Sunday, May 5, 2013

Project #13

Through EDM 310, I have learned how to collaborate many forms of technology. Some of these forms of technology include Skype, Google Drive, Google +, Google hangout, and Facetime. I was aware of Skype, Facetime, and Google hangout prior to taking this class. Google Drive became a highly convenient means to communicate and share information. My group used Google Drive to share and edit documents which we used to create our iBook. I plan to continue using Google Drive in the future. I believe I can find many ways to incorporate it into my career as an educator. All of these tools can be very useful for people with busy schedules or those who are working together over a distance. With these tools we were able to piece together our projects and decide when to meet to record them.

Blog Post # 15

Final Reflection/exam

Part 1

As a future educator, I imagine my classroom as being a fruitful environment for students to learn. I will strive to be an educator who is fully dedicated to their students. I want my students to be independent learners and for them to possess the desire to always want to know more. I plan to incorporate the use of technology in my future classroom. I imagine my students using computers or even their own iPads to blog about what they have learned and what they have gained from the experience. I will be teaching on the elementary level, but I believe my students will be able to successfully learn from the use of technology as well as a student on the high school level. Mrs. Cassidy's first graders, whom we did a blog post about, are a perfect example of that idea. I'm not completely sure exactly what grade I will be teaching, but I am thinking along the lines of 3rd or 4th grade. Since I am minoring in English, I will likely plan special activities when teaching this subject since it is my strong point. I may also continue my education in the future and teach English on the college level later on. I see my students striving to be the best they can be in all that they do.

I could see Skype being used in my future classroom to gain insight from other educators or even special people the students could learn about. One example of a special person might be an author of a particular book we read in class that the students liked. I'd like my students to be hands-on learners because I believe this is the best way to learn. You learn from the experience itself rather than just simply reading about it in a textbook. Hands-on learning also incorporates an aspect of fun into learning.

I plan to make use of the SmartBoard in my future classroom. I knew a few things about using a SmartBoard through my experience with using them in high school, but in this class and a few other education classes I have learned many new tricks and tools which can be used on a SmartBoard. I also plan to use blogging not only for myself to record a reflection of the school year, but also for my students to record what they have learned. I will most likely wait a few years before beginning to blog about the school year. I will do this so that I can look back on my journey and where I've been as I continue to move forward.

I will try out using Google Drive to collaborate with other educators on lesson plan ideas. As I have learned in this class, there are so many people out there with their own unique opinion from which we can learn. Google Drive could be a way to learn from other educators because even after you have your own classroom there is still always room for improvement.

As I look back on what I wrote at the start of the semester, I see I had a plan for how I see my future classroom. I would not want my classroom to be about "burp-back" education. I knew I wanted my students to have fun learning. I would make a change to add more technology into my teaching. At the start of the semester I was not sure about how I felt about the use of technology. I see how much I have learned from the use of technology and I know my future students will learn just as much if not more from the use of technology in the classroom. I still plan to keep some aspect of lecture in the classroom considering I will be teaching elementary students, but I plan to find a different way to test the students. One way I could evaluate the students on what they have learned is by assigning a project based on the material they are studying.

I never knew by the end of the semester I would be thinking about making my future classroom centered around technology, but I feel I have been warmed up to the idea. I like the idea of technology in the classroom. One reason I would make this change is because we are such a technology based society. Technology and the use of the latest gadgets is what the students know best. This will encourage and help them to learn.

Part 2

Thursday, May 2, 2013

C4k Summary April

C4K #8
On Tuesday, April 2nd we went and saw a man named Philip Gans. Philip survived the Holocaust and he was in Auschwitz 3.
The Holocaust was so terrible about 11,000,000 people total died. Philip was 15 years old when the Holocaust started and he is now 85 years old.
You will probably never see a Holocaust survivor in your life, but if you have, please share their name with me.
My comment:
 I enjoyed reading about your experience when you went to see Philip. It is unique to meet someone who was there during particular moments in history, especially the Holocaust. I can’t say that I have ever seen a Holocaust survivor in person, but I remember watching videos of accounts from Holocaust survivors in school. What did Philip share with you? Were you surprised?

Dazmy C. April 14, 2013 Mrs. Geldes 4th grade class in Nebraska C4K #9
Nebraska is a beautiful landscape filled with amazing creatures and life. For example there are deer,badgers,coyotes,bobcats,prairie dogs,otters,beavers,rabbits,skunks,and squirrels all live hear in the woods,water and open land. My favorites are the bobcats & rabbits what’s some of your favorites.
Nebraskan team is the huskers. One of my favorite things in Nebraska is there zoo the Henry Doorly zoo it has lots of animals and the have peacocks running lose. And there dome thats like a desert.
Our motto is “Equality before the law”. Our state tree is the cottonwood wich in the summer it blooms cotton but not the kind that we use for clothing,the state bird is the western meadowlark its a bright yellow songbird with a black v on its chest 5 other states have this bird as there state bird can you gease what they are is it your state bird? The state flower s the goldenrod it con be found near the roads,the state beverage is milk and our state soft drink is kool-aid and what’s cool about it is that not to many states have a soft drink. We don’t grow to many things but what we do grow boy do we grow a lot of it. We are the leading makers or corn. We also grow lots of soybeans ans wheat and in the the summer it smells because the cows stink a lot.
So where ever you live in the world I’m shere it’s really pretty so tell me about your state.
My comment:
 I really enjoyed reading about Nebraska. I’ve always wanted to travel out West. It’s interesting how the state beverage is milk and the state soft-drink is kool-aid. I never knew there was more to states other than the state bird and state flower. Great post!

19 April 2013 Jayden in 4th grade at Leopard Primary School in Victoria, Austrailia in Mrs. Kathleen Morris and Miss Kelly Jordan's class
Easter Holiday
Today I am going to share some work with  you that I did in class.The work that I am going to share with you is a recount about my Easter holiday.I hope you like it.
 At the moment my focus is to get better at doing paragraphs

My Holiday

On Good Friday I had to go to the Leopold Easter egg hunt. Because my mum had to help out  there. I got half a bag of Easter eggs from the Easter eggs in the hay. I saw Luke there .I did a lot of thing with him. It was so fun.
The day after Good Friday we went camping at the back of Stieglitz’s . I had my own tent so did my brother, my mum had a three room tent . My brother had to sleep in there for a night because his tent had a leak. There was creek behind us when I went to bed all I could hear was water from the creek . There was a camp fire already set up there and a shelter set up it was a lot of fun.

My comment:

I enjoyed reading about your eventful Easter holiday. Easter is one of my favorite holidays. I can’t say I’ve ever been camping, but your post makes it sound like a fun activity.