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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Blog Post #16

Part 1
Looking over blog post #1 was like a blast from the past for me. I even remember where I was when I wrote it! I remembered how much I loved reading Krissy Venosdale's blog about her dream classroom. It sounded like a wonderful place that I would still love to teach in. EDM 310 has made me realize that this is possible! My classroom can be a wonderful, bright place that my students can love walking into each morning. This can be made possible by incorporating technology!

When I looked over blog post #1 I realized how vague I sounded. Now, at the end of the semester, I feel like I can definitely elaborate on some different types of technology I want to incorporate into my classroom. I know that I want to use green screen technology in my classroom. This is a great way for my students to express themselves and have fun while learning. I also know for sure that I am going to take full advantage of the use of blogs in my classroom. I think that they have been a huge asset to EDM 310 and I know that they will have the same benefit in my classroom. I have loved the educational journey that I have been on with EDM 310 and I cannot wait to have some of the same experiences with my students! Thank you Dr. Strange!

Part 2

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Final Project #16

Blog Post #15

The video iCurio with Anthony Capps really helped me to better understand the use of  iCurio. I did some research on it earlier in the semester but hearing Anthony talk about it seemed to make it more real for me. iCurio is a tool that allows students to research topics on the web safely. It filters out the bad sites and leaves the good ones. Anthony also said that iCurio allows students to save and sort what they have researched into folders. I think that this is a great feature! Anthony also pointed out that iCurio has a search by criteria feature that allows students to type in a vague description of what they are looking for and it finds it automatically. This is great if you are researching a specific person but can't remember anything specific about them. iCurio even has a read aloud feature! This is great for students with certain handicaps. I learned so much about iCurio after watching this video and I can't wait to try it out in my own classroom!

Anthony Capp's video, Discovery Education, made me wish I was making a lesson plan right now! I knew that Discovery Education was a great tool but this video made me love it even more! To actually get to hear how Anthony was incorporating it into his classroom was great! Discovery Education allows you to put visuals to text. It allows you to "bring experts into the classroom." This is great because teachers definitely do not know everything. Discovery Education makes it possible for your students to learn from people who a extremely knowledgeable in the topics you are studying.  Using this tool, children can bring their text to life. It allows them to view the subject in a completely different light. Dr.Strange said, "Kids listen and watch far more than they read and write." The more I thought about this, the more it really resonated with me. This was a great point! Overall I know that my students will be using Discovery Education.

Use Technology Don't Teach it- Hannah
The video Use Technology Don't Teach It was great! Technology is everywhere and a big part of children's daily lives. Allowing children to use technology in the classroom just enhances their learning experience. Anthony Capps introduces technology in stages. They might not get to the core of a certain piece of technology in one day but they will definitely skim the surface. Technology is an amazing way for children to express themselves and it is also green, mostly affordable, and very shareable. Anthony also emphasized that we should not expect perfection. These children are going to make mistakes because everyone makes mistakes. The most important thing is that we learn from these mistakes. It is also a good idea to try out the technology yourself first. This will make it easier to understand the questions that your students ask. Overall I thought that this a great video that helped me better understand the use of technology in the classroom.

Dr. Strange's Tips For Teachers- Amber
In this video Dr. Strange and Anthony Capps discuss tips for being a successful teacher. He begins with by saying, “Teachers should also be learners.” I believe in this as well. If you are not willing to learn how can you expect your students to learn? A teacher must also be flexible and creative. Dr. Strange gives the example of Anthony’s class when they could not use their computers because the servers were down. So the whole was on the floor painting. Anthony had to be creative and come up with a backup lesson for that day. As a teacher you can not be committed to one way of teaching and lesson planning. Things are constantly changing. Anthony brings up the fact about teachers being able to reflect on themselves. I believe this is true and needs to be done. Self evaluation is key as well. This is something we all can never get enough of but if we do it often it’ll make our work and the way we learn so much better. I will definitely use these tips while trying to become a successful teacher.

Additional Thoughts About Lessons- Brittnee

In the video Dr. Strange has a Skype session with Anthony Capps and they talk about how a teacher should plan their year with the standards, projects and other things that need to be done through the year. Anthony tells us the lessons should be at least four layers thick. The first layer is the Lesson. This is how it fits in with your year. Anthony mentions that you should have a plan and make sure that you fit in all of your standards that you have to teach. Most importantly is that you make sure that they each get covered. The second layer is the Unit. You should plan on making sure that you start with a certain aspect and by the end of the unit the students should have complete mastery of the task you have given them. Units are usually 6-8 weeks long. The third layer is the Week. Divide up your week so you make sure that everything is getting done. Make sure that you have your week planned so that you can accomplish your goal that you have set. The last layer is the Daily lesson. It is just as important as the other layers. Find something that can grab a student attention and use it while you are teaching your lesson. At the end of the lesson measure what they have learned that day so you know where to start the next day. These four components make up one lesson and all have to be done to have a successful one.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Project #9 PLN Final Report

My Symbaloo has really come in handy. It makes getting to my most visited sites much easier. I recently added a link to the EDM 310 blog. I don't know why I did not think of this earlier but it is up there now. I have organized it into sections the best that I can. The top is mainly for social media, research, and news. The blue and remaining bottom left corner is specifically for blogs and teaching websites. I will hopefully organize it more clearly the more I use it.  I also added the two blogs Langwitches and William Chamberlain's blog. These two blogs have been very helpful and informative and I see myself using them as a reference in the future. I am so happy that Dr. Strange brought this tool to my attention. There are also plenty of empty spaces left that I am sure will start to fill up when I begin teaching.

C4T #4

The blog that was assigned to me was Langwitches run by Mrs. Tolisano. This was a great blog and I enjoyed reading the post. The first post that I read was called More iPad Workflow Scenarios. This was a very informative post on the use of workflows in the classroom. Mrs. Tolisano talked about an app that allows you to create workflows using the iPad. I had never put much thought into workflows before this post and now I cannot wait to use them. They are a great way to keep you organized. She also supplied some really good pictures of some workflows that you can create on the iPad. Another thing that I really liked about this post was that she mentioned some really great sites that I can use in my classroom. I had never even heard of most them. My comment for this post was...

Hi, my name is Hannah Still and I am in Dr.Strange’s EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama. I really enjoyed your post! I plan on getting a tablet (hopefully an ipad) in the very near future and this looks like an app that I will want to download. These workflow charts seem to be very helpful and well organized. You also mentioned some sites that I have never heard of and I am interested in researching them. Thank you for a great way to organize my commonly used social media sites and apps and I cannot wait to see your next post!

The second blog post was a guest post by Karin Hallett called Upgrading Traditional Reports to ebooks. This was my favorite post of the two. I loved the lesson plan that Mrs. Hallett used. She let the students choose a nonfiction book about an animal and write a report on it. This was not just any ordinary report though. Hallett let them make a paper report and then they transformed it into an ebook report using BookCreator and Explain Everything. The reports turned out amazingly! It was a long process but it was worth it. Hallett said that she was worried the students would lose interest but they stayed engaged the entire time. This was a fun way for the children to learn about their animals and also share them with the world. I will definitely be using this lesson plan in my classroom. My comment to this post was...

This was a great post! I know it is a guest post but I am so happy that you include it in your blog. First of all Iove the lesson plan. Even without making the reports into ebooks it is great. Making the reports into ebooks however makes it even better. I am truly amazed at what these students accomplished! I love how the sites Explain Everything and BookCreator was included in this post. I checked them out and they are definitely tools I want to use in my classroom. This whole lesson plan is wonderful and I cannot wait to give it a shot! Thank you and I am looking forward to seeing your next post.

Blog Post #14

For this blog post you will go to the Mind Shift blog. Read all of the web tools and pick one that you think will be the most beneficial in your classroom and explain why you chose it. Answer the question in a post that adheres to the standards found in the ACCRS and in Writing A Quality Blog Post.

I really enjoyed the website Poll Everywhere. Poll Everywhere allows the teacher to ask students a question and the students can respond to that question via text message. I think that this will be useful in my classroom for a couple of reasons. The first reason I want to use Poll Everywhere in my classroom is because the age I will be teaching lives through texting. Many children are getting phones now in the fourth and fifth grade. I know this because I have two brothers in the fifth grade. My brothers are constantly on their phones. Poll Everywhere gives the students an opportunity to use their phones in the classroom! Although many children are getting phones at young ages I did consider the possibility that every student will not have a phone by the fifth grade. For this reason I will more than likely be using Poll Everywhere in groups. Another reason I want to use Poll Everywhere is because the answers are displayed in poll form and polls are used everywhere. Polls are all over the news and television. This gives the students the opportunity to actually be involved in polls while learning about the material we are going over in class. I also think that this will be a great activity for study sessions. I really enjoyed the Mind Shift website and can't wait to explore it further.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Project #15

Blog Post #13

Arvind Gupta: Turning trash into toys for learning - Hannah

The video I chose was called Turning Trash into Toys by Arvind Gupta. I enjoyed this speaker very much. The reason that I chose this video was because I work at a Montessori school and one of our beliefs is that we should have toys, which we call work,  made from natural materials. I know many teachers that have made tons of pieces of work out of recycled materials. Arvind Gupta is an amazing toymaker. He has been making toys for the past 30 years. I could not believe some of the toys he made out of just matchsticks, straws, and some tape. He even made an interactive model of the food chain out of just paper. One of Gupta’s goals is to incorporate this toy recycling into the classrooms. Why buy these things when you can make them for a fraction of the cost? One of the things that Gupta said that really stuck with me was, “ children want to make things, children want to do things, “ and he is exactly right. This is an amazing way for teachers to get their students involved in the lessons. Overall I found this video to be informative and inspiring. It really hit close to home. I know that I will definitely be making some of these toys in the near future.

Alison Gopnik: What do babies think?- Amber
This video is all about babies! It’s my favorite thing to discuss. I love children. Alison Gopnik does a great job explaining her views on how babies think. I agree with mostly everything she says in the video. She starts by saying that 18 month old babies actually learn quicker than we do. A question that she asks is “How do babies learn so much in such a short period of time”? My theory is because they have to! Right? The way they process information is just amazing to me. If we as adults think as babies then maybe we can learn more than we know. She did some tests on children and it showed that they even know how to experiment using hypothesis. They even test them. Children learn the most during childhood through differents ways. From experiences and playing they can learn many basic motor and mental skills. Babies learn through all of their senses – touch, sight, hearing, taste and smell. They explore things and want to handle objects and put them in their mouths to learn about them. Babies are constantly taking in information when they are awake, which means that they are learning all the time. I learned from Alison Gopnik’s video that a baby’s brain is twice as active as an adult’s brain. The first three years are of special importance. At this time the brain has the greatest potential for learning. An infant’s brain is like a sponge soaking up everything around them.  

Shane Koyczan: To this day - Brittnee
The video that I chose was To this day by Shane Koyczan. Wow! This is really an amazing video to watch. Shane Koyczan really had a hard childhood all the way until his late teenage years. It’s never nice to pick on people, even though it gets done on a regular basis to people around the world. He was left by his parents at a young age because he was told that he was not wanted. He was raised by his grandma and still picked on in his late teenage years for being overweight. He had to basically bribe people with his knowledge to have friends. Then one day he came to the realization the he didn’t need to give people the answers on homework. He gave one boy that called him names a paper that had all the wrong answers and he was happy to outsmart the boy. What can we learn from this video? We can learn that just because you are bullied or you yourself is the bully doesn’t mean that you are not worth anything. Ever hear of the saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me”? This statement is NOT true, words do hurt people and especially children. I work with small kids and no matter what another child has said to them they run and tell on them. Even at a small age kids know when other kids are being mean. This is something I really want to watch for in my future class. I want to be the kind of teacher that the students can trust and wouldn’t mind telling me that another child is bullying them. Kids never forget just like Shane has not forgotten to this day.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Blog Post #12

How to Escape Education’s Death Valley- Hannah

I was really excited to watch this video because my friend had told me about Ted Talks just two weeks ago. She kept raving about the videos and told me that I have to get on and watch some of them. Well she was right! I have loved most of the videos we have watched in EDM 310 but this one is by far my favorite. Sir Ken Robinson is an educational genius and a brilliant speaker. Robinson said that “children prosper best with a broad curriculum that celebrates their various talents, not just a small range of them.” This statement is huge! One of the reasons that our school systems are so unsuccessful is because we are limiting our curriculum. The school systems have based their curriculum on some cookie- cutter imaginary child and geared that curriculum towards every student. We are doing our students a huge injustice. I also really enjoyed Robinson’s views on standardized tests. He thinks that they have a time and a place, like in a doctors office. He said that when he goes the doctor he wants his results to be compared with with everyone elses but this is not always appropriate for a school setting. Robinson thinks that we have a lot to learn from other countries that actually have successful educational systems. Those schools focuses are individual teaching and learning, recognizing that it is the students who are learning, realizing that you can't improve education if you don’t get great people to teach, and delegating responsibility to a school level so that we can get the job done. Overall I thought this was an amazing video and I am excited to get more involved in Ted Talks and to see what else Sir Ken Robinson has to offer.

The Importance of Creativity- Brittnee

In the video The Importance of Creativity we listen to Ken Robinson speak about why he thinks that schools kill creativity. Sir Ken Robinson keeps the audience entertained by telling stories and saying quotes that he had heard or read on somebodies shirt. He tells us that “Education is meant to take you into a future that you can’t grasp.” I think that he is trying to say that no matter how much we learn we will never catch up to all the new advancements that are being made. He even points out that in the future jobs that would normally want a regular degree will start wanting a master degree and where jobs that want a master degree will start wanting something higher. I really like that he thinks that creativity is just as important as literacy and that we should treat them with the same status. The arts are at the bottom when it comes to school, of course the main subjects are at at the top but arts should not be thrown to the side. I enjoyed the part where he said that children that have ADHD could learn through others ways like Gillian Lynne did. When she was young she turned to dance to help her so her mom put her in dance classes after going to a doctor about why she was not doing her work and paying attention in class. In todays society kids would be diagnosed with ADHD and sent home with medicine and that would be it. I really enjoyed Ken Robinson’s video and learned that the arts are really important and shouldn’t be tossed aside like they do not matter because they really do.

Changing Education Paradigms- Amber

In the video Changing Education Paradigms Ken Robinson speaks about how he would change the current standing of education. He takes every aspect of education and criticizes it. But in a good way! I must say I totally agree with him. For example, he asked why do we still put children in grades according to their age? Who made up the standard that all children of the same age think the same way? I don't think they do. U think if we put children in grades according to their intellectual progress that there will be no more “failing”? (Such a harsh word.) He brought up the issue about ADHD. Who's to say these children are hyperactive and have a problem? I mean what is normal anyway? Ken says, that we should be waking these children up instead of putting their minds to sleep with all the medicine they have to take. We should be waking them up letting them use what's inside of them. I think it’s a ridiculous situation. To me, changing education paradigms could mean no more standardized tests. As our class motto says, “No more burp-back education.” Our current education standard was designed for its day and age. We are past that now! Most children don't even think the same way as children did 50 years ago. But yet education has not changed. Here is a short question and answer I took from Ken's blog: Why don't we get the best out of people? Sir Ken Robinson argues that, “It's because we've been educated to become good workers, rather than creative thinkers.” This is so true. We train ourselves and our children to be good workers and shun any creativity. Why? Because creative people aren't normal to us? "We are educating people out of their creativity." Ken Robinson.

How to Escape Education’s Death Valley- Hannah

I was really excited to watch this video because my friend had told me about Ted Talks just two weeks ago. She kept raving about the videos and told me that I have to get on and watch some of them. Well she was right! I have loved most of the videos we have watched in EDM 310 but this one is by far my favorite. Sir Ken Robinson is an educational genius and a brilliant speaker. Robinson said that “children prosper best with a broad curriculum that celebrates their various talents, not just a small range of them.” This statement is huge! One of the reasons that our school systems are so unsuccessful is because we are limiting our curriculum. The school systems have based their curriculum on some cookie- cutter imaginary child and geared that curriculum towards every student. We are doing our students a huge injustice. I also really enjoyed Robinson’s views on standardized tests. He thinks that they have a time and a place, like in a doctors office. He said that when he goes the doctor he wants his results to be compared with with everyone elses but this is not always appropriate for a school setting. Robinson thinks that we have a lot to learn from other countries that actually have successful educational systems. Those schools focuses are individual teaching and learning, recognizing that it is the students who are learning, realizing that you can't improve education if you don’t get great people to teach, and delegating responsibility to a school level so that we can get the job done. Overall I thought this was an amazing video and I am excited to get more involved in Ted Talks and to see what else Sir Ken Robinson has to offer.

Project #14

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Project #13

Blog Post #11

Ms. Cassidy is an amazing teacher who incorporates the use of technology in her classroom. I thought that Ms. Cassidy's classroom was brilliant! This would be a dream classroom for me. She incorporates tools that the students use at home into the classroom. Every student in there looked like they were having fun while learning.

Ms. Cassidy uses blogs, websites, wikis, and Skype to enhance her classroom. I would love to incorporate all of these into my classroom. The one that I would be most inclined to use would have to be Skype. Skype is an incredible tool because it can allow your students to talk to any students around the world. This is so important because it promotes cultural awareness and diversity. The only problem that I can think of with Skype are technical difficulties. It might just be the Skype on my computer, but I run into connection problems every now and then. A way to fix this is to test your connection or have technical support look into it.

There are so many benefits to Ms. Cassidy's approach to teaching. Like I said earlier it promotes learning while having fun. I think that is when students are really retaining what they are hearing. It is a great way to prevent "burp back education." Ms. Cassidy is also providing these children with skills that they can use for the rest of their lives. Like Ms. Cassidy said in her Skype interview "it's not going away it's here to stay." She is showing these children to embrace the amazing tools that they are given. I also checked out Ms. Cassidy's blog and it was great! There were so many tools that her students have used. I have learned so much from Ms. Cassidy.

C4T Assignment #3

For this C4T I was assigned William Chamberlain. His blog post was about his concern that he was becoming and digital luddite. I immediately had to look up the word luddite. What I found was that they are people who oppose technological change. This post really made me think. It even made me question myself. At one point, before this class, was I a digital luddite? I am not so sure about myself but looking through Mr. Chamberlain's  blog I knew that there was no way he could be a digital luddite. In my opinion he seemed to embrace technology. He also asked the question if teachers who are new to online tools have the advantage on not having to deal with online baggage? I don't think they are at an advantage. I think that teachers with more online tool experience have the upper hand. Overall I thought this was a great post and it got my brain working. My comment to William Chamberlain was...

Hi Mr. Chamberlain,
My name is Hannah Still and I am in Dr.Strange's EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama. I agree that it is hard to keep up with all of the new technology these days. Before EDM 310 I had no clue that there were so many different online tools used to enhance student learning. I know I have barely scratched the surface but I am excited to continue learning. As for you becoming a digital luddite, I don't think so. You have your own blog! I think thats worth some points. Thanks for the post and I can't wait to read more!

The next post for Mr. Chamberlian was equally as interesting. In this post he talked about a site called Whispersync for Voice. Whispersync for Voice allows you to sync your audio books with your ebooks. This means that if you are reading your ebook inside and then hop into your car, you don't have to look for where your stopping point was in your ebook on your audio book. The two books will automatically sync together. I thought that this was really neat! I listen to audio books a lot so this is a tool that I think will be very useful to me. The only thing that I need to do now is get a tablet so I can read ebooks which will hopefully be happening in the near future. My comment to Mr. Chamberlain was...

Hello again,
Whispersync for Voice sounds great! I like to read but I love to listen to audio books. I travel quite a bit so they really come in handy. I have yet to purchase any ebooks but I have been wanting to get a tablet for a while now. When I get one I am definitely going to use Whispersync for Voice. I hate having to get into my car and search for my place on the audio book. I am so happy you posted this!  Thank you and I can't wait to read your next post.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Blog Post #10

Randy Pausch's "Last Lecture" was very inspiring. His lecture was titled "Really Achieving your Childhood Dreams." He talked about many things that kept my interest. One thing that he spoke of was taking the time to dream. If we cannot take the time to dream, then how can any of our dreams come true? One must first have a dream to fulfill it.

One of the other topics that he discussed was the importance of good parenting in a child's life. I owe so much to my own parents. They always taught me to follow my dreams. I think that this is what Randy Pausch was talking about. There needs to be more parents out there that encourage their children to follow their dreams.

He also spoke about how it is more important to put people before materials. This is really hard for some people. There are so many distractions in today's time. This has even been a problem for myself a few times. Materials come and go, but some friends are with you forever.

Randy Pausch's teaching methods are all circled around having fun. It is hard to truly grasp a concept if you are not having fun while learning it. It is also important to have fun while you are teaching it. I would have to say that I would have learned so much more in school if I would have been having fun while I was learning. Incorporating fun into leaning can also help the students to retain the information much better.

Project #12 Smartboard

Part A


Podcast Project #9

Sunday, June 23, 2013

C4T Assignment #2

For my C4T #2 assignment I was assigned a blog by Lisa Thumann. Her post was called Untapped Apps on Google Drive. I found her post to be very helpful and informative. She wrote about apps that might be helpful while using google drive. My favorite app was called Twisted Wave. Twisted Wave is an app that allows you to edit audio files in your drive. I did some research on Twisted Wave on my own and I found out that not only can you edit audio using this app, you can also record audio! This is awesome! I really think that this app could come in handy in the classroom when the children want to record and share audio with their classmates or anyone for that matter. I can't wait to use this app in my classroom. I wrote to Lisa...

Dear Lisa,
My name is Hannah and I am a student at the University of South Alabama. I really enjoyed your post. It was so informative and brought many new google drive apps to my attention. I had never even heard of most of these. I am going into elementary education and I am excited to use several of these in my classroom. I think that Twisted Wave would really come in handy. This would be a fun app for me to use as well as the students. Thank you for your post and I can't wait to use some of these apps in the classroom. 

My next Post for Lisa was on her blog post 20 percent time.This was a post about the 20 percent time rule implemented by google. This allows students to take time out of the week to research or fix anything that they want to. I think this a great way to keep your students involved in things that actually interest them. She also put some links in her post that I found interesting. They were full of ideas and possible activities for the classroom. I really enjoy following Lisa Thumann and I cannot wait to see what else she has to offer. I wrote to Lisa...

Dear Lisa,
I am excited to implement the 20 percent time project into my future classroom. I think that it is a great idea that could be implemented in any classroom. All students should have time to work on or fix something that interests them on the web. This is a great way to get students involved in the things that like. I also loved that you included so many links into your post. I found out some interesting things in them that gave me examples of fun in classroom activities. Thank you for your post and I can't wait to see what's next.

Blog Post # 8

Mr. Paul Anderson is a science teacher in Bozeman, MT.  He has created hundreds of science videos that have been viewed millions of times by students and teachers around the world. His blog is titled “Bozemanscience.” Coincidently, I subscribed to his YouTube channel a while back before even knowing he would be apart of my next blog post! Mr. Anderson is a teacher that I admire. He is always teaching and learning new things. What can I learn about teaching and learning from him? First of all, I can learn that teaching can be fun and there is nothing wrong with learning with your students. This video, "Blended learning cycle," describes that in every way. Blended learning cycle is taking mobile, online, and the classroom and blending them together. Using them all as ways to have a more productive experience. In the learning cycle students are able to explore, explain, engage, expand and evaluate all within the classroom. Paul Anderson explains the importance of questions. He says that questions are something like the hook in learning. This means to ask questions that grab the students attention. Something that stimulates them to think deeper. He uses different types of technology to engage in the blended learning cycle. I learned from Paul Anderson an amazing skill to use in my future classroom. That is, how to use the blended learning cycle.

    “Back to the Future”- Brittnee

Mr. Brian Crosby an Elementary teacher at Agnes Risley Elementary School in Sparks Nevada, has came up with some great ways enhance his classroom. Every student in his classroom has access to a computer at their desk. He has each student create a blog, thus making them think “outside the box”. He give a lesson and either makes them take pictures or video of what they learned and then embed it in their blog. Crosby teaches them active learning and in the video Back to the Future he shows us that learning doesn’t have to be boring. We can learn from him that keeping a blog and sharing it to teachers and students around the world can help engage students and keep them wanting to learn. This video has taught me that even though it is just an elementary class doesn’t make them any less important to the way we are teaching and learning. All these projects that he does in his classroom helps to empower, connect, collaborate, motivate, and include children. Something else in his video that I can learn from is when he talked about the student with Leukemia and how he connects with her every morning  by using skype to let her be a part of the class. It has never crossed my mind of what I should do if I were in that position. He mentioned two different sites that can help him one site is and the other is I have learned some very valuable things from Mr. Crosby and I would use his example in my future classroom.

  “Making Thinking Visible”- Hannah

Mr. Mark Church is a teacher that promotes visible thinking. Visible thinking is a research- based approach to learning and something that we as future teachers should know about. One of its main goals is to deepen content learning. Getting children to think out loud and in a group is one of the ways that Mark Church shows visible thinking in this video. He wants to get children involved in the subject matter and wants them to care about what they are learning. Visible thinking is about creativity and the strive for knowledge. This is a way to encourage your students to be the best learners that they can be. Visible thinking is something that I had honestly never heard of. I think that Mark Church's book, Making Thinking Visible: How to Promote Engagement, Understanding, and Independence for All Learners, would be a very good purchase for those trying to better the overall learning and thinking atmosphere in their classroom. I cannot wait to learn more about it.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

PLN Project #9

I used Symbaloo for my PLN and it is really coming along. I love how I can keep adding stuff to it as I am introduced to new teaching resources and valuable people. I added a few social media sites like Instagram and Skype. I was also able to create my own tabs by adding in any website I wanted to. I created a tab for one of my favorite teacher's blogs. I also put in some great resources like Discovery Teachers and The Teaching Channel. I can see this being very useful in the future.

Blog Post #7

What assistive technologies are available to you as a teacher? Select a few and discuss how they may be useful to you.

Nova Chat- Hannah

Many children in the United States suffer from some form of communication impairment. It is my job, as a teacher, to provide them with some sort of way to better communicate. I have done the research and there are many devices that would aid in the this. My favorite one that I came across was the Nova Chat. The Nova Chat is used by people who have ALS, Autism, Down-Syndrome, and Parkinson's disease. From the outside it looks somewhat like a heavy- duty ipad. It is actually a device made specifically for children and adults with hearing or communication impairments. All you have to do is find the button that best represents what you are trying to say and push it. Nova Chat gives you the option to communicate using simple words, phrases, or even pictures. One thing that I thought was really neat is that on the Nova Chat you can use different voices to communicate. A few of the options would be a child's voice or even a British voice. The Nova Chat is also now available to communicate in Spanish. I was not completely sold on this device until I saw the video Julia Using Her ALT- Chat device. Nova Chat is a device that I would definitely want to use in my classroom.

BAT Keyboard by Infogrip-Amber

Infogrip's BAT Keyboard is a one-handed, compact input device that replicates all the functions of a full-size keyboard, but with greater efficiency and convenience. The BAT is easy to learn and use. Letters, numbers, commands and macros are simple key combinations, "chords," that you can master in no time. Best of all the BAT's unique ergonomic design reduces hand strain and fatigue for greater comfort and productivity. The BAT is the ultimate typing solution for persons with physical or visual impairments and is proven to increase productivity when used with graphic or desktop publishing software.

FM Systems- Brittnee

Students with hearing problems in a quiet environment can hear really well, but putting them in an environment that is really loud changes everything. Students that are hard of hearing use many different devices, but the one that I found that could help students would be the FM System . Kids of all ages can use these devices, because when they enter a classroom with all sorts of different noises their hearing becomes muffled and they have a hard time making out what is being said by the teacher. FM Systems are devices that uses  radio transmission to send auditory signals. This device is wireless, portable and battery operated. While the teacher is giving a lesson or talking they will have a microphone attached to a transmitter that is hooked to their body and as they talk the student will have a receiver connected to their clothing or an input cable or by connecting it to the actual hearing aid itself. I found that students will be able to hear a speaker from either 30 ft- 200 ft depending on the power of the antenna. According to the  American Speech- Language hearing association they describe the FM Systems as being like miniature radio stations operating on special frequencies. These devices can be used anywhere that has too many loud noises. Ex. movie theatre, restaurants, or even in church.   

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Blog Post #6

Asking Questions: What questions do we ask? How do we ask?

Being able to ask questions is very important. It is not only the ability to ask questions but it is also the ability to know how to properly ask questions. In the video Asking Better Questions in the Classroom, Joanne Chelsey talks about the importance of asking questions that are open-ended as opposed to close- ended.  She said to try not to ask children questions that they could answer with a simple yes or no. The teacher needs to ask them questions that they can discuss. Each question should be an invitation into a discussion. As teachers, we need to encourage our students to think and debate.

There were some very good tips in Asking Questions to Improve Learning.  This site showed simple strategies for asking questions. One tip was to avoid asking leading questions. This means to not ask questions where the answer is being hinted in the question. This does not allow for the student to come up with an answer on their own. Another tip was to make your questions specific. Vague questions tend to be confusing and misleading. If the question is specific the student can better understand the topic, therefor deliver a more thoughtful answer. As teachers we need to realize that  with better questions come better answers.

Project #8

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Blog Post #5

Langwitches Flat Stanley Podcast
This is was a fun page to read and an awesome podcast to listen to. It is about a 1st grade class that makes their own podcast about Flat Stanley. Flat Stanley is the main character in a book called Flat Stanley. He is a child who gets flattened by a bulletin board and goes on many adventures. The children got to make a podcast about their own Flat Stanley and all of the adventures that they sent him on. This podcast was very inspiring and I would love to try this with a class of my own one day.

Langwithces Listening-Comprehension-Podcasting
This was a very informative page about the importance of listening and speaking skills. The children in a 1st grade class incorporated these skills is the development of a podcast. I loved how the importance of listening and the repetiion of words for language-learners was highlighted. The children recorded a story that they had been learning as a podcast. They even recorded certain parts in Hebrew! This was an amazing project!

Langwitches Podcasting With the First Grade
This was an awesome page about the same 1st grade class doing a podcast on the book Vacation Under the Volcano. The two main characters in the book were children named Jack and Annie. The children recorded a podcast about them interviewing the main characters. This is a great way for the children to get involved in the books that they are reading in class. This was a major success and I cannot wait to try it with my class one day.

Project #7

My Sentence Is

My Passion Is

Sunday, June 9, 2013

C4t #1

The teacher that was assigned to me was Lisa Thumann. I really enjoyed her post. She talked about how she is going to be addressing the Common Core differently. Her team has decided to form the Common Core Communities of Practice.  They are going to focus on creating a collaborative, creative workplace for teachers to connect. I really liked how she discussed the Common Core because we just had an assignment about it this week.

Blog Post #4

21st Century Tools

Promethean is a company that is designed to make many different tools to help students learn. They want to take learning to the next level in the 21st Century.Their goal is to bring together data, resources, tools and expertise. I chose this program, because of the major differences they have made in bringing children together to work in groups and learn at their own pace. The more the children are engaged the better they learn. Promethean uses tools like, ActivTablet which is the same thing as an iPad and they also have an ActivBoard, this is similar to a SmartBoard. On the site you can watch videos of children learning with these tools and see that they are really understanding what the teacher is talking about. These children want to be called on to go to the board, because they want to draw or play the games that can be loaded. The tool that is most fascinating and the one that I would want to use is the ActivTable, this table is a multi-user interactive table designed to promote student collaboration, engagement and student-led learning.I chose this tool, because children use this table to help each other learn and it is a great tool to use for students to become more interactive with students. If a child does not understand something while is it being taught, they can go to the ActivTable and get help from other students.

Flipping the classroom is an amazing 21st century tool. The whole purpose of it is to make sure the teacher addresses each child's academic need. I believe that this tool really helps students learn and grasp the subject before it is taught. The object is to have each student watch a video of their own teacher explaining the lesson for the next day. Many 21st century teachers choose to flip their classroom because only 10% is application and the other 90% is teaching or concept. To me that is entirely ridiculous. That is another great example of burp back education. Also, there is not enough time for differentiation in the classroom today. This great tool allows students to watch, rewind, pause and post questions about the topic at hand if they are confused. Students who have mastered the subject may also work ahead. They are able to watch the video as many times as they want.  Many teachers find that after they have flipped their classroom all students become engaged and challenged. This makes for an effective differentiation. Now instead of teaching 90% of the time, teachers realized they have more time to help children apply the skills they have learned. They also have more time to cater to every child's needs. I believe that “Flipping the classroom” is a very effective tool and I hope to use it.

Prezi is a presentation and software tool. It allows you to turn boring slideshows into something more captivating for your audience. Many people use Powerpoint to express their ideas through presentation. Prezi is so much more than that. Prezi not only allows you to express your ideas but, but it also lets you share them on the cloud. One of my favorite parts about Prezi is all of the animation and decorative options that it gives you. The templates are really fun and interactive! I would use Prezi to present textbook information to the class.  Textbooks can be so boring. This will definitely spice it up! I am also going to make it an option for my students to use Prezi to present information that we are learning in class. I chose this tool because it is great for capturing the student’s attention. I think that the students will enjoy Prezi and actually be excited to make a presentation using it. I found the tutorial on the Prezi website to be very helpful.This is a great tool and I think that every teacher should incorporate it in some way in their classroom.