Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Blog Post 4

Eagle Nest Radio and Class Blog

I was not aware of what a podcast was until I went to this class blog. I was expecting a skit or slide show. Although, it was not what I was expecting it was still very interesting and entertaining.

Since I am studying to be a teacher, I really liked the way this teacher got her students involved. I am pretty sure these students not only know their material for this podcast, but also remember and understand it as well. That is what we need to do as teachers. Find different ways of teaching so that the students understand and remember what is being taught. I have attached a link below if you would like to see it for yourself.

Eagle Nest Radio's class blog

Curriki-Podcast Collection

I wish this would have been the first site for me to visit for this blog section in my EDM310 class. It explains what a podcast is in great detail and even gives a couple of sites on how to make your own podcast. The reason I wish I had seen this site first is, because I would have known what to expect when I was listening to the Eagle Nest Radio's podcasts. I would have known there was not going to be a video and appreciated it more.

Instead of placing this blog information at the end of my blog I have chosen to put it under the Eagle Nest blog so that someone who does not know about podcasts will not have the same problems I had. I have placed a link below for anyone who would like to read about or make a podcast of your own.

Curriki's blog

Integrating ICT into the MFL classroom

I found this video very interesting because it gave a bunch of reasons why podcasting is beneficial. One of the first topics he brings up are children born after 1980 have typically lived in a world where there has been some form of technology. I happen to agree with him and it seems the younger they are the more technology they know how to use. I know my six year old son knows how to do somethings better and faster than me on the computer.

Some of the benefits this video mentioned are if a child is sick they can still do their homework and possibly even a test, depending on the teacher they can make it very interesting and fun for the student to want to do the lesson, but not only do the lesson, learn from it. Although, it is a nine minute video, I believe it is a great video to watch if you are thinking about using podcast in your classroom. I have included the link below for you to watch for yourself.

Joe Dale's blog

100 Ways to Use Your iPod to Learn and Study Better

This site gives several sites for you to visit that help you get applications on your iPod. Some of the sites it lists are Spanish, Bible 101, Sesame Street. Since I have a two year old who loves Elmo I will be downloading that one very soon. Along with that one I also plan on downloading the Spanish one as well. Although, I am half puertorican I can understand Spanish better than I can speak it.

I thought this site was also a good site to use, because if a site was out dated or not around anymore it referred you to a different site. The reason I believe this is a good thing is, because technology is constantly changing and this site is aware of this and trying to help you out as much as possible. If you would like to visit this site you can click on the link below and it will take you right to it.

bspcn's blog

After watching different videos and listening to podcasts, I believe podcasting is another wonderful tool to help our students understand and enjoy learning. That is the main thing I want for my students is to want and enjoy learning. The reason I chose to be a teacher is, because I believe every child wants to learn. Although, some students learn faster than others, does not mean they do not want to learn.

We as teachers need to know that there are other ways of teaching and use technology as much as we can for our students to understand what they are being taught. I cannot wait until I am teaching and using the technology we have to see a change in a child's attitude, because of a teacher who is willing to try something new to help them learn.

Blog Post 3

Don't Teach Your Kids This Stuff. Please?

In Dr. McLeod's post he talks about all the excuses parents and teachers make for not teaching a child technology. As I started reading it I wondered where he was going with his post, but towards the end I extremely enjoyed it.

After finding out a little bit more about Dr. McLeod I totally understand why he would post a blog like that. He is an Associate Professor and Coordinator that studies technology leadership in education. His main point is that technology is our future and parents and teachers need to accept it. They also need to not only learn it, but also be willing to teach it. It is our future after all. You can view his blog for yourself at the link below.

Dr. McLeod's blog

The iSchool Initiative

In this video, Travis is promoting the iSchool. It is a devise like the iphone or itouch. I believe he means well in supporting it, but I believe it would actually be used for what he is talking about it would replace our teachers. Teachers are already struggling to keep or find a job. I believe this would only make things harder on us.

Please do not get me wrong, I believe technology is every important, but I think this is a little too extreme. It has some very good applications to help our students, and yes it would help out with the environment (going green), but I am not sold and do not want to loose my job before I even start teaching. If you would like to view his video. Please click on the link below.

Travis's video

Watch The Lost Generation

I really enjoyed watching this video! I was sad at first, because I really believed that he truly felt that way about his generation. I love that when he read everything from the bottom to the top there was a different outcome. I have attached a link below and hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Jonathan Reed's video

Eric Whitaker's Virtual Choir

I was really impressed by this video. Eric Whitaker takes people from all over the world and has them all singing together on one accord. They sounded great! I wonder how they knew what to sing and how high to sing it in, but regardless of that they were very impressive. I have attached a link below if you would would like to see it yourself.

Eric Whitaker's video

TimeToast timeline about my kids

Friday, June 11, 2010

A Vision of Students Today

I have to agree with most of this video. It is suppose to capture most students college experiences and it does. It talks about the information we are learning in classes that most of it is not relevant to our lives. It also talks about how busy college students are with classes, studying, working, and still trying to have a personal life.

Towards the end of the video it talks about how much debt students get into by borrowing money to attend college. It then says that even though they will be in about $20,000 debt after graduation that they are the lucky ones. The main message it was trying to reach is that their are people in the world who are barely making $1.00 a day and for us to appreciate what we have. If you would like to see the video for yourself. Please click on the link below.

Michael Wesch's video

It's Not About the Technology

I really enjoyed reading Ms. Kelly Hines post. She was talking about the many ways teachers need to change their way of teaching. What I really enjoyed about her post was that she was not just talking about learning the new technology. Being in college right now most teachers are informing us how important technology is.

Ms. Hines is not saying technology is not important, but she does not believe it is the main change teachers need to make. She said, "Teachers who customize the learning experiences of their students to involve critical thinking and problem solving are doing their students a greater favor than those who misuse technology as a means of facilitating learning." I agree with this statement because technology is only as good as the person teaching it. Technology is a good thing just not the necessity. If you would like to read Ms. Hines post. Please click on the link below.

Kelly Hines' post

Is It Okay to Be A Technologically Illiterate Teacher?

In Mr. Karl Fisch blog I happen to agree with with him. Although teachers do not need to depend on technology to teach the students we do need to know how to use it. Those that do not want to learn technology to help our students are not only hurting themselves, but the students as well.

I understand that when they started teaching technology was not really being used, but it is today, and they need to embrace it. Principals need to hold them accountable for learning the new technology and not just allow them to get by without learning it because of their age or how many years they have been teaching. Once again, I want to specify that I am not saying technology is everything, but it is something we as teachers need to embrace, use, and teach. I have also attached a link below to his blog if you would like to read it for yourself.

Karl Fisch's blog

Gary Hayes Social Media Count

I was really amazed by this countdown that I added it to my blog.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

C4T on Karl Fisch

My first post on his blog:

I really enjoyed reading your post on Transparent Algebra: Assessment Revisited. You are an inspiration to me as a future teacher, because you are thinking outside the box. Although, you know it is not going to be an easy transition, you are still going to give it a shot.

I believe teachers/principals are more concerned with grades and students passing a test then them really remembering what they have learned. I loved it when you said, "... shifting the focus from points and toward understanding." We as teachers need to get our students ready for the real world and not just knowledge they will forget after their test is taken.

My second post on his blog:

Although I am not that familiar with the solar panel. I do know it is suppose to help out with the ozone, and I believe that is a great thing. I am glad it is working out for you so far and hope it continues.

I think you can definitely make a math lesson out of it. Somewhere around the first week or two of school explain to your students what is going on with the solar panels, show them the graphs, and ask them to make a prediction about how much you will save in three months.

This is only a suggestion, but I believe they will be interested in finding out how close they were in their predictions. It is also something they can relate to with you. Good luck in what you decide to do with your lesson and with the solar panels.

My last post on his blog:

I feel like there is so much to learn, and I am constantly learning something new everyday. I do not feel like it is a bad thing to have someone believe or not believe like you do. We were not made to agree with everything another person said or did. That is why we are all different. I love reading and seeing other peoples opinion on things, because it makes me think why do they believe this and then I form my own opinion.

Although, I only blogged on three of his posts, I read several and feel like this is a teacher I would like to continue to follow. I believe he gives some good advise and that would help me with my teaching experience.

The link to his blog is

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Did You Know? 3.0

After watching the video by Karl Fisch I realized just how important the internet really is to everyone all over the world. India and China have taken a closer look at it and are learning all that they can about the internet. They know it is the way of the future. What is bad is the United States does not seem to be worried that they are not as technologically ready as China and India. To see what I am talking about please see the following link below to watch it yourself.

Karl Fisch's video

Mr. Winkle Wakes

I found this video a little upsetting. Mr. Winkle is asleep for one hundred years and when he wakes up so much has changed. The main change is all the technology that is being used. The only place he felt at home was in a school, because of the lack of technology that was being used there. The reason this is upsetting to me is because we are teaching our children information that by the time they graduate and try to get a job they will not know the basic necessities to make it in the real work world.

Technology is very important and is our future. We as teachers need to make sure our students are ready for the future. The only way to achieve this is to teach our students about technology. I am not saying they do not need to know the basics as well, but we have to have our students ready for the real world. They are our future. If you would like to see the video for yourself please use the following link below.

Mathew Needleman's video

The Importance of Creativity

After watching Sir Ken Robinson's video I agree with him about the fact that children need to use their creativity. Their are so many academic classes that you do need to teach them the correct way of doing things, but you do not need to do it in art or drama. Creativity in a child is what makes that child stand out. Who are we to take that away from them? We need to encourage our students to be who they want to be. No matter what that is, it is what makes us unique. Students get told "no" or "that's wrong" so much that they get discouraged. They believe they are not good enough.

Although, this video was almost twenty minutes and I felt like he could have made his point in half that amount of time, he was pretty comical. Which made it easier to watch, but I understood were he was going with it around the ten minute area. I thought it was pretty funny about that famous dancer back in the thirties that would probably be mis-diagnosed for AD/HD today. The reason why this amuses me is, because I believe a lot of people do this just to have a reason for their behavior and to make the parents/teachers have a reason why they are acting the way that they do. If you would like to see Sir Robinson yourself. Please follow the link below.

Sir Ken Robinson's video

Harness Your Students' Digital Smarts

I have always felt like I learned things differently than other students. One of the main reason's I want to teach is to help children exceed their potential. I believe Vicki Davis is doing that by introducing her students to the internet and getting them involved with DigiTeen. I love how the internet can connect you with people from around the world. There is so much our children do not know about other children in other countries this is a great way for them to learn. It not only connects them to each other they can learn from each other.

I am still learning about the internet and all the many things the computer has to offer. One thing i really like about Vicki's video is that she admits she is still learning too. She teaches the students, but they also teach her. Teachers need to be willing to learn something from a student. I always feel like I am learning something new everyday, and that is a great thing no matter who the teacher is. If you would like to see this video yourself. Please use the following link below.

Vicki Davis's video


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