Sunday, May 3, 2009
2. One thing I wish we would have done more of was learning what the best way is to keep a gradebook on-line and in Google Spreadsheets.
3. Twitter is one thing I didn't find useful in this class. It is a bunch of status updates.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Some groups had a problem with just one person talking more than the rest of the group. This was a group project and should have been divided equally. The only other suggestion I have is to speak up. It was hard to hear some people talking at times. Overall, the content of the podcasts were wonderful. The spokesperson in the group seemed to have their facts together.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Before taking the class, I did not know a lot about blogging. I had no idea it could be used a tool in my classroom. Whether we realize it or not, technology is being used more and more everyday in every aspect of life. If we as teachers do not start getting our students on board with it, then who will?
Sunday, April 5, 2009
In my future teaching, I want to teach my students that they learn something new everyday that can be applied to their school work and everyday life. I believe in a growth mindset because the more you grow the more you learn. Just having study skills isn't enough.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
I feel this particular podcast would be a great tool in the classroom to teach students about gravity and because of the visuals could even be used for very young children. Things usually make more sense to kids when presented with something they can physically see. I have always been a visually learner and if my teacher had shown me something like this podcast, the rotation of the moon may have been a little clearer. I plan on using activities and visuals in my classroom to teach my students about every subject.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Videos and podcasts like this can be very helpful to teachers. I am a very hands on learner and want to make learning fun. I feel students learn and retain more by actually experiencing things. I want to do things like this in my class, or at least show them videos like this so they can see students just like them experiencing something they are learning about.To see these videos and more visit:www.edutopia.org
As a teacher, this is a wonderful tool to use with students. The teacher can record the lectures from that day and put them up on their iTunes U site. The student can then see what they missed from the comfort of their own home. However, iTunes U will only be beneficial for the student if the student makes the effort to use it. To find out more about iTunes U visit: http://www.apple.com/education/mobile-learning/
Sunday, March 1, 2009
I found lesson plans using ipods on apple's website. Most of the lesson plans involve using an ipod as well as a voice recorder. There were lessons that could be used on field trips, drama class and many more. The link to the website is:http://www.apple.com/au/education/ipod/lessons/
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
When he discussed the analogy about brick walls it made me think. Brink walls really are there to stop the people who don't want it badly enough. I want to in a sense put up some brick walls for my students to overcome. Students should want to try their hardest and do their very best. When I stop and think, I remember the teachers who made school challenging the most.
"Wait long enough and people will surprise and impress you." This is a quote to live by. This not only applies to school and teaching, but everyday life. This can be applied to relationships, parents, or siblings. People come around in their own time and we have to respect that. Life is too short to hole grudges and be angry with one another over little things. You never know when your students will do something to surprise you.
I love that his program was a project based program. I think students learn more just by experiencing things. I plan on implementing hands on activities and projects to test my students. I feel learning should not be boring. That's why students lose interest in school. We as teachers have to be the ones to find the best ways to get to out students. This lecture is something I will refer back to in the future.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
I agree with everything he says in this blog. As a teacher, we are required to teach our students how to do things, not just do it for them. We really are providing a service to our students and owe it to them to make sure they are successful. I will save this blog and come back to it to remind myself what I should be doing as a teacher.
Monday, February 9, 2009
The second podcast I listened to was a podcast done by Kathryn Bentley, Kerrie Owens and Hanna Nolan . This podcast was about how technology was used in their classes. Foliotek was one of the sources of technology talked about. In this podcast the individuals doing this podcast were more interactive with each than the last group I listened to. They talked about USA Online as well. This is a very good podcast to listen to if you are considering going to The University of South Alabama. This was a very good podcast. This is the link to the podcast: http://edm310fall08podcasts.blogspot.com/2008/11/college-of-education-classes-and.html
Saturday, February 7, 2009
The second podcast I listened to was Kidcast. He was actually talking about students making podcast's. He feels like students aren't doing podcast's for the right purpose. We need to teach our students why they should do podcast's and what their use is. Push the students to do research on something they like and make a podcast about it. When students are researching something they like, they will catch the concept better.
The third podcast I listened to was Smartboard Lessons. I was particularly interested in the podcast because I have been substitute teaching in classrooms with smartboards. I was curious to learn more about them. In this podcast they were giving great websites and software that teachers could use in their classrooms with the smartboard. I love the smartboard's because you can write notes on it and they show up on the board and can also be saved and used at a later time. Technology is a wonderful thing. We should all take advantage of it.
The last podcast I listened to was Macbreak Weekly. As I was listening to this podcast, it truly hit me how great they are. It is like having a audio handbook on almost anything, right at your fingertips. When I was in high school I had no idea what a blog was, much less a podcast. Times are changing every day and we have to change with them. They happened to be talking about different levels of technology with computers and other things.
Monday, February 2, 2009
It is almost impossible to find a job that does not use technology in some way. Even fast food restaurants use technology. I think the Internet is a great tool for students. You can find almost anything on Google. If a student leaves their book at school and needs help with their homework, all they have to do is go to the Internet and search. I think it also teaches students how to do research. How will we ever better ourselves without doing research? Technology is a wonderful teaching tool.
Monday, January 26, 2009
The first international school I found that uses blogging was Sandaig Primary School in the city of Glasgow, Scotland. The school posts pictures and updates about what is going on in the school. It seems a lot like schools in the United States. On the particular day I found this blog, there was a post about a talent show and a picture of the little girls that won. This blog is very informative.http://www.sandaigprimary.co.uk/pivot/
The second class blog I found was Kathy Cassidy's first grade class in Moose Jaw, Canada. She had videos with educational strategies. She had a list of all her students in her class. There was a student section with all the blog entries from the students. It was very fascinating for me to see what first graders think about. I think it's a great way for children to express their feelings that sometimes would just be held inside.http://classblogmeister.com/blog.php?blogger_id=1337
Sunday, January 25, 2009
The first classroom blog I found was Mr. Langhorst’s 8th grade American History classroom blog, at South Valley Junior High in Liberty, Missour. This is a wonderful blog. There is a parents page to keep them informed, as well as a page to keep the students informed. The podcasts he has for the students are very beneficial because then when the children go home and don't take very good notes they can get on the class blog and look at a podcast on that subject from the day. He has contact pages and many ways to stay connected with parents and students. Here is the link to his class blog: http://www.liberty.k12.mo.us/~elanghorst/blog
The second classroom blog I found was Mr. Miller's English 10 classroom blog at BHS in Branford Conneticut. He provides them with different ways to get in touch with him, as well as lists of their assignments for the upcoming months of school. The class does assignments through the blog, which is teaching them about technology at the same time as English. Here is the link to his class blog: http://millersenglish10.blogspot.com/
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
In my eyes, ACCESS is a wonderful program. I remember being a senior in high school and only taking one college credit course,because it was one of the only two offered. Three years later there are college credit courses offered in every subject. I believe ACCESS played an important role in this.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
As a teacher I would love to utilize this website. It is a wonderful way of seeing someone else's point of view of teaching something. It is also very helpful that a time is listed with them. The web links that ALEX provides are also a useful tool for teachers. I knew lesson plan websites existed, but I never knew one with such a broad rang of types of lesson plans was out there. I will definitely use this website in the future.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
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