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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Thanks for a great semester!

Thank you for a great semester, fellow EDM310 friends. Since you've been so free with your perspectives and new learnings, I have learned so much from many of you. I'm looking forward to continuing to share and learn via the alumni blog.

Have a great summer and the best to you!

jackie

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

My Sentence

Two questions that can change your life from Daniel Pink on Vimeo.



Need to think about it.

Two questions that will change our lives ;

What is my sentence?
Was I better today than I was yesterday?

Yep.. Need to think about it.

A 7th Grader's PLE



I am so VERY impressed with this PLE video of a 12 year old 7th grade girl. I liked her statements that she had so much freedom that she felt an inclination to be responsible. "It's not like I can choose not to do something but that I can choose how to do it and when to do it" is what she says.

This is so far ahead of college courses I have. This is what kids need as a learning environment. Where is she from and what is the name of the school?

Summary Post - Honest Reflection

{I am now looking back to January and fast forwarding to today.}

It has been a fruitful 15 weeks. Is that all? 15 weeks? EDM310 has been a valuable experience for me technologically, intellectually, personally, and professionally.

Technologically Speaking

It is quite obvious that I should have grown technologically during my time in EDM310, and I thankfully have. We were initially asked “Are you technologically literate?” Ha! I actually answered “Yes!” And yes, I am laughing out loud at myself. I thought I was so savy with my word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation software skills. What a lesson to learn that those are just tools like my pencil that I have to know, and being able to use them does not make me technologically literate. I was just meeting some basic expectations.

EDM 310 has provided me with the tools and (although scheduled) time to experiment with technology I had heard of and much that I had no clue about. I’m grateful to have had the time to begin to develop a plan for my professional development and classroom effectiveness using technology.

Allow me to list the technological tools that I feel I know now :

-Google Docs including forms/spreadsheets/word processing, Reader, Gmail, iGoogle- I plan to
use these in my classroom
- Delicious
- Picasa – love it and now use it for all pictures due to speed and ease of sharing
- Podcasts, - loved the concept and ease of creation and use
- videocasts, - loved the concept and ease of creation and use. I feel I have a good handle on the
equipment needed and value.
- YouTube, - was able to experience using it for a video posting. I enjoy the information,
not garbage, available for teaching and learning
- movie making – I enjoyed seeing the variety of styles and technologies for this on posts
and from fellow classmates
- Posts you read – loved many, enjoyed the professional posts; appreciated the posts that
were for our class to comment on
- PLNs, - great direction given to us to develop one. The spreadsheet with the free
software links was helpful as well as the podcasts on PLN’s
- Twitter – I have an account
- Other teachers and students outside of our region, - Loved them all. What about Mobile
County teachers?
- Comments4kids – great assignment and substitute for no inclass service this semester; would
like to adopt this for my classes
- comments4classmates – liked this because it made me look at the quality of work of my
peers; I had to schedule the time, got in the habit, then do it for those blogs that I enjoyed
- Comments4teachers- if we can’t be in the classroom or around other professionals physically
this course, Comments4Teachers is a great alternative
- iTunes- this course has me now downloading podcasts a few times a week
- iTunesU, accessibility issues and the use of – I was exposed, but not using it
- html tag modifiers to address some of those issues – need to work on
- who you are as a professional,
- Google Earth – did the assignment, was exposed, but no depth on this
- ACCESS and ALEX – glad to have been exposed now before student teaching to use during
block coursework. I’m interested in seeing how valuable and integrating it into my
professional life before being hired. Not to mention, these are not very developed so would I
really have been exposed to this on the job?
- Technological literacy – oh boy! See my comments.
- Tthe future of schools – don’t really know. I feel through sites like At the Teachers’ Desk, and
2cents Worth, as well as others, I’ve seen a more editorial aspect of the future of schools. But
what about Mobile County where it is now, opportunities for technological advancement and
future plans?
- Your "intellectual trail" – please see my extensive comments

Did Dr. S miss anything? Here are Jackie’s other gains from EDM130 :

- Class structure – lesson learned about offering freedom in their pursuit to help them explore and learn through discovery to develop thinkers

- Reflection and Feedback – I have come to understand the value of reflection as a mom and see it as the same asset in teaching. Continuously self-evaluating to adjust the lessons, approaches, effectiveness, goals, missions, meanings, growth is not only valuable, I think as a teacher one will sink if honest reflection is not part of our abilities.


Although I am pleased with the quantity and quality of the education on many fronts with EDM310, there are some places I need improvement on.The following are tools that I will be working on to know better.

- Twitter : tweeting and using Twitter as an active tool for networking and professional
development
- WIKIs – I should know this, but need to listen to the podcast and familiarize myself
- Movie Making : I need to streamline the making part as well as learn through practice
how to make interesting and effective movies. Also posting using iTunesU and Youtube needs
to be practiced.
- Balance between using the technology and getting lost in the sea of information.
- How to apply what I have learned while still meeting my job requirements
- If what I have learned can not be supported in the school that I will be placed, then how
will I work to get the support, through grants, the main office?


Are there things that I would have liked to learn and did not?

The current policies in Mobile County – Can we even blog?
Current classroom technology (I’m not talking about the projector or intercom)
Mobile County trends and plans for using technology
Smartboard use and effective integration into teaching.



Intellectual and Personal Gains from EDM310 :

This learning and teaching style suits me well. I thoroughly enjoyed the hybrid aspect, as we were still interfacing even when we were not in the same room. The experience as a student who will one day have her own students was valuable in that first hand I saw what not setting the bar resulted in. It allowed those that were learners, went far and those that weren’t interested, fell.. I’m not advocating that someone needs to fall. What I am saying is this class structure didn’t allow for anyone to be pulled along, yielding a false perception that they would meet minimum expectations. I would like to instill some of the self directedness into my classes appropriately. I’m interested to figure out how to get the lower performing students to rise to the challenge by helping them to discover their own path… Oh I know this is all so na├»ve, and I don’t know how to do it, it is only my vision. No plan happens without a vision and some action… Enough said.

I enjoyed the soft, philosophical aspects that were more global lessons than just those related to technology. The ongoing discussion about grades, quality of posts, quality of our work and our future as teachers were priceless. I found all of it insightful, exciting, important, inspirational, paradigm shifting, and good information for when I’m in the classroom. My fellow students were fascinating to me. We came in all shapes and sizes, and collaborated fabulously. I learned a lot from them and Dr. Strange, Jim Fawcett, Mr. C., Dorothy Burt, Mr. McClung, Ken Robinson, etc. The interface and experience caused me to grow in many ways.

There wasn’t a time when I wasn’t learning something in this class. That may seem impossible, but nothing comes to mind. I wish I had learned more! Luckily, I will continue to do that, by taking very seriously, the need to be a life learner.

How funny is this??

Check out this site called Chogger for an interesting way to format presentations like a comic strip.

Substasive Presentation

My presentation was given to my class as a recruitment and info-mercial for the EDM310 Alumni Blog. My preparation was limited and on the fly (much like I imagine the day in the life of a teacher will be). Outlined during the presentation was the inception of the concept, the project start, the process we used to determine the interest and needs for the blog, as well as what was needed from the current students to get it rolling.

Since then, many students have become contributors and the momentum is growing.

My Professional Blog - EDM 310 Alumni Blog

This is an experpt from my post entitled "Final Comments on the Evolution of my PLN."

I feel like the cherry on the sundae has been the EDM 310 Alumni Blog. I enjoyed using Google Docs and gmail to acquire addresses, form the team (of 20-30) and understand the needs and desires for the project. This was a bit of a test run for me in using the available fee technology to collaborate with never meeting face to face. Google Docs was used to create a form and now we have a project start. This project has caused me to take my PLN to a new level locally. I've met more classmates and other EDM310 students, and the project vision gets a little more defined with each email and new contributor.

I had mentioned, in my February 27th post, that I would continue to do something rather than nothing to venture into uncharted waters. Jamie Lynn and I did just that in about 15 minutes face to face (during Dr. Strange's lecture - thank you for understanding Dr. S!) and the birthday was established. It was fun and most rewarding.

The best part is that we now have a local network of fledgling teachers with a common forum to exchange ideas and learn from.

Final Comments on The Evolution of My PLN

I am writing after reading my initial post entitled " The Evolution of my PLN." At that time, on February 27, 2010, over two months ago, I had already experienced so much with my PLN. It was well on its way at that time. There was even a mention about a EDM310 Alumni Blog in that post.

Since then, many of what was in place continued and grew a little and has been now integrated into my typical day or week. I keep up with my Google Reader each day as well as my and the EDM310 Blog. I've enjoyed Delicious until I did something to my password to get denied access. I'll be fixing it soon as it's difficult to live without.

I feel like the cherry on the sundae has been the EDM 310 Alumni Blog. I enjoyed using Google Docs and gmail to acquire addresses, form the team (of 20-30) and understand the needs and desires for the project. This was a bit of a test run for me in using the available fee technology to collaborate with never meeting face to face. Google Docs was used to create a form and now we have a project start. This project has caused me to take my PLN to a new level locally. I've met more classmates and other EDM310 students, and the project vision gets a little more defined with each email and new contributor.

I had mentioned, in my February 27th post, that I would continue to do something rather than nothing to venture into uncharted waters. Jamie Lynn and I did just that in about 15 minutes face to face (during Dr. Strange's lecture - thank you for understanding Dr. S!) and the birthday was established. It was fun and most rewarding.

The best part is that we now have a local network of fledgling teachers with a common forum to exchange ideas and learn from.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Posting to a Student's Blog Does Make a Difference - for Student and Teacher

I was tickled to receive this response to a post on my Comments4Kids posting. This was her response :

Heather said...

Thank you so much Jackie for commenting on my blog and I wish you all the best but always keep up teaching your students.
April 21, 2010 9:17 AM

I always leave a question on a Comments4Kids post, hoping to begin a dialogue with some student somewhere in the universe. They never answer the questions, and this was the first response. But we do make a difference letting them know that we have seen their work AND were impressed!

Just another thing that makes teaching so fascinating and rewarding.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Friday, April 9, 2010

EDM 310 Alumni Blog - The Survey is Out! Be Heard!

Email Me if you want a version of the survey that you would submit.


The survey is available for you to complete if you would like to provide input on the design of a blog for all of us to use once we move on to the next stage after EDM310 and then in our after USA life. Instructions are in the header of the survey. Responses have to be submitted by Wednesday, April 14th, please.

THIS IS NOT MANDATORY, BUT VOLUNTARY. It's a student driven project, not an assignment.

PLEASE DON'T COMPLETE THIS VERSION.

Email Me

Project 8 - Teach Someone With Technology

The Prototype : Adding Mixed Numbers

The project I have chosen is something I plan to use on Monday with a student that I tutor in math. During the second or third week of the semester, I had decided that podcasts and video casts would have a place in my classroom. Math seems like a great subject to have a library of short, technique tutorials for students that may need further review. The student that I tutor has difficulties in taking notes and understanding the material during class. So, here it is. The prototype for tutorials to come. It is a little rough (such as the title should read "Adding Mixed Fractions") but I wanted to spend the time to see it through to posting to make sure I understood how to make and post a podcast using a PC. All the Mac students seem to be wizzes at it and those of us with PC's have a little more of a cumbersome path.

This will need to be polished, or Take 2 will need to happen before I share it with my student and his teacher on Monday.

Some things I will improve :

-practice a couple of times before recording, then the rest would probably be better
- be more accurate in my information (the title is wrong, and if time permits, I'll correct)
- a bigger white board
- better handwriting
-decrease the length, be more concise
-find a better recording set up - I used my desk and an old whiteboard my kids play with
-add inflection in my voice with logical transitions to not put the viewer to sleep


I used a Logitech 500 Webcam, a write on/wipe off board, Windows Movie Maker 2.1 and then Mydeo to post it. Mydeo is a web video host, and it is free. I chose the streaming option for the video. I don't know if that was the right choice, but in the essence of learning, it was the first try.

Adding Mixed Numbers

My First Voicethread

Here it is, my first Voicethread. This is like hanging my report card on the refrigerator when I was a kid.

voicethread.com/share/1053464/

PS22 Video

What fun! I like that the arts are being kept alive in the classroom here! The energy and happiness of both the students and their teacher is what makes teaching worth it!

For any teachers that want to use technology in their classroom:

Eric Langhorst is a history teacher and host of the blog Speaking of History. Mr. Langhorst really helped Tyler and I on our podcast project. Since connecting with him, I check out his blog occaisionally. It's really great.

If you will be a history teacher, don't miss this one. He has a lot of material that you could probably use for your classroom.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Why is it important for students to post their work to blogs (or other places)?

One common thread to the many blogs that I have had the privilege to encounter this semester is that kids like to know that someone can view and comment on their work. I had thought the they would be more apt to not want to put themselves out for display, but it is much the contrary.

Posting is different, fun and a special assignment for students. It provides them a tangible role in the learning process. Wasn't that one of the lessons in Week 1 of EDM310? Posting is out of the norm - today. It empowers them to be a part of the learning process. A site that I stumbled on this semester, is MathtrainTV. I dug into it because I was interested in math related podcast teaching tools, but became instantly fascinated because the students are doing the teaching. Check out this posting on The Innovative Educator, "Kids Teach with Mathcasting." The key words are KIDS TEACH. This is really a great example of using technology in the classroom.

Within the posting is a link for Mathtrain.TV where the students' math podcasts reside. The podcasts are really well done. Check them out!


If you want a sampling of failure prior to success for a teacher when using podcasts in the classroom, take a look at Sustainability Digital which is a blog hosted by 9th grade science teacher Ben Wildeboer. The blog contains comments from the teacher on the trials of the initial video project. You can see the enthusiasm of the students in the videos. An alternative "traditional" assignment may not have inspired the effort by the students that the video had.
This was a Comments4Kids assignment where I commented on the alkaline earth metals video produced. The students produced their own videos pertaining to their subject.

http://2kmblog.globalstudent.au/ This is Mrs. McGeady’s 2KM class blog. Their teacher announced a contest that would involve blog posting tips. She asked that anyone who had something to add to the recommendations to comment. I added that it was polite to respond to a post made on your blog kindly to express your appreciation for their contribution.

Eric Langhorst, Speaking of History

Eric Langhorst's classes appear to be very integrated with technology. He uses technology with many assignments, and to convey information. Check out this blog post, The Donner Party Project, where he has experts on the topic and education peers comment on the student videos. Students present info and also debate on video.