Monday, January 26, 2009

International Schools using blogs

International Classroom

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.

International Classroom

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.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

American Classrooms using Blogs

American Classrooms

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:

The second classroom blog I found was Mr. Miller's English 10 classroom blog at BHS iAmerican Classroomn 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:

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Did you know?

That movie really opened my eyes to a lot I had no idea about. I never realized just how far technology and education have come. It always amazes me, when I am doing something on the computer and my mom will be mesmerized by it because, when she was my age she didn't use technology like I have. Myspace is also one of the most amazing things right now. It is the easiest way to keep in touch with people. Now, if you want to see how someone is doing, instead of calling, you just email or text them. I believe children really are the future. As teachers, we have to be the ones to open there eyes to the world and teach them about technology and how it is going to benefit them in the future. After watching this movie, I made my mom watch it too and she was amazed. It blows my mind how The United States is a free country yet other countries have double the college graduates we do. People aren't taking advantage of the opportunity they have to get an education and better themselves. I believe one day there are going to be very few jobs that don't require a college education, due to technology.

Thursday, January 15, 2009


ACCESS is Alabama Connecting Classrooms, Educators, & Students Statewide. ACCESS is a wonderful program providing "Advanced Diploma" Courses, more courses, college credit classes, remediation or tutoring courses, and tools with technology to enhance teaching. ACCESS is a great way to prepare students for college, because students have to work in the book, as well as online. This program also introduces something called distance learning. Distance learning is where instructors and students can be in two different places at two different times and communicate through technology like the Internet and multimedia.

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


The Alabama Learning Exchange (ALEX) is a large database of K-12 course plans from the state of Alabama. ALEX also provides distance learning. ALEX provides a place where teachers can go and prepare lesson plans, as well as search for lesson place. Each teacher can make their own personal workspace. Teachers are able to share lessons with each other. ALEX provides lessons plans not only for traditional subjects, but many other parts of education. Most of the lessons even have a time listed with them as to how long they will take to perform.

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

A Little About Me

My name is Lonni Stewart. I am a Junior at South. I went to Faulkner for my first two years of school on a vocal music scholarship. I will be twenty-one years old on October 17 of this year. My favorite thing to do is sing! I have been singing since I could talk. I still live at home with my parents and little sister. I have a wonderful boyfriend of two years named Matt. My major at South is Elementary Education. I came to South because it is close enough to my parents house that I can still live with them while I am still in school. If there is anything else anyone would like to know, all you have to do is ask.

Lonni : )

Friday, January 9, 2009


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