Saturday, May 4, 2013

Blog post 13

Blended Learning Cycle

In this video, Paul Anderson has some wonderful ideas. He combines blended learning with the learning cycle and this increase the students' learning and helps them to learn and actually retain information. He has come up with a very useful acronym to help us remember the process of what has to be done to be successful at blended learning with your classroom as a future teacher. The acronym is "QUIVER". QU stands for question, you have to get the students' attention so you have to start with a good question, a phenomenon that really gets their attention,also known as a hook. This would get the students thinking, they would be trying to figure out the answer and make predictions for why it may be happening. Next is the "I",it stands for investigation. Let the students look around and go through what ever the question is compiled of. This investigation will turn into an inquiry. "V"is for video. As a teacher you would pre-record your lessons and lectures so that the students can watch them out of class and if they missed something they could go back after school and watch it. Using videos instead of in class lectures will free up class time so the students can have more of just a review when they come into the classroom. Next is the"E", this stands for elaboration. Elaboration can be an in class discussion that the entire class is involved in. The teacher would have them read up on and research what ever they were studying that way in class the students could have a discussion about it and learn things from each other hey may not have learned themselves. The next letter is "R". The "R" stands for review. As the teacher you will go around asking the students questions seeing if they know the answer and if you as a teacher think they are ready then have them take the summary quiz. "S" stands for summary quiz. Anderson makes a very good point that all teachers should learn from, he said "You have not learned something until you can explain it thoroughly to someone else."

Blog post 12

Tell me about your area of specialty and then watch all of these videos looking at other teachers and what they did with their classroom and then tell me about what you are going to do with your's.

Creating A Positive Learning Environment

Clasroom Walls and Bulletin Board Ideas

The Mentor Teacher: Setting Up Your Classroom

My area of specialty is Elementary Education, and this has been my passion since I was in middle school. My mom was a high school teacher for 18 years and then became an assistant principal and has been for 5 years now. I have always loved young children, and to have the opportunity to have an impact on their lives means everything in the world to me. I want to help them become successful in their future choices. Teach them that they can achieve anything that they set their mind to.

Classroom Decorations

Something that a lot of new teachers struggle with is how to decorate their room to inspire the children and keep them engaged in all the classroom activities. The decorations in the classroom needs to create a fun, warm, and welcoming environment. Every teacher will have their own personal preferences, but some ideas work well in any classroom, for any age. I have always thought about doing a jungle room. I know a jungle room is kind of a cliche, because you see a lot of teachers try to do it, but I am going to do it a different way. One of my teachers in high school took cloth and covered up half the lights on the ceiling and then she hung christmas lights all the way around her room, she said this stimulates and relaxes the brain to where we as students could think clearer and keep us focused. She told us that the dim room helps stimulate our brain and keeps us from day dreaming because the board was the brightest thing in the room we were more likely to stare at that more than anything in the classroom. I understand her theory now, I have tried it at my house when I study and it does keep the distractions to a minimum. This picture is almost exactly what I am going to do to my classroom.

Bulletin Boards

Bulletin boards in a classroom are a definite must have when a teacher is decorating their classroom. Children love to see their work displayed on a bulletin board for everyone to see. Teachers can put the students photos, posters, charts, and even let the students create seasonal art to put on a themed bulletin board. Teachers should always let the students contribute when it comes to decorating the bulletin board. Maybe let the star student for that week pick the theme for the board and then have the class make something for the board to contribute to the theme. This would keep them all involved with each other. In this picture the students created the animals.

If you have trouble coming up with a theme for your classroom you should visit, Classroom Decorating/Theme Ideas, if you like these themes you should use them. Put your own twist into some of them or use it how they are that is up to you. Every teacher is different.

Blog post 8

This is How We Dream

With todays technology we can make writing a paper a lot more interesting for someone to read on the web. In the video This is How We Dream Part 1, Dr.Miller talks about the different things we can now do to our works that we are going to publish online and into the reach of others to read and learn from. He shows that we can embed videos on our papers we write, the technology we have now we can make our own movies and put them online for other people to use and refer to when they are researching the subject our video is on. Paper books are slowly going out and web literature is coming into play. A student can write a full paper without stepping foot into a library, the student can just find everything online with the use of web-based libraries where everything is digital.

In the second video, This is How We Dream Part 2, Dr. Miller tells us about the difference in the ways you can research and the tools out there to help you research. Most things on the internet are now interactive due to the technology we have these days. A lot of people use iTunes U, where podcasts, movies, and other informative materials can be found. He says that the people who make these materials available are "understanding that ideas do not belong to us individually, but they belong to us as a culture." He also states that "We as educators must be in the business of sharing ideas freely," with te technology we have now there is no reason for students to be left out and uneducated about a subject. The technology we have now is what we can use to push what we want people to know to the very front. We just have to put some time and effort into it when we put it out there on the internet. We need to make it noticeable and rememberable.

Blog Post #12
Carly Pugh's blog post #12 is outstanding. She does not come close to what Dr.Miller was saying, she is using exactly what he is talking about. The playlist idea is a very good one that most people would not think about. If a teacher had youtube playlists they could have always on hand to use with what ever subject they were teaching that day. This was a very thought out post and is very unique. I will be making me a playlist for my future references and needs.

My Idea

My idea for a video for future students will be a video about why it is so important to obey them. I will show the good and the bad with the rules. First do a video of a student not obeying the rule, and then the affects of what will happen if you don't, second I will do a video with a student not obeying the rule and what they are going through then I will do a video of a student that did obey the rule to show how much easier it is just to obey the rules.

Scavenger Hunt

Teacher Social Network
I have joined a teacher social network called Classroom 2.0 , I love this idea of teacher networking because teachers from all around the world can log in and review and share ideas of things they can do in the classroom. I will use this in my future profession, I will post ideas of things that I can do in my class for the students and for the classroom environment. Other teachers from all around the U.S, even the world, can post their comments and their reviews of my ideas. This tool can and will help all future teachers in their endeavors. I for one am going to use this and will encourage my fellow students to do also.

The Prezi Website offers an exciting and new way to make a presentation. Teachers and students should all use it. It is completely free so there is no reason to not use it in a classroom. Every teacher is always trying to come up with ways to engage students, and how to keep their attention, this is a tool they should use. The students would constantly be guessing where the screen would move to next, and what its going to say. This FREE tool gives a new meaning to the word presentation.

Unique Video Tool
This video tool is astonishing! I will use Animoto in my future classrooms. Some of the special features are that the website has music you can pick and put on your presentation. With the video program you can put videos or pictures. The program also give you multiple themes to pick from and the music selection that fits the different themes. It is a good tool for a teacher to use when she is trying to keep her students attention. I think I'm going to use this and play different videos, that pertain to what we are doing, randomly throughout class time.

Green Screen

PLN Final