Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Project #14

For Project 14, my group decided to do a lesson plan for a high school special education class. Math is the subject that we chose. In the duration of a week the students will be able to count money and use it effectively in their everyday life. This is a math lesson, but we have also incorporated a life skill. The lesson starts off with an introduction to money and the different values. With the introduction, we added a fun youtube video on counting money. Money Song. On the second and third day of the lesson, we are going to give the students a worksheet as well as allowing them to play money counting games on their ipads. Online Games. Worksheets. On the fourth day, the students will play a grocery shopping game to apply the money counting to life events. We found this game online, it seems to be adaptable to different levels of hardness which is good for a special education classroom.Game. The class will end with a collaborative project. The students are going to be assigned to groups of four. They will have 20 dollars to spend ($5 each), they will work as a team to pick four items that they can buy for less than 20 dollars. We will have this formed online so the students can do this on the ipad. PBL. Throughout the week the students will receive fake money, according to their behavior, to spend at the end of the week in the treasure box. This is a great way to see what the children have learned from the lesson while being rewarded for good behavior. Depending on the level of classroom I get, I will have to make accommodations to this lesson. After starting this lesson plan, I found out how hard it was to form a special education lesson without a class. When forming the lesson I will have to consider the children in the classroom.

Project Design Overview

Counting Money

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Blog Post #11

What can you learn about teaching and learning from these teachers?

Back to the Future- Brian Crosby
Mr. Crosby suggests that his students have had a narrow curriculum when arriving to his class. Blogs and computer access are what he uses to help students think out of the box. His students, as well as many others we have seen thus far, have blogs. His students embed videos in their blog about things they do in class such as projects and activities. Students also put together their own Wiki pages. By doing these things, students can access the Internet to include many things in their project while they are learning. His students had to write from a balloons perspective in one of their blog posts. He explained that as the kids did this, they thought about things from a different point of view, which made them think outside of the box. As teachers before, he said that the kids love seeing people comment on their posts. This motivates the students to do their best work on their posts. One of the main things we can learn from Mr. Crosby is that projects help the kids learn more. Active learning lessons and practices, teach children how to learn. Kids learn to collaborate and yearn for learning more through technology. One of the other things that we can learn from Mr. Crosby is that technology is a life-changing tool to some students. Celeste is a little girl in his class that has leukemia. Celeste wasn’t able to come to class everyday because of her illness. The kids can include Celeste in class everyday by Skyping her on the computer. This way Celeste can communicate and learn just as the other children. Technology isn’t only changing the learning process, but it is also changing the children’s lives one by one.

Blended Learning-Paul Anderson
The picture Mr. Anderson opens with is a very interesting one. It shows what people predict classrooms will look like in the future. He explains the basics of blended learning. He says that basically, you take the major concepts of online, mobile, and classroom learning and merge them together with technology. He also explains the learning cycle. The student should first evaluate a question then engage, explore, explain, and expand for the answer and after the answer. With these two things you have blended learning. Mr. Anderson says that everything starts with a good question to trigger the child’s mind. Next you want to students to investigate the question and topic. The students need to experiment and have inquiry on the question. The teacher could then show a video. This frees the teacher up for questioning and gives the students time to watch the video independently when they get to it. The next step is elaboration. This is when the lesson gets into diagrams. The last step is the review portion. This is when the teacher should ask questions to assure the students understand the concept fully. The last thing the teacher does is give a summary quiz. This quiz determines if the children need to go back and review more. The unit ends with a paper pencil test. We can learn some basic steps from Mr. Anderson. These steps can help any teacher put together a blended learning lesson.

Building Comics- Sam Payne
Sam Payne is a fifth grade teacher. He teaches his students the importance of using the Internet safely. He introduces the students to the lesson by giving them a quote from Spiderman. This engages the students and grabs their attention. He teaches the students how to be a digital citizen. He asks the students what kind of power the Internet gives children. Acting respectful, safe, and responsible on the Internet is being a digital citizen. In class he gets the children to create their own digital superhero. This meets the standards he needs for this lesson, which is a concern. The students then put their superhero into a real life situation. The students do this by building comic books on their laptops. This helps with teaching dialogue. They can analyze tech structure in doing this as well. The students then peer review their classmate’s comics. While watching this source, I have learned that you can tie in many different lessons into one technical project. By having the kids peer review, they learn more than just what the teacher has said, they learn many ideas from each other. Great lesson!

Project Based Learning- Dean Shareski
Two teachers in Canada incorporated two subjects into one lesson plan. They used technology as a way to express the feedback of things they have learned from the English and History lesson. The teachers said the students learn more when incorporating more subjects into one with more time and technological use. They learn more than what is just in the lesson plan by expanding their thinking. This was a great source but it regurgitated all of the information that we learned in the previous videos.

Roosevelt's Elementary PBL Program
The video starts off with a definition of Project Based Learning. The main thing being said about project based learning is that children work in collaborative groups to solve real world problems using the state standards. Student’s work on these projects from beginning to end and students are encouraged to speak publically at an early age. This is a great tool for kids to learn at an early age so when they become a college or high school student they aren’t afraid to speak in front of people. PBL is also a self-motivation way for children to learn. The students strive to do their best. PBL uses 21st century skills such as presenting and public speaking. This makes the students proud to show what they have learned and put together. Students learn to solve problems, communicate, and work together as well as independently through PBL. PBL encourages community interaction. PBL incorporates different learning styles such as reading, writing, researching, math, and presenting. I have learned form this video that when a school and a community is on board anything is possible. PBL incorporates children gaining background knowledge to use later in life. PBL ignites the love to learn from students. Interactive projects are fun for students because they aren’t sitting in a chair all day listening to a teacher. Student reflection is a part of the PBL. Every child has a spark of curiosity to learn about the world around them and PBL strikes that spark.

Keep Calm

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Blog Post #10

First Graders in Mrs. Cassidy's Class
Video Summary: Kids like writing in books but more in blogs because people get to see what they right. Sometimes family members comment on the blogs, which the children like. They claim blogs as online portfolios of their work. They know that in a comment, you should say nice things. They have a webpage like our class blog. Wikis are cool things, they asked people about traditions and people wrote in them, and told them things that they didn’t know. The kids used Skype for talking to other people around the world.

Video 1, Video 2, &Video 3:
We can learn a lot from Mrs. Cassidy. I learned that with a good support system, reaching your goals are easy. Mrs. Cassidy has had blogs for 5 years now. She explains that the parents like seeing the blogs because they can see how the kids are progressing in the classroom. The kids really like the blogs because working with technology is more fun than pens and paper. An audience is one of the most important things kids need for a blog, she says. When children realize that people are looking at their work, they get excited and try to achieve at a higher rate. Mrs. Cassidy also has a cluster map for their blogs so that the children can see what parts of the world are viewing their blogs. I think that is really cool because you can see the different ways the world is connecting. In blog we have writing, video, and commenting all in one lesson. Mrs. Cassidy says that there are more tools online now than there were. The research possibilities are endless. Does Every Teacher Need To Be Technology Literate? She says: Yes, technology is here to stay. Technology today is bigger and better than in previous ways and we as teachers should take advantage of it. She says that we should create an online network as new teachers to explore new ideas. Twitter helps network online for learning and ideas. She says we should keep in touch with technology at all times. Where should we start? What you are interested in? Mrs. Cassidy says, Start where your interests are. This way you can comment and talk to different people or groups to start a network. Use Twitter for a personal learning network for finding new ideas and reaching out to teachers across the world. “Piggybacking” off what other people have done isn’t cheating. It’s working collaborative with technology. She explains she keeps the kids protected by teaching them not to use their last names, and not post any pictures of themselves on the Internet. The students also know which websites to click on during their computer time.

My Classroom:I think Mrs. Cassidy can offer a lot to future teachers. In my future classroom I am going to definitely use Skype. I think that students get excited to talk to different people from around the world. These teachers or professionals can offer guidance and insight for the students in my classrooms. My class can come up with key questions that tie to a lesson being taught in class at that time. Also, I would like to have a class blog. I think students can benefit from having blogs and reaching out to different people from around the world. I also believe that Wiki is a good approach to help students learn from others.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

C4K for October

Week 1 Gregory JHFI Class of 2015

Gregory's Blog

Gregory's post: I’m going to try to make a mark on the world by playing football. Everyone will know my name number 88. I will go to stores just to sign autographs for fans. I will encourage kids to play football. I will break records and I will be in the hall of fame. On Madden I will be playing Canton Greats.

My Response: Hey Gregory, my name is Alex and I am a student at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama. Playing football is such a great way to make your mark on the world. I really like football a lot. I have a friend, Jay Prosch, that plays for the Houston Texans. His number is 45. You can do anything you set your mind to. Keep up the good blog posts and good luck on football!

Week 2 Julia, 5th Grade, Illinois

Julia's Blog

Question: Should students lose recess for acting bad in class? Her Response: She says no that he or she should have to stay after school. They shouldn’t lose recess because that is when kids get all of their energy out.

My Response: Hey Julia! I am a student at the University of South Alabama. Ultimately I think students should lose their recess if they act up in class. If a student is threatened with losing recess and still acts bad in class, then he or she should have to stay for detention after school. Sometimes it is harder for the teacher to stay with the student after school, than sit him or her out for recess. Great post! keep up the good work!

Julia-Post 2

Julias second post was about her last year of elementary school and her getting ready to go to middle school. She talks about how she wants to be a role model for the kids younger than her.

My Response: Hey Julia! I am a senior in college at the University of South Alabama. 5th grade was one of my favorite years of school. Get ready for 6th grade because it contains a lot of work and activities. Before you know it, you'll be in college like me. Being a positive role model to younger students will help you succeed through your whole life. Good luck with this year and next!

Week 3 Tevita, New Zealand, Age 8, 5th/6th grade

TJ's Blog

Tevita, TJ as his friends like to call him, wrote a blog post about his trip with his family to One Tree Hill. He explained everything he did there and how much fun he and his family had.

My response was: Hey TJ! My name is Alex and I live in the USA. I go to school in Mobile, Al. This is a really great blog post. I have watched the TV show One Tree Hill. That must have been a fun trip to go on with your family. I love barbecue. That is one of my favorite foods. We eat barbecue a lot in Alabama. Hope you have a great school year!


Project #12 Part A

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Implications and Teaching Opportunities for Camera Use in Teaching and Learning

Teachers should allow students to use smart phones in the classroom.It is a tool that is in the palm of their hands at all times. It is the humans best friend, therefore they are very familiar with it. The students and teachers use smart phones more than their laptops because they are more compact and accessible. On my Iphone I can do almost everything I can on my laptop, if not more. Also, more people have cell phones than laptops.

Cameras are used more in phones than regular cameras in todays society. Cameras in phones are very useful because they are compact. Also, cameras in phones can provide the student and teachers with on site photos that they can enter on the web through the phones. These things being compact together on the phone are great for bringing pictures to the web with easy access. It's an all around tool for many things you need in school.

Thankfully, my groups video project was on technology in the classroom and my part talked about cell phones in the classroom.Students can use their phones during class for many things. They can use the phone for calculation in math class. They can convert measurements.The students can use their phones to look up research. The students can also use their phones for taking information to class from home. Cellphones can be used for many things. After reading the assigned material, I noticed that one classroom in Australia has open phone tests. The students are trusted to use their phones in the right ways. As long as students use and don't abuse the use of cell phones in the classrooms, they should be allowed and used to the students and teachers advantage.


Blog Post #9

What can teachers and students teach us about project based learning?

Seven Essentials For Project Based Learning, Gives the reader the two most important things that every project needs. The first being that teachers provide students with a meaningful task (One that drives the student to do his or her best) .The second is making sure that the task has an educational purpose. Then the site goes on to give the seven essential elements of PBL. 1. A Need To Know- This ultimately means that the teacher should activate the students minds into wanting to know more about the project. The teacher should initiate some questioning through a video, article, newsletter, or even a field trip. Any way that the teacher can grab the attention of the students, he or she should do for an introduction. 2. A Driving Question- After the introduction, the students should be left with an open-ended driving question for he or she to ponder over while doing the project. The source looks at the driving question as a thesis statement, which I like a lot. It gave me a better understanding of how important the driving question is. 3. Student Voice and Choice- This basically means that the students should have a certain free range of tools and sources to work with when doing their project. 4. 21st Century Skills- The skills here are reffering to collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and the use of technology. With these things, the students have endless opportunities of the way their projects can turn out. 5. Inquiry and Innovation- This means a great deal of steps and lessons are turned into one lesson. It is sort of a way for generating new questions for answering in the classroom through their projects. 6. Feedback and Revision- This could be done by using rubrics or criteria for peer review. This step is meaningful for the students to understand what is expected of them during the project. 7. A Publicly Presented Product- This step is meaningful because it drives the students to do their best. When the students present their final project to people other than their peers and teacher, they want it to look better and more creative. This source has helped me a lot in recognizing keep steps for PBL.

Project Based Learning For Teachers Says Common Core Standards are the WHAT to the projects. The HOW to the projects, are the projects ideas and understand. We can learn from this video that technology plays a big role in the classroom and in PBL. Technology can leave the students with many possibilities for the projects. Many different websites can contribute for communication in PBL. Also, the different websites shown can give the students access to create things with countless possibilities. Another key for PBL that this source shows is that we, as teachers, shouldn’t spoon-feed our students. We should give them the tools and guidance to learn and answer things for themselves. I like this approach a lot. If you have a question look for the answer as hard as you can before giving up. Every project should have a purpose, a rubric, groups, deadlines, a process, and a product.

Project Based Learning in PE I find this source very interesting. Usually in PE class students just do physical activity. Through this project the students actually learn important information about the body that could be useful to them as we all the other students. What a great idea! The lesson also meets the NASPE. This truly goes to show you that PBL can be done in any subject. The students question, analyze, and create in PE class. This is a very fun and interesting PBL activity. This meets all of the criteria from the first source. I really like this source and what it has to show students and teachers. It proves that PBL can be used for anything.

What motivates students today is a video that consists of many different videos from different kids. The students actually give their own word about what motivates them. All of the students say things along the lines of what they want to do when they grow up. The students also give the viewer of the rewards they get for doing well in school. This ranges from money to spend on stores or pizza at school. One student is rewarded by having extra time outside to themselves or candy. If students are rewarded for their good efforts in class they are more apt to do well on project and achieve their goals in class. I have seen this approach first hand and it works.

The Ketchup Bottle Case is a really interesting and cool story to read. These students came up with a problem or question that they wanted to solve. Through vigorous and hard work, they achieved their goals and are now two very well known students that invented something useful through PBL. The students have proved to teachers and students everywhere that PBL is very important and can take you in many directions.


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Blog Post #8

Randy Pausch's lecture The Last Lecture,is uplifting. He teaches people to reach for their dreams at any cost no matter what you go through or what you don't think you can do, you can do anything. The "head fake", he talks about is a really cool approach. The head fake is when students think they are learning one thing but they are really learning multiple things through the project and or lesson. He says that your critics are your motivators and when your critics stop trying to critique you, that means you're doing something wrong. He also talks about trials and struggles that he goes through in life. Through his struggles, he never gave up. He kept pushing for his dreams.The dream fulfillment factory is a really neat thing made by him and his team. The way that he put technology into learning and schooling made more opportunities for people. We can conclude that Randy is an advocate of Project Based Learning. He is truly and inspiration for teachers and learners all over the world.

Randy Pausch

C4T Summary #2

C4T #2 Vicki Davis
Mrs. Davis’s most recent blog post was a post about her switching from Blogger to Wordpress. I thought this was a really cool post because I got to read the pro’s and con’s of each blogging system. This was also appropriate for the class and myself because of the fact that our class is based on blogging and new technology.
This is my first response. Hey Ms. Davis, my name is Alexandria Grow and I am a student at the University of South Alabama in class EDM310. I really enjoyed reading your post. As a new blogger, I am just now beginning to get in the swing of using Blog Spot and I really enjoy it. We are required to use Blogger in class but I am interested in exploring Wordpress in the future. Great post and cute cat! 

You can check out my blog at Here as well as our class blog Here I would love to hear back from you. Thanks!
The second post I read was about, different tools that include technology that you can use in the classroom for research. It gives the students tools to learn with.
My response to this was, Hey Mrs. Davis! I am a student at the University of South Alabama in class EDM310. This is a great post. Going thorough my resent class, I am learning about technology and about all of the different ways I can use it in the classroom. The links at the end really enable the reader to visit the site. Thanks for posting!

Cool Cat

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Project #13

In our project, we decided to make a lesson plan in the Drama field for the 9th grade. The lesson is on Hamlet and Lion King. In this lesson the students, in groups, will conduct research to compare the two pieces of work and present what they have learned to the class. The students will start off with a pre-quiz to test their previous knowledge about the two. After, they will conduct research and compare Hamlet to Lion King. The students will then write a screenplay of a scene in each movie that the group thinks is like the other. They will create the plays in iMovie and then present the final product to the class. After the presentations are finished, the students will take a post-quiz to recognize what they have learned. I think this is a fun and interesting lesson for group work in the 9th grade.


Lion King

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Project #7 Part B (Post 1)

Blog Post #7

Strengths: Note Taking ,Directions ,Attentiveness

Weakness: Technology ,Busy Schedule ,Creativeness

What I need to do In order to give myself more time to learn I need to motivate myself to be the best I can be when learning to do something new. I also need to explore the web and become more technology savvy so that I am up to date on my learning.


How To Make A QR Code is a Youtube video that teaches you how to make a QR code on a computer like you would use in an MP3 player. This is very helpful when reading books in a classroom where a student needs the book read to him/her. The teacher can pre-record the reading of the book. Classroom Learning is a Youtube video that shows the students recording themselves read. The students record themselves reading books and then go back and watch themselves to see if he or she has made and mistakes. They are doing it on an ipad. This seems very useful in the classrooms for this purpose. Ipads could be used in every classroom for these kinds of activities. Alabama Virtual Library is about Alabama Virtual Library. The students have learned how to log in AVL on an ipad. They know how to use search engines. They chose topics to search and a bunch of things come up about the topic. Such as pictures, and introduction, and a video or audio recording. The students can listen or watch the clip and fill out a worksheet assigned for that activity. The students research, watch, and record everything by themselves from this center. Discovery Education is a video on Discovery Education in the classroom. The students log in using a password and their own information. They know how to create boards on this site. They are able to add images and videos. This video actually has a student in the video that teaches me how to use Discovery Education for making a board. After this activity the students wrote narratives. This wraps in a bunch of different activities for one lesson. I find this very useful for a classroom. The student is being a teacher in the video and I am the learner. Board Builder is about two students that used Board Builder. This video shows me that students are using more technology in classrooms than we are in college. The students have used great images and did well on research. What a fun project! Gulf Shores Board Builder Project is also about students using Board Builder. This is by far my favorite source used in the whole semester. The students use many great resources and images. I think the students passion for helping the community is amazing. I am very impressed by the girls abilities to search, build, and work the camera. I would like to sit in on one of these types of lessons soon. Imovie and AVL is a Youtube video with Elizabeth and Daphne. They are the media specialists in Daphne and Gulf Shores. Michelle talks about iMovie. The kindergarten students write scripts and use images on Trailers in iMovie at ages 5 and 6. Teachers are teaching things in more technology in today’s classrooms. Elizabeth talks about AVL. She explains that you can log on and teach students basic research. It will pull up many things the students can learn from. It is FREE. Everyone is a Learner is a Youtube video with Elizabeth and Michelle from the last video. This video is talking about learning. Michelle says that everyone becomes a learner and a teacher in the classroom, which I agree to. Michelle also mentions Padlet, which we use in class. A student teaching the teacher is encouraged.