Sunday, November 30, 2014

Blog Post #5 Part B


I am still working on my Personal Learning Networks and will be continuing working on it throughout my college years. I have been learning many websites and I am excited to always learn new ones. I do believe it is very important for my future as a teacher. It gives me so many opportunities to create lesson plans is so many ways.

C4T #4

First Post: A Celebration of Learning: Engaging Families Inside and Out!
Mrs. Sharon Davison has been a teacher for 25 year in counting. This year she started teaching kindergarten and she is really enjoying it. She talks about how learning is a wonderful and power thing. Learning is not just for her students but for their families too. She wants to help her parents to be engaged in this experience. There are so many ways to engage them by having class blogs, having a show your work off day, or taking pictures to post on blog. The show off your work day is when parent have the opportunity to come in the classroom to see what they have been doing. One student's parents could not make it so they used Facetime to connect with them. This shows just one way why technology is great to use in the classroom.

Second Post: Being Grateful…….
She starts by telling us how grateful she is for being healthy, and having great friends/family. She is most grateful for being a great role model for her students. They have been working on a PBL project in her class that works with the help for the need. Her class has been having guest speakers and they have been creating iMovies of their own ideas they have to help the need. Recently one of student's sent her a picture and an email. They have told her that their child has sold all her books to raise money from the The Children’s Literacy Initiative. As a teacher/role model this would make you feel like they have really made a difference in a child's life.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Blog Post #14

Teaching our children can be a profession!

1. Picking from the best Teachers
2. Seniority
3. Teacher Standards

Joel Klein has many ideas on how to change the education system to try to make it better.
1. Picking from the best Teachers:
Klein believe one way is to have a better education programs for the future teachers. He also said that teachers should be picked from one third of top of the class. I can understand why he want the best of the best. Although even if a teacher has the highest grades it does not determine if he/she is a great and effective teacher. It should be how a teacher perform in the classroom and how they teach can have an important effect upon the students.
2. Teacher Seniority and 3. Teacher Standards
When schools have cut back, usually the first teachers that are made to leave are the ones that just received the job. Klein believes that it is wrong to fire the new teachers just based off of seniority. I agree with Klein that it is not right. Just because the teachers may be new does not determine that they are bad teachers. There are two kinds of teachers. Teacher who are effective and very caring towards their students. Then there are teachers who do not care and do the least they can to just get by. Just because a teacher has experience and has been teaching for a long time does not mean they are effective teachers. Also new teachers usually have the highest and newest teaching techniques. One way to solve this problem would be to have the teachers to be evaluated each year. This can help to determine who gets cut based off of skills and techniques of a teacher.

Friday, November 21, 2014

C4K Summary: November

I: Liam's Blog
II: Channing's Blog
III: Channing's Blog (2)

Liam post was called "My Poem". Liam wrote a poem about his dog.
Liam's Poem:
"My dog
as fluffy as a pillow
as vicious as a snake as fast as
a car as big as a chair as kind
as a person as hungry as a buffalo"

My comment was about how I love his poem about his dog. It gave a really good descriptions of his dog. I also said that I could start to picture what the dog looks like. Then I told him about how my dog was really fluffy and very soft. My dog favorite food is cheese.

Channing posted a picture of the prints they were making in their class. My comment said how nice prints his print looked. I told him that I was doing the same thing in my art class right now. We used foam plates and used a pen to make our design. Then we make prints just like he did.

Channing posted the step to how to use a pottery wheel.
Channing steps:
"Potter wheel
1. How to center the clay.
2. The angl of the hand.
3. Air bobls out of clay.
Doug Reynolds..
1. He makes the potter wheel look easy.
2 He was a featured artist for making pots at Waldemar Schmidt Gallery.
3. He made good pots."
Channing class blogs about the art projects they do in class. It is really cool to be able to know how to use wheel to make pottery.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Blog Post #13

How to begin a blogging in a classroom setting?
Having a class blog is a great way for students to practice their writing and using technology. It is also nice that family and friends can view their blogs from home. The parents are able to see how their child writing is coming along. Although knowing how to create a blog for the class can be challenging. As a teacher you want your students to be safe and protected when posting on the internet. Watch these videos to help you learn how to set up a blog for your classroom.
1. How to Set up a Blog in Blogger for Classroom Use
2. Kids Blog
Describe what you have learned from the videos.

Creating a blog is kind of a scary thought in my head. It makes me nervous just thinking about it. I do not want something to go wrong or someone get upset about the blog. Although through these videos it make me feel more comfortable about creating a class blog. I found that there are a many ways to protect and make sure it is safe for the students to use. First off there is an approved button for the teacher to review anything that is being posted to the blog. There are many websites that are just for starting up students blogs. is made for just for classroom blogs. It is also very user friendly for teachers to use. This sites are also really safe for students to use. I can see myself using either blogger or to start a classroom blog in the furture.

Project #12 Part B

Thursday, November 6, 2014

C4T #3

First Post: Lisa Thumann has a blog called Thumann Resources. She works with teachers to help them to learn to use technology and learn how to teach using technology. The blog post that I read was called "20 Percent Time". It was talking about how some companies like google with have a day in the week called 20% of the time. It is where they let their employees have time to work on something that needs to be fix or something they want to look more into. She was saying that we as teachers should to this when we are doing lesson plans. Also to let your students have a little time to fix problems or be able to looked more intense in their interests.I think using 20% of the time is a great idea to incorporate into your classroom. I think it is great for students to get to develop more ideas. It also helps the students to look deeper into their own interests.

Second Post: The blog post was called "Untapped Apps on Google Drive". She described all these free apps that can be used through Google Drive. They were apps that no one really knows about. I can see how I could use these apps in the future. I can use some in my classroom. I also could use some in my own personal reasons.

  • Pixlr Editor is a picture editor online. HelloFax was a way for you to sign documents and send faxes online.
  • WeVideo is an editing that will let you edit as a group.
  • TwistedWave is an app that allows you to edit your files by using your voice.
  • RightSignature is a way fir you to send forms, contracts, or proposals that will allow to send an e-signature.
  • GeoGebra is mathematics software for all levels of education.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Project #14 Part B

Lesson Plan: The Three Little Pigs vs. The Wolf

Blog Post #11

I: Back To the Future
II: Blended Learning Cycle
III: Making Thinking Visible
IV: Sam Pane 4th Grade
V: Project Based Learning by Dean Shareski
VI: Roosevelt Elementary's PBL Program

What can we learn about teaching and learning from these teachers?

Back To the Future:
I watched a video of Brian Crosby describing his classroom environment. At the beginning of the year Crosby's class was at a lower level. He use PBL in his class. It showed that PBL was really working for his students because they made great progress throughout the year. He has students write on the class blog. He also gets his students to record and post videos of the projects that are done in class. The students get really excited when they get responds on their blogs. He has the most amazing projects that really have the students hooked. I really liked how he shows that if you work really hard it can really be effective for your students.

Blended Learning Cycle:
In this video, Mr. Paul Andersen explains the blended learning cycle that he uses in his classroom. Blended learning is a mix of online learning and in classroom learning. He starts by having a question or activity that gets his students "hooked". He has his student explore and then explains it to the class. He makes sure each student understands before they can move onto the next step. Then he expands and does experiments with what he is teaching. These steps are a very effective learning strategy. Especially if you are teaching science. Learning these steps can make you a very effective teacher and learner.

Making Thinking Visible:
Mark Church and Ron Ritchhart is the author of the book called: Making Thinking Visible.
In this video, Mark Church shows an example of how he engages his students in a project. He has his student work in groups to come up with a headline for the group. Then when they are finished with the project he gets the students to look back at the head line. This is to show the students the comparison of what they thought about the project to what they know about it now. This would be a good idea to start and end a project. I like how it shows the students how much they have learned.

Sam Pane 4th Grade:
In this video, Sam Pane shows 4th graders how to use internet safely. He teaches this in a fun way by having the class make a comic. This activity is not just fun but it teaches how to be safe online, making a comic, and it also helps them practice their writing skills. I like how his teacher invents a creative way to teach something that can difficult and boring to learn. I can see myself doing this project in classroom.

Project Based Learning by Dean Shareski
In this video, it is shown how they blended 3 subjects into one. They used project based learning to teach all three subjects. This idea is new and I would like to do more research on it. I would like see how this would work.

Roosevelt Elementary's PBL Program:
In this last video, it explains what project based learning is and how positive it is for these students. They like to have the students to use real world problems with their solving problems. They want to teach their students to work together and learn how to use their communication skills. They know that it is important to know how to work together for their future jobs.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Blog Post #10

What can we learn from Mrs. Cassidy?

Little Kids...Big Potential
Interview with Kathy Cassidy Part 1
Interview with Kathy Cassidy Part 2
Interview with Kathy Cassidy Part 3

Mrs. Cassidy, a kindergarten teaching, utilizes a lot of technology in her classroom. She teaches her class by blending technology into each subject. She has so many great ideas to help to have a blended class. She started using technology in her classroom about 10 years ago and even started her on webpage at this time. One of her first projects was allowing her students to writing blog posts. She found many of her students preferred writing on the blog more than writing on paper. The students enjoyed that people all around the world commented on their blog posts. Also, blog posts allow other teachers, friend, or family can see the student’s progress and comment on their blog. Blogs allow the students to have a much wider audience than paper writing where only the teacher or sometimes a parent may see it. I believe this can effectively motivate students to improve their writing and work harder to write their posts. She also thought that it was a great way to assist students who need extra help. In addition to writing blogs, Mrs. Cassidy’s students used many other technologies such as Skype, Wiki, and even Nintendo DS for educational purposes. Almost every child has some type of hand held technological device, why would you not want to teach them how to use it in an educational way.

I also like the methods Mrs. Cassidy uses teach technology in a safe way. It was often worries me about the outside world the students can connect to. In order to keep her students safe and their parents informed, she sends home permission forms for students to show the parents what exactly they are doing in school. I also like that she finds out what technology the students have available at home in case the students are unable to complete the assignment in class. The access to home technology can also depend where you are teaching. When using the internet or other technologies, it is important to watch over the students to ensure their safety. At the same time, a teacher should always be advising the students, keeping them on track, and always learning new things.

Mrs. Cassidy envisions the use technology has a way to prepare her students for the future. Technology is here to stay so you might as well learn how to use it. It is important to learn how to use it in an appropriate and in an educational way. Students are often excited to learn and use technology. If it motivates your student to learn why would you not want to use it? I can see myself using many of the methods she has told us about teaching a blended class.

Friday, October 24, 2014

C4K Summary: October

I: Laurin Blog Post
II: Brett S. Blog Post
III: Katy's Blog Post
IV: Judah's Blog Post
Laurin post was called "who I am". Laurin was saying that it it good to be yourself. Do not try be somebody else. She want to inspire people one day and maybe even to become president. Just stay true to yourself. My comment said that you do need to be yourself. I want to inspire people one day too. Right now I am going to school to be a teacher. I really want to inspire my students one day. I also want my students to be themselves because they are perfect in every way just like you.
Brett S. post called waffles. This was brett first blog post. This was when he introduced himself and told us what he liked. He liked the color green, videos games, and cars. He named his blog post waffles because that was his nickname. My comment said you have a really awesome nickname. My nickname is Moe. My four favorite things are the color blue, playing game with my nieces/nephew, going to the beach, and driving the boat.

Kath's post was her practicing her writing. I think she had to write who she show in her mind. She wrote about her seeing a bride and a groom in a carriage on their wedding day. I told her that she did a good job on your writing. I really like the part about the dogs and the chickens. YOur doing great on your writing and you will only get better. Keep up the great work.

Judah post was called "How to be a good Pt Englander". He wrote about how to be a good Englander. He said you can do that be being polite, dressing properly, and being cyber smart. He is right. It is very good to be polite. Being polite can get you very far in life. Also by dressing properly helps earn respect from your peers and adults. Everyone knows that being cyber smart os the best way to go. I also try to be polite, dress appropriately, and be cyber smart.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Blog Post #9

What Can Teachers and Students Teach Us About Project Based Learning? 
I: Seven Essentials for Project-Based Learning
II:Project-Based Learning for Teachers
Seven Essentials for PBL:
III: 10 Sites Supporting Digital Classroom
IV: What motivates students in classrooms?
V: Project-Based Learning and Physical Education

Seven Essentials for Project-Based Learning:
"A project is meaningful if it fulfills two criteria. First, students must perceive the work as personally meaningful, as a task that matters and that they want to do well. Second, a meaningful project fulfills an educational purpose. Well-designed and well-implemented project-based learning is meaningful in both ways."

1. Need to Know: The teacher needs to adjust their teaching style based on the needs of the students. They also need to pick projects that go along with the standards that will engage the students. They do not need to just give "busy work". As a teacher you want to motivate your students.
2. A Driving Question: Create a question that will drive the student to want to solve a problem. This question should lead the students to the main focus of the project.
3. Student Voice and Choice: The student should be able to decide how they want to portray their project. Once the students are engaged with the project the teacher should give an outline of the requirements. Requirements can help the students from not becoming overwhelmed. They should include the use of technology in the project.
4. 21st Century Skills: The students should work in groups. When collaborating they will learn how to work together. They will learn other skills such as "communication, critical thinking, and the use of technology".
5. Inquiry and Innovation: Students will be really interested when finding and discovering their subject. The topic they will be discovering should be and can be meaningful to them as long as it relates back to the driving question. They might even discover more questions along the way.
6. Feedback and Revision: Teacher should guide the students to get them to do peer editing. Peer editing helps the students have feedback to make the assignment the best it can be.
7. A Publicly Presented Product: Students should present their product. If they know they have to present their product the students will try harder and make it their best.

Project-Based Learning for Teachers by Tony Vincent:
In this video, Vincent gave a very useful summary of Project-Based Learning. I liked when the words "Questioning, Investigating, Sharing, and Reflecting" popped up on the screen. Those four words are what PBL is all about. I also liked how it included a lot of technology. PBL is getting the "students to take control of their own learning." Students have a voice and they want to be heard. They can do so through PBL.

10 Sites Supporting Digital Classroom Collaboration in PBL:
The website talked about many different sites that are available to use for PBL. My favorite site is Google Docs when you need to shared and store documents. Titan pad is almost the same as Google Docs. Skype and Quick Screen Share is great when you are working on a collaborative project. You can talk or share your screen from anywhere that has a computer. There are just so many tools you can find online that can help you use PBL in your classroom.

What motivates students in classrooms?
In this video, it tell us how to get our students to be motivated. When you expect more from a child they will try harder. As a teacher you should also try to add what they are interested in. Students need to care about what they are doing. They have to think that the task is very important.

Project-Based Learning and Physical Education:

This is when they used PBL in a PE classroom. Andrew Miller tells about us how he learned about this across the world. When he came to the states he found that they used it here also. He thinks it’s great because it helps students to be creative, use problem solving, and work together.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Implications and Teaching Opportunities in Technology and Learning

Part A:
Almost everyone I know has a cellphone. Students and teachers these days all have cell phones. Most people use their camera on the phone almost everyday. I know I would it everyday.

Now that everyone has phone we all have access to the internet. It would be great to use them in the classroom. Students can take picture for projects or when they are drawing. They also have access to the many search engines to look up information.

Part B:
If I was a teacher I would get my students to use the device as learning tools. Before I let my students use their devices
I would have to set standards on what they can and can't do. I would use these devices to encourage learning in the classroom. I would like to use them when the are drawing to look up picture to help them to see when drawing. They can also make presentations by using the app iMoive. There are many apps out there to use when teaching and learn. Technology can be very helpful and fun to use in the classroom to learn.

Project #9

Video Book Commentary

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Blog Post #8

What Can We Learn About Teaching and Learning From Randy Pausch?


I believe that the main thing Randy Pausch is teaching us is to always remain happy. His lecture is called the Randy Pausch's Last Lecture because he had cancer and at the time had only 6 months to live. Even facing death, he was incredibly positive and encouraged people to never give up on their dreams, no matter what happens. Also, he pushes us to start succeeding our dreams. He fondly remembers that loved to dream to dream as a child. Throughout his lecture he described all his childhood dreams that came true. The entire audience laughed at his entertaining and joyful story. He tells us that his drive and passions allowed him to succeed his childhood dreams.

Pausch had many elaborate and detailed dreams. One particular dream was to create a site at Disney World. He had many people tell him he could not do it. However, through his hard work and positive attitude he was able to overcome many obstacles and create a site at Disney. Additionally, he was able to work on many projects at Disney. As I love Disney, this was very impressive to me.

My favorite thing portion of his lecture was called the "Brickwall." His outlook on the brickwall made me really start thinking. He said when someone will not let you do something, it is called the brickwall. The wall is there for those people who do not care. When you really want something you will see a brick wall as an obstacle that can be overcome. You will break down the wall and achieve your goal. His positive outlook on life encourages me to achieve my goals.

Pausch said "be good at something, it will make you valuable." This is a simple verse but it is very true. If you do nothing then nothing will happen. We all go through day-to-day life wondering what we are doing here, what do we need to be, and what can we offer the world. All of these questions show us how to succeed in life. This is true for me as a future teacher. I want my students to succeed in their education and achieve their goals. I hope to teach my students that it is possible to achieve anything you set your mind to.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Project #13 Part A:

Project Based Learning

Lesson Plan

Long E Assignment

PBL Checklist

Double E Song


Project #7 Part B

Introduction to Parents:

Introduction to Students:

Blog Post #7

I: Strengths and Weaknesses
II: In my classroom
III: Resources
A: Audio QR Code
B: iPad Centers
C: Poplets
D: Alabama Virtual Library
E: Discovery Education
F: Sharing Board Builders
G: Using iMovie and the Alabama Virtual Library
H: We All Become Learners

One of my best strengths is learning new technologies and programs. I would not consider myself the best a technology master but I can almost always learn and use it. Overall, my biggest weakness is spelling. This often affects me when I am trying to use technology. Also, having difficulty spelling causes me to be slow when typing or keeping up with a lecture. This is problematic when someone is giving important instructions and I am trying to figure out how to just spell a word. If I was a better speller, I would definitely be a better student and teacher. However, I have learned that you can not change who you are and you just have to work with the talents you have.


I will have a lot of preparation for my students when I use project based learning (PBL). As a teacher, I am lucky to have so much information and many tools at my disposal. I believe it is important to use technology, but it is also great for students to use pen/paper for writing and note taking. Additionally, the creative arts help the student become a well rounded individual. I will be a teacher who uses a mix of the pen/paper, the arts, and PBL. It is good to know how and when to use these resources. The following are some resources I have been exposed to.

Audio QR Code:
This video called "How to make an Audio QR Code". I have seen these QR codes at restaurants, hotels, and almost everywhere I go. This video shows how to take a recording and make it into a QR code. Also, this program is easy enough for students to use. This technology records a student or yourself reading and the students may go back and listen as much as they need. This is especially helpful for students with learning disabilities. Also, if a student needs a test read aloud, you are able to record it prior to the test. This technology helps the teacher be more effective in the classroom. One of the highlights of this tool is that it is a free app and anyone can scan the QR code. This could also allow parents to listen and assist their child at home.

Ginger Tuck, GSES Kindergarten – iPad Centers:
In this video called iPad Reading Center a student will record a video of themselves reading on the ipad. This helps the student learn from their mistakes when they listen back to the video. Hearing themselves helps the student identify their deficiencies and become a better reader.

Poplet as a Center:
In this video, called "Poplet as a Center", a Ginger Tuck is showing us how to use a Poplet. Poplet is a free app that helps you create a reading web. It is great because it helps the students to read, use technology, and practice their typing skills simultaneously. When reading a book, it helps the student remember what they have read and learned throughout the book.

Alabama Virtual Library as a Kindergarten Center:
This video is called AVL and Kindergarten Students. This shows you how to use the Alabama Virtual Library in your classroom. The student may type in a word the search bar and research the word. It shows information, a picture, and sometimes a video about the word. They can also listen to what they are reading about. When doing research, this tool allows the students like to have a little freedom, which increases the students interest and success.

Mrs. Shirley’s 1st Grade Class: How to use and build a Board in DE for a Project Based Lesson:
This video is called "Tammy Shirley Discovery Education Board Builder Moon Project". This video will show you have to use a Board in Discovery Education in your classroom. This show you how to search and organize your research on a board. You can also put notes and DE pictures on the board.

Students Sharing Board Builders:
In this video it show you have to use Board Builder. Board Builder is like powerpoint presentation for students. It also helps the student know how to research and discover the subject they have chosen.

Using iMovie and the Alabama Virtual Library in Kindergarten:
I had no idea that kindergarteners know how
to use iMovie. I am a college student and I just learned how to use it last week. This just shows that kids are very adaptive. The Alabama Virtual Library is a free app available to everyone that lives in Alabama. This teaches how to research as a student. This also will pull up articles that are based on kindergartener's level.

We All Become Learners:
Today, everyone has to become a learner. In addition to students, teachers and parents are also learners. Therefore, technology is not just learned by a student. Teacher's must learn how to use technology to be able to teach it to their students. Technology is helping everyone become excited about learning.


Thursday, September 25, 2014

C4T #2

First Post: Janae Ivory has a blog called iLearn Technology. Janae does a post called Digital Story Telling and this one was a video about Aerial's animation. Aerial is a dance teacher who created a new way to dance. She was also featured on America’s Got Talent. Aerial draws animation backgrounds when she dances. She is the character in her animations. That was incredible. What a great idea of mixing drawing and dance. I love to draw so this dance really is aspiring to me. This video would be great to use when teaching about expressing yourself.

Second Post: Janae Ivory posted about SNAP Learning Close Reading System. SNAP is a online site that has interactive exercises that helps students learn about words and sentences. Based on the a student you can assign reading and activities that is on their own level. This helps the student as an individual. I would have really liked this as a child.

Blog Post #6

Anthony Capp's is a 3rd grade teacher at Baldwin County, a very tech savvy school. He too was in EDM310 with Dr. Strange and was also a tech helper for the course. Project based learning is an important tool in Mr. Capp's class. In the video, they talked about the ways he has used project based learning to engage his students.

Anthony Capp's said his students "get excited about and own their own learning" in Project Based Learning (PBL). He has received very positive responses from his students, parents, and superiors on his teaching methods. When the students are excited about a project, they are determined to do a great job and finish in a timely manner. He will only give guidelines when he announces a project in class. This method directs the students while also allowing them to complete it the way they think is correct. These PBL methods encourage the student’s creativity. He also requires his students to work on group projects and peer edit. His believes it is good for students to help each other and grow together as a group. It also allows students to have their work checked before turning it in. It also helps the teacher as the editing and grading process takes less time.

Mr. Capp's uses two computer programs in his classroom. The first program is iCurio, a search engine that is safe for elementary students. The students can use this to search on any topic they are discussing in class. It is also has a file for students so they may go back to previous searches. The other search engine he uses is called Discovery Education. This is also for the students to search class topics. However, instead of showing pictures of the topic, it shows a video that has detailed information about the searched item. Research has shown that when you both see and hear about a topic, you tend to understand and retain more information.

Anthony Capp's said you do not just teach technology but you need to use it. You need to teach it and gradually use more and more. A lesson is four layers; it is a year, unit, week, and a day. You do not have to teach everything at once. You need think of it in the four layers and the daily plan is the most important of them all.


Sunday, September 21, 2014

Project #7 My Sentence Videos

My Sentence Is...

My Passion Is...

Project # 3 - Presentation

Blog Post #5

I: What is PLN?
II: Why its is used?
III: How I will get started?

A Personal Learning Network (PLN) is a networking program for teachers. PLN's are great tools for teachers to learn new technology, learning styles, share ideas, research, and many other tools to become a better teacher. It does not just connect teachers from one school or district but it also connects educators from all over the world. Teachers can use Twitter, blogs, and even google to keep connected. My mom is an art/music teacher and she often uses Pinterest as her PLN. This keeps her connected with the newest concepts in art education while also sharing her own methods and creations. PLN's can also make effective students. As a teacher, utilizing these methods can grasp a student's attention and keep them engaged. PLN creation can take a significant amount of time to setup. However, once it is created, it is available to you for your entire teaching career. As a teacher, it is important to continue learning and discovering new ways to educate and engage your students. The first additions to my PLN will will be my mom, Barbara Hutson, and @drjohnhadley. I will also be adding the teacher I have been observing in my other classes. A Personal Learning Network is the best way to stay connected with other educators while also staying current with the latest in education technology and methods.


Friday, September 12, 2014

C4K Summary: September

I: Rave's Blog Post
II: Laurin's Blog Post

Rave posted about plastic bags. She was very upset that how much trash was in the oceans these days. Plastic bags are the main cause for the animals, birds, and fishes deaths. She told us that some outlet malls were even making customer pay 10 cents for plastic bags. This helps by not having as much plastic bags on our earth and waters. She also mention that some countries have even banned plastic bag. I believe this is a great idea. I would want people to pay for their bags so there would be less in the world. It has always made me ever upset to see trash in the waters. I mades me even mad to see people dumping trash in water. We need to keep our earth clean.
Laurin posted about her job as a student. Her job was to learn and grow as a student. She also did not like school that much but she understoods why she had to go. She really disliked her uniforms. But she understood that uniforms were there to not distract student from learning. I commented that I had uniforms in my school too. I really liked my uniform because I did not have to think about what I wanted to wear everyday. I would just put it on and start my day. I also helped me to focus on my school work. I did not have think of what everybody else was doing or wearing. I could learn and grow as a person.

Kam B. posted about one thing she would change about school. If Kam could change one thing about school she would choose to have no homework. She thinks children these days are being overworked. My comment said would it not be great to not have homework. I know if there was no homework then I would definitely get more sleep. Although if I did not have homework I probably would not learn as much as I do.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Project 4: C4T #1

I: 1st Post
A: Comment 1
II: 2nd Post
A: Comment 2

Jason Hahnstadt is a high school P.E. coach. In the blog post, What is Flipped Coaching? , Jason describes how he showed videos in his class. The videos contain the activity he is teaching for that day. This gives the teacher more time to interact with the student other than having to lecture all day. This also helps by not having to repeat himself over and over. When I commented I told him that I thought it was really good idea to show videos of the activity. That way he do not have to repeat himself as much. I think videos would be really useful to do in any classroom.

In the second blog post, Flipping your Classroom Updates, Jason decribe how it was hard to get his students to watch videos and take quiz online. He really wanted to find a way to remind his student to do the assignments. He came up with the idea of texting his students. He didn't want to text them from his personal phone so he used a website. Through a website he could text the students every night to watch videos and take their quiz. My comment included that it was really smart of them to text their student using a website. I will have to keep that in mind when I want to do online homework in my classroom one day.


Search Engines

-Fashion Net

Review on 8 different search engines that do all different things.

WolframAlpha is a search engine that solves math problems. It is a answer engine type of site. This would be nice to use for a math class or if you working on a project. It was lots of answer about math.

Bing is a web search engine site. When you type a word in to bing it will pull up a picture, map, definition, and links that you can connect to. It does not have the ads for the first 5 sites. It also show the popular site that people look at. This is helpful because you can find things fast and easy.

DuckDuckGo is a search engine that protect the seacher. No one can check what you have been searching on the internet. I guess if you have something to hide when you would want to use this one.

Yandex is a web search engine. It also help you find sites that are local in your area. It also as been specialized information resources.

Yahoo is a had it all. It has it own mail, news, answers, groups, and so on. This web search started in america but is used all around the world.

Business is a search engine for business answers. It also is used for the advertising network.

Fashion Net is a search engine for fashion all around the world. If people love the lastest fashion then they use this site.

Yummly is a search engine for food. This site had the best and most food recipes you can find. It will also tell you about ingredient, diet, nutrition, and taste.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Blog Post #4

I: First Source
A: 1/3 of the Class
II: Second Source
A: Lead your Question
III: Tips
A: More of an Effective Teacher

Asking Questions: What do we need to know about asking questions to be an effective teacher?

The first source I researched was The Right Way to Ask Questions in the Classroom. This post focused on how to properly ask students a question. Often, when a teacher asks a question, only a third of the students raise their hands to answer. The remaining two-thirds of the students either think they are not smart enough to answer or they are not engaged at all. Methods and techniques are available to encourage the whole class to think of the answer and engage in learning. A proven technique for engaging an entire classroom is asking the question, waiting a few seconds and calling on a specific student to give the answer. This method encourages all the students to think of the answer in the event they are called upon.

The second source I found interesting was Asking Questions to Improve Learning. This post focused on the “Do’s and Don'ts” when asking questions to a class. When asking a question, you want to lead your students into understanding the main points. When beginning a class, you should not start with a question that has multiple answers. It is important to be clear on what you are asking and use questions that students may see on an essay test. Also, asking questions that lead students directly into the answer can cause students to lose their confidence when answering. Asking questions throughout the class is more effective in engaging students that a pure lecture format. When asking questions, it is important to know how to respond to the students. Do not interrupt or discourage students by not showing interest even when they give an incorrect response. If the student is wrong, it’s important to positively guide them in the right direction.

Using these tips on how to ask questions will help me to become a more effective teacher. Teachers should ask questions to engage their students and assist them in learning more effectively. Prior to these readings, I never thought about how asking a question can affect the student and classroom as a whole. I was one of the students that never believed I was smart enough to answer and so I always let my other classmates answer for me. I also look back and realize I would often zone out and become disengaged with the class. I believe if my teachers had randomly chosen someone to answer, I would have been more engaged.


Thursday, September 4, 2014

Blog post #3

I: Peer Editing
A: Compliment
B: Suggestion
C: Corrections

Working with a peer to refine your writing can be fun and effective. However, it is necessary to learn how to edit before helping your peers. The most important rule when peer editing is to stay positive. A peer is a person that is in the same age group or status, such as a classmate or coworker. Editing is making suggestions, compliments, comments, and changes in writing. It’s necessary to learn how to properly guide peers into making their paper perfect.

When beginning to edit someone’s work, make sure to start with a compliment. You can start by saying you like their topic or they are very good at using details. It is also important to avoid being rude when editing a peer's work. When editing, be specific on the changes you are suggesting. Some changes you can present are word choice, using details, or even encouraging them to stay on topic. Corrections should be the last thing you present when editing a peer's work. Common corrections include spell checking, grammar mistakes, and sentence structure. Everyone approaches editing in different ways. However, by using these steps you will be able to edit someone's work in the correct way.


Sunday, August 31, 2014

Blog Post #2

I: Professor Dancealot
A:central message
B:case for this conclusion
II: Teaching in the 21st Century
A:outline of video
B:agree with Robert?
III: Networked Student
IV: Harness Your Students’ Digital Smarts
V: Who’s Ahead in the Learning Race?
A:elementary students vs. college students
VI: Flipping the Classroom
A:new to me

1.Professor Dancealot:
The central message of this video shows that teaching from just a power point is not always the best way to learn. At the end all the students had no idea how to dance. Yes, because no one learned how to dance in the class. You can not learn how to dance from a power point. You have to learn how to dance by practicing.

2.Teaching in the 21st Century
Robert thinks teaching in the 21st century means to include technology to engage students.
I. Students can find information anywhere
A. Social networking
B. You tube
c. search engines
D. etc
II. Teach students to find reliable information
III. What resources students use to find information
A. searching
B. twittering
C. networking
D. etc
IV. Students learn by collaborating and creating
V. Teach students the right way to use technology
VI. Talk to other people about your ideas
VII. Start small
I feel that Roberts sees teaching is mostly technology where I find it a mixture of the old and new. I also feel that technology doesn't always work. For example this video: the video moved too fast and froze while I tried to pause to try and catch up. I had to restart the video several times. I personally don't learn best with fast moving words across the screen. As an educator I think it's important to incorporate technology based teaching but for me this video did the opposite because it was hard to follow so this video does not affect me.

3. Networked Student:
My reaction to this video is the student discovers his own information through searching and uses the teacher as a model and guide to find his information that he then shares with others.

4. Harness Your Students’ Digital Smarts:
Vicki Davis thesis' is to teach students using technology and allowing them to collaborate to help teach other. My reaction to her argument is positive. I think she makes a lot of good points. You can learn from your students and using several sources of technology help the students learn better.

5. Who’s Ahead in the Learning Race?:
I believe that elementary students are ahead. I am an undergrad and I feel like in some ways I am ahead and others behind. Elementary students grew up with technology and I have had to learn it as I go. Babies can play with Ipads because they have always been available to them. They haven't always been available to me.

6. Watch Flipping the Classroom:
Flipping a classroom is new to me. I do not think this
approach will be useful to me as a teacher because not every student will have access to a computer and how will you know if they are completing the assignment? I think that expecting your students to do this kind of homework a few nights a week is difficult. Parents and students have lives outside of school. This isn't a type of homework that can be taken to your brothers soccer game.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Blog Post #1

1. I heard it takes up a lot of time and if you know some what how to use a computer you will be okay.
2. My fears are that I will not do something correct.
3. I have never had a course that made me write a blog.
4. The most difficult thing about EDM310 will be getting all the work done.
5. The way to address the most difficult thing is to do it early so you can go back and can redo it if needed.
6. I do not know what to name every blog in this class. I will ask my question in class.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Practice Blog Post

I: Introduction My Self
A: Where I Have Lived
B: Major
C: Family
II: Field of Education
A: 21st Century

My name is Maura Hutson. I was born in Mobile, Alabama. I have lived in the same house for 21 years in Daphne. I have had lots of new changes in my life right now. I have moved for the first time in my life and I have a new school. The changes have all been great. I love my new place and I am starting to like my school. My major is elementary education. I went to Faulkner State Community College for 2 years. I came to University of South Alabama because it is a good college and it was close to my home. It is also where my brother and sisters have gone to school. I am the baby of six children in my family. I have four sisters and one brother. I am known as the free spirited child in my family. Some people may just think that I am weird but a good weird.

I want to enter the field of education to help others. I have always have had a really hard time with school. I have learned to work around the trouble. I want to help others that have trouble with school and teach them how to work with the trouble. Technology has been the best way to work with my troubles I face with school. Educators in the 21st century have been given many new tools to help teach children. The technology we are given today will help assist in teaching children with different ways of learning. The technological access that this century had offered to my troubles with school is a main reason I want to become an educator.