Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Blog Post 16 " The Final One"

Krissy Venosdale's description of her school in one word, expensive. The school she wants to build would be an amazing school. It would have all the technology in it and resources that a student would need to succeed. I would love to go to a school like that. Krissy seems like a reader to me. Everyone builds things around things they love. She spoke about nooks, and comfy seats, and also a tree house. These things are all somewhere I would go to catch up on some good reading. I love how this is all about the students and their learning to her.

Sugata Mitra is a great speaker. He really got me thinking about what are we doing with our lives and technology. He does think that the way we do school right now, is outdated and need a change, but look at me right now. I am doing my homework and school work, in my room, and I do not have to even get up.
My classroom will be different. We are in the 21st century right now. I do not have one class that I go into that someone does not pull out their laptop to view notes, study homework, or just surf the web. I hope my classroom never really gets to that. I have no problem with students using there products to help, but some class just does not need them. I will be teaching High School Health education. This is a class that a student should learn about their body type and how to live a healthy life. I decided to become a health teacher, because I did not more and more people to think that as long as I go out and play dodge ball or table tennis, that they are healthy. I believe in getting up and getting active. What do I want my students to know? I would love for my students to leave my class each time knowing a little more about their body, and what they can do to live a long and healthy life. what do I want my students to do? I want my students to be able to walk around the school without feeling like they are going to pass out. I also want my students to be able to choose for themselves a healthy choice of food for lunch or for their snack. what will be my primary way of teaching my students what I want them to know and do? I would start off by making myself a prime example. It would not prove anything to tell students to eat healthy and take care of their bodies if I did not do the same. I would also let them know that I am always there for any questions or concerns. One thing that always helps me, is to set goals. I can set a goal for the whole class that way everyone can help everyone, like a group project. what tools will I use in my classroom? I could use a BMI machine. This device tells what the percentage of fat is on your body. We could also use our on bodies. health is all about the body so locating muscles and bones and being able to see or feel them would be helpful. what role will students play in my classroom? My students will play a huge role. they will do 90% of the work in the class. I believe that hands on work is the best way to learn. We can stare at our teacher all day long, and not learn a thing , but as soon as we stand up and start really thinking about where our hamstring is that is when school is not just boring school, things get fun!
That was my first blog post for this class. Myself as a person has changed since the beginning of the semester, but the way I want to teach my class has not. I still believe that the students should do 90% of the work in the class. Some classes I understand homework and reading ahead, but my passion is health. I strongly believe that is something you have to learn hands on. I still want my students to be interested in what I have to say, realize that it is their body and their health we are talking about. When my students come to class because they have to is when I will know I have failed at my goal. How will my classroom be like now? Well, it will be just the same as I have always wanted it. I will not change the way I want my classroom to be like even later on down the road. I classroom will be energetic, fun, and inspiring. I want to inspire my students to learn on their own.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Blog Post # 15

Samantha West

I am blessed to have all of my senses that I was suppose to have. As a student I know that a class can be difficult enough even for me. I do not know where I would be if I could not see or hear. I know that it is not only hard on the student, but it is hard on the teacher as well. It is a good thing we have more and more technology to help out these students and teachers understand and perform better. Braille books are very helpful for blind students. If you can read Braille. Also, most schools are going all digital. What do those students do then? How about if each student has an Ipad, a student who is legally blind might have one that will read the book to them. If we were listening to a book in class on day, a student who had hearing impairments could follow along on his Ipad. There are many ways our students can learn, and most of them have the drive to.

On a website I found, they spoke about a student Karen, she was legally blind and they went through her day. She would sit in history class, and listen to the teacher speak about the American Civil War, as she took notes on her personal digital assistant (PDA). She then went to her English class where they were talking about the story To Kill a Mockingbird. Karen had downloaded a electrical copy on her PDA. That way she could read it with her braille. She also switched back and forth between the story, and taking notes. Later she went to the library with her partner for a project, and used the computer there. In the library there is a computer that whatever page she is on it will read it out to her. This makes things simpler for the librarian. She can stay busy doing her work while Karen gets done what ever she needs. Karen is a star student, and is at the top of her class. Karen was taught at a young age to use her resources wisely. There will come a time as a teacher that I might have to teach someone with a disability, and I will be ready for whatever it throws my way because you just have to remember the student is just as excited about learning as you should be to teach them. I got this information from www.afg.com.

Morgan Rushlow- iPad usage for special needs students. videos I watched-iPad usage for the blind teaching deaf/blind how to use iPad
I viewed the videos about iPad usage and how it can help students with disabilities learn because it has features that help the deaf and blind to navigate the apps and do the tasks they intend to do. It has not only a speaking feature for the blind but a voice-command for the deaf and blind so they know exactly what they are doing and going to- however, i find that while the iPad is great because of these features it is best if someone is there helping the person navigate the iPad, because they may navigate to the wrong app or type the wrong thing. The features the iPad has will be good for use in teaching students with disabilities of any kind as well as those who are not disabled in any way. the iPad is a device that is versatile and can perform so many functions, although it is important to know how to use it best and to make sure that the users of these devices get the help they need in using it. I found some information about iPads on the web and found some pretty interesting things- such as this website states-http://www.edweek.org/dd/articles/2011/10/19/01speced.h05.html, iPads are helping students all across the board in their learning because it is helping with not only hearing and sight impaired students, but it is helping those who are having a hard time with communication skills such as those with autism as well. iPads are indeed having a major impact on learning outcomes and they have a very important role in the future of education, as apple states in its’ very own statement about its’ own creation,the iPad-http://www.apple.com/education/ipad/. iPad makes it possible to do so many things now that were not possible even 10 years ago when iPad was not even a thought in Apple’s mind, that it is an understatement to say that it is going to be transformative, as this website states-http://www.concordmonitor.com/news/8040411-95/ipads-bring-students-with-disabilities-new-ways-to-participate-excel-in-education, iPad lets you express yourself in a variety of ways and this is why students can learn communication skills better with it because there are so many ways for students to participate in class and so many different apps that creatively express yourself it is mind-blowing. Clearly mind-blowing is an understatement in terms of what the iPad can do and will do for not only learning but for everything. iPad is a truly amazing piece of technology and it is worth it for schools to try to see how it improves student learning outcomes. iPad is truly revolutionary. Sure iPad has its issues and is best used with a helper if needed, its’ benefits outweigh the problems with it.As a collaborative secondary education major I plan to use iPad in my future classroom for these reasons-because it can do so much and can inspire creativity in ALL students. Daniel LoVette
The Mountbatten braillewriter is something that I would definitely use in my classroom if the student had practice using it. There will be a lot of note taking of many things in my classroom so through the braillewriters ability to give audio feedback, the blind student will be able to participate more often in my classroom debates, projects, and even lectures. Check out Mountbatten here. If I were going to be a math teacher, there is no doubt that I would use Art Karshmer’s invention. He discusses how teaching math to the blind is difficult because all braille is linear and a lot of math problems require numbers to be stacked atop one another. Thus, he created a 3D grid that uses blocks with braille numbers on them. This way the bling student is able to work math problems like the rest of the class. Teaching math to the blind!

Blog Post # 14

Why is Health Class so Important?
Why do you think health class is so important in school? Do you think it should be a mandatory class? Should it even be offered as a class? Tell me what you think. I know that everyone has their favorite subject. If Health class was cut from the schools would you be mad about it, or happy.

What does Health classes offer that is important to life?
Watch these videos and write your blog post on your view of Health classes before and after watching these videos! You never know these videos might help you save someone's life someday!