Sunday, October 21, 2012

Blog Assignment #8

This Is How We Dream

This is how we dream

These videos, "This Is How We Dream Parts 1 and 2" , are extremely educational. The changes in how we communicate have changed drastically. We receive information instantly and globally. The laptop is just a part of who we are as students as the pen and paper used to be. Word processing is efficient and easy to learn. The internet is easy to use. We can research information and write about anything we choose without ever leaving the comfort of our home. Mr. Miller demonstrated this as he told about writing the Virginia Tech tragedy without even setting foot on Virginia Tech campus.

Digital processing with images and audio is a little more complicated. Some of the teachers are trying to implement this type of communication into their classroom. It is more time consuming, but the outcome can be fabulous. I agree with Mr. Miller that this type of digital processing is more appealing and interesting to see. I will try to implement this type of technology into my classroom. Technology changes right before our eyes, and we must be willing to adapt to changes in the classroom. Teaching our elementary aged children this type of technology is right on target. Think about what they can do by the time they reach high school and college. I do believe sharing ideas is essential in our digital age, but saying ideas do not belong to us individually anymore is a little farfetched for me. Personal accomplishments and gratification is an individual aspect for anyone. Sharing ideas should not take that away. Making someone’s homework or research easier by sharing my ideas would be great, but I do not want to take away the individualism of the ideas.

I can only image what kind of digital processing using the web could create. It is so far above my understanding that I cannot even comprehend it. I sure hope to learn how to use this type of communicating in the future. As Mr. Miller put it, “Why wouldn’t you?” Probably one of the greatest lessons I learned from Mr. Miller’s video is limits and restrictions we have are because we placed them on ourselves.

Carly Pugh's Blog Post #12

Youtube Logo
"Carly Pugh’s blog" is exactly what Mr. Miller meant by multi-media communication. I believe Carly went beyond the assignment and left each of us with an awe-inspiring presentation. I love YouTube and using video from YouTube to express one’s philosophy and goals is incredible. I believe Dr. Strange has used this as an assignment so we can fully appreciate the direction he is trying to take us in this class. What an example!

"The Chipper Series" and "EDM310 for Dummies"

The Chipper Series
I am an assistant softball coach at GCHS, and I would love to create a video with former softball players giving inspiring messages to my current players. I believe this would be a great tool to create a different perspective for the students. Just maybe someone could cause a spark and the light will come on. Sometimes it takes an outside source to reach some students. I am not talking about the actual playing of the game, but the life lessons that are learned through the playing of softball.

The primary message in both of these videos is never give up and follow through! Our future depends on it. Frustration and anger is how I felt in EDM310 in the beginning. This could have been me in the video. I am now realizing that EDM is not an easy class. Dr. Strange is trying to take us to the future of education. I just need to think outside the box.

Learn to Change, Change to Learn


After watching the video,"Learn to Change, Change to Learn" I am all for embracing technology in the classroom. I do believe we need to learn to change and change to learn for the 21st century educators and students. I am not so sure about taking the controlled atmosphere completely away from the classroom. We are still talking about kids. Students need discipline and structure. Learning from community is great and I believe in projects outside the walls of the schools. I have never been a fan of standardized testing. I do believe change is inevitable to prepare our students for future careers. In addition to academics, there is so much more students learn from being in school. We can still prepare our students to the best of our ability with the resources that we have, but computers do not replace the human.

Scavenger Hunt from "WEB 2.0 Tools"

I have located the Edmodo social networking cite that I think would be a great tool for my classroom. I can create tests with this cite and grade them from this cite. I can also communicate with other teachers from this cite from all over the world. Students and parents can have access to homework, test dates, grades, and any other event or action about our school. This cite seems to be secure and easy to use. It reminds me of facebook. I think the students would really like to use this as a means of communicating.

Animoto video is a great site. This site allows you to use photos and video clips from facebook, instagram, and even your personal computer. It also has hundreds of tunes available for your video. The video can be shared using social media sites such as facebook. The videos can also be created in high definition. There are three plans to choose from. Thirty second videos are free. There is a plus plan and a pro plan offered for a very affordable yearly fee.

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1 comment:

  1. Jamie,
    I thought you did a very detailed job of describing the post for #8! I also thought that you used a lot of generalizations. I disagree that " The laptop is just a part of who we are as students"; it may be a part of our process and how we complete tasks and kill time but I don't think that it identifies. I also agree that sometimes the ease of technology is good, but we don't need to become too reliant on it. It is also beneficial to challenge ourselves to avoid complacency. I agree that "I do believe sharing ideas is essential in our digital age, but saying ideas do not belong to us individually anymore is a little farfetched for me". When it is hard to track down the original author/source of an online or media resource such as an article, image, etc, it makes people more anonymous and we should be more aware that what we are "sharing" is the creation of someone else. I am guilty of this too, and sometimes need to be reminded to give credit where it is due. This is the down-side to the "information age".
    I appreciate your high praise on my blog post! I am always amazed to read the comments of EDM310 students because it is very humbling.

    The other parts of your post were great as well. Be sure to keep proof-reading and avoid over-generalizations ( For example, don't just say "I love YouTube", tell us more about your personal experiences with it and how it is beneficial to the classroom).
    Keep up the good work,