Thursday, December 5, 2013

Blog Post #16- Final Reflection

Hello, today I am reflecting back on this semester and my future classroom . I will be looking into the future and deciding how I will run my classroom and the expectations I will have for my students. When I started this class, my expectations for my classroom where a whole lot less than they are now that I have finished. I was not aware of the technology available or the technology capability of elementary age students.

I hope that my classroom will be colorful and full of life. It will be set up to be an all around learning environment. I will put emphasizes on my reading centers and the set up of my classroom. My classroom walls will be full of the student’s activities and their art work. I will have technology available for the students to access along with other learning resources.

My teaching will be through project based learning and through interaction with my students. Learning should be fun and that is what my classroom is all about.  I will hopefully be teaching second grade or up so the projects can be more advanced. I want to incorporate lots of hands on activities and projects through my teaching. I feel that hands on work will be my student’s best work and the best way for them to learn.

I will make use of the technology offered in today’s society. My smartboard will be my biggest tool. Educational websites and games will become an educational re enforcer. Presenting information using Prezi will be the new way I present my lessons to the class. I will keep in mind wonderful teacher resources such as TeachPayTeacher and Pinterest. I will also keep in mind my personal learning network and use the tools I have on it.

When I first wrote about my future classroom my judgement of education was not on target. I felt that the most important thing for my students to know is that I am always willing to help them. I still want my students to be able to ask me questions but I also want them to figure things out on their own. Learning on their own and through their own experiences will be the best way for them to learn. I had put a lot of emphasis on the curriculum that will be used but it is not the curriculum that needs the attention, it is how I am teaching whatever curriculum I am given.

Me wanting to encourage and support my students has not changed. I still feel that the best way to help my students is to build them up. I also still agree with student interaction within the classroom. I had wrote that I would spend time working on fun activities such as Dr. Seuss Day and the 100th day of school. I will still have fun stuff like that in my classroom and I hope that activities like these will help build up learning.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Blog Post #15

Ipad Usage for the Blind
By: Victoria Williams

In this assignment I was assigned to watch a video where Wasley Majerus is demonstrating the use of the ipad for the visually impaired. The voice over is a wonderful asset to the ipad. This is a screen access package and  allows the ipad to talk to the person that is using it. It will call out everything that is on the screen. A useful application for the ipad is the ibook. The ibook is a mainstream ereader. In this application the visually impaired may access the library and then choose the book they are wanting to be read to them. After choosing the book, the chapter may be read to them aloud. Another unique thing about this application is that  the illustration will be described. In the application itunesU, it is also made very easy to navigate through the music. All of these applications are made possible through the ipads voice over.

As an education major, this video has brought to my attention the importance of technology and special programs for the visually impaired. I did some research for some online resources for the visually impaired and I was able to find useful information on: This website took me to a website that gave special quest games to reinforce learning through math, science, and technology. This website is known as These websites could be bookmarked onto an ipad for easy access or bookmarked onto a classroom computed for easy access. This way even if resources such as ipads are not supplied at your school these links could also be useful for helping teach children of the blind.
An iPad

by: Shanda Thornton

In this video, a mother of a blind child is learning how to use the iPad like her visually impaired child. These iPads are using voice over so that a blind child can hear what he or she is looking at. I think this is an amazing invention for these children, it gives them the opportunity to do normal things that other students are doing. The mother was listening to the directions of the teacher and went step by step to learn to navigate around the iPad apps. The teacher would direct the mother to go to the top left hand side of the iPad and then move her finger along the top until she found what she was looking for. They even demonstrated writing a note. There are two modes to type using the notes part. You could use either standard typing where you touch any letter and double tap it to choose that letter  or  touch typing mode which means that you could hold it down and tap it and choose that letter. These inventions are very helpful for visually impaired people. They showed how to move your hands and fingers to access the apps that you were looking for. It is very important to know how many fingers and which way to slide to be able to properly use this voice over app.  The picture shows one way that you have to move your fingers to choose a menu option.

By. Chastity Westry
Learning with Technology
This video provided several ideas for a teacher to think about when using assistive technologies for vision and hearing impaired students. As a teacher or parent, we should enhance learning, remove barriers, push boundaries, give hope, and challenge the way we think. It also showed different tools and programs to use with a vision and hearing impaired student. One tool that I thought was interesting was the Go Talk device. The Go Talk device are battery powered augmentative communication devices. They are used by people who can not communicate well by speaking. For example, a classmate, teacher, friend, sibling, etc. can record any message the user will normally need in any accent or language. Next, an overlay of pictures will be constructed. The pictures are to help the users remember where each message is located. The user can use this device to communicate with people by just pressing whatever message/picture they want to deliver. According to Spectronics, typical messages on a Go Talk device would be as simple as: “Hello, it’s nice to see you?”, “I need help.”, “I am all done.”, and “I need to use the bathroom.”. Go Talks are used by people all around the world. Children with down syndrome, autism, or any condition that limits speech uses the Go Talk device as an assistive technology for hearing. These devices are not only used by children. Adolescents and adults who have head injuries or stroke. It was said in this video that one in 2500 Australian children have a vision impairment and on average, one Australian child is identified with impaired hearing everyday. As teachers/educators we need to learn more about assistive technologies for children with disabilities in the classroom. I feel as if the Go Talk device would be a tool that could be very helpful to students and to the class as a whole. Lets give all students with sensory impairments the ability to identify, explore, investigate, question, discover, engage, observe, and interact.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

C4T- #4

Moving at the Speed of Creativity

Westly's blog post was the most helpful C4T post I have read yet. I do not know that much information when it comes to apple products so it was interesting to me to learn more. This post was about an app call "Melt". This app sends spam to all contacts in your phone. The object of this post was to inform about the app. This post tells you what it will do and shows a picture of an example. It has been a very informative post and I will be on the look out for it. 

My Response-
Hello, My name is Victoria Williams and I am an EDM 310 student at The University of South Alabama. This blog post was very informative to me because I wasn't aware that the icloud would sync contacts. I also am not very knowledgeable about many viruses that can get on PC or MAC so thank you for sharing your knowledge. This information will probably save me headache of spam or virus. Thanks again for sharing.

One of Westly's friends have shared some exciting news. There is going to be a webinar hosted in downtown Oklahoma. This will be a free face-to-face event. The event starts at 1 p.m. and it will give individuals the opportunity to preserve their city's heritage. Archivists, librarians and museum professionals will be be effective in the areas of communication and advocacy. Topics like preserving records and funding will be discussed.

My Response-
Hello, my name is Victoria Williams and I am an EDM 310 student at The University of South Alabama. I think this event is going to be great. It is exciting to see people wanting and interested in preserving their city's heritage. Also, it is great that a website is going to be set up to take donations. Thank you for sharing!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Blog Post #14

In this blog post Dr. strange has asked that I find something very beneficial to my classroom that he has left out. I felt that the use of Prezi would be very beneficial and should be maditory for all educators to know how to use.I plan to teach elementary education (K-6) so I feel like it is important to teach kids how to use prezi instead of the normal powerpoint presentation. I choose prezi because the presentation is more animated and will be good for keeping the students attention. When using Prezi the students will not have to worry with a thumb drive because their work will be saved on the account under Prezi. I want other EDM students to see what Prezi can offer their future classroom while presenting and creating lesson plans.

Blog Post #____    Due_____

First, visit the Prezi website. Next, watch the tutorial video under the Learn and Support Tab. After watching the video, read and explore the topics under: Getting to know Prezi, Create with Prezi, and using Prezi.

Once you have explored and now know how to use Prezi, create a lesson plan using Prezi. Make sure your lesson plan meets Common Core Standards. Be ready to present and know the tools of Prezi on out next scheduled class meeting.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Final Report PLN Project #2

My Symbaloo has improved through out this semester. I have come into contact with many new resources that will help me in my future classroom. The most useful resource on my PLN has come to be Prezi. I love making presentations with Prezi and I have come pretty knowledgeable with the tools on Prezi. The Prezi is a perfect way to keep students engaged in material and a good way to incorporate the use of the smartboard. I have also come into contact with good teacher resource sites such as teacherpayteacher and scholastic. I have my PLN color coordinated by my interest. I did this to make it easier for me to navigate through my PLN. This plan has come in handy while doing work for EDM and also for other classes. 

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Blog Post #13

by: Shanda Thornton

I chose this video strictly because of the title, and when I was listening to it, I was so glad that I did. It is really hard to summarize this video because everything he said would mean a lot to a student who is going through this struggle.
When Shane was a kid he hid his heart under his bed because his mother told him if he wasn’t careful someone would break it. We are told to stand up for ourselves  but how can we if we don’t know who we are? We have to define ourselves at an early age, if we don’t someone else does it for us... Geek, fatty, slut, fag, etc. At the same time, we were being told who we were, we are being asked what do you want to be when you grow up. Shane says he always thought that was an unfair question. It makes us assume that we can’t be what we already are- we were kids! When Shane was a kid, he wanted to be a man, he wanted to retire with enough savings that would keep him in candy long enough to make old age sweet.  When he was 8, he wanted to be a marine biologist until he saw the movie Jaws. At age 10, he was told his parents left because they didn’t want him. At age 11, he wanted to be left alone. At age 12, he wanted to die. At age 13, he wanted to kill a kid. At age 14, he was asked to seriously consider a career path. He said he’d like to be a writer, and they told him to choose something realistic, so he said a professional wrestler and they responded with, Don’t be stupid. They asked what they wanted to be and then told them what they couldn’t be . He wasn’t the only one. They were being told that they must become what we are not sacrificing what we were to inherit the masquerade of what we will be. He was being told to accept the identity that others would give him. What made my dreams so easy to dismiss? He added that granted his dreams were shy, self conscious, and overly apologetic, standing alone at the high school dance, and never being kissed they were still his dreams. He goes on to say that not only did he get called silly but his dreams got called names also, silly, foolish, impossible. He had it all figured out, he was going to be a wrestler, called the garbage man, his finishing move was going to  be called the trash compactor, his phrase was going to be, “I’m taking out the trash!” A guy called the Dumpster Drusky, stole his plot. He was crushed, so he turned to poetry. This was what he loved.
The first lines of poetry he remembers writing was in response to a world that demanded that he hates himself, from 15-18 he hated himself for becoming  a bully, which he loathed. He was 19 when he wrote- “I will love myself despite the ease in which I lean towards the opposite standing up for yourself, doesn’t have to mean embracing violence.” When he was 9 he traded homework assignments for friendship, he gave himself a hall pass to get through every broken promise, he gave everyone a pass for showing up late or not at all. He remembers a plan born out of frustration from a kid that called him Yogi, and would point at his stomach and say “too many picnic baskets”. One day before school he gave this kid the answers from the homework, but he wrote wrong answers down for him the night before, when the boy got his homework back he was confused to see that he didn’t do well, and he looked at Shane questioning him? Shane showed him his paper which was nearly perfect and thought to himself, “smarter than the average bear mother ******!”

He explains what his life was like and the problems he dealt with for being overweight and how letting children use their own words can cause problems. There is a very funny story but I didn’t want to extend this blog post any longer than it already is, so I encourage you to actually watch this one! The story is how he gained his first nickname, Porkchop, but through this process he was removed from his grandmother’s home by protective services because of a miscommunication dealing with in his words a bruise from his moment of realization that fat kids weren’t designed to climb trees.
He goes on and says he knows he isn’t the only kid surrounded by people who used to say the rhyme: “Sticks and stones as if broken bones hurt more than the names we got called and we got called them all. So we grew up believing no one would ever fall in love with us. That we would be lonely forever. That we would never meet someone that would make us feel like the sun is something they built for us in their tool shed so broken heart strings bled the blues and we tried to empty ourselves so we felt nothing don’t tell me that hurts less than a broken bone.” He says that the school halls are battlegrounds, they found themselves outnumbered day after day we used to stand inside for recess because outside was worse.  
We weren’t the only kids who grew up this way and still to this day kids are still being called names, causing bearded ladies, depression, and loneliness playing solitaire, spin the bottle, trying to kiss the wounded parts of ourselves and heal but at night while the others sleep. He wants to tell them that all of this is debris left over then we finally decide to smash all the things we thought we used to be an if you can’t see anything beautiful  about yourself you need to buy a new mirror, look a little closer, stare a little longer, because there is something inside you that made you keep trying despite everyone who told you to quit. He goes on and explains the struggles that these kids go through throughout the school years . Shane says you have to believe that they were wrong, why else would we still be here? We grew up to cheer on the underdog because we see ourselves in them. We stem from a root planted in the belief we are not what we were called.In closing, he says our lives is just balancing acts that have less to do with pain and more to do with beauty.
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by: Chastity Westry

believe in chiropracticKakenya Ntaiya starts off her talk telling us about a group of people in Kenya that people travel the world to go see. These people, she says, are tall, can jump high, wear red, and kill lions. These people are Maasais and she says that she is a part of them. In this culture, the boys are brought up to be boys and girls are brought up to be mothers. When she was 5, she found out that she was engaged to be married as soon as she hit puberty.  Everything she did from the moment she found out was to prepare her to be a perfect wife by age 12.
She went to school, because her mother was denied an education, her mother didn’t want Kakenya and her siblings to live the life she was living. Kakenya’s father worked as a police in the city, sometimes they didn’t see him for up to two years. Whenever he came home, he would sell the cows and products they had on the farm, that her mother had worked hard to use to take care of her children, just so he could go drink with his friends. Women were not allowed to own land, so her father had “the right” to do that because he owned it. The women of the village never questioned the men’s actions or choices.
When Kakenya went to school she had a dream, she wanted to become a teacher, She said it looked as if the teacher’s were just writing on the board and that wasn’t hard work, compared to what she was doing on the farm. So she worked hard to finish school, but when she was in 8th grade, she was forced to be a part of a ceremony for girls that signyfied their becoming a woman. At this point she hit a crossroad, once she went through this tradition, she would become a wife so her dream of being a teacher wouldn’t come through. She talked to her father, she told him that she would only go through this ceremony if he let her go back to school. He agreed. On the day of the ceremony they experienced an unlikely tradition of their culture, the girls had a piece of themselves mutilated. Kakenya’s mother took care of her and 3 weeks later she was back in high school. While in school, she met a gentlemen from their village that had been to The University of Oregon, She told him she wanted to go where he went because he looked happy.  
She applied to school and was accepted, and she had to have the support of the village to be able to afford it. When the men of her village heard she had the opportunity to go to school they felt it was a lost of opportunity that should have been given to a boy. She went back to the village, they have a chief that if he says yes everyone will follow him. She asked for help and for him to support her to go to America, he said he couldn’t do it alone and gave her a list of 15 other men to help her. That worked. She arrived in America and was shocked at her findings of the land of plenty.
While in America, she learned that the ceremony that she and the others girls went through was against the law in Kenya, and that she had a right to get an education. She learned her mother had a right to own property and to not be abused. These things made her angry. She got her graduate degree, but had a constant pain for the girls in Kenya, so she went back to help. She wanted the backing of the village to support a school for the girls, they wanted a school for boys, so they did both. The sign of commitment  to this project was the gift of land where they built the school for girls. In only 5 months everyone could see the change in the girls.  They are making big differences in the girls.  125 girls will never be mutilated or married when they are 12 because of this school. They are instead creating and achieving their dreams. Its a new dawn ,a new beginning, happening in this school. They are giving opportunities so that  they can rise and this is the tradition she brought to her community. She ended the speech with a challenge, she asked everyone to be the first leader because people will follow. Be bold, stand up, be fearless, be confident, as you change your world . If everyone does that what kind of world will we be able to leave our children?

By: Victoria Williams

What do babies think? Babies can understand and reflect. One thing the baby probably is thinking, what in the world are those people thinking? Psychologist and Doctors think that babies can’t think and talk like we do. There was a study done on two groups of babies, they were showed a bowl of broccoli and a bowl of goldfish. The doctor would say ummm… broccoli and put it to her mouth and then say eww...goldfish. When she asked for some the 15 month babies gave her goldfish. When she repeated the same process with the 18 months they would give her the one she wanted. That is just a three month difference. That shows us that babies know more and learn more than we thought. Why do children learn so much?  
We have always thought that babies are full of useless knowledge, There is a relationship between how long the period of childhood experience is to having bigger brains. Long childhoods mean a child is acquiring a lot of knowledge and learning. Unconsciously kids are using statistics to find out about the world. Scientist do experiments as do kids, in the video it shows an experiment with a little boy who has two sets of two different colored shapes and a box with a light in it, if  both sets are stacked correctly the lights in the boxes will come on, the child sat there and tried many scenarios to try and get both sets stacked properly to get both lights to shine. This, she says, is quite typical. Children usually do a series of experiments to find an answer. She says, “What is it like to be a creature that can test 5 hypothesis in just a few minutes?”
Most psychologist thought that babies were barely conscious, if even conscious at all. Allison thinks the opposite. Adults think if something is important we should pay attention, they are more flexibly focused and purpose driven. Babies and young children are a lantern of consciousness. They are very good at taking in more, they are bad at not paying attention. To be like that as adults, when we are put into situations we haven’t been in before, we act like kids.
What’s it like to be a baby? It’s like being in love in Paris for the first time after three double espresso’s. It’s good to be an adult, and makes sense that we put efforts into actually making babies. Think like adults do but if what we want is to be like these babies, to have open learning, imagination, open mindedness, creativity, and innovation. Maybe at least some of the time we should spend time getting more adults to think like more children!

We apologize for our long blog post, but these are some of the most meaningful videos that we have watched this semester! We encourage you to watch each of these if not the other seven also!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

C4K- November Summary

I was able to summarize both Sean and Collin's blog post. They are  from St. Pt.England school and are both five years of age. Both boys posted the math problems that they were learning in class.

Sean's Post- Sean posted addition problems that he had worked out. Sean showed every step to completing an addition problem. He also worked a decimal addition problem and a multiplication problem. Sean showed the steps to completing these problems as well. Sean's ability to work the math problems was very impressive. Sean's blog itself was very creative and colorful.

My Response-Hello Sean, my name is Victoria Williams and I am an EDM 310 student at the University of South Alabama. I have looked over your blog and I really like the art work background. This background makes your blog inviting. I also, liked reading your bio because it allowed me to get to know you a little better. This math post is pretty impressive. By you uploading your math work, people are able to relate to what you are learning in the classroom. Thank you for sharing!

Collin's Post- Collin posted videos of the current math problems that he was learning in class. The first and third video was of division. Collin works the problem out step by step in the videos. Collin also works out an multiplication problem and demonstrates the problem in the video. I was very impressed with Collin's ability to make videos of problems being worked out.

My Response-Hello Collin,my name is Victoria Williams and I am an EDM 310 student at the University of South Alabama. I really enjoyed watching your math post. I thought that it was so interesting to see what you are learning at your school. The post was very impressive. Thank you for sharing!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Blog Post #12

What can we learn from Sir Ken Robinson?
By:Shanda Thornton

Sir Ken Robinson starts the video by talking about two reasons that most countries are reforming public education. The first reason he talks about is economics. His driving question was, “How do we educate our children to take their place in the economies of the 21st century given that we can’t anticipate what the economy will be like at the end of next week? His second question was concerning culture. He asked, “How do we educate our children so they have a sense of cultural identity, while being a part of the process of globalization, so we can pass on cultural genes of our community ?” Sir Ken Robinson then goes on to explain problems with the reforming of public education. He says that they are trying to meet the future by doing what they did in the past. The current system of education was designed and conceived and structured for a different age in time. It was conceived in the days of the enlightenment and in the economic circumstances of the industrial revolution. Before the revolution, there were no public school systems, you could get educated if you had money to pay the Jesuits to educate you. With this new system, Public education would be paid for by taxation, and it would be available to everyone free at the point of delivery. People objected to this revolutionary idea saying it wasn’t possible for street kids to benefit from it, they’re incapable of learning to read and write so why are we spending time on this. This also causes alienation of many kids that do not see the purpose in going to school. He told us that when he went to school, they kept them there with a story. Something along the lines of Do good in school, work hard, do well in college, get a college degree and you will get a job. Our children don’t believe that, and they have a right to because there is no longer a guarantee. In today’s world you can graduate high school and get a good paying job without a college degree. It may not be a dream job, but it is good paying and that is what most people are looking for in these days. Education does not guarantee a job anymore.
I really enjoyed when Sir Ken Robinson started talking about ADHD in schools. When he first gets to the subject of ADHD, he shows a map of the prescriptions for ADHD medications. This has turned into a modern epidemic. He isn’t trying to say there is no such thing as ADHD, he is saying it is not an epidemic. Our children are living in the most intensely stimulation period in the history of earth. They are over powered with information. Students are given computers, iPhones, other electronic devices, and even shown advertising and then they are penalized for being distracted from other boring things, like the teacher. Robinson says that he thinks for the most part the emphasis on ADHD has risen with the growing of standardized test. The medication these children are routinely given puts these kids to sleep. He addresses aesthetic experience which is when senses are operating at their peak anesthetic shuts your senses off and deadens the body to what is happening. We are getting our kids through education by anaesthetizing them. This is what these “drugs” called ADHD medication is doing to our kids. Sir Ken Robinson thinks we should be doing the opposite! We should be waking them up to what is inside of them! He believes the system of education is modeled on the interest of industrialization. Schools are organized on factory lines, ringing bells, separate facilities, specialized into separate subjects. We still educate students in batches. We put them in the system by age.  He asks, “What is important about the assumption that the only important thing these kids have in common is their age?” Is this the most important thing? He states that if you are interested in the model of education, you don’t start from the production line mentality. It is essentially about conforming and about standardization. We have to go the opposite way. We need to use Divergent thinking. This is not the same thing as creativity. It is an essential capacity to creativity. It is the ability to think of a lot of possible answers to one single question. We all have this capacity but as we get older it mostly deteriorates. In the gene pool of education we have to think about human capacity and get over the old conception. We should recognize that much greater learning happens in groups. Collaboration is the “stuffing” of growth, if we separate them and judge them separately and form a disjunction of them and their natural learning environment. Crucially he says, it is about culture of our institution habits of institutions and the habitats that they occupy

By: Victoria Williams
Wow! That is the word that comes to my mind when I heard Sir Ken Robinson’s speech on education. What an amazing thought he has on No Thought Left behind and on what education is really about. When I was in grade school I always felt as if I was going through the motions. I would memorize information for test and then forget the information as soon as the test was over. I have had a hard time adjusting in the college setting because I have had never had to think outside of memorizing information. I think that we can learn from Sir Ken Robinson that to be a great teacher the teacher has to do more than just deliver information to the class. As teachers we should educate students on things that can be used outside the classroom instead of the essential facts. If educators stop treating education as if it is a mechanical system and more like it is a human system then maybe we wouldn’t need alternative education.There are three types of people in this world, there are people that are movable, people who are unmovable  and people who move. The people who move are the people who make things happen and if we have more people who move than we will have an educational revolution. If educators can understand this than education will stop being dormant and  bloom like Death Valley.


By. Chastity Westry
Sir Ken Robinson believes that creativity in education, today, is more important than literacy. One important idea that I learned from Mr. Robinson is that if you’re never prepared to be wrong, you will never come up with anything original. By the time children become adults, most of them have lost this capacity because they are frightened of being wrong. Today, in the 21st Century, we are running educations systems where mistakes are the worst thing a person can make. Therefore, we are educating students out of their creativity capacities. Mr. Robinson also believes that we do not grow into creativity, that we grow out of it. The education system is predicated on academic ability. The hierarchy of education is based on two ideas. The first one is the most useful subjects are at the top, this probably steered you away from subject areas in school that you actually liked and found interesting. The second idea is academic ability, which is dominating our view of intelligence. We need to change our view of intelligence. Highly educated and talented individuals do not believe they are these things because their interests weren’t valued in school. We know three things about intelligence. First, intelligence is diverse.We think visually, in movement, and abstract terms. Second, intelligence is dynamic. The third thing about intelligence is that it is distinct. Sir Ken Robinson believes that our only hope for the future is to adopt a new conception of human ecology. One in which we enrich our perception on human capacity. The way education systems are set up today will not serve us in the future.We need to rethink the fundamental principles in which we are educating our children. To conclude, we need to change our views of education and not steer students away from their interests but encourage them.

Project 15: PBL Plan #3

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Blog Post- #11

I really liked Kathy Cassidy's approach to technology in her classroom. It seems that she has a well throughout plan on how to transition the technology into the classroom routine. In the video I liked how the students were getting up and working on the smart board. The students seem really engaged. I really liked the idea of technology in the reading centers. While I have been doing my field experience I have noticed how hard it is to keep the kids engaged and this method seemed to work for Kathy. If I was to incorporate technology in my classroom like Kathy, I would do it in the reading centers. I would set special games up to enforce reading.

The problem I would come in contact with while trying to use technology would be lack of resources. The elementary school that I am working at only has three computers in the classroom that the children have access to. The lack of computers would cause problems when it comes to each child getting a chance to work on the computer. I would try and solve this problem by applying for grants and reaching out to other resources for help. Kathy was able to reach out and get help so hopefully I would be as well.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

C4T #3

My C4T was about a teacher by the name Tyler Rice. Mrs. Rice is a teacher who enjoys being a high school science teacher. One thing that I have learned to really admire about Mrs. Rice is his passion for his job. 

The fist post that I commented on was about test results for a quiz. The class average for that quiz was a "D". Instead of moving on Mr. Rice spends time reteaching the subject. After the class reviewed, Mr. Rice assigned the students to present the subject to the class and then answer peer's questions. The students not only have had the material retaught to them but they also have had time to rethink and reprocess the material. Mr. rice wanted teachers to know that it is o.k. to reteach material even when standardized test are around the corner. It is our job as teachers to make sure the students have an understanding of the material.

The next post was about class meetings that Mr. Rice holds before he begins the school year. The point of these meetings are to connect, decide, plan, and reflect. The class gets time to connect with each other and the class as a whole. The students are then able to help decide on the important decisions of the class. The meeting allows students to plan upcoming activities and then reflect on activities of the past years. Mr. Rice feels that these meetings make the students feel important in the class and it helps with setting the classroom environment.

 I responded to Mrs. Rice by admiring his passion and effort put into his classroom. I did not think that class meetings would be as effective in an elementary school room as they are in a high school classroom but I feel that it still is a great idea. I also told Mr. Rice that both of his blog post are a good model for teachers to learn from.  

Thursday, October 31, 2013

C4K for October

Bruno's Blog Post Summary
Bruno wrote his blog post about a silent challenge that he did on the book "Out of my Mind". He did this challenge because the main character in the book could not talk. The point of this silent challenge was to see what it is like not to be able to talk. Bruno said that having no voice would be a lonely life.Bruno also related this silent challenge to his cousin that has Cerebral Palsy and how his cousin could not talk very well.

I Response..
I started out introducing myself to Bruno. I told Bruno what my name was, where I went to school, and why I was writing him. I told him that this was an interesting project and could he remember the questions that he asked during his silent read. I explained that I had never been in a situation where I was not able to talk but I knew it would be an challenging task. Last, I thanked Bruno for sharing his post.

Greg's Blog Post Summary
Greg's teacher prompted the students to write at least five sentences. The teacher wants to hear the students thoughts and ideas.The teacher then assigned three questions for the students to answer from a story that they had read in class.The first question was did the character of the story have a dream.Greg thought that the character did not have a dream but the character wanted other things out of life. The next question was concerning the teacher. the last question that the teacher prompted was about an event in the story being important.

I Response..
I started out introducing myself to Greg. I told him who I was, where I was from, and why I was writing him. I then asked him a question of my own. That question was, "have you ever has a dream?" I informed Greg that I was interested in what his dreams might be. Last, I told Greg that I was so glad that I was able to read his blog post.

Tyler's Blog Post Summary
This blog post was about Tyler wanting a Facebook. He was trying to convenience his mom that it would be a good thing for him to have. He even promised his mom that he would be better if he could have a Facebook.

I Response..
First I introduced myself to Tyler. I told Tyler who I was, where I was from, and why I was writing him. I then told him that Facebook is a great social network that keeps people connected but like anything else it can be neglected. Using Facebook takes maturity. Then I explained to Tyler that maybe explaining the purpose of wanting it to his mom will help his case.

Rave's Blog Post Summary
Rave's post was a summary of a book that she had read while in school. the name of that book was "Docking Day". Rave did a great job on this post and told the most important parts of the story.

My Response..
I first introduced myself to Rave. I told rave who I was, where I was from, and why I was writing on her post. I then told Rave how good she did on her post. I had a clear understanding of the story after Rave posted her summary. I told Rave that I loved the art work on her blog. Her blog showed personality. Last, I thanked her for sharing her post.

bhujit's Blog Post Summary
bhujit's blog post was about how Americans would rather watch reality t.v. than a political debate. bhujit felt very strongly about people being involved in the politics hat are going on in the U.S. bhujit feels that to become a better citizen and be productive then paying attention is important. This post was super impressive. bhujit stated her opinion but then backed her opinion up with facts.

My Response..
I first introduced myself. Then I told her where I was from and why I was writing her. I then went on to explain how impressed I was with her post. I openly admitted to being a person that would rather watch reality t.v. but that old habit will come to a stop. I explained that I am striving to become a better citizen. This blog post opened my eyes to what I need to do to become better. I then thanked her for sharing.

Project #12 Part A: Smartboard Activity

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Blog Post #10

What can we learn about teaching and learning from Randy Pausch?

When I first read this question and started the video I was worried that I might fall asleep while watching this video. After the video started and Randy started talking I knew there was no way I could find this video not interesting. I felt so sad for Randy when he started telling his medical problems but after listening for awhile I felt happy for him. Randy has taken a serious situation and made the best out of it. I found his story to be inspirational. Randy's brain tumor was not the only thing he was determined to overcome. Randy has lived his life achieving dreams and even when there was let downs Randy enjoyed the experience.

I have learned by listening to this lecture that there is always going to be thing that stand in my way but I have to overcome them. As future a educator, I can learn to teach my students that nothing is impossible. No dream is too big or too small. When things do not turn out the way that we expect them too then we still had a wonderful experience. We should live everyday looking at the good and not the bad. As a  future educator, I now know to teach like it is my last day. I should make each  lecture or each lesson worth listening too.

Project #14 Project Based Learning Part #2

Name: Measurements
Subject: Math
Duration: 3 Days
Grade: Kindergarten
Teacher: Ms. Williams

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Blog Post #9

By Group: Gainesborough
Members: Shanda Thornton, Chastity Westry, and Victoria P. Williams

We can learn a lot of new techniques and different concepts of teaching through these videos. These teachers teach us new and different ways to run our classroom using some 21st Century competencies. There is a lot to be learned through these videos.

Brian talks about the different activities that are done throughout his classroom and how he does them. He knows that students disconnect easily and for many different reasons. We were  really impressed that Brian does not stereotype his classroom. He has a classroom full of lower class children and he brings his best to the classroom. He wants them to have the best learning experience and he tries his best to provide that. He introduces these children to blogging along with other class projects. Brian offers his students real life problems through these projects and that is what will prepare the students for the real world. Also, he had speakers that tied into what they were learning to come in and speak with his class. This resource could provide the students with information that won’t be found on the internet. We learned that if we involve, connect, engage, empower, and motivate students they will be more interested in learning. The projects Brian produced for his students will make them lifelong learners and thinkers. Active learning is a great way to create a learning atmosphere. He teaches his students to think outside of the box. An example was when he told the students to tell the story as if they were the balloon, this gets the students involved in a thinking process. The blogging helps the students to interact with students all over the world and show their reflections. The comments allows students to converse back and forth, this tool teaches them a lot about connecting and collaborating with other people. The comments left on the students posts from readers encourages them to keep learning and improve their work. Brian also established goals implemented in the classroom, the students created goals for themselves, school, community, and the whole world. They also received feedback from other students from all over the world which made the students more globally aware.

Second, we learned about a method called blended learning.Paul uses the blended learning system for his classroom. Blended learning is when you take classroom learning and mix it with online and module work. Paul basically described it with these three resources: online, mobile, and classroom. There are five “E’s” that tie into the process of blended learning, which can be helpful to learn science.The learning cycles are: engage, exploring, explaining, expanding, and evaluating. So when you mix blended learning with the learning systems, you then will have a blended learning system. Brian wants his class to ask questions and predict what will happen next. Next, the class should then be evaluated. He also talked about the power of the questioning and the power of learning. He always starts with a question that hooks the students, once you have the students hooked, they are ready and excited to learn and answer the questions.  Learning cycles are very useful to get students involved in the thinking process. Also, if the students follow all of the steps to this process on their own they are more likely to take more knowledge with them to the next level. To remember the steps of the cycles, he develops acronyms. Paul’s blended learning cycle consisted of six parts, “QUIVERS” : Questions- start with a good driving question, Investigate/Inquiry- inquire about the driving question and investigate the answer or the reasons, Video- watch a video about the driving topic, Elaborate- elaborate on the topic, Review- review all of the information collected, and Summary- take a summary quiz to make sure the students understand the topic.

In the last video, he gets his students to talk about the puzzles in small groups in order to capture the heart of the unit. In the groups they connect with the ideas and decide what it is all about. The challenge on the whole topic in general is to figure out a phrase that  headlines and captures the heart of what the unit is about, The students conversed and one girl stated, “how can we sum up everything with one phrase?” How the students interpreted the unit and connected it with what they already know to the puzzles and challenging of the stories. Later on they headline it again and see how much the headline and their interpretations of the unit have changed since the first time they discussed it.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

C4T Post- #2

Lisa's Post #1

Lisa Thurman is an  innovative learning technologies at The School for Global Education and Innovation at Kean University in New Jersey.  She  work with educators to improve teaching and learning using technology.  Lisa also helps with the UA conferences but only about 50% of people that are suppose to be in attendance come to the conference. Lisa's biggest concern has been the waste of people's time, money, and food. She has decided to bring it to attention now that  the attendance rate has continued to drop. Lisa wants a solution for this problem. Should she establish unwritten rules or should she stop having these conferences all together?

My Response...

I am a student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. I have never heard of these conventions nor have I ever attended one but I feel that something must be done about the wastefulness. It is not only the wastefulness of the food but also the money and the time of the people involved. My suggestion is to charge a fee. The fee might make people commit more to coming.

Lisa's Post #2

Lisa has been working a with a group to learn more about the common core standards. through this process Lisa has established common core communities of practice. These communities will work on improvements and work on a workplace for teachers. this workplace will allow many teachers more opportunities. Lisa feels that these communities will enhance learning. To launch this new stuff, there will be a conference for NJ teachers in NJ. 

My Response...

Hi, my name is Victoria Williams and I am a student at the University of South Alabama. I am currently taking EDM 310 and I have been assigned to visit your blog post. I think that it is really impressive how much you want to help teachers. Creating an virtual workplace will create more opportunities for educators.