Sunday, May 6, 2012

Group Project Final Overview

With my final group project we used Skype, google docs, and our cell phones to communicate together. Even though we went through some rough patches with the communication, when it came down to doing the videos we always came through. It was hard coordinating times to meet and get things done with four people in the group. I had a blast interacting with other students in my class and I loved the outcome of both of our videos, even if we did act silly!

C4K April

Charles did a blog post where he made a Prezi about how he plays soccer and baseball. He also hunts and fishes with his dad. I thought that his Prezi was really cool, but he did have quite a few spelling mistakes.

The second time I went to comment on Charles blog he didn't have anything new posted so I went down to a post about a fishing trip he took with his dad. Charles loves being outdoors and so do my friends and I.

Final Reflection Blog Post #14

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Blog Post #12

For this blog post I tried to focus on things that could get children's mouths going. Interacting with children who can't talk is a good way to build up courage and a friendship so that they will be more open to talking and learning with you.

The first site I found was called Play at Home Mom which incorporates activities that parents can do at home to simply teach children about shapes, numbers, colors, animals, and many other things. I thought this site was really neat because some parents don't realize the importance of learning at a young age. Learning starts the day you are born and I don't believe it ever stops.

The second site I found is a site that advertises for a tool called Speech Buddies. This set of tools actually allows the child to feel how their tongue is supposed to move while making different sounds such as the s, sh, r, i, and ch sounds. At first I didn't understand how these tools worked then I watched the video off to the side and it made it all clear. The child puts the device into their mouth and then says the sound they have trouble pronouncing. The device then guides their tongue into the correct position to make this sound come out. I was skeptical at first but then I started saying the sounds myself and I realized that my tongue does exactly what the devices make their tongues do. It was really neat and I can not wait to get my Masters in Speech Pathology so I can get my hands on these and help children find their voices and be heard!

speech buddies

C4K March

Amel and Kaityln wrote a short story, I assume anyways, about a change of world. I was actually confused by it. The dialect was different and resulted in many misspelt words. But over all it was a neat read. I look forward to seeing what else they come up with.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Blog Post 10

        In the video, Do you teach or do you educate?, it gives you the definition of a teacher. Which, personally, I had never looked up before and was quite shocked to see the definition of. I thought that the definition of a teacher would be more of what the definition of an educator would be. I suppose this is not all a bad thing though, if I have set out to be a teacher with the definition of an educator in mind. In the path I will go down with my education, I would like for my time to be spent being a teacher educating my students in ways that will help them to achieve their dreams.
       When I decided to become a teacher, it wasn't because I had always dreamed of being one. And teaching just happens to be one of the stepping stones in where I hope to end up. Speech pathology is my main goal in my education, but I wanted to understand more of how children learned, and more of the psychology behind the mind of a child. I want to be able to help children who can't help themselves. Speaking is one of the most important ways we have to communicate with one another, and while they can always use technology to help them, we have to stop and think about whether that child WANTS to know how to speak and communicate. That is what I want to accomplish. To give children the opportunity to speak.


         When reading Tom Johnson's post, Don't let them take pencils home, I started to think back to when I was in Elementary school myself. Even though we took standardized tests and integrated some technologies into the schools our test scores were always beyond average scores. I think that the problem with our scores getting lower lies more with the teachers and the upbringing of the students than it does with whether they take tests well. To a certain extent it is a lame excuse that people use when they didn't study, or when a teacher didn't teach. I understand that some children get panic attacks before which hinders their scores, but as a teacher if we give students the tools they need to pass the test we are in turn giving them the courage they need to pass it. Think back to a time when you took a test... Did you study for it? Did you know the material from your teacher? Were you confident in your ability to own that test? Your answers should give you the proof to what I'm saying. Mr. Johnson makes a good point when he talks about getting the parents involved in the kids schooling. Parents are more busy these days with work, but they still need to stop and be with their children for just a few hours a day to understand and help them with problems, and to lift them up when they have done good. Or even when they haven't done too good.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

C4T # 3

The Thinking Stick
Jeff Utecht talked about how he had to do a speech to kids 15-18 years old about technology. He said that most adults would talk about the dangers of sexting and insist students get online less often. He thinks that this is definitely not the way to go about this opportunity. Instead it is an opportunity to teach children that they have a power given to them to change the world with a few clicks of a mouse. The only problem is that older generations are afraid of this power and they aren't teaching us how to properly use it.

I commented saying I thought the way he was planning on talking to these kids would be the most beneficial way. As a "kid" in this generation I know how misguided some children are and in a technological world that has such a big impact it is imperative that we are taught how to utilize this power to our full potential.

In his second post I read, he wrote a story that, when I first read it, I thought it was a made up story. Turns out it is actually the story of him and two friends. One who is still his best friend, they played baseball together, and the other who is now his wife. I thought it was really neat that he was willing to share this with the internet. He talked about how they used to say they would live in Seattle one day, the three of them. I think it is amazing that all three of them actually live there now and his friend lives not in his condo with his wife, but just a few blocks down.

I commented saying that I thought it was cool that he didn't start out the story saying it was his own personal experience. He posted pictures in his post and they had captions underneath them. I have no idea how to do this, as easy as it may actually be, so I asked him. I hope he responds back so that I too can put awesome captions under my pictures!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Book Trailer - Project #12

BLog Post #8

This is How We Dream Parts 1&2

         When I watched Dr. Miller's videos my mind was blown away, stunned. All I could think about while watching was "Will I really be able to do this?" It was incredible, but what is even more incredible is that I can learn how and use that, along with other resources to teach my own students the importance of technology. I remember having that one teacher that didn't know how to use a cell phone much less a computer, and that was always the class I paid very little attention in and never learned much.
       While we can't replace the face to face relationship between teacher and student, I think it would be a rude disservice of us not to incorporate technology into our lesson plans and teach children not just the proper way of using it, but also the power they hold at the tip of their fingers with the advances in technology.
      The main point that I took with me is that I need to step up my game in becoming a technology literate teacher. I can't slack off and just skim by the books teaching the children what the Department of Education thinks they should learn. We all need to take it a step further. We were in their shoes at one point in time and we know what kinds of things they will be faced with and it is our jobs as teachers to give them the tools to be able to overcome any obstacle that is thrown their way.

Carly Pugh's Blog Post #12

      Carly's blog post was just amazing. I love reading and its that much better when the person writing takes the time to make it good. She really has a gift and is utilizing it to give back. I definitely saw some major similarities in Carly's post and what Dr. Miller was talking about in his videos. She took the time to put information in there that she wanted to share, but also made it really awesome to keep the attention of her audience.

The Chipper Series and EDM310 for Dummies

        The Chipper Series is a video where Chipper and Dr. Strange have a talk about EDM 310. She doesn't turn in her work on time and thinks she should be fed the information and walked through the class like in elementary school. I have realized now that this class is one of the most important classes I have and I need to do my work and soak up all the information I can get so I can help my future students learn to be technologically literate also.
       In EDM 310 for Dummies I had a blast watching it. The video was so creative and corny. It really makes you relate more to the class because we all are struggling at some point with this class, or any other class, and I personally would love a manual for every class I take. Unfortunately most of our learning takes place within our struggles and mistakes.
       Some neat ideas that I would love to either see made or help make are videos that are more like commercials for certain classes. If we had a website we could go to before signing up for classes that simply allows students to check out what others think, both seriously and humorously, about classes here at South. This was you could plan other schedules around how much time you are going to need to complete a class with exceptional work.

for dummies logo

 Learn to Change, Change to Learn:
          Learn to Change, Change to Learn was one of the most eye opening videos I have watched in this class. What they were suggesting to me sounded a lot like the way the home schooling system is. I know some students that are home schooled and they keep in contact with each other through technology and they go out in the community to learn. The only issue that will arise is who is responsible for the children? This society has both mom and dad working full time to pay bill and we can't have young children home alone. Over all I think if we took this idea and mixed it with the system we already have, weed out the teachers who aren't there for the children, and we could have a world class schooling system!

Scavenger Hunt!
#3 Comic strips:
I created one but until I can figure out how to post it on Blogger check it out here! My Comic!

#4 50 best Android apps: on this site I found an app that is called Locale. It allows your phone to recognize where you are and can actually change your phone to vibrate when nearing your workplace and will change your phones background to a more appropriate one.


Wednesday, March 7, 2012

C4T #2

1. Mrs. Goerend's first post that I read was about student speak. She said that putting the students work into words that they could understand was beneficial to them. Her class came across an issue with some instructions that contained some pretty big words that they didn't know. They all worked together to define the words, then put the instructions into words that they did understand. I agreed with her and told her that I could remember many times in Elementary school when I too did not understand my instructions. However, I was not lucky enough to have a teacher like her, and had to figure it out myself. I think it would help them to put bigger words than what they are used to, but words that they can figure out alone if need be.

2. Mrs. Goerend's second post that I read was about the creative juices in the children today. She talked about how she has been crafting alot lately. It got me thinking about how things have changed in the schools. When I was a kid we colored, or did some creative activity at least once a day. Now children are lucky to get it once or twice a week. This kills the creativity in children, and the creativity is what makes moving forward possible. If we squander that at a young age then they will grow up to be boring adults who don't want change. That's definitely not good!

cat that has creativity

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Blog Post #6

Randy Pausch's Last Lecture

      Watching this lecture was a God send the first time around when I was going through some changes in my schooling. The second time around was even better, because it gave me a chance to really absorb what he was trying to get across. Fundamentals are the primary principles on which learning and teaching is based upon. To learn anything you must first get the fundamentals down, how and why it works, or it won't work. When I first watched this video, I was changing majors and schools and was a bit lost. A quote from a coach of his really meant a lot to me. "When you're screwing up and no one's saying anything to you anymore, it means they gave up." I had many people helping me figure out what I wanted to do and that just brought it into perspective that they still cared, even when they didn't have to.
      We all hit brick walls in our lives at some time or another, but many of us decide to turn in the opposite direction and find a different road to take. What we need to start doing, and to teach our children and students to do, is to look at this brick wall as a challenge. See it as an obstacle that can be taken down victoriously, with a crowd waiting to cheer for you right on the other side. With our students we should be helping them get over that brick wall, and cheering for them when they reach their goals. We will be their role models, the people that they look up to as leaders. We need to have a good sense of leadership or we will lead them down the wrong path.
      The first step in being a leader to students is being able to talk to them. You need to be able to communicate to them so you can help them achieve the goals they have set. Being able to talk to someone does not just include knowing a language. The body language and the tone you use, not to mention the words you put together, can make a world of a difference when someone is looking for help. We need to help our students thrive and strive to do better. Many teachers, in my past, have set a bar for a class. The only issue with this is that with a classroom full of students that bar has to be pretty mediocre to handle all the different students in the class. Instead let the students know that you believe in them and that they can keep going farther and bigger with their dreams. Let them set the bar. Then push them to break it.
     As teachers, mentors, and sometimes students ourselves it is our jobs to prepare our students for what ever lies ahead of them. The world is constantly growing and Randy Pausch tries to explain to his audience that we need to grow with it. I loved how he never seemed to loose his hope or faith in his life and family. I went on and watched some of the last interviews he did. If you have not seen them I highly recommend checking them out.

C4K Summary February

C4K #1

1. For my first C4K I got assigned Blake's blog from Mr. Chamberlain's class blog. His background was pretty cool with the fire, you could definitely tell he was an 8th grade boy. I read through some of his posts and notice he had a consistent problem with spelling errors. I know I make them sometimes too, but I figured maybe someone hasn't pointed this out to him yet. So I just told him to slow it down some to help out with the spelling errors.

2. For my second C4K I was assigned Jackson's blog from Mrs. Garcia's class blog. I especially liked reading this one because it was about how his class Skyped with a class from New Orleans. I am from there and really miss going to Mardi Gras down there. It was good to see that they were learning not just about the fun parts but also about the history behind the holiday.

3. For my third C4K I was assigned to Mr. Salsich's class blog. They had been learning about matter and what makes things float. They did a class project where the students were given specific materials to build a boat out of. The boats were then put in water and marbles were added until they sank. This project was to teach the kids about surface area and buoyancy. I thought is was neat that they got to work as a team and they reflected on their work after it was all done. I also thought it was good that they made a video and voiced over it to add onto their blog.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Blog Post #5

Don't Teach Your Kids This Stuff. Please?

Awesome! I have always been a big fan of sarcasm and witty humor and I loved the approach Mr. McLeod took on this delivery. It was definitely an eye opener to what some parents think about the internet. I think it is important that children understand that they need to use caution and be safe while on the internet, but I always thought that would be enough to make a parent be okay with them learning about technology. I absolutely loved the thought he stuck the reader with at the end. "can't wait to see who has a leg up in a decade or twocan you?"  It definitely got me thinking about how I will raise my students and eventually children of my own. As the founder of Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education, I would have expected nothing less from a post of his.

The iSchool Initiative

The iSchool initiative says that schools can be changed out for an iTouch a student. I think that incorporating technology into schools is a great idea, but to take place of it completely? I don't know if I misunderstood the end result of this project, but if the children don't actually attend the school anymore then that could open up a whole new can of problems. I think, however, that the kids will go to school and use these devices instead of books and such, which could be a good idea. The only problem I have with it is the risk of medical problems that occur from an overuse of such devices. Eye problems and hand and joint problems are just two that come to mind. If these problems didn't surface then the iSchool is a revolutionary tool that should most definitely be used.

This video gave me the goose bumps all the way through! Beautiful singers and made even more spectacular that they weren't anywhere near each other while this was made. I couldn't stop with just this video though, if you have not listened to his video, Sleep, I highly recommend doing so. Truly amazing! This video actually lets you see, in digital groupings, the 2052 videos from 58 different countries and is just breathtakingly beautiful.

Kevin Roberts brings up a valid point when he says that teaching will be changing, or should be changing, as the technology around us changes. When students have all the information they need at the push of a button or touch of a screen then where does that leave teachers? To adapt to this form of learning, we must do some learning ourselves. We need to be as updated on the technology as our students are, and we need to know how to relate these devices to the skills they need to grow and succeed.

     This website seemed to have everything there is needed to helping children read. I was a peer helper, tutor, in middle and high school and could have used resources like these to communicate better with the children. One of the biggest difficulties was getting on the same level and speaking in a way that made sense to a child so much younger than I. I loved that they actually have a page for children struggling with reading, this gives teachers good ideas and tips for helping them out and keeping them up to pace with the rest of the class. 
      They have links in this website to apps for computers and such that are specifically designed to help with reading comprehension. I think it is really neat to see how technology is working its way into the classroom one subject and one problem at a time. Those apps really are helpful to students and it gives them the courage to pick up a book and try again.

Blog Post #4

Langwitches: Flat Stanley Podcast

On the website, Langwitches, there is an article on the first graders project of Flat Stanley. I loved that they had an audio clip for us to listen to. The children sounded like they were having a blast! It definitely gave me good ideas on how to keep the kinds in tune with learning while getting to know technology at a young age. It also seemed to include the parents some too, which I think is always important for younger children.

The Benefits of Podcasting in a Classroom:

         In this video, Benefits of Podcasting in a Classroom, Joe Dale talks about how podcasting in a classroom has effects on the students simply because it is something they can relate to. Students these days know a lot about technology, therefore they learn better in a technological environment. Some of the things I also thought were interesting about the podcasts were the ability to keep absent students in the loop, promoting creativity in children, and that the parents can keep updated on what's going on in the classroom. I was never absent much, but I know how hard it is to miss a day or two and catch up. Being able to know what when on that day gives children an upper hand on bouncing back quicker. Creativity is being squandered more and more in the school systems with the absence of art and other electives so it is nice to see it being brought back, and in creative ways. My parents were always in tune with what happened at school and in the classroom. By providing parents today, most who both work full-time, with the means to get to know the teacher and what is happening can bring a whole family together even if they don't have much time. I thought this was true to its core.


       Wow! That's quite the amazing audio clip on the Langwitches Blog. These children truly learned and comprehended the Hebrew language, not just memorizing the sentence they had. You could hear the accents coming out in them. I took French for three years and am no where near as fluent as these children sounded. I thought that it was really neat that they got to edit their clips and that they understood the language enough to put their clips in the right order!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Blog Post #3

Peer Review:

Doing peer reviews is a great way to give and get positive feedback on your blog. I know that I make mistakes and I would want people to let me know. Having an open mind is always important. You have to keep in mind they aren't saying to check your spelling because they think you're stupid, they are just there to help you out. In the technological world we live in these days, it is important to know how to write properly, but having a back up system, such as peer review, is a nice comfort blanket that makes getting out there easier.
peanut kid with blanket
Technology in Special Education:

       Once watching the video Technology in Special Education I realized how much this technology really makes a difference in these childrens' lives. A few years back when I was in high school, our special education department added a room in our high school designated specifically for special education students. The room was called the Snoezelen room and it incorporated calming technology with colors to desensitize students when they were having an episode. As an art student I helped to paint and put together this room and the technology in this room, while not interacting with the students directly, calmed them down with such ease it is unreal.
     The special education department also incorporated the use of ipads in the classroom, which allows the students to learn while playing games involving math, reading, matching, and much more. Most autistic children learn best while using their hands and using this technology allows them to do so and as a plus it keeps their attention fairly good when you have animation. Technology in a classroom simply opens up many more doors for all students that without the technology would never be possible.

snoezelen room

How the Ipad Works with Academics for Autism:

The video How the Ipad Works with Academics for Autism was, in my opinion, eye opening for anyone opposed to or on the fence about this technology going into classrooms. Looking at the website at all the apps out there was really amazing, seeing all those apps capable of helping children learn. I personally love astronomy and naturally I was drawn to the Star Walk app. Although not maybe as helpful in a special education classroom, this app could be beneficial in an elementary classroom where seeing the stars would be next to impossible. 

Gary Hayes Social Media Count:

      The social media count on Gary Hayes' website was overwhelming to say the least. I would have never guessed that that much was happening on facebook, youtube, google chrome, and much more. As a future teacher I think it is important to understand how technology is changing and to keep up with it as it changes around us all. The children I will be teaching will need to know how to use technology to further their own educations and I am the teacher that will be responsible for doing just that. In the next five to ten years technology will be far beyond what we have today and at the rate it is moving we all need to pick up the pace on becoming technologically literate. Seeing all the facts on Gary Hayes' website, Social Media Count, is truly an amazing website full of very entertaining and useful facts.

Michael Wesch - A Vision of Students Today:

     When I watched the video A Vision of Students Today it gave me the goose bumps reading all those signs of factual information held up by actual students. It was real and in your face, but it got you to stop and think about what you're doing and whether it's the right thing for you. We, as students, put a lot of effort into the school work that we do, and to come out unemployed and up to our necks in debt is a scary thought. I thought that it was neat that most of us are in school for degrees that don't exist yet, and will be teaching other children to go on and do similar things.
     As a future teacher it disturbs me to know that many teachers now don't even realize that they are not teaching in effective ways. It makes me stop and really think about what kind of teacher I want to become, and ways I can stay informed to the growing technology boom. I do not ever want to be one of those teachers who indirectly neglects her students by depriving them of knowledge simply because I know not of it.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

C4T #1 Post Summary

C4T post #1

1. arvind s grover wrote a post about his school in New York where he is trying to open up a high school within the next four years. He is doing a very admirable thing by trying to recruit teachers who will push the students to do their best . He wants to have the students have only four classes a day but make them longer, allowing for more class time to go into more depth. He also would like a lab day on Wednesdays so that the kids can get learning from different sources.

2. I commented on his post and told him a little about my own high school. My high school focused a lot on athletics as well as academics, but the athletic teachers slacked in the classroom, especially if they were tenured. I also told him that it would have been a wonderful opportunity to have attended his school and that I wished him the best of luck acquiring great, outstanding teachers that will teach the leaders of tomorrow.

C4T post #2

1. This post of Mr. Grover's was about a program called STARS that raises awareness about hurtful Halloween costumes. It had some poster pictures that the students made with different examples of hurtful costumes.

2. I commented that I thought that this group was a wonderful group and they really opened my eyes to things I may not have thought twice about. My high school did not do any awareness like this but I feel as though maybe they should.

Blog Post #2

Vicki Davis: Harness Your Student's Digital Smarts

Vicki Davis, and IT instructor, teaches her classes in a different way from most other teachers. She believes that teachers need to learn along with their students and that the students need to be able to explore and learn on their own as well. She pushes them to think on a higher level than most students have to and as a result when they are given material to learn the thrive in this environment. I thought that this setting style was extremely awesome, and I feel as though her students learn and take with them a lot, not just the "important stuff".

  A Vision for 21st Century Learning

 In this video the main argument is that the passive teaching style is not the style that needs to be used. They suggest that books and lecture are in the past and that technology needs to push its way through to the front line of learning. While I believe technology is important and that students need to know how to use it, I also believe that you can not form a personal bond with a computer. Teachers do not just teach lessons out of books, they also teach children key life lessons and how to interact with one another. If you replace that with technology then you are left with a generation of socially inept children who can only connect through computers. I happen to love technology; video games, e-books, cell phones, and computers, but I also love talking to people face to face and I think a healthy mixture between the two would make the perfect teaching environment.

 Sir Ken Robinson: The Importance of Creativity

 In Ken Robinson's video he uses humor to keep his audience tuned in but also to help them understand why creativity is so important. Growing up I was blessed to have a school system that believed in being creative and that opened up many doors for me as I entered different grades. I have always loved writing and art, both which need creativity to strive. Ken Robinson seemed very passionate about this way of creatively teaching and creatively learning, something that I hope to be able to bring into a classroom with me some day. I enjoyed his video and agree completely that creativity is indeed important.

Mr. Winkle Waits

In this video by Matthew Needleman, Rip Van Winkle wakes up after a one hundred year slumber. He is confused to wake up in a world full of technology that he knows not of. He makes his way to a school and is comforted by the sight of a teacher giving a lecture to students just as it was when he was a child. I would most likely feel the same way as Mr. Winkle did, but at the same time I think that this technology should be integrated into the schools. There should be a happy medium between the technology world and the lecture world. In EDM 310 the students are pushed to learn outside what is normally expected, but even though hard at times, this will make us all technologically literate and help in the long run with classroom teaching skills.

Did You Know?

This video was extremely eye opening for me. I knew that the US had the least amount of bilingual citizens, but I did not realize how under educated this country is. When I was in high school I was able to take both spanish and french, but I know of many schools that do not have decent teachers in just a spanish class. I think this video was eye opening and definitely got me thinking about how I need to teach and what I need to work on to prepare myself.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Blog Assignment 1

About Me:
My name is Diane Boudreau and I originally moved from Louisiana when I was a little over two years old. I have lived in Spanish Fort since then and absolutely love it. I went to Mississippi State for my freshman year with the intent to go into Wildlife and Fisheries Pre-vet, but found out the tough way that I am allergic to animals. And that means all of them, if they have dander, I sneeze. From there I headed to Faulkner State to get my Associates in Elementary Education. A year and a half later I got my Associates and decided to go to USA. South was not originally my first choice of school, but after researching a little, I found that it wasn't just that school across the bay but a pretty good school, with a good great College of Education.

As I said I live in Spanish Fort, and I have a brother and a sister. Although I am allergic to animals we have a zoo at my house: two dogs, one cat, two birds, a turtle, and a rabbit. I have always loved animals so regardless of my allergies they will always be in my life. I also love to be around children, they are simply happy, kind, and most of the time untainted. I went into teaching because my two passions in life are helping animals and helping children, but since I'm miserable around animals I figured I can help children out more and with less sneezing. I like to read books anywhere, anytime. I have also been an avid swimmer since I was three and can not imagine living my whole life without having access to a pool.
This is my dog Emma, she can be kind of stupid and really silly but I love her just the same.

Dr. Paush's Video
In Dr. Paush's video I learned that although I believe I have pretty good time management skills, that there is alot I can do to manage my time better. Managing my time and doing the hardest or biggest thing first is the best way to get everything I need to get done for the day or week. Many people in America do not manage there time well, but after watching this video I believe I have taken with me enough new information about time management that I can safely and efficiently get all my work done way ahead of the due dates.