Sunday, November 30, 2014

Blog Post 5 Part Two

I have learned a lot about PLN's since the first part of Blog Five! I have been getting a lot familiar with mySymbaloo page! I never thought in a million years that I would be using my account outside of school purposes! I have learned a incredibility amount of useful information that I will share with my family and friends! I learned that just by using different learning networks teachers are still able to connect with people from different parts of the world! I would definitely incorporate Symbaloo in my future classroom!

C4T Final Post

I chose to comment on Ken Halla's Blog I love his blog page! I have found some very useful and interesting information that is would love to use in my future classroom!If there are any history majors please visit his page!

1st Comment:
If you are a middle school teacher (two of my own children are seventh graders) you know that John Green is one of the most prolific early teenager authors.  But he also has a prolific flipped video series with his brother, that are extremely well produced and packed with lots of facts.  If anything, they have too many and move a bit too quickly.   But here are forty-eight US history videos that are either a good intro (think about the main points that I blogged about a few days ago) or a review.  

My Response:Hi, my name is Brittney Henderson I am a student at the University of South Alabama, I'm currently studying to be a history teacher! I really enjoyed watching your video! Students would most definitely be engaged while viewing this video. Also they would learn a lot of important facts about the Native Americans and Spanish! I will definitely being visiting your blog for ideas on my future classroom!

2nd Comment:Admittedly one needs to know a lot more than just vocabulary in economics, but it is certainly a place to start.  So one thing you can do is to have your students use Quizlet to see if they know all of their vocabulary.   Quizlet allows students to use traditional flash cards as well as a number of learning games.  You can even set it up for your class and each student can compete against one another.   Above is an example of the Age of Jackson.  You can choose to make the cards yourself, have your students do so or even just use someone else's as I have done here.  But if you go with the last choice, make sure you like each card.  Alternatively, if you set up an account, you could make a copy of someone else's cards and then make them exactly the way you want them.  

2nd Response:Hello Ken, I love your blog page! I'm learning a lot of useful activities that I that use in my future classroom! I have used Quizlet before and I found it very useful!Using these flash cards will help the students learn the lessons more effectively!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

C4K Final Project 6

Luke's Blog

Luke's Blog post:For my linoleum block project i made an L because that is the first letter in my name. when you do a linoleum block project the steps you take to make one is...... First draw out a sketch of what you want. Then you scribble on the back of your sketch with pencil led. Then redraw the same thing, but this time you need to press really really hard. then you will cut out every part except for the parts that you drew. Lastly you put paint on a roller and paint it. Then you print!

My response:Hey Luke! My name is Brittney Henderson I attend the University of South Alabama! I am currently studying to be a high school history! I was assigned to read our blog post by one of my professor! Luke you have a awesome blog! I really like your linoleum design. Is this your first time making this design? Luke your blog looks great and I hope to see more of your blog posts!

Keaton's Blog Post: Response 1st quarter
      The 1st quarter was full of learning and fun. There was so much that I learned that it stupefied  me. But waking up early in the morning made me slothful . It took an exertion of energy to get up and moving. After I get the urge to get to school Its time two learn.  I feel like a dirge. But once  school starts I am very tranquil. During this quarter I learned about friends and other things like fractions, adjectives, and cells. These are some reasons I loved the 1st quarter and cant weight for the second and all the knowledge it will bring.

My Response:
Hi Keaton! My name is Brittney Henderson, I attend the University of South Alabama! I’m currently studying to become a history teacher! I have to say Keaton you have a awesome blog! I enjoyed reading this blog post! You have a great outlook on your education! It shows through your writing! I love how you incorporated the use your vocabulary words throughout your blog! Do you have different words you learn each month or week? I hope to read more of your blogs soon!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Blog Post 13

Create an assignment for a Blog Post I should have created in your area of specialty (math,
history, elementary ed, special ed, whatever). Write the instructions that I should have put here.

Currently I am studying to became a high school/ middle school social science teacher. I plan to incorporate a lot of Project Based Learning activities with my students. After observing a 10th grade social studies class at Blount High School I noticed the majority of the students where not engaged. I plan on incorporate a lot of modern-day social media themes into my lessons. For example, twitter, Facebook, instragram,etc. Students will NOT be able go the these social networks but, I will incorporate there themes into my lessons. For example, I have located an activity where the students will the responsibility of picking a person who has made a sufficient impact on U.S. history. The students will make a poster displaying the individual they chose. The student will then list some important facts about the person. The students can use some of the appropriate social network lingo such as:TBT( throwback Thursday), HCM( History Crush Monday), LOL( Laugh Out Loud) etc!
Here is an example of the activity InstraHistory

Project 12 SmartBoard Part B

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Project 10

C4T #3

Post one

My first blog post  I commented on was about persistence. The blog post was from a educator named Bill Genereux. His central message was about teaching students to never give up on a idea of anything that they believe in. He shared that he had rejections and obstacles he had to overcome in his career.

My reply:
  Hello Bill!
My name is Brittney Henderson, I attend the University of South Alabama! I am currently studying to become a secondary social science teacher. I enjoyed reading your blog post! I really understand the message you conveyed about persistence! You have sent the message on this blog post to persevere though obstacles. Even of the answer is no! Your message reminds me of Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture,” about what to do when you hit a brick wall.I also agree that students must learn to be persistence, and no is not the final answer if its something you believe in.
Here is a link to my blog page
Brittney’s blog

Post consisted on a 2- hour Stars Wars video he and his media students created! I really enjoyed the movie! I recommend you watch it. Very creative!

My reply:
Hi Bill! This is Brittney Henderson from the University of South Alabama! I have to admit I am not a big Star Wars fan but, I really enjoyed this video! You and your students did a awesome job with the animations of this video! I love how to use different surroundings to reenact the same parts of the video! Your son eating the rib is adorable!!!

Blog Post 12

Blog Post 12

iPad Usage for the Blind"

I have chosen to research, “iPad usage for the blind.” Apple has made tremendous stride with making sure the visually impaired and blind have access to using the iPad device. After, viewing the video, “iPad usage for the blind”, I have learned a lot about how exactly a blind person effectively navigates a iPad. Wesly Marjeus is the Access Specialist for the National Federation for the Blind. Marjeus teaches about the different devices that Apple has installed in their devices for the blind. Marjeus explains a unique service called VoiceOver. VoiceOver basically reads everything that is on the screen of the iPad.VoiceOver not only reads what’s on the screen but, also reads books to the user as well. VoiceOver helps the user to effectively navigate the iPad.
Hand gestures are just as important as the VoiceOver service. Hand gestures can be given as a demand over the VoiceOver service. Hand gestures are used to move or remove certain icons,apps, etc.

Andreas Head shares some basic information about the services that Apple has for the visually impaired. For instance, Refreshable Braille Display is a electronic device that enables the user to write or text while using the iPad. The buttons on the device are Braille and, the device can act as a mouse while connected to the device. Another cool feature is called Bluetooth Keys. The Bluetooth keys connects with the iPad and controls the VoiceOver service as well. The user should be knowledgeable of locating certain important keys to effectively navigate the device. There are a number of assistive technologies that are available for educators to use inside of the classroom. These are just a few to name a lot. Technology is making a powerful stance to all rims of it’s users.

Alex Grow Contribution To Siri, With Love is an interesting blog post. It tells a story of a 13 year old boy with autism that asks Siri questions about everyday life and his personal interests. What a cool way to use technology. It got me thinking about the different ways Siri could be used in the classroom. blog has a lot of great ideas on it. It mentions IPEVO Whiteboard or the Belking Stage app. These two things can help during science class to capture and annotate what the students capture under a microscope. It also mentions Boogie Board. This is a small board the size of an iphone that would be good for taking notes during class or answering questions like we used to do on smart boards. Adobe Presenter is a great tool to use in classroom. This is a great thing to use when you want to include text and pictures in a presentation or quiz during class. This could also be used when doing PBL. One of my favorite things that I found on this blog is the Belkin Tablet Stage. This is a tool that turns your ordinary ipad into a document, camera, and presentation system. This is a great way to get your monies worth out of an Ipad purchased for your classroom. Speaking of Ipad, they are mentioned everywhere on this blog. Ipad is a really neat tool to use when teching. It lets the students independently do work and play learning games on the apps that adhere to the lesson being taught. Great source!
This was a really cool read. Not only does it give you different technology you can use in the classroom, it also gives you different ways you can use it and how it helps the children. Powerpoint is a very common tool. In the post it mentions ways you can use Powerpoint as a game show review. I think that would be a really cool thing to use powerpoint for. It also mentions blogs and twitter as being a good source of technology in the classroom. Blogs can be used instead of diaries. Blogs are also helpful to see how well the students have progressed overtime. Twitter can be used as a discussion or for a summary of material. Creating a class webpage is a tool that can also be used in the classroom. It also mentions that students can create a film on a computer. This is a great way to implememnt PBL. Doing this and having the kids present the films, are a good way to use 

Shayla McCovery's Contribution

,Teaching a Mom What Her Deaf/Blind Child is learning on the iPad is video of a teacher giving instruction to a parent on how to work an Ipad if they were deaf or blind. The teacher says, the parent should place his/her hand across the icon and each one she would click, a voice over will say the icon’s names out loud. The parent would also have to use four fingers and turn it like a knob to be able to turn it into typing mode. Standard typing is when you are moving your fingers across the screen and the voice over says the letters out loud. Once you double tap, it will appear on the note pad. Most people prefer the touch typing mode. You are still in typing mode, where you move your fingers across the screen and voice over reads out the letters to you. Instead of double tapping a letter, you should hold the letter down and lift your finger, the letter will appear on the note pad. 
The alternative source she looked up was: NCLD, Assistive technology can help students with many different learning disabilities. The assistive technology can help them become more independent through school and throughout life. Technology has apps to help students with Dysgraphia and Writing skills. For example, the video I watched was able to explain everything out loud. This app can make the writing process a little bit easier and fun. Another assistive piece of technology would be a keyboard with built in accessibility on standard computer. 

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Blog Post 11

Back to the Future
Mr. Crosby video is very informational. He is a very active and creative teacher with us students. Project Based Learning lessons is also used through out the video. At the beginning of the video some of the students were not knowledgeable on the city, state or, country that they lived in. Which is very disturbing information to see. After, introducing a newer hands-on approach with the students Mr. Crosby received a more positive feedback from his sixth grade students. Each student had access to a personal computer, which allowed them to blog on their classroom blog. The students were able to participate in classroom experiments and share what they had learned with different students from a different country. The best part of the video is when Celeste the student with leukemia was involved with the classroom;even though, she was not physically in the classroom! Mr.Crosby message is for teachers change the method just being taught. Students have to become more involved in their education!

 Blended Learning
Paul Anderson introduces the idea of Blended Learning. Which involves students using mobile, online and classroom learning. Mr. Anderson also uses the method of QUIVERS. In which the students will develop questions, investigate , video ,elaborate and, review.  Students will basically, be responsible for understanding the material being taught while, working with their classmates. At the end of the lesson the teacher will ask them some review questions before they can take start their summary on the lesson. A exam will also be administrated to the students at the end of the lesson as well. Mr Anderson incorporates blended learning as well as traditional methods in his classroom!

Builing Comics
Sam Payne is a fifth grade teacher from Omaha, Nebraska.In this video he teaches his students the importance of digital safety. Mr. Payne instructs his students on the importance of being safe and, not giving away personal information while using the internet. Mr. Payne assigns his students to build a superhero based on being cautious when using the internet. Not only is Mr. Payne teaching the importance of safety being used on the internet but, he is also meetings his lesson standards as well!.At the end of the activity the students will take a glance at their classmates superheros! The students then can create more ideas to add to their comic strip but reviewing their peers work!

Project Based Learning
In this video two educators took the role to merge history and English together in one classroom. The students will have more time to focus on the material and content being studied. Students had more time to expand their thinking and idea to their assignments. This method of teaching helps both the students to collaborate effectively together as well as with the educators

Roosevelt Elementary PBL
This video starts off by sharing the definition and the importance of PBL. Students are learning to work with their classmates collaboratively to solve real life problems. The students are taught at a very early age about public speaking as well as other 21 century skills. The students are learning to collectively and individually. PBL sparks the students hunger to want to learn. Students are not just sitting down in a chair all day. PBL creates a spark for in the students to ask questions and explore their answers

Project 14

Project 14 consists of my group members creating a PBL for special education. This lesson plan will focus on teaching special education students on how to count money! The lesson plan will take up one school week in which students will participate in various of learning activities.  First, students will be introduced to the values of money.Students will be introduced to a fun song called Money Song. On days two and three students will  be working on different worksheets.Also, we will be allowing them to play fun money counting games on their iPad! Online Games Worksheets On the fourth day students will be playing a fun grocery shopping game! This game we found online is great for special education students! Game On the last day the entire class will divided into groups of four. Each group will be given a total of 20 dollars. The different teams will agree on different items that they chose to spend their money on. The students will earn money by having good behaviors. This lesson not only teaches the skill of counting money,but also being rewarded for good behaviors.  The lesson plan will be modified to accommodate students with different IEPs.

Project Overview