Sunday, November 21, 2010

Blog Post 13

Alabama Learning Exchange
          Alex is really a great way for teachers to find things. It is basically an awesome search engine made by teachers and used by teachers. I guess if you were not a teacher you could still use it, but I do not really see the point. I am not saying there is not, but.. Anyway, it has everything from a search section all the way to lesson plans for any subject you could possibly think of. Think about it, one night you do your lesson plans for the next week then you go to bed. The next morning they are due, but where could they be? Did the dog get it? Maybe the kids wanted to play paper football. Could they have grown legs and walked out the door? Who know? All you know is that they are due first thing in the morning and you do not have it. Freaking out, you quick find some more paper to write something up on, but wait there is no time. You think back to the EDM class you took and your like, "What was that awesome web site? Oh yeah!!! ALEX." So you go to the computer and once again ALEX saves the day. This might not actually happen, but we are suppose to have fun with our blog post so there it is. It really offers many things for teachers and is well worth going and checking out.
Alabama Connecting Classrooms, Educators, and Students Statewide
         ACCESS is also a great site to visit, but this is for everyone and anyone. Who wants to that is. It is really a good way to get connected to other people and schools in our state. And what do they teach us in college? Network, network, network. This is exactly what is great about ACCESS. You can make connections you will need in the work force all over the state. It is also good for students this way they can share their thoughts on things, they offer online classes, and much more. Go visit it.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Blog Post 12

The technology is all around use and used in all different way for teaching and in learning.  We use everything from the internet to smartboards.  We also use television in a big way to help children learn earlier in life.  Find two or three children's shows that come on television and explain how the show helps the children learn.
        There are very many ways to teach children through the television. Some of my favorite shows to use in my classroom of two year olds is: Dora the Explorer and Barney. These are two excellent shows to use and are worth showing.  Dora uses repetition to teach children a different language a language that is becoming more and more dominant in America.  So that is a very good reason to learn the language and for someone to teach it to there children.
        Barney is also a great show for children to watch. It teaches children morals and it teaches the children their basics so that they are capable of getting ready for school.  It goes over colors, ABC's, counting, everything just about. So I really think that it is worth it also.
       There are a lot more shows like this doing some of the same things and also many different things.  I really recommend for the children to be able to watch them and learn from them so that they are ready when they get the age to go to school.

Progress Report on Final Project

This is a very interesting assignment. My group is doing the movie trailers and it is great so far.  We have chosen the books and started the organizing process.  My favorite one so far is the Junie B. Jones books.  They are great book to begin with and I personally think it should be a movie anyway. It is a lot of work but it is going to be worth it.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Blog 11

Mrs. Cassidy seems to have done a great job in teaching her students about the wonders of technology. I am really happy that technology is now being introduced so early in education now. As she said, technology is going to happen anyway so we do not need to get behind or let our students get behind. I am really impressed that first graders are capable of such things. I think she is right about the blogs also. It is much more fun for children to know that many people are reading their work. It is more fun for them because more people see it and therefore more praise which is great motivation. It is really impressive the great ways that she has brought technology into the classroom and has informed the students about what opportunities are out there for them. In my opinion she seems to be an excellent teacher and those children are lucky to have her.

Summary C4T 4

This is a fantastic assignment you get to learn things that teachers have already been through. This way when you come across such a situation you will know of more options when it is handled. This time I had David Hopkins, I really enjoyed reading what he has had to say. I think right now my favorite of his the one I find more useful is his Introduction Activities in 100 Words or Less, It is some great information and it also gives several great links that go with this topic. If you have time I really suggest that you stop by and check it out.

Friday, November 5, 2010

C4K Summary

I have seriously enjoyed doing these Comment 4 Kids. It is a great way to see what will will be seeing in the near future.  It also gives each teacher a great idea how to use the internet as a tool in the classroom. Each and every child has an opinion on any situation ans this is a excellent way for children to let themselves be heard. It can be used in any subject also anywhere from science to math to art. It is a creative fun way for them to show that they know what they are talking about it also lets them teach it to others. All in all this has been a great assignment, my favorite.