Thursday, September 25, 2014

Project #7

Project #3

Blog Post #5

What are Personal Learning Networks? (PLN)?
It is a series of people who interact to form a network of continuous learners. It is an informal setting that creates a learning community that derives knowledge and experience from each other. Even though it is informal learners do tend to connect with other learners of the same subject matter.
How can they help you as a teacher?
It provides quick, instant, and various viewpoints of the same subject to broaden perspectives. The interaction helps show to students and teachers that there are different ways to coming to the same conclusion and gives more opportunity for students to grasp it whereas they otherwise might not have. Dr. Strange explains it well by comparing it to a " can dip into it, and it keeps on flowing" Dr. Strange PLN. He gives several examples of different kinds of PLN's.
Using his examples to begin formulating my PLN forum I found another site that will assist me, Symbaloo. I set up a free account through Facebook and began to explore the site. I toyed with the background and started "liking" sites that I use frequently and personalized my information.
personal photo, Kelia Fagan

I am really interested in moving forward with PLN's. I believe they will be a fruitful option to provide and discover new sources of information for both my students and myself.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Search Engines

1. Wolfram Alpha this search engine helps you compute equations.

2. Find An Astronomy this search engine helps locate information about astronomy.

3. Poem Hunter this search engine will help you locate quotes, full poems, or poets.

4. iSeek this search engine I really enjoyed because it has access to many lesson plans, activities, or projects. It is a safe and regulated website so that it provides the best services for teachers, students, caregivers, or administrators.

5. Ref Seek this search engine helps provide a series of approved sources and citations such as encyclopedias, text books, and web pages.

6. duck duck go this search engine provides private search capabilities.

7. dogpile this is a compiled search engine that allows several different styles of searching.

8. Bing this is a quick and efficient search engine that allows numerous options when it comes to finding information. fairy love

Blog Post #4

The dialogue between students and teachers is the focal point of the classroom. This becomes the catalyst for progress to push students forward in analyzing, inquiring, and formulating educated responses when trying to solve a problem. Methods are used so that teachers have the right tools to instigate further discussion on the subject at hand.

A favorite of mine would be CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.11-12.7 when relating back to discussing and analyzing two opposing views of literary pieces. This allows students to ask questions to help them grasp the differences.

Another would be collecting information from various sources. This would allow students to practice active research on a number of search engines, venues, or literary findings and would broaden their spectrum of information. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.11-12.9

With a variety of ways teachers are given to ask questions this opens many possibilities of diverse reasoning and problem solving from the students.

Neutron Star,

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Blog Post 3

Peer evaluation has never been a strong suit for myself. However, the blog and the slideshow truly helped cut out the "meat and potatoes" of evaluating and gave me three simple rules:
1.) Compliments: it is too easy to be brash when evaluating someone else's work. Find something positive and boost their morale and want to improve their works.
2.) Suggestions: giving your peer suggestions is easier than telling them what to do or how you'd do the assignment. This accomplishes more than berating their work.
3.) Corrections: when getting down to the actual mistakes be specific as to solve the exact issue they may have instead of giving your peer a run-around.
Paige Ellis' Blog Assignment #12 In her brief summary of the assignments, Ellis made it clear that constructive criticism is a needed and appropriate thing to endure within the classroom. The guidelines by which this was to be completed were very clear on being fair, clear, and concise with wording.
I heavily enjoyed Writing Peer Reviews Top 10 Mistakes with the children acting out the typical wrong responses to peer reviews and expressing how this simple process can go awry due to failures in communication. It is the teacher's job to ensure that all of the students understand and are well equipped with the tools and skills to properly complete assignments.
This will be an exemplary tool to use when completing group assignments. With a firm grasp of using peer review skills properly I believe my group as well as myself will make great strides in the class.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Blog Post 2

1.) The overall theme to this video is that not only learning styles are different; but, teaching styles must be adaptable to the subjects to have the highest efficiency of retention by students. I do concur with his views being that English, my area of focus, is becoming more and more difficult with the technological advances that take away from pen to paper writing. As well as lack of writing skills the face to face, verbal communications portion of English courses is vastly changing due to technology changing the way people communicate both in and out of the classroom. I do believe that his example of "What Not To Do" was a good one. I would never agree with not preparing students with the essential tools in order to complete tasks and tests of knowledge that I am responsible with conveying to them.
2.) Roberts infers about "What it means to be a teacher in the 21st Century?", I believe his main focus is engaging with the students along with making it challenging as well as relevant to the young learners. With all of the growing venues that make technology and portals within it the first source of information as opposed to teachers and other educational forums it is a growing struggle to maintain validity of information as well as proper citations that could lead to piracy or other plagiarism issues. I believe Roberts is adamant about adapting to the change in education and that others should heed the issues it may bring because of the easiness of access everyone has to the internet. As an educator I will have to adapt and engage further with students so that they feel challenged and the assignments remain relevant in the changing world they are accustomed to.
3.) The networked student still needs a guide to rummage through the piles of information they will be faced with when searching for answers to their inquiries. It is the teachers job to direct and teach students about the venues by which they can move towards their goal. I enjoyed this video I concur with their views. Though depending on the school's resources it may or may not be difficult for the students to achieve.
4.) Davis is trying to make a more technologically forward community in her rural town. By connecting the students with others around the world they are instilled with a more open mind than the world they grew up knowing. I believe this is a huge step forward to connecting the youth of the world.
5.) I definitely believe the younger generation has a head start on the learning race being that they are unhindered in their resources of technology. However, the undergraduate and graduate level students have ample opportunity to catch up and become more acquainted with new and improving technology.
6.) I would love to use the flipping method in one of my English classes to help instill that independent learning onto my students. This provides them with the skills to become more responsible and accountable for knowledge they will need for the following days class.
7.) Comparing sports to classrooms is great to incorporate a team.