Sunday, April 28, 2013

Final PLN Report

During the semester I have enjoyed making and using my PLN. I went the Symbaloo route. As a educator in a ever evolving Internet world, I need to be organized with my websites. Symbaloo, too me, is the best choice because it is organized in a grid form and allows you to color code your item. There is also an app for you iPhone, so you can use it on the go. I've added several sites to my page like the History Channel, CNN, iTunes, ESPN and other sites that I might use.

Blog Post 14

2.)The article talks about how the program works and it gives the details of how it's used in a classroom with Mr. Guardia. It's being implemented by schools like Texas A&M. It is said that it is Big Brother watching you all over again, but with good intentions. They idea is that professors are able to look at their student's effort. They are given an digital textbook that has software to allow the teacher to see if the student has read it or not.

3.)As a teacher I love the idea. I would be able to track my student's effort on their work. If a student came to me saying they did not understand the material, I could just check to see if he or she had read it. I would probably less lenient on a student if I know they are reading the material and are trying.

4.)But as a student I probably wouldn't like it as much. I wouldn't have much wiggle room if I was to ask my teacher for extra credit when I he or she knows I haven't read all semester. I would definitely try and read a lot more if I knew the teacher could track my efforts.

5.)Questions for the teacher:
Do you like this technology?
Is more beneficial in a small or larger classroom?
Do you think this will help students?
Will you use this in the future?

6.)Questions for a student:
Do you like this technology?
Does it bother you knowing that your teacher is paying a close eye on you?
Does it make you nervous?
Will you try and read more?
Do you even benefit from reading a text book?

7.) I think there are both pros and cons to this technology. First I think it can be positive in changing some students study behavior. Knowing that the teacher can see if he or she read can have a effect. But I think it will have students nervous and always "looking behind them" and afraid of what the teacher might think of them not reading. Some students do better from not reading a text book.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Blog Post 13

Paul Anderson started the Blended Learning Cycle video by introducing the strategy and breaking the words in blended learning and learning cycle. Blended learning is a form of education that combines face-to-face classroom methods with computer-mediated activities. The learning cycle consist of exploring, expanding, engaging, explaining, and then evaluating. When the two are combine students answer questions, elaborate, review and take summary quizzes. I think blended learning cycle can help teachers improve how they present a subject, involve the students and evaluate them. When I become a teacher I will think of using this strategy in my classroom because it will be very beneficial to the students.

Progress Report: Final Project

This post is a progress report on the final project my team, the Pigskins, and I will be creating. We decided to create a movie about surviving the class. It will include the top ten most important steps to surviving the class. It will include things that will help future student prepare for the class. For instance going to class, if students do not go to class then they will not know about changes to assignments that Dr. Strange may have. We hope our survival guide will help enhance future students prepare for this class.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Blog Post #12

Since I plan on being a history teacher I decided to create a history assignment.

These are the directions to my assignment: Go to: and search the year of your birth and another year of your choice. Describe 10 interesting facts from each year.

My Assignment:

1990 (birth year)
- The Hubble Space Telescope is launched from a space shuttle and goes into orbit 370 miles (600 km) above the earth.
- UK prime minister Margaret Thatcher, by now at odds with many in her cabinet, is challenged in a leadership contest and loses.
-Iraqi troops cross the border into Kuwait and are soon in control of the whole country and its oil wells.
- Mary Robinson is elected president of the republic of Ireland, the first woman to hold the post.
-East and West Germany are united in a new Federal Republic of Germany.
- Expelled from his own country, Saudi Arabia, Osama bin Laden moves to Sudan where he continues to develop al-Qaeda
- Panama's dictator, Manuel Noriega, is captured by US troops and taken to Miami on drug trafficking charges
-Nelson Mandela is given an ecstatic reception on his release after twenty-six years in prison on Robben Island, near Cape Town
-The aged president, Félix Houphouët-Boigny, wins the Ivory Coast's first democratic elections
-Aung San Suu Kyi's party wins an overwhelming victory in Burma's general election but the military refuse to hand over power

-French scientist Georges Cuvier introduces scientific paleontology with his Research on the Fossil Bones of Quadrupeds
-The British prime minister, Spencer Perceval, is assassinated in the lobby of the House of Commons by John Bellingham.
-After the death of Perceval, Lord Liverpool begins a 15-year spell as Britain's prime minister.
-Napoleon launches an attack on his ally, the Russian tsar Alexander I, with an army of more than 600,000 men.
-Damage to US trade by British orders in council prompts war (the War of 1812) between the two nations .
-After victory at Borodino, Napoleon enters Moscow to find the city abandoned and burning
-Napoleon begins the retreat from Moscow, in arctic conditions and harried by guerrilla attacks
-The British capture Detroit in an early engagement of the War of 1812
- The Spanish Cortes in Cadiz produces a strikingly liberal new constitution for Spain
-The Spanish authorities recover control of Venezuela, ending the region's first brief spell of independence

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

C4T Summary

The teacher discusses his plans to teach his students about racism and the struggle people have gone through. But he thought that his students may not be ready or mature enough to discuss it.

The teacher started to discuss when he went over racism with his students. He didn't expect them to get off topic and bring up personal experience of racism.

C4k summary April

Casmira, I have never been to Nebraska but it sounds like a interesting place to live. I am a student at the University of South Alabama. It is in Mobile, Alabama. The capital is Motgomery, our state flower is the Camellia, and our state bird is the Yellowhammer. Great post and keep up the good work!
Meg, I am a student at the University of South Alabama. I also love going to football games during my breaks from school. Hopefully your team will win next time! Great post and keep up the good work!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Blog Post 11

Mrs. Cassidy's first graders have it made when it comes to education. They get to use so much technology in the classroom. Each student has their own blog to post on certain topics. This helps them with grammar and writing skills. They get really excited when others comment on them. They also have a class webpage that has links to other learning sites. They can use this webpage to study up on a certain topic or they can use it in their spear time. The students use Wiki pages to learn about rituals and the alphabets. They posted videos about alphabets and received response videos from EDM310 students. Mrs. Cassidy's students use Skype to communicate with other students miles away and are able to ask professors from colleges questions on a specific topic. They even get to bring their Nintendo DS to school to play educational games. This helps them learn to read, solve problems and share with others.

Teachers like Mrs. Cassidy is doing her students a great service. By using these technologies her students are getting so much more knowledge than they would using just text books. I applaud Mrs. Cassidy and hope that other teachers follow suit.