EDM 310 Class blog

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.