Wednesday, June 30, 2010

My Teacher

My Teacher, Bill Ferriter is informing people about the use of Interactive White Boards. Well, from what he has heard, they are not useful. It's just lecturing back and forth which is just a waste of time and money. I don't know if Interactive White Boards are useful because I have never dealt with them. But, if I were to know how to use one, I would try to see if i could get the children engaged in the learning with the Interactive White Board instead of just lecturing back and forth.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Comments for Kids #2

Marora jut turnd 7 on June 10. The whole class had thrown a party for him. I really enjoyed watching the video. It looks like they all had a lot of fun especially Marora. Check the video out Marora's Birthday.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Randy Pausch

First of all, I thought this speech was very inspirational. Randy Pausch is a very strong man who lives each day to the fullest. Doctors told him he was only going to live for 3 to 6 months, and he lived way longer than that. I think that is amazing. I also loved how he was saying he was not only enabling his dreams, but also the dreams of others. He had a list of dreams, and one of his first was "Zero Gravity." He went and experienced how it felt to float in the air like astranauts. I really liked when his assistant football coach told him "when your screwing up and nobody's saying anything to you anymore,that means they gave up." To me, this means that when people are pushing you, it means they care about you and they want you to succeed."Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted." I also like this saying because usually when kids are playing sports, the things they learn are about team-work, and sportsmanship.

I really enjoyed his dream about becoming an engineer. When he said "Brick walls are not there to keep us out, the brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something, Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don't want it bad enough" inspired me. This teaches me not to let one setback push me down, but to make me try harder at achieving it. Also, it teaches me not to give up.

I thought Jon Snoddy taught Randy some valuable things that Randy carried throughtout his life. Jon said "Wait long enough, and people will surprise and impress you." This teaches me to not give up on anyone. We all need to be patient with one another, and later we will all be impressed with what we have found. Randy taught a course called "Building Virtual Worlds." His class put on a show for the whole Campus to see. It was really cool to see the bunny virtually. It was like seeing their imaginations come true.

I really enjoyed the end,"How to get people to help you." You can't get anywhere alone. "I'll take an earnest person over a hip person any day, Because hip is short-term. Earnest is long term." Also I liked it when he said focus on other people and apologize when you screw up. "Brick walls are there to show our dedication." These little things that he has taught is very inspirational. This video has taught me many valuable things. I'm never going to give up my dream, and brickwalls are there to show me how dedicated I really am to something.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Blog Post 6

Dr. Miller's Videos were very intriguing ;however I think that the first video could have been more creative. He did a really good job explaining the use of technology in the classroom. He seemed like he did a lot of research in order to come as far as he has.

I do agree with Dr. Miller about the need for developing a curriculum. We need a curriculum in order for us to use the technology. I like how Dr. Miller teaches students to produce multimedia instead of just consuming it.

Networked Student is a very creative video. I like how the video was drawed out like cartoon characters. I thought the video was inspiring. He used itunes which many professors recognized.

This video teaches many people how useful networks can be. It can open many doors for people. For his American Psy. class, he could voice his own opinion about things. I think that is very helpful, and I think because of this, he is getting a lot more out of the class.

Why does the networked student even need a teacher? She's the one that teaches him how to build the network and to take advantage of learning opportunities. The teacher guides the students when they get stuck. I do not think that I am prepared to be a teacher of a networked student because I still have so much to learn.

Michael Wesch's video relates to my personal life. He said he teaches students at Kansas, and then he goes on talking about how students are not engaged. This relates to my life because my classes are the same. Most of my classes are just lectures. I agree with Michael when he says that parents in the 70s say "I'm okay, your okay." He says they are very self-focused in this generation, which I do agree with him.

This also relates to me because sometimes I will catch my self saying "Whatever I'll do What I want." I can't believe I really do say that. It is very selfish. After watching this video, it made me realize how much the generations have changed. Overall, this was a very effective video.


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

EDM 310 for Dummies and the Chipper Video

The video EDM 310 for dummies was very realistic and true. I felt like this class can be frustrating, but every class has its frustrations. I felt like they did in the video, how this class was bringing me down; however thanks to the tutorials and help from Dr.Strange and the assistants, I am doing much better. As time has went on in this class, I feel like it is getting easier since I am learning more and more. The video Chipper was pretty intersting. I liked how the video showed different clips. Both of these movies, I think are very entertaining and funny.

Monday, June 21, 2010

My Teacher

My teacher posted a video on his blog. The video gave me some unbelievable facts!A really intersting fact is that facebook has over 30,000 servers. Facebook also is the most widely used social network. Also another shocking fact is that 81% of emails are spam! To watch this video click My teacher's Blog

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Blog Post 5-Critques of Smartboards

Mrs. Manza's article
Mrs. Manza's artice seems to disagree with Mr. Ferriter's perspective of "Why I hate Interactive Whiteboards." Mrs. Giley who is a teacher at Kent County High School states "What makes it worthwhile are the interactive features and getting the kids at the board to connect with the material, because on the whiteboard you can present it in a way you cannot do with a chalkboard or overhead projector." With the interactive white board, she can take kids through a lesson step by step, and it is visual. Students with disabilities are able to interact in the lesson by tracing letters and by making colorful charts showing patterns.

In this ArticleProfessional Development Resource For Innovative Educators , they think Smartboards are a great way of learning. They state "SmartBoards have been proven to be effective teaching and learning tools in the classroom for reaching all students with multiple learning styles." They think it is a smart way to enrich technology. They even show a four session course that focuses on training a teacher to understand the tools and advanced functions to fully utilize the Smartboard in the classroom.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010



This blog gave me a lot of information that will help me make my podcast. Because of reasing this, I now know what a "podcast" actually is. A podcast is pretty much like a talk-show but you can add music as well. They can convey information about any subject.

This video linked to a Youtube video which shows how to make a podcast. You have to download Audacity but this is free. To check out this video click How To Make A Podcast

Benefits of Podcasting in the Classroom Video

This video gives the benefits of having podcasts. One of the greatest benefits is when students are sick, they can still be able to learn what they have missed. It provides releveant information even when they are on the go. They can even have their podcast added to their itunes.

Many of his students loved the podcasting in the classroom. It makes learning fun and interactive. Students have the ability to listen to their teachers whenever they like.

Eagles' Nest Radio $ Class Blog
I really enjoyed reading the Eagles' Nest class blog. I loved listening to their audio MP3. I thought that was very interesting. I really enjoyed the Shark-tastic interview. I liked listening about the Ancient Romans and their architecture.

My reaction to their blog was WOW! These kids seem to know much more about blogs than I do. They know how to add music and their voices to the blog. These children amaze me. I think these kids will be able to carry all of what they know to their future.

Langwitches Blog

I really enjoyed reading this blog. I loved thier creativity and theme of their Blog which is "the magic of learning." What was shocking to me was how 1st graders know about podcasting and I do not. I thoroughly enjoyed reading their blog "A worldwide Audience for Six Year Olds."
In this blog contained benefits of students practicing their skills. Some benefits are listening, speaking, and technology. This gives each of the parents reasons why kids need to be able to use the internet. From their class blog, they recieved feedbacks from many other countries.
Don't Teach Your Kids this Stuff by Mr.Mcleod
I agree and disagree with Mr. Mcloed's statement. Scott Mcloed Kids should be able to use facebook, twitter and other uses of technology; however I think that the children should know the dangers of it. I would stess to them that predators that are on the internet and to never give anyone their private information. So, if students know the precautions of the internet, they should be able to use it.

The iSchool Initiative
I do agree with what he is saying. We need to prepare children for today and the future. However, many things can go wrong when using some of this technology. An ipod can crash, or it can get stolen. But I still think that overall we need to have our main focus on preparing children for the future.
My reaction to this video was mutual; however I agree with more of what he is saying than disagree. I think we need to do whatever it takes to prepare people for the future.
Lost Generation
This video made me get a reality of our society today. It made me sad and realize that people really do only care about money. People really do put their jobs before their family. But can we really blame these people? People have to work in order to make a living for their family. Now, 50% of marriages do not even last. i think that this has to do with our society and the way our society works.
The Schools of Tomorrow
I really enjoyed watching this video.Eric Whitaker's choir was very good. It's background and the way the video was set up was amazing. My favorite part to this video was when the kids are singing. This video was very peaceful.
A Vision of Students

This video was very intersting. I liked this video because we got to see some perspectives of college students. Many of these facts were true. There are thousands of people in debt. There are so many people who only make one dollar a day. A bunch of college classes will not even be effective by the time they graduate.
My reaction was not surprising because what they had written down was very true. I have not used many text books since I have been here, so it has been a waste of money. Some of the classes that I have taken will not be helpful for me in the future. I'm very glad to be in this class because of the creativity and new skills involved. Edm 310 is giving me skills that I will actually use in the future.

It's Not About the Technology by Kelly Hines

This post is about the four aspects that teacher needs in order to be effective. The four things that a teacher needs in order to be effective is 1. Teachers must be learners. 2. Learning and technology are not the same thing. 3.Technology is useless without good teaching. 4.Be a 21st Century teacher without the technology.
This video is true in some ways; however some ways it is not. I do not agree with "Be a 21st Century teacher without the technology." Since everything almost involves some sort of technology, teachers should use it and embrace it.

The Fischbowl
The Fischbowl had some very valuable information in it. I do agree with what is being said. I especially like the quote "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." I agree with this completely.

Gary's Social Media Count
This Media Count was very shocking to me. The numbers of new facebook members, the money spent on gifts of facebook is unrea to me. All of this information is unbelievable. I think that this information proves how much we use technology and how much we need to know about it.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

My teacher

I really enjoyed reading my assigned teacher, Mr. David Hopkin's blog. Since I am new at all of this, I did not know what a QR code is ;however, I do have a better understanding now from reading his profile. QR codes is a matrix code or two-dimensional bar code. He found an extension for the Google Chrome Browser that generates a QR code for the current page open in the browser. Since reading Mr. Hopkin's blog, I will get the Google Chrome Browser Extension added to my phone. To view his profile Mr. Hopkin's Blog

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

First Personal Blog

This class is very interesting. I am learning a lot of new material and different ways to use technology. My reaction to this class is nervous yet anxious. I do not know how to work with the internet or google so hopefully this class will teach me. This class goes by very fast, so it is kind of hard for me to keep up with the new material.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Harness Your Students by Mrs.Davis

In this video, Mrs. Davis is discussing her views and teachings. She gives her students the ability to work with technology. The students use blogs, digital storytelling, podcasts, virtual worlds, and other tools to connect with other students. Because of Mrs. Davis, the students were able to take a trip to Europe due to the communication the class has.

Mrs. Davis seems like an incredible teacher. Those students will now have many skills that will help prepare them for the future which many students do not have that. I think it's a great idea for students to be able to connect and communicate with other students as well.

Did You Know? by Karl Fisch

This video gives many facts that many people do not know about. One of the facts states "The 25% of India's population with the highest IQ's is greater than the total population of the U.S." The U.S does not challenge their students as they should. They undermine our capabilities. Another fact is that children are being prepared for jobs that do not even exist yet and they have been using technologies that have not been invented yet so they will be able to solve problems that are not even yet known.

These facts in this video were unbelievable yet true. Not only is our populationg growing but also technology. As time goes on jobs will become more scarce. People will not be able to work with the new technology because it is doubling every two years. What the future holds for the U.S, many do not know.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Mr. Winkle wakes by Matthew Needleman

Mr. Winkle is from the past. He wakes up and is now in the future. Waking up to the future, he does not recognize the noises coming from the buildings in the city. He goes to the hospital and does not understand why or how people are living off of machines. The only thing Mr. Winkle does recognize is the classroom in the school. One of the reasons why he recognizes the classroom is because there is no technology. He also recognizes it because all that is going on is lecturing and writing.

This video is very realistic and true especially for our culture today. Today, almost everything we do involves us learning our new type of technology. For example, we have to learn how to drive, use our cell phones, our labtops and many other devices. Because of the new and advanced technology, classrooms should have technology. Everywhere Mr.Winkle went had a type of machine except in the classroom. This should make people realize that maybe it is a time for change.

Sir Ken Robinson's Video

Mr. Robinson's speech was very interesting. He challenges the way children are being educated. He argues that we have been educated to become hard workers rather than creative thinkers. He wants an education that "nurtures" creativiy.

This speech was very intersting. Mr. Robinson is right. Art, music, and theatre is all lacked in the school systems. Children should be able to express their creativity.

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