Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Petch Kutcha Presentation "Childproofing Your Home

This is a presentation that offers helpful advise on how to and what to consider when childproofing your home. I have embeded 2 videos, one from google docs and the other from voice thread. I choose this topic to talk about because I am a future teacher, and not only do I worry about the safety and well being of my students at school, but also at home. These few helpful tips, if used can help change the percentage of unintentional accidents or deaths at home.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Google forms "what is your major?"

This google form I created was not used my any of my peers. I made this form viewable by all, but for some reason no one replied to the questions; but I was able to send this form to some of my friends that happen to be in the education field too. I asked 10 people to submit the form to me via email. The first question "What is your major," 8 out of 10 are Early Childhood Education majors, the other 2 are Elementary Education. I have been in the Education program for a few years, and most if not all my friends are Education majors, so choosing people to fill out the form was not hard! The second question "Why did you choose this major," was a very fun and interesting to read all the responses from my friends. For the most part they all said "because they love kids" but a few said more to "my family is full of teachers, and I grew up in that environment so I felt comfortable choosing this major." It was interesting to hear why people choose to be a teacher; despite the horrible salary. I personally love children and love the way it feels when a child has learned something new and or work a problems all on their own. This is the best feeling, plus I get paid for being creative! The next question was more out of my curiosity; "Where are you wanting to teach when you graduate?" These answers were more random and different than the other questions. Almost half of the answers (including mine) were to teach in the Deer Creek district; 3 people choose choose the Edmond district, 2 person choose "somewhere in Tulsa," and 1 person did not know where they would want to teach (unknown). Overall I enjoyed reading the responses of my peers, and really loved to read their reasons for becoming a teacher. Its nice to know there are soon to be wonderful and dedicated teachers that will be teaching our future leaders!

Orientation in Second Life

This video tutorial is very interesting and also very confusing at the same time. I don't know if it was just me, but it took me awhile to understand the meaning to this video and exactly what they were talking about. Second Life, from what I understood from the video, is a software that is basically a virtual message world. It contains avatars, of yourself, and you can communicate with others in the system. But the point of the video was to explain a few issues that are being fixed to make Second Life easier to use; such problems include keyboard functions, language barriers, and information processing.

The most significant takeaway form this video is just how amazingly detailed this software is! I have never, until now, have heard of Second Life, but I assume it is not expensive. To have a software with that good of picture and be inexpensive is amazing. The whole idea of Second Life is understandable, but I wonder will communication become more a video game than a chat line?
As far as schooling, I never have come across anything that is remotely close to this! Yes, I have computer games and yes I chat with instant message, but to put both together is amazing. There maybe something out that is like this software, maybe even better and I may just be technologically behind!
I see this software being used more in the home environment, but not in the schools. Communication is a great aspect but this software makes it more of a video game (and a lot of focus on images rather than the content of the conversation) than a message board. I may be totally off but from what I got from this video, I don't believe this could be useful in the classroom.


This is my screencast for T4T. I had a great time doing it and I hope others can benefit from it as well. I decided to do my screencast on a facebook task. I gave instructions on how to create a group and to manage your group to allow others to become members. Groups on facebook can be a great tool for socialization and meeting others with similar interests! ENJOY

For some reason my video is not showing, but if I don't get this fixed in time for you to access it from here go to the link!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Wizard of Apps

This video was very entertaining and cheesy at times! But the information on the other hand is important and crucial went working online. The basic theme to this video was to learn ways and to find apps that will allow students and adults even, to explore and collaborate safely online.

The most significant takeaway from this video would be the multiple apps available to anyone. I would have loved all these apps available to me when I was in high school. I can't even imagine the time these could have saved me! But knowing they are they ready for me to use, I will most definitely use them for college research and even research that I do when I graduate and become a teacher.
One great aspect of the video, are the multiple sites and apps you can use to see your digital footprint; to see what your employees might see, or what is seen of you online (where you have been). One major aspect that I though could be helpful to students of all ages, would be the multiple sights citations. This was a major pain for me in school; citing resources was difficult to the lack of know how and the overwhelming supply of information to use in the work cited. These apps (noodletools, Bibme, Easybib, and creative commons) help with forming citations and how to make sure you use the correct information on the work cited.
Like I said this video was fun to watch, maybe a tad bit to long, but entertaining. This was a good way to get information that maybe difficult to understand, across to all people. The helpful sources and sites that are offered in the video provide many opportunities for students to share information and collaborate on newly found material (great opportunity for scaffolding).
I was able to access a sight called Citation Machine. When watching the Wizard of Apps video, this site caught my attention. I was and still am having trouble with citing certain resources. This website offers many formats to choose from; all the student has to do is choose a format, plug in the general information, then the site does the rest! Its little things like this that make all the difference! Ill just say that now I have found this, I will definitely be using it in my up coming research papers!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Whats your major?

This is a survey that I made to find out what my classmates are majoring in! I am in early childhood education and would love to find out what other education majors are in T4T with me! So far I don't think anyone has taken it, but I hope they will soon!

Sam I am!

This video is about a 13 year old named Sam (Samantha) and how she uses technology in a day to day basis. She explains how she how much time she spends on the computer or cell phone. She enjoys helping and teaching others about digital media.

The most significant takeaway from this video is how much time the average teen is spending on the computer or cell phone these days. Sam, for instance spends (on a school day) about 2 hours on the computer, and on a non school day she spends roughly 12 hours on the computer or cell phone. To me, that seems like a lot of time to spend on the computer. Yes she needs to do homework, but I don't think she is spending time 0n the computer at home, on a non school day doing homework! She is spending time playing games and chatting with friends on facebook or myspace.
I know facebook is popular, and I even spend time on the computer, but not near 12 hours! That seems a little extreme to me. Before high school I can say that I didn't spend much time if any on the computer. Yes well, facebook wasn't not existing yet, but myspace was and many kids just weren't into computer catting. I think the reason for that is because cell phones were becoming more and more popular then.
Like I have said before, scaffolding is predominate factor in this video. Sam takes the opportunity to help and teach others her age, and even older. She exchanges information with others and even learns something new in the process.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Wiki Colaboration

This video is a great tutorial to the many benefits of Wiki! It give great examples of students that she knows that have enjoyed and benefited from using a Wiki.

The most significant takeaway from this video is how wiki's can be used to collaborate. The students can post a comment or question and others can respond. I like to think of it as more of a constant emailing system. All are able to comment on one another.

This is a great way to communicate with one another, but I must question the impersonal side of Wiki. I am all for talking on the phone than texting or emailing the person.

Classmate comments week 7

These are comments on classmate blogs from week 7!
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These are the student blog comments from Mrs. Cassidy's 1st Grade classroom!
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Teen Communication

This video is about teen communication using technology. This video is about how students can use technology to communicate with other people of different cultures and to express their thoughts on an issue of importance to them!

The most significant takeaway from this video is how students can use technology to present their opinion on an issue and share them with other students; that it be from another country or in their classroom. Children are able to communicate with others from other cultures and learn new things from others. They are able to share things that they learn and have a strong opinion on with others through technology.

This video reminds me of my school years and how we were not able to communicate with other states let along with other countries. I wish I was able to express my thoughts on things using technology and reach so many more people than just one to one conversation. This can also be a great opportunity to scaffold. The students and teach each other on different subjects and issues.

This is a great way for students to communicate with others and exchange ideas and thought

Project Based Learning

This video about the importance of project based learning is a very interesting and insightful video showing how children can decide and direct their own learning and have fun and stay engaged at the same time!

The most significant takeaway form this video is the importance of the amount of involvement the students have in their learning. Students need to have some say so of what and how they learn. Project based learning is a great way to complete this task. The children decide what they want to research and present, and that along can give the students the much needed enthusiasm and desire they need to learn new things.

This video makes me wish that I had more say so in my education. Not saying that I don't now, but when I was in elementary school the teachers made all the decisions. Projects would have been fun to do, and have given me the much needed love to learn early in my education!

This video is a great example of how the children can express the way the see and interpret the world. It also gives examples on how the classroom is not the only learning environment; and that nature and the community provide a much needed opportunity to learn as well as the classroom.

Monday, February 22, 2010

"The Giving Tree"

This is a children's story that happens to be a favorite of mine! "The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein is a story about a boy and a tree and about the gift of giving.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

My 21st Birthday

These are actual pictures from my 21st Birthday Party!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Sex Education

This video about "Sex education" by Sarah, is a great video that expresses her opinion an a controversial topic. Her presentations was put together very well and I really appreciated the research and time she put into this presentation.

I enjoyed watching Sarah's presentation on a topic she feels passionate about and felt the need to express her opinion on the issue! I felt the need to comment on her presentation.....

Scaffolding using TecnologĂ­a

In the video about Luis the 18 year old high school senior, is a very inspirational and insightful video about how technology can be used not only in the classroom but at home to help, in this case Luis's parents, Hispanic immigrants who do not speak English. Luis is involves in many activities and groups at school that involve traveling to conventions and even mentoring young students about robotics.

One thing that I have "taken away" from this video is how great it is to see older students helping and teaching younger students how to use technology. It is shown that younger children retain more information and are more willing to learn when they are taught by an adult that they look up to and respect. Scaffolding is a great way to not only teach the younger children new information, but to give the older students a time to connect with someone and take the responsibility for teaching a child.
I along with Luis, help my parents with technology and teach them how to use new programs and fix small problems they may have with others. I don't see this as a chore or obligation, but as a way to help myself along with my family to keep up with the technology. My father has been good with computers, but with the new technology and computer classes that I have been taking, I have been teaching him new things.
Like I said earlier, scaffolding is a great method to use when teaching children. Letting your students to interact with others and communicate with each other about a topic that they are learning or reviewing in class is a great opportunity for the students to help each other. By, helping one another, the children that are "teaching" are reinforcing existing information, and the children that are receiving the information are getting the information they need, in a way they can understand better.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Motivational Learning

The video Blogging Buddies is really what teaching is all about. This video is a great demonstration of scaffolding and how teaching and leaning from others can really help motivated and improve a child' s learning. A college class has become blogging buddies with a first grade class. The classes blog each other and the college students give advise and answer questions.

The most significant takeaway would be how the blogging buddies can be of help to a students confidence in reading and writing. Both classes use the blog as a way to connect to the other classroom students and they can ask questions and assist the others in any way possible. Not only can the college students help the 1st graders but the 1st grades can help the college students complete their study on Language Development and Literacy. The blogs give the younger students a way to connect to older mentors and even create great relationships that could inspire all.

After watching this video, I can only wish I had this type of technology when I was in elementary school. I can only wonder how great it would have been to have someone else besides the teacher helping me and teaching me new things. When I was in school, we had an activity that served the same purpose as the blogging buddies; the only difference is that we mailed our letters to our mentors! Not exactly quick!

As I have mentioned before in my blogs, scaffolding is used greatly in this video. I cannot stress enough how scaffolding is great for learning. Learning through apprenticeships and mentors is the way to go. Children learn best through learning from others and personal experiences. These blogging buddies relationships also give the younger students motivation to succeed in their writing; for the mentor will read it and the younger students want to do good for the mentor to praise them. Reading is also improved in that the younger students are eager to read comments from their mentor and see what they had to say about their work!

Futuristic Classroom

The video A Peek for a Week – Inside a Kiwi Junior Classroom is an amazing view of how a class uses technology in an everyday routine. The teacher gives us run-through of how she uses blogging and technology to help enhance her lessons and connect with other classrooms around the world trading ideas and information. Rachel Boyd, the teacher, uses technology allot in her classroom. She uses blogging for helping not only herself connect with others, but also the children to blog ideas and connect with other classrooms outside their district or even country!

This video has given me the inspiration I needed. I was a little apprehensive to how much I would use technology in my classroom. I didn't understand how it could be that important to include time to use and understand the technological world. Now after seeing how this teacher used many programs and ideas in her day, it makes me all the more excited to get started with my teaching career. After a few weeks of blogging, I have gotten the hang of it and believe that this could be a great thing to use in my classroom. Of course, there will be newer technology and newer programs when I start teaching, but I must keep up!

This video amazes me on how much technology is really used in the classroom today. When I was in school (elementary-high school) I never used technology in the classroom; aside from the once a week computer class and the overhead projector. Its amazing how far we have come in such a short amount of time. But it also makes me wonder how far will we go? Will we get so far that paper books are not needed anymore; and will we loose use of paper and pencil?

In the district I plan on teaching in, has a smart board in every classroom. During my first field experience there I noticed how much they used the smart board during the day and how much time they spent away from paper and pencils. Over half of the day was spent on the board/computer during morning message, research etc... The rest of the day was spent with teacher/student interaction time. I love how technology is growing in popularity and usage in schools, but I feel that when I become a teacher I might feel the need to put less focus on technology and applications to use, and instead put the focus more on the work!

Classroom technology and social economic issues

In the video Digital Youth Portrait: Nafiza, Nafiza is a students that loves technology. She is seen somewhat as a mentor to her classmates. She, along with the rest of her classmates are instructed to make a one minute video that gives a situation dealing with a social economic issue that we have today! These students are learning world affairs through digital media. This video gives us the insight on how technology can be used in multiple ways, way beyond the average program. It can help connect and teach our children about the world around them and educated them on certain economic issues we face today!

My most significant "takeaway" from this video is how much students can learn about technology and only be in high school. It amazing how much students have learned over the few years that they are exposed to new programs and applications. Not only are students learning new things in the classroom, but they bring new information and ideas that they teach the teachers or instructors. Technology is moving so fast that we all (students and teachers) are teaching each other new things. Students today are given more opportunities and immerse themselves into games and new programs that we as teachers are not introduced to until it is not "in" anymore and is considered "old technology."
This video is a reminder to me on how technology has changed so much since my schooling days. I remember the first time I used a computer in the classroom was during my 3rd grade year. We had computer lab one day a week and we would play games. Carmen in San Diego was the one game I remember playing the most and thinking that was the best game ever! Now we have games that make Carmen look like nothing! Looking at how these students use technology to understand the world is amazing. The students make this learning experience fun by making one minute videos about a specific economic issue.
As a future teacher, I truly believe that students learn best through personal experience and through scaffolding. Students should help each other by teaching and working together to get the solutions. The students can exchange new ideas with each other and don't need the teacher as their only source of information. The students in this video are seen gathered together multiple times discussing issues or problems they are having with their video and ask each other for help. Some students learn new material and some reinforce previous knowledge.

T4T classmate comments and student blog comments

These are the links to the comments that I posted on a few of my classmates reflections. I commented today and I am still waiting for them to accept the comments.
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These are the comments that I posted on k-12 Mrs. Cassidy's classroom blog page. One comment is on a video on the main page, the other is a comment are oa students specific blog post.
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All these comments are still waiting for approval!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Hi, I am Lauren Ottinger. This is not my first class of the week and not my last. I have classes only four days a weed and have an easy semester ahead of me! I am a Junior at UCO, with a early childhood ed. major. I plan on becoming a 1st grade teacher in the Deet Creek district in two years, and look forward to starting my careet. I look forward to learning more about computers and catching up with technology.


Learn about Cameron's life in this in-depth interview!

1. The most significant "takeaway" from this video is how children can enjoy and thrive in the technological world. There are so many programs apps that we as teachers can use to help enhance our lessons and help the students become engaged in the lessons. Another meaning that I learned from this video would be that technology is moving at such a fast rate that we, not just teachers, but everone in general need to learn how to use today's technology in an everyday life. As teachers we must keep a breast with new technology because children today base their interests and activities around technology and may even be more or equally educated on certain apps or programs than us!.
2. Today's children enjoy activities and games that are technologically based. When I was a child (young student), technology was not a major part of my life. I did not have the luxery of computer games or game boys. I was not exposed to technology as much as the today's child. By having the apps and programs we have todays, I could have used in my schooling to better enhance my academic experiences.
3. This video, is an example why it is great for schools and faculty to expose students to technology and new information as often as possible. It also implies that students learn different rates and work better with different lessons or programs. Like in the video, it show how students would even us scaffolding as a form of teaching the students to work with technology.