Saturday, December 8, 2012

Project #13

For Project #15 and Final Project #16, my group used Google Docs, Google +, and Skype to effectively work on our projects. During the past two and a half weeks, we have used Google Docs to share our script ideas and lines. For Final Project #16, we used Google Chat to discuss details about our video (music, photos, etc.). We used Skype to talk about the details of our projects and to practice our lines for our projects. Making our projects was very fun and enjoyable!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

C4T #4 Summary


C4T #4 - Post #1

"Jenny's Learning Journey" talked about the use of IPads, and I replied, "I enjoyed reading your post. IPads are a great tool in many different ways for many different people. Technology is advancing so much and so fast. I think that iPads and other technology should be incorporated more in the classroom. I am glad to see you using it in your classroom. Thanks for sharing!"

C4T #4 - Post #2

Jenny's Learning Journey talked about the inspiration of photography, and I replied, "I use my iPhone almost everyday to take pictures. It could be from a beautiful sunrise or sunset to something that just catches my eye. It makes me happy to be able to put all my pictures on Facebook and save them on my computer. I can go back and look at them anytime. I also like sharing them on Facebook and Twitter, because I want all my friends to see them. Photography is great, and it inspires me in so many ways!"

C4K Summary for November and December


C4K #7

"Dr. Vitulli and Dr. Santoli" talked about education in another country, and I replied,  "It is great to see how education is in another country. It is interesting to see how things are changing. I can relate to the education system in Ireland. They hold education to a high standard just as I do. School and my education mean a lot to me. Not just to get a degree and finish school, but to learn from everything I do and incorporate it in my career!"

C4K #8

"Alex" talked about and explained the history of the birthday song, and I replied, "I enjoyed reading your post!  I did not know this is where the birthday song came from.  Thank you for sharing this information!" 

C4K #9

"Matthew" talked about the holiday of Halloween, and I replied, "I enjoyed reading your reflection of what all you done in the month of October. It sounds like you had a great and fun time. Halloween is a great time of year to do many different things. I use to love to scare people. Actually, I still do. Thanks for sharing!"

C4K #10

"Karley" talked about the ways people express themselves, and I replied, "We, all humans, express ourselves in so many ways. It can be through our feelings, attitudes, and/or emotions. I have many family members and friends that can tell when something is wrong or when something is good. Sometimes in situations, it is good just to have someone to realize how we are feeling and understand our emotion."

Final Report on PLN

Personal Learning Network

After continuing to work on my PLN, I have found that it is a lot bigger than I thought. I have used Symbaloo as an organization tool for my PLN. I also use my Firefox browser in my PLN. I keep the sites I use daily on my bookmark toolbar. This makes it so easy to quickly get to whatever site I need to get to. My PLN has grown a lot over the semester.

Blog Assignment #13

Back To the Future

Brian Crosby

Brian Crosby's Back To the Future "video" was incredible. I only hope I can be as great a teacher as he is. There is not a single student who cannot learn something. Mr. Crosby says we must take our narrow curriculum and bring it to the 21st century. He took students who did not even know what city they lived in to creating blogs and projects that have been seen by people all over the world. I think we, as future teachers, must go “outside the box” to reach some of the disconnected students we will encounter. A 21st century teacher must teach the 21st century skills that are needed for students today in a 21st century classroom. Mr. Crosby demonstrates this in a fabulous way. The “High Hopes” lesson was incredible. These students were connected to the world through this project. The science and language arts lessons that were learned through hands on experiments are so encouraging to me as a future educator. Mr. Crosby also gave me a new motto: CREATIVITY AND IMAGINATION=PASSION!

A Vision of Students Today

A Vision of Students Today

This video "A Vision of Students Today" voiced the opinion of every college student in America. We spent hours a day in classrooms, studying, working, or completing projects on information we probably will never use again. The education system needs to undergo drastic changes. The technology that is available to us today is valuable and needs to be used. Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, blogs, and countless other technological wonders could provide countless resources not only to college students but to younger students as well.

I think this video should tell a university president that if this is the atmosphere they are creating for their students then they are failing. When a teacher assigns reading that only 5% of the class completes what is the point. Those students will probably still pass the class. A diploma does not give a grade point average it gives a degree. Most professors do not even know who their students are much less if they are prepared or even in class, and what’s worse is that they really don’t even care. I know there have been many positive advances in education over the last few years, but are these changes enough? The video was right ‘’we did not create the problems, but they are our problems.” Are we going to fix them now, or let are children’s generation deal with the same failures we deal with everyday. I vote for changes now.