting allows for differentiation in the classroom or making it more student centered”.
Podcasting in the classroom has many benefits. If a child is sick, and was unable to attend school, a podcast could be used to provide the information that he or she missed. Podcasting also allows the parents to become more involved with what children are learning in school. It is an effective way for students to interact outside of the classroom. Students get a chance to use their creativity to the fullest as well as learning the technical aspects.
I thought this was a very catchy way of describing ones thoughts of using technology in the classroom. I believe technology can be a great tool in the classroom. The problem with children today, is that the parents don’t know a whole lot about the internet themselves. They are only aware of the negative issues that exist.
Kids are not getting the proper education they deserve due to society not excepting technology as a primary tool to learning success. We are all taught at a young age what to stay away from, but instead of staying away, teachers and parents can do a better job of monitoring their children, while allowing their children to use the Internet for educational purposes. Mr. Mcleod is an Associate of Education at Iowa State University. He is also the co-creator of the “Did You Know?” video.
The first thought that came to mind while watching this video, was I couldn't believe the kid created this video! I wish I had that kind of skill and knowledge when I was that age. This video was very interesting and certainly caught my attention, but I don’t really agree with eliminating school. The classroom setting should never disappear. I do think that students can use the ischool in class, but only as a supplement. Call me old fashioned, but I’m not ready for that kind of drastic transformation.
The technique used in this video was amazing. It defiantly got my attention! It takes skills to write something so remarkable and then be able to read it in reverse with the same impact. There must always be a balance between work and family. Yes, money is very important in today’s world, but at the same it is the number one cause for divorce. My generation needs to keep this trend from reoccurring.
It is absolutely amazing how Eric Whitaker can bring so many people from so many different nations, and put them together as one, to form a choir ensemble of 185 people to peform Lux Aurumque. It is hard to realize that these people have never met or performed together. I really enjoyed watching this video, although I’m not sure if I understand how the virtual choir works. Who knows, maybe I’ll learn someday!
I really thought this video was eye catching. It is a very accurate description of what it is like to be a student today. I had to learn most of my computer technology on my own. My high school didn't do a good job on preparing us for the future. It seems that school systems are a little behind on times when it comes to adjusting to the changing needs of the students. Another great point, was even though we have these complaints about school and wish that it was better, we are so much better off than other places around the world. I think that was a great way to end the video, it really put a spin on the information that was presented in the beginning. It shows you, that maybe being a student isn’t the easiest thing, but you truly are lucky to even have the money to buy the books you don’t read.
I thought Kelly Hines post was very interesting. In order for teachers to educate their students on the new technology, school systems need to promote technology first. Too many teachers are in their own comfort zone and not willing to learn how to better educate their students. When I was in high school, I had only one computer class. Looking back, my computer class could have been very beneficial, if my teacher was willing to learn new ideas.
Is It Okay To Be A Technologically Illiterate Teacher? by Karl Fisch
Is it ok to be technologically illiterate? My answer to that question would be no. But, if you would have asked me two weeks earlier, I would have probably told you something different. Before I took this class I had minimal computer knowledge. A lot of it is my fault, but at the same I think it’s my teacher’s fault as well. In high school it was never a priority to be technology literate. As long as you could pass the exit exam you were in the clear! I think it’s mostly because they were all technologically illiterate. We need as future teachers to put a stop to this ongoing curse.
It is so crazy to imagine the amount of people who are blogging just like me! This is my first blog and my first everything! I need to get with the times and start taking advantage of all the new technology that exists. The numbers just keep on going and they’ll never stop. That tells me that that there’s always going to be something new and the only way to know it, is to learn it!
I found the “Did You Know” video to be informative and interesting. I don’t believe that I have ever seen a video which conveyed so many new and amazing facts in less than five minutes. It is hard to believe that the world is changing at such a rapid pace. People are becoming increasingly smarter with the advancement of computer technology.
I have realized; after watching this video, that I have a lot to learn and improve on. It will be very important for everyone to study and learn these continuous improvements. I believe this class will provide an opportunity for me to better understand the advancements in computer technology.
The Mr. Winkle video is trying to state that schools are not preparing their students for the advance technologies for the real world. Everything from health care to business has changed over the last one hundred years. It will be more efficient if students can learn this in school instead of later learning it in the real world.
I think a lot of the older generation has more of a challenge in learning these advancements. Some people are set in their ways and believe that since they made it this far, that there’s no reason to change the way their doing things. I hope schools will better educate their students in giving them the skills they’ll need to enter the working environment.
Sir Ken Robinson
I believe that the “Sir Ken Robinson” video made a good point about the priorities of the modern day school system. Today’s schools prioritize math and science; however, I think other subjects such as art and drama should be incorporated to promote more of well balanced education for the student.
I think that students should get a well rounded education. This includes not only learning math and science but also being able to discover their artistic capabilities. I think it’s necessary for children to have a variety of subjects that they enjoy or are good at. In conclusion, I feel that a more balanced education will lead to greater success in life.
I enjoyed watching this video. She made it clear that teacher’s don’t have all the answers before they start teaching. It’s okay to learn from your students or other individuals. Students learn better by teaching others their experiences with information technology such as classroom blogs with students from different parts of the world.
Just because they live in a rural community doesn’t mean they can’t learn and get as good as an education as they would if they have lived in a big city. With the recent advancements in information technology, students are no longer hindered by what particular city they live in, school, or teacher. The ability to communicate worldwide with other schools and teachers greatly improves the students chances of getting a great education.