Saturday, July 24, 2010

My Personal Reflection

First of all, I have thoroughly enjoyed this class. I have never had a class that was as hands on as this class. I could actually use my skills and creativity ,and I could voice my own opinion about things. There are many things that I could NOT do before this class ,but now I know how to do many of them. I never knew what a "blog" was until this class. I have enjoyed my blog because I like communicating with others. I really enjoyed reading the teachers and kids blogs and just being able to communicate with others around the world. You can learn many new and great things just by talking to others across the world. I never knew what a PLN was until this class, or how to upload videos, or delicious. I did not know much about technology until this class ,and how useful the internet actually is.

Before this class, I always thought of me being a teacher ,however I never really looked at having my students use technology. It never really crossed my mind. However; because of this class, I have such a different outlook on how I will teach my students. I want my students to be able to use technology, and the internet. I want them to use blogs so they can communicate with others. I want them to be engaged in learning and interested also I want them to have fun at the same time. I know by the time I become a teacher, there will be even more new and advanced technology, so I will do what it takes for my students to be able to use technology. Kids need to be able to use their creativity, skills and talents they have. By me just lecturing, I feel like the kids are not learning, and I am not doing my job. And being a teacher isn't really a job for me because I love working with kids.

I am very thankful that I have had the opportunity to take this class. Many classes need to be more like EDM 310. I am also thankful for having Dr. Strange as a teacher. He has been very helpful. Also, Anthony, Jamie and Mr.Tashbin have been very helpful.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Mean Oil Spill

This video really can get the word out about how much damage the oil spill is causing.Hopefully people will take in consideration this video and try to help the oil spill. Hopefully people will start volnteering to help.

Just Pray

This video is very touching. Many people need to pray and take action in order to stop the oil spill. As you can see from this picture, many animals are sffering from this oil spill. So I think we shold all pray and try to do what we can in order to help our animals.

Final Kids Comments

I really enjoyed reading this post. I think reading Day sounds fun and very exciting for kids. I also enjoyed the song "this book is goin to be a good book" because it encorages kids to read. To check out their blog click here

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Blog Post 12

The Principal of change video talked about how technology has enhanced engineering. Dr. Laura Smolkin talks about the principle of least change as it applies to pre-service teacher education and STEM learning

Students in this video are constructing and destructing shapes. This video provides information about the Classroom Fabrication Laboratory (FabLab), a STEM-related initiativeTeachers not only help the stdents, but the students help eachother as well. They internalize mathematical concepts by doing this. They use 2D and 3D figures. I think this is a wonderful way to help kids learn. They seemed very interested in reconstructing these 2D and 3D shapes.

Imagine. Design. Create.
This video talks about digital fabrication.Digital fabrication involves translation of a digital design into a physical object. The digital design is used to create a physical object from materials such as cardstock, foam, clay, nylon, or metal. Other tools such as 3D printers can be used to construct objects by printing successive layers of materials to form an object. I would use this in my classroom because it is very creative and hands on.

Cloning and Duplicating Shapes video gives very thorough instrctions on how to clone and duplicate shapes. This Step-by-Step video gives you visual instructions to clone and duplicate shapes.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010


I have really enjoyed my PLN. I have been able to communicater with many other people around the world. I also use my blog to communicate with others. Delicious has helped my things organized. I mostly use facebook. Facebook gives me the opportunity to catch up with my old friends ,and it gives me an opportunity to meet new people.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Mrs.Cassidy's Video

I really enjoyed watching how Ms.Cassidy's approach of using technology in a classroom. When I become a teacher, I will use the Smartboard for interaction with the kids. As seen in my previous video, I do not think Smartboards are useful with older kids; however I want to teach the second grade, so I think a Smartboard is a good way for students to learn. I also would use computers.

In the video, the students used the computers for great edcational sites such as reading. I think this is a great way for students to learn. I also think it's great how they use blogs and skype. The students can communicate with other students and learn from them I will use this because students need to be able how to use technology since it is growing so fast. Also, I think it's great how the students would make their own videos. Not only were they interested ,but they were learning as well.

My Interview

I wanted to ask these qestions because I wanted to know if other fields used technology for their classrooms. I also wanted to know more about the bio-medical field. It seems like many people I come across to, are not thrilled with this field at South ALabama. I asked Taylor "What technology would she like to have in a classoom?" and her response said "Any type of techniology that I would actually feel engaged in. This makes me wonder. I think that more classes shold be hands on so students will be more enthusiaised.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

What I've Learned This Year

The 7th Graders PLE was very neat and had cool effects. Her PLE is very organized and it is in some way similar to mine. We both communicate with others using facebook and other social networks. We both use google docs to create projects instead of using paper. I use the internet just like her to find out lots of new information that I do not know. My PLN has been very helpful to me and it seems like it has been very helpful to her too as well.

My Sentence

"I'm living life to the fullest and never looking back because there's a reason for my future and a reason for my past."

Comments for Teacher

The Challenges and Successes of a PLC

Mr. Bill Ferriter had great answers to questions about a PLC. He says that the biggest challenge of PLCs is that it is overlooked. many people stop when they get stuck. As a result to this, students, teachers, school professionals needs to have an awareness. He gives his viewpoints on what teachers should know so they can flourish their students.He says "The biggest benefit of successfully implemented PLCs is highly motivated and energized teachers and school professionals" which I completely agree. If teachers are not energized and motivated then their students will not be motivated. We need good teachers so students can be more excited and engaged in the learning.

Comments for Kids #3

I enjoyed reading the blog that I was assigned to. I love how the whole class was involved in the soccer tournament. I loved how the students were encourages to celebrate their own heritage.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Blog Post 9

An Open Letter To Education
I really enjoyed watching Dan speak in the video. I agreed with him in many ways ;however there are some things he said that I did not agree with. I agreed with him how education is not the same and it needs to be changed. I do think we have "lost sight to what education really is" because education is still the same even with all of this new and avanced technology. All of my classes except for this class is about lecturing.

Dan also said that "it's about empowering our students to make a difference in the world." Well, if students are not able to use their skills and talents then they will not know how to share them with others. Many classes are not hands on; therefore there is no interaction with the students.

Even though there are many things that could change in our education system, I do not think it is right to just drop out. Even though most classes are boring, I do not think that someone should give up and drop out. Maybe, we should all try to do something to try to change the education system. Instead of just talking about, let's start acting and MAKIING a difference to the world.


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Thursday, July 1, 2010

What I've Learned This Year

I think it's great that Mr. McClung shared his experience as being a teacher for his first year. He seems like a teaher who actually gets his students involved instead of just lecturing back and forth, and we need more teachers like that. He encourages his students to do their best, and he listens to them. When they mess up or get knocked down, he picks them back up. I think it's great when he said "don't be afraid of technology, technology is our friend." Today and in the future, students need to be able to use and learn the advances of technology. If students have the opportunity, then they should use it.