EDM 310 Class blog

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!"

Project #15

8 Search Engines

1. WolfamAlpha- This search engine is more of an all purpose search engine. You can ask it anything from a math problem to flight tickets.

2. Bing- This search engine is also all purpose. You can ask it anything. In my opinion, it is more of an "all purpose" search engine then WolfamAlpha. In my opinion, Bing is more "all purpose" then WolfamAlpha. For an example, I searched Justin Bieber in WolfamAlpha and only his timeline and facts about his life and when I searched Justin Bieber in Bing, not only did facts about his life pop up most also his twitter,Facebook, and other information besides just facts.
Screenshot of Bing.com
Screenshot of WolfamAlpha.com


3. IceRocket- This search engine is directed towards blogs. You can type in a key word and a blog related to it will pop up.

4. FreeBookSearch- This search engine is directed towards finding books. You can type in a key word and it will pop up a book related to that word.

5. ChaCha- This search engine is directed towards questions. You can ask it any question and it will give you an answer.

6. Jobserve- This search engine is directed towards finding jobs. You have several options of things you can type in. Things like: location, key words, and industry.
 screenshot of Jobserve.com

7. WebMD- This search engine is directed towards medical information. You can type in a symptoms and it will pop up the best medical advice without seeing a doctor face to face.

8. TheFind- This search engine is directed towards shopping. You can type in a key word associated with clothing and it will pop up the best deals in all stores.

I found all of these Search Engines except for WolfamAlpha from this source:The Search Engine

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Blog Post 3

How Can You Provide Meaningful Feedback to Your Peers?

This is a picture of a man saying he want your feedback

Peer editing has always been something that I find challenging. I have always felt like I did not know where to start because I don't want to sound rude while trying to give advice. I really enjoyed reading the bog and watching the videos and power points to this assignment. It really taught me what I needed to know for peer editing.

Like I stated above, all of the videos and blogs helped me learn how to truly peer edit the right way. One video that especially helped me was the "What is Peer Editing." I learn that the first step in peer editing is Compliments. I think that when I peer edit, I tend to do this more then anything else. The second step is Suggestions. I believe that this might be the hardest step for me because I am always unsure as to what I should suggest for the peer to do. I enjoyed the video because it teaches you what things to suggest for the peer. Things such as: details, organization, sentences, and topic. The third step is Correction. The video suggests that you correct your peer in things such as: grammar, sentences, punctuation, and spelling.

I am glad that this blog post had these assigned videos. I learned a lot and look forward to using my new information when I peer edit next.