Saturday, March 30, 2013

Blog Post #10

Adventures of in Pencil Integration
I am not really sure what the representation of the cartoon is. But it says on the left side is the papermate pencil, which is cheap and easily broken. The character is an large old nerdy guy that I think represents papermate. I may be wrong because it seems to me to be a bad representation; a large man is not easily broken. The right side of the cartoon is Ticonderoga pencil new, more expensive pencil. The cartoon character is skinner and dressed more like a young person that would be my age. Even though you can not see his pants, I would picture him with skinny jeans. I personal do not have skinny jeans but for some reason a lot of guys wear them.

Why Were Your Kids Playing Games
In Why Were Your Kids Playing Games Mr. Spencer is being asked by the principle why he was letting his kids play games in the classroom. The principle had previously said that there would be no games in school due to a parent complaint. Mr. Spencer tried to explain that his game was an advance simulation that involved the students making a mock factory. The students had to draw, read various scenarios, and describe their solutions in text. The principle told him that he was suppose to help the students memorize for a test. Memorizing is not teaching, just temporally remembering information. Mr. Spencer was in the right by actually doing his job.

Avoid Social Networking
The second post I read was Avoid Social Networking . The post starts out by with Human Resource officer stating that teachers should not interact with students on social networking sites. One of the teachers, Ms. Jackson, spoke up against the resource officer saying, "the best way to model appropriate adult behavior is to interact with kids and be a positive role model." Another teacher was told to stop coaching a baseball team outside of school with children from school. A third teacher was told she could not acknowledge students when she saw them at a grocery store. The post is saying that teachers should have any contact with students outside of school because it may be viewed as inappropriate.

I can agree to some degree with the post. We see in the news sometimes teachers having "inappropriate relations" with their students. But I do not think that all teachers should be rude and avoid their students outside of school. I believe that social networking can be beneficial for both students and teachers. A teacher could answer questions threw Facebook or blogs. Posting lessons or reviews on YouTube or a blog would be great for students and their parents. I plan on doing this in my classroom. But I can understand where people can get the idea of inappropriate teacher/student relations and teachers need to be taught not to step over the boundaries.

Don't Teach Your Kids This Stuff Please
In the post Dr. Mcleod is addressing parents, teachers, and administrators telling them not to teach their students how to use technology or social media in the classroom. He warns of cyber bulling, sexting, and sexual predators that students could run into when they use it. I totally disagree with him because students must learn technology in today's society because they will most certainly fall behind. A school that did not have any kind of technology would be doing severe damage to the student's education. Dr. McLeod is right that there is cyber bulling and sexual predators online but if parents and teachers teach kids how to use it properly then they will not have a problem.

Scott McLeod, Ph.D., is currently serving as the Director of Innovation for Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency 8 in Iowa. He is also the Founding Director of the UCEA for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE, the nation's only academic center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators, and was a co-creator of the wildly popular video series, Did You Know? (Shift Happens). He has recieved numerous national awards for his technology work, including recognitions from the cable industry, Phi Delta Kappa, the National School Boards Association, and the Center for Digital Education. He is widely recognized as one of the nation's leading academic experts on K-12 school leadership and teachnology issues.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

C4T #3

Post 1: In the post the teacher has set up an example picking the best video for a new job. Your a game designer for Rovio Entertainment and you must choose the best of 4 demo videos.

My comment was just me picking the video I would have chosen.

Post 2:
In this post the teacher is displaying his findings on the experiments he did during the day. He did experiments on kinetic and gravitational energy. He asked his readers on what their thoughts on the subject was.

My comment basically said on what I could remember from science class which was that the both energies depended on the mass of the object.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Blog Post #9

Volume 4

Mr. McClung made several good points during his reflection of his fourth year of being a teacher. He mentions that he was worried about how his peers thought of his image the whole school year. That worrying the whole year could have hampered his teaching a bit and his student may have not gotten the full education they could had gotten. As a teacher you probably need to be more focused on the students rather than your peers. I love how he warns about getting to comfy as a teacher. I had several "comfy" teachers in high school and they did not teach to their full potential. As teachers we should always continue to challenge ourselves and it will reflect with our students challenging themselves.

Version 1 (2008-2009)

Mr. McClung's first year reflection starts by mentioning what he had noticed is that teachers were more worried about the delivery of their lesson rather than student comprehension of the subject. The second thing he learned is to be flexible. No one is perfect and your going to mess up sometimes. You don't need to beat yourself up and just move on. Letting something effect you throughout the day will probably effect how you teach your students. He finishes by saying that teachers never should stop learning. This is probably something a teacher needs to remember every day. Sir Francis Bacon said it best, "knowledge is power!"

Project #12- The Brave Monkey Pirate by Hayes Roberts

Sunday, March 10, 2013

C4T Summaries

Learning is Messy

This blog is about understanding that learning can be messy. When teaching you have to go with the flow and try to teach students effectively. The teacher used the example of a clean kitchen. You spend time cleaning up and enjoy the satisfaction of it being clean but then it gets dirty again when you cook. It would stay clean only if no one lived there. Hernandez continues by saying learning is messy because life is messy and learning is life. There is no way around it.

Ck4 summary march

John Roberts:
Hey John, I am a student at the University of South Alabama. It’s awesome you broke the record for throwing the farthest in your grade. I bet you learn a lot since your dad is a coach! Keep up the good work!

Kaustav, I am a student at the University of South Alabama. I also think it would be cool to have a friend with superpowers. But if he/she had dangerous enemies that would be bad. Great post and keep up the good work!

Hi Lauren, I’m a student at South Alabama University. William Kamkwamba is certainly an awesome story. Being able to make a turbine and producing electricity in his area is incredible. Being able to give water and electricity for his family must be a awesome feeling. Awesome blog post and keep up the good work!

Hey Joe, I'm a student at the University of South Alabama. It must have been a intersting to hear a speech from a Holocust survivor. It was certainly a dark part of human history. Great post and keep up the good work!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Project #9 Personal Learning Network (PLN)

For my PLN, I created a Symbaloo account. It is a cool website of organization. It helps you keep websites that you need all on one webpage. It is a great tool for someone who likes to be organized or for someone who NEEDS to be organized. After I created my account, I started to add websites that I find useful. Symbaloo also has an app for smartphones, so now I can have the websites that I find useful at my fingertips!

Blog Post #7

Dr. Pausch intrigued me after watching his first video early in the semester. After doing some research I began to remember him back when we did a shorter lecture on Oprah. He starts his last lecture by asking the crowd "what wisdom would you try to import to the world if you knew it was your last chance?" The first section of his lecture is about his childhood dreams. Pausch dreamed of being in the NFL but never accomplished it. But he gained experience of playing the sport and trying to achieve the dream by the technique of "head fake" or indirect learning.

In the second part of his lecture Pausch tells about enabling the dreams of others. Another childhood dream of his was to become an imagineer. He achieved the dream after hard work and helped create the Aladdin ride. He figured out a way to help others achieve the same dream by creating a class film animation. This part of the lecture reminds me of chapter 5 of the book "Lighting Their Fires" by Rafe Esquith. In the chapter he discusses that people must earn their success by dedication and hard work.

The third section of the lecture was called "Lessons Learned." Pausch discusses about lessons he learned from his parents. He continues to mentions other people who could help us in our lives: teachers, mentors, friends, and colleagues. In the end of the lecture we find out the whole thing is for his children. It the only way he can teach them how to live when he has passed away.

My first reaction of the video is how composed Dr. Pausch is. This was his last actual lecture and he had amazing composure. I applaud his honesty and how he has accepted his fate. Many people would be at home reflecting on their life on what the could have done different but he is still helping others. On comment Pausch said that I will remember is, "brick walls are there for a reason: they let us prove how badly we want something." Again I remember Esquith's book and remember that if you want something bad enough you should go after it. Just because there is a wall doesn't mean there is not a way around it.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

C4K Summary for February

Week 3:

Hey Taiaha, My name is Brody and I am a college student at the University of South Alabama in the United States. I see you enjoy rugby, I have always been interested in the sport. Where I live American football has a huge following. I understand that the two sports are similar but also VERY different. For instance, both are very physical sports but rugby players wear very little padding. Takes a tough guy to play rugby! Keep up the good work on the blog and school!

Week 4:

Hey Cooper, I am a student at the University of South Alabama. I am also looking forward to spring break. A visit to an aquarium sounds really fun, I have not been to one since I was your age. Awesome blog and keep up the good work!