Sunday, September 28, 2014

C4K Summary one

The first Children I was assigned to post a comment on was a 7th grader from New Zeland named Calvin. He wrote a blog post about what mascot he would pick for his country. The mascot he picked is a character known as, "Mr 4." He said that Mr. 4 was a good pick because he wore sandals and most  "kiwi's" wore. The comment I posted was this:

"Calvin, I enjoyed reading your blog today. I am a college student from the United States. We also love our mascots in the United States. My mascot for school is a jaguar. I thought your idea for the next Commonwealth Games mascot was very creative. I do agree when I hear the New Zealand accent that it sounds British to me. "
The second Child I commented on is named Adam. Adam wrote about what a mathematician does. The comment I left Adam is " Hey Adam, my name is Bailey Adams. I am from the United States. I attend The University of South Alabama." I really enjoyed reading your blog today. I had no idea a mathematician had to do so much !"

The third Child I commented on is named Alex. Alex wrote about this cool  new app he's using called Video Star. This is the comment I left on his blog: "Hey Alex, 
I loved reading your blog post today. My name is Bailey Adams, I am a student at The University of South Alabama. I did not know about this app until now. I am a huge fan of music, and will defiently use this app in the future. Thanks for writing this week. I can't wait to use Video Star! "

Project 8

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Post 6

In "Project Based Learning Part 1", Pbl - is constantly evolving . The goal now is that it is not a means to show that a student has achieved something, but also to get them excited about learning something . 
The teacher, (Anthony lab professional) said "after a month and a half of sitting down and getting his outside work done faster he began to love his job"
he said it's a lot more than playing and interacting with the children, the goal is maximum amount of engagement so the most learning can be done. 
PBL is not just a method to evaluate students, but  a method by which students learn. It takes a lot of planning and work. Anthony said his student's love his projects. 
Anthony said he gets his student's to create comic strips at times. 
 Icurio- online tool, it allows students to safely search online media that has been pulled for educational purposes. They have to log in to use it. It has a storage capacity for students and teachers. Icurio has kid friendly buttons.  In the "video Discovery ed", I learned that students are "listener watchers" They listen and watch way more than they read and write according to Dr.  Strange. Teachers are making more audio/ videos instead of making the children read as much. Discovery Ed offers online text books and audio books. In "Strange's tips for teachers part 1", Dr. Strange discuses 5 key tips for teachers. One of the tips is that you really need to be interested in learning about yourself. You have to constantly learn to be a better instructor. Everyone has a hobby, teachers learn the craft of teaching in their free time.  Tip number two is to be creative and flexible. Tip number four is teaching is hard work. Tip number four is start with the end in mind. Tip five is to have reflection. In the video "UseTech Don'tTeachIt", I learned a lot about technology. Technology is still controversial, the questions are more important than the answers, it's a real key to project based learning . If you are a learner yourself teaching can be a very rewarding skill.  

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Project number 3

Project 7

Blog post Number 5

I had never heard of the term Personal learning Networks (PLN) until this week. According to my EDM 310 instructor, Dr. Strange, A PLN is, " the set of people and tools that you can call on upon for help, consultation, collaboration or other assistance." I am looking forward to exploring and learning about sites that I can add to my Personal Learning Network. One of the best Personal Learning Networks is twitter. Twitter is a popular social media site that was created March 21, 2006. The site allows you to follow celebrities, famous athletes, authors, producers, or really anyone that has a twitter. My favorite thing about twitter is it allows you to see a more private view of someone's life. For example, Twitter allows me to follow Kim Kardashian. Without twitter I would have no clue as to what she was currently doing. This social media site allows you to use hashtags. Basically, a hashtag is something you can add to your post. For example, If I were to hashtag about writing this blog I would say, "writing a blog about PLNs #EDM310 #hardatwork." Now the cool thing about hashtags is that if anyone in the world searched the hashtag, hard at work, they would find my post.

I viewed a video called, "A 7th Grader's Personal Learning environment", in the video it discussed how a 7th grader created her PLE. I thought this video was very informative. The girl in the video discussed how she created a Personal Learning Environment for her paperless science class. I love the idea of paperless classes. I think more classes should be taught in this format. The 7th grader used Facebook on her PLE. She also used a note-taking app called Evernote. Evernote allows the user to take notes and it always saves what time you accessed the site. The time stamp on Evernote makes prevent plagiarism.

Two weeks ago I started creating my Personal Learning Environment. I have had a twitter since 2008. I tweet multiple times a week. The other day I went in and added all the Instructors for EDM 310. I now look up the hash tag EDM310 on a regular basis. I have read some wonderful stories about how EDM 310 has helped Students learn how to use the internet to do amazing things. One student thanked EDM 310 for learning how to use Imovie.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Project #4 C4T summary

I read Allanah King's blog these past two weeks. She blogs on a regular basis. I really enjoyed reading her blog. The first blog post I commented on was titled "Google Educator #alwayslearning" her blog was short and sweet it discussed what she had to go through to get her google educator teaching license. I'm highly interested in doing this myself. The response i left her was:

"I really enjoyed reading your blog today. I think it is awesome that you have received your google educator’s degree. I will have to look more into this google educator stuff. I love the tutorials. I am a visual learner so a video tutorial helps me immensely. A video tutorial is so much simpler for me. I agree with your statement about it’s nice when a system updates their website but is also frustrated. I personally get annoyed because even though the new system is better, I was so accustomed to the old site. "

The next blog post of hers I read was titled "Mawhera Taniwha- Google drawings and Google slides " this blog post gave an explanation oh how to post a picture on top of another picture on google. It also taught how to create simple animations! I will totally be doing this in my classroom I think it will be a big hit.  My response was :

"Hey Allanah, thanks so much for sharing this! I am someone how needs visual images or a video to truly learn. With this being said, I was really impressed by your photo explanations. I was easily able to edit my photos and put a photo over them ! Thanks again, I will definitely use this explanation in the future to help my future classroom."

Project #15

Today I was asked to research eight different search engines and voice my opinion on each one.

WolframAlfa was a search engine that I have never come across before. After doing some investigating of the site I discovered that I can plug in mathematical calculations into it and will be given the answer. The answer is also displayed on a number line. This could be helpful when trying to teach a visual learner mathematics.  

Bing is a search engine that reminded me very much of Google. It does basically everything Google will do. I can search "cats" and find lots of information about these pets including photos and videos. I actually have used Bing before but I prefer to use Google. I personally think Google is more organized than Bing.

I have never heard of this search engine before but it has me very intrigued! The search engine is all about searching for foods. I looked up "cake" and I was given a multifarious amount of recipes. The recipes included serving sizes and nutrition facts. I downloaded the Yummly app today and was impressed by all of the positive comments. I found a fabulous recipe on tomato sauce that I am excited to try.

Monster is a search engine I have heard about before. It is useful if you are trying to find a job. You search the type of job you would like to have and you can upload your resume.

I love the WebMD search engine! I despise going to the doctor so I'm all about a site that will diagnose what I might have. I use it by typing in the symptoms that I am currently having and it will give me a list of possible illnesses that I may have.

MapQuest is a site that you can type an address into and it will give you directions and show you images of the place. I used MapQuest yesterday to get to Tuscaloosa and I will use it tomorrow to get back to Mobile.

Zillow is a search engine that would be perfect for someone trying to buy a house. It shows houses for sale and gives an estimate on the price. The search engine also shows you how big the house is.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Blog Post 4

Asking questions is an important tool for a teacher to posses. Asking open-ended questions leads a student to answer with more thought. When asked who was the first president of the United States students will reply " George Washington." But if you ask a student an open ended question such as, "explain the course of events that led to George Washington to  become the first president" the student will have to use their critical thinking skills. Critical thinking skills go above and beyond just answering yes or no. This is why asking these sorts of questions is important to ask our students at such a young age. I'm currently doing my observation hours at Corpus Christi Catholic School. The teacher I am watching asks questions constantly and she receives great responses from her students.
           In Johnson's post "The Right Way to Ask Questions in The Classroom"  He makes some intresting observations about asking questions. One of my favorite quotes from the article is, The fallacy with this thinking is that sometimes the students do not understand that they do not understand, and if they do not know what they do not know, there is no way that they can ask a question about it." Johnson is basically saying here that a student may not even know they are not understanding a concept sometimes. Until the student is asked a question that makes themself actually apply the new concept, they really don't know if they are fully understanding." I know in my math class that he teaches us a new lesson daily. When he starts asking questions is when I actually can test myself and check that I know the material. Student's rarely ask questions in a classroom becauase they are terrified of public speaking or fear they will be teased. 

             I enjoyed reading Weimer's article, "Three Ways to Ask Better Questions in The Classroom." This article was short and to the point. It summarized three differnt processes an educator can go about imporving thier quesitons. These points included: prepare questions, play with questions, preserve good quesitons. This article was written in an easy to read list formation. These techniques demostrated by the author will help teach children the importance of asking questions. 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Blog post 3

              I enjoyed watching the videos and reading the materials about peer editing.
I personally think peer editing is a fantastic idea. I don't always have the best grammar in my writing. I normally am able to spell the words correctly but when it comes to commas, I can sometimes be a tad off. After writing a paper, I always send my papers to my wonderful peer and friend, Kelsey Herring. Kelsey always helps give me constructive criticism on how I can improve my writing. In the video, "Peer Editing" I think the points were clearly outlined on how to effectively write a peer review. The tip that really stuck out to me in the video was the message about staying positive. I have a hard time being 100% sweet and nice when peer editing. So by simply starting with a positive point I think my message can go a lot further.

             The slide show, "Peer Edit With Perfection Tutorial", displayed some great ideas on how I can stay positive. I will definitely use the example sentences to help my peers in the future. I really do love when someone I know gives me harsh criticism, but if a stranger gave me harsh criticism, I think I would feel differently. I believe peer criticism will help us as future educators.
The video, "Writing Peer Review Top Ten Mistakes", was so cute . I loved how all the mistakes had a name like "Picky Patty."
 Photo showing peer editing
Peer editing example