I Bumper This

I didn’t realize that I didn’t indicate which images I contributed to the bumper drawing. So here they are.  Most speak for themselves but the one that I thought was important is the one where education is being highlighted in the dictionary. There can be many ways that education can be defined but one thing that I thought a dictionary should include is that technology is also a part of education.  Dictionaries should have an update option.

Blogging Culture

This is the link to my blog.

Initially…

I thought that I was going to suffer from boredom because AC230 is a 4 hour class. How long can one stay online? I really didn’t think I’d last. But after the first day I felt I could do this again…

Afterwards…

I didn’t mind learning how to blog, I liked it better when we kept playing around with blogging and blogging tools. I learned much from the course because now I can photoshop better, I learned how to throw in audio, make montages, create my very own webpage, hyperlink, download images and files. I learned so much in the class, and I’ve already started making videos for my friends and I to view on my youtube account. I feel like this course was educational and so very interesting because I got to be a maker. There are very few opportunities in my classes to make anything as cool as my portable heater. Heck, I’m going to build it again, and again and possibly share it amongst my hiker pals since we do a lot of camping out. This was a course I’d like to see other students take because it honestly allowed for exploration, mistakes and growth.

One thing I enjoyed most about blogging is that it always had guidelines. The professor was able to guide us though let us create and express our thoughts and ideas how we wanted to. I have a new appriciation for the blogging culture because of this, and I have more of an appriciation because I had a voice.

final reflections on AC230

my initial thoughts on AC230 is that it was going to be like a traditional technology class but boy was i wrong! this course is not what i had expected, it’s way better than what i had hoped for. In this course i got to blog about education, be creative and be connected with other students through an internet space like a blog. it has been a great experience learning how to expand your network of people interested or connected in something you enjoy (education). AC230 is diffenetly in the edupunk style. the most important concept that i am taking from AC230 and applying it in my education philisophy is that CHANGE IN EDUCATION IS A MUST! and it is up to us (Future teachers) to derail the traditional way of teaching and connect with our students in a different way.

Be a Maker – Final Draft

At the beginning of this project (Maker Plan) I must say I was a bit lost and doubtful on whether or not I should stick to the target practice board I had in mind. But as I continued to follow through with it, I realized and remembered that there are so many schools that do not have the budget to purchase the new technological games/equipment that are now being incorporated into the world of physical education.

The budgets in the New York City school system are handled differently than the neighboring suburban school districts in Long Island, Westchester etc. There are other priorities in the NYC Department of Education which administrators feel are far more important than equipment for their physical education classes. This is why I was convinced that what I was working on for my project would be something that not only would benefit the students but the schools budget as well.

About a year ago as I went to observe a gym class in a school in queens. The teacher pulled me aside and showed me the equipment room. The room was full of sports balls, volleyball nets, cones and other miscellaneous items that had been purchased over 25 years ago. The teacher went on to tell me that many times she’s had to purchase some (not all) equipment to replace some of the aging equipment that was no longer useable out of her own pocket to benefit the kids.

 

The total amount spent on my project was close to $10 dollars, which were really spent to buy the proper sports balls. The items used/purchased are as followed:

 

–       A piece of drywall (sheetrock) which was laying around my garage: $0

–       White paint (extra paint laying around from previous home projects): $0

–       Printed images from Google images and glued them onto the board: $0

–       Sharpie marker: $0

–       Drywall cutter: $0

–       Nerf football: $5

–       Nerf Baseball: $3

–       Poster boards used for foot placement: $2

–       The feeling of accomplishment: $PRICELESS$

 

It was so inexpensive to put this project together that could/will benefit many kids. As it may seem like a simple target practice, students would have to use their hand and eye coordination, their foot placement/positioning as well as hand placement for the various sports balls used.

On the video I not only show how I made the piece, but I also included a mini-demonstration on how it can be used as a physical education setting. If you have 3 of these boards set up you can simply teach a class and have the students engaged by giving them a reward for getting the ball through the targeted area or you can also give students an “E” effort. Rewards can range from simple items such as the instructor on a future class to a healthy snack.

Keeping students engaged and sticking to the fundamentals, as well as getting creative with limited resources  the key ingredient to benefiting the students as well as the schools and their budget and  getting the job done.

Lastly, I must say that I was quite excited that i compiled three separate videos and was able to work on some minor video editing as well as some other features.

 

Cheers to a great class!

ignite talk poll result

Here are the results from the poll posted up. reflecting back on some of the feedback (answers) most thought that the merging of teachers, tech people and digital designers was a good direction for the future of education. because it would enable creativity for students in an technology education environment and have experts in their respective fields combining their knowledge and teaching student’s.

poll result

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AC230 Maker Faire!

Maker Faire Bay Area 2008

For our final class, we are going to have an opportunity to present and play with the tools and projects we’ve all been working on for the past three weeks. Each of you will be able to demonstrate and get others to use your tools in a ten-minute informal presentation. We’ll run three at a time so people can bounce between the various projects. I’m planning on broadcasting the event on a live webstream, so hopefully we’ll get some online participants watching and giving us feedback too.

Also I’m going to set-up some stations for ‘making’ the day of the fair. You’re welcome to set-up a station as well for others. It’s all in the maker spirit and for fun.

Stations I’ll setup are as follows:

  • colored eggs with messages about creating.
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  • make a human animated GIFs gallery
  • sci-fi a toy (with silver paint) – get ambitious and you can make an R2-D2 bike helmet.

Leave you’re ideas in the comments and bring anything you’d like!

 
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What’s Next After This Class?

In the above presentation at 2010 OpenEd Conference, Gardner Campbell asks you to “think the unthinkable” about the future of education and in particular takes to task the use of educational technologies designed to mimic the old model of classrooms. He also presents these ideas in his essay, “A Personal Cyberinfrastructure.” Both of Gardner’s texts are in part inspired by Jim Groom’s “A Domain of One’s Own.” Jim aks the question, why not give everyone their own domain, from which all of a student’s academic endeavours will be aggregated to a variety of places they inhabit during their time in college. It would become a space that a student would be,

…crafting of an identity with a purpose, the conscious consideration and creation of one’s professional/academic identity online: a domain of one’s own!

To Jim and Gardner, the need to stop fashioning for students special spaces for teaching and learning is a principal problem. They wish for educators to start looking to the internet itself as it’s classroom, where you carve out your own space to teach and learn (a bit like what we’ve done here with apopcalypse.dewlines.org).

For this summer session you’ve been given a space to contribute to as an author, but now it’s time to take your work and place it into your own domain. To do this you are going to need to export your posts through the Dashboard’s Tools > Export function which will give you an .XML file that includes all of your work.

After that you will need to create either a free WordPress.com blog, or step-up and buy your own webhosting plan and with WordPress installed. Either is fine, though commercial hosting plans give you a lot more flexibility and control. Here is a link to how to create your on blog with a commercial host, and the WordPress.com option is pretty self explanatory (the site guides you through the process).

So there are two assignments for your last efforts in this class:

1. Create your own blog:

  • Export your posts from this blog and import them into your own blog.
  • Create an “About” page on which you give a brief description of yourself and your professional goals. You are also welcome to create additional pages and include any kinds of materials you’ve created in other courses or on your own.
  • Pick a theme for your blog and customize it. Add any plugins you’d like. Remember, this is now your space, it’s up to you to cultivate it!

2. Make one final post to apopcalypse.dewlines.org. In this post please include:

  • a link to your blog;
  • and finally describe what you expected to get out of this class, and if that changed as the course proceeded. What was most important to you? What was least important?

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Dare to Be Different…. Be Inspired!!

 

When it comes to learning and teaching there shouldn’t be a cookie cutter plan as to how it should be taught or interpreted. The problem with the Educational System today is that too many teachers are becoming “Comfortable” especially once they become tenure. Going through the videos and images of Jim Groom, he expressed his passionate views on that through many blog post and videos.

This passage in “Never Mind the Edupunks; or, The Great Web 2.0 Swindle” stood out to me the most because it holds so much truth and passion behind the words:

Ed techs like to claim that the Internet represents a revolution in human communication, one with profound effects on how we produce, consume, share, and value knowledge.20 If that is the case, maybe the ownership, control, and structure of these environments should be more than an afterthought. We strongly believe that higher education should embrace a mission to create, cultivate, and promote “safe spaces” that are not only open but also free from overtly commercialized interests. Educators are currently at a crossroads. The choices we make now will decide what sort of online environment will be available in the future. And despite all the current anti-institutional talk21surrounding today’s higher education that proffers corporate mindsets in the name of efficiency (we sense a hip neo-liberal party with the public paying the bill), institutions remain relevant to us if only because they represent an idea of a publicly-accountable alternative. We see a place for colleges and universities that are more supportive of and integrated with the wider public beyond the institutional gates, drawing on the lessons of successful open networks for inspiration.

I agree so much with this statement because I feel that Higher Education really needs to embrace and create a safe space for students to express themselves and learn through realistic views. Open Education is brilliant idea that should be embraced especially by Higher Education institutes, educators and students can both learn through this process. Straight textbook teaching is not working anymore, students of this day and age is technology driven and is eager to go online to find their answers to things that have tweaked their interest. Educators are at a crossroad and if they don’t challenge  themselves to “bare to be different”, they’ll just be another professor who is known for reading directly from the text and giving multiple choice exams instead of giving the students the freedom to research and come back and teach the class something from their finding. I’m not speaking of the traditional research but navigating through videos, images and blogs on the selected topic and relating it to their everyday lives as well as their future profession.

Edumaaaa punkedddd :O

I watched a video entitled, “A vision of students today” and I was so saddened to see what was going on in the video.  A quote that stood out to me that was probably written on the wall by a bored college student:

“if these walls could talk, what would they say?”

Imagine, that’s how tortured and bored college students are in class and how they suffer alongside not learning and learning in a way thats different and approachable to them.

This video really stood out to me in so many ways. I was hooked from started to finish and this video speaks the truth about those in debt after graduation, those are not 100 percent certain if they will have a job in the future, those students who are there with their laptop in class but don’t even pay attention because they are on Facebook majority of the time.

The video showed me the boredom these college students endure. Most of them are there and payed for their course but they are not really fully PRESENT there. They sit there probably because they are told that college is a great thing and that if you don’t have ab Bachelor of Arts degree after approxiamately four years you are nothing. That is not how we should be taught and our mindset in society is so different nowadays that it is totally different.

I personally feel that this video has enlightened me and proved to me that we are all feeling the same yet different about college and our degrees and our future endeavors in life. I hope one day our mindset changes and we are not left hostage as prisoners in our society. I hope that one day debt wouldn’t exist and that education could be afforable for every single person. I hope for many things but it would take more than an army to get to where I feel society should be.

 

So what now?

TECHNOLOGY, TECHNOLOGY, TECHNOLOGY!!!! That’s what I feel would really help society and I think that others would agree with me on this one. Technology helps people come together and also sets them apart. However, it really is something that I can personally say helped me to learn a lot about the world and how to use different programs that I have never used in my life like Sound Cloud and even Youtube and Flickr. These programs have really opened my mind to something brand new and showed me that as a future educator, I can incorporate the use of technology heavily into my teaching so not only can I make it fun but I can feel that the students would want to use it and enjoy it because, I was once an elementary student and now I’m on the road to becoming something which is my life-long dream and I don’t want to mess it up. I want my teaching as a teacher to be fun and joyful and I feel that by incorporating 100 percent personality, a dash of sarcasm and playfulness and a load of technology, the recipe for future success will be fantastic.

This is the video that got my head spinning and thinking so many things. It’s so addictivee. You will keep watching because, its the honest truth and many can relate to things that have happened. I’m glad that there is a video that enlightens everyone and talks about taboos that many are afraid to discuss.

 

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One day I hope college students are happy and genuinely they are happy and they look something like this:

 

 
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