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 =)

 

Listen, think and reflect: On the Ignite Talk

So, I watched my video #15 from the Ignite Talks from the 2012 Digital Media and Learning Conference.  The video that I watched was on a talk from Heather Braum.  I did a little research on her to find out who she is, her interests and what she does for a living and came across her web page.  She is a technology librarian at the Northeast Kansas Library System and states that she received her MLS at Emporia State University and says that she is a third generation librarian.  The video is below and I will now touch on a few points that I found interesting for different reasons.  I am going to provide the exact time points (hopefully) of the exacts moments that I would like you all to listen to.[youtube]http://youtu.be/Wbr9jh28npU[/youtube]

There are a few quotes that I found interesting; the first quote being “Libraries are much much more than books and are now the communities hubs”.  The second quote is “Through the library sutter for lifelong learning, library patrons experience computer, ebay, art, crafting, gardening and baking classes as well as, knitting, scrabble, cooking and book clubs”.   The last quote is “Throughout our lives we seek knowledge and information.  Throughout our lives we learn.  Throughout our lives we turn to our libraries to continue learning.  How is your local library doing this”?

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P.E. assignment for the future

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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…

SUPPORTING OBJECTIVES:

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.

 

Future Educator In the Making: Mastering Learning in Order to Teach

During our discussion in class today about discovering an entrance point of networking through social networks and blogs that can benefit me as a future educator, I begin brainstorming and researching. I chose to utilize Twitter and I came across many educators that were tweeting about different topics within Education. The one tweet that I came across was from @Educationweek, with a link to a blog titled “The Problem with Lesson Plans” by Nancy Flanagan. I found this blog to be very interesting as well as the comments. Nancy gave a better insight on what to look forward to when it comes to preparing lesson plans, she even stated that they are not “one size fit all”. Creating effective lesson plans takes thought, creativity, time, effort and initiative. Another tip that I plan to take from the blog is that Nancy suggest collaborating with skilled colleagues who serve the same kids and share methods that worked for them with the students.

As an future Educator I feel that its important to make connections and to network with others while on the path to my career. I also know that even while already in the midst of it I can never have too much knowledge and I feel that in any field whether Teaching or Accounting, people can always perfect and enhance on any skill. One of the things that always intrigued me since I’ve decided to become a teacher is, “How do teachers know what to teach on a daily basis?” For instance, “Do they read from a mastery handbook of lesson plans?” I never knew that they was required to prepare lesson plans from week to week or even day to day to guide them and help them deliver the material to the students in a way they feel is most efficient and effective. I discovered this once a few of my peers, whom are teachers,  told me they spent their lunch breaks or Sunday evenings preparing for the week ahead. Nancy in her blog clarified that teachers can not standardize lesson plans just as they are doing with everything else pertaining to school. Reading this blog it was refreshing because the comments were just as enlightening and gave me a heads up as what to look forward to once in my own school and classroom.

 
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