Sunday, May 6, 2012

Finally Finished!!!

Thank you all for all of the help and encouraging words y'all have given to me this semester! I wish everyone luck with their future endeavors! Dr. Strange, thank you for helping me become technologically literate and giving me ideas I can incorporate in my own classroom!

Final Reflection!!

Collaboration Report

For the last two projects in EDM 310, I was in a group with Shaun Coleman, Brooke Ladnier, and Jeanette Kelly. They were so great to work with! Trying to find times to meet was the biggest obstacle we had, but we overcame that, easily. We met face-to-face and we also skyped with one another for the second project. Skype was the most convenient tool because we were able to do it from home. We played around with the Google chat, but Skype was our preferred communication tool. We didn’t think to take a screen shot or video of our virtual meetings because we were too focused on deciding how we were going to do our projects. That would’ve come in handy for this post! Nonetheless, we wouldn’t have been able to complete our final projects without the use of skype.
(I couldn't fit Shaun's Skype profile in the screen shot!)

Final Project!!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

C4T Summary

For my final C4T I commented on Joe Bower’s blog. He updates his blog almost everyday, so I’ve had several different posts to choose from. The first week I read his blog entitled Redford’s Broken Promise? This post was about Alison Redford who was running in the 2011 Progressive Conservative Leadership Race. Joe voted for her because she promised to eliminate the 3rd and 6th grade Provincial Achievement Tests. This election was over six months ago and the tests are still there. He mentions holding up his end of the bargain by voting for her, but she has yet to abolish these tests. He makes a good point at the end of his post: “And if she doesn't and this is indeed a broken promise, what good are Alison Redford's promises in this new election?” I replied back with agreeing with what Redford said about these tests. They are too stressful on these students and they are not the best tools for determining these children’s performance. I was apologetic towards him for the lack of progress. I also agreed with him about her being filled with broken promises going into this new election.

This week Joe wrote a post about social networking. This post was called The Denial of Social Networking. This post is about blocking YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter from schools. People are under the impression that children come out of the womb knowing how to use all the different social sites. That is ignorant. Children have to learn how to use them just like everyone else. He makes a valid point about the repercussions of banning these sites: “If a school blocks YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, how are teachers suppose to learn about social networking? If a school blocks YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, how are teachers suppose to teach students how to use social networking appropriately? If a school blocks YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, how are teachers suppose to teach students how to NOT use social networking inappropriately?” Teachers can educate their kids on how to navigate these sites properly and responsibly. I responded with getting rid of these sites is going to do more harm than good. When children are told not to do something, they’re going to find a way to do it. They’re rebellious and curious. As teachers we should take advantage of the opportunity to teach them how to use these sites in a responsible manner.

Final PLN

For my PLN I used Symbaloo. I really liked how organized it was! It was convenient to just click on the website I wanted to go to. Safari already has a window that has all of your latest wesites that you have viewed, but not as the homepage. I made Symbaloo my homepage, so I was one click away from my desired website. It's nice to not have the hassle of typing the website into the browser. Another characteristic I have enjoyed about Symbaloo has been the fact that I can arrange my icons any way I please. All of my popular sites are on the right, and the ones I don't use as much are on my left. I will definitely encourage my students to use Symbaloo, or a website like it, when we are using the computers for projects, blogs, or podcasts. The great thing about it is that they can use it at home or at school!


Blog Assignment 13

E-Media Fast:
I started my 24-hour electronic restriction Friday night around 10 o’clock. The reason I started this late was because I went to the Shinedown concert and I knew I would need my phone/camera. It wasn’t as bad as I thought because I went to sleep when I got home and I was pretty busy all day Saturday with family events. However, it was rough not getting on FaceBook or taking pictures. Lucky for me, my mom is an amateur paparazzi and managed to take lots of photos. Another struggle for me was no television. I can’t go to sleep without the T.V. I wasn’t sure if this was cheating, but my boyfriend turned on his audio book of “The Hunger Games” and that’s how I fell asleep. Technically, it wasn’t me using the electronic device, just mooching off of someone else’s. Those were my only struggles. I kept my phone upstairs in my room while I spent the day with my family out on the boat, and I went to sleep around 9 o’clock on Saturday since we woke up at 5 o’clock in the morning to go fishing. I didn’t realize how dependent I was on electronic devices, until I couldn’t use them.
When I was in elementary school, I remember doing a no television challenge for a week. Your parents had to initial next to each day their child did not watch television. I completed the challenge, but mainly because parents wouldn’t let me watch T.V. If it were up to me, I would have given in the moment I got home from school. I hate to be a pessimist, but if I were to give my students this task today they would, more than likely, fail. I don’t know how children survive without their video games, cell phones, television, or MP3 players. Often times, parents encourage these electronics to keep their kids from acting up. Whatever happened to good ole fresh air and hard copy books? I would challenge my students to restrict themselves from a certain electronic device a week. Once they have successfully completed each task, I would have an optional assignment to restrict themselves from all electronics for 5 school days. Whoever completes this task would be rewarded with no homework for a week, or something along those lines. It’s not a bad idea to get them to resort to other forms of entertainments.