A roller coaster of emotions …

So before I took this class to be completely honest, I saw the schedule and I thought it would just be ok because five hours is enough to be on computers and then form some type of carpel tunnel syndrome afterwards. I liked the schedule because I only had class two days but that was a dream to me. LOL. Well little did I know, my entire mindset of the class would change from start to finish once I entered that computer lab.

 

So I gave the course a try at the first day and that same first day, I learned so much about tagging, about html brackets, about the true meaning behind a blog, and so much more. I felt like a butterfly that had been let out of a jar and definitely let out of my comfort zone because I am so lazy to learn anything about technology. I feel like the butterfly represents me in the fact that I have grown from a small cocoon in the beginning to semester until now the end of the semester. I have become a full-grown butterfly and I am able to spread my wings and use the useful information I have learned here and adapt it into my everyday life. You can say that because of this class I have become a “tech nerd” in some odd way. I actually enjoy going on my laptop for things other than Facebook and checking my AOL e-mail.

I also have a Macbook Air at home that me, myself wasn’t completely familiar with all the amenities it has including programs such as Photoshop, iPhoto, PhotoBooth, and the elusive digital HD camera. I learned how to make videos in video player and other programs and edit my ugly-looking saturday morning face in photoshop like the photographers to do the models to make them look extra skinny. LOL. I basically learned so much and I enjoyed the DS106 activity which opened up a new window of learning how to use the program Soundcloud which I have never used before and I am a happy and proud user of it. This digital voice recorder has helped me to  have fun and aid me in altering my voice and doing other funny things. Photoshop helped me to  basically change the imaging quality and fix things that I never even knew I could.

So now its the end of the semester and today is our maker faire to display our ideas for the future, etc. I feel so wonderful after a great four weeks of class and meeting some very interesting and great people who I will always keep ties with. I have learned that I can do anything I want, I just have to put my mind to it. Now that this course is over, I’m not going to lie, I will really miss it and look forward to coming to class and being happy and learning more and more. This is just the beginning.

 

The link to my personal blog is as follows:

http://likaliciousss24.wordpress.com/

Thank you so much everyone for such a wonderful class and being great and helpful class mates. You guys really rock and I hope it’s a truly wonderful summer for everyone =)

 

The Reinvention of yourself

 

Reinventing yourself in education is a difficult task because you have to realize that you need to improve then you have to care about your craft and care for those whose material you are given. you have to care more about people then you care about just collecting a check and meeting the status quo.

 

Hard work ,sacrifice, and to chase a dream helps with reinventing your self as a teacher and you will leave a lasting impact and legacy as a teacher with your students even if your work goes unrecognized by your employer and fellow staff members.

 

As a teacher

As part of a teacher job to stay motivated in teaching their students is motivating themselves to present the information to the students in a way which you have been teaching it. This change may take place because of the changing times and how the children absorb the information. We live in a day and era where technology is more prevalent than ever so a teacher has to challenge his or herself to come up with a way different from how they are used to in order to deliver the knowledge . This is a tough task but times is always changing so why not the teachers them selves. Teachers get complacent with teaching the curriculum how they have been teaching the subject mater for years and you may see some growth within those first couple of years but taper off because the disconnect between how you deliver the knowledge of your subject matter and the younger generations who you have to present the subject matter to.

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keep yourself as a teacher current with the times which means you are not just a teacher but a student as well because you are constantly learning also.

how badly do you want success as a teacher, is it satisfying and success in just knowing that you have delivered the same material for so long the same way or struggled to find new way to teach and keep children connected with the material…keep the hunger from within to always reinvent yourself and strive for success.

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.

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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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My Vision of College Today: The Need for an Evolution

Watching the video by Michael Welsh, gives the harsh reality of how students feel about sitting through a traditional lecture in college. Most professors tend to get up there and talk for 2-3 hours straight without any breaks. They expect most students to copy what their saying word for word, or others read directly from the textbook.

Returning back to school after a 8 year break, I was expecting that the style of teaching would have evolved since then but to no avail its pretty much the same. In the article, “The Evolution of American Higher Education”, by James M. Danko, the author also discusses the need for change with the way colleges and universities are teaching students. Students of today are more creative and inventive and colleges would need to be the same in order to attract students that are already worried about their investment in their eduaction due to the struggling economy.

 
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My vision of College: Evolving with the world

We need to find ways to reach students in a way they understand! We need to understand what they are in tune with!

The video that I watched was extremely interesting with some facts and statistics that I have not thought about before.  College means different things for every individual.  Some people find it interesting, some attend because family members want them to, others because they really want to, others feel college is boring; college should never be boring.  Unfortunately, sometimes it is. Sometimes it can be boring because the way the information is being delivered is boring.  Students’ attention has to be captured in a way that resembles the world we live in; technology resembles the world we live in.

College needs to prepare us for the jobs that we will one day fulfull, not what is currenty available.  What is curently available might not be once we graduate.  Therefore, our education needs to modified in a way that fits the world we have grown up with, and a world we will see 5-10 years down the road.  Education needs to evolve as our technological world is advancing.  So far in my experience as an undergraduate, I wish I would have had, and would have more hands-on experiences relating to what I will be doing in the near future.  I am a Bilingual  Childhood education major and I wish we would have certain things at York College that we will see in our future jobs.  For example, many public schools across the city have Smart Boards and Elmos. We should have an interactive classroom that has things that we will see in the schools.  Same goes for any other major.  College should be a real experience for what awaits us! What awaits us is being able to use technology to maneuver around this busy world of ours!

Why should we have to look things up at home? Lets do things together; in the classroom!