Sunday, May 8, 2011

Final Reflection Video

movie screen picture with the end written on it

EDM310 Final Reflection Video. I had A LOT of fun in this class and I enjoyed every activity, project, and blog post that I did. This class has taught me so much and I only hope that future EDM310 students will learn just as much and take with them that many thing that I learned this semester. I will truly miss this class. Good luck future EDM310 students!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Final Report on PLN

Personal Learning Network

This is not my PLN. My PLN consists of tiles devoted to the following:
Weather Channel
Various News channels (ABC, Fox10, CNN, etc...)
History Channel
Education networks

At first, I did not think doing a PLN was much of use for me as I had "Google" in front of me. But as I began to create my PLN, I realized hey, this is great! My PLN enables me to jump directly to websites that I love to visit, saving me time from having to type them in and going that route. I will DEFINITELY use my PLN whenever I enter my classroom, as I now realize how much time it actually can save you, not to mention the greatness it serves in the end. I cannot wait to work further on my PLN to finish it. I know I did not finish it, but I did this on purpose as I know as time goes on, I will find useful sites that I can add on to it with. Overall, I enjoyed the PLN a lot, and I can't wait to use it one day in my classroom.

Final Project #16

C4T #4

chalkboard, ruler, pencil, and teacher

Post #1

The Body Browser
Posted on April 6, 2011 by mrrobbo

Discovering the wonders of the Human Body has always been one of my favourite topics to learn and teach. From exploring the bones of the body to understanding the process of energy production, the human body seems to capture students imagination.

With this in mind, imagine my excitement when I stumbled across ‘The Body Browser‘ by Google a few months ago. As the name suggests Body Browser allows the user to navigate through the human body with speed, precision and complete anatomical accuracy. Check out the video demonstration from Betchaboy.

My Reply

Tracy Hunt, on April 18, 2011 at 2:10 pm said:

Hi Mr. Robbo,
I am a student at the University of South Alabama majoring in Elementary Education. I watched your video on “The Body Browser” and I must say it’s a pretty cool program! I myself, am fascinated by the human body and all that it is capable of doing. I believe this is an excellent program everyone who is interested in how the human body works, and everything should have. I am going to download it myself and check it out. I think you did a fantastic job by posting it into your blog so that it would enable others to start using the program themselves. Once again, I enjoyed reading your blog and you can visit my blog anytime you wish, and leave a comment as well.
Tracy Hunt
EDM 310 student

Post #2

Make An ‘App’ for your class
Posted on April 20, 2011 by mrrobbo

It certainly isn’t everyday that you can say you have developed a mobile application. Well, with thanks to AppMakr I can safely say this today. AppMakr is an exceptional online tool that allows you to develop native iPhone/iPod/Android and Windows mobile applications without any programming experience.

Simply use the step by step guide to include media via RSS from a variety of sources making it a potential one stop shop for all of your web content. With this in mind, I set about to develop an application across all mobile platforms that could be used within my senior PE class to bring together all of the class content.

The basic idea behind the application is to make all of the class content available to my students at any time. As my students travel for in excess of half an hour each day to school this becomes a perfect platform for them to complete bite sized, personalised pieces of revision. The best thing is that as the content is sourced to the app via RSS, they to can have an input into the content creation.

My Reply
Hello, my name is Tracy Hunt and I am a student in Dr. Stranges EDM310 class at the University of South Alabama. Upon reading this topic, I have to say that this is a GREAT app. to have. Feel free to comment on my blog anytime you wish.
Tracy Hunt

Blog Post #14 Special Assignment on Metaphors

Metaphors posters

1.) Why did you miss the metaphor in Tom Johnson's post, or, if you "hit the nail on the head", why do you think you understood the metaphor and why do you think that others in the class missed the metaphor? Being honest, I thought the topic was about pencils. I think the class missed the point probably because we all just read the assignment without actually going into depth about it.

2.) What metaphors have you encountered since I asked you to create a log of them? I have encountered numerous metaphors in my life, such as: "old as a door," "dead as a log," "jump for joy," "pinning the tail on the donkey," "hitting the nail on the head," "silly as a goose," "going the extra mile," to name a few.

3.) What other things can we do as educators to help our students to understand and to use metaphors? Many metaphors I do not get, but I try to understand them to the best of my ability. Googling is a first step to find out what a metaphor might mean, followed by asking others around me.

4.) Why do we use metaphors? Metaphors are used to state a point without having to actually say it to begin with. Metaphors allow us to say something in a humorous way without sounding too harsh. Metaphors can be used lots of different ways.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

C4K Summary #'s 7, 8, 9, and 10

a little boy and girl sitting in front of a computer

C4K #7

Skyping w/ Mr. Webb

Filed Under (Main Page) by jkmcclung on 15-03-2011

DSC01057Jennifer from my 6th period class goes through a Q & A session with students from Mr. Webb’s class.

On Monday we were able to have an impromptu Skype conversation with a few of Mr. Webb’s students from New Zealand. All together the conversation lasted about 10 minutes, but we were able to learn quite a bit about each other in that time period…for instance, they picked up on the fact that we say the word “y’all” in Arkansas quite a bit. Who knew. The entire experience was very fun and exciting for the kids on my end and we are looking forward to having the opportunity to Skype again in the future.

Mr. McClung

My Reply

Tracy Hunt Says:
April 3rd, 2011 at 11:17 PM

Hello, I am a student at the University of South Alabama majoring in Elementary Education. This post was absolutely amazing and it’s great that such a wonderful program like “skype” can bring in so much excitement. Skype is a great way for students (and anyone) to interact with one another, and to learn about each other and anything for the matter.
Tracy Hunt

C4K #8

Whats going on with the Earth???
Posted by connor19 in Uncategorized

Whats going on with the earth?

Have a count of how many recent natural disasters that have happened. The answer is 5 that has happened in the last three months! Now you cant tell me that isn’t a lot cause it is. Please comment and tell me how you feel about this or what you think is happening. It should be interesting what different people say.

Cheers Connor

My Reply

Tracy Hunt says:
April 8, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Hi Connor,
I am a student in Dr. Strange’s class at the University of South Alabama majoring in Elementary Education. First off, you have a very nice blog and I love the layout of it. Keep up the great work! I agree with you that there have been a lot of disasters happening lately around the world. It’s devastating at what happened in Japan with the tsunami and earthquake. I feel really bad for them right now. Perhaps you could talk to your teacher and do some type of fund raising and send a donation to the red-cross or something to go towards the Japan relief? Natural disasters are always devastating on communities, as they destroy everything in their path. Although it’s horrible what happened, it is also great to see the people and communities in Japan coming together and helping each other out. Great teamwork for such a horrible time. Disasters like this require teamwork and people working together to get things cleaned up, and support from one-another. You are more than welcome to visit and comment on my blog anytime you wish. And again, keep up the great work with your blog!
Tracy Hunt

C4K #9

Thursday, March 31, 2011
April is Family Blogging Month!

My Reply

Tracy said...

My name is Tracy Hunt, I am a student at the University of South Alabama in Dr. Strange's EDM310 class majoring in Elementary Education. After viewing this blog, I must say that you've done a fantastic job! I love how the students are so involved. I love that the month of April is set aside for Family Blogging. I love this idea because it allows the parents, grandparents, etc. to get involved. You have done an absolute fantastic job creating this blog, and the fact that the students are so involved is just incredible.
Tracy Hunt
EDM310 student
April 17, 2011 8:57 PM

C4K #10

On Sunday, I participated in an Iranian celebration called Seezdah-Bedar!
Seezdah-Bedar is celebrated on the thirteenth day after Norouz, the Persian New Year. It marks the end of the New Year celebration. Seezdah means thirteen and bedar means to pass over. Seezdah-Bedar is therefore the passing over the thirteenth day of the new year, as many consider thirteen to be an unlucky number. On this day families leave their houses and head for parks, gardens, or country sides and enjoy their day together with a picnic. By having a joyous and laughter filled day outdoors, Iranians believe that they can keep bad luck away!

On Sunday morning, as with millions of other Iranians, every member of my family got up early to prepare for Seezdeh-Bedar at the park. We packed our car with all the necessary supplies, such as blankets, traditional foods, fruits, pastries, backgammon, and the Sabzeh (sprouted wheat or lentils) which had adorned the Haft Seen for thirteen days. The Sabzeh which by now had turned yellow symbolizes sickness and problems and is thrown into a flowing stream at the end of the picnic.

Once we got to the park I met up with my friends, we spent the day feeding ducks, playing on the playground, and riding our scooters. There were a lot of different booths selling different foods, such as ice-cream, Iranian food, and pastries. My friends and I stopped at a cotton-candy booth and we got some delicious blue cotton-candy! In the meantime, our parents and all other adults were enjoying themselves by socializing, playing backgammon or cards, eating, and dancing. The atmosphere was very festive!

My Reply

Blogger Tracy said...

Hello Hannah,
My name is Tracy Hunt, I am a student at the University of South Alabama in Dr. Strange's EDM310 class. I loved your blog post about Seezdah-Bedar, it was really interesting. I have actually never heard of it before, but upon learning about it from what you wrote on it, it sounds very fun and exciting. You looked as if you enjoyed yourself quite a bit from the pictures taken. You are welcome to visit my blog as well anytime you wish. Keep up the great work!
Tracy Hunt

April 24, 2011 2:53 PM

Blog Post #13

Alabama Learning Exchange network

1.) ALEX stands for "Alabama Learning Exchange." ALEX is a website where teachers can go to get information on lesson plans, and watch podcasts. As well, teachers can create and share their own lesson plans with other instructors.
As I was browsing around the ALEX website, I noticed it has many helpful tabs to click on. Such tabs include Courses of Study, Lesson Plans, Weblinks, Professional Learning, Personal Learning, Personal Workspace, Podcast Treasury, ALEXville, and Search.
I had never heard of the ALEX website before. After spending time browsing it and learning about the different things you can do on it, I personally believe it's very useful. It's a website I definitely plan on using for when I become a teacher in the future. Parents as well can browse ALEX and learn a great deal from it as well.

Alabama Connecting Classrooms, Educators, and Students Statewide banner

2.) ACCESS is a website that stands for "Alabama Connecting Classrooms, Educators, and Students Statewide." ACCESS was launched on November 1, 2004. ACCESS creates equity through additional educational offerings for all Alabama public high school students.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Special Assignment: Mr. McClung's World

Mr. McClungs world

1. What do you know (or have you found out) about Mr. McClung that is reflected in the way he has constructed his class blog?
The use of technology in Mr. McClung's classroom is fantastic. Mr. McClung is very active and patient with his 8th graders. His methods and ways of teaching go beyond that of what other teachers normally do. Mr. McClung is very active with his students parents as well, not to mention he is very organized too. He is the type of teacher who is willing to do almost anything for his students.

2.) Comment on what you would say about Mr. McClung as an educator.
Mr. McClung is a fantastic teacher. He seems to be the type of teacher who will do almost anything for his students. Mr. McClung reaches out to the parents as well, which is a great thing for any instructor to do!

3. I asked above that you read Mr. McClung's "rules" and think about them. What do they say about Mr. McClung, his teaching, and his connection with his students? What is your reaction to these rules (and guides) as a student and as an aspiring teacher?
Mr. McClung's rules are excellent! Rule 4 states: make smart choices. Mr. McClung seems to keep his class focused and that in return, brings back positive learning outcomes.

4. What was the first thing under Everyone needs? Why do you suppose that is the first requirement?
Day Planner. Mr. McClung is teaching his students how to plan and that they should become responsible for their assignments they turn in. Planning teaches students, as well as anyone for the matter, how to become "responsible" and to learn to time-manage.

5. Note the penalties for being late (under Homework). Compare them with my penalties for being late. Comment.
You will lose a letter grade for everyday that the assignment is late. You will be given the same amount of time to turn in your assignment if you had missed school. In EDM310, late work is unacceptable as you can get a "D" for work that is late.

6. Read carefully his paragraph about what he hopes to accomplish with his blog. Comment and apply to your own aspirations as a teacher.
He wants to make sure his students are actively involved in their schoolwork. As well, he wants to make sure the parents are actively involved as well by them visiting the blog to see what is going on in the students classroom.

8. Under Internet Safety I asked you to read carefully the rules Mr. McClung sets forth for safely using the internet. Comment on these rules. Are there any you would add or subtract?
Mr. McClung's internet safety rules are awesome. He wants all of his students to be safe whilst using the internet and to me, that is fantastic! I don't see anything I would change as to me, Mr. McClung covers it all.

10. Mr. McClung uses Edublog as his blog host. In some ways it may seem more "advanced." But Blogger has many abilities that we have not covered in EDM310. This leads to this question: Is there anything (or things) that Mr. McClung can do with his blog that you would like to do in Blogger?
I love using Blogger now that I have learned all about it. Blogging is an excellent way for people to communicate back and forth to each other. I wish I had a "chat" button in my blogger though, that would be great to have!

11. In what ways does Mr. McClung make his blog useful to parents, teachers, administrators, students like you, and others?
Mr. McClung posts his assignments, rules, policies, information about himself, and other useful tools to better prepare his students and their parents for what is expected in his classroom. Mr. McClung makes sure his students parents are always up to date on everything they do in the classroom and he seems to be the type of teacher who calls his students parents as well to keep in touch.

12. How does Mr. McClung's 8th grade blog differs from other blogs you have visited including other 8th grade blogs? Why the differences do you think?
Mr. McClung pushes his students to do better. He is always on top of them to learn as much as they can about technology and blogging, etc... He is actively involved in what they do and how they do it.

13. dd any additional comments you think would be useful in analyzing Mr. McClung's World in depth.
No additional comments. I can't think of anything else Mr. McClung can do to improve his blog, or anything else.

Blog Post #12

Blog Post #12 due 4/17

a deer lying in the grass

1.) Go to this website and read "Why is Education Important."

2.) Write a paragraph or more explaining what you just read, and also if there is anything you agree or disagree on.

My Response

We all know education is important in order to successfully succeed in today's world. Without an education, one would not be able to make it far as in terms of getting a good paying job. Education is the key to success in life. After reading "Why Is Education Important" I have to agree with everything in the article. The only thing I do not agree with is the fact that in the beginning of the article, it says "Reportedly, college graduates make 100% higher pay than
high school graduates." I do not agree with this in that there are some professions that do not require a "college degree" and will start off with same pay-rates as to that of what an Associates degree will pay, and sometimes even a Bachelors degree will pay. Such professions are jobs like assistant managers in department stores, construction workers, plumbers, and things of the like. I agree with "Increased schooling develops verbal skills, which are important in general, and, especially, in managerial positions." One is required to read in school, thus requiring you to understand words you have never come across before. Even for me right now, I come across words I have never heard of after reading a book, or a selected reading in my literature class. Learning never stops. I enjoyed reading this article a lot.

Progress Report for Project #16

For Project #16 which is the final project my group has been formed. The group includes Lisianna Emmett, Michelle French, Jeniffer Silcox, and myself. We are in the process of deciding what we want to do for the project. A wiki has been created so we can discuss our ideas. The wiki says project #15 but it is really for project #16.

world globe with an arrow circling around it pointing to papers

Project 15: USA First Gift

For my groups Project 15, we worked on the USA First Gift video contest. I am sorry to say that the video will not be available for viewing on Youtube until the contest is over. Until then, it is located on the EDM310 Family computer in the lab.

have a nice day

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Blog Post #11

1.) First Graders in Ms. Cassidy's Class (4:56)
a teddy bear holding a pencil and a sign in the background that says first graders

After watching this video, I must say that it is very AMAZING!!!!!! To see children creating blogs, and interacting with one another through the use of technology is just extraordinary. This teacher has done such an absolute amazing job with her classroom, and with her students! The technology for such young kids is amazing. Skype, blogging, creating Wikis, and overall just learning the many different programs and different uses of technology for such young students blew me away. The use of blogs in classrooms is very important. It allows the child to interact with his/her classmates and teacher, as well, it allows the parent(s) to view the blog of their child and see what is going on in their child's classroom as far as what they are doing throughout the day. Blogging also teaches about proper grammar skills, as well as social skills by allowing the student to interact with others online. I would definitely use blogging in my classroom.

2.) Skype Interview between Dr. Strange and Ms. Cassidy
Skype blue logo

Upon viewing the skype interview between Dr. Strange and Ms. Cassidy, I noticed that both instructors had similar views and attitudes towards technology. Through the interview, both teachers believe that technology will continue to advance. Technology is rapidly changing everyday. According to Ms. Cassidy, "the world is constantly changing." I agree with what she said. Technology is constantly changing. The way people think, schools, everything is advancing. It's vital for us as future teachers to keep up with the rapidly changing world. I never, as a child, really learned anything on a computer in school. It is astonishing at how kindergartners and so forth can create files, email, blog, create websites, etc... Technology will definitely be used in my classroom. A computer is a wonderful learning tool. I am a strong believer in learning as much about technology as possible, as technology is our future.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

C4T #3

Post #1

Unable to locate post #1, but was done.

Post #2

Jeff Utecht "TheThinking Stick"

6 Trends for the next 20 Years
computer with programs flying out of it

Kevin Kelly co-founder of Wired magazine took the stage recently at a Web 2.0 event in San Francisco. In his keynote he discussed the 6 Trends he believes will affect our connected word. He broke these 6 trends down into 6 verbs (actions).

What are your thoughts on these? What do these mean for schools and our students?

* Screening — Kelly notes that whereas there used to be just the television screen and then the computer screen, now screens are everywhere. And increasingly, everything will be a screen — all surface. There will be a “one screen for all,” Kelly says.

* Interacting — Right now, interaction is limited mainly to our fingertips, Kelly says. But the iPad is changing that — it’s about using more of your body now. And going forward, things like gestures, voice, cameras, and other things in our technology will transform the way we interact with everything. And yes, he brought up Minority Report.

* Sharing — While most people think of this right now as the top level social ideas, “we’ve just begun this process,” Kelly notes. The self-tracking of everything we do is now coming into play, he notes. This includes location, realtime pictures and videos, etc.

* Flowing — “We’re now into a new metaphor for the web,” Kelly says noting that we started with the desktop on computers, then pages for the web. Now the realtime stream connected to the web is the thing.

* Accessing — We’re moving to a world where it’s about accessing information and media and not owning it. We see this now with the rise of Netflix, but soon that will fully hit the music space too.

* Generating — “The Internet is the world’s largest copy machine,” Kelly says. Going forward, there will be an importance placed on things that cannot be easily copied. A key to this is an easy way to pay and content that is hard to copy. Immediacy is a key — if you want something right now versus when it can be copied. Personalization is another key, he says.

My Reply

I am a student at the University of South Alabama majoring in Elementary Education. I agree with this blog post. The internet and social media online are advancing at such a high rate of speed that in 20+ years from now, it might be that students can do all of their learning at home, rather than go to school. That or every classroom will have computers at the desks and chalk-boards will be replaced by smartboards and such. Technology is amazing and advancing at such high speeds that it is sometimes hard to keep up with it all.

Blog Post #10

1.) An Open Letter to Educators by Morgan Bayda:
green chalkboard with Dear Teachers written on it

Both Morgan Bayda's post and Mr. Browns video were very interesting. I enjoyed reading and watching both of them. Both offered excellent points i that todays education is expensive and often leads students forgetting what they "memorized" in class shortly after lectures. So many jobs today are hands-on learning, but because a "college degree" is required for such jobs, one must take classes and literally "pay" to get a good-paying job. Many of my classes are basically listening to a Professor lecture for an hour, taking notes off a power point, and leaving after. So many students around me fall asleep, or text on their phones. At least I'm learning good "memorization" skills in the end. I agree with Mr. Brown in that a lot of information we can obtain off the internet. Universities should do away with "pre-reqs" and just leave that for High School, and instead create simulation labs and lasses that you take that are solely designed for your major.

2.) Don't Let Them Take The Pencils Home:
a pencil with a red circle around it crossing the pencil out

I enjoyed this blog post, it was very interesting to read. The teachers were told not to allow their students to take their pencils home with them. According to research done, pencils that were taken home proved to lower test scores. Sounded quite ridiculous to me. I agreed to everything that was in this blog post.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

C4K Summary Post 4, 5, and 6

C4K Post #4
butterflies and children playing together

Mrs. Juanita Garden's Class Blog

Dragon Ball Z

His Comment
In dragon ball z (the program that I watched on tv) Goku is now facing Captain Genu but goku has unleshed his true power.Goku transformed and his power was biger then Captains. but he was still fighting, his friend Jase helped helped him . Then Jase nerly got blown up bye the captain and and he said "dont help me".

My Comment
Hi Kobe!
My name is Tracy Hunt, I am a student at the University of South Alabama majoring in Elementary Education. I just finished reading your blog titled "dragon ball z" and I must say, dragon ball z sounds really fun. I will admit, I do not know much about it. I hope Goku can defeat Captain Genu and that Jase is alright. You are free to comment on my blog anytime you wish.
Tracy Hunt

C4K Post #5

Could not find? Was done.

C4K Post #6

Mrs. Phare's Class Blog


Her Comment

Our school edgewood middle school ha a lot of problems and a main one is bullying , & no i have never been bullied & i hate bully to i think it is sad and very wrong .

My Comment

Hi Savannah,
I am a student at the University of South Alabama in Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class. I am majoring in Elementary Education. I just wanted to say that I too, hate bullies. It is very sad when you hear about students getting bullied and I believe more people should stand up to these individuals. If you see someone getting made fun of, or being bullied, you should notify a teacher or your Principal and tell them what is going on. If you ever want to visit my blog and leave me a comment, you are more than welcome too anytime! I really enjoyed reading your blog and all that you had to say in it.
Tracy Hunt

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Blog Post #9

"What I've Learned This Year" by Mr. McClung
multiple different colored crayons stacked on top of each other

What a fantastic job Mr. McClung did on his essay! I loved reading it a lot. Mr. McClung spoke about many things he learned as a 1st year teacher including being flexible. Mr. McClung speaks that communication is a key in the classroom when it comes time to interact with students. Mr. McClung mentions technology, and that we, as teachers should not be afraid to use technology in the classroom. Technology brings in a wealth of information. Mr. McClung mentions that being a good teacher is one who can actively listen to their students. If teachers interacted with their students and listened to what they had to say, more respect will be given in return. Mr. McClung also speaks about responsibility, that we as teachers, it is our responsibility to make sure that our students are learning what is required, but to as well understand that some students will make mistakes along the way. We are all humans, it is expected. If we as teachers do not let students make mistakes, we are not doing our job correctly. As well, if students are never allowed to make mistakes, they will never truly "learn" the material being taught to them. Making mistakes is how we learn to "better" ourselves. I enjoyed what Mr. McClung had to say.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Blog Post #8

1.) Richard Miller: This Is How We Dream Parts 1 and 2

Mr. Miller is very knowledgeable in his research about writing with multimedia. I found this video to be very informative. Google has made researching much easier and Mr. Miller goes into depths the many different ways we can do this. I loved when Mr. Miller addressed "the goal is not the technology itself, but that the technology makes possible." Mr. Miller stresses that teaching globally is very positive and is instant. I would absolutely love to do this in my classroom as I love to learn about anything new, and am willing to try anything new knowing it might make a positive reflection on my students and enable them to learn something new and exciting as well.

2.) The Chipper Series

This video is absolutely adorable. I loved watching it very much. In the beginning of the semester, Dr. Strange mentioned a previous student had said "teach me so that I do not have to learn." She went on to make a school titled "Timeline Pilot School" where her students chose how long they wanted to be in certain classes for. Students reported their work without their teacher checking up on them. It was based on trust alone. Unfortunately, the Timeline Pilot School was shut down due to lack of knowledge. Procrastination is an evil thing among us students. We as teachers need to do work on time, and be models for our future students. One of the things of being a professional is to know deadlines and stick to them and serve as models around us.

EDM310 for Dummies

Another adorable video. I loved the part where they smashed the keyboards and this evil-type background music began playing. A few people have told me that EDM310 is a very "time consuming, wasted class." I disagree with them. Yes, EDM310 is time consuming, but at the end of the day you actually walk out knowing more than when you walked in. I love this class! I think a great video to make would be about how waiting till the last minute to do your work for EDM310 can make you stressed out (procrastination)rather than working day-by-day on projects and such can make EDM310 a stress-free class. I believe the primary message is that you work hard, time manage yourself, not wait till the last minute to get things done, and you will do great in EDM310.

3.) Learn to Change, Change to Learn

"Education is ranked #55," put lowest to the bottom of the list next to coal mining. That is sad and just ridiculous. Technology seems to be more the center of attention to students outside of school than what is being taught inside of the classrooms. Putting technology in the classrooms is a great advantage in that it will enable the students to better focus on the material and be more engaged in their learning.

4.) The Secret Powers of Time by Phillip Zambardo

I loved this video, it kept me alert. The animator mentions time by the drawing of pictures. What a shocking thing when it was mentioned that every 9 seconds in the United States a student drops out of High School. Everything is changing so fast from family time, to social time, to education and even how we take care of ourselves. Technology is a wonderful thing, but as well can ruin someone's educational life as the video showed. This video was an eye-opener to me.

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by David Pink

Money seems to be discussed as a big motivational maker. Without money, one would not be able to live successful lives as they could not afford the things to keep them going in life. Three things are mentioned as personal satisfaction. 1.) Autonomy, 2.) Mastery, and 3.) Purpose. Autonomy is something that is used to be self-directed. Mastery is the urge to succeed, and Purpose is related to reason of why one did something.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

SmartBoard Presentation Project #13

We gave our group audience of 4 a quiz which consisted of 11 questions. The following are results from 3 of them;

The following questions were all answered correctly:
What state was not in the original 13 colonies? Oregon
Which was the first of the 13 colonies? Virginia
Which of the following states is located in the western part of the country? California
The capital of New York is New York. false
The capital of Virgina is Richmond. true
Where is New Jersey located? East
Where is Nebraska located? Central
What is the capital of Alabama? Montgomery

For the following questions:
Virginia was founded in 1629. False, two answered false and one said true.
Where is Montana located? West, Two answered west and one answered central.

Nobody answered the following question correctly:
Between what two states is the capital of the United States located? Maryland and Virginia, one did not answer and the other two answered Maryland and Delaware.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Project #10 1st Progress Report of PLN

I am using Symbaloo for my PLN. My tiles so far are going really great and I am just beginning to learn more about Symbaloo. I have shown so many people what Symbaloo is and everyone seems to love it and finds it very useful. I will continue to add tiles to my project and I can't wait until everything is finished and set.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Blog Post #7

Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture

This video is just absolutely amazing in every way. Dr. Pausch speaks about his illness in the beginning and does push ups in front of everyone to prove he still has it inside of him. I never would have guessed he was sick just by viewing this video, he does not look sick at all. Dr. Pausch speaks about his dreams, and goals in life. He lectures on that we all have "dreams" and "goals" in our life, and that it is up to every one of us to achieve such things in life. It's amazing how Dr. Pausch mentions to never give up on people. My parents never gave up on me on the tough days I had back in High School and some in College, when I just wanted to "quit" more so less to speak. I think we as future teachers should never give up on our students, we will all have bad days but never should we quit. Dr. Pausch believed in so much creativity among students. He really was an amazing individual. This video really did bring tears to my eyes because it was not only inspirational, but as well it was heartbreaking that such an amazing person was here on earth for such a short amount of time. I really wish more Professors were like Dr. Pausch. I plan to read his book and I keep "The Last Lecture" in my favorites now.

C4T #2

I was assigned to Morgan Bayda's blog. Morgan Bayda is a new teacher in Saskatchewan, Canada with Bachelors of Education with specialization in Early Childhood Education.

C4T #2 post 1

Her comment
"Pictures and Projects"

My first experience with volunteer travel was nothing short of incredible. It is so fulfilling to be able to participate in such a wide variety of projects that contribute to healthy, happy communities as well as sustainable living. I was able to plant, grow, build, harvest, teach, sew, lift, dig, paint, research, cook, clean, connect and play. Doing the work alongside others is a big reward. I wish I was able to capture more of the projects and processes on film. However, being there in the moment is enough to remember. Work hard, play hard and keep your eyes wide open the whole time!

My reply:

Hello Mrs. Bayda,
I am a student at the University of South Alabama majoring in Elementary Education. Upon reading your blog, I must say that what you do is very rewarding. You get to travel to many different countries, learning about the many different cultures, food, languages they speak, and the different “learning styles” and schools in each country. I would absolutely love to be able to travel to different countries and teach. The interaction of children in different cultures and how they learn, and what they do, and just the different teaching styles and methods is enough to put a smile on anyone’s face at the end of the day. It takes a special person to be able to do what you do, to travel to different countries and teach because all the children are different in how they learn in each country. Not everyone can do that. I really enjoyed reading your blog, and I look forward to reading more of what you write in the future.
Tracy Hunt

C4T #2 post #2

Her post

"2010 In Review"

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health: A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 5,000 times in 2010. That’s about 12 full 747s. In 2010, there were 48 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 345 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 366mb. That’s about 7 pictures per week. The busiest day of the year was May 29th with 154 views. The most popular post that day was untitled. Where did they come from? The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and
Some visitors came searching, mostly for morgan bayda, jeopardy labs, self portraits grade 2, geometric portraits, and “morgan bayda”.

My reply:

Ms. Bayda,
I am a student in Dr. Strange's EDM310 class at the University of South Alabama majoring in Elementary Education. I really enjoyed reading your blog post "2010 In Review" it was very interesting and informative. You are welcome to read my blog anytime you wish and leave comments.
Tracy Hunt

Sunday, February 27, 2011

C4K Summary Post #1, 2, 3

C4K #1 Ms. Naugle's Class Blog


Rachel's Comment

I love summer because you get to swim and go to summer camp. I go to a Christen summer camp, When camp is done I miss all the other campers so much . We go to feild trips every Friday . On Wednesdays the snowball truck comes. And on Tuesdays and Thursdays we have pool and hottub time. i looooooooooooooove ssssuuuuuummmmmmmmmmerrrrrr.

My Comment to Rachel's Blog

Hi Rachel,
I am a student at the University of South Alabama down in Mobile, AL. I must say that you did a fantastic job on your blog, and I really enjoyed reading it! Summer is one of my favorite times of the year as well as there are so many different fun activities and things to do. It sounds like you have a lot of fun when you are at camp. How long is summer camp for? Once again, I must say that you did a fantastic job on your blog and I really enjoyed reading it. I now look forward to summer!
Tracy Hunt
EDM310 Class

C4K #2 Mr. St. Pierre’s Class Blog

KPE Episode 341: A Dog So Small

"A Dog So Small" by Philippa Pearce is reviewed by Matthew R and Joshua.
This book is set in London and talks about the power of the imagination. Take a look at how it starts...
The story opens with Ben Blewitt waking early on the morning of his birthday, anticipating that he will have a dog of his own. His grandfather had promised him one for his birthday and even though Ben knows the impossibility of having a dog in London, he still expects to receive news of the dog, if not the animal itself, on his birthday. Instead he receives a picture done in wool, of a Chihuahua called Chiquitito (the Spanish word for very, very small) which had been given to Ben's Granny by her son Willy as a souvenir of his third (and last voyage) as a sailor.

Ben is bitterly disappointed and swears never to visit his grandparents again, but he goes to stay with them in their home in the country shortly afterwards.

Listen to the podcast to find out more....

My Comment

Hello, my name is Tracy Hunt and I am a student in Dr. Strange's EDM310 class at the University of South Alabama. I really enjoyed watching your podcast on "A Dog So Small," it was interesting and fun to listen to and watch. I now want to read the book to find out what happens at the end! My blog is and you are more than welcome to visit it and leave comments.

C4K #3

Mrs. Barks Class Blog

Watch Out For Those Itchy Backs

Jesse's Comment

Guess what happened yesterday at assembly? Mr. Burt was dressed up as a mosquito. Mr Barks was a queen bee and had 5 babies. Mr J was a slow snail. He told us how the shell got on his back. His back was itchy one night and when he woke up he had a shell.

My Comment

Hi Jesse,
I am a student at the University of South Alabama in Dr. Stranges EDM310 class. After reading "Watch Our For Those Itchy Backs" I must say, it sounded like you had a lot of fun! Watching your teachers dress up as different bugs must have been really fun and exciting to see. I am glad you had a lot of fun! If you want to leave me a comment on my blog, you can do so at anytime.
Tracy Hunt
EDM310 University of South Alabama

Timetoast Timeline Instructional Project #9b

Blog Post #6

1.) The Networked Student by Wendy Drexler

This video was very interesting. As I was watching Networked Student, it reminded me of EDM310, as the student in the video is using different tools to communicate with his teacher and classmates. This video goes into great depths on the different technologies and how they can benefit both thr students, and the teachers in used correctly. The only negative I see about this video is the fact that students could become too "spoiled" over technology, thus possibly limiting their connection with their teacher. I enjoyed this video and it reminded me of EDM310.

2.) A 7th Graders Personal Learning Environment

The young lady in this video did a fantastic job on her PLE. She carefull explains in detail everything she has done to put her PLE into place. As well, she shows you what she can do on her PLE, and what she needs to do before class begins. Her science class is like EDM310, paperless.

3.) Smartboards

The points that Mr. Michael Staton and Bill Ferriter make about the use and cost of Smartboards in the classroom I hae to disagree on them. Although they may be expensive, the "benefits" of them in classrooms far outweigh the costs in the end. Students need creative ways to learn and keep their attention going. Smartboards allow teachers to create and produce interesting lessons, and allow the students to engage in interactive play as well.

The following link explains the benefits of Smartboards in the classroom. The blogger Mohd Anwar B. Alwi lists the benefits of Smartboards in the classroom, and why he thinks they are great tools to have.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

C4K Post #2

KPE Episode 341: A Dog So Small

"A Dog So Small" by Philippa Pearce is reviewed by Matthew R and Joshua.
This book is set in London and talks about the power of the imagination.

Tracy said...

Hello, my name is Tracy Hunt and I am a student in Dr. Strange's EDM310 class at the University of South Alabama. I really enjoyed watching your podcast on "A Dog So Small," it was interesting and fun to listen to and watch. I now want to read the book to find out what happens at the end! My blog is and you are more than welcome to visit it and leave comments.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Project #8 Podcast

Blog Post #5

1.)The Benefits of Podcasting in the Classroom by Joe Dale

This video explains the many different ways that podcasts can benefit students. It's amazing at how students can miss class and still get the important information they need by going online, and listening to a podcast. Podcasts are very effective in classrooms, as the student can listen to information that was missed in class in the comfort of their home. Teachers and Professors can upload information and students can listen to them out of class in case they missed something vital. Podcasts allow for parents to become more involved in their child's education by actually listening with their child the podcasts their teachers left for them. Kids can create their own podcasts and it teaches them how to become more creative with their work. Podcasts premote creativity and innovation in classrooms, and allow parents to know what is going on their their child's classroom.

2.) Education Podcast Network

The Education Podcast Network is an effort to bring together in one place, the wide ranges of podcast programming that may be helpful to teachers looking for content to teach with and about, and to explore issues of teaching and learning in the 21st century. The podcast I listened to was under "ARTWORLDTALKS" titled "Episode 29-Dennis Wood." In the podcast, Canadian artist Dennis Wood explains that from a child, he used to play with his food. He then as he got older, developed a talent for the arts and he went into photography where he captured pictures and turned them into kaleidoscopic textures that reflected light. Dennis Wood has been an artist for over 30 years.

3.) Langwitches

This blog discusses the importance of both "podcasting" and "glogging." Mrs. Kurs 8th graders created individual podcast files, and some created collaborative files. Glogs are interactive posters that can include different media (images, audio, video, text). All the student projects involved dealing with, finding and using digital media for their creations. Students picked a specific character and created their glogs from the story. They linked each others glogs together to tie the story together. Glogging goes beying the power of learning and enables the student to become more creative with their learning.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

This Is My Sentence Project #6

C4K Post #1

Ms. Naugle's 5th Period Math Class

Rachel S's Blog

February 1, 2011 ~ 3 Comments
I love summer because you get to swim and go to summer camp. I go to a Christen summer camp, When camp is done I miss all the other campers so much . We go to feild trips every Friday . On Wednesdays the snowball truck comes. And on Tuesdays and Thursdays we have pool and hottub time. i looooooooooooooove ssssuuuuuummmmmmmmmmerrrrrr.

Hi Rachel,
I am a student at the University of South Alabama down in Mobile, AL. I must say that you did a fantastic job on your blog, and I really enjoyed reading it! Summer is one of my favorite times of the year as well as there are so many different fun activities and things to do. It sounds like you have a lot of fun when you are at camp. How long is summer camp for? Once again, I must say that you did a fantastic job on your blog and I really enjoyed reading it. I now look forward to summer!
Tracy Hunt
EDM310 Class

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Blog Post #4

1.) Don't Teach Your Kids This Stuff. Please? by Scott McLeod
Scott McLeod is an Associate Professor in the Educational Administration Program at Iowa State University. He has received numerous awards for his work in the education field. In his post "Don't Teach Your Kids This Stuff. Please?" Dr. McLeod at first seems as though he simply dislikes the use of technology, but if you read more closely, you can understand that he is portraying the message that through "technology" can be harmful if used incorrectly, it is for the most part a very wonderful thing. Dr. McLeod speaks that with the use of technology in the right way, kids can go far and the amount of learning is endless if used correctly.

2.) The iSchool Initiative (5:42)

My reaction to this video was WOW! I am really amazed at how far technology is advancing. I believe the iSchool initiative is a fantastic idea. The only problem I see is just how much will they cost for each student to have? And what about those students who cannot afford to buy one if they are required to purchase? Though technology is greatly advancing, is the cost of schooling going to be greatly increased as well to cover the cost of all of this newer technology? If so, where does all of this money come from and who is paying?

3.) The Lost Generation (1:44)

If you listen to the way the video is speaking, you get a negative vibe on how things in the world seem to be. Upon listening closer, as the video is going backwards, it turns from "negative" to a more "positive" view of things. I will say that this generation seems to be wrapped up too much into social sites as "Twitter" and "Facebook" that we often forget about the real world outside, and how much we are missing out on. The way the speaker portrays how negative things at first are, then to go backwards and make the negatives turn into a positive is amazing and such a twist in the end.

4.) Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir (6:20)

This video was absolutely amazing and left me speechless in the end! I am almost lost for words to post a reponse on it. It is just absolutely amazing at how far technology has advanced compared to 10-15+ years ago. To put together a choir of 185 students whom have never met, and all singing in perfect stance is just absolutely amazing and breathtaking. It is amazing at what one can achieve and do using the internet alone, and how far one can go.

5.) Teaching in the 21st Century

The use of technology in classrooms leads a path to numerous amazing items. Through the use of Twitter, Facebook and various other programs, one can communicate with just about anyone in the world. The internet provides a vast amount of knowledge and tools needed to succeed in the world today. It's amazing at how with the click of a button, one can go anywhere they wish, look up anything, and find all sorts of valuable information within a matter of seconds. Programs such as Skype, Googletalk, and various chats allow one to call and video chat with one another. Something that could not be done 10 years ago. I personally believe that after watching this video, teachers should be required to learn as much about technology as they can, and should incorporate the use of technology in their classrooms. Technology is rapidly changing in todays society, and is very much different than that of 10+ years ago. This video was eye-opening and I enjoyed watching it.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Project #5

Blog Post #3

Michael Wesch: A Vision of Students Today (4:45)

                After watching this video, I had several thoughts racing through my mind. It is scary that I spend (aside from EDM310, which is the only “useful” class I have where I actually come out knowing more and actually learning something new every class session) so many days and hours  every week sitting in lectures taking notes, and listening to the Professors just reading word-from-word off the power point presentations. I am just being taught the same information I learned back in Elementary and Middle School. Here I am, spending thousands of dollars on tuition, books, and miscellaneous items for an “education” that I already learned back when I was a kid. Out of all of my classes this semester, only one is teaching me actual facts and stuff I will use in real-life. EDM310. My other classes just drill “facts” and stuff that I won’t ever use, and will forget within a month’s time after the semester is over with.
                 I am not saying that University is a waste of time, no. I am saying that “pre-requisites” are both a waste of time, and money. I honestly believe that pre-requisites should be done away with, and Colleges/Universities should focus more on educating and teaching you skills and valuable things you will need for the major you are going into. It isn’t until one enters into their actual “major” in a College/University is when he/she actually begins to learn something they will take with them after leaving campus.
                This video portrays students holding up notes, some saying they spend hundreds of dollars every semester on books they never will open. Some claiming they spend more time “facebooking” than they do listening to what their Professor is lecturing about in class. Technology is a very powerful thing in this world. It can both “break” and “make” you. I am not saying that technology is a bad thing (it is actually a very wonderful thing as it can take you far in life,) I am saying that it can seriously hurt a student in College/University. So many students are focusing more on who they are chatting with during lecture on their phones/computers, than they are on their Professors. When it comes time to take the test, these students are lost on their exams and they don’t do well. The use of chat rooms has destroyed a lot of students from Middle School to University, as they spend hours addicted to chatting online and instead they should focus on their schoolwork and to studying, and getting the grades. I used to be highly addicted to chat rooms when I was in Middle School, and my grades suffered because of it.  Facebook is becoming the social point of bullying kids, as more and more stories are coming from the news of where you hear students posting rumors, and nasty things/videos about other students. People have even committed suicide over online bullying. It’s sad.
                Technology, on the other hand, can be a fantastic thing. The use of twitter, and facebook, and many various other programs and sites can bring together people from all around the world to talk with one another on different topics and video chat with each other. One can learn almost anything, go anywhere, see anything and learn about it, with just the click of a button. There is a world of facts on the internet that is fascinating to learn about. Technology is the future of the world, every job out there basically is going to require the use of some type of technology, so it is best to learn all the basics you can learn about it.

 “It’s Not About The Technology” by Kelly Hines

         In the article “It’s Not About The Technology,” Mrs. Hines addresses 4 things that every teacher must recognize in order to effectively and positively impact students in a new generation of learning.

1.)    Teachers must be learners.
                Mrs. Hines is addressing that teachers today, though many come from different teaching backgrounds, must all know current, up-to-date ways of teaching and technology. Teachers must all be up-to-date on the latest news, and latest things going on around in the world. Students today are facing more challenging problems and situations from that of other generations in the past, and teachers must know how to handle such problems and be up-to-date on current issues facing students today.

2.)    Learning and Teaching are not the same thing.
                This is definitely true. If a student has say, a learning disability, that student is going to require a different way of teaching than say the child sitting next to him in class. There are so many teachers who get frustrated so easily because they teach in front of the classroom, in the same “learning style” and then expect the students to all understand fully the material that was being taught. Every child in the classroom is going to learn a different way, whether it be by visual –aides (pictures, charts, graphs, power-points, etc..,)  to reading books, auditory learners, visual learners. Every child has his/her own way of learning and for one to teach the “same” way to the entire class, well you will have a few students in the classroom who are going to struggle. I can relate as I was diagnosed with a “learning disability” in the area of math. No matter how many times the teacher showed me, I never could understand how to do a problem. I had to set up my own way of doing math problems to get the correct answer, and on top of that many hours of tutoring. So everyone has their own learning style, and every teacher should at least try to teach in different styles to better suite their students learning styles.

3.)    Technology is useless without good teaching.
                I agree. So many schools are given wonderful teaching devices such as “smartboards,” but they just sit in boxes in closets and never used, thus the school wasting thousands of dollars for nothing. A lot of older teachers tend to stick to old ways of teaching, which consists of teaching all day long on chalkboards and never wanting to learn new ideas of teaching. There is nothing wrong with old ways of teaching, I mean our parents did not have “computers” or “smartboards” in their classrooms growing up. Today is different though for our generation, and the next generation entering into Elementary School, as technology is becoming the center-focus for education now as everything is evolving around it. I believe if more teachers, ecpesially the older ones, would be willing to learn more about current technology and it’s impacts in classrooms with students, then they would see huge, dramatic changes in their students ways of learning and grades would significantly improve. Technology, if used correctly, can be a wonderful tool in classrooms.

4.)    Be a 21st Century Teacher without the technology.
Piece of chalk and blackboardTechnology might not be everything in a classroom. The old ways of teaching have their advantages over the newer ways of teaching today. Such as growing up, we had “computers” in classrooms but it wasn’t like it was today. We were taught how to do stuff such as the use of a telephone book, newspapers, looking up books in catalogs in libraries, and general things that today, students are all taught how to on computers. Though I believe technology is very important in society today, I also believe that the old methods of teaching should never leave a classroom, for they can teach valuable life skills that “technology” can never truly be able to teach.

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Monday, January 31, 2011

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Blog Post #2

1.) Did you know? 3.0 (4:56)
                   This video was both amazing and very eye-opening shocking at the same time. Technology has changed so much over the past years that it is scary and at the same time, exciting to see what is going to happen in the future to come. With the advancement of computers, modern medicine, robots, and everything else that is being both improved on and invented, we might no longer need the use of books or libraries. Everything will be on computers and only a click away from access.
                  It is amazing at how in the past, the only means of communicating was by either phone or mailing letters. Today, we can communicate with anyone in the world by the use of texting, chatting online via chatrooms, video chats, google-talk, and a multitude of other ways. This video was truely amazing and was a real eye-opener to how much technology had risen over the years.

2.) Mr. Winkle Wakes (2:51)

                   This video depicted an elderly man by the name of Mr. Winkle. Mr. Winkle was terrified of all the new changes around him upon waking, and could not handle such a drastic change in the world.
                   This video shows us that the education system has not changed in too many of a year. Schools are still using thr same old ways of teaching, and not enough technology is being introduced into classrooms. With the advancement of modern-day technology, and more and more jobs being created that solely focus of technology alone, it is imperative that schools get on board and change their old-school ways of teaching and advance to computers, smart boards, and fun and creative projects that have students actually thinking, not just copying off a board and tested the following week off what they learned or "memorized."
                  I don't know what scares me the most, technology advancing or the school system and its ways of teaching?

3.) Sir Ken Robinson: The Importnance of Creativity (19:21)

                   Sir Ken Robinson is both highly intelligent and speaks in a humorous manner to get the audiences attention. He explains the importance of arts in classrooms and that how the education system is taking this away from our children. Facts after facts are being drilled into students heads, but the creative sides are being ignored and put on the back burner.
                   Sir Ken Robinson wants educators to be more creative with their students, expands their minds and bring the arts into schools more. The importance of subjects such as math, science, history, and english are important, but arts should be focused more in each classroom and bringing out the creative sides of students.

4.) Cecelia Gault (Young Student in Finland) Interviews Sir Ken Robinson (1:59)

                   A student by the name of Cecelia Gault had the opportunity to interview Sir Ken Robinson on questions about education and creativity in schools. She questions Sir Robinson on how the educational system can be improved. Sir Robinson explains that through better curriculum of the arts and sciences, and by being more technologically focused, more students can succeed.
                   Sir Robinson believes everyone is creative in his or her own way, and that it is not appreciated enough in schools. Intelligence is labeled in today's society, whether it be through "GPA" or "IQ" tests. In my opinion, I believe the GPA should be done away with, and that though intelligence is important, we should focus more on the skills that a student possesses, and their creative sides rather than who has the highest GPA. Intelligence in everyone is different, and I believe everyone is smart in his/her own way.

5.) Vicki Davis: Harness Your Students' Digital Smarts (4:49)

                   Vicki Davis is an amazing teacher. She goes all out in the classroom to make sure her students know the many wonderful means of communication, and programs that are available through computers. Students in Mrs. Davis class are learning how to interact with others all around the world, and to create blogs and chat with students.
                   Sadly, with the school system today facing budget cuts and various other problems, it will be difficult to bring technology into each classroom on a level that needs be. Vicki Davis classroom is a powerful example that technology had greatly improved, and that it needs to be focused more greatly on students.