Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Jennys Survey Says

I chose the following question to put on my google form in order to learn more about my classmates. Using google forms can be very beneficial in the classroom. This type of technology can be a way to allow teachers to get to know their students. Something fun to do would be to make maybe an interest inventory at the beginning of the year so that you can try and incorporate those topics in with the curriculum. This type of form can be useful to lots of other people as well. You could even use this with the parents of you classroom children. I found this to be a very useful tool.

Fun Media Equals Creativity

In Sams video we get to see how through the use of media we can be creative learners. Perhaps the biggest take away from this video was that not all children shine in the same way and by letting Sam use media she is able to shine and perform at her best. By using technology some students are alowing themselves to step out of the box and come up with new and different ideas.

In my experinces over the years of course my use of media has increased. I can remember when cell phones first came out and everyone talked on them all the time. Now like Sam points out in the video people are texting more than talking. Things have changed in just a few years. I really like the point about the baby doll. Sam says, Iwasn't given a baby doll I was given a video camera. Well when I was younger my mom didn't have a video camera. They were too expensive. This just shows you how much our society is advancing.

So in the education field I only see technology growing bigger and bigger. I think all of the videos we have seen in class relate to one another. I have said before that as teachers we have to be willing to learn. The video talks about the boy understanding how his parents felt by getting advice from the younger generation. Well as a teacher I have to be willing to allow my students to teach me. It is also all about trail and error. I can't be afraid to try new things. Part of the good thing about technology is that there is plenty of room to explore.

Tony's Resale

I chose to do my presentation on my business Tony's Resale. This is an upscale consignment shop located in Norman Oklahoma. I decided to take this opportunity to advertise for the store. I am very pashionate and proud of my store. This is one of my many accomplishments to look back on later in life. Hopefully I will lead some of you into the consigning world and allow you to save money and make money as well.I plan on actually using this presentation in the future. I would like to make a website for the store and put these pictures on it. This was a very useful assignment for me. From this class of everything we have done I see myself taking away this presentation more than anything.

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Born into the New

Orientation into second life is much like orientation into our own life. This video presents some of the major difficulties the E Learning System is facing.

The main point I took away from this video was that users of second life need to have a familar place to begin orientation in. When teaching people to use second life we need to remember to try and find ways that get that person involved. Often people are confused when they enter into unfamilar teritory and so we need to make second life a confortable environment for the users.

I know absolutly nothing about second life. The closest thing growing up for me would be video games. Video games are sort of like second life to me. I think that this video is right when it says that entering into programs like this is at times very overwhelming and confusing. This is why orientation is so important.

I can't see really using anything like second life because I know nothing about it. Just as the video talks about most people when in an unfamilar situation don't want to learn. But if I were to use any type of second life system in my teaching I would now know that I should put orientation in a classroom setting for the students. This will create a familar environment for them to learn in.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Wanting to be engaged.

Parallel Play is extremely important in todays classroom. This video shows us the importance of engaging student through the use of wikis. The main thing I took away from this video was that you can't just set up thing you want students to learn and then expect them to do it. Students have to want to be engaged. So as this video disscusses some ways of doing this would be to find out what your childrens interests are. By simply doing this children will not look at some project as work and a chore but rather fun and experience to learn.

I like how wikis give children a new way to express themselves. In my education we never had ways to really do this. The only classes I can remember were web design. Maybe if someone in class designed a good web page they would get recognized. Now with things like wiki you could show all students work and even allow students to make contructive comments.

This video gives me great ideas to use wikis in the classroom. As long as I can use them right. According to the video if the wiki offers students choice, novelty, variety, and authenticity students are learning. I have thought of ways to use wikis. Maybe have students do science projects or book reports. Wikis could be used for all subjects. Maybe at the beginning of the semester I can make surveys and find out my students interests and then design my assignments around that.Overall when used right wikis allow for great classroom colaboration.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Power of Sharing Apps

Follow the yellow brick road to the world of apps. This was an excellent way of demonstrating the importance of apps.

The most important thing I took away from this video was that the apps are there we just have to find out where they are and how to use them. The end of the video really stresses the importance of sharing. Sharing is the key.

The video discusses search engines, widgets, research apps, communication and collaboration. In the past I have always gone to the library to do research or just went to a google search engine. Now there are so many options. Options I never knew were out there. These personal learning networks are allowing kids to think more outside of the box. I don't remember getting so into depth about any of these apps. I never questioned things like this because I didn't understand them.

What I will take away from this video and hopefully use someday in my own teaching are all the free website available. I want to be able to give my student good resources. I also want students to be able to critically think about things. I was never taught a lot about safety on the Internet or what we call digital footprints. I am using things like myspace and facebook and not even realizing they could potentially hurt my future if misused. These are things I want to teach my students. I also want to teach them that part of learning is sharing.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Keep the Lid on It!

Some of us are parents now and others may be parents in the future. I got inspiration to do my voicethread on fire safety from an experience my friend and her daughter had. My friend was in the kitchen cooking dinner for her family. Her daughter, to make a long story short, got burnt pretty badly. I have a two year old daughter and I feel that sometimes as parents we don't think bad things like burns will ever happen to us or our children. The scary thing is that they do and all they take is one second.