Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Post 11 week 12

Kaia's photo essay

I absolutely loved watching Kaia'a photo essay. She is understanding that one should appreciate things even if they are not what society deems as beautiful. I think it is a great thing that her father is teaching her how to use technology at such a young age, and trusting that it is for the best rather than to harm her. I also loved what Mr. C's class did for Kaia. It was very thoughtful of them, and I hope that it encourages her to continue with her technological journeys! I think that her dad rocks, and is a good father. I am now following them on twitter!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Blog 10

An Open Letter To Educators

I liked this video a lot. I liked how he made the difference between school and education known. It is true that almost everything is available with internet, and a computer. School systems need to get with the program. That is one of the reason I want to become a teacher, to revolutionize the school system. However, I cannot do this alone, you guys in?

Comments for teachers Part 2

I was assigned to follow Larry Ferlazzo's blog!

My first comment:
Hello Mr. Ferlazzo. I am a student at the University of South Alabama, and have been assigned to follow your blog for the next few weeks. I have enjoyed hearing your ideas on how to have a good day at school. I think it is very important to know how to keep the day running smoothly, and I am glad you shared this with the world!

This is my second comment:
I love this post. I share a lot of your same thoughts. We live in an age now where it is so easy to be self-thought through things like itunes u, and other college databases. So, it is the teacher’s job now to direct the student’s in the right direction. The education system is being revolutionized, and Indiana needs to get with the program.

This is my third comment:
Thank you for the information. Music makes everything better, especially free music.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Time Line Project 10

Time Toast Timeline- Click this link to view my time line!!

Google Forms

I did a survey on music. I sent it to everyone on the gmail master list. It consisted of five questions. Yay

Blog 9

Alex, or the Alabama Learning Exchange, is an extremely helpful site to teachers. Basically, the site is a place for teachers to share all the information they have found that is helpful to teachers. The teachers have their own personal workspace on the site where they can make lesson plans. The lesson plans can be viewed by other teachers at any time. The teacher can also upload links to websites in order to assist other teachers. There is also a spot for pod casts on the site. This website is very easy to navigate, and user friendly.

I think that this was an amazing idea, and is very beneficial to teachers, and administrators. Perhaps a teacher is stuck on how to teacher a certain thing. Instead of googling it and having to weed through all the bull that pops up, they can log on to this ligament site. It could also be good for administrators, because they can see what other schools in their state are doing. They can know what to expect, or get idea on how to improve the way things are being taught.

Access, connecting classrooms, educators, and students statewide, gives everyone involved and amazing opportunity. This is a very new idea to the education system. This is how it works. Students sign up for the class, and go to a classroom in their school just like always. The only difference is they have an e Teacher. Which is a teacher who would skype in or something like that. This program was set up to allow students to be able to take classes that may not be offered at the school. The school is supposed to provide computers, internet, and all the things involved with the class. This program is also a way for teachers to have a better job oportunity. Lets say a teacher lives in Mobile, but is qualitfied to teach a course that is only offered in schools in montgomery. Yay eteahcer! now the teacher does not have to move, just know how to work a computer.

I think this is a great way to give everyone a better chance in acheiving what they would like to do. We always here stories of what could have been if they only had the tools they needed. The innercity kid who could not get his life together because the school systems were not up to par. This is where programs like acces should focus on. Access gives those kids a chance, and teachers a chance to.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Post 8 :

Randy Pausch Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams

This guy is amazing. I have never heard of him before this assignment, but I am glad that I was told to watch this for out blogs. When I heard that it was over an hour long video, I will not lie, I loathed the idea. Now that I watched it, my mind has been changed. Not every day do you find a person so full of life as Randy Pausch. He is such an inspiration. I mean wow, how can someone who is about to lose their own life, be so helpful to make everyone else's life as amzing as possible. It makes you really do a little self reflecting, and make some changes in your life.

He first starts by explaining how he achieved his childhood dreams, which only takes up the first twenty minutes of the video. He talks about how he did each one. Randy did everything he could to do everything on his list. He found loop holes, and never took no for an answer in anything he did. Isn't that what everyone's goal is? To live like he has. To put everything you are into your life, and to never stop. To fill up your memories with smiles, and struggle followed by triumph.

The rest of his lecture is how he helped others achieve their childhood dreams. He dedicated the remainder of his life to helping his students be the best they could possibly be. This guy is so selfless its crazy. On top of that he is entertaining. I only wish he could have been my teacher. I love how he lets his students be so creative, and maybe that is because what he teaches allows creativity. I think that every subject should allow creativity, but that is another post isn't it?

"You obviously don't know where the bar should be, and your only going to do them a disservice by putting it anywhere." I just had to acknowledge this quote, I love it. Who is to tell people when they have reached their limit? Nobody that is who. You can be whatever you want to be! OH and I so want the giant green care bear, does anyone know where to get one. That is one of my childhood dreams, to own that bear, can you find the Randy Pausch in you and help me out?

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Personal Learning Network

PLN Update!

I began following Karl Fisch's Blogg as part of my assignment for comments for teachers. I found I actually like his ideas.

I am also following Karl Fisch, Dr. Strange, and Mr. Tashbin on Twitter.

I also looked up Michael Wesch. I am following a particular blog by him this is the link:http://mignet.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Week 7 blogs

This is How We Dream

I enjoyed Mr. Miller's view point on how to bring the humanities and science together. Many people argue that the humanities do not matter. They say that it is a lost art, and that it does not help the progress of the human race as does science. I like how he ties in the two together so that they both become important. If the lovers of art could find a way to use technology in their art, then it would be easy to convince others that are does matter. Then, it would be part of science. It is an amazing idea to bring the two studies together.

I am totally ready to this. Writing via multimedia gives the writer limitless possibilities. Not only can the author write, they can also add visuals to give the reader and inside view of the authors mind. Boy would that make deciphering poetry so much easier! I know I would love to speak with many of my favorite authors and know what they were thinking at the time.

I believe that my future students will probably be ready to write multimedia. I mean, they are using computers more now than ever in public schools. Almost everything is done electronically. My students will probably more ready than I will to make this change. I will more than likely learn a lot from them, and I am willing to do that.

The Networking Student

This video was very interesting. It shows how much students, or people in general for that matter, can do on their own. All they need is access to the Internet and a background in how to use it. They probably don't even need a background due to all the how-to videos and sites that are available. There is endless possibility to what a person can do, and become with the help of the Internet. We can communicate with people around the world, we can access lectures at colleges, we can buy things, we can pay bills.

A student can find almost any information about a subject, and teach his or herself in doing so. So the question is then asked, why do we even need teacher, and schools if the Internet is the universal teacher? The video said that the teacher can help you sort through all the loads of information on the Internet, and serve as a support system. Which are all true, but I think the answer goes even further than that.

Think about this. A doctor is consider higher ranking than a teacher, but without the teacher there would be no doctor. So, if there we no teachers, those educational videos would not be posted to the web. Without teachers, there would be no iTunes U. Without teachers there would be no students. Only people wandering around aimlessly trying to figure out what to do next.

Toward a new future of Whatever

I absolutely love this guy! He references Nirvana, how can you not love that. Yes I am bias toward Michael Wesch. He makes great points about people striving to be an individual. Everybody wants to be different. I always considered it a fad, kind of like the hippie phase, or the grunge phase, or the lace and big hair look like Madonna phase. Every generation has their own "thing", their own anthem, their own way of life. But technology is not just taking over this generation. It is taking over the world, and all generations. Wesch shows the 92 year old guy singing about youtube, my gran mother gets upset if I don't text her.

I also think that it has been the human race's long goal to understand the self, and all its variations. You see it in the Romantic poets, you see it in books across the years, you see it in movies, in music, and now we see it on youtube, and the Internet. This never ending struggle to understand the self. Now the Internet has opened up this way to be yourself completely and post it to the Internet. It is amazing! One step for man, One giant leap for mankind!! haha