Sunday, December 2, 2012

Final PLN Summary

PLN Summary

This time for my PLN summary, I decided to switch things up a little bit to give a representation of my network has grown over the past few weeks. At the beginning of the semester, Dr. Strange introduced me to many technological resources. Of course, I checked them out, but honestly, I forget many of the resources he had shown us if I wasn't already using it on a daily basis.

With that being said, I already used Twitter, Facebook, Google, Blogger, Instagram, SnapChat, and many other technological resources on a daily basis for my personal life and school. Over these past few weeks though, I have learned to broaden theses resources. I now use my Delicious account to save important webpage links that I come across. I discovered that Safari allows users to put "Add to Delicious" as a link to the top of their browser. When I realized this aspect to Delicious I started using it a LOT more.
Add to Delicious

Another aspect of my personal network that I developed was my YouTube account. Ever since I learned from Carly Pugh that YouTube allows you to create your own playlists, I have been adding videos I come across that interest me academically or socially to playlist. This has helped me to organize information that I can use in the future.

Kangaroo from Groopt

For those of you who do not know there is a new social network called Groopt. As a member of Alpha Omicron Pi, I have recently added this network in my personal learning network because we have to use our Groopt account on a daily basis. It includes an online data base where we can leave comments and post similar to Facebook, has a calendar of event, and links to documents that we can upload.

These are only a few of the new additions that I have made to my PLN. Others include Google Docs, Skype, Endomondo, MyFitnessPal, Pic Stitch, iTunes U, iHeart Radio, and many more.

C4K November Summary

C4K #7

The seventh students' blog that I was required to comment on was not actually a blog of a student, but instead it was a blog of Dr. Vitulli and Dr. Santolli. Both professors spent two weeks in Ireland and posted every day of their trip. The post that I was required to comment on was a picture of the "Irish Blessing". This really spoke to me because I visited Ireland as Freshman in high school with my choral group. We actually sang this song in the chapels of Ireland. It is a beautiful and heart spoken work of art.

Here is the comment I left the professors:

Dr. Santolli and Dr. Vitulli,
I am a student in EDM 310 and in EDU 301 (with Dr. Vitulli) at The University of South Alabama. I love this post about the Irish Blessing. I had the chance to travel through Ireland as a Freshman in high school. I actually went because it was a field trip for my chorus class.
I am thrilled that you posted the Irish Blessing because this is actually one of the songs that we sang in the cathedrals of Ireland. If you have not had the chance to listen to music in one of their chapels yet, you need to before you leave! What you will hear will take your breath away.
I know you are having fun!
P.S. -Dr. Vitulli, I can't wait to hear all about it in class!
Amy Archer

C4K #8

The eighth students' blog post that I was assigned to comment on was a student in Ms. Spencer Alberta's fifth grade class. Her class is located at school in Canada. The student I was assigned to is referred to as "Magnificent Marty" on the blog page. Marty's post was written on the Canadian Shield.

Here is the comment I left Marty:

Hi Marty!

My name is Amy Archer. I am in Dr. Strange's EDM 310 class at The University of South Alabama in Mobile, AL.

I LOVE your project that you created on The Canadian Shield. Honestly, before checking out your blog, I did not know anything about it. You are lucky to live so close to such a beautiful piece of land!

I can tell that you spent a lot of time working on your assignment. You need to give yourself a pat on the back. It is outstanding that you are so motivated at such a young age. Keep up all your hard work, and stay in school!


Amy Archer

C4K #9

The ninth students' blog post that I was assigned to comment on in is in Mr. Seliskar's fourth grade class. The student's name is Diego D. His blog post describes his sister and how much he loves her.

Here is the comment that I left Diego:

Hi Diego!
My name is Amy Archer. I am a student at The University of South Alabama in Mobile, AL. I am currently in Dr. Strange's EDM 310 class.
I am super excited to see that your class is blogging! I believe it is a great aspect to learning. Your blog post was very descriptive, and I loved reading about your sister.
I have to say, I also love watching Dora. It is one of my favorite educational television shows. You seem to be a great big brother, and I can tell that you love your sister very much.
Keep up the good work and continue blogging! :)
Amy Archer

C4K #10

The tenth students' blog post that I had to comment on was from a student in Mr. Cometti's World History class. He teaches at Robertsdale High School. Natalie is the name of the student that wrote the blog I commented on.

In Natalie's blog post, she discussed the French Revolution in detail. I could tell that she spent a lot of time writing this post because she transitioned through each aspect of the French Revolution. She also summarized each main point very well and briefly. She gave readers enough information to teach them about the French Revolution and not too much information in order to prevent boring them to death.

Here is the comment that I left Natalie:


Hi! My name is Amy Archer. I am a student at The University of South Alabama in Mobile, AL. I am currently taking Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class this semester. I loved reading your blog post!

You explained The French Revolution in detail, and you summarized this event very clearly. Keep up the diligent work in your blog! You are a fabulous writer, and I know you will go far in life!
Have a great week! 

Amy Archer

C4T 4 Summary

C4T #4

The fourth teacher's blog post that I was assigned to comment on was a teacher by the name of Daniel Edwards. Mr. Edwards' blog is essentially mainly used to inform others on the new technological resources in the world, as well as receive input from bloggers on their opinion of the resources.

The first post that I commented on was from November 18, 2012. In this blog entry, Mr. Edwards listed and described many lesser known technological resources that can be used in the classroom. Some examples are Anitmoto, Skitch, Socravtive, etc.

Here is the comment that I left Mr. Edwards in response:

Mr. Edwards,
Hi! My name is Amy Archer. I am a student at The University of South Alabama in Mobile, AL. I am currently in Dr. Strange's EDM 310 class.
Thank you for sharing all the many resources that can be used in the classroom! In our EDM 310 class, we are practicing the use of technology so that we will know how to incorporate it into our teaching one day. These ideas will definitely stay on my list of resources to check out.
I hope you are having a wonderful school year, and, again, thank you for your advice! It is greatly appreciated.
Amy Archer

The second post by Mr. Edwards that I commented on was written on November 24, 2012. In this post, he discussed the positives and negatives of the iPad Mini. Although the iPad Mini has a great screen for displaying videos, Mr. Edwards believes the iPad Mini is not as good of a choice for the classroom as the iPad. His reasoning is because the iPad Mini requires one finger typing and challenges the creation of videos.

Here is the comment I left Mr. Edwards:

Mr. Edwards,
Hi! My name is Amy Archer. I am a student at The University of South Alabama. I am currently taking Dr. Strange's EDM 310 Course where we learn to incorporate technology into teaching.
Your input on the iPad Mini is a great resource for me! I have actually been curious as to how useful the iPad Mini would be in the classroom because it is less expensive. However, with your input I see that it would better for me to invest in an iPad because of the typing.
I am wondering though if you have used one of the new tablets created by Windows? Would these be in any way comparable to an iPad? I was just curious because I know that these tablets would be more affordable for the public school system.
Once again, thanks for your advice!
Amy Archer

Blog Post 13

Back To The Future

It's a Challenge.

Mr. Chamberlain suggested via email:"Brian Crosby's presentation at TedX Denver would be a great video for your students because it illustrates how one topic can encompass a huge range of learning." Brian Crosby is an Elementary school teacher in Sparks, Nevada. His speech on TED gave me a completely different look on blogging.

Mr. Crosby hooked my attention in the beginning of his speech by reciting the data that was received from a school where over ninety percent of the students lived in poverty. The survey asked the fourth grade students simple questions. For example the first question asked, "What city do you live in?" Only nine out of twenty-four students could answer the question correctly. The sad part is that majority of the students have lived in the same city since kindergarden.

After Mr. Crosby caught my attention, he stated the purpose of "hooking" viewers with the recent survey he had found. He believes that the school in which the survey was taken has too narrow of a curriculum. One of my favorite quotes stated by Mr. Crosby was his response to narrow-minded curriculums. He said, "It is hard to imagine what can be if you don't know what is."

He then proceeded to explain how he creates a classroom where his students can use their imagination and make scheme of the world. First of all, his students each have their own blog. With their blog, the students write post that include videos of the activities they participate in in the classroom and their written response to each activity. The students also comment on other student's and teacher's blogs around the world. This gets the students globally involved and aware of what goes on in countries around them.

Another great concept that I learned from Mr. Crosby was the video that his students created with an science experiment. The students created a transportation device for a camera that was connected to a parachute and balloon. The students released the device. When the balloon reached eighty thousand feet it popped! Then the camera slowing began to fall, and the parachute popped open guiding the camera to safe landing.

This science experiment absolutely amazed me! Then to make it even better, Mr. Crosby tied in the language arts into his science lesson by having the students write a story about what they experienced. They had the choice to write a story that was factual or use their imagination and incorporate the balloon experiment into a narrative piece.

At the end of his lecture, he really touched my heart. Mr. Crosby was given a student that had leukemia, and instead of assigning that student to home study, Mr. Crosby did what no other teacher had done before. He had the student participate in the class each day through the use of the web cam and a computer. Leukemia is hard enough to go through, and he did not want the patient to feel left out or alone.

Overall, Mr. Crosby taught me that it is important not to rush students through school. I have to let my future students get engaged in the world around them and give them opportunities to think outside the box. With technology, I know that anything is possible.

A Vision of Students Today

bored student

Micheal Welsch created a video called A Vision of Students Today. His video is inspiring and a wake-up call to the Universities of the world. In today's society, technology is undeniably necessary. Many people no longer have house phones and the social networking systems are taking over our face-to-face contact.

Micheal really focuses on how outdated the use of chalkboards, even dry erase boards, are in today's classroom. We now have SmartBoards, Projector screens, etc. But still college professors choose to consume the classroom with chalk dust? At The University of South Alabama, I see a lot of my professors starting to incorporate the use of technology and illuminate the boring, out-dated concepts.

For example, in large classrooms, teachers are now using applications on Smart phones to take roll. Our Biology department is now offering virtual online lab courses. This allows the working students to complete assignments at their own time. My Spanish professor uses the SmartBoard to present new information and allow our class to hear hispanic accents from around the world. Also, we have online homework assignments on MySpanishLab that help us to over come grammar concepts and oral frustrations.

Overall, we live in a world that forces one to become technologically literate. E-mail, Skype, and social networking systems are no loner simply a luxury, but instead, they are now becoming a necessity too.

Project 16

Project 13-Group Awesome Collaboration

For Project #15 my group for EDM 310 had to come up with different ways to communicate prior to completing our project. The point of this assignment was to find different technological ways of communication other than the basic use of e-mail and text messaging. Our first idea was to use Skype. However, when we tried it out all together, we realized that we could not all three Skype together for free. In order to have a three way Skype call one must purchase Skype instead of downloading the free software.

After this first battle, we decided to use Google Hangout which allowed us to have a three way call. When we talked on Google Hangout we decided who was going to research and discuss each standard for our third grade History lesson.

Then, Nancy created a Google Document that allowed us to input our data and ideas on how to teach our part of the lesson. This made it easier when we came into the lab to create the lesson on the SmartBoard Notebook software.

Project 15 Group Awesome