Thursday, April 29, 2010


There are many different things that I have added to my PLN since the last time I blogged about it. Some of the things are different links to different places I've found. I've also added some neat websites that I've found and a few interesting blogs of other people that I've found. My PLN will continue to grow throughout my teaching career and even further in my life. It is a very useful and convenient thing for people to have. It's like having access to the world at your fingertips.

Google Earth Project

Click Here to view my Google Tour.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Bye Bye

This has been a very long semester, but has flown by! This is goodbye for now fellow students and teachers. I've enjoyed sharing things with you and have enjoyed learning much from you! Hope you all have a great summer and a great year! :)

Project 6: Skype

Fortunately, for me, I had already been using Skype before I came into this class. When I moved to Mobile I got it so I could keep in touch with my dad, who lives in Tuscaloosa. Skype is very simple to use and I think it's amazing. One of the main reasons I think it is amazing is that it's FREE! I've not only used Skype with my dad, but my friend Heather, who also lives in Tuscaloosa, and also people from my class. Me and Deborah made a video using cam studio where we recorded the interview (project 15), using Skype, between me, Deborah, and my sister. This was very useful because we couldn't find anybody to interview and I decided to Skype my sister and us do the interview over the computer. It was very easy and turned out great!

Project 15

Me and Deborah interviewed my sister, her name is Madison, and we just asked her a few questions about how she uses technology.

Project 14/Project 8

This is a video me and Deborah made for project 14 combined with project 8. It is a YouTube video. Click Here to watch it!

Monday, April 26, 2010

May 2, 2010 Final Blog Post

1. There was so much that I learned in this class. There are definitely many things I learned that I will take with me and use in my own classroom as a teacher. I will definitely be using Skype. I discussed this in my professional blog. It is definitely something that is useful and it's exciting to think about all of the different people that I could get to speak to my class about Marine Biology. I will also definitely be using Google, pretty much anything that relates to Google- Google presentations, Google Earth, you name it. I've already started a tour in Google Earth about the different Coral Reefs and the different ship wrecks around the world. I also have a Google presentation started on many of the different sharks found around the world, and interesting facts and pictures. I also think that iTunes and iTunes U are great resources to be able to use in the classroom. There is a section for science and it has many podcast, video and audio, about different things relating to science. This is also a great way for students to keep caught up in class if they were to miss a a few days of school for some reason. Blogging is also something that is going to be useful. I as a teacher can create a blog for my classroom and have all of the homework assignments, things we did that day, things we will be doing, and much more available for students and parents to keep up with. This is also a great way for parents to see what their children are doing and if there are any class trips coming up. It's a great way for everybody to stay connected and prepared for whatever may be in store for that class. Twitter is definitely something that I think not only teachers, but students can use. There are so many different people on Twitter to connect with that are so knowledgeable and can help teach and answer many questions. All you have to do is send a tweet out of any question or if you need advice on a good website or whatever it may be, there will more-than-likely be somebody to tweet back within minutes and respond. I also think YouTube is a great tool. There are so many great videos out there to watch, some that are educational and some that are just entertaining. This could be a fun thing for a class to use all together and also as an assignment. A teacher could give each student a specific topic and each student could go fins an appropriate, educational video to share with the class. This is a great way for students to learn and for students to have fun doing it. Delicious is another tool that is very useful. My aunt is a computer teacher at a high school in Birmingham and she told me how she uses Delicious with her classroom. She told me she has a Delicious account where she posts different websites and places for her students to visit. She has them all subscribe to her Delicious so they can all see what she has on hers. She also her her own personal Delicious. This is a great tool because you can access Delicious anywhere and from any computer. I also think video making is a great thing because this gives students an opportunity to get together and have fun and create a video that can be fun and educational all at the same time. Cam Studio is great also because it allows you to video the screen of your computer and it also records audio so you can talk at the same time it is recording. This is a great tool for a teacher to use if at any point she needed to show her class how to do something on the computer, she could make a video, post it on her blog and then all of her students would have access to the video and be able to learn, whatever it is, on their own time.

2. No, I learned more in this class than I thought I would.

3. Everything I learned in this class I find relevant. From Google Earth to Blogging, these are all things I can use myself and with my students in the classroom.

4. The only thing, that I can think of, that actually excited me was Skype. I had used it before with my dad and sister, but never in a classroom setting. What excited me was thinking about how I could use it in the classroom. I started thinking about the different people I could get to Skype in and speak to the class about things relating to Marine Biology; people all around the world. This is what really excited me.

5. I found nothing to be "intellectually challenging". It was all relatively easy to understand, just some of it a little difficult to figure out at first.

6. The only thing that bored me were some of the long posts that we had to read. There weren't many, but the ones that were relatively long lost my attention after a few paragraphs. I also found comments for classmates boring. I understand that comments are important and feedback to what you post is important, but after a while it just seemed very repetitive and like everybody was losing interest.

7. The only thing I would change would be the explaining of things. There were many different things that we were required to do but nothing was explained on how to do it. Yes, there were videos showing us how to do the things required, but searching for those videos seemed to take forever and they were honestly boring to watch. I am a visual person, I like to see things explained to me, and when we were just thrown into all of this stuff with no clue where to go and where to look, it was a bit overwhelming. The workload, not so much, it was just the finding and remembering where it was. I would like the teacher to show us how to do these things and have the videos just be a reference for if we need it later. I would also change the requirement of a professional blog. I see no point in this. Most people aren't going to have the time to work on it after this class and to me it just seems pointless.

8. I would definitely say that I am more technologically literate that a lot of people, but I would not say that I am compared to some. I don't have a lot of the high-tech devices that some people do and I don't use some of the same things on the computer that some people do, but I know how to navigate my way through the internet and through web pages. I also know a lot more than when I came into this class, so I would definitely say I am more technology literate than when I started. I would say I am Medium at this point.

9. I will definitely be using the things I have learned in this class to further educate myself about technology. I will still be staying connected with people via Twitter and Skype and Facebook. Google is filled with wonderful things I will use not only in school, but also in my classroom as well.

Homework April 25, 2010

A 7th Grader's Personal Learning Environment (or PLN)

Wow this girl really knows what she's talking about. This is awesome what she is doing. I never knew that a science class could be paperless. That's awesome. There's so many things that kids can do to get involved in technology and this girl knows what she's doing. My PLN looks nothing like hers. I guess I'm not at the same stage as she is. Her's looks very high-tech, and what's sad, is she's a seventh grader! But I guess everybody has to learn on their own pace, or at least I sure do.

Two Questions That Can Change Your Life

These two questions are definitely something that everybody should think about. What defines a person? What makes them who they are? What amazing things are they doing in their life to benefit themselves and others? Many questions such as these can stem from that one question: "What's my sentence?". People also need to consider if they are getting better at whatever it is they are working on or towards. There are many things a person can do to improve themselves or what they are doing it just takes the will and the determination to get it done. These are questions I think most people subconsciously think about and work on, on a daily basis. I know that I always think about what I'm doing and what I'm going to be doing in the future, especially how to improve upon it.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Homework April 18, 2010

Listen to my Vocaroo to hear what I had to say.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Comments4Kids Week 14

The class I commented on was room 16 and the name of their blog is "Room 16's Got Talent" If you wish to view their blog just Click here.

This was my comment to them (it was the second post from the top):

Hey guys! My name is Bliss Beasley and I am a student at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, AL. I am in EDM 310 which is a class where we are learning all about technology and how to use it. This is so neat what you did! Making a movie to depict what you are learning is awesome! I wish I knew how to do things like that. You all are so creative to come up with such a great idea. Keep up the good work and always use your creativity to show what you can do! :)

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Survey: Project 5

Marine Biology Survey

Click Here to go to my survey spreadsheet.

I had asked 10 different questions in my survey. I wanted to get an idea of how people felt about Marine Biology classes in High School, since that is what I will be teaching and I have to say, I was a little shocked with some of the answers. My first question was "Was there a Marine Biology class offered in your High School?". The majority of people answered "yes". My next question was "If so, did you take it?" and 18 people answered yes and 22 answered no. Some people answered no because it wasn't offered, and some people answered yes because they thought it would be interesting, which was my next question, and some people said no because it was of no interest to them. The next question I asked was "Is Marine Biology a class that you think is important for a student to take?" and this was the question that shocked me with some of the answers. There were a lot of people who said no and this really upset me and frustrated me. I can understand that you don't want to take the class because you aren't interested in it, but to say that it is not an important class is a sad way to think. If people don't understand and learn about the ocean people won't understand half of how the world works. Without the ocean and the things in it, we would not be here. So many things are going on with the animals in the ocean and the ocean itself that to not learn about it is not going to help our world. Some fish are dying off and some species are increasing. Without a balance in the ocean we won't have much of nothing to eat. There is a cycle- it's called the cycle of life, have you heard about it? And the ocean and the things in it play a HUGE part in this thing we call life. To not understand it is to destroy it. If you didn't understand things about sharks how would you know how to defend yourself if you were attacked? Yes, you could Google it, but not learning about how they react and what signs to look for in an attack and what type of food they eat is setting yourself up to be another statistic. If you didn't know many species are going extinct would you know not to fish for them? If you knew about some types of fish you would understand that without these fish our coral reefs would die off, but I guess you wouldn't know that if you thought Marine Biology is a subject not worth taking. It's like saying History is a class that students don't need. You would be ludicrous if you thought that! How can you say History is a subject not worth taking and learning about our past? We learn about it so we don't repeat it. I know I don't want World War II to happen again, don't know about you. But to say that Marine Biology is a class that students don't need to take is crazy. To not understand our environment and to not understand our ocean is setting ourselves up to die off. We are killing ourselves with the little knowledge we have about our oceans. Did you know we get medicine from some things in the ocean? Did you know that many marine organisms contribute to the oxygen cycle and that it helps to regulate our planet's climate? Our clam and scallop population is dying off, which is a large food source for us, because the sharks that eat the animals that eat the scallops are dying off. Grouper is another fish that sharks eat and since there are less sharks there are more grouper- and this is not a good thing people! The grouper are eating parrot fish which eat the algae on the coral which keeps the coral clean so it doesn't die off. Without sharks the grouper population is increasing and the parrot fish are dying off and the algae is slowly taking over the coral reefs and killing them off. Cycle of life people! If you don't have a marine biology class to learn about these things, how are we going to protect our oceans and keep from killing ourselves off? Go listen to my Vocaroo to hear more. It's a sad world we live in people. The ocean consists of more than 71% of this planet, how can you not need to know about it? Okay, I got on my soap box for a bit now let me continue with my survey. The next question I asked was "If there is something you find interesting about Marine Science and you wanted to learn more about it, what would it be?" I got answers from people wanting to learn more about sharks, which I think is VERY IMPORTANT, to people wanting to learn about micro ecosystems to jellyfish and how to avoid them, which I though was funny, and also stuff about dolphins and whales, which is another important thing I could go into, but I won't, and also to things about rare animals which I think is always interesting and fun to learn about. The next question was about boring stuff in marine science, and yes there is plenty of boring stuff! Some answers I got were about waves, the currents, marsh land, and plant life and taxonomy. There were a lot of people who got to take field trips in their Marine Biology classes and some people who didn't. Many people said they would like to go to an aquarium or to the Estuarium, and some people said they went to or would want to go to the Dauphin Island Sea Lab or go on a boat and catch stuff. My last question asked "Coming from a students perspective, what is something you would advise your Marine Biology teacher to do or not to do, or to teach or not to teach?" I got many different answers for this ranging from "Have lots of experiments and hands on things" to make it fun and interesting and take lots of field trips to not just lecture to make it boring, but let the students have fun. There were a lot of people who advised to take field trips. All of these things I will definitely take with me on my way to becoming a teacher! Thanks everyone! :)

Homework for April 11, 2010

Dr Seuss video The Zax

Can we say irony? This video screamed "Hello! Our world is changing! Why are you not changing with it?!" I don't want to be a Zax. I won't do it I say, you can't make me stay. Ha! I made a little rhyme! Dr. Seuss said it so well. Those two Zax are so stubborn in their ways that they won't change with the changing world. This is obviously how education is, especially the education in Alabama, and I refuse, refuse I say, to be a stubborn old Zax! Oh yes, and did you hear how the south going Zax learned his stubborn ways from school? IRONY!

Another PS22 Video

Man those kids have got soul! That was awesome! Sorry Fleetwood Mac, nobody liked you anyway, I guess that's why you wanted them to play with you so nobody had to hear you sing :) This is an amazing way to share with the world how great these kids are and the things they can accomplish, and look where it got them! To Madison Square Garden! I do think it is important for people to be able to share with the world the things they have conquered. It gives a person a sense of self accomplishment and pride. There are so many different ways students can share their work with people, not only in their classroom or school, but all over the world. Blogs are such useful tools for teachers, students, and parents. It's a way to help parents stay connected with their child and to see how well they are doing in school. It also keeps the parents and teachers connected so they can keep a good line of communication open.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010


Comments4Teachers Weeks 13 and 14

The teacher assigned to me is Lisa Nielsen and her blog is titled "The Innovative Educator". Click Here if you want to view it.

Week 13

My comment to her:

Hello! My name is Bliss Beasley and I am in the EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, AL. We have each been assigned a specific teacher to follow for the next two weeks and to comment on their posts. I think that the mass text to the students and parents is an excellent idea. There are too many times that a note is sent home with the student that is supposed to go to the parent and the parent doesn't get it because the student lost it or it was accidentally thrown away with other trash in the backpack. Using something like Swaggle sounds like a great idea and is an easy was to reach students and parents and to send reminders. This is a great way to get students to focus on their homework and for parents to remember to ask about it. The other thing you mentioned, Poll Everywhere, is another great idea. This is a good plan when getting students to do something on a timely basis. Students will be able to have fun, but at the same time, compete with their fellow students to earn a prize.

Week 14

My comment to her:

This is no neat! How awesome is it for students to be able to submit anything they want and see what it looks like in a different way. This is especially great, as you said, for the schools who don't have the luxury to own high-tech lab equipment. There are many schools who don't have the funding for such things and it is great to be able to still use them even though they aren't directly in the classroom. This is a great way to get kids interested in science and to allow them to view things beyond their normal range of vision. Kudos to you for finding and sharing this!

Comments4Kids Week 13

The students I was to comment on were Jonita and Tyla. They are 4th graders in room 10. This was my comment to them:

Hi girls! My name is Bliss Beasley and I am a student at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama. I am in the EDM 310 class and we are learning all about blogging and commenting. I used to be a lifeguard so learning to swim is very important! And it's fun too! And math was never a subject I was good at, I'm still not good at it, but if you practice very hard every day it will all come easier to you. I hope you girls have a wonderful school year! Keep up the good work! :)

Their blog, if you wish to go to it, is called "We've Got The Write Stuff". Click Here if you wish to view it.

Timetoast Timeline

Click Here to view my Timetoast Timeline!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Homework for April 4, 2010

Mr. Chamberlain on his blog titled Dear Kaia: Voicethread and Video

It was really interesting to see what Mr. C's class did for the young girl who can't read yet. This is a really great thing for kids who aren't able to read, whether they are just to young or are in special needs, and it allows them to hear what everybody else is reading. Great thing for classrooms and great thing for blogs!

Dear Kaia

How cute is this little girl? She is so young and yet already so creative. Her video was so adorable and she is so smart! Her pictures were so cute and to think, she did them all by herself! This is so neat to see her parents have a blog and share all of the things their children are doing. This is an amazing way to share your child's life with friends and family who you aren't able to see all the time.

Intrepid Teacher: Singing Hearts

This was a powerful post. So many things to think about and consider. It is amazing how something so small can connect people from all over the world, from New Zealand to Alaska, people are reading and learning all about this young girl and her life. It's a bit scary to think about, all of your business exposed for everybody to see, hear, and read about. But on another note, it is quite amazing. This father is allowing people from all over the world to see how him and his daughter live and to see that their environment is different from that of other people from other cities and countries. It's some powerful stuff, technology.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Comments4Kids Week 12

This was my comment to the child I was assigned to, her name is Faafetai:
Tena koe! My name is Bliss Beasley and I am a student at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama in the United States. You have a beautiful name and your native language is also very beautiful. You speak it so well and it is so wonderful to see you carry that on. I hope I spelled 'Hello' correctly. We were given a website to visit to learn more about your native language and I found some words and their meanings translated to English. Continue to do good work in school and stay beautiful! Hei kona! :)

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Homework for March 28, 2010

Post by Morgan Bayda and video by Dan Brown

In this post and video, and if you wish to go to it just Click Here, Morgan Bayda makes many good points. I mean how many students can honestly say they have never had a boring class where everything that the teacher asked them to do was irrelevant? Not many, or maybe none at all, can say they have never experienced that. This video was definitely something that I think most all students can relate to. He made many good points, one that stood out to me was that the world is changing and we need to change with it. Society is evolving, slowly but surely, and we need to evolve with it. There are many different things that are available to students that weren't available before. We have much easier access to the internet and the information in it. Teachers need to be aware that students aren't interested in sitting in class and listening to a boring lecture that we will never use or see again, but that we are interested in something that we can take with us and we can benefit from. We're paying teachers to teach us, not talk boring facts to us, but to teach us in a way that is beneficial to our education and our learning, not our schooling.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Comments4Teachers Weeks 10 and 12

The teacher for the Comments4Teachers assignment is Dorothy Burt and the name of her blog is Manaiakalani. Clich Here if you wish to go to her blog.

Week 10

My post: Hello! My name is Bliss Beasley and I am a student at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama. I am in the EDM 310 class and as one of our blog assignments I was asked to follow your blog for the next three weeks. If you wish to go to my blog you can go to and my class website is I've honestly never heard of Aviary before until I read your blog and watched the video, but it seems very interesting and something I can definitely use as a student and as a future teacher. I'm will definitely be going to check out all of the different apps Google has to offer. Thanks for the insight!

Week 12

Hello! I commented on your previous post last week for my EDM 310 class, we are working on blogging right now and I was asked to comment on your posts as one of my assignments. This is awesome what you are doing with your students and parents. Getting the parents of your students involved in their work is such an uplifting and amazing thing! Children are always looking to other people for approval of things they do and for their own parents to praise them and gratify them for their accomplishments is so satisfying to these kids. I loved showing my parents my school work and how well I did when I was a child. Of course, we didn't have computers and internet back then so all of my stuff was on paper, but it is ultimately the same outcome. Children are so creative and imaginative and for them to be able to share their work with anybody and everybody is something that will help them grow in pride and intellect.

Comments4Kids Assignment Week 10

The student's essay that I commented on was Kayla H. She wrote an essay about bullying in schools and that it is wrong and that something should be done about it. This was my comment to her:
Hello! My name is Bliss Beasley and I am a student at the University of South Alabama which is in Mobile, AL. I am in the EDM 310 class. I completely agree with everything you just said. You are very right! Bullying is very wrong and should be stopped immediately. It is sad to see children being pushed around for no reason. The children who are doing the bullying should be punished and all privileges taken away. Teachers need to stress the importance of not bullying and the consequences if they do bully. Children who are being bullied shouldn't be afraid to tell someone of they are being bullied. This needs to be something that is talked about in all schools and something should be done about it. One thing to do would be to encourage students to be kind to others and to encourage that if they are being bullied to talk to a teacher or adult about it. Some children are afraid to tell someone because they think that the person who is bullying them will find out, but this isn't necessarily true. Students need to be able to trust their teachers and trust that what they say to them will be confidential and that things will be under control. Very good paper! Keep up the good work! :)

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Homework Friday March 12, 2010

ALEX, or Alabama Learning Exchange, is a website that is useful to teachers. It has sites such as Courses of Study, Web Links, Lesson Plans, Search, Personal Workspace, Professional Learning, Podcast Treasury, and Help. All of these different things are very helpful for teachers. Under course of Study you will find just about every subject there is and you can click on whichever subject you like and it will take you to the different branches of study under that subject. Under Web Links, you will find links for teachers, administrators, and even students. If you click on Lesson Plans you can choose which field of study and at what age you wish to find a lesson plan on. In the Personal Workspace link a teacher can create an account and have their own place to visit ad work from. The podcast treasury is probably the most interesting thing to me because you can view so many different podcasts for just about every field of study and listen or watch them.

ACCESS, or Alabama Connecting Classroom, Educators and Students Statewide, is another website that is useful for, not only teachers, but students as well. This is a distant learning website and it features many different links such as Courses, Educators, Resources, Students, Technical Support, and even a link to contact them. ACCESS is also available to Alabama Public High School Students. When you're on the home web page there is a place on the right-hand side that has updates and also towards the bottom of the page, a place where it tells you the different events that are happening in education in Alabama.
ACCESS provides equal access to high quality instruction, an infrastructure that delivers quality learning opportunities, and greater equity for all Alabama public high school students through 21st century technology. There is videoconferencing that teaches and informs. ACCESS's goal is to continue to meet objectives of the ACCESS plan, expanding the availability of ACCESS Distance Learning to all public high schools in the state of Alabama.
Both of these sites are great places for students and teachers to learn and interact with one another and to be able to interact with other peers and to be able to connect on a virtual field of knowledge.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Comments4Kids Assignment Week 9

Movie: Halogens

My comment:
Hi! I’m in the EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama. These are very creative videos! I watched the one about halogens. Who would have thought you could learn so much from sock puppets?! You guys seem like you’re having fun with learning and that’s what it’s all about! Keep up the good work! :)

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Homework March 7, 2010

Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture- teaching methods

This was a very good video. It's sad that this man is no longer with us, he was very enlightening. He talked about so much, so I might not get everything right. One thing that he said was about enabling childhood dreams. He made a statement saying that to enable childhood dreams of others, become a professor. Of course, this isn't the only way to enable other people's childhood dreams, but it is a very good way. There were many things that he talked about and he gave many great points. Some things he said that stuck with me was "everybody should be helping others", which is very true and so many people don't do this because we are such a selfish people. Another thing he said was "sell education". I liked this because it kind-of made me think of persuasion.
Another thing he said that I liked was "never lose the child-like wonder, it's too important". This is so true, because so many people fall farther and farther away from the things that they love doing. Kids are all about imagination and dreaming and why can't adults be like that too? Everybody has an imagination, it might not be the most creative, but everybody can dream and follow their dreams. There were so many great statements he said, and I know I keep quoting him, but I'm going to do it some more.
"Loyalty is a two-way street". Most often people think that if someone is loyal to them, they don't have to return the loyalty. But why do people think this? Loyalty is very much a two-way street because how can you expect someone to be loyal to you and respect you enough to even be loyal to you, yet you aren't loyal to them? Selfishness people, selfishness! If you want someone to be loyal to you, you must be loyal to them. He made some great points. He also stated to "never give up". I know that so many times people hear this and it is just something that is repetitive so people let it go in one ear and out the other, but have you ever really listened to the words? Never-give-up. For a teacher to tell her students this it is too common, but for a teacher to TEACH her students this, it is too uncommon.
One last thing that he talked about was very enlightening: "To get people to help you: 1. you can't get there alone, 2. tell the truth, 3. be earnest- it's long-term, 4. apologize when you screw up, and 5. focus on others, not yourself. All of these things are very good advice and something that teachers need to teach their students if they aren't already.

Comments4Kids week 8

My student, who I was to comment on their post, was Melissa. This was her post:
Best Friends never fight

They always stay together

Thats what friendship means

This is what I commented:
Hello! My name is Bliss and I am in the EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, AL. I love your poem. It is very cute and very sweet! Me and my best friend never fight, we never have and we’ve always been best friends. Great post! :)

Sunday, February 28, 2010


My Personal Learning Network

My personal learning network consists of multiple things. I have different websites that I have found that I have saved in my favorites on my computer; websites that I can use to find lesson plans and activities and also websites that my future students can use. I have used Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, iTunes, and Delicious to update my personal learning network. My PLN has articles from scholarly people about the topics of interest to me and about what I will be teaching one day. I have videos and audio clips from YouTube and iTunesU. There are many different things I have found to help benefit me on my intellectual journey.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Homework Feb. 28, 2010

Richard Miller: This Is How We Dream Parts 1 and 2

Part 1: So first thing, this was a boring video. And I'm sorry if I offend anybody, but this video was very boring to me. I understand what he is talking about when it comes to comprising documents of numerous things from the web and from the computer and creating a multimedia presentation. This is definitely something that can be used in a classroom, but please somebody come up with a less-boring way of explaining it. Being able to take different video and audio documents and comprising them into one thing is very useful; it would take up a lot more time to jump from one website to another while trying to teach something.
Part 2: Again, boring, but informative. Being able to watch and view different things from all over the internet is something that is definitely helpful in the classroom. There are really no restrictions to what you can view and find on the internet. Being able to reach people all over the world and being able to get people interested in learning is something that the internet is responsible for. People are able to use the web and use iTunes to present information to people all over the world. And I think what they are wanting to do with the science/humanity building is really great. Being able to go "green" and become a solar powered building is great.

The Networked Student by Wendy Drexler

O.k. so this video wasn't as boring as the others, I liked how they used artwork to depict the story. Being able to connect with other people to learn and understand different things is very helpful, but when you can connect with actual authors and scholars is much more helpful. Being able to connect with these people via the internet is very useful and convenient. Being able to take lectures and podcasts with you wherever you go is also convenient. For a student who is learning a specific subject and is having trouble finding resources on that subject, iTunes U is a great place to go. You can find so many different things there, from lectures by teachers all over the world, to scholars discussing their latest work and also stuff from other students. Also, being able to share different sites with other students is very helpful. This can help out so many students who are in the same predicament as the character in this video.

Michael Wesch video

I don't see this so much in me, but in my younger sister. She thinks she is queen of the world and that everything revolves around her and most of her answers are "whatever". This is a very good video that I'm sure a lot of people can relate to. I think it's also true that most kids think they are "the next american idol" and when they don't achieve that goal, it becomes a reality check. The youtube statistics I thought were crazy, yes irrelevant, but interesting. It is funny to see how some people spend their time re-making different popular videos.

Comments4Teachers Assignment Weeks 7-9

Comment for week 7

Hello! My name is Bliss Beasley and I am in the EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama. As one of our assignments we are asked to follow specific teachers’ blogs and post, on our own blogs, about what we have read and learned. Our class blog is if you wish to visit it. You can read all of my posts about what I have read and learned from you on my blog on March 21st. My blog address is I think it is amazing what you are doing with your class. It is a great way to get them to think and interacted in the project and to view it from another standpoint.

Comment for week 8

Hello! This is amazing what you are doing. Being able to connect with people around the world and being able to get your students to experience other cultures is such a huge learning experience. It’s great what you’re doing with your colleagues. I am just starting to work on creating my PLN, and just from reading your post I have already learned so much I can do with it. Continue to inspire your students and fellow teachers, for being able to do so is an amazing gift!

Comment for week 9

That is great what you did. Getting your students to talk to you about your teaching is something that more teachers need to do more of. I know that when I was in high school, and even in middle school, I wish I had been given an opportunity to tell some of my teachers how I felt about their teaching, or lessons, or even activities. This probably would have helped me succeed even more in school. Most teachers feel too uncomfortable to give up the power in the classroom, but for you to be brave enough to listen to you students and to hear what they had to say is an amazing thing. Kudos to you! I know that I am only in school to become a teacher right now, but I know that being able to do something like this with my students in the future will help me to better understand my students and will also enlighten me on many different things.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Comments4Kids Assignment Week 7

I commented on Maria C's blog and she is in Mrs. Kolbert's class. Her post was full of different riddles she created. She wanted people to read her riddles and try and guess what they were. Some of them were very good because I couldn't even figure them out. Here is the link to her blog so if anybody wants to go and try to figure out her riddles they are welcome to try: Maria C's Riddles.

Comments4Teachers Assignment Week 6

I commented on post 16 on the Blog "Endless Ocean". Here is the link if you wish to visit it: Endless Ocean. The post I commented on was about humpback whales. It was very interesting. I think it is amazing that this class is using a Wii to learn about the ocean and the amazing creatures in it. This is definitely something that so many teachers could use to get kids interested in the ocean and learning about it. Using games to get kids to learn is probably the smartest thing ever. This will actually get kids wanting to come to school and wanting to go to class and listen and interact and learn. Very great idea! I loved it!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Homework Feb. 21, 2010

Dr. Alice Christie's Web Site

For teachers, as well as students, the internet is something to be taken advantage of. In Dr. Christie's explanation and tools to create a web site, she explains how teachers can create web sites targeted toward their students and also targeted towards parents and other teachers. Creating a web site could be something that a teacher could use to get their students interacted in learning. They could use the web site to guide their students in whatever it may be they are being taught.
Web sites are targeted to educate, in whatever manner it may be. A teacher can use the web site to teach her students on their level. Kids are all about the internet now and they spend most of their time on a computer. The teacher, having a web site filled with interesting things related to teaching, can connect with their students on a different level than by just standing in the classroom and lecturing.

iTunes University

There were many different things on iTunes U that I found useful. Although, many of it was very uninteresting to me and actually boring, but there was some things that i found helpful. I was able to look up things that are of interest me and hear different professors or graduate students talk about their work. I also found different podcasts on learning a new language- I thought that was interesting.
I think that iTunes U is something that is very good for both students and teachers. Teachers can record their lectures and post them on iTunes for their students to go and listen to. It's also helpful because you can, as far as i know, put some of the podcasts on an iPod and take them wherever you go and watch or listen to them wherever you are. This is something that can come in handy if a student is out of school because they are on a trip or out of town for some reason and this no longer gives them an excuse not to hear the lecture and not to be caught up on what the rest of the class is doing.

iPods in the Classroom

click here In this link I found several different examples about using iPods in the classrooms. I had never thought about using the iPod in a classroom setting, but it can be just as beneficial as using iTunes or and iPhone in the classroom. Kids can record video and audio and they can listen to different things relating to what they are learning. They can upload podcasts to their iPod and take it with them wherever they go. Teachers are using iPods in the classrooms in so many different ways and this is something that could actually get kids interested in learning.
click here This is the link I found to an article about what Duke University is doing with iTunes. This was very interesting to me to see all the different things they were using it for. The school was uploading calendars and specific things about the school and about the education there, and they also uploaded the Duke fight song. All of these things would be very beneficial to any student who went to that school; and what student wouldn't want a free iPod?

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Homework for Feb. 14, 2010

NPR Blog on Wikipedia and WIRED Story

When it comes to Wikipedia being a reliable source, I think there are pros and cons. A lot of the information on Wikipedia is the same kind of information you would find in a "real" encyclopedia, probably just put into simpler words. I know this, because I've discovered it while doing reports before. But, one of the downsides is that anybody from anywhere can go and put information up on Wikipedia, and also change it if they don't like what is already there. For the whole question about if Wikipedia is a reliable site, I would have to say no; there is just too much information that is changed everyday by any random person.

"What I've Learned This Year" by Mr. McClung

I enjoyed reading this article because he talked about things that are very important when it comes to teaching. Teachers definitely need to be focused on if their students are comprehending that material. Yes, teachers need to be somewhat concerned about the delivery of the material, but they need to be more focused on if the students are receiving that material. It's easy for a teacher to think that the lesson is going to go a certain way and that nothing is going to mess it up or change it, so when he talks about how a teacher needs to be flexible, I completely agree. A student could ask a question and the answer to that question might require a long explanation which might lead to another discussion. Teachers need to understand that as long as their students receive and comprehend the material, it shouldn't matter if the lesson goes according to plan. Communication is important in every aspect of life. You have to be able to communicate. Teachers MUST communicate with their students in a way that their students will understand. It drives me CRAZY when a teacher goes on and on about a specific topic, yet they aren't communicating with their students to find out if we know and understand what they are talking about. Teachers have to remember that we are the students and that we don't know as much as they do about that topic- we're on our way to get there, but we aren't there yet. So teachers have to learn to communicate to make sure that their students are understanding what they are teaching.
Another thing that was discussed was about being reasonable. Teachers shouldn't hold the bar too high for students and then get angry when they fail. Hold the bar at a reasonable height-so to speak- and help the students along the way, and if they mess up, help them to understand. Teachers should also embrace technology. They shouldn't dismiss it because it seems too complicated and like something that is going to mess up as soon as they get it going. Technology is something that relates to students. Kids these days are all about technology, so why not try and use it in the classroom and get them interested in learning? Another valid point that was made was about listening to the students. If a student doesn't understand something and isn't comprehending a specific lesson, listen to them and understand why they don't understand it. Teachers should always listen to what their students have to say, and who knows, they might just be surprised by what they find out.

Comments4Kids Assignment

So I just got done commenting for the Comments4Kids Assignment. The student's blog I commented on was Austin's. He is learning to read and write and it is so cute to see him spell words the way they sound to him. He was blogging about how him and his classmates wrote a note for Mrs. Hagar, who I am assuming is another teacher at the school besides his own, and this is what he wrote: "Dee er Mrs Hager we make a big note and the note is for yoo." How cute is that?! That was the only thing in that specific post, but it made me smile.

Google Presentation

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Comments4Kids Assignment

My child's name, under the Comments4Kids Assignment, was Mariana. Mariana's blog talked about what they were doing in class and all of the different things they were learning. She talked about the different spelling words they were learning and how she thought some of them were hard. She also talked about how her class wanted to start a fundraiser to help out with the disaster in Haiti. She seems like a very bright young girl who is very smart. She also talked about how she hurt her hand playing basketball, but they still won so she was happy.

Homework for Feb. 7, 2010

Podcast video "Integrating ICT into the MFL classroom: The Benefits of Podcasting in the Classroom"

This was a very interesting video. It was neat to see how students are using podcasts to learn about different stories and how they can take the podcasts with them wherever they go and pretty much learn wherever they are. I thought it was a great idea to have a teacher upload their podcasts of their lectures onto a blog or iTunes for students who are sick to be able to go and listen or watch the lectures and not have to miss anything. This no longer gives children an excuse to miss anymore class time or lectures.
This technology could take learning to the next level. It can have students excited about coming to school and learning. Giving students the opportunity to make their own podcast and to learn along the way can really broaden their views on technology and what they can do with it. For teachers to be able to use this and teach with it is something that is crucial to getting students interested in learning. There is so much that you can do with a podcast, whether it be a video or audio, when it comes to teaching. Lectures can be viewed whenever if put on the internet and this gives children more of an opportunity to learn and to make sure that they don't miss out on anything.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Estuarium-My Picture

Where I volunteer at!

Link to my University

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Homework for Jan. 31, 2010

I Phone Used By One Year Old Baby

Holy Crap! That kid knew more about the iPhone than I do! That was crazy. It was funny but kind of scary at the same time. I know nothing about an iPhone or how to use it and this kid is on a roll. Although, I know he was just playing with it and didn't fully understand some of what he was doing, but that still is crazy. I know people with iPhones, but I couldn't tell you the first thing about one.

Little Kids Big Potential

I think the title is an understatement. They might be little kids, but I would say they have exceedingly HUGE potential! The stuff they are doing is great. They were talking about things that I have never even heard of. They were using words that, when I was that age, wouldn't have had the slightest clue as to what it meant. Those are some smart kids and what they are doing is great. Being able to use technology in such a way as to further their knowledge and help them learn to read and count is amazing. It goes to show to those people who think that being technologically illiterate is okay, that they are way wrong.

Media Literacy in the First Grade

This is awesome what this class is doing! They are o intelligent and bright and what they are doing is going to carry them so far in life. When I was that age we didn't even have a computer at my house, much less in the classroom at school. I knew nothing about technology and how to use any of that. I didn't even know some of the words they were using! When it comes to technology, it is sad for me to say it, but these kids are smarter than I am!

Podcast assignment

In the EdTechTalk podcast I thought it was interesting to hear the different teachers talk about everything that goes on in their classrooms. It was also interesting to know that the teachers in America were talking to a teacher in Australia. It was crazy to me to know that some of these schools in Australia and Tasmania have iPod touches for all of their kids to use for school. There are also teachers in America that are using iPod touches in their classrooms. It sounds like a lot of teachers are experimenting with using the iPod touch in the classroom. There are people discouraging them not to allow the iPod touch to replace a computer.
The SMARTBoard podcast gave some intersting points about using video and audio podcasts. If an interview is being conducted a video podcast is best so you're able to see the person. If a model or demonstration is being conducted a video podcast is also best because you're able to visually see everything instead of just hearing someone talk about it. Video is also better for getting kids to express themselves and getting them to express words through body language and also getting them comfortable with facial expressions, hand gestures, eye contact, etc... I think there are fewer instances when an audio podcast would be used instead of a video podcast.
In KidCast, audio and video podcasts were being examined. There are pros and cons to both from what I understood. Video podcasting is good in terms of being able to see the person or see a demonstration, but audio podcasts are better for people if they are driving, and it is also better for people to learn to be more descriptive in their expressing. For some people it is best for them to do video podcasting and for others, it is better to do audio podcasting. It all depends on your audience, but also your preference.
Listening to David Warlick talk during a conference (on episode 96) was very interesting. I think it's great that people can listen to other people talk who are giving lectures, or in conferences, or whatever it may be. This is something that can further educate everybody. I agreed with one man who gave his opinion about writing papers; kids don't want to sit down and write a paper on a sheet of paper. They would be a lot more likely to do it if they could type it up on the computer and then even share it through a blog with other students and teachers in other classrooms. Kids would be a lot more excited to learn if they could use their creativity by doing something they actually like to do rather than just sitting in class listening to a lecture and writing things down.
The MacBreak Weekly and This Week in Photography podcasts were interesting in the fact that it's like a television show, but in a podcast and something you can listen to. I was honestly bored when I was listening to those two podcasts because they weren't talking about anything I was interested in. Photography isn't anything I love hearing about for an hour and hearing about all of the different things for Mac also don't interest me, but I understand that it was about getting to know how to podcast. It is something that can further learning for, not only students and teachers, but also everybody in general. You can pretty much find anything in a podcast and listen to it or watch the video podcast on it. This is definitely something that can help better educate people about so many different things.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Homework January 24, 2010

Gary Hayes' Social Media Counts

WOW. It was crazy to me to watch how fast things were happening all over the world. How so many people are doing the same things and how those people don't even realize what's going on. I think being a teacher and seeing these calculations you can't help but be curious about technology and the impact it has made on today's society- specifically the children in today's society. Things have made such an advancement in the past few years with technology, that watching that social media count was a blur. It was happening so fast and so many different things were going on at the same time; it was really outstanding. I never realized how often people use YouTube, or how many people join Facebook within just a few minutes. For someone going into the teaching field I think this isn't anything you should ignore; this is something you must take advantage of. Use it to communicate with students and parents and other teachers. Use this new technology to teach and generate ideas through your students. For a teacher not to take advantage of this kind of technological increase/growth, it would be- in a simple word- stupid.

Michael Wesch: A Vision of Students Today

Watching this video was not really an eye opener for me. I could relate to this video and to me that's sad. Everything in this video was so true, in relation with me and my life, and I'm sure that many other students can agree. Things haven't changed at all in schools with regards to technology and the way a teacher teaches. I can't tell you how many textbooks that I have bought and never used. WHY?! It's VERY FRUSTRATING!! That's money that I could use to pay bills! Or to feed my self with! Technology must be forced into schools whether some teachers or administrators like it or not. It's plain and simple: Students relate to technology a lot easier than pretty much anything else when it comes to school. Class sizes are growing and teachers lose interest in getting to know their students. But that could change. Only through technology. Students (including my self) would rather work on a computer doing work (or play on Facebook) than reading a text book or listening to a teacher teach about pointless stuff that we will never use or see again outside of the classroom. Why learn about things that we will never use? It is a waste of our time and the teacher's time.

"It's Not About The Technology" by Kelly Hines

I think that this writing was very interesting. Some of it I agree with and some of it I disagree with. I do believe that being up-to-date with technology is a major thing when communicating with students. Today, technology is pretty much all kids know. For me, I am still learning everyday about the different technologies and how to use them and what they are for. When I was a child, it was all about playing outside with my family and neighbors and all about building forts and playing on the swing set and trampoline. But today, for kids, it is all about the internet and the iPods and the playstations and the Wii and all of the other technologically advanced things. This is pretty much all kids know these days. So for a teacher, who didn't grow up with these things, to be able to communicate with their students through and with these things is a big deal. I do agree that teachers must be learners, that goes along with my previous sentence. Teachers must be able to learn about the technology advances and use that knowledge to communicate and teach their students. I disagree with the part about being a 21st century teacher without the technology. I think if you're going to be a 21st century teacher, then you must have the technology. Teachers must be creative in the way they use the technology to teach their students. They must find ways to make learning fun because if it's not, and it's boring, then who wants to learn? I know I wouldn't want to learn something is it isn't going to be fun. It's easier for students to relate to things when you put it on their level, therefore, it's easier for them to learn, and it will make them WANT to learn, if you teach things they can relate to and are familiar with.

Karl Fisch's blog "Is It Okay To Be A Technologically Illiterate Teacher?"

For some reason I feel like I'm repeating myself: No, you cannot be a teacher and be technologically illiterate. How would you be able to relate and teach your students? How would you be able to stay up-to-date on different issues and topics in today's society. It's kind of hard without the internet or some type of device with access to the internet. And I completely agree with his statement "If a teacher today is not technologically literate - and is unwilling to make the effort to learn more - it's equivalent to a teacher 30 years ago who didn't know how to read and write." So true, so true, so true. I think those words summed up pretty much anything I could say. How CAN a teacher not know anything about technology and be a successful teacher? How can students learn if you can't relate to the way they live with technology? Simple questions.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Homework Jan. 17, 2010

Mr. Winkle Wakes

Honestly, if I were Mr. Winkle and I woke up after 100 years, I would ask for someone to just put me out again. Things would be so completely different it would almost be unbearable. You wouldn't know how to do anything, how to work anything, you wouldn't know the first thing about a phone or computer and that in itself would be horrible. It's sad that the school was the only thing that hadn't changed in 100 years. Everything was exactly the same and everything was on a specific schedule and the assignments were all the same with the reading, writing, and all of the work. Nothing was different to get the kid's minds working and thinking and getting them engaged in learning. There was nothing exciting about school to get the kids to interact and participate. It was also very sad that the computer was in the back of the room with dust on it. It is a scary picture, but so many schools are just like the one within this video. Technology is on the back-burner for so many schools because they can't afford new computers; they have no funding. This video was a scary depiction of today's society.

Did you know 3.0

It was interesting to me to watch some of the things in this video. Some of the statistics were scarily true. It's sad that so much has changed in just the past few years with the way people think and the way people are educated. The internet has paved the way for so many changes in our society and in the entire world. It has also played such a substantial role in technology and many different aspects of life. To see how far technology has come is an eye-opener. Many people don't realize that just 5 years ago things were completely different than what they are today. Phones have gotten so high-tech that most people don't even know how to use some of them; and computers have pretty much taken over everything. Our world definitely depends on technology.

Ken Robinson: The Importance of Creativity

I really enjoyed listening to him speak. He was very comical and that made the video not so boring and actually interesting to watch. This video was enlightening about so many different things regarding education. Kids are being pulled away from their creativity and are being taught things other than how to use their creative sides. Everyone has the same system of teaching where math is at the top of the list and humanities, music, and art are at the bottom. Kids are being steered away from music and the arts because people are telling them they will never make a career out of music, or out of dance, or out of art. It is a sad reality, but this is something happening all throughout the U.S. in schools. I loved the example he gave about the female student who was in school and because she couldn't sit still in class, everyone thought there was something wrong with her, but it was because she wanted to move around; so her mother enrolled her in a dance class and she finally found where she belonged and what she loved doing. That is something that parents and teachers need to realize- that some students love to dance and sing and express themselves through art and it is nobody's place to tell them they aren't allowed to do it.

Vicki Davis: Harness Your Student's Digital

It's strange for me to watch this video and not know one thing that she was talking about. Some of the terminology she used I had never heard of. Some of the things she was using in her classroom I had also never heard of. I'm 21 years old, I'm not that old or not too young, but it is strange to me to see kids who are younger than me, know more about technology than me. It is imperative for teachers to be technologically literate because if they aren't, then how are they going to connect with their students? Teachers who know nothing about technology will know nothing about their students and how their students interact with one another and how their students do research or homework. Watching that video was an eye opener for me, because to see students from a small town in Georgia connect, via the internet, with people from across the world in another country, that was amazing to me. And it's also something that anybody can do. Technology really does play a huge role in education whether people want to admit it or not.