Sunday, December 9, 2012
Sunday, December 2, 2012
This is one video every teacher should sit down and take a look at. It opens up many new ideas on how we could make teaching a better experience for the students. Most of the questions teachers wonder about are answered in this video. The video shows teachers were to focus most of their attention and time in the classroom. Most of the time is being wasted on lectures that have nothing to do with everyday life.
The University presidents should sit and take a good look at this video as well. It would show them were most of the school funds should be going. Instead of buying all those school books, that money should be going on lab tops and portable tablets. Hundreds of dollars are spent on books and are never even used. Most of these problems can be fixed, the question is when.
Michael Wesch and the students of Introduction to Cultural Anthropology at Kansas State University, make some great points in this video. There are lots of worthless teaching going on in classrooms. We as students need to speak up and let our opinion be heard. We sit in these large classrooms everyday were the teachers don't even know our names. Most of the lessons don't have anything to do with everyday life problems.
We use our technical devices far more than we open or use books. Most of our time is spent on social networks sites like facebook and tweeter. With this being known, more of our lessons should be done through online sources. Most of us will be in over $20,000 of debt after we graduate because of schools wasting our money. By knowing this we should not have to waste money on books and any other worthless items. I feel there is to many teachers still stuck in the past with those old teaching ways.
Technology is rapidly growing and if our schools don't push for changes we will not be ready for jobs in the near future. Most of the jobs we are in school for will not be available when we graduate. Computers have became a large part of job fields in the world.
in one place. I'm so happy that I don't have to open so many windows when interacting in
each one. This PLN is a great source. I told my wife about it and she has started one as
well. I love my PLN experience.
I really enjoyed all the pictures in the blog. I think
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Physical Education ts a very important part of our everyday lives. Being fit helps to live a longer and healthier life. A child that is in shape tends to be more focused and has lots more energy during the run of a day. Also, health problems like Type 2 Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease comes from being overweight. Children that have at least 60 minutes of developmentally appropriate activities a day seem to have a better management of their weight control.
Physical Education is a required course in all schools across the nation. Adults as well as children, need some sort of physical activities to live a healthy life. Even though it is required, everyone does not take exercise very seriously. By overlooking the required physical activities that should be done American's are becoming over weight. The number of obese children has doubled since 1980. Getting the correct exercise does not have to come from just running. There are many ways to enjoy putting the correct physical time in daily. You can ride a bike or play a sport like basketball to get your required physical active time in your routine.
1.) Watch this video Physical Education2:08
2.) Write a post in which you discuss the importance of Physical Education. Comment on what you have seen in the video. Discuss the benefits of Physical Education. Follow the requirements in Writing a Quality Blog Post
Monday, November 12, 2012
The author of this post is about to begin a six year study focusing on different areas of learning. In the first year they will focus on how our learning environment helps us to learn. The second year they will investigate the qualities of effective learners and how these can help us learn, individually and collaboratively. Year 3 will explore the information process… how we decide what we want to learn, formulate questions, locate, organise and evaluate information. Year 4 will inquire into what it means to be organised and how this can empower us, not just in our learning, but in life. Year 6 will explore individual and group decision-making and its impact, personally, in the classroom community and working outwards towards their study of government.
I commented:I find this to be very interesting. I'm so anxious to see how this actually turns out. I think it’s going to be a great process. I agree with anything that helps the learning process.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Little Kids Big Potential
Ms. Cassidy has some great ideas when it comes to teaching our young kids technology. Computers have become mandatory to learn how to use in today's world. Ms. Cassidy is teaching her students how to write great blog posts on their page very early in their learning career. Other skill have to be taken into consideration when commenting on blog posts. When making comments, you have to know how to comment on posts without saying hurtful things. Web pages are also very useful to use in classrooms. These pages can be used to research any information you are looking for background information on.
Wiki is another great computer site that can be used in research. This site allows you to ask any other people around the world their input
Looking at all theses skills Ms. Cassidy talked about in her videos makes me really think long and hard. In my future class room I can't see myself not using any of these great tools. I would strongly encourage everyone to adopt all of these skills into their classrooms. They will help the teacher communicate with the students and also would cut back on the actual in class time. By using tools like Skype, I could make sure all my students got there instructions for work even if they were not present in the classroom. These tools would surely be something I would surely use in my future classroom.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
A world where grades will be left behind
Sebastion Thrun, a professor at Stanford University in PALO ALTO, California has some great ideas to share with us. He starts off by saying education should be free and available to anyone. In his close to perfect world, no one would ever be late for class. On another note, he said that learning should be as fun as a video game. Thrun taught a free online artificial-intelligence course to more than 160,000 students. This method is also called flipping your classroom and introducing the students to more computer assignments. This also helps educators to update there teaching skills to meet the needs of today's computer driven world.
Monday, November 5, 2012
The cartoon by John T. Spencer, is really a great comparison between the PC and the Mac computers. Yes, the PC is a lot cheaper but it is no way in the same class as the Mac. The Mac can do things that a PC can only dream of doing. For one the Mac makes movies so much easier than struggling to do so on a PC. If you ever use a Mac u will never want to go back to a PC ever again.
Why Were Your Kids Playing Games
Going straight by the book in classrooms my not give the students the best way to learn. The problem is that some people in the school system are so afraid of trying new methods. They have been stuck in the past for so long, till it is nearly impossible to help them move forward. Putting lesson plans in to games will help the students remember and understand what the lesson plan was about.
I believe using games in a classroom would be a great teaching method to use. By grabbing the attention of the students, this will allow the classroom to flow in a positive direction. Being able to keep the students focused, has become one of the biggest problems we encounter in classrooms today. Sometimes, if you are trying to move in the right direction there are going to be people that want to to hold you back. Some of our educators get in trouble trying to force material into the students heads. With games in the classrooms, the students will have fun learning
Mr. McLeod's post
I agree with Mr. McLeod's post on technology. Letting the kids learn on the internet is a great way for students to see just how the real world is. Why would we want to hide the truth form our students and future adults. Computers are taking over the world at such a alarming rate, till every student will have to have some kind of understanding of technology. The world is moving in a technical direction, and so should our educators.
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Monday, October 29, 2012
What Ed Said spoke of a theme box his family kept. In this theme box was article, pictures etc. He didn’t recall caring about the content or wondering about its relevance. The author then began to speak about geo-literacy. The central idea is: Understanding the interconnectedness of the world empowers people to make informed decisions for now and the future. They have, however, articulated some desired conceptual understandings for students to reach, as they explore the big idea through the lenses of connection and reflection.
I agree that engaging with and learning from people in other places helps us understand our interconnectedness. I also agree that individuals and countries are interconnected in many ways. It's great that Skype allowed them this experience. I really thought the invitation to other classes to engage with your class was a good idea. The students should find this very interesting.
Frank Buck was my teacher for C4K #4. He gave a link to get small clickable buttons to take my readers to my other outlets. He tittled the post Get Organized. Such a good tittle.
I commented: My name is Byronn, and I am a Sophmore at University of South Alabama College in Mobile Al. I think that is good information that you shared. My class had to do a PLN which was similar I think. Educational Media is so cool. I never thought so much media would be a part of teaching. I really like learning educational media.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
What I've Learned This Year (2008-09)
In Mr. McClung’s first year of teaching, he started out in Noel, Missouri as an elementary teacher. He came into the school with the wrong state of mind on how to be a great educator. Worried about what his superiors thought of his lesson plans, he steered away from making his students his first priority. Mr. McClung also had to learn that there is no such thing as a perfect lesson plan. You are only human and you are going to make mistakes. Mistakes are a very important stepping stone on the process of becoming a great educator.
Something else McClung also learned was the very important skill known as communication. No student relationship with his teacher will ever blossom without having great communication with each other. Being on the same page as your students makes all the difference in the world. In becoming a great teacher, you have to be able to recognize and help keep your students in some sort of comfort zone. With computers becoming a must have in the world, teaching technology is also mandatory in today’s society.
Teaching computer skills is a learning process for the students and the teacher. By that being said, teachers can’t be afraid to fail. Great educator can’t ever stop wanting to keep learning and better themselves.
I feel that Mr. McClung is no different from the average first year teacher. With the way things are changing in the world a future educator really dosen’t know what to expect in the future. As future educators, we must keep our heads clear and be prepared for what ever changes come our way. Reading Mr. McClung’s post really gave me lots of ideas that I can take into my future classroom. I also learned how a great relationship with your students can become so helpful.
What I’ve Learned This Year- Volume 4
Mr. McClung use to worry about what his superiors thought of his teaching methods. Now that he got over that, he is starting to worry about what his peers are thinking of his teaching methods. Quickly realizing the only ones that really mattered to him are his students. He knows that as long as his students are enjoying his teaching skills then he is still on the right track.
Mr. McClung found himself repeating the same lesson plan he had been using for the past 3 years. He felt that his lesson plans had became routine like tying your shoes laces every morning. Before long, Mr. McClung was exploring other courses to expand his knowledge into. He knew he had to stay excited in order to keep the students wanting to learn. He was the first to realize that his lectures he was giving had become lazy and boring.
I agree with what Mr. McClung wrote in his post number 4. You can’t worry about what other adults say about how you’re handling your business. There are lots of people in the world that feel if it isn’t done their way then it’s not right at all. Also if you don’t want to continue to learn and challenge yourself to get better you will not succeed in nothing. Your goals should be set high, even if you feel they are out of reach. Being stuck in your old ways and not wanting to open up and try new things only hurt your students in the end.
Cooperative Catalyst Educators talked about what kids could do if they weren’t assigned so much homework. They felt like kids didn't learn as well due to so much homework. Kids could use all the extra time to study. A small study was done and proved that when kids aren't loaded down with homework their grades were much better
I totally agreed with homework being deleted. My wife is in nursing school, and she has huge amounts of homework each day. She doesn’t get much rest, because she also has to study after completing her extensive homework. I believe studying is more important than doing homework in most situations.
For the Love of Teaching talked about the importance of listening. They preferred to teach the skill of listening separate from the skill of focusing. They wrote" Young children's listening and speaking competence is in advance of their reading and writing competence". Once a child is aware of listening as a specific skill, he or she is able to be metacognitive in its application.
I know that listening is a very important component. Listening does help with other areas of development. Listening skills are very useful in day to day life as well. It’s important for teacher to be very careful when teaching the skill of listening.
Monday, October 22, 2012
Sunday, October 14, 2012
The Networking Student
Hi, my name is Byronn Brye and I feel networking has become a mandatory learning tool in the 21st century. Networking can be useful in many different ways and situations in today’s society. One way it can be useful, if you are a student that misses a lot of lecture time it can save your grade. Networking will allow you to still get all your assignments done because you have the power to do them anytime before your due date. Just like in my EDM 310 course, networking is very useful because I run a tight schedule.
Network learning has endless possibilities and countless ways of getting a lesson plan to your entire classroom, without ever seeing them face to face. In my opinion, there is no tool that is more useful than networking in the 21st century. Teachers and students are building a great relationship by using the networking system. It gives the students more flexibility to carry out everyday things and still have time to finish the work for school. Being able to open up our lesson plan any were assures there is no excuse not to do your work. The teacher also benefits because he or she can give the lesson to the class without even leavening the house.
At the end of the movie there is a great question asked. I feel the question was answered very well. Why do we need teachers, is a great question to ask. In my opinion, the teachers would know more about the lesson plans than the students. There would come a time, when you ask the teacher a question, and they don’t know the answer. That’s when the teacher and the student must get together, and learn the answer to what ever the question asked.
A 7th Graders Personal Learning Enviroment
After watching the PLE of the 7th grader, I found lots of similar characteristics in our work. I just did a PLE with my group called BAJA. We are a group from EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. Our PLE was done mainly on the same style as the 7th graders PLN. We used social networking communications such as face book to set up our group meatings. Most of our work just like the 7th graders PLN was done using no pencils or paper. Using the computer makes all your work look very professional.
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Randy Pausch was a very interesting professor and human being. Even is the eyes of death, he could still put helping others to focus and pursue their goals in life. Setting goals help give the mind something to work towards so that your mind does not get boarded. If you don’t have goals then no matter how hard you work its all for nothing. Randy used lots of techniques that he used while at Carnegie-Mellon.
Randy Pausch stresses to everyone about hitting a brick wall. Hitting a brick wall brings you back down to earth. This allows people to understand just how badly you want something. Life is about choices; you can either keep pursuing your goal or lie down and give up. Most of us have dreamed of play professional sports at some period in our lives. Sports can teach more than how to throw a ball or run up and down a field. There are more important skills that can come from sports. Team work is a very important aspect that will be used in everyday life. Counting on your classmates to do a group project or co-workers at your job will all require teamwork in order to be successful.
Leadership is also very important in becoming a great educator. Gathering everyone’s attention in a classroom requires great leadership skills. Maintain control over your classroom, because that makes it easier to get your point across to the students. Virtual programs make learning more interesting than listing and taking notes from a boring lecture. Getting all the students on the same page will also make bonding in the classroom easier. A close nit classroom tends to be more helpful to all the students because they don’t mind helping each other.
Randy Pausch made numerous amounts of great points though out his lecture. I agree that you must make learning appealing to your students. After watching Randy’s lecture I will have a far better approach towards any obstacle that I encounter in life. Not only can I use these skills in my classroom but in my classes that I am currently enrolled in now. The Entertainment Technology Center reminds me of my EDM 310 course a lot. They both are basically hands on and we learn as we go along. There also is no use for the boarding method of paper and pencil.
Sunday, September 30, 2012
By doing so we would leave a cleaner carbon foot print for the next generation of students. Another great point Travis makes is how much money is being wasted in our school system. Ischool would save at lease $450 per student per school year.
In Zeitigeist Young Minds Entry, made by Travis Allen after he left high school shows how great his idea about Ischool became. Travis gained a lot of public awareness and fame from hid ideas. He opened the eyes and gained lots of respect of many educators by pushing technology into their classrooms. I think Ischool is great and I wish Travis Allen nothing but the best in spreading the power of Ischool.
I was blown away by the organization and the use of the internet in Eric Whitacre's Virtul Choir. This shows the organization and the power of the internet in the world today. Just think, the internet can put a piece together like this, that makes the ideas of the internet endless.
In the video Teaching in the 21st Century, by Kevin Roberts he feels teaching is far more than just presenting information or facts to a classroom. By this said, it is not enough in todays society to only lecture. Kevin feels that problem creating and problem solving is a far better technique to become a great educator. Learning Kevins technique will require the learning of computers. I feel this is a very useful tool in becoming a great educator in the future. Flipping the classroom is a great teaching tool to insure you have to classrooms attention. I really agree with the flipping method, it really does make learning easyer.
Flipping the classroom is very useful because I have instructors that use this method in there classrooms. The method makes you have a better understanding of the lecture in the classroom. Hearing the information over and over again helps me to remember the information better. Therefor I will surely use this method in may classroom in the future.
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Hi my name is Byronn Brye and I am a student at the University of South Alabama. Reading about podcasting was very interesting in many different ways. Podcasting is a great learning tool to use in classrooms for students. For me, it is a great way to get my point across by being able to speak, rather than write. The power of the voice far outweighs writing things down on paper. Listenig to your own voice really makes information stick in your head. Podcasting, as I seen in the video is great how it grabs the attention of the entire classroom. In my podcast, I will surely have some great music playing in the background to grab the attention of my audience. The smartboard would also make a great tool to use in my podcast assignment. Seeing how affective these learnig tools were in making a good podcast, I can't wait to get started on mine.
Monday, September 17, 2012
Peer Editing can be helpful in many different ways. Depending on the way you use it, it can be very helpful or at the same time very hurtful. When Peer Editing, keep in mind that you reviewing your classmates. There are nice ways to tell someone how to better their work.
By saying this, it’s ok to correct and give advice in order to make a persons work better. This does not mean to pick every mistake you can find. Be nice with your comments when Peer Editing a persons work. It’s not how many mistakes you make, but can you train your self not to do them over and over again.
Technology in Special Education
Technology is great in all classrooms and in all grade levels. It helps students to learn more and take in more information than just lectures alone. Technology makes students want to learn. Making learning fun is a great way to push kids to greater levels of achievements.
Special Education students benefit even more from technology in their classrooms. It ables the students to complete tasks that would be almost impossible to handle without it. I love the idea of technology in Special Education classrooms. I strongly hope the school systems keep up the good work in expanding technology through out the schools.
How Ipads work with the Academics for Autism
The app I found that can be used in a class room with special need students is called First word Sampler. First word sampler teaches kids about letters, hoe letters relate to sounds, and even how to spell words. The game includes beautiful pictures matching with sounds to go along with the pictures.
Harness Your Students Digital Smarts
Vicki Davis has the write idea in making students technology literate in every way possible. I also agree that using computers over weigh the progress in classroooms over paper and pencils. Vicki Davis also talked about some very good points in the video. She said if you hear a word that you don't understand then you should Google the word. Make it your main objective to find out what the word means. When learning or teaching you can not be afraid to make a mistake.
Digiteen is a great way to communicate with lots of people everywhere. This allows the students to learn along with people from all around the world. No matters what part of the world you are from computers are the link between everyone. I really believe in what Vicki Davis is suing in her classroom. By her teaching technology to her students that will prepare them for the world in the near future.
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Did You Know- by John Strange was a very interesting video. Most of the facts that was posted in this clip were very alarming. Like most of the people living in the United States, I cant believe another country would have just as many english speaking students as the United States. India has just as many honor students and they dont have a quater of the population as we have. The United States better get it together before we are found behind the world playing catch up.
I feel becomming a educator will require lots of learning computers. Computers have become the center of all learning in the world. Everywere you go there are computers being use. People in the world that dont have any knowledge of computers will sadly find their self out of work. After watching this video I feel that I am ready to accept the challenge of becomming a great educator.
Mr. Winkle Wakes
Mr. Winkle Wakes- by Mathew Needleman:I found Mr. Winkles very amusing as well as informative. I really dont understand why he slept so long. He missed a great deal I advancement of technology. In the hospital he was very confused on the usefulness of the respirator. Only if he really knew how many life it has saved.
When he went to the school, he felt comfortable. He was in a zone where he could relate. This shows how far behind the school system is in todays world. There was only one computer in the whole class room, and there wasn't a person using it. School systems are stuck in the stone age with pen and paper.
The Importance of Creativity
The Importance of Creativity- by Sir Ken Robinson:Ken Robinson says that schools kill creativity. The way he explains it makes good sense. How can we educate our kid for a world that we really don't understand. The world is changing to fast. We really need to keep up in order to teach our kids.
Ken Robinson hinks that dance is just as important as math. In public education systems the most useful subject for work are at the top. They do this to meet the needs of indutrialism. He belives this is profoundly mistaken. We have to rethink the the fundamental principals on which we are educating our children.
A Day Made of Glass 2
A Day Made of Glass 2-is a very beautiful peice of work. Seeing the kids come to school so excited to learn was great. Having the glass pads makes learning a event that the kids will never forget. I think in the near future some of this technology will become posible to use in the future. This video makes me realize how important it is to get computers in each and every classroom.
The medical aspect of the video was very detailed and the glass technology would be a great help to the doctors as well. By useing the glass it would keep down the infection and the spread of germs. This glass technology would be great for the world in a good way. I hope that I am around to see some of this technology being use in the world.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
I hope to coach football in the future, because that is a life long passion for me. I enjoy all the P.E. courses that I have to take because they help me to get on the right track in getting physically fit. This will be a great experience for me and I am looking forward to the task. I am enjoying every aspect of being a college student.
In watching Randy Pausch's Time management video I learned that good judgment comes from experience and experience come from bad judgment. I learned that planning is very important and it has to be done at multiple levels. Failing to plan is planning to fail. I found that drafting a "To Do List" helps to break thing down into small steps.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Dr. Miller, Dept. of English @ Rutgers University, challenges us to consider how writing has changed in the academic culture in response to technological advancements. He points out how today we have the ability to instantly collaborate and communicate globally, sharing ideas freely and push these ideas into our culture instantly. He states that this process in the "book" form would easily take two years! He thinks that we need to start producing compositions that are beautiful, compelling and pay attention to the auditory detail of the experience. This is something that he says is necessary if we are to argue for the humanities. Within 3 months this publication on youtube got 9,000 views. This is a way to push ideas into our culture. We need this type of composition. He can't imagine doing it himself, but there are people composing with the web itself. They don't use images or the alphabet. Teachers are needed to teach this visual literacy and many teachers aren't ready for this yet
Carly Pugh Blog Post 12
Carly is a true inspiration to others. Her dedication and enthusiasm for education shines throughout the entire post. Her assignment is very unique and seemingly, very productive. She created an assignment that would benefit students not only in this class, but also in the future when employers look at what kind of person they are. It's also an assignment that gets students more comfortable with Youtube and how to organize videos that benefited them.
Sunday, May 6, 2012
This project made me realize how much I depend on my smart phone. My iPhone 4 has become a part of me and my life. I use my phone at least 20 to 30 times a day easily. If I could not have my phone for a hour I don't no what I would do.
Thursday, May 3, 2012
My name is Byronn Brye and I’m also a student in EDM 310 at University of South Alabama. Your resources are great and easy to use! I can’t wait to graduate and actually use some of your resources in my own classroom. I plan to be an educator not just a teacher.
Opening Smart notebook file of SMART Exchange on an Ipad
These are some very good links and I think they will be very usefull in my future as a educator. Each time I veiw your page I find lots of usefull infromation. I see that you value being a educator, and it needs to be more educators like you in the world. Its funny that you would post links about the smartboard, due to the facts that we are using it this semister. I was happy to see your post, it really gave me lots of great ideas.
Sunday, April 22, 2012
I chose an assignment to find an Iphone app to help with Physical Education. I chose an app that is made by Data Supply and it's a BMI Calculator.
The steps would be as followed:
1)Log into ITUNES
2)Type BMI Calculator in search field.
3)Select and install the App.
4) Enter required informatiom to obtain BMI.
5)Write a summary on how this helped in your clasroom.
This App allows you to calculate your own BMI. It's a free App, and works great. This allowed students to see if their BMI was out of range. Students were so excited to find out about this. Most students installed the App immediately. I would say this was a complete success.
Why should we model this behavior? In life being curious is how we've learned things. If we had never touched a hot object how would we know that it hurts. Also if we were to afraid to make a mistake how would we learn to correct things. Curiosity plays a very important role in being a great educator.
Why don't students pay attention or follow instructions? Sometimes students don't follow instructions because the teacher can be very boring. In order to make a lesson plan stick to the students it should be something in the plan that is exciting. We as educators have to get our points across in a more lively fashion. Just remember that your students curiosity is only as good as the instructor imagination.
What do we doubt about it? I feel I can sometimes be very curious person. My only down fall is that I have to be more open in my assignments. Understand that sometimes you have to dare your self to be different. Know that you have to be a risk taker and not so conservative all the time.