About reyawesome

I am a simple girl in a complex world, filled with simply complex themes.

A Portable Heater is a Science Wonder

Evelyn and I partnered up to create a portable heater. This heater maker project is a science and technology project for the future. Students can create their own modern forms of technology such as a mini heater as well, maybe even their own versions of vacuums, or televisions- its nice to think that students can use their imaginations to recreate modern technologies. Other than science and technology, this maker project can date back to centuries and a lesson can be made for a History class as well. This project can also be used for students outside of the classroom, like in the wilderness. Creating a portable heater is not only savvy but useful. Think, “need to boil water to drink during this camping trip- thats right! I have my portable heater!” Just some wonders of science people, thanks!


P.E. assignment for the future


In a blog post create an assignment that would be completed by students in your future classroom. Describe what they are to make and create an example. Also describe what learning objectives you believe it might support. Remember that the assignment should be fun!

As a future physical educator the assignment I would want my students to complete through digital media would be to create their own game through digital story telling. It should be a video explaining steps about their particular made up game. I value the importance of guidance meanwhile the importance of exploring. I believe that students should be able to create and reenact, its one of the wonders of sports, you can make up your own game and actually play it; your rules, your game. Some learning objectives that would be taken in consideration would be class discussions, individual learning, and technology based learning. Digital story telling would be used to help develop a technological skill, it can encourage research and the use of online tools.

Learning objectives would be supported by allowing students to experience and create their own games, and it would be a game that each student personally gravitates towards. Afterward thr reenactment of the sport or game, would be the fun part. Different learning styles are also addressed. Visual learners, auditory, and kin esthetic learners are all addressed.


Your story has gone digital

Digital storytelling is telling a story with  use of tools, in this case digital story telling in our class has required us to use the internet and its many sources. How can digital storytelling be used in a classroom? How does it support student learning and development?

Digital story telling is one of several ways to tell a story.Telling your story digitally can enhance your computer knowledge and skill. While digital story telling can shape a classroom, it also provides a space for which can be learned from. Students can use internet sources to help establish projects or presentations in class. Students may explore, and make individual meaning to the work. Personal connections can be drawn from the topics of their choosing, and it can help students express ideas, thoughts, and knowledge.

Digital story telling can be beneficial for teachers as well. Digital story telling can allow students some free and lenient space to adapt, and conquer. Teachers can assess by noting progress of students and can find where issues may lie. Homework and classwork can be handed out through the net and this allows students the opportunity to research and dive, even discuss their methods of learning.

Digital story telling is the new innovative way to learn and teach. Teachers can also explore the realms of the internet with their students which can create a common task and goal. While some teachers are also creating this can make students feel more comfortable with the common long and short term goals of the teacher. Using digital media, images, and story telling can open doors for peers to interact as well as interacting with the teacher.

Encourage students to tell their stories…


Can the ‘layering’ that’s possible in audio, video, and image in a digital story support the learning objective? Of course! ‘layering’ in audio, image and video production supports the learning objective be providing steps. In order for the student to create a whole full on video he or she can start by developing the image first and then the audio and finally the movie, collaborating all of which was learned into a story. Student grouping and individual learning is also involved as well as providing student body with a challenging assignment in which he or she can connect to and develop skills from. Teachers can assess students as well as decipher which learning styles are favored by students.


Pepe le pew sells dominos pizza

This my Audio assignment, I did this one first actually but couldn’t figure how to post it so I noticed everyone else doing audio just link the URL, so here’s mine- enjoy!

Create a cartoon character voice and record it through sound cloud, It can be made up or you can mimic your favorite character.

Pepe le pew advertising for dominos pizza

How did I make this?

I created this audio by using sound cloud, and embedded the audio into this post, using its URL. It is important for future students to be able to do projects like this because students are able to be creative. Students can always use this skill for future projects that involve computers. I believe that students will be willing to learn this skill because it can be used in powerpoints, while speaking in front of peers, projects, and someday a job they’ll have. Learning to create an audio file is a great way for students to show confidence in their works as well, and to share their own thoughts, views, and ideas.


The Perfect Two

Take a collection of either game clips, movie clips or anything that you find interesting, put it to music, attempt to sync up music with at least a handful of events that would should have emphasis.

My assignment:

By using you tube, you tube converter I was able to insert it into imovie which is a program exclusively for mac computers. I started grabbing pictures offline and dragged it also into imovie. After doing these steps I had to add the audio, and I dragged that into the new project I was making. Afterward, the images. Finally, I was to adjust the timing of the images by customizing the setting duration of each clip.

I feel that when students are able to create and make their own videos they can be creative and expressive. Students could do this for any subject for instance, math. In math they can explain their steps in solving a problem and post their video on a classroom blog, this way the teacher can always see where his or her mistakes lie, or what he or she is able to understand and teach a peer. This is a more direct and visual way to identify strengths and weaknesses.


Rey Awesome in Apocalypto

For my visual assignment, I was to add myself into a movie scene. What better scene then from Apocalypto directed by Mel Gibson?

Add yourself to a movie scene! Preferable a famous movie. The creepier you are, the better.

Using Pixlr.com I managed to crop out my head from an image and paste it onto this actual image from the movie; and I added my mask by drawing on my actual image, it was fun!

Students that can learn the photo shop skill can always use it for presentations in school, at home, for work. Photoshopping believe it or not is a skill and a desired one since the world is only getting more and more technological. I really think that students can use this to express their thoughts as well. I think that the things your students gravitate to is a crucial thing to learn. Each student is different and when as a teacher, you are able to identify your students individually, you can better connect with that student. I feel that when their is a better connection with your students by understanding and knowing them, it provides support and comfort in learning. Also, teacher are able to adjust their lesson plans to the needs of every student.



Grant Potters and such

Grant Potters talk is very interesting to me. I feel that it is important that he creates this sort of confidence in his students and doesn’t put emphasis on assessment but rather he creates a free space for creativity and consciousness. He states that students should appreciate screw-ups and learn how to leverage them, which is something I entirely can agree with. I do feel that there is always a negative stigma to failure which in most cases there can be, but at the same time trying again or fixing mistakes is what life is all about. I feel that grant is preparing students for reality and this is a lesson you couldn’t often get anywhere else. Grants radio project, is an amazing way to have students participate as well as build confidence by encouraging them to take risks. Grant creates an open space to share thoughts, ideas, criticisms and this is special in the learning environment. It is okay to fail, you can fall it is important. I think Grants opinion about assessment is true as he feels that projects don’t need to be assignments but rather an expectation. “It is a journey, there will be struggles, states Grant.” Grant approaches things in a more holistic way which can make for positive changes in our students. I really loved when Grant says that we have to make it part of the culture that failure is part of learning process in a classroom. A few important issues that someone brought up in the question and answer is that Girls are not geared towards building, and he stated that it isn’t as true today. I feel that Grant is correct at the same time most families are still structured in old ways and these students are still and may possibly still be affected by gearing. Males still are possibly more geared towards building then girls. Another great question from the Q and A stage was about special needs students and building, how it can help them as learners. I don’t feel that Grant posed a very good answer because he may not have have had a good answer about that issue, I feel that he almost couldn’t answer it. As amazing as maker culture is, how can we include students of special needs? This is the only hindrance for me to absolutely loving his methods of teaching.

I suppose I may make a space craft, but am likely to change my mind – Teachers can introduce to students the concept of frictionless motion by building a hovercraft themselves. I figure students can always modify their hovercraft by using other things that float in the air, maybe electric powered airplanes. Honestly this idea is dry and when its dipped in the water may change.

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Teaching Design

Emily Pilloton: Teaching design for change

Emily Pilloton founded Project H Design in Bertie County, North Carolina, one of the poorest and most rural county in the state. Project H Design would develop a design-build curriculum for high-school kids. Project H is a design organization merges the power of design to the people who need it most, and the places where it can make a real and lasting difference. It makes way for creative capital that schools may more then need.

What Design Can Do: Emily Pilloton and Project H VIDEO | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building

An Interview with Ms. Pilloton:

Interviewer: “Of course none of this would be possible without modern technology—websites and emails—but how do you make everyone feel like they’re a part of this thing happening, together?

Ms. Pilloton: “we’re really big on documentation and telling stories. I think that’s the key to keeping people working towards a collective goal, but being able to do it in their own way. We give them the tools to document and tell stories, but then measure their impact.”
Read more: http://www.dwell.com/articles/interview-emily-pilloton-of-project-h.html#ixzz1x23b6Pwk

Visiting Professor Smith’s twitter page got me scrolling onto Tim Owens, then onto Jason Floms… but none were capturing my interest so I figured I’d hit TED talks on youtube and I educated myself about this woman Emily Pilloton and I found someone whose beliefs could match my own. I enjoyed her video and what she stands for hopefully you all do to.

My Vision

My vision of school is a Eutopia.

School would be a chance to induldge in creativity and perspective.

School should feel like freedom and bliss.

The mind would be an instrument equivelant to a harp. It should be classic and pure.

I’m just NOT in my right mind.

What school is like in my eyes now:



I spend a lot of time working roughly about 5 to 7 hours each day. My social life declined and school hasn’t been stars and stripes. I think that the educational system is stressful and that its not the paradise I dream of. The fun is stripped and there should be more then assessment.

Teachers fail students out of technicalities rather then participation and agenda. I once took a class that I recieved no lower then an 80 on every assignment and ended up passing with a D, why?

My ligitamate but apparently not very excuse that my computer crashed and I cannot afford another. Out of technicality, the final was to be submited onto safe assign (darn technology) although Prof. Anonymous had the hard copy in his hand the day it was due.

I just didn’t deem it fair considering I really pulled an A- in that class. This ruling created 4 Alaphabets lower then what I should have gotten. This is the education system in my eyes. I am passionately annoyed that such rediculousness could strike.

Oh by the way, there is no need to try to talk to the professor because “technically” he warned me online to send it meanwhile I was computerless and working late those days. Speaking to professors from other departments in the same school its all come to this… prof. Anonymous is retireing soon and could probably care less.

… not to mention he’s got tenure and a reasonably classy position

HURRAY for …

the educational system?

The reason I wanted to write this shennanigans is because I want us all to ackowledge the dim in my eyes from teachers who honestly cannot teach. No I am not just saying this because I got a D, but because I really believe that this professor could improve tremendously – like most teachers in the education system today.

The Terrible Tales of Tenure

Teacher tenure, usually used as employment protection for teachers. Tenure is a contract which provides teachers with safety from getting fired due to reasons associating with their abilities to teach. Earning the teacher tenure can take as little as three years. Professors are reviewed only about 5 years later for tenure. “A study by The New Teacher Project (TNTP) stated that 81 percent of administrators say there is a tenured teacher in their school who is performing poorly.

What is education edging on? Is it really oblivion?

Possibly so… Are teachers properly evaluated before and even during their tenure years? According to the TNTP study, less than 1% of teachers were considered unsatisfactory. But president of The Center for Education Reform, Jeanne Allen considers, that many states may have been setting the bar too low. Tenure unfortunately isn’t about the value of teaching but has been diluted to the amount of years a teacher spends teaching.

Is tenure fair to students?

Have you ever had a nightmare professor? 

One that couldn’t relate to his or her students or even more sadly, his or her own subject? Both answers are abruptly yes, don’t lie.

Well, chances are these professors are either just horrid teachers or plainly under tenure protection.

Did you know:

  • Three years is enough time to show your worth?… Me neither.
  • Tenure from K-12 is not earned, but given as long as they “stand by” they receive it in short periods of time.
  •   That sadly, tenure is scarce in the “land of teaching the public.”

Its rough at least I think, when public school teachers are often shunned and             university professors are put on pedestals especially when teaching students of younger ages is a tad tougher then throwing a syllabus at your students and calling it a form of teaching.

  • When tenured teachers commit criminal acts against students that they are often only suspended and with PAY, or PAID to quit.

Yes! It is exactly what it seems…


You tell me, but choose one of the above. 😉

Tenure makes it increasingly difficult to fire them. They’re practically like ticks. If a teacher is underperforming, its too bad you’d have to deal since the legal process is stretched out to months and can involve court ruling. Sometimes I wonder why principals have such difficult time firing a tenured teacher. But now I know- On average $250,000 would be jeopardized just to fire a teacher in new York City.


OHHH the Irony!

Teacher’s are positioned to nurture and care for their students but with the tenure grants permission them to care solely for themselves. While few teachers receive benefits think about what it does for students.