About arod2290

I am a music education major at York College...hoping to use all the information in this course to enrich the learning experience for my students when I finally start teaching.

The end of the road…or just the beginning?

When I fiirst signed up for this class I thought we would be learning about how to use a smartboard and projector etc. Thank god it was something completely different than what I originally thought. Little did I know that I would learn essential aspects which would help me better communicate with my future students using the internet and various other technological aspects as a medium.  I can honestly say that the $500 I spent on this class was worth it. The reason being that I have learned things that I can apply in teaching pedagogy but also in my own personal life–not many courses can do that.

We all know that communication is the most vital in teaching and this course showed us many ways to communicate an idea with peers and or future students. This by far is the most important aspect I appreciated in the course. I cannot think of something being of least importance, everything we learned seemed to have some practical use. FInally, I got more out of this class than I originally intended I would get. I mean, we have a fair tomorrow as a final…how awesome is that?!! lol

Some how and some way this class was entertaining and informative and many other things. Here is the link to my blog. Lets keep on keeping on!!

Comfortable being uncomfortable

I hate being uncomfortable, lets just put it out there now lol. I am sure I am not the only either. However, after reading Prof. Smith’s post and Jim Groom’s talks I cannot help but feel like I must reach that “high point” of being uncomfortable while teaching. The reason I feel that this is a high point is because if we want to be “punk” or progressive educators than we must go where others have not. In order to do that we must venture out on the razors edge. A glimpse of that edge will make us better teachers, I think.

I really like Jim Groom’s and Brian Lamb’s article which speaks of edupunked and its future. It has an great quote: “Our energy simply prevailed. This speaks to the struggle that we face as educators when we want to change things. We must remember that change is always met with opposition. Therefore, we must have the will, courage, heart, and energy to prevail against the old and bring in the new. Below is a video of philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti who speaks of an intellectual transformation. I think it fits well.


Finally, I think the most important point is that to be edupunk and progressive is to be radical. This is not reform–thiis is revolutionary.
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Results from Polling

So far I have received 7 responses to my questions. If my math is correct, that means that all of you have yet to respond lol, please do!!

My first question was “Do you think that community programs can influence what occurs in the household?” and everyone agreed that yes it can. That kind of surprised me. The reason being that the environments are so different and children might just have different mindsets in both environments.

The second question was “What do you think Jeff Sturges means when he says he is ‘training trainers'”? Everyone gave very similar responses by stating that a network is being created by this process and learning is able to continue and expand. Thanks guys! You have all earned a treat. Enjoy the video lol

Makers in Communities

Jeff Sturges’ story is pretty interesting. He works for Sustainable South Bronx, which is backed by MIT. Also, he works for NYC Resistor. Their description states that they are a “hacker collective with a shared space located in downtown Brooklyn. We meet regularly to share knowledge, hack on projects together, and build community.” It is evident that Jeff Sturges is an active member in communities around NYC. However, his talk relates to do the work he is doing in Detroit, which is his hometown. I found a an article which gives many details about his endeavors he did in the communities of Detroit.     [youtube]http://youtu.be/75BcBPdrRz0[/youtube]

One point in his talk that stuck with me was when he states that “we can’t control a lot of the things that happen at home with these kids or even a lot of older people but we can start to create a more supportive community environment.” The link to this point of the talk is here.

Also, another interesting quote is when he states that “we’ve trained trainers to keep training trainers and so on.” That point in the video is here.

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Recreate your favorite movie scene w/ new audio/music!!!

You will be asked to recreate any movie clip/tv clip using any movie maker (window movie maker, imovie) or any other video editing application and insert a different audio/music into the clip that you think makes sense with the clip (give an explanation as to why) and upload  to youtube. This inspiration comes from this ds106 assignment. Here is one i created to give you an idea. I used music from pee-wee herman’s big adventure to go along with the Joker’s “pencil trick” scene in the Dark Knight. Doing this assignment will enable us to be our own director and set our own moods (by inserting music) where we see fit. Video should be anywhere from 15 seconds to 1 minute. Enjoy!


back to school I’m looking cool (audio assignment)

Now this one I had fun with lol…I was stuck on what to pick but I took inspiration from Christine from our class. I created a souncloud account and then searched for a funny audio clip from one of my favorite movies. The assignment from ds106 is here and I think most of you should figure it out! Hope you all enjoy the link below to the clip!! By the way,,,thanks Christine!!

[soundcloud params=”auto_play=false&show_comments=true”]http://soundcloud.com/arod2290/take-a-guess[/soundcloud]

piano man

Ok, I am getting a tad bit frustrated because I do not know how to post content (video/visual) on the ds106 site. What I did was download an app on my phone called “camera fun” and I took a picture of my piano with the sketch effect on. It came out pretty cool, I think.  So, for now you can see I got the assignment from here. The pic is below: 

Lets make music!!

After hours of trying to figure out what I want to build I think I finally figured it out. I want to build instruments!! After all, I want to be a music teacher. I think it would be very ideal. Obviously this instruments will not be “standard instruments” but I think the fact that students will be able to play something they made is a very rewarding experience!! It will help me teach because I can teach about different aspects of the instrument while they are creating it! I will build both a guitar and flute. Items will include tape, rubberbands, paper, cereal box and Im sure some other odd things lol. I really got inspiration from the video prof. Smith posted up by seeing the many clips the presenter showed off the incubator using car parts, and building windmills and such. There is nothing greater than building something grand with things deemed small.