EDM 310 Class blog

Monday, November 24, 2014

Blog Post #5 Part 2


PLN is a personal learning network. Around the 5th week of school, I began creating my PLN. I used my PLN to help me connect with teachers, students and others around the world through technology such as twitter, blogging, ect. I first began using people Dr. Strange first recommended in the blog assignment. Now, I am starting to develop my own PLN on my own and choose things and people I want to add to it. For example, I really enjoyed reading  Mrs. Morris's Blog that I added her Blog to my PLN that way I can access it easily at anytime.

C4T #4: Integrating Technology In the Primary Classroom

screenshot of Mrs. Morris Blog

Mrs. Morris Blog

Blog 1:
Mrs. Morris discussed the importance of blogging and ways to incorporate in your classroom. She discussed 3 main topics: Blogging is all about literacy, Build blogging into literacy rotations, and Create digital portfolios.

Hi Mrs. Morris,
I loved your blog! I am currently a student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. I just recently became familiar with blogging and I love everything about it. I was alway curious to how I could incorporate in when I become a teacher. Your blog gave me some great advice! I can’t wait to use it!

Blog 2:
Mrs. Morris also discussed how this school year she wasn't teaching because of just having a baby but she could still keep up with Education through technology. She also gave many links about blogging and how to make a classroom blog and how to get parents involved.

Hi Mrs. Morris,
My name is Kayla Cooper and I attend the University of South Alabama. I am in EDM310 and just recently became familiar with blogging. I absolutely love it and when I become a teacher I plan on using it in my class. So all of your links about how to start a class blog and how to get the parents involved are very helpful to me. Also, congrats on the new baby!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

C4K for November

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Matthew's Blog:
He talked about what a citizen was and he stated that there were 4 types of citizens which are: a digital citizen, a global citizen, a Canadian citizen, and a local community citizen. He described a digital citizen as being one who is apart of a social media.

My Comment:
Hi Matthew,
My name is Kayla Cooper. I am from the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama. I enjoyed reading your blog. I found it very interesting. I have the same question that Lauren has in the above comment. What is a Global citizen?

Matthew's Blog

Adam's Blog:
He made a post of a video of him standing in the mirror and then a picture of a cornfield and then a picture of him standing in the cornfield. He combined the two images to make the last image. He seems very creative and I was very impressed by his blog.

My comment:
Hi! My name is Kayla Cooper. I am from Mobile, Alabama. I am a student at the University of South Alabama. I enjoyed looking through your blogs. You seem like a very creative guy! Keep up the good work!

Adam's Blog

Samantha's Blog:
She posted about her trip to the Rocky Mountain. Her post was very descriptive and organized. She not only told the readers about her trip but she used descriptive language to portray the picture of her trip.

My comment:
Hi Samantha,
My name is Kayla Cooper. I am from Mobile, Alabama. I attend the University of South Alabama. I enjoyed reading your blog post! It was very descriptive and organized. I would love to take a trip to the Rocky Mountains.

Samantha's Blog

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Blog Post #14

Teaching Can Be a Profession by Joel Klein
picture of Joel Klein

Problems with Teaching in Teaching our children can be a profession:
1.Problem with picking teachers
2.Problem with seniority

Solutions to these problems stated in the article:
1. Don't just pick teachers because they have a college degree
2. Just because a teacher has been there longer, doesn't mean they are better then a teacher who just got hired.

Joel Klein stated in his article that in order to make teaching more professional, schools shouldn't just choose anyone with a college degree. I agree with this problem to a certain extent. I believe that if they did earn their degree, they should be given a chance. They did work hard for it. I do agree in looking into how well they did in college as far as test scores and grades. I wouldn't hire someone who barely made it into a well populated income school. It is not fair to the ones who have been working for year in a low income school.

He also stated that there was a problem with seniority. When lay off's come, it usually works as seniority stay and the recently hired leave. But it is not always fair that way. It should be the one with the least effective teaching strategies leave. So, I do agree with Joel and his solution in his article about this problem completely.

There are many other problems in Education that need changing such as: giving far more school choices to families, using technology to improve teaching and learning, adopting a knowledge-based curriculum and starting education before a child is 5 years old. Joel seems to think that if he could change one it would be to professionalize teaching. I agree with him. Teachers and education need to become more professionalized.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Blog Post #13

How Is Technology Useful In Education?

Create a blogpost that states your opinion of why technology is useful in Education? Persuade others who believe otherwise into believing that technology is useful in Education.

Here are a few videos to help you get started:

Top 10 Reasons to Use Technology in Education: iPad, Tablet, Computer, Listening Centers

Technology in the Classroom: Digital Media

Importance of Using Technology in the Classroom

You may find your own resources, but please cite in your blog!

My post:


I personally believe that technology is useful in Education. Just like the video,Top 10 Reasons to Use Technology in Education: iPad, Tablet, Computer, Listening Centers stated that students love it. As teachers or future teachers, you want your students to be engaged in what you are doing. If students love using technology then why not incorporate it into lessons so it helps students stay engaged. Not only did the video state that it is something that students love, but it also stated that it is professional. And as a teacher, you want to be professional.

Also in the video, Technology in the Classroom: Digital Media I like how it showed how a classroom has changed over time and how technology is changing. As technology changes, teachers should never stop learning and continue to learn the new technology to help keep their students up to date with it.

If I had to give 3 reason to persuade someone that technology is useful here would be my reasons:
1. Students love it
2. It engages students
3. There are may tools out there to help you learn new technology(Not knowing how to use it should never be an excuse)

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Project #10- Interview with Mrs. Peters

Blog Post #12

What assistive technologies are available to you as a teacher? Select a few and discuss how they may be useful to you.

Group Blog Post

Raven- Teaching Math To The Blind

Teaching Math to the Blind
Teaching Math to the blind
Teaching math to the blind is very difficult. Braille is the language that a blind person uses to read or write. The problem with braille is that it is very linear. Blind students are not able to how even the most simple math problems are two dimensional. When given an addition problem, a hearing student would normally line up the numbers to solve the problem. A student that is blind would see the problem on the same line.

Deaf Student Hearing Student

1234+4567 VS. 123 +4567

Art Karshmer is a professor at the University of San Francisco School of Management and Chairman of the Department of Technology. He developed a system that translates the 2-dimensional concepts of mathematical problems into a single dimensionality of braille to allow a blind student to understand those concepts into their visual cortex through touch and electronic feedback. He believes that students that are blind are barred from the study of all of the core or "stem " sciences that rely on math as their root language. His system uses small blacks with braille numbers that can be placed on a grid and can be read to the student. The block itself can also be scanned and read aloud by a computer. With this system, a braille student is able to lay out a math problem that same way a sighted student would see it on paper. Using this device with blind students can help build a foundation that will help them in their future studies.

Lindsey- Assistive Technology For Vision and Hearing Impaired Kids

Assistive Technology for Vision and Hearing Impaired

In the video Assistive Technologies for Vision and Hearing Impaired Children , we learn facts about children in Australia who have hearing and vision impairment. This video shows many images of children using different forms of assistive technology in the classroom. From this video we learn that on average, one Australian child is identified with impaired hearing every day! One in every 2500 children have vision impairment. We see these students participating in class and activities just as everyone without disabilities would do. This is a very inspirational video that proves to us that all children can interact with one another in and out of the classroom.

The video chose was Assistive Technology Rocks My Classroom! This video is about a girl named Elina, who has a physical disability called athetoid cerebral palsy. This disability makes it hard for Elina to use her muscles for everyday activities such as: eating, walking and even talking. She started using assistive technology when she was just nine years old. Using assistive tech Elina is able to do things like: draw, paint, write in cursive and speak! She has accomplished so many things by using this technology. Elina and her classmates even taught others how to use this technology at an international conference! Elina is a perfect example of how assistive technology can help students with disabilities accomplish long term goals and overcome so many obstacles.

Amanda- The Mountbatten
The Mountbatten

The The Mountbatten, is an amazing tool that is used to type braille. This tool provides feedback to the individual as they are typing. It says each letter out loud as each button is pushed. This makes it very easy for someone who is blind to avoid making mistakes while typing. The mountbatten is a handy tool that allows files to be sent and received from a computer. It can also save files for next time when a student needs a break and wants to return to their work later. It is great for someone who is just starting to learn braille. By using this tool, students who are blind will not feel as left out during group projects in class.

The next video, Russel Hinderman using the Mountbatten, is a video I found on my own. In this video Russel is shown learning how to use the Mountbatten. He seems very eager to use the tool. This video shows that the Mountbatten can indeed be used by young students. I think this tool could be handy for anyone! The Mountbatten allows teachers to guide their students in the right direction as the tool does the talking. I think this brailler is something that is very easy to use, and can be very helpful even if students don't have a teacher sitting next to them as they type. Blind children could also use the Mountbatten for independent learning exercises.

Kayla- iPad Usage for the Blind
iPad usage for the blind

In the article How The Blind Use A IPad it explains how a blind person uses the iPad. Apple has many programs an apps for the blind. Apple has a built in screen reader and this helps the blind because a screen reader reads the screen for you. For example: when you click over an app, the screen reader will read the app to you. Apple also has a Braille Display. According to this article, "a refreshable Braille display is an electronic device that displays visual information (text) as Braille (text) on a Braille display." For a blind person the Braille display can help them type and use keys. The iPad and other apple products are great tools for not only the blind but for anyone.

This video iPad usage for the blind shows a blind man explaining how he uses the iPad. This video is amazing to me because not only did I just explain that a blind person can use the iPad but the video actually shows a blind person using the iPad. He seems to not have any trouble with it. I believe apple products are great for everyone. They make them easy to use for anyone.

Monday, November 3, 2014

C4T #3 for Blog: Peoplegogy

Picture of Dr. Will's Blog

Dr. Will's Blog

Post 1:
Dr. Will discussed the importance of google and how helpful it is for teachers to use in their classrooms. He said it was easy to learn for students and teachers. It is easy to create assignments. Grading is easy with google. He used screenshots and pictures to show how to do certain things through google. His blog was very helpful and informative about google.

Hi Dr. Will,
My name is Kayla Cooper and I am a student at the University of South Alabama. I am studying to become a teacher. I LOVED reading your post about google drive. I am just now learning how to use google drive and love it. I think it is a great source for teachers to use with their students. I love all your tips and information in your blog. It was all very informative and helpful.

Post 2:
Dr. Will posted an interview with two Google certified instructors. Their names are Chris Aviles and Naomi Harm. They explain the basic information you need to know for the Google Teacher Academy. Things such as: the application process, their experience in GTA and their duties now after GTA.
Here is the Link to the Interview: The Scoop on Google Teacher Academy

Hi Dr. Will,
My name is Kayla Cooper. I am from Mobile, Alabama. I attend the University of South Alabama and I am currently studying Elementary Education. I recently commented on your previous blog and I have been following your blog post since then. I enjoy reading your blogs. I love this blog post and the interview you posted with Chris and Naomi. The video was very informative about the Google Teacher Academy. I really did not know much about it until this video. I have always loved google but recently I have developed a new love for it. It is a great tool and I will be using it when I become a teacher.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Blog Post 11

What can we learn about teaching and learning from these teachers?

Image of PBL

Back To The Future
I really enjoyed watching this video. It was really neat to watch the experiment that Brian Cosby did with his class. He not only got his classes attention but he used technology to get other people in different states involved. This video just goes to show people how technology can connect people all around the world.

Blended Learning Cycle
The first thing that I found very interesting in this video was how he cited that he used twitter to connect with someone around the world. To be honest, before starting in EDM310 I never though that twitter could be a helpful tool in education but I am beginning to see twitter differently. The second thing that I learned in this video was what the blended learning cycle was. It is when you combine "Online, Mobile, and Classroom"(Blended Learning) with "Engage, Explore, Explain, Expand, and Evaluate"(Learning Cycle).

Teaching Digital Citizenship In Elementary School
This video was a very good video that shows people how technology is good to use in classrooms and how elementary schools are using it.  This video shows how elementary classrooms are using it to make comic books.

Project Based Learning
This video is all about PBL. It explains that in PBL that the students make most of the decisions on their own and how PBL is a great tool in education.

Roosevelt Elementary's PBL program
This video shows how Roosevelt Elementary uses project based learning in their school. Project Based Learning is where students use projects to gain more knowledge. Projects help students retain information better then just telling them the information. It requires them to use the information they have received.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Blog Post 10

screen shot of Kathy Cassidy's interview

I enjoyed watching the interviews between Dr. Strange and Kathy Cassidy. Kathy made a lot of great points about technology. I loved how Kathy stated that because technology is so advanced and used by many, that teachers need to incorporate it in lessons so that students learn more about it. Technology is vital. Many people say that it is too hard to learn technology since they never really used it growing up, but Kathy made a great point about how technology is such a useful tool because it is easy to learn new tools.

I also loved how Kathy uses blogging in her classroom. She allows students to blog and she keeps a blogging portfolio for her students and allows parents to view it at any time. I believe this is great for parents because they can access it at any time in there connivence. When I become a teacher I would definitely love to use blogging in my classroom. My only concern was addressed in Kathy's interview. I was concerned about keeping students name safe on the internet. Kathy stated that she doesn't use last names on blogging.

I enjoyed watching Kathy's Interview and gained more knowledge to use when I become a teacher.

Here are the 3 links to Kathy's Interview:
Interview with Kathy Cassidy Part 1
Interview with Kathy Cassidy Part 2
Interview with Kathy Cassidy Part 3

Monday, October 20, 2014

Project #12 Part A

C4K for October

Keep Calm and Comment On

Chris's Post:
Chris wrote about how teens see school as boring. He mentioned how students need more recess time.

Hi Chris,
My name is Kayla Cooper and I attend the University of South Alabama. As an inspiring teacher, your blog post was very interesting to me. I remember being in school and thinking school was boring as well. What are some ways that teachers could make it less boring for students? I like your idea of recess but do you have any more ideas?

Great Post Chris!

Chris's Blog

Ahmad's Post:
Ahmad posted about how he believes that punishing kids from recess is wrong. He believes students need a break from school. He says students who act up need to be punished by not by taking away recess.

Hi Ahmads,
My name is Kayla Cooper and I am from Mobile, Alabama. I attend the University of South Alabama.
I enjoyed reading your post and I would say that I see your side of how it is not fair to do that but I would say that when a student misbehaves they need to be punished in some way. So what way do you suggest you punish them when they misbehave?

Ahmad's Post

Madison's Post:
Madison posted 4 steps on how to babysit a baby and these are the 4 steps
"First, you have to get the supplies like blankets, bibs, bottles, toys, teethers, teething tablets, car seats, strollers, clothes, a play pen, formula, diapers, and all of the other things babies need.
Second, you make sure you have a teddy bear that rattles when you shake it.
Third, don’t leave a baby around any kinds of animals, or the baby will begin to cry loudly.
Fourth, don’t let babies within reach of your glasses, or glass items."

Hi Madison,
My name is Kayla Cooper. I am from Mobile, Alabama. I attend the University of South Alabama. I enjoyed reading your blog. I found it very interesting especially since babies is what I work with everyday. I work as a toddler teacher. You made some very great points. Great Job!

Madison's Blog

Joshua's Post:
Joshua posted on ways to stay safe in the sun. He listed 3 ways to stay safe: wear a hat, wear sunglasses, and put on sunscreen.

Hi Joshua,
I am a student at the University of South Alabama from Mobile, Alabama. I enjoyed reading your blog. You did a very good job explaining the steps it takes to stay safe in the sun. Great Job!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Blog Post #9

What Can We Learn From Students And Teachers About PBL?
Keep Calm and Educate

There are many things we can learn from students and teachers about PBL. There are many blogs and videos on information about PBL.

Seven Essentials for Project-Based Learning
In this blog page, John Larmer and John R. Mergendoller explain the 7 essentials for PBL.
The seven essentials are:
1. A Need to Know
2. A Driving Question
3. Student Voice and Choice
4. 21st Century Skills
5. Inquiry and Innovation
6. Feedback and Revision
7. A Publicly Presented Product
These seven essentials are vital in make a PBL experience work properly.  This blog page not only had 7 great essentials to PBL but its also states the two criterias for a project by stating this; "A project is meaningful if it fulfills two criteria. First, students must perceive the work as personally meaningful, as a task that matters and that they want to do well. Second, a meaningful project fulfills an educational purpose. Well-designed and well-implemented project-based learning is meaningful in both ways."

Project Based Learning for Teachers
In the youtube video, it also explains why PBL is important for teachers. It states that PBL has 4 parts: Questioning, Investigating, Sharing, and Reflecting. My favorite quote from this video is "I never teach my pupils, I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn." This quote reminds me of one of Dr. Stange's Motto "No more Burp-Back Education." This quote and PBL help this motto possible. By having PBL, teachers are helping students retain the information they learn and apply it to something.

PBL: What motivates students today
In this video, students explain different techniques that motivate them. A few of my favorites are the classroom money, the candy, and the verbal rewarding. This video was very interesting. It had some great tips to use for when I become a teacher.

Two students solve the case of the watery ketchup by designing a new cap
This video was really cool to watch. It amazed me that two students invented something to fix a problem. It shows you what PBL can really do for students. The two students invented a cap to fix watery ketchup. It took them a year but they didn't give up.

Project Based Learning in PE
This article goes to show people that not only can teachers that teach core subjects such as: Math, Science, History, and English use project based learning but also PE teachers. It explains that you can challenge students in PE to become healthier by allowing different projects.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Blog Post 8

Image of Randy Pausch

WOW! This blog post assignment is my favorite one so far. The interview by Randy Paush was so encouraging to watch. As a 20 year old who just recently went through open heart surgery in June of 2014 because of a hole in my heart, I can somewhat relate to Randy. Not only did I just go though open heart surgery to fix a hole in my heart but in my recent check up, Doctors have found another hole. We are uncertain at this moment if it can be fixed or not. Just like Randy stated in his lecture "It is what it is, we cannot change it." I am not allowing what I am going through to stop me from pursuing  my dreams and passions. I still continue to work full time, go to school full time, and serve in the ministry. I enjoy my life. Yes, moments are hard but each and every day is a blessing!

Not only was Randy Paush lecture encouraging but it also taught me a lot. He talked about 3 thing in his last lecture: His childhood dreams, helping others establish their childhood dreams, and lessons learned.

Her are some of the lessons I learned while watching his last lecture:
1. Have fun
2. Decide if you are tiger or Eeyore
3. Never lose the child like wonder
4. Help others
5. Tell the truth
6. Be earnest
7. Apologize when you mess up
8. Don't complain- work harder
9. Show gratitude
10. Focus on others

All of these are lesson that Randy learned throughout his life that I found valuable. One of my favorite quotes that he said in his last lecture was "Brick walls show our dedication." This quote is so true. We all hit some brick walls in our lifetime but its what we do after we hit them that really matter. It shows our determination.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Implications and Teaching Opportunities for Camera Use in Teaching and Learning


With the following information posted above I believe that technology is highly affecting everyone. Technology is becoming an everyday usage for people. With that being said, because it is becoming an everyday thing teachers are learning how to use it more in there lessons plans. I believe it is necessary to use technology in classroom settings with this generation. Because kids are growing up around it, this is becoming the best way to keep their attention.

This also goes for parents, now-a-days parents are using technology to entertain there kids. I have seen multiple parents give their child their phone while running errands. I am not saying this is bad, I am saying this is the new generation and we as future teachers need to develop ways to bring technology into our lesson plans.

Here are a few ideas I would use as a teacher to incorporate technology:
1. Video recording themselves readings and listening to themselves and following along
2. Downloading apps that help children with math and reading
3. Teaching children how to blog which will help with communication and spelling

Project #9

Monday, October 6, 2014

C4T # 2 for Blog: Life Is Not A Race To Be First Finished

Image of a guy blogging

Summary of Post #1:
Allanah King posted in her blog about Dot Day. She stated how she wanted her boys to do a project using Photopeach but she sadly found out that it was blocked because of the schools recently moving to N4L(network for learning).

My name is Kayla Cooper. I am a student at the University of South Alabama. I am recently became a blogger and have enjoyed looking through others blogs.
Lately I have seen so many blogs about National Dot Day. I never knew that something like “Dot Day” would be so popular. Your blog is a great example to look at on how to do a correct blog. I love how you had links for everything you stated in your blog.

Summary of Post #2:
Allanah King posted in her blog about how she received her google instructor degree. She also posted tutorials about how to change some things with goole.

I really enjoyed reading your blog post, once again. I was very impressed that you took the time to receive your google educator's degree. I also enjoyed watching the video tutorials. They were very helpful. Great post!

Allanah Blog

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Friday, October 3, 2014

Blog Post 7

How Do We All Become Learners?

            Before I graduate and become a teacher, I have a lot of preparation to do. There are many things that I do not know but I do know that we never stop learning. Even after I graduate I will continue to learn. I do have some goals set out for me before I graduate to help me become a better teacher. The goals are to improve my weaknesses. My weaknesses is things that involve technology. I never really grew up around technology in my house so I am not familiar with it like some people are. I will say that I have gotten a lot better with it since this class. EDM 310 pushes me to become a better learner and teacher. Although I do have some weakness, I would consider myself to have some strengths. My strengths are: Organization and patience.

Image of a quote that says develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow

Summary of what I learned from the following Videos:

Video: How to make an audio QR Code
This video taught me how to record your voice. This tip is very helpful when becoming a teacher because as a teacher you can record yourself for your students to listen to. It also taught me how to turn the recording into a QR code by using the website www.qrcode-monkey.com.

Video: IPad Reading Center
This video was another helpful tool when becoming a teacher. It showed me how to teach kids to use technology. Students used iPads as a center. During the center they would record themselves reading and then listen to themselves and read along again. This technique taught the kids how to incorporate technology with reading.

Video: Poplet with Ginger Tuck
This video teacher taught me what a poplet is and why they are helpful. A poplet is an app that students use to create a visual form of a text. By using there iPad they take pictures of the book they are reading and also type the text they are reading. This teaches them how to use technology while learning how to read and spell.

Video: Alabama Virtual Library and Kindergarten Students
This video teaches students how to use Alabama Virtual Library though a iPad. Alabama Virtual Library is a search engine that allows you to search a key word and it will show you all the books, articles, movies, ext related to the keyword.

Video: Tammy Shirley Discovery Education Board Builder Moon Project
This video teaches students how to use Discovery Board Builder. The teacher shows you how to us it in the video and so does the student. This app is a great tool to use during a project.

Video: Mrs. Tassin's 2nd Grade students share Board Builder Project
This video was a great example of how students use Board Builder for there projects. This app is a great tool for students of all ages.

Video: Using iMovies and the Alabama Virtual in Kindergarten
This video amazed me. It showed me how technology is so advanced now that even Kindergarteners are using it. It amazed me that Kindergarteners are doing book trailers and I just did my first one a week ago. It amazes me. Not only are they using iMovies but they are also learning how to use AVL in kindergarten. I didn't learn what AVL was until a few years ago. This amazes me how much technology is advancing. It also makes me glad that I am in EDM310 so I can learn and teach myself more about technology.

Video: We All Become Learners
This video reassures me that we are all learners. We never stop learning. Students teach teachers. Teachers teach students. Students teach students. Teachers teach teachers. We are all learners.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

C4K for September

Semi wrote about how he thinks drugs are bad and that everyone needs to say no to drugs.

Hi Semi,
My name is Kayla Cooper and I am from Mobile, Alabama. I attend the University of South Alabama. I recently became familiar with blogging. I enjoyed looking though your blog page. You are very creative! I just wanted to take some time to tell you that I agree with what you stated in this post. Keep spreading the word to others about saying NO to drugs! Great post Semi!

Link to Semi's Blog Page

Mohammad wrote about how his favorite sport is soccer and that he can speak 3 different languages.

Hi Mohammad,
My name is Kayla Cooper. I am from Alabama. I am a student at the University of South Alabama. I enjoyed looking through your blog. I think it is so cool that you can speak 3 different languages. I can only speak English! So good job to you!

Link to Mohammad's Blog Page

Molly wrote about how she had and idea of starting a Q&A on her blog. She asked for people to ask her questions and later on she was going to  post an answer.

Hi Molly,
My name is Kayla Cooper. I am from Mobile, Alabama. I attend the University of South Alabama. I enjoyed reading your blog and the question I would like to ask you is: When did you start blogging?
Great post!

Link to Molly's Blog Page

Blog Post 6

What Did I Learn From Anthony Capps?

 Image of Project Based Learning

This weeks Blog assignment was very interesting and helpful to me. I loved watching all the videos and loved learning all the new information from Anthony. He seems like a very intelligent man. He gave multiple examples of PBL( Project Based Learning) and why it is so helpful.

I think my favorite example that he gave was from the first video. Anthony stated in the video that a big debate was going on about if women should fight in open combat? So Anthony used PBL to help his students in there writing, language, and social studies skills. He  made them write a letter to the congressmen on their opinion on if women should be allowed to fight in open combat or not. This project gave his students a chance to seek information out on the topic and to develop better writing skills.

Another thing I loved that Anthony states in the video "Anthony and Strange tips for teachers Part 1" is all the tips him and Dr. Strange give. They state that teachers need to wanna be learners there selves. I completely agree with this, not only should the students want to learn but also the teachers. No one ever knows everything, there is always room for learning. I also love that they state that teachers need to be flexible. As a preschool teacher myself, I realize they flexibility is key in becoming a great teacher. Sometimes a lesson plan may not go as you planned and you have to be flexible and fix it by either having a back up plan or re-doing the lesson plan.

I enjoyed every video from Anthony Capps. It was very helpful and filled with lots of valuable information. Thank you Dr. Strange for assigning this assignment.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Blog Post 5

My Progress of my PLN!

Image of my Symbaloo

According to Wikipedia a PLN is an informal learning network that consists of the people a learner interacts with and derives knowledge from in a personal learning environment. In a PLN, a person makes a connection with another person with the specific intent that some type of learning will occur because of that connection.

I developed my PLN by adding people like John Strange and other EDM staff members to my twitter. I also used other twitter accounts that were suggested during the blog assignment. In the middle of my PLN, I set up my google drive, my blog, my checklist master, my gmail, and the classroom blog.

I enjoyed going though the PLN programs and beginning to develop mine. I look forward to learning more about it.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Blog Post 4

What do we need to know about asking questions to become an effective teacher?

Picture of a Question and Answer clipart

I have never been one that has ever had a problem with asking questions. Anyone who knows me knows that I always ask question. If I don't understand something I always ask questions. So when I first looked at the question for this blog post, I automatically thought, "Well this will be easy." I was so wrong. I never realized that there was such a pressure on teachers about asking questions.  Before reading the assignments for this blog I never knew there was a right way and a wrong way to asking questions. 

I found that all of the assignments where helpful but the two I found most helpful to me was Asking Questions to Improve learning and Three Ways to Ask Better Questions in the Classroom. I believe that the information in these two blogs really helped me learn what I needed know about asking questions to become an effective teacher.

The blog "Asking Questions to Improve Learning" taught me how avoiding asking "leading questions",  the difference in "open" and "closed" question, and a few other tips.  A "leading question" discourages students to think on their own. When asking questions, you want students to think on their own and another way to do that is to use open ended questions. Closed ended question tend to be the "yes" or "no" answers and open ended question lead others to think and answer more then a one word answer. Another thing I learned in this blog is that when doing a class discussion, only ask one question at a time. This allows for the students to really think about it and give more then just a one word answer.

The blog "Three Ways to Ask Better Questions in the Classroom"taught me three things to help me know what I need to know about asking questions to become an effective teacher.
1. Prepare questions- plan questions to ask in your classroom
2. Play with questions- encourage students to think about it for a little while and then give the answer
3. Preserve good questions- when a good questions comes along and a good response then save it for another time

The other assignments where very helpful in teaching me what I needed to know to asking questions to become an effective teacher. I just believe those two blogs helped me the most.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

C4T#1 for Blog: Cooperative Catalyst

Summary of the teachers blog 1:
My teacher was Stephen Hurley and his blog was titled “Welcoming our Newest Colleagues: Letter to A Beginning Teacher”. His blog was directed toward new teachers. Although his blog was directed towards new teachers, he did a great job including others in the education field. In the blog he proposed an idea that new teachers share there feelings about the school year over voiceEd.ca. Not only did he direct the idea towards new teachers, he also directed it toward anyone in the education field. But like I stated earlier, the blog was directed more towards new teachers. His blog was a lot of his own opinion rather than facts.

My comment to the teachers blog:
"I truly enjoyed reading your blog and looking through your blog page. My name is Kayla Cooper and I am a student at the University of South Alabama. I am currently in an Education Course where I am learning how to use blogger. So, I am exploring other blogs out there. Something that really stuck out to me in this blog is when you stated that new teachers emotions are running high. I could not even imagine what it will be like the day I begin my first day as a teacher. Something else I enjoyed about this blog is that you included everyone in this blogs. Everyone from teachers to anyone “around the edges” of education was included in the blog. I also love the idea that David made in the comment. It is a great idea. I look forward to reading more post from you!"

Summary of the teachers blog 2:
My teacher was Robin Clane and her blog was titled "To Quit or Not to Quit: That is The Question". Her blog was about how teachers are either quitting or either wanting to change the system. She states the neither side is "the right thing to do". She never really gives her "side" but she states that all students learn differently. So in my opinion, she thinks that leaving is not the answer but changing it is not the answer either because each student is different. Her last sentences states, "We need educators working both inside and outside of the system to build the kind of movement we need to create lasting change." I believe this sentences wraps up her blog.

My comment to the teachers blog:
"My name is Kayla Cooper and I am currently a University of South Alabama student. I am enrolled in EDM 310 and am becoming familiar with blogs. I love this post! You could not have said anything any better. I completely agree with everything stated. I believe leaving the education system in not the right answer but I also believe that changing it completely is not the right answer. I personally believe that every student is different and teachers need to realize that. So with that being said, I agree with you when you stated that there is a lack of understanding that each student learns different. This was a great post and look forward to reading many more by you!"