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.