Sunday, December 8, 2013

Blog Post#16

Final Reflection

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."

                                                                                                                      ~Nelson Mandela

I have learned so much over the course of my time in EDM310. As I read over my old blog posts and projects I realized that I have learned some much about the use of technology in the classroom. At the beginning of the semester I had know idea that I was going to learn about so many new things that I could use in my future classroom. After completing EDM310 I have acquired many new skills and I now know how to involve technology in my classroom effectively.

In my blog post If
I Built A School,What Would It Be Like, I discussed the many things that I wanted to involve in school and how I would implement them. As a teacher I want to be not the educator but a role model for my second grade students. I want to prepare them the best I can for their future. I love reading and I want my students to appreciate reading as well. As a future teacher I believe that it is up to the teacher to inspire,encourage, and prepare our students for the future. I love helping others and I think one of the best ways to make an impact in the world is to be a teacher. As a quote says, “Teaching is the profession that teaches all of the other professions.

As any teacher would want, I want my students to be excited and passionate about learning! I hope my students are curious and that they have questions. I would love for them to have some input towards the class activities and lessons. I also want to include hands-on-activities in my lessons.In my classroom I want my students to be active learners. I want to provide my students with an active learning environment and have engaging lessons.

The tools that my students and I will employ as part of the learning process include iPads, the SmartBoard, and websites like BrainPop.
In my classroom I going to use iPads and have my students use iPads as well. I believe that it is very important for the students to know how to use and work with iPads. I will also the Smartboard in my classroom and include it’s use in many of my lesson plans. The Smartboard is an excellent tool because it is interactive and the students will be able to use it during several activities and lessons. The website BrainPop is another great tool that I will use in my classroom. This is an excellent site because it has great interactive games, activities, and lesson aids. BrainPop is great because it has something for all subjects and the students can access it outside of class as well. These are the tools that I would employ as a part of the learning process for my students.

My classroom will be bright and colorful. I will have bookshelves full of great books and cozy areas around the room for the students to sit and read. The artwork on the walls will be a collection of the students art. I will also have tables instead of desks in my classroom, so that my students will be able to collaborate and work together. My class will have a center with computers for my students to work with.My classroom is going to be a place that it is warm and welcoming and a safe place for my students.

After everything that I have learned this semester in EDM310 I can now identify more tools, methods, and classroom activities that I would include in my classroom. So after my work and research in EDM310 I have found the following resources that will benefit me in my future classroom:
  • Blogs
  • Podcasts
  • Prezi
  • PBL (Project Based Learning)
  • iCurio
All of the resources that I listed are resources that I learned about in EDM310. Before, I did not even think about using these resources in a classroom let alone a second grade classroom. My views have changed after I have witnessed 2nd graders using these resources effectively and loving them! One of the main reasons that I chose blogs is because they provide a great way for students to save their work and create a portfolio for them to look at in the future. Blogs are also a great way practice their typing and writing skills. Blogs also provide a great way for the students to connect with other students from all over the world. They can blog about what their learning in class. Podcasts are another great resource to use in the classroom. Podcasts are an excellent way for to students to use language to communicate productively for different purposes. Students can create podcasts to different subjects and topics and they are easy to use. 

Prezi’s are also great for the classroom. Prezi is a free cloud-based presentation software that is great students to present their
ideas and presentations. My first time using Prezi was amazing! It provides interactive and engaging presentations. I believe that Prezi’s would get the students excited about learning and presenting in class. Prezi’s also make the lessons interactive and engaging for students which can provide an active learning atmosphere. Project Based Learning is something else that I will incorporate in my classroom. Project-Based Learning is an approach to learning that allows students to use their critical thinking and problem solving skills. It is a great method for active learning and it allows the students be involved in hands-on learning activities. iCurio is another great resource that I will include in my classroom. iCurio is a curriculum content source for personalized learning. This tool also provides content and engaging lessons that are standard aligned. This resource makes it easy for teachers to provide their students with engaging lessons that are educational!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Project #16

"Get Caught in EDM310"
By: Briann Smith, Heather Smith, lisa Smith, and Amanda Weller

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Blog Post #15

What Assistive Technologies are Available to You As a Teacher?

"It is a time when expectations and educational options are often made possible by assisitve technology devices that make it easier for all students to participate in classroom activities."

Assistive Technologies for Vision and Hearing Impaired Children
By: Lisa Smith, Briann Smith, Heather Smith, and Amanda Weller

This video gave us a quick look at the benefits of using Assistive technologies in the classroom for children with sensory impairments, and a motivational tool for teachers to use assistive technologies in their classroom. We plan to give all students with sensory impairments the ability to identify, explore, investigate, question, discover, observe, engage, and interact with their environment with assistive technologies. Learning needs to be personal so we plan to incorporate text to speech and speech to text devices, iphones, ipads, ipods, screen magnifiers, and sensory aids into our future classrooms. It’s finally time to take the plunge, step up, and be surprised. Don’t give up on the kids that you can enlighten. It’s their future.

The Mountbatten
By: Lisa Smith, Briann Smith, Heather Smith, and Amanda Weller

This informative video shows how students use the Mountbatten braille writer. Immediate feedback is vital to the struggling learner. Using the Mountbatten braille writer allows for both audio and textile. As the student brailles the machine produces the braille by announcing what is being brailled. This machine is very advanced. It can save files, transfer files and receive files from/to computers. This device is also great for mainstreaming the classroom working with teachers and students that do not know braille. As the student brailles text the memic converts it into print and then displays it onto a screen. This is a feature that will allow for the blind to be included into the curriculum receiving feedback from the teacher and participating in peer group projects.

Teaching Math to the Blind
By: Amanda Weller, Briann Smith, Heather Smith, and Lisa Smith

In this video, Professor Art Karshmer, explains the techniques of teaching math to the blind. Mr. Karshmer attended the University of San Fransisco of Management, which was formerly School of business and Professional Studies. He is a pioneer in the use of technology and computer-based systems to teach mathematics to the blind. For the most part, blind students are effectively barred from the study of all the core or "stem" sciences which rely on math as their root language. Using computers and computer-based devices, Professor Karshmer has created a system which translates the two dimensional realities of mathematical problems into the otherwise single dimensionality of braille to allow a blind student to impress those realities into their visual cortex through touch and electronic feedback. This video is a wonderful source for blind students and so forth. We would definitely recommend this video to parents, teachers, students, and etc..

iPad Usage for the Blind
By: Amanda Weller, Briann Smith, Heather Smith, and Lisa Smith

In this video, Wesley Majerus, shows us how blind people use an iPad. Wesley Majerus is a Access Specialist for the National Federation for the Blind. By watching this video we have learned how actively engaged apple products have become. Its neat to see all of the features that apple products have to offer. Apple provides a voice feedback to show you what is going on and what you're doing. Wesley demonstrates in his video how to use iBooks. The kindle and other sources do not offer the same features that Apple does. The voice activation is very neat and leads you right to what you need. The source is very applicable for blind people. For each individual tap that you click, the voice activation tells you what tab you're on. We found this video to be very neat and a wonderful source!

Teaching Mom What Her Deaf/Blind Child is Learning On the iPad
By: Briann Smith, Heather Smith, Amanda Weller, and Lisa Smith

In this entertaining video, a teacher gives a student’s mom a lesson in voiceover on the iPad. The parent’s child is deaf and blind and she learns the things that her child does while using the iPad.The teacher explains to the parent what a voice over is. She gives the mom a step by step tutorial of how to use voice over. As we can see from the video iPads can be very useful to teachers and their students who may be deaf or blind. The iPad has a great feature integrated Voiceover software(“Apple iPad, iPod, iPhone”). The software allows the information shown on the display to be read aloud to help students. The gestures that are used on the integrated touch screens were designed to allow a blind person to navigate the screen or select menu items and write text(“Apple iPad, iPod, iPhone”). The iPad has several useful apps for deaf and blind students. A great app is Verbal Victor. This communication app allows people to communicate with their students or children who are developing their language skills or who have language impairments(Hooda). Another great app is iASL. iASL stands for i American Sign Language. This app will translate sentences up to five words into the American Sign Language(“Apps for the deaf and hearing impaired”). This is a great app because it allows for the teacher and peers to communicate effectively with the student. Since it is a app it can be on the classroom iPads and the student can communicate with everyone and not feel left out or misunderstood.
   A valuable tool for teachers and students is the Braille Lite. This tool is a note taker and it allows students to type their notes in class using a specialized keyboard(“Out of Sight”). On the front there is a Braille display that allows the students to check what they have typed. It also has an optional speech function that reads the text aloud(‘Out of Sight”). The Braille Lite can also be connected to a PC to print notes on a standard printer in a large font, or on an embosser in Braille(“Out of Sight”). The teacher can also use this tool to translate handouts and other papers into Braille.This assistive technology tool is great for teachers and students. Technology has become such a major element in our schools today. It is great that the technology is made useful to all students. The assistive technology tools are especially wonderful and useful to teachers that have students who may be deaf or blind. These tools and the tools that were mentioned above allow the students and teachers to communicate effectively. They also provide independence for the student, because the student can use these assistive technologies for things that they might had to rely on the teacher for in the past. The use of technology in the classroom is empowering and it provides a great way for all students to learn and excel!

50 Must-See Blogs for Special Education Teachers
By: Heather Smith, Briann Smith, Amanda Weller, and Lisa Smith

In Free Resources from the Net for Every Learner, a Blog by Paul Hami, there are many assistive technologies and resources listed for not only educators, but parents and children as well. We had a couple of favorites that we felt would help us in our Elementary Classrooms in the future, such as MyScript Calculator- a free app for both Android and iOS devices from VisionObjects. It offers a “handwriting calculator”. Another assistive technology we felt will benefit us is SlideTalk. This is a service where you upload either sets of images, or complete PowerPoint presentations.
Once uploaded, SlideTalk adds narration via high quality text to speech that can be customized for pronunciation, reading rate, voice timbre and more. There are at least 17 languages available, and multiple voices are available for most languages. You can even change voices or languages within a presentation. Once a video is produced, it is automatically published to Youtube.

The Assistive Technology Blog gives so many assistive technologies that will be useful to all of us as educators. It is too difficult to list them all, so to name a few: Adobe Presenter 9, IPEVO Interactive Whiteboard System, Co:Writer App for IOS from Don Johnston, Inc, Adobe Connect, MimioTeach Interactive Whiteboard, Windows Surface RT, Belkin Tablet Stage, iReadWrite, and Evernote. All of these assistive technologies are geared toward different uses, but are equally beneficial in the classroom. The following is a brief explanation of a few of our favorites we found on the Assistive Technology Blog:

The IPEVO Interactive
Whiteboard System is a cost effective way to turn any whiteboard or flat surface into an interactive whiteboard. The IPEVO Interactive Whiteboard System works with both Windows and Macintosh computers and the system is comprised of a small camera, stylus and supplied Annotator software. Teacher will need to also have access to a LCD projector for the classroom to use this solution.
Co:Writer for IOS comes complete with a large library of built-in Topic Dictionaries. You can customize Co:Writer for IOS by determining the base number of words that Co:Writer should access which would depend on the students vocabulary and grade level. You can also set the Text to Speech feature to read letters, words, or sentences
and set the rate of the speech. You currently can utilize five different fonts and change the size of the text and utilize a high contrast feature, black background white text. While Co:Writer makes it easy to get your ideas down on the iPad-it also gives you lots of options when it comes time for sharing your ideas. You can send the text to iMessage, Facebook, Twitter or Email. Better yet you can save it to your Dropbox or Google Drive account for easy access at home or in school. You can also copy. paste and print the text directly from the app.
iReadWrite is a well designed app that works as advertised. It provides students with text-to-speech , word prediction and vocabulary
support. iReadWrite does not require an internet connection to utilize the program which is ideal for students who may be in schools with poor web connectivity.
Belkin wanted to extend the reach of capabilities and help
teachers get the most out of their iPad investment. With this in mind Belkin has just released the Belkin Tablet Stage which turns your iPad into a document camera and presentation system.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Project #2: Final PLN Report

Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere
~Chinese Proverb

At the beginning of the semester in my EDM310 class, I was assigned to create a PLN or Personal Learning Network. So what is a PLN and
Personal learning network
what does it do,you ask? A PLN is basically your set of tools and collection of people,who you go to for things such as collaboration and assistance just to name a few. The PLN provides a effective and easy way to communicate,engage, and exchange information online.

One of my goals for this semester was to fill up my PLN and I finally did it! For my Personal Learning Network, I used the program Symbaloo. I have really enjoyed creating and using my Personal Learning Network. While adding things to my PLN, I have found so many great new resources that I can use now as a student and in the future as a teacher. Not only, have I used my Personal Learning Network for my EDM310 class, but I have also used it for several of my other classes as well. Some of the new things that I have added to my PLN include blogs, teacher resources, and websites. Here is a complete list of the things that I have added:
Mastery Connect Logo
Some of the sites that I included on my PLN came from my group and I's blog post #8 on 21st century learning and communicating tools. We all found some really great tools like: GlogsterMastery Connect, and Voki. The other sites that I included on my PLN are some resources that I was already using for my other classes. I also included blogs from my C4T blog readings. I also included other educator blogs that I came across myself. I have really have enjoyed using my Personal Learning Network. I have learned so much from my resources in it!

Blog Post #14

What Did I Leave Out?
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” 
                                                                                              ~Benjamin Franklin
For this blog post, Dr. Strange has given us the reigns as far as choosing what to write in this post. I have to admit that I was surprised when I found this out, but I was also excited. For blog post #14 I have decided to create an assignment that goes along with my major, which is elementary education. While looking up something else up for EDM 310, I came across this video of Playworks creator, Jill Vialet. As a future elementary education teacher, I believe that playing and hands-on-activities are great for students! Jill Vialet tells a great story of how she created Playworks and how playing is important to education.

What can We Learn about Teaching and Learning From Jill Vialet ?

Watch Jill Vialet's TED TALK Video What Can We Learn From Play?. Think about the teaching methods that she recommends to teachers and educators.

NOTE: The question asks you to address what we can learn about teaching and learning.

Answer the question in a post that adheres to the standards found in the ACCRS and in Writing A Quality Blog Post.

What Can We Learn About Teaching and Learning From Jill Vialet?

In Jill Vialet's TedTalk, What Can We Learn From Play?, she discusses her nonprofit Playworks and the importance of
connecting to students. She begins her presentation by telling the story about her encounter with an elementary school principal. More than fifteen years ago she was running a children's art museum and they art residences at local schools. At one of the elementary schools she had a meeting with the principal. The principal begins desperately talking 
about how her teachers do not care about recess and that the problems that are happening outside of school are creating problems in the classroom. She finally asks Jill to help her solve this problem. When asked to do this, Jill began first tried to solve the problem was by identifying with the students and thinking about what she wanted at that age. Jill believes that the problem with education reform and schools is that they forget to identify and relate to the students. She that play should not be thought of as the opposite of work. Jill believes that play is the fundamental sign of our inhibition. Years later, Jill started her non-profit Playworks that creates an environment for students that give them a choice, feedback, and support. 

Friday, November 22, 2013

November: C4K Summary Post

“Children...need most of the same things adults need--consideration, respect for their work, the knowledge that they and the things they do are taken seriously.” 
 ― Caroline Pratt, I Learn from Children

I have really enjoyed reading the c4k blog posts this month as well this semester. I think it is amazing that teachers are giving their students the opportunity to create blogs. The students are learning and sharing so many great things with their blogs.  It has been fascinating to read their posts and to see how they express their thoughts and feelings.

C4K #9: Stacking Bottle Tops

Stacking Bottle Tops
Stacking Blocks Activity

Riley and I made a long colourful bridge. It took us a long time to build. Can you guess how many bottle tops we used? (Dictated to the teacher ) By Quincess

My Comment:

My name is Briann Smith and I’am a student in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. I have a blog for my class too. The bridge you guys made looks fantastic! I like all of the different color bottle tops that you used. My guess is that you used 180 bottle tops to build your bridge. You guys did a great job and keep up the good work!

C4K#10: A New Fad and an Old Fad

All around the United States, people are starting to wear rubber band bracelets that are in a pattern. A fad is a thing that is popular for a year or so, and then it is not so popular. In my opinion, I think they are pretty attractive. I have some because I thought they looked charming on your wrist. Also because I didn't want to be left out on the fad. Here are the bracelets in an array.

An old fad that was popular in 2010 was Silly Bands. I have tons of them. If you don't know what a Silly Band is, here is the definition. A Silly Band is a simple bracelet that you wrap around your wrist and they are in different shapes.

If you know a fad, please drop me a comment.
Do you know both of these fads?
If so, do you have any of these items?

My Comment:
Slap bands

Hi Heather,
My name is Briann Smith and I am a student in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama. I also have a blog for my class as well.Thank you for a great post about current and past fads. I remember when Silly Bands were popular. Everyone had a Silly Band, myself included! I had several Silly Bands in several different colors.

When I was your age, Slap bands were popular. Slap bands are bracelets that you attach by slapping them on the wrist. All of my friends would try to see who could get the most Slap bands. The Slap bands were popular with the guys, too.

What is your favorite fad?

Briann Smith

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Project #12 part B

Delivering a Lesson Plan via the SMARTboard
Jet, Set, Go!Travel Google Earth in Ben's Dream
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Earth border
Google site: Lesson Plan

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Blog Post #13

What Can We Learn from These Ted Talks?

Shukla Bose: Teaching One Child at a Time
By:Briann Smith,Heather Smith, Amanda Weller, and Lisa Smith

In Shukla Bose’s Ted Talk Ted Talk, she tells the awe inspiring story on how she created her foundation,Parikrma Humanity Foundation , which brings promise to the children in India’s slums by focusing on teaching each child as
an individual. Shukla Bose did not start out in the field of philanthropy. She humbly says that she is not a trained academic or a veteran social worker. For twenty-six years, she worked in the corporate world, trying to make organizations profitable. In 2003, she started her foundation, Parikrma Humanity at her kitchen table. There in her kitchen, her journey began. The first thing that she did was walk through the slums of india and identify houses, where the children would never go to school. The number of children that did not go to school blew her away. Against peoples doubts, she decided then that they were not going to go by the numbers. They instead would focus on the children individually and take them through school and prepare them for a better life. The first Parikrma School was started in a slum, where 70,000 people where living below the poverty line. More schools soon followed, including a junior college. In Shukla Bose’s presentation, she included clips of some of her students eloquently talking about their favorite subjects in school. The parents even started to participate in their child’s education and some them were inspired to learn themselves, all because of their child’s achievement. The Parikrma school not only became a safe haven for the children, but it also helped the community and the parents of the students. Many of the non teaching staff members at the school are the parents and relatives of the children. The schools are all English medium schools and they use the ICSE curriculum. They have professors from Berkeley, the Indian
Institute of Science and other prestigious schools, who come and teach the students. Art and music are considered as therapy and a way of expression for the students. They believe that content is more important than the infrastructure of the school, the important thing is what is happening in the school. She believes that creating an environment of learning, inquiry, and exploration is what is “true” education. Shukla Bose says that her life has been transformed and forever changed by the children. She says that she has learned so much from them, especially love, compassion, and imagination and creativity. Shukla Bose’s story was so inspiring! It was amazing to see how one school changed a whole community and gave the children groundbreaking opportunities. It was incredible to see the children speaking so eloquently and saying how much they loved school and enjoyed learning. As future teachers, we can learn from her story and remember that it’s not always about the number, but it’s about the individual student and their abilities. The other valuable lesson learned, is to always believe in your students and yourself, even when people doubt your ability!

Kakenya Ntaiya: A Girl Who Demanded School
By: Heather Smith, Briann Smith, Amanda Weller, and Lisa Smith

Kakenya Ntaiya is from a group of people in Kenya called the Maasais. They are warriors. They are fierce. Most of all, they are set in their traditional ways of inequality between men and women. Kakenya Ntaiya’s village believed in arranged marriages, so as a child she knew that when she turned 12 she was to be married- he was already chosen. If she went to high school, though, she could postpone this marriage. She decided to make a deal with her father: She underwent the traditional Maasai rite of passage of a very brutal and unsanitary female circumcision in return for being allowed to go to high school. While she was in school she met a man that had graduated from college. She remembered admiring him. Also during high school, her father had a stroke and become very ill.

The custom of her village was that any man of the village was her father by default. She had received a scholarship for college, but without the support of her village she would be unable to get to America. After persistence and courage- Kakenya Ntaiya received support from her whole village to get an education, something that was unheard of, but only with the promise to come back and help with anything the village wanted. She speaks of her anger and frustration when she came to America and found out that the ceremony she went through when she was 13 was called female genital mutilation and was against the law in Kenya. She found out that she did not have to trade her body to get an education, she had rights- 3 million girls who are at risk of going through this mutilation right now have rights! She found out that her mom had a right to own property and did not have to be abused because she is a woman. She found out that girls did not have to forced to marry unwillingly. She found out that she had to DO something! She had to HELP these girls. When she went back she decided to build a school for girls. She built a place for girls to be safe and protected from the brutal acts against them for the simple fact that they were born female. She has currently saved 125 girls from marriage when they are 12 years old. She has given 125 girls opportunities to rise and achieve their dreams. She has given 125 girls the advantage of not being beaten. She has started a REVOLUTION. Kakenya Ntaiya ends her speech challenging the audience. She challenged us to make a DIFFERENCE, to make tomorrow BETTER, to be a LEADER! She challenged us to CHANGE our world, CHANGE our community, CHANGE our country! If she does that and we do that- we will create a BETTER FUTURE for our CHILDREN, for your CHILDREN, for our GRANDCHILDREN! Kakenya Ntaiya is the image of grace and bravery. She is a truly outstanding woman. She could have moved to America and never went back, but she didn’t- she went back to Kenya and helped others. She faced numerous obstacles along the way but she stayed strong and never lost her vision. Her remarkable accomplishments will be forever gratified by the women she has so graciously helped. She has taught us so much about honor and courage, about self-discipline and drive, and most of all- about compassion and benevolence. 

Shane Koyczan: To This Day... for The Bullied and Beautiful 

By: Amanda Weller, Briann Smith, Heather Smith, and Lisa Smith 

In this video, Shane Koyczan gives a poem of what it’s like to be bullied. Shane first started off by publicizing that children are expected to find themselves starting at a young age, and if they don't other children would do so. For instance, he stated how name calling would occur. Names such as slut, fatty, fag, and so on. While children are being told these names mean what they do, they are also asked what do they want to be. Koyczan goes on to say that when he was a kid he wanted to be a marine biologist, until he
watched the movie Jaws. He also went along by saying that he wanted to be an adult and began to shave. At the age of 10, Shane was told that his parents left because they didn't want him. However, when he was 11 Shane wanted to be left alone. At 12 he wanted to die and when he reached 13 he wanted to kill a kid. By that time, Shane was asked to pick a career. He choose to be a professional writer. Not only was Koyczan made fun of, his dreams were as well. He actually recalls a few of his dreams in his video. He remembers his first line of poetry was in response to a world that demanded he hate himself. Through ages 15 and 18 Shane hated himself and the world that he lived in. Shane mentioned that standing up for yourself should not lead to violence. back when Shane was younger he would trade in homework assignments for friendship. Its so sad to see the cruel world that we live in. Now, with technology it is so easy to sit behind a computer and for children to cyber bully other children. Furthermore, he describes how when he was younger he thought that pork chops and karate chops were the same thing. Shane's grandmother thought it was sweet so she didn't correct him. He states in his video how he fell from a tree one day while he was playing outside. Apparently Shane knew that he wasn't supposed to be outside playing. The gym teacher found the bruises on his right side and turned him into the principle. His response to the questions about his home life was “When I’m sad, my grandma gives me karate chops!” If only he knew this would lead into a full investigation and would be removed from his home for three days. News got around the school and he got deemed the nickname, “porkchop”. In the meantime, the rest of Shane's video is of a wonderful poem with illustrations and a violin in the backdrop covering bullying. Shane's poem is incredible, as well as his other work. The emotion and descriptions used in his demonstrations is very engaging and inspiring! 

Salman Khan:Let's Use Video to Reinvent Education 
By:Lisa Smith, Briann Smith, Heather Smith, and Amanda Weller 

Salman Khan talks about how and why he created the remarkable Khan Academy, a carefully structured series of educational videos offering complete curricula in math and, now, other subjects. He shows the power of interactive exercises, and calls for teachers to consider flipping the traditional classroom script -- give students video lectures to watch at home, and do "homework" in the classroom with the

teacher available to help. Using video to reinvent education is a convenient way to learn on your own time. Everyone is for convenience so we believe this will be a great tool to use. Using video to upload educational information not only helps the class that you are teaching but it will also benefit others that may come in contact with the information. Having educational videos available will also give the students resources to fall back on if they need additional help. This would also be great if students want to get read ahead in their lessons. Flipping the classroom with doing homework in class and saving the lectures for students to watch at home sounds like an amazing idea. Having homework as in class work will show the teacher what homework problems that students may be having a hard time with. If problems arise the student can then stop and watch a video on the homework problem and the video actually teaches the correct way to work problem. The student can practice and get 10 problems correct and then move on to the next question.

C4T#4 Final Blog Post

Comments for Teachers:

Teacher Qoute

I have enjoyed reading Jenny Luca's blog, Lucacept- Intercepting the Web. She is the Director of ICT and elearning at Toorak College in Mt. Eliza in Melbourne, Australia. She is fascinated by Web 2.0 applications and their potential in educational settings. Jenny says she launched herself headfirst into this world in 2008. She has found the experience to be transformative. It's her aim to share what she discovers with us through her blog.

C4T Post Summary #1:

Back to the Future is one of my favourite movies. The Improv Everywhere team have done a pretty good job of recreating it for their ‘Movies in Real Life’ video series they have running now. I’m still waiting for the hoverboards that featured in Back to the Future II to become part of everyday life – we’ve still got two years to have that dream realised as it was 2015 when Marty made his way into a future where they were commonplace. Then again, maybe it’s a good thing they’re not ready for purchase – I can barely keep upright on a skateboard, let alone on something hovering in mid air!
Have a great weekend. I’ll be searching for sun, but the prospect of that in Melbourne this weekend is looking pretty grim. I hope the forecast ahead bodes better wherever it is you reside. Enjoy :)
My Comment:
Hi Jenny,
My name is Briann Smith and I am a student in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. In my EDM310 class, I blog as well. I enjoyed reading your Friday blog post and watching your ‘Movies in Real Life’ video on Back to the Future. I like that movie too! I would love to have a car that can time travel. The movie was very entertaining. I look forward to your future posts!

C4T Post Summary #2:
In the second blog post that I read from Jenny Luca's blog, Lucacept- Intercepting the Web, she talks about her trip to the Programming Challenge 4 Girls event at the University of Melbourne. She took two of her students to this event. Earlier in her Language
Programming Challenge 4 Girls Logo
of our Times class she had discussed the need for better representation of women in the field of computer programming. At the event the students got the chance to perform a computer programming challenge using the programming language, Alice. While the students were performing the challenge, the teachers listened to a presentation given by Steven Bird, Associate Professor in Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne. He discussed the new Unit 3 and 4 VCE Computer Science curriculum. She says that she and both of her students enjoyed the event and that they have a new found apperciation for the programmers of the games they play and the thousands of hours that must go into creating the landscapes and complex scenarios.
My Comment:
Hi Jenny,
My name is Briann Smith and I am a student in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. In my EDM310 class, I blog as well. I enjoyed reading your blog post on the Programming Challenge 4 Girls event. It seems like you and your students had a great time. I think the event is a great way to get students especially girls invlovled with computers and programming. As you said in your post, there needs to be a better representation of women in the field of computer programming. The post was very imformative and I look forward to your future posts!