Sunday, December 2, 2012

Project #15

Blog Post #13

Back To the Future 

In the video, Back to the Future by Brian Crosby, he shows how his classroom is set up. He talks about how his students roll over with him, so he is there teacher while they are in the 4th, 5th, and 6th grade. He talks about what kind of students he teaches and they are of poverty and 2nd language learners. He then talks about his method of teaching.

His students use technology while learning. Mr. Crosby provides every student with a laptop. They also have their own blogs. He has a fascinating way of teaching. He has his students do very hand on lessons. For example, he has his students demonstrate how a hot air balloon goes through different layers of the Earth’s atmosphere. The project is titled “High Hope.”

Photo of students demonstrating the High Hope Project
 Mr. Crosby had his students write a high hope about their school, community, and the world. They posted them online to their blogs. They started getting a lot of feedback to their blog posts. Then all of the students started commenting on other student’s blog posts. It was great to see how he got his students connected with students from all over the world.

 Mr. Crosby`s way of teaching is amazing. It is great to see how he gets his students involved. One part of the video that is fascinating is how Mr. Crosby incorporates a new student with leukemia who cannot come to class. He Skype’s with her like she is really in class. I know I learn more by being hands on. I think Mr. Crosby is a really good teacher. I also like how he moved on with his students from 4th through 6th grade. It is great to see more teachers using technology to get more students involved.

A Vision of Students Today

photo of the students holding up their signs
The video A Vision of Students Today is by Michael Wesch and a college class from Kansas State University in the spring of 2007. The video is from a college students perspective. The students talk about how they are on Facebook more than they are educational sites. They also talked about how only 18% of a student’s professors know his/her name.

As a student I understand how students can veer off during lesson and go on Facebook or Twitter. For this reason I do not take my laptop with me to class unless I absolutely need it. Educators need to incorporate more technology into the classroom so students do not have the chance to veer off. At the end of the video it show how boring a chalk board can be because you cannot show interesting=g videos relating to the lesson being taught, pictures, animations, or networks. The video is very fascinating, because all throughout the video you are reading the students thoughts on a sheet of paper on their laptop screen.

C4K`s For November

They Cage the Animals at Night

book cover of For C4K #8 I was assigned to John Paul who is in the 8th grade in Iowa. His blog post is titled " They cage the animals at night." In the post John Paul is summarizing the story. He says "This book is about an eight year old child. He has four brothers. Two of them are older one is young and the last on is about 11 years old. Their mother is sick so “Jennings” learns how to survive in foster homes and orphaniges. He gets beat, loses friends, and loses family."

My comment to John Paul`s post was " You did a great job describing the story you read. I want to read this book now. Good Job and keep up the good work!!"

Cyber Safety

For C4K #9 I was assigned to to Rachel who is making a blog for her history class. Her post was titled " Cyber Safety." In her post she talks about plagiarism, copyright, and the importance of not giving out all of your personal information online.  

Cyber Safety Sign
My comment to Rachel`s post was "I really enjoyed reading your post about Cyber Safety. I believe every student should know the definition of plagiarism. This is a very informative post.  I agree the Internet provides a lot of information for people worldwide. I know my teachers always told their students do not upload or post anything to the web if you do not want people to see it, because whatever you post will always be there for people to see. Great job and keep up the good work!"

Rosa Parks
Photo of Rosa Parks
For C4K #10 I was assigned to Daphne Elementary students who made a video about Rosa Parks. The video was about the students taking a field trip to Montgomery and visiting the capital building and seeing the history of Rosa Parks.

My comment to the students was "The video about Rosa Parks is amazing. I felt like I was on the tour with you guys. After watching the video it reminded me of when I was in the 4th grade and I went on a field trip to Montgomery and visited some of the same places. Great job!!"

Final Report on PLN

my personal symbaloo profile
I am so glad that EDM 310 introduced me to such a great program. Symbaloo is my home page. Every time I go online all I have to do is click on one of the icons I created. I love how you can personalize it to your settings and your most viewed sites. After this semester I will continue to use this helpful program. It makes things do much easier, because they are just a click away.