Monday, May 3, 2010

A league of their own: A history of women's baseball!

I chose to do my petcha kucha on the history of women in baseball. I grew up playing softball and admiring the women of the past. I think it's a great history topic that many people can enjoy learning about since most people have experience with baseball. Here is the link to my presentation.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Second Life

In week 10 we were to watch the video Orientation in Second Life.

Watching the video on Second Life was interesting. I had never experienced such a learning environment before in school. I think that maybe using this could really help with teaching cirriculum and maybe keep students more interested. Second Life seems like it could be a little bit overwhelming with the wealth of information that is contained within.

I have never used anything like this before in school. I think it could be great. I liked the idea of printing a guided worksheet so that students do not miss important information. Before I used second life I would like to do a little more research and experience it for myself before I used it with my future students. I think it would be hard for me to know what potential it had for my class room otherwise. I also think I would do my students a great disservice if I wans't familiar with the program.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Google Forms

Here is the link to my google form!

The results of the survey I posted showed that people applied to either a small number of colleges (i.e. 1 college) or more than 4. The common reason for selecting the university or college they are attending was because of proximity to home and the cost. One result showed that somebody had recieved a scholarship. Most of the majors fell into the Education field.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Create Yourself!

This week our video to watch was Digital Youth Portrait: Sam.

The thing that I thought was the greatest about this video is the attitude of Sam's parents. I thought it was so awesome that they really saw past just how much time Sam was spending texting or chatting on the internet or overall how much time she spent with technology. Her parents really saw all the benefits Sam was going to gain from all her time with technology.

For me, my family that I live with understands the importance of techonology and really encourage skill building. My dad on the other hand, while he thinks technology is important gets very annoyed with how much time I spend using it. Techonolgy is a huge part of life and is only going to continue to keep growing and I think people need to realize and understand this but we also need to learn how to balance our computer and cell phone and networking so that we still have time in the here and now and get to enjoy life.

I would really like to help my students see the importance of technology and begin introducing them to its many uses but with that I would also like to teach them moderation. I find it really hard to believe that 3rd grade and sometimes even younger students are already having trouble with this balance by disrupting their learning with having phones, ipods, game systems, etc. out in class.

Monday, March 1, 2010


This week our video was Parallel Play or Collaboration–Leveraging the Wiki Platform for High Quality Work.

I honestly feel that this video was a bit hard to sit through. It was full of great infromation on how to utilize wikis in and outside of the classroom but I was really having trouble getting this information. Not that I didn't understand the information but had difficulty actually getting the important stuff out of the video.

In highschool some of my teachers began using website similar to wikis. I loved that they used this even for basic uses such as to keep parents and students updated. I liked knowing I could go get notes and missed assigments and not have to get behind.

The idea of wikis are great! I just have to wonder just how mature my students will be and if they will be able to handle the responsibility of using a wiki and if parents will be a teaching partner and help teach their students these responsibilites. And as always there is the time factor.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

The Wizard of Apps

This week we were required to watch the video "The Wizard of Apps". This video is one created by Joyce Velenza who is a school librarian. Her video was so full of information on different resources for different ways to really use the internet and how to leave a good digital footprint. The video was done as a parody to the "Wizard of Oz" which helped keep it entertaining. The biggest takeaway was that there are endless sources that instruct how to truly utilize the internet and how to do it safely. It is also important that we spread this knowledge and teach others how to use these resources.

I relate some of this information in this video to being in highschool and being taught how to use resources such as ebscohost to research for school papers. Unfortunately the information we were given throughout high school was nothing as great as the information Joyce has to give the students of her school.

As a teacher, I would like to have time to discuss some of these resources with my students and introduce them to how to apply some of these resources. However, I fear that this will be hard but it may also depend a lot on what school district I end up in.

Since I am an elementary education major I though looking at Boolify would be benifitial to me and my future classroom. One thing I have always had problems with was knowing how to perform a good search so I thought that if using a kid friendly search engine such as I could start teaching children at a younger age how to find good research information. Boolify uses the Bolean Search method and puts it in a visual representation to help you see how to form a good search. The website also offers awesome lessons on how to evaluate a website, how to use the Bolean Search method and how to refine search options. This website would be great for beginning researchers. I would really like the opprotunity to incorporate this into my elementary classroom!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The miracle of Pregnancy

I decided that something I was really passionate about lately was the growth of me and my baby. I chose to tell the story of the progress of my baby in a story I like to call The Miracle of Pregnancy.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The Deconstuction and Reconstruction of My Bathroom

Week 4 Comments

My comments for this week can be found here and here!!!!

The Digital World

The biggest takeaway fromt he Digiteens: Digital Citizenship video was that our society is highly techonology based. Technology leads to the digital world. We really need to be aware of all the different dangers that lie out there if we are not careful. It's also our job to teach others who are unaware of these dangers just what these dangers are and how to avoid them.

I have been using the internet since I was very young. My family is all over the U.S. and it was a great communication tool. At a very young age my mom began talking to me about the dangers of the internet and what I need to be looking out for. Along with this, my mom monitored my actions. As I got older and she could see I understood the risks of being on the internet and how to use the internet and it's information properly she began giving me more freedoms. Not only did my mom teach these important lessons at home I learned these lessons at school. The local police department came to our school and discussed cyber predators and internet safety.

It is very important that we teach internet safety at school. Not all families are discussing these things with their children so it falls upon the school and teachers. With technology being more wideley used it is extremely important that our children and students are educated and being safe while using the internet.

Education Through Research

When watching the video Project Learning, I found the biggest takeaway to be that students can learn so much more through research and handons activities. It is important to include these opporunities even in a traditional education setting. Educators need to reach out to all students and all interests. The traditional curriclum is not the only way to teach.

In school the most hands on learning I can remember doing was the science fair. I don't remember having too many teachers that encouraged learning to experience and research. We typically followed a traditional curriclum. I do remember in elementary school when we studied the colonial times, we got to go on a field trip to this place that took you back to colonial times and we had to do some of the household and farm chores just as though we were living back then. I know this wasn't really learning through research but it was a good way to fully understand and comprehend the history we had been reading. It brought things to life. Sometimes bringing the subject matter to life is the best way for everybody to fully understand and learn.

As a future educator I would like to take these principles and do my best to incorporate as much hands on learning as possible. I fear that this will be a huge task that sometimes seems impossible with how much control the government and school districts want over what is taught and how it is taught. I hope that the horror stories I have heard will not apply in all situations.

Friday, January 29, 2010

A Changing Stance

For the independent learning project I watched Addiction: A 21st Century Love Affair With Destruction.

In order to really appreciate the worth, I think that perhaps you have to have an open mind. This video does hint at what today is still viewed as a radical idea. The video discusses the issue of rising drug abuse and addiction and the lowered success rates of rehab programs. It was a very insightful and infromative video and I like that without just saying, "There's a problem", it offers a solution although it may not be accepted and suggests that maybe we, as people, need to change our way of thinking if we ever want to solve the problem.

Helping Hand

This week we were assigned to watch Digital Youth Portrait: Luis.

In this video, I really took away the idea that as people in a community, we really should learn and work to give back to the community. I really loved the passion Luis had for giving back to the younger students in the community, his city and even his family. I really think that using technology to help better our community is a great project!

I honestly don't find a real connection to my life. The closest I could get would be helping my dad navigate the internet and showing him some of his resources like Luis was able to do with his parents.

I think that seeing the older students work with the younger students is awesome. I feel that it is a great experience for both ages. I think I would like to try incorporating a project where my students help younger students with technolog. Even something as simple as helping them with online games and such. It would be a memorable learning experience for everybody involved, not just technology wise.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

One video that we were to watch was A Peek for a Week: Inside a Kiwi Junior Classroom.

The biggest take away from this video was just how many ways technology can be used and incorporated in all areas of the curriculum. In this video the teacher used the interactive white board to help build oral skills. She used it by displaying student's pictures while the student shared a personal experience and also used it for listening with listening to the news online. She uses blogging to help build writing skills. The white board is also used to help practice handwriting. These are just a few ways technology could be used in the classroom to build upon the curriculum.

I never really experienced this much of technology in my educational experience nor do I know anyone personally who has. My extent of technology to build curriculum was doing word finds and crosswords on the computer to practice vocabulary and spelling. This opportunity was not a frequent experience.

This video gave me some ideas of how to use technology in my class. Something as simple as using a youtube video to get the students moving or to use it as a transition activity would be something quite useful. Also using games and activities on the computer to help with lessons that are being taught would be good. It would help students who are more hands on learners and who learn better besides just repetitively writing their math skills or whatever it is we're working on.

Week 2 in T4T

In week 2 of class we were required to leave comments on the blogs of fellow classmates. It was cool getting to read about people's education experience and what they think education should be like. I loved reading about the video making that this person got to do! It was also great getting to learn a little more about classmates and even get reacquainted with former high school classmates. It was fun getting to read about what all was going on in Kylie's life and seeing how much things had changed since we graduated from high school.

We were also tasked to leave blog comments on K-12 Student Blogs. It was awesome getting to connect with other students, especially those younger than us. I found a 6th grade class in Alaska. They really enjoyed writing a lot. In this blog I had a great time reading about this student's field trip to a circus/zoo. This student's blog was about a new invention, I wonder if this student enjoys thinking of new inventions. Getting to comment on these blogs was such a blast!

The Video Making Queen

In class we watched Digital Youth Portrait: Nafiza.

I feel that the biggest "take away" from this video was the message of how much technology impacts life, especially that of the younger generations. From using our phones for alarm clocks to using computer programs to make messages to send out to others, technology plays an important role. The things Nafiza is accomplishing using computer programming and digital film making will really open many doors to her and could potentially be a career for her. She also uses her skills to build leadership and to help others.

This video pertains to my life in the sense that I am always using technology, mostly my cell phone. My parents go insane with the fact that I can go no where without my cell phone. I am also on the computer a lot. At least the computer use is more for educational purposes. Also with having no t.v. I use my computer to watch a lot of movies and even some t.v. shows online.

After watching this video I feel that as a teacher I need to really be encouraging of those students who have amazing talents with technology and allow for classroom activities and projects that involve more technology so that I can really reach out to all the different skills and abilities of my students. I also think that the higher grades I teach, there may be a bit of a problem with too much technology use, such as cell phones and i pods being used in class.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Blogging Buddies Strike!

The Blogging Buddies video was a great video. Very uplifting and a reflection of the ideal school project for young children and even for older students looking at education careers.

The most significant learning point was that as future educators, we need to keep our minds open and really look for ways to enhance our teaching styles and help the children with their learning styles. Lessons used to teach the curriclum need to be engaging, creative and encouraging. Sometimes we must think outside the box to find ways to acheive this.

I had never really used computers and technology much throughout my education. Technology didn't enter my life except on a personal level. Now days you see the impact of technology on personal lives even earlier in life. I think that using technology in this educational way teaches children not only the educational aspects but the responsibilites as well. I think technology could be used more in education and less in personal lives.

This project really opened my eyes to the possibilities of creating a hands on learning environment. It takes being creative and thinking outside just the classroom and using the help of your resources, or fellow instructors and teachers. I absolutely loved this project and am a bit jealous I had never put thought to anything like this before!

Digital Generation Project

Cameron's story was quite an exciting and interesting story. I knew that my generation was pretty technologically advanced, but this young kid really blew me out of the water. It is quite amazing just how much he can do with technology and how inovative he is.

The most significant learning point of Cameron's story is that learning never stops. Cameron was always striving to learn more and more about technology and how he could use it to help with his movies and relate it to other areas of his life such as hockey. It was also great to see that he loved to help others learn and I absolutely loved that he was able to work with adults and show them some of the things they could do. An ongoing motif was that learning can happen at any age and that anybody can leve a learning impact on any age, whether old to young or young to old.

The fact that Cameron was constantly helping others and especially a lot of his teachers really reminded me of this boy who was in a 3rd grade class I was doing my field experience in. When the teacher would have trouble getting the smartboard to work and the other students were to afraid to help, he'd run right up to the board and fix the problem for the teacher. He was such a great helper for his teacher at getting the projector and smart board to cooperate properly!

From this video I would take for my classroom the thought and belief that technology could be an amazing teaching and learning tool. It would help the students discover the potentials of technology and of themselves from what they could do with it. Using things such as computers and video equipment would also allow for a more student centered focus and for a more creative hands on learning experience. Personally I feel that students learn best through utilizing resources and working together. I think technology would be a great way to accomplish this.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Personal Learning Blog

I am an Elementary Education major. I am in my junior year. I love being around children and right now I work at a daycare. I am extremely excited and impatient to get into a classroom and really be able to interact with children and start a strong learning background with them. I am pregnant with my first child who is due in July and I serve in the Oklahoma Army National Guard. I have always loved being in school and helping my friends and family with their school work. I love making a difference in a person's pursuit of education. An education is nothing that can ever be taken from you and I feel that my strong passion for learning will help encourage the same passion or at least a respect for learning, in my students. I hope to be able to teach the 3rd or 4th grade level. Those were my favorite years and had the biggest impact on me education and maturity wise.