Friday, September 24, 2010

Blog Post #5

Eagle Nest Radio & Class Blog

These children were absolutely adorable to listen to. They did a wonderful job! I wish that I would have been introduced to technology earlier in my life. These children do not know how much of an advantage they are getting by learning about this early in life. Their podcast was adorable, and I would love to hear more from them!

100 Ways to use Your iPod to Learn and Study Better

These are some awesome tips. I knew a lot of them, but there were several that I have never heard of before. It is amazing how a simple music player can turn into so many other things. Apple has created a truly ingenious piece of technology. This simple iPod has the ability to turn any ordinary study session into something extraordinary. Not only do you have WiFi internet on it, but you also have applications that you can download to your iPod. The applications can provide anything from Spark notes to recipes to games and much more. I believe that everyone should check what educational values the Apple iPod has in store.

Judy Scharf Podcast Collection

I learned some new things from this blog. I had no idea where the term podcast came from. It only makes sense to me now that it is a mix of broadcast and iPod. I agree with Judy 100% when she says to give pod casting a chance. I believe that it is a great way to get children involved in the subject. Like Judy said, children love sharing what they have learned. It is a sense of accomplishment for them. I also love her list of tips she left. I agree with her that you should let the children feel like they are in control. They will enjoy it more.

The children at Eagle Nest Radio has really inspired me. If they can learn how to use a podcast, so can I. The most helpful thing to me would be Judy Scharf's tips for conducting a podcast with your class. I believe that this is something that I can use in my future when I get my own class!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Additional Assignment #1

A. Google Squared is my new favorite search engine! It organizes all of the information for you so well. I believe that it helps out when you are looking for specific information or details. There is no need to read through paragraphs and paragraphs of stuff with Google Squared.
B. Wolfram Alpha is great for educational objectives. It, too, gives you so much organization when looking for statistics. The graphs, maps, and statistics would be great for students trying to do projects or get outside information about things.
C. I did not know about Google squared before this assignment. I have been telling everyone about it, though! I love it!!
D. I did not know about Wolfram Alpha before this assignment, either. It is very useful, though.
E. I don't think my opinions have changed since the Did You Know video. I still think that things are changing so rapidly, and we must embrace this change or get lost in the dust.
F. From this assignment, I learned that statistics will always amaze me. I know you can't always count on statistics 100%, but they are usually pretty close to being correct.

Pitcairn Island Map

Blog Assignment #4

Don't teach your kids this stuff. Please? By: Dr. McLeod

My position on Dr. McLoud's blog is very simple. It's genius! I love his sarcasm towards the ignorance of technologically illiterate people.It's not simply the fact that they are technologically illiterate people, but that they refuse to learn and to be open to technology. Technology is everywhere. There is noway that you can escape it. You have the option of allowing your child to learn about technology in a positive manner or use it for the "greater evil". No matter how hard you try, you cannot shield your child from everything. I believe that Dr. McLeod is correct when he says that children learning about technology will have the upper hand in the end.

The iSchool Initiative

First of all, I would like to say that this kid made a great argument. At first, I was thinking that this idea was absolutely crazy, but by the end of the video he had me convinced it was a great idea. He has some wonderful ideas. There are pros and cons to his idea, however.

Let me start off by saying I think that this is more than likely the future of our schools. I like the idea of the iTouch replacing all of the materials required for the classroom. However, I pray that technology will never replace the teacher in the classroom. You need that higher authority to explain things to you and be there to answer questions in person. I pray that it never comes down to having to Google a question or call a help line.

On the other hand, there are several positives. I love the idea of decreasing our Carbon footprint. We are using resources at an alarming rate. We all, as whole, must be willing to help out. Another positive would be that it saves both school and student money. Everyone is looking to save money these days.

Lost Generation

This is a great video! So many people in this world think that money will make you happy. I am glad that I realized that money is not the most important thing, and it will not make me happy. I was pre-dental before I changed my major to teaching. I knew there was more to life than being miserable at your job. Now, I can rest easy knowing that I go to work everyday at a job that I love!

Erich Whitaker's Virtual Choir

This is just amazing! When I first started watching it, I wasn't quite sure what to think. However, the more I watched it the more interested I became in it. It's amazing the things you can do with technology.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Teacher Summary

Ms. Kim Cofino is starting the school year at a new school and in a new country. She is currently located in Japan. She is a technology and learning coach. She has been trying to get settled into her new apartment as well as get ready for the new school year. She knows that you should feel comfortable and safe in your home and work life. She commits herself to to being committed and and there for her students and co-workers. She knows that people are more willing to try new things if they feel like they can trust you.

Ms. Cofino gets to teacch the 6th grade at her new school. There was no prior curriculum at her school so she gets to start brand new. She is a very innovative woman with many great ideas. She has broken it up into four different parts.

Part one is to Investigate. In this stage she gets her students to look at other popular and well put together blogs. She does this in order for them to get an idea of what they are doing. She then introduced the students to Google Docs. The students then began brainstorming on their own blogging ideas. They then begin exploring WordPress. Finally they reflect on what they've learned.

Part two is the planning part. This part requires the students to design different things she assigns. One of which is a site map. Before moving on they will reflect on what they have learned.

Part three is creating their blog. She requires her students to sign a permission slip before actually crating their blog. This is a very good idea for many different reasons. This is the shortest part for her class because they have done all of their prep work already. Before moving on they will, again, reflect.

The last part of the steps is part four:Evaluate. This part allows her to examine the success of their blogs.

I think that she has wonderful ideas so far. She is very organized. She also has a passion for what she does, and I respect that very much. She is giving these students the opportunity to learn responsible technology skills that they can carry with them for the rest of their life.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

My Google Presentation

Blog Assignment #3

A Vision of Students Today

This video really hits close to home. School has become something that is demanded by society. Jobs that used to require a Bachelor Degree now requires a Masters Degree. There is so much pressure put on students. Many people do not realize it. Students are going to school in order to get jobs, yet when they graduate many will not be able to find one. I spend little time on Facebook or watching TV. My life is dedicated to work and school. The weekends are when I let go of school a little and try to enjoy my life while I am still young.

The best part about this video was the sign that said I did not create these problems, but they are my problems. This is so true in the world today. It is not our fault that the economy is the way it is. It is also not our fault that when we graduate from college we will be in thousands of dollars worth of debt.

It's not about the Technology

I agree with Ms. Hines completely on this argument. Technology is a great thing, but it is not the most important. Technology is a very powerful and resourceful tool, but only in the right hands. Technology is only as useful as the knowledge of the user. Teachers must be motivated to continue learning about the world around them. Learning never stops. There is always room for improvement. The world around us is changing, and we all must be motivated to learn new things.

Is it Okay to be a Technologically Illiterate Teacher?

I do not believe that it is okay to be a technologically illiterate teacher. I love this post because many teachers (and people in general) are, indeed, very proud of their ignorance. They act as if it is cute. I will admit I am not the most advances in technology, but I do try. I love that I have to take this class. I have learned so much so far. The best statement thus far is,"If a teacher today is not technologically literate - and is unwilling to make the effort to learn more - it's equivalent to a teacher 30 years ago who didn't know how to read and write.". It is so true. Technology is advancing so much, and I believe that teachers should be able to do it if they assign it, like the blog said. So many assignments are online now days. If you have a question, don't got to the teacher. I would bet you that over half of the teachers would have no clue how to help you. Anytime I asked I got the reply of, "Well, you will need to email tech help". Many times it was something that they had done wrong when registering the class.

Social Media Count

This is absolutely amazing to watch. You know that a lot of people use technology, but this just makes you see just how many. Technology has come so far in such a short amount of time. Some people try so hard to keep up with it. The fact of the matter is, you would have to have millions and millions of dollars to keep up. I got my computer in the spring of 2007 and by the time I got to college in the fall of 2007 it was already outdated. I had to buy a new program to download.

I believe that as a teacher you have the power to allow technology to affect your classroom in a positive manner or a negative manner. With technology, you literally hold the world in your hands. You can get ideas from other teachers all over the world. It is also a great tool for your students. It's a great opportunity for them too learn about other cultures other than the culture of their local area.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Blog post #2!

This video really makes you realize how much the world is growing. It is growing and expanding not only with population but also in technology. It also tells us how much the United States is not the leader in many of these things like many wold think.
There are many countries that are coming up with new and improved technologies and ways of learning in which the United States has not even thought of yet. One thing that really stuck out in my head was when it said that India has more honors students than the United States has students. This just shows us how quickly the world is growing and expanding.

Some things never change. That is a great way to end this video. It is very true. In high school we began learning the basic skills of a computer. I am 21 years old and I have learned more about a computer in the two weeks of being in EDM310 than I ever have.
Technology plays a huge role in our society. If we do not teach our children in schools how to use them, how will we have responsible citizens in the future. However, before the students learn, teachers must learn. Our world revolves around computers and I believe that everyone should learn how to work one responsibly.

Mr.Robinson believes that schools should incorporate more creativity into their curriculum. I agree with him in some ways and I don't in others. I believe that the core subjects are more important than others such as creativity subjects.
However, I agree with what he said about in order to be creative you must be willing to be wrong. I do believe that this is a wonderful thing for all educators to know. In my opinion, all kids should be taught this. Many adults have the fear of being wrong, and this steals from their creativity. Kids rarely care if they are wrong or not, and I believe that this is why young children grow out of creativity, as MR.Robinson said.

Vicki Davis has a very good approach to teaching her children. She allows them to use the internet to connect to people all over the world from their rule town in Georgia. I believe that all kids should learn how to use the computer and internet responsibly.
She has taken on a very innovated approach to teaching. I applaud her on all that she has accomplished with her curriculum. She has allowed these students to expand their learning from more than just a book, a pen, and a piece of paper. If we do not start teaching our students to use computers and the internet properly, they will be far behind the rest of the world when they begin to run this country.