Saturday, May 10, 2014


Our group is named Bay Minette. In the group project, my group members and myself have decided to do an iBook using iBook Author. In this project we share with everyone, all of our adventurous activities throughout the course of EDM 310. We have all shared a blog post that we as a group deemed appropriate. We also share personal pictures of our families, as well as places we have been and group organizations that we participate in. In EDM 310 we were independent learners that used technology as the main tool to display our work. Although our iBook is not perfect, It does however show that we are open to exploring and learning new things. We enjoyed making this piece of work. We wish that we could share the final outcome on our blogs, just take our word. IT'S PRETTY NEAT!

Monday, April 21, 2014

C4T #4

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Ross Wickers
I visited Mr.Wickers Physical Education blog. He talks about how he is always searching for new innovating strategies. He is in the process of developing a newsletter on all the information that he comes across via twitter, as well as the information that he gets from his colleagues. His first issue of the newsletter focuses on the 10 great lesson series. I commented that I enjoyed the article, as well as wished him luck on his newsletter.

My final visit to this blog post was on March 21, 2014. Mr. Ross did not have a new post. He is an physical education teacher, so Im guessing he has been busy finding more new and innovating things that can help children in the school systems. I have noticed that Mr. Ross is very successful with his newsletters. I had the pleasure of reading his first issue. It's really nice.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

C4K (April)
On April 7, 2014 I looked at a student in Mrs. Jacobsen's class named Zack. He is a 5 year,8 year old from Pt. England. Zack gave information about flax snails. I commented that I would love to learn more about these snails, because they seemed cool.

On April 20, 2014 I viewed a student in Mrs.She's class named Efa-Lata she goes to Pt.England School in Auckland New Zealand. Efa-Lata told how she and her mother visited the zoo over the weekend. She stated that she saw lots of animals, and ate Burger King. I asked Efa-Lata what were her favorite animals at the zoo? I also told her what my favorite animals were, and told her that she did a great job on her podcast.

Blog Post #13

What did Dr. Strange leave out?
This is what I thinks should be included.
Watch the video Whole Brain Teaching Look at the different ways that chris teaches his middle school class the basics. How could this work in your classroom? Give your perspective on The Whole Brain Teaching. Write using a quality blog post.
little animated girl with words that read whole brain learning
Chris Biffle gives the classroom a chance on how to use their whole brain in his classroom. This technique is very interesting to me. This can be used to help teach classroom rules as well as math concepts. This technique is a bit noisy, but I'm sure once the other instructors see the progress that my students are making in my classroom, they too will adapt the technique. As I watched other videos on YouTube. One teacher taught her children a math rule. PLEASE EXCUSE MY DEAR AUNT SALLY. The first letter of each word helps the students remember the math rules of P- Parentheses E-exponent M-multiply D-divide A-add S-subtract. This is cool because once that algebra question asks what operation should you do first? The students will remember this and perform the problem correctly.
I can remember one that has always stuck with me. To remember the directions on the compass my teacher would say N-never E-eat S-shredded W-wheat. I knew North was always on top, and I would remember that "trick" she taught me, and passed my compass test. I will definitely try and use this in my classroom. It seems as though the children were having fun while learning.
*claps hands* TEACH!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Project #12 Smart board part B

Blog Post #12

umbrella with rain drops
What is Assistive Technology?

Assistive Technology is any item, piece of equipment, software, or product system that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. Different disabilities require different assistive technologies.
Assistive technology includes products,and services, to help people who have difficulty speaking, typing, writing, remembering, pointing, seeing, hearing, learning, walking, etc.
There are some resources that I found that can be useful to me in assistive technology. The National Center for learning Disabilities gives 13 free resources that parents as well as educators can use. There is information on what can be done for students with dyslexia and other reading difficulties. These tools can help students get a better understanding on the information that they are trying to process.
Watching the video Understanding Assistive Technology gives you the simple information on how (AT) is used. I know as a future educator, I will have students that may have disabilities that require me to adjust my teaching techniques to help them better understand the material that I will be presenting. It is my job to communicate with the school staff as well as parents to ensure that this is done properly. There are lots of (AT) devices that can help with this process, it just takes one small step to make a HUGE difference.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

C4K ( March)

image of C4K This month I had the pleasure of visiting Jazelle She is a very talented student that gave great instructions on how to work out a math problem. The steps that she used were very detailed. She also gave a slide show of the steps. I commented that she did an awesome job on her blog post.
I also had the pleasure to visit Kyal's blog post also. Kyal is an eight year student at Pt. England School. He did a post on Sketch up Writing example. Kyal talks about all the things that can be created using this technique. I commented that I could only imagine the great things that he could create.

Project# 10 Interview Movie

My Interview Movie

Blog Post 11

C4T Teacher #3 Summary

This week I viewed the blog of Wesley Fryer In this post he talks about how he is teaching his 4-5 graders in his STEM class how to use scratch software to create projects. This technique uses coding and the students a have the ability to "remix" their work using this software.I think this is a very neat thing to do. The students all have done great creative work with the software. This is something that I could possibly use in my future classroom.
Picture of teacher at board that displays C4T

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Blog post #10

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Sir Ken Robinson talks about the things that we take for granted. I do believe that we donot really know what we take for granted. Yes, we can think of all the things that we do take for granted, but what about the things that are not so obvious. Sir Ken states that education needs a revolution. Education needs to get away from the standard way of teaching, because not everyone learns the same. Learning for you may be easy, but that same exact process could be very hard for the next person. This is evident in day to day school settings. I do realize that changing and revolutionizing education will not be an easy task, but I am willing to accept the challenge and accept the things that we so often take for granted and don't even realize.I really enjoyed Sir Kens video. I look forward to viewing many more.

Smartboard Presentation Part A

Project 15 PBL#3


This project is a social studies project for introducing students to the concepts of biographies in a relative way. Students will work in pairs to research a historically significant figure and create a report based on their findings. To make things more engaging for students, they will decorate a cereal box using the information, and create quizzes, images and a bibliography. This project could be completed partly or entirely for homework.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Blog #9

picture of social media logos
Watching Mrs. Cassidy's video I have a new insight on the media world. I have always been the person that questioned the fact that blogging in the classroom is useless. Mrs. Cassidy states that we have to change because the world is changing, that handicapping yourself, and your students is what we will be doing if we do not take the time to take advantage of all the collaborating tools that are available via the internet and social media. The basic paper and pencil method is okay, but think of the possibilities that a student can accomplish just by this simple fact. This would help a child write more and be more expressive in their writing.
Another thing that was a bit interesting to me was the fact that Mrs. Cassidy does not necessarily use social media in her personal life, but in her classroom.I now know that blogging and social media can and will be the thing that takes my teaching technique to a completely different level.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Project #14 plan#2

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The Thinking stick.
For this assignment I had the pleasure to visit Jeff Utecht's blog posts. I took an interest in his blog about 2014 Predictions of technology. Jeff talks all the predictions that he has had with the technology field.How he predicted a new technology would evolve in some sort and how it has come to past. His 2014 prediction is wearable technology, where we woould be able to look through a glass connected to eyeglasses. Mr. Jeff hopes that the first disruptive will be in physical education. Using something like Fitbit that the students could possible wear and monitor if they are getting adequate amounts of exercise. I commented that I wasn't so sure how felt about wearable technology, but the idea of fit-bit could be a major asset to students around the world.

The last post that Mr. Jeff talks about is his frustration with the fact that it is the year 2014, 14years in the century and the internet is 25 years old. He states that we need to embrace the fact that the internet need to improve. He compares how some places like starbucks allows places that students can access things that the public libraries should cut their non fiction book budget to fund research places. He also gave great points as to how teachers should have acces to a laptop in the classroom. He gave points on how the access to youtube and facebook should be allowed in the classroom. There are lots of great things on these sites, they just have to be filtered. He also states that if the schools cannot provide some type of educational media like a ipad that the students should be allowed to bring their own. I know some people would not agree, but children as early as the third grade have cell phones and can get any information that they want at any time. His points are very interesting and if you ask me, very great points. The world of media is only becoming greater. My theory is that we can't beat technology, might as well embarce and improve it. I commented that I hope that his points gets into the minds of those who make the decisions on how a classroom should operate.

Blog 8

A 21st century learning and communicating tool that I really like and would incorporate in my classroom is Flipping the classroom. This technique is very interesting in that fact that the teacher can have pre recorded material sent to the children before the lesson is even taught. The students can then practice the material at home and gain more knowledge about things, gather any questions that they might have, and present them to the taecher the next school day. This way the teacher can address the children that are having issues in certain subject areas, and be able to give them more one on one attention.
I agree with this technique because, some children need further instruction or support from their teacher when they complete their homework assignments. I remember days where I would need assistance and the teacher would say that they were not going to hold up the class to try and teach something all over again. Flipping the classroom will allow the teacher to see excatly if the concept that they are trying to help the children master is successful or not. This evaluation can then allow the taeacher to try and adjust her teaching method to help those students who are struggling without intreupting class time for those who have grasped the concept.

One more thing that future educators should know. Flipping the classroom is not an easy task. Sometimes we as future eductors try and find an easy thing to try jsut because it is new. Please view 5 things I wish I knew about Flipping the classroom This video gives an honest opinion of a teacher who states that flipping does require lots of planning and dedication. The children have to be engaged in the material in order for flipping to work. To all my future and curent eduactors who plam on or are flipping their classrooms GOOD LUCK on your flipping journey.

Project 13 PBL #1

Our group decided to do a lesson plan on art, that includes dance. It is called Dance Out Loud. The idea of the project is to introduce the elements of choreography and choreographic form. They will understand the difference between dance as art, and dance as a sport. The students will present their projects in any form of media format.The objective is to identify, define, and practice elements of choreorgraphy. To show evidence of success in achieving identified learning target. The teacher will use available texts and other technology resources. Students will create a choreography dictionary in their choice of media format. Students will also demonstarte inderstanding of terminology through Media Presentation of the dictionary.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Blog# 7

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

Watching Randy Pausch in his last lecture, made me look at things in a whole new light.I now have picked up a few techniques that I plan to use in my own life. One particular thing that stood out to me was that the way you say things can get a good or bad reaction. If someone is rude you feel attacked, but someone else can say the exact same thing, and you can see where they are coming from. I know this to be true because, I was told NO! before by one person, went to another person had the same conversation, and they explained to me why I needed to improve the task at hand. Randy Pausch gave a few tips that one can follow they include:
Remember to have fun
never lose childhood wonder
help others
and remember that loyalty is a two way street.
These are just a few things that I will take with me through life.

To answer the question...I think that we can learn that teaching is not about what we know, but how we can help students. By being loyal to them and allowing them to explore different things in the classroom. This can help children blossom and believe that they can achieve anything that they put their minds to.I love Mr.Pausch's statement that if you lead life the right way and good things will come to you.
picture of randy pausch last lecture book

Saturday, March 1, 2014

C4K Summary (FEB)

picture of C4K
On Feburary 8, 2014 I was assigned to comment on the blog of Haylee J. This student gave steps to solve a fraction with unlike denominators.She gave directions to cross multiply and find a common denominator, then add the numerators and the final step was to simplify your problem by didvsion. My comment was that I enjoyed the post and told her Great Job!

My next student was Lily. Lily talked about having two big brothers, two pets which included a bird, and a hampster named chumchum. I commented that she did a great job on her post, and that I would love to play with her pet hampster.

I also took a visit to Mrs. Millers's class and read Haley's blog on This I believe. On this blog post the student talked about karma and how she believed that what ever you believe in it seems to manifest in life. This was a high school student, and I did suggest that she remember to always capitalize the pronoun I.

My final C4K class was Tessa C. blog about a story called Sarah's Key. Tessa did a power-point on the book, and gave graphics and great animations.I commented that the story seemed interesting. This story reminds me of the story of Anne Frank. This too was a story about the holocaust.I told Tessa that she did an awesome job, and to keep up the good work.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Project #8 Book Trailer


Blog #6

A PLN is a professional learning network, where you can make connections, share ideas and resources. As I do further research, I see that I already have begun using PLN's even before I was an education major. I use facebook, and twitter all the time to share videos and pictures with people all the time. Those steps are the very firt ones in creating my PLN. I believe that I could use this tool in the classroom as an educator to share information about topics in different subject areas with my students as well as their parents. I now realize that I have an organized PLN with people that can and could help me in my teaching career. Assignments like C4T's and C4C's are places to start. Yes C4C's, because I feel that my peers are the ones that I could connect to the most. In addition to other resources like Twitter and even Pinterest are also places that I could start to build my Personal Learning Network. I know starting this process will allow me to meet, share, and involve myself with people, places,and ideas that will help be a great asset to children in the classroom.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Blog #5

 Teacher teaching in classroom
In the video with Dr. Strange and Anthony Capps on Project Based Learning Anthony talks about how project based learning is working in his classroom. Mr. Capps talks about how this technique is best used in the community. If everyone is involved it can and will be successful.Children can relate to eveyday things that they deal with and will be more intrigued to learn new things.
One thing that I took out of the video is when Mr. Capps says to never limit your students to what you want them to do, they will most likely give you more than what you expect. Dr. Strange also noted that PBL takes a lot of planning and work in order for it to be successful. Another tool that Dr.Strange and Anthony Capps discussed was the use of Icurio This is a search engine that can be used that has been filtered so that no unappropriate material is being displayed to students. This is a great idea, because anyone can use google at any time and search for a particuliar item. The information could sometimes be too subjective for children. The directory feature that icurio has stops that from happening. I liked the phrase that Anthony used about DiscoveryEd was that if a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video is worth a million. I agree with Mr. Capps in saying that children learn a whole lot more from watching videos. Children today are so involved with technology that they will be very attentive to videos. I love how Baldwin County schools are using all kinds of technology tools in the classroom. In Anthony's additional lesson thoughts he gave an overview of how a lesson plan should be brokendown. He states that every lesson is four layers thick. There is your yearly plan, then you have your unit (subject). The next part is your weekly plan, and finally what you will teach daily. These componets will ensure that you cover exactly they concepts that you want your students tp be able to master.
It seems to me that Mr.Capps is utilizing all componets of PBL to help his class be successful. I would like to give a great BIG applause for the Baldwin County School System, they seem to have all the tools needed to be successful in the classroom.

Project #3 Presentation

My Passion Video

My Sentence Video

Sunday, February 9, 2014


Blog Post #4

What do we need to know about asking questions to be an effective teacher
Upon viewing the page at The Learning Center I have found that there are strategies for asking questions. In my list I will provide the strategy as well as an explaination/example of each. The strategies are as followed.
1.Having a course goal. Having concepts that will help the student use critical thinking.
2. Avoid leading questions These questions answer themselves and the student do not "think" for themselves.
3. Follow a Yes or No question with a additional question Once the general question is answered do a follow up question like " Why? or "Explain your Thoughts"
4. e specific in questioning Use a variety of questions that build to the more complex thought process.
5.During class discussion do not ask more than one question at once This confuses children and they are less likely to respond.
6. When Planning allow time for questions and answers Don't wait until the last few minutes of class for students to ask questions. Waiting until the end of the lesson will discourage question asking because they are aware that only a few minutes remain in the lesson.
7. Ask different types of questions use "closed" questions which have a limited amount of answers. ask "managerial" questions to ensure that the students have all the resources and material as well as knowledge of the subject. Also ask "open" questions, these questions sometimes prompt conflicting answers. This will help the children participate in discussion.

With this process asking questions is the key to knowledge. Just think with NO QUESTIONS, How would the world operate? Everything as a Who?, What?, When?, Where? Why?, and How? Its just a process to get those answers.


For this assignment I visited Mr. Daniel Edwards' blog post on How do we prepare our children for Tomorrow? In this post Mr. Edwards has a video on placing emphasis on children, and how educators can make the future brighter for them. By doing this it will help children succeed in the future. Children have all kinds of educational media, that they can use to help them connect to children around the world . I mentioned that I would be visiting his blog post on a later date. He quickly replied and thanked me for my comment.

On my second visit to Mr. Edwards blog, Mr Edwards had a post on The Top 10 Apps in an established 1:1 iPad School In this post Mr. Edwards gives information that the Stephen Perse Foundation has had an iPad programme running for two years. This foundation is using the iPad in the classroom. Engaging students in limitless ways. There is an App that teachers use to give feedback to students called Showbie. . This allows the teacher to view a student(s) work and give suggestions. The feedback can also be in audio form. This is a great feature, because I know that children would love to be able to hear their teacher say positive things about their work. (so will the parents).
In summary there are all kids of ways that the iPad can be used effectively in the classroom. My wish is that ALL school systems would use the iPad. Technology is only getting more advanced. Why not advance the minds of children. They are our FUTURE.

You can find Mr. Edwards on Twitter. @syded05

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Blog Post # 3

This assignment about Peer Editing was very informative. Watching the video What is Peer Editing? gave me great steps to follow when I am assigned to C4C, C4T, and C4Ks. It is very important to keep the three rules in mind when commenting on anyone's writing. Those rules are:
1. Compliment
2. Suggest
3. Corrections
If those rules are followed when editing a peers writing, the writer will not feel attacked, and will be more accepting to your suggestions, and corrections.

In the video Writing Peer Review Top 10 Mistakes This video was very amusing yet important. When editing a peer,the editors need to be mindful of the things they say, and how they say them. I will use these Peer Editing Mistakes as a guideline of things I should not and will not do when I edit my peers. I will however use the Three Rules of Peer Editing to help other writers. This also makes me "self" edit before I comment.Overall the assignment gave me a clear insight on steps to follow as a future educator.Peer Editing does not have to be so judgmental if you follow the most important rule. STAY POSITIVE

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Blog Post #2

Mr. Dancealot
The central message of this video is that you cannot teach a subject and have no experience actually performing the task and be successful. Mr. Dancealot stood behind a podium and read from a PowerPoint on how to dance the box trot. The class was not able fully engage in the class because there was no hands on activities. The author made the case by showing in the end that the students had no knowledge on what they should be doing. Having only paper and pencil should not be the only way to teach a class.

Teaching in the 21st Century
In this presentation Mr. Roberts presents how teaching has/will evolve. In the video it says that if teachers only provide: content
Then our role as teachers is obsolete. Teachers are not the main source of information. We are the filters. Students can find anything anytime anywhere. But we must be able and available to teach them how to do those tings properly. If we as educators are able to Understand
and create.
we will build lifelong learners. "Students don't need to be entertained, but engaged" This engagement should be fun and exciting. With that being said. Let's engage our students with entertaining information and ideas that they will enjoy as well as learn.
The Networked Student
After watching the video it is very clear why EDM 310 is important. There are ways in which future educators can connect with each other and build a lifelong building process, by using tools on the internet. When asked Why does the Networked student need a teacher? My reaction to the question is that the teacher is needed for support when the student has any issues. The teacher does not give the answer but only suggestions so the student can continue to explore new ways of collaborating.
Harness Digital Smarts
In this video Mrs. Davis shows how she fosters the love of learning in her classroom. She is allowing them to create relationships with people around the world from her small town in Georgia. The students are even teaching her new things. The learning cyle continues throughout the school. Teachers introduce the concept and the students help each other by using all the electronic medis that they can.
Flipping the Classroom
Flipping the classroom is a very new concept for me. I love the idea that the teacher can do a prerecorded video that the student can view for homework and be prepared with questions on the subject before it is even taught. With this technique the student has the advantage. They will be able to practice the subject, then ask questions if needed. The teacher then will be able to focus on the things that te students have issues with. I will be doing more research of this technique for my future classroom.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Blog Post #1

There are a few things that I have heard about EDM310. One being that this will be the hardest class at the University of Alabama. I have also had previous students say that they really enjoyed the class because it is hands on and not class notes. I have some fears about this class. Them being mostly will I leave a great impression, or trail for people to follow? I must admit that I have taken this course before and it was difficult for me because I was not accustomed to the workload. Other classes that I have been enrolled in at both the university and in high school were not as challenging. This is both good and bad. The good part is that I will/have learned a lot of information that I can take with me in my future classroom. The bad being that I was deprived from information that could have better prepared me for this course. The most difficult thing for me in EDM310 will be trying to convince myself that I am leaving a positive persona that the world will be able to view. The only way that I can be sure that I am leaving a positive trail would be to act as a professional both in class and in the social media. The only question that I have is If/When I make a comment on a post, will I be "graded" harshly because I don't necessarily agree with the topic at hand? I know that no two people have to agree, but If I don't agree with per say...Dr.Strange will that affect his view on my way of thinking?

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Practice post

My name is Roshawnda Thompson. I live in the Semmes area. I built my first home there in 2005. This is my senior year at the University of South Alabama. I plan o graduate in the spring of 2015. I love shrimp and any other seafoods. I love to go on vacations with my family. I most recently went to a New Orleans Saints game with my husband. Every year we take our kids on a week long vacation to Destin, Fl. I am thirty years old. I have two children. A 8 year old daughter and a 1 year old son. I have been married for a year to my children's father Frank. We have been together for what seems like forever. (high school)

I must admit that education was not my first choice of majors. I always had the passion to work in the medical field. My husband pointed out to me that one of us had to be home with the kids, he is a locomotive engineer for CSX and is not home enough to be there with the kids. I then realized that I have extreme patience with children.In my past experiences with going to my daughters school, the children seem to flock to me. I started looking into the education field and found that this best suited me. I love the look on little children's face when they have learned a new task or activity. I want to be the person that makes their faces lighten up.
Test post

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Report on Final Project

EDM 310 has been a very fun, exciting, adventure for me. In my final project my group members have decided that we are going to give the Pros and Cons of EDM 310. This will hopefully give the future students a guide to look at in terms of what to expect in this class. Even though the semester has come to an end, and I did a lot of stressing. I have learned new things that I plan to take with me in the education field. GOOD LUCK in EDM 310! :)

Final Project # 16

Blog assignment # 14

In this Blog
I really had to realize that there is so much more to the internet and all the free things that are available to current and future educators. The fact that the information added is all in alphabetical order. This is such a great way to make sure that the information that is entered is not repeated.

There are a huge number of sites I had no clue existed, and some that I did not know where free. This is a great tool to come back to in the future when I am placed in a classroom with little faces that are waiting for me to spark that inner creativity. I must say EDM 310 has introduced me to a whole new world of knowledge.

C4T 4

In the blog post People, people, people
Mr. Fawcett talks about his trip to a seminar and how he was excited to be there. He also mentioned that no one there was forced to be there that they were there on their own will. This made me happy because there are some teachers out in the education field to day that have no desire whatsoever to be going to seminars.
He filled the blog with the exciting thing that they talked about and the one thing was how Twitter can be used. (sound familiar?)

I once agian made a comment on yet a different post by Mr.Fawcett this one talks about the Education Reset. How the education system is so "messed up" and the things that are need to make it better is only making it worse. Mr. Fawcett believes (I agree) that education needs to crash, and there be a complete new build up. That the education system would be so much better.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Additional Post #1

1. Why did I miss the Metaphor?
To be honest I missed the metaphor because I was too busy trying to have the assignment done on time. There has even been times where I was having a bad day and once the assignment is thirty minutes from being due, I have an anxiety attack and its all about getting the assignment done. I then worry if what I have submitted will be Dr. Strange worthy.
2. Metaphors I have encountered
Birds of a feather flock together. Men are a dime a dozen. Practice what you preach. I will slap you into next week. We are in the last days. You aint nothing but a hound dog. Find you somebody to play with. It was love at first sight. I could see the fire in your eye. You light my soul on fire. love hurts. You made my heart skip a beat. I am the bomb. It was so quiet you could hear a mouse piss on cotton. I was on cloud nine. If I'm lying I'm flying. My car is hanging on by a thread.
3.Other things we can do as educators to help our students
One thing that we can do as educators is to always challenge our students to think outside the box. To be explores and not just little puppets that do as they are told. We have to give them the opportunity to mess up and then find ways to make the situation better.
4.Why do we use metaphors?
As Dr.strange said, We use metaphors to help us see things in a better light. Instead of saying you can get 12 men for ten cent. You make it more animated by saying, "men are a dime a dozen". It makes the saying that more comical. We also use metaphors to show emotions to show how good or bad we feel about someone or something.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Blog Post #13 E-media FAST!

First things first. I am sooo happy to finally be able to talk on the phone it is ridiculous. I first started this assignment with the mind set that I can do this with no problems... I was wrong. Within the first hour, I had ten missed calls, and my cell phone would not stop vibrating. I then decided that I would tell everyone that I communicate with on a regular that I would not be available for 24 hours. My moms response was "HAVE YOU LOST YOUR BLEEP MIND?" I could only laugh, because I talk to my mother everyday and she was not hearing that. My husband was another one that could not take the news. He has a very demanding job that keeps him from home a lot of hours and he calls and checks on us regularly. The fact of not knowing whether something is wrong or not would drive him insane. So I had to think of ways to have everyone satisfied. I thought I would go to my grandmothers house and stay so my husband would know we were okay, and let my grandmother tell my mother what I had to say to her. This plan also failed because I experienced an extreme headache. This was good for the assignment because there was no way I was talking to anybody, and no way I was watching television, nor listening to a radio.
I literally stayed in my bed and cried with my silent tears. Yes, the pain was that serious. I even considered going to the emergency room. When it was all said and done I slept for ten hours. When I woke up it was two in the morning. I then got something to eat, and got back in bed. Once morning light hit my bedroom, I felt a whole lot better,and only had a few hours to go. I cleaned my carpets, and did a little dusting.( I almost messed up because I normally listen to the radio while cleaning) As soon as three o'clock hit I was dialing everybody in my contact list.
I must say this was both a challenging assignment as well as a fun one. I do not want to ever have to do that again. I had e-mail messages galore. Missed calls like you wouldn't believe, and I am still checking my messages. :) To the future students of EDM310. Can you survive the fast?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

C4K summary (NOV)

MR.McClungs World
This site tell how Mr.McClung shows how his children were asked to create their very own Country with a style of government as well as economy. I especially enjoyed this because there was a map of the country Carollelea that has a place called Peanut Butter Fields. How I would love to visit there. :)

Mrs. Yollis class blog
In Mrs Yollis' class there was a student named Beverly who did not follow directions when the teacher said that the students could wear Halloween colors, but no costumes. Beverly was not paying attention and came to school as a PIRATE!

In this blog Mrs. Yollis asks that the reader gives a story on what really happened, and why Beverly was a pirate.

Pt England 6th Year
Turuhira a year 6 student in Pt England school talks about how it was really cold outside while she watched fireworks light up the sky.I only replied that she did a great job,and told her to keep up the good work. At first I was reading too fast and thought she was 6 years old. Either way it was a great descriptive post. :)

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Blog Post #12

Watch the video Whole Brain Teaching Look at the different ways that Chris teaches this middle school class the basics. How could this work in your classroom? Give your perspective on The Whole Brain Teaching. Write using a quality blog post.

Chris Biffle gives this classroom a chance to learn how to use there entire brain. This technique is very interesting. I actually will use this to teach my daughter,a first grader, some of the activities that are required for homework. This should be used in all classrooms, just as Twitter. I really enjoyed this video and actually watched many more. You can teach the class the classroom rules and many math skills as well. One teacher on YouTube taught her class the way to learn how to do math by using "Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally" P=parentheses, E=exponent, M=multiply, D=divide, A=add, S=subtract. This is a great way to learn as well. *claps hands* TEACH!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

C4K Summary (Oct)

Oct 9th
Student Angelo tells how you must be as fast as a race horse and eat health in order to be a great rugby player. Sorry i forgot to add the links here but there are some very great illustrations among these students.

Oct 16th
Khia made 2 animations about rugby players.She also used great sound effects of the crowd cheering. I must say that creativity with children really makes them stand out.

Oct 23rd
Kelsi's blog showed a picture of a beautiful snow white house. The picture was absolutely amazing. She also stated that the temperature there was -4 degrees. BRR I can feel the frost.

Oct 30th
Room 17 year 6 Pt. England School Australian football coaching
A student in Room 17 had some difficulties trying to learn a new skill, about how to play a sport. I just encouraged her to continue to work hard and she could achieve anything.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Blog assignment # 11

Ms. Cassidy

In this assignment Ms.Cassidy had a Skype interview with our very own Dr.Strange. She describes how she took 5 computers that had no programming, yet her class was blogging and learning new things, because she took the initiative to bring to the children the importance of being on line and what they can benefit from this use. I also appreciated the fact that the children's identity is being protected by using their first name only and not placing names with the actual student pictures.Some people had a serious issue with this type of information sharing via the internet due to them not having knowledge of how this is productive. Ms. Cassidy expresses that technology is not going anywhere and the world is constantly changing, and if the most modern technology is not being used we can be handicapping both the students of the next generation as well as ourselves.
Some of the techniques that Ms.Cassidy uses with her class is more than just blogging. She allows her class to use a tool that most, if not all have. The Nintendo DS. With this tool the children are learning to share information as well as have fun, which the children can appreciate because after all learning is suppose to be fun.
I have learned that there are numerous ways in which I can engage my class in the learning process.One is the SMART board, and blogging. I will most definitely remember that the Nintendo DS game system can be a tool for learning also.I now realize that being an educator is not just a job it is a lifestyle. HAPPY EDUCATING! :)

Monday, October 31, 2011

C4T-3 Summary Post

For this assignment I had the pleasure of visiting Mr Ferriter's blog In this blog I made comments on two different posts. The first was Twitter in the classroom This blog post basically explains about the many ways that twitter can and should be used in the classroom for education. This new form of social media and the world will be left behind if we do not approach and use this wisely.

The next post was about Innovation Interview Questions.

There are some questions that Mr. Ferriter suggest should be asked in the interviews that are conducted for individuals that are aspiring to be teachers/educators. Things that really are more important than the basic questions that are asked like "Can you work under pressure?" Of course the answer is YES!, but if more questions that are suggested in this blog were asked the interviewee would have to actually "FEEL" a certain way about that topic. I loved this post. There were some very great questions that should be asked in order to ensure a great candidate for teaching our next generation.