Thursday, October 31, 2013

Blog post 11

Mrs. Cassidy is a first grade teacher who wanted to change her classroom just as the world was changing, with technology. Our world is getting more and more technology based, and it is only fair that our students get the practice they need to succeed. Mrs. Cassidy was right when she said it is better to start early. I am a college student, and I never had to blog until now that makes learning all this new information harder, It is like being taught to learn a completely different way.
I know I will incorporate blogging into my classroom. Blogging can give students feedback from someone other than just the teacher. We keep watching videos of Elementary teachers and what they use. I want to be a high school and later a college teacher, but I can still use some of the techniques these teachers are using. I believe podcast are excellent for the younger generations, but not so much for the older. The older generations is into more Facebook, Twitter, Flicker, ect., and I can incorporate these into my lesson plans.
There will always be a couple of teachers that does not believe in using technology in the classroom. Mrs. Cassidy had this same problem, but you do not let it slow you down. As a teacher sometimes you have to stand your ground, and prove to people why you thing some things are so important to you. What if a parent does not agree with a typical project? I will always try my best to change the project so that everyone is happy. The main benefit from incorporating this new technology is knowing your students are ready for the next chapter of their lives at the end of the year. To feel that special feeling every year, has to be the best feeling ever.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

project #14

For project 14, my group member Daniel made us a website for our lesson plan!

blog post 10

On September 18, 2007, Randy Pausch delivered his last lecture that caught everyone's attention. this lecture became an internet sensation, an international media story, and even a best- selling book. Just by hearing that shows us what hard work, and the love of your career can do for you.

Mr. Pausch used his childhood goals to make his life so memorable. He used his career to help him achieve all of the goals or at least tried too. The main thing that we can learn form Mr. Pausch is to never give up. Mr. Pausch never gave up on his childhood goals nor did he give up on his life! My grandpa used to tell me, "If you don't learn something new everyday you must be dead."
I believe Mr. Pausch took this phrase literally. As a teacher you have to have that curiosity to always want to learn something new. If you show your students your interested in something they will be more interested in it too. We watch many videos in the EDM class "The last Lecture" is by far my favorite. Mr. Pausch is a great teacher, and also an all around good person. He can teach us many lessons in life.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Blog Post # 9

Samantha, Daniel,& Morgan

Brian Crosby’s presentation titled Back To The Future had us wanting to re-take the fourth grade all over again. His science class at Agnes Risley Elementary in Sparks, Nevada are doing project-based learning plans infused with technology. Mr. Crosby chooses to teach by the project-based method because his students were “disconnected” and he wanted to build passion in his classroom which consisted of mostly of at-risk students. Needless to say he had his work cut out for him. Mr. Crosby showed us two lessons. One was an experiment on air pressure where the students crushed a soda by just placing it in hot water. The second and biggest experiment the class, with the help of some local professors, built an hot-air balloon rigged with a parachute and cameras to document the entire project. Since no one in the Braque group are science majors, the technical terms and standards taught in these experiments will be spared. However, we do think what the class did post-experiment was the most important. Because the hot-air balloon experiment was well documented, the students were able to write about it. Not typed in an essay, not written with pencil and paper, but blogged about. Through this students were writing to clarify and share, and writing to tell a story in which they get feedback from an authentic audience. Sharing what they have learned in this way promotes creativity, inspiration, and therefore students are able to remember content better. Crosby’s class went further than just blogging. They made wiki pages, and skyped with other classrooms all around the world. Also, through the balloon project, they created “High Hopes,” which was a blog used to connect his class to other classes around the world in order to hear other students’ hopes and life goals. Brian Crosby uses this type of educating in an effort to “quit racing kids through school.” By this approach, maybe students will use the same tools to learn when they leave the classroom.

In the second video Mr. Paul Andersen showed us the blended learning cycle and how it works. We believe this could be the best way to teach your class. He combines the blended cycle which consist of online, mobile, and classroom time with the learning cycle which allows students to explore, explain, expand, and be more engaged. Together this makes an amazing combination. This cycle could give the students more opportunities to understand the information and give teachers more time to better explain things in the classroom. Mr. Andersen’s cycle starts with a question. As future teachers we want our students attention. If we start with a question that they really do not know the answer to; they will stay focused longer knowing at the end they will get their answer. The next part is investigate. This is a helpful section because this is when the students can get into groups and work up an hypothesis. After the students investigate there is the video section. Mr. Andersen makes podcasts for his students to view. We believe podcast are very helpful when it comes to time management. The students can watch the podcasts outside of class during down time. This gives them plenty of time in class to comment and share their thoughts and concerns on the topic. Next, the students have to elaborate on what they have learned. The students can make charts or diagrams on what they believe will happen. Next come reviewing in which we think is the best part of the whole cycle. As future teachers and current students, we understand the importance of individual or group work with the teacher. This gives one on one time to answer any last minute questions that the students may have as well as gets them get ready for the summary quiz. The summary quiz is the last part of information that can help them get ready for the big test. The blended learning cycle is something that we will incorporate into our classrooms. Mr. Andersen has created something that is both helpful for the teacher and to the students which is what makes a great learning environment.

The last video discussed Mark Church, Ron Richhart and Karin Morrison’s book titled: “Making Thinking Visible”. The video showed us what it means to truly make thinking ‘visible’. According to the authors mentioned in this book,it means to have students do something that shows progress. An example of this would be, to have students put the work they have completed into a portfolio ,and later reflect back on how much more has been learned over a period of time. In order to see how their thinking has changed about the topic being discussed. It can be astonishing to look back and see how much progress has been made after a long period of time, especially when reflecting on your own work. In other words, making thinking ‘visible’means, at least in the context of what this book is saying, means to be creative in your teaching strategies when teaching and let students create through being engaged in the learning process. The simplest way of doing this may be to have the students write down what something means to them now and then think back on the work later when the class comes back to it either in a project or a discussion about what should be changed about their original thought. In this video that is exactly what happened. A teacher told students to attach a thought as groups to a piece of paper, about a topic they were given to address and they would look back at it later on and think about what they think their thought should actually should be after some time of reflection. This is what Dr. Strange asks us to do with our work as students in EDM 310 and we believe this is a very important part of the learning process- reflection. Why is reflection so important? It not only helps students to improve but it also helps them to see how far they have come with their learning. We believe this is real authentic assessment and it shows much more of what was learned than a test can show. This is something that all educators in the 21st century must be ready to incorporate into their classrooms.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Blog Post 8

Envision Education
Envision Schools' focus is on helping the students to master their academic, and also be able to apply their knowledge to other situations. A good example of this is Project Based Learning, which I find highly educational. I would use Project based learning in my classroom of high schoolers because when it comes to projects it does not matter how old the child is they will still enjoy it. I want to be a high school teacher. I believe a good project for Seniors might be a type of internship at a job which they are going to school to be. This would not only give employers some extra helping hands, it would give the students a chance to get hands on and decide if this is the career they really want to go into. Being able to solve real world problems is just as important than knowing all the facts about the world.

The Flipped Classroom
Samantha West

The flipped classroom is by far my favorite out of the ordinary class. "Why I Flipped My Classroom" explains the concept well. I have always thought that breaking the class into smaller groups would benefit the whole class. This is an activity you can do with any age group. The students learn some before they even come into the classroom. It is their responsibility to watch the videos the teacher makes in advance for them. This is helpful for the teachers as well because it shows them who care and who does not. I will break my students into groups such as this because I believe that closer one on one time is better. Dr. Lodge McCammon developed "Fizz" the flipped classroom, and he teaches the other teachers about the information so that all teachers can use this system. The Flipped Classroom could work in any type of class. I believe it could work even as a coach. In football we see different positions do different workouts. We are just taking this basic concept and putting it into the classrooms.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Project # 13 Lesson Plan

Blog Post # 7

By: Samantha West, Javious Williams, and Orlando Nieto
Group Blog

The videos for blog post number seven was anything but boring. We found that the project based videos were quite interesting. Watching the videos was like being able to watch a radio station morning show. Anthony Capps had a great description of Project Based Learning. We could also tell that he was interested and excited about being able to do the projects with his students. We found the project were the children had to research and learn about Iraq the most interesting. Mr. Capps actually let a student change his topic because a parent did not like the other topic. That shows that the teacher is willing to work with the parents and that they are not just by standards. Mr. Capps could really teach other teachers on what should be going on in the classrooms. His students are learning creatively and in their own way. When a student learns in Project Based form he or she can use the information for the rest of their lives other than just for the test. To have a teacher like him is what every parents wishes for at the beginning of the year.

Samantha West
Anthony-Strange tips for teachers list

The many tips that I was giving were really good tips. I knew they were going to be before I even watched the video because I had two really good teachers who was doing the video. The first tip was that you have to be willing to learn. This is so true. You can never expect your students to learn anything new if you yourself are not. Showing your students that you are interested in a new fact lets them see that they are just the students but you are too. The second tip is that you have to learn to be flexible. So the internet is down on lab day, is the whole class period ruined? NO, be flexible, be creative, and above all do not be boring! The third tip was that being a teacher is hard work, but it is worth it. This tip I already knew! I know that the work is never really done when it comes to being a teacher, but the reward is so much greater. Always start with an end goal in mind. What a great tip! If you never think things through more than likely things are not going to work out correctly. Also, if you set a class goal to reach by the end of the year or semester, the students are more interested in what you have to say and are excited about upcoming projects.