Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Farewell Post

This is my farewell post to the EDM class. Thanks to Dr. Strange for helping us with technology and teaching us new things everyday. Goodbye to my Class B, we had a fun class and I am very excited to start our alumni blog together!


In this post we are to cover 9 items, here we go!

1. I have learned everything mentioned in that question. Blogs, picassa, twitter, PLNs, how to make a video, ALEX, ACCESS, everything with Google and Google Docs, podcasts, etc. The blogs and Google Docs will be useful to me as a teacher. Google is a great tool to keep me organized and everything is in one place. I am excited about blogging and participating in our alumni blog!

2. I honestly think we covered more than I ever thought. I was really nervous about this class, but it really is not hard, unless you just do not do the work. I have no complaints, and there is not anything that we did not cover that I think we should have.

3. There is nothing that I am going to “try to forget”. There are some items that I was not a fan of, but it was still very useful to learn. For example, me personally, I will not be making podcasts for my class. However, it was useful for me to learn how and try it once to get experience. All the things we did was to get us using different ways to communicate and experience technology.

4. I don’t think anything “excited” me to the point where I was estatic. I did enjoy using wordle and random little gadgets like that. Nothing made me mad though ☺. I liked blogging a lot, and being able to express my feelings.

5. The only thing that was intellectually challenging for me was having to make a movie and interview. Thankfully, I had a friend who was a classmate to interview, but I was nervous and embarrassed if I had to interview someone I did not know. Nothing though was too hard for me, I think it is only hard when you don’t try to do the work at all.

6. I was never bored. With this class you cannot get bored, because you always have something to do whether it is commenting, blogging, or projects.

7. I think the only thing I would change, is updating the syllabus. Having the instructional videos were very helpful, but I was always confused about what days we did not have class and what dates went where. The workload is fine, I usually got done with everything early!

8. I think that I am at the “Good” level of being technologically literate. I am not “Great” because there are always things to learn about. But I think that I am pretty good.

9. Maintaining my technological literacy will be done through the use of our alumni blog, and my PLN. I also usually keep up with the latest “gadgets”, such as Apple products, etc.


Thursday, April 22, 2010

Blog Assignment for April 25, 2010

This 7th grader’s PLN is very good, I am amazed that she uses all of that and is good at it! I am in college and just now have heard of a PLN. But this girl is really impressive and everyone should go take a look.

Two questions:
1) What's your sentence?
2) Was I better today than yesterday?

These questions are hard to answer. Let me start with the second question. There are always times when I look back on my day and think that I should have done something or said something different. Sometimes I should handle a situation differently. But the past is the past and all we can do is move on to the next day. I personally believe that everything happens for a reason. We have to move on, and I am the worst at that. I worry all the time, but that does nothing for me. Was I better today than yesterday, sometimes yes and sometimes no? I always look back on my day, and I want to say that “Wow, everything went smoothly and there are no worries.”

To answer the first question, well I may not be able to do that. Everyone has a sentence; they may not now, they may need to find it in their own time. I honestly do not know one particular sentence right now for me. Everyday has the potential to be better than yesterday. Everyday we have time to think about situations and how to handle situations and resolve conflicts. Everyday is a new day, and it is up to you how you handle it!

Here is the link!

My final PLN post

Earlier this semester, I listed everyone I follow on Twitter. I still use that tool and I still follow those people. Now I have added an addition...Professional Blog! I am a part of a group professional blog, which will hopefully be like At the Teacher's Desk. It will be a place where I have a support group on my good and bad days throughout my teaching career. It will hopefully be a place where I can contrast and compare, and gets good tips.

My Group Professional Blog is the EDM310 Alumni Page

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Comments 4 Teachers! Week 13 and 14

My website was At the Teachers Desk .
"March 30 post- Are We Really Sure That Our Successful Students Are Really Successful?"
This blog was short and sweet but very interesting. Wm Chamberlain posted a quote by someone. “I've been in college for about 3 years now and it amazes me how i can pass classes without ever having to buy the books for them. I can just google any information i need and the informations is just as accurate.”
On April 8, I responded with this. “Hi! I am from EDM 310! I have even had classes like that, where I just have to study the night before and never buy books. Some of those classes I do remember things, but some I don't. In my classroom management class, we were talking about how we need to be teachers who don't just teach but we need to teach to learn. Our students should memorize items, but not just to write on a test and then forget. Our students should take what we have taught them and go with it.”

"April 13 post- Artcyclopedia: The Art Teacher's Best Friend"
There is a website “Artcyclopedia”, and if you love art or artists or museums, then this website is great! “It is a fine art search engine that allows you to search by the name of the artist, name of the art work, or even the name of a museum. It also has a list of clickable art movements that you can look at and get a quick overview.”
On April 14, I responded with this. “Hello, I am in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. I love this website now, I am a huge fan of art and this will allow be to get much of what I am looking for! I love to paint in my free time and I have been looking for new tools and sites.”

Comments 4 Kids Week 14

Click HERE for my Comments4Kids website .
I was assigned a child named Tauwhare in Room 15 at Pt England. The blog I left a comment on was of a history presentation. It was a video while speaking in front of a camera, the video was an animated drawing. It was really good!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Project 14- Substantive Presentation

This is my Substantive Presentation, Project 14. It is part of my Project 8.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Project 8- Teaching Something

This is Project 8. We were to use any tool to teach something. I chose to use Google Presentations on how to keep art in school and why it is important. Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

April 18, 2010- Blog Assignment

This assignment was to post a blog on anything dealing with EDM 310. I chose to express my feelings about blogging. The way I am responding is, obviously through text, but also in a Wordle! In this wordle, I listed countries of the kids I have commented on and I have used adjectives to show what I think of blogging. Enjoy!

A Wordle Image on Bloggin

Week 13- Comments 4 Kids

My website this week is of Room 10 (3rd grade), the link to the blog is HERE . My post was on Calvin's video of him making butter and how to do that. He did a great job and referred to butter as looking like scrambled eggs. He did a wonderful job!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

April 11, 2010- Blog Assignment

Dr. Seuss
In Dr. Seuss, the Zax, it was about two stubborn individuals who do not want to change. As the world changes around them, they remain in their spots unmoved. Sometimes not changing is okay, other times you just have to roll with the punches. I don’t want to be a Zax, but sometimes it is okay. It just depends what you are being stubborn about. The link for the video is HERE.

PS 22
In the PS 22 video, I cried! Please go watch it HERE!!! It was so amazing to hear those kids sing. I even watched six of their other videos like “Run this Town”, “Don’t Stop Believing”, “Viva la Vida”, and “Halo”. They are so good. But here is my answer to the question of why it is good to post work online…it is good because for one it saves paper, and it is just so much easier. Rather than handing in a bunch of CDs or jump drive, we can just email or post to the blog. I have posted a Wordle to my blog, my Google Presentation, my Timeline, everything for this class! They all can be found on this very blog of mine.


A Wordle Image of My Blog