Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Blog Post 14 and 15- That's A Wrap!

Ribbons and Yarn
We were asked to reflect on what we believe our strengths and weaknesses are going to be when entering the world of being an educator. I have exactly two years until I am a graduate from the University of South Alabama to become prepared for my endeavors as a future educator. One of my strengths, I believe, is that I am very accepting and willing to learn about new technologies out there to help further education. I honestly like the change that is happening within the world of education, and I believe this quality will allow me to find innovative and interesting ways to teach my students. A weakness I could see myself having when it comes to PBLs in the classroom is being innovative with the PBLs I choose. I would be nervous that the project I would decide to do would not actually be effective and the students wouldn't learn the material.

Some final uses of technologies that were introduced with us included QR Codes. QR Codes can be used as a tape recorder. Teachers can record their voice for students, as well as students can record their own voice for themselves as well. The teacher can essentially become a personal tutor for the student this way. After recording, you can turn the recording into a URL, this way it is accessible to all students.

Three helpful classroom tools that are good for reading include Ipad Centers, Poplet Centers, and the Alabama Virtual Library. In an Ipad Center, students can record themselves reading, after reading the child listens with the recording and makes sure he or she did not make any errors upon reading the first time. This allows self correction for the student. Poplet is an app you can download to Ipads. First, students are to choose a book, and once they have done that they can use the app to add pictures, information, and text to create a digital bubble map to use as a visual tool for their reading. Also, the Alabama Virtual Library is an app students can also download onto their app Ipads. The student is then able to type in a word, then the student is read, by the app, an introduction and facts to whatever the word they typed in.

Also, we were to watch a video instructing how to make an Imovie relevant within the classroom. I personally loved using Imovie for the book trailer we made in an earlier assignment. It is definitely something I would incorporate into my classroom as an English teacher. The fact that students as young as six years old are able to use it is truly amazing, and says something about the correlation between upcoming generations and technology. A final type of app we learned about was Discovery Education Board Builder this is an app students are able to use to create their own educational board, they are able to add pictures, facts, and links from Discovery Education to their board. This can be used as a study technique for themselves or shared amongst their peers.

One of the final videos we watched was an interview directed by Dr. Strange about Twitter For Educators In this video, it was discussed how Twitter is changing the way teachers are learning. Through sites like twitter and technology, we all become learners. Education is no longer just a teacher teaching a students, but now everyone, including teachers, are able to now become full time learners. Everyone can learn something from everyone.

C4Tp #4 (Silvia Tolisano)

Ms. Tolisano posted a blog entitle, Building Good C.U.L.T.U.R.E. This acronym, created by Dan McCabe, stands for collaborate, understand, love, trust, unite, respect, empower. All very important attributes and ideals to have when learning or being immersed within another's culture. Ms. Tolisano was asked to illustrate a picture to go along with this acronym.


In an earlier blog post, Telling a Story With Data Ms. Tolisano introduces a class in which the students have learned to take data, analyze the data and tell a story with it. They are demonstrating their understanding of Math concepts, data graphs, misleading graphs and communication skills. The students were given a rubric, so expectations were clear, then students were able to let their creativity flow, by changing the math into a story to share with their class.

C4Ta Post #4 (William Chamberlain)

In William Chamberlain's blog post, A Case Against Expecting New Technology to Drive Engagement, Chamberlain argues that new technology is not a substitute for great lessons. Chamberlain discusses, from personal experience, how technology in the classroom has effected his class. Often the technology that Chamberlain introduces to his class is new for the students just as it is for Mr. Chamberlain. He often found that the focus was more on the technology, rather than the actual material being taught. Chamberlain says, "I forgot the real purpose of the technology, which was to make it easier for me to give my students great lessons to learn the school's curriculum." I agree with Chamberlain's final point, which is the fact that the technology is often "new" to the students as well, so as a teacher, be sure that the focus is still on the material, rather than the fascination of the technology.

In an earlier post, Owning Our Choices and Accepting Ourselves, Chamberlain discusses a project being held within his classroom. The students are instructed to create their own "Russian nesting doll," a week later, the students will explain why they created the doll the way they did, why they chose a super hero, friend, etc... The point of this project is to encourage individuality. Educators should encourage individuality, and allow students the opportunity to be creative without the presence of peer pressure. As Chamberlain says, " We need to take a stand in our classrooms and give our students opportunities to share their inner nerdiness. Give them their voice."

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Blog Post 13- What Did I Leave Out?

In this blog post, you will focus on the subject of English. The blogger must also anticipate that every classroom he or she teaches in will contain a SMARTboard

In this weeks blog, you need to find three useful tools, not discussed in earlier assignments, on the SMARTboard that could be used for English class specifically.

Once you have found the three tools, give a short synopsis of how you would incorporate theses tools into three different lesson plans.

A useful site to use is SMART EXCHANGE

Sunday, July 6, 2014

C4Tp Post #3 (Silvia Tolisano)

On June 28th, the Langwitches blogs posted a video, complied and edited by Andrea Hernandez, entitled The Possibilities of Student Blogging. Hernandez points out how blogging gives students a platform to reach more than their own personal network, but gives students access to the entire world. Blogging has also improved the writing skills of the students within the classroom. Hernandez also introduces the concept of "Quad Blogging." This is preformed by involving a few classes, all from different countries, and basically setting up a personalized learning network for the students. The classes comment on other students blogs from across the world, a very interesting concept!

Documenting FOR Learning

In Silvia Tolisano's blog, "Documenting FOR Learning", she discusses the importance of documentation for teachers and students. She gives many effective examples of how to document in the classroom, such as, video, blogging, and photos. I also agree documentation is important, not only does it help students to more easily retain information, but it also allows for better organization within the classroom.

C4Ta Post #3 (Steven Anderson)

Steven Anderson
In Steven Anderson's blog, he discusses some helpful tips which he believes will help you truly get the most out of attending a conference. Steven Anderson discusses three main techniques, first, "put your thinking cap on and push the boundaries of your thinking. Anderson says to go in with an open mind, purposely listen to speakers who are covering topics you are skeptical about. Secondly, "reflect, often." Go back at the end of each day and think about what you heard, also, make notes throughout the day so you'll always have a reference point when trying to remember what you heard that day. Lastly, "don't be a hoarder, share your learning. If you hear about a great idea, be sure to pass the word along! As I was reading this blog post, I couldn't help but think of how all of these points are completely relevant to my experience in EDM310, or any educational setting for that matter. These are great points to carry throughout my life when entering into any new learning experience.

A second blog post Mr. Anderson wrote was entitled, "Quick Collection of Bring Your Own Device Resources." In this blog post, Anderson addresses the fact that, yes, allowing students to bring their own type of device to class may originally seem overwhelming to the teacher. However, their are many great resources found online that can offer helpful apps, ideas, and tools to allow teachers to handle multiple devices brought by the students. These resources can be found on sites, such as, Edutopia, THE Journal, and many other online options for great tips for teachers.

Project #10- Teacher Interview

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Blog Post 11- What Can We Learn From These Teachers?

In Brian Crosby's lecture, Back To The Futrue, he discusses the demographic of his classroom, and how he has been able to connect and engage his students in the classroom through technology. The main point of Mr. Crosby's lecture is that, we as educators, cannot continue to rush children through education. The result of rushing students leads to classrooms where over 50% of students do not know the country in which they live in. By bringing technology into the classroom, Mr. Crosby has been able to allow his students, who have not had opportunities to be exposed to the world, are now allowed to see the world through the internet.

Teacher with Technology

In Paul Anderson's video, Blended Learning Exercise, he discusses what exactly blended learning is. Blended learning is a blend of online, mobile, and classroom learning into one. The six stages to an effective blended lesson, according to Mr. Anderson, are to Question, Investigate, Video, Elaboration, Review, and Summary Quiz. In a later video, 5th grade teacher, Mr. Sam Pane, discusses the importance of Teaching Digital Citizenship to your students. When incorporating lesson plans which involve the use of internet, it is important to teach students necessity of proper etiquette online. They should be aware of potential identity thieves, so students must keep their information private. Also, students must be aware that what they post online is available for all of the world to see. Lastly, in Dean Shareski's video, Project Based Learning, the benefits of combining multiple classes for PBLs is shown. In this video, History, English, and Information Processing were all combined to preform effective PBLs. This type of learning allows students to make connections within the classroom and be productive within their own learning.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Blog Post 10- What Can We Learn From Ms. Cassidy?

Blogging Logo
Watching Dr. Strange's interviews with Mrs. Cassidy, it was clear that there are ample ways to use technology within the classroom, even for very young students. Mrs. Cassidy uses blogging, SMARTboards, and even video within her classroom, what's amazing about this is the fact that she teaches first graders. Something I will definitely be interested in using in my classroom, after getting my degree as an English teacher, will be blogging. This can be used in many ways within an English classroom. I can view student's writing assignments, students can communicate with authors around the world, and I also feel blogging improves writing skills. My experience with blogging, thus far, has been very great, I can't think of any issue that blogging would bring in the classroom for upper level students. I think blogging is something I will definitely incorporate into my class one day.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Blog Post 9- What Can Teachers and Students Teach Us About Project Based Learning?

This week our class was instructed to answer the question what both, teachers and students, can teach us about Project Based Learning. Upon reviewing the post The Seven Essentials of Project Based Learning the main message was that students should be passionate about what they are learning about. Often, students believe class assignments and projects to be useless, because they feel there is no true reason that they need to learn the material being presented, other than the fact that it will, "be on the test." However, by allowing the students to go about the project in their own way, as long as it is still meeting the teachers required standards, the students are much more likely to be more passionate about the project. Teachers in this type of project can often learn from students, because the students often bring new concepts and ideas ,which may or may not be known to the teacher beforehand. This can be accomplished by the teacher allowing his or her students to explore the topic in their own creative way and bring their own research and conclusions to the table.

An example of this can be found in the video, Two Students Solve The Ketchup Problem The two students in this video had a passion for ketchup,but they were constantly frustrated with the ever present water that always seemed to come out when trying to get the ketchup. This was the driving question, you can learn how to effectively develop a driving question by watching the video, The Driving Question. They ended up developing a new cap to go on ketchup bottles, they took something they were passionate about and were able to develop a solution.

Another key question to keep in mind when developing your PBL is what exactly keeps your students motivated. A video that shows multiple students opinions in what keeps them motivated in school can be found in the video, What Motivates Students? A few examples of the students answers included future success, encouragement from teachers, and outside school activities that depended on their school performance. If you are questioning if weather PBL is the right way to go for your class, 10 Sites That Support Digital Collaboration in the Classroom is a great place to get information as well as ideas for PBLs.

Project #12- SMARTboard Tools

Friday, June 27, 2014

Project #14- Project Based Learning Lesson Plan #2

In the midst of Project #13s, Medieval Fair, students will also be instructed within their groups to prepare a historically accurate dish which represents the medieval culture.
Medieval Food
Here are the links to my PBL:
PBL Overview
PBL Checklist
PBL Rubric

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Why Do We Have To Learn History?

After reading a blog entitled, "Why Do We Have To Learn History?" by William Chamberlain, Dr. Strange asked us to take some time and truly think about responding to an elementary student with an answer to why exactly do we need to learn History. My original go to response was the typical one liner given to all students,"because we need to learn from our past, so we don't repeat the same mistakes in the future." However, as Dr. Strange pointed out, this isn't an answer that's actually going to satisfy an elementary student in any way, and honestly I have to agree.

When I was in 5th grade I can clearly remember being so excited, because we were able to use our calculators during Math class for the first time. However, I was slightly disappointed, due to the fact that we hardly ever got to use them, our teacher still wanted us predominantly using mental math. So, whenever we would ask the famous question ,"can we use our calculator?" We were always met with the same reply,"No, you aren't going to have a calculator in your pocket all the time in the real world, you need to learn how to use your brain." The answer when I was in school was of course no, we wouldn't have a calculator in our pockets at all times, today however, the only argument a student needs is one word, Smartphone.

This argument can be used for almost any subject in schools today, including History. Any date, any event, literally any historical fact needed, you are able to find online, and most kids as young as four years old have, if not a smartphone, a tablet device of some sort with internet access. Once again, why exactly do we need to actually need to learn History? To be completely honest, I can't think of a very good reason that would actually satisfy the mind of a young student. The best thing to do as an educator is to make the student interested in the content, and find new ways to teach without the students feeling as though they are constantly just having to memorize facts. Technology is forever changing the face of education and the way educators will be able to teach. The best thing teachers can do is to get on board and to find ways to truly expand the mind of their students.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Project #13- Project Based Learning Lesson Plan #1

My group, Kennedy, selected a project in which students will design a booth at a medieval fair. Students will gather information about the time period through their use of technology, but they must also use information they gathered form various works of Shakespeare.
Medieval Fair
Here are the links to our PBL:
PBL Overview
PBL Checklist
PBL Group Project Rubric
PBL Individual's Rubric
PBL Calender

Project #9- Book Conversation

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Blog Post 8- What Can We Learn About Teaching and Learning From Randy Pausch?

  In watching Randy Pausch's Last Lecture there are many lessons that can be learned from the viewpoint of both an educator as well as a student. Let's start from the viewpoint of an educator. A very big point Mr. Pausch made during his lecture was the fact that learning and education should be made fun for children, and this can be accomplish through technology. This gives children and students of all ages a way to learn something hard, while doing something fun. One of the best things you can teach someone is how to be self reflective. Also, educators play a very important role in allowing students to strive and reach for their childhood dreams. Educators help "enable others dreams."

Randy Pausch

  The next section was a message to students on how to be the best you can be. However, I think all the points Mr. Pausch made can certainly be used for both students and teachers. These included, cherishing the feedback of others. The feedback you receive from others, weather you know it or not, can often effect the path that you will follow. The list continued with, gratitude, no complaining, being good at something, finding the best in everybody (even if they make it extremely difficult), and lastly to be prepared. These are all helpful tools to keep in mind weather you are an educator or student.

C4Tp Post #2 (Silvia Tolisano)

Flo Chart
  In Silvia Tolisano's blog,Langwitches, she shared a blog entitled, "Copyright Flowchart: Can I use it? Yes? No? If This...Then...In this blog post Tolisano discusses the ongoing battle with plagiarism and copyrights. Tolisano explains how it is our job as either current or future educator to ensure your students are giving credit where credit is due. As Tolisano says, just because it may be of of Google and you specifically are not making money off of it, it is still considered stealing someone else's work. As teachers, it is also our responsibility to be role models to our students about how to source and give credit to the artist effectively.


   After visiting Silvia's Tolisano's blog a week later she posted a blog entitled "Blogging as a Curation Platform." In this blog she discussed the influence blogging can have upon a student's education. When students blog, it expands their education platform. They can share the information they learn, as well as keep it organized. All of their information is in one place and they can easily access their own working links. Blogging within the classroom is a great tool for students to learn outside the classroom.

Friday, June 20, 2014

C4Ta Post #2 (William Chamberlain)

EDUBRO Award 2012
  Blogger, William Chamberlain, on April 14th, 2014 posted a blog to his blog site #WmChamberlain asking the question, "Why do I have to learn History?" Chamberlain states that he was asked this very question by one of his students, he also says he could not give the student an immediate answer. After some time thinking about the question and researching online, Chamberlain still could not give his student an answer, therefore, he asked this question on his blog.

  After pondering the question,"Why do we need to learn History,"I believe I have come up with an answer. Without learning about History, man-kind would be doomed to repeat the same mistakes over and over again. Let's look at the "Bay of Pigs Invasion" which took place in 1961. United States government felt it needed a resolution to the growing socialist threat in our very own back yard, Cuba. A plan was formed to have American soldiers invade Cuba and ultimately take out the Cuban leader, Fidel Castro. The plan failed miserably. American soldiers died, the United States was embarrassed, and it ultimately strengthened Cuba's will to continue to a socialist government system. This plan, which never sounded good from the beginning, came into action because of "group think." Group think occurs when certain people are afraid to speak up against the popular vote, for fear of being exiled from the group. It can also occur when you know an idea is horrible, but once you hear it enough times, it eventually sounds good. The United State learned from this event, and now, in order to prevent events like this from happening again the government uses precautions such as, bringing someone into the group strictly be a devil's advocate, rotating members of the group, etc...If the leaders of today, as well as us, did not make an effort to review history and its lessons, who knows where the United States would be as a country today.

  Almost one month later, June 15th, William Chamberlain posted a blog entitled, "I Admit It, I Am Biased. I Prefer Classroom Teacher Led Sessions." In this blog post, Mr. Chamberlain discusses his feelings about attending conferences, where it seems that the entire conference was simply to teach teachers about all the new tools teachers could potentially use in a classroom, yet they have never been actually used tested and evaluated on actual students. He expresses some frustration with this message, stating that "I have never presented at a conference and shown tools I have not used. I always share what worked for my students and what I felt didn't." Chamberlain's overall message is, the point of using educational tools in technology within the classroom shouldn't always be about discovering the new technology or fad, but using tools that can truly help the students learn and add value to the educators lesson plan. I can say that I certainly agree with this statement. Also, I have recently added Mr. Chamberlain to my PLN through Twitter. To visit his blog site you may go to

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Blog Post 7- 21st Century Learning and Communication Tools

There are many helpful tools within technology which that allow teacher student communication and promote learning. Here are a few examples.
Bubble Map
1) is an online mind-mapping tool that teachers and students can use to collaborate and share their ideas on projects. This makes it easy to visually present your concepts, describe your process, and grow an idea.
2) Quizsnack is a site where teachers, as well as students, can easily create polls, quizzes, and questionnaires. Once your desired poll, quiz, or questionnaire is completed you can easily share it with whomever you desire.
3) Astrid would have to be my favorite tool I discovered today. It is a site where you can share checklists and notifications when something is due to your class. It is an effective task manager that allows students to always be aware of upcoming assignments, tests, projects, etc... Forget the days of printing off a hundred syllabi, only to have your students loose them within the week. Now you can just use Astrid!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Blog Post 6- What did you learn from these conversations with Anthony Capps?

Bubble Letters
  Through watching many conversational videos between Dr. Strange, EDM310 professor at the University of South Alabama, and Anthony Capps, former EDM310 student, they discussed the benefits, aspects, and planning that goes into creating an effective Project Based Learning assignment. In the video Project Based Learning Part 1 and Project Based Learning Part 2 I learned one of the most important aspects to creating an effective PBL is not to limit your students. Yes, have an end goal in mind, but set up the project in a way in which the students can go beyond the assumed outcome. Also, PBLs should not be used as a form of testing ones knowledge at the end of a unit, but they should be used to allow the students to learn about the content within that unit. There are also many helpful sights that can promote a successful PBL.

  Dr. Strange and Mr. Capps mentioned two helpful websites: ICurio and Discovery Education, both of theses sites are beneficial to teachers when conducting PBLs. ICurio is a site which allows students to safely search websites which are filtered for educational purposes. It can be used a search engine for students and also allows students to stay virtually organized. Discovery Education is a site that has taken almost all lesson plans and turned them into videos for students. This brings experts into the classroom and enriches the students learning experience.

  Lastly, was the discussion of formatting. According to Anthony Capps, there are essentially four layers in conducting a PBL. First, you must make sure the project fits into the lesson plan, and will actually benefit the students. You may hear of a great project, but if it is random to the curriculum being studied it will not benefit the students. Secondly, unit size, make sure every part of your project shows connectivity to your lesson plans and builds upon itself, instead of just throwing an intimidating project at your students, effectively build the project up in staircase form. Thirdly, plan out your weekly lesson, do this by making sure you have a designed plan of how you are going to approach the project from week to week. Lastly, you must have a daily plan. Each day you should have a hook in order to keep your students interested and engaged everyday, so that they do not grow bored of the project.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Blog Post 5- PLNs What Are They?

  What exactly are PLNs? I know I had certainly never heard of them before EDM310. A PLN is a set of people and tools that you may use to call upon for help, consultation, collaboration, or other assistance. After joining a PLN, you may access this group anytime and it is usually of no charge. There are many ways to access a PLN. It can be done through blogging, Twitter, or even Facebook. The best way to get involved in a PLN is by searching for topics that you find interesting and that you would like to learn more about. Once finding a certain person who you find appeals to your interests, take a look at the people with whom they interact. Learn more about these people, begin to follow them on Twitter and other forms of social media, and get a since of who these people are. Now comes the easy part, just sit back, observe, and learn. Once you feel you may have some insightful input on a topic of discussion, don't be afraid to comment and share your ideas with the group. Before you know it, you are involved within your very own PLN.

  In creating my own PLN, the first person I would add would be Dr. Strange. He has unlimited resources to other educators who are trying to further the world of education. Secondly I would add my favorite English teacher from high school, Sophie Hudson. She has recently published her second book, and is a very well known blogger across the South East. Also, I would add two of my favorite English professors from South Alabama, Dr. Knox and Dr. Harrington. Both of these professors are so passionate about the work that they do, and are always finding ways to keep the material interesting. In the words of Dr. Michael Fawcett in his video PLN Michael Fawcett he says, "If you're not in a PLN, what are you waiting for? Or better yet, we're waiting for you."

Sunday, June 8, 2014

C4Tp Post #1 (Silvia Tolisano)

Witch Hat
  In Silvia Tolisano's very popular blog, "LANGWITCHES," Tolisano explores education being used through various technology processes that are happening all around the world. On May 28th,2014, Silvia posted a blog entitled, "Back to The Future Project:Life Cycle Snapshots in Target Language." This blog followed a 7th and 8th grade teacher from Brazil named Ana Paula Cortez. Ana Paula designed a project in order for students to become excited about Life Cycles. She conducted this project through the use of Facebook. The children were able to learn about traditions, past events, as well as express creativity in creating their fictional character's future through their personal Facebook page. During this project the students had to learn to upload pictures, source information, and how to post effectively and appropriately online, through the outlet of Facebook. Through the use of Facebook, Ana Paula was able to introduce a creative way to get the students truly engaged in what they were doing.

  In a later article, Silvia Tolisano introduces how blogging is an effective tool, not only for language arts, but also for math as well. Through the blogging, students can have help from their teachers, as well as help from their peers. We as either current educators or future educators should be constantly innovating new ways of teaching in the classroom, in order to make sure all students are learning in a way in which is best for them.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

C4Ta Post #1 (Dorothy Burt)

  In Dorothy Burt's blog post,"Longevity of the Essay", she shares a video made by Professor Welby Ings from AUT University. In this video, Professor Ings discusses that technology is not, what many people believe to be, "the death of literature." The world is operating and communicating in a way in which has never been done before. Professor Ings uses the example of academic journals, they are no longer simply being written, but now come with sound bits, helpful links, etc.. The world is changing. Professor Ings states that in fifteen years the written essay will be forever changed. This does not mean that the literature is being dumbed down, but as Professor Ings states, "the written essay is simply limited in its form of communication." Professor Ings accurately says, "School's will have to move beyond limited ideas of reading and writing as literacy."

  I am an Education/ English Major exactly two years away from graduating. By the time I am in the working field, it is most likely that my students will never physically turn in a paper to me, but send it digitally. Earlier in the year I was able to do field work at St. Paul's Episcopal School out of Mobile, Alabama. When sitting in on a 5th grade writing class, I was not only astonished at their use of technology, but also by the fact that they never used actual paper. When I was a high school student, we were to write and print a rough draft, give it to the teacher, and he or she would mark all over it with his or her corrections. Then the students were to make the corrections and once again, print out a final copy. However, at St. Paul's the teachers had a program in which they could access the students paper, digitally make notes and offer corrections, and lastly the the child could make these corrections immediately with the notes and paper right in front of them. I only graduated high school two years ago and technology has already changed the way writing is being done, I can only imagine what an essay in fifteen years time will look like.

&snbsp; As both Professor Ing and Dorothy Burt said, it may be a difficult transition for most educators, to change the way they have been doing something for years. Professor Ing says, "Sometimes moving academic conventions is like trying to move a cemetery." EDM310 has already opened my eyes to a new since and style of education. It is our job as current and future educators to provide our students with the most effective knowledge we can, and this will be done through technology.

  Upon viewing Dorthy Burt's blog two weeks later, she had posted a blog entitled "Sparking Learning". This blog discussed a program taking place in New Zealand known as "Spark." This program visits rural communities across the country and gives them access to different types of technology such as, lap tops, tablets, etc...The program is designed to prepare students with the proper technology for the jobs of tomorrow, and put them on an equal playing field with children who do have access to technology. This is a wonderful idea, not only to introduce children to a new way of learning now, but to also help them later in life. If you would like to learn more about Dorthy Burt's blog you can locate it by clicking here Manaiakalani

Friday, June 6, 2014

Project #15 - Search Engines

1. Wolfram Alpha- It is known as a computational knowledge engine. Wolfram Alpha does not depend on other sites to give you knowledge, but only itself. It is best known for computing data and comparing numbers, something Google, for example, is not capable of doing. In order to successfully use Wolfram Alpha, you must get out of the mindset of using a common search engine, I would definitely recommend this for someone having difficulty with math.

2. Webopedia - Webopedia is a site connected to the world wide web that serves as an encyclopedia for computer tech knowledge. It can help with HTML codes, the ins and outs of computer termanology, as well as allowing non-technical people to make better sense of computers. This would be a perfect site for someone struggling in EDM310!

3. Dogpile- It was once the more efficient search database, even in comparison Google. After Google became the main powerhouse of search engines, Dogpile began to change its image. It now is a "pleasant search engine," filled with helpful ways to cross link and present great presentations.

4. The Internet Archive- This site allows web lovers to "travel back in time." You can access specific events in history and view pictures, web articles, as well as news casts related to the event. For example, if you searched "Hurricane Katrina," hundreds of pictures and articles would be available to you in a matter of seconds. This site would be exceptional when writing any type of research or History paper.


5. Mahalo- Mahalo is a site completely human powered. When searching something on Mahalo, you may not get as many hits as you would with sites such as Bing or Google, but the results you do receive from Mahalo are more relevant and of higher quality. This is because they have all been monitored by humans, not a machine. This is a great site where you know what you are reading is reliable, because it has had to go through actual human editing, rather than simply being approved by a machine.

6. KAYAK- This is a site dedicated to having all airline prices, schedules, and destinations in one place. Its most prominent feature is its ability to compare hundreds of prices for airline tickets, ensuring you get the best deal for the flight you are paying for. As expensive as flights can be these days, I would certainly recommend this website to someone, to ensure they are getting the best deal for their flight.

7. Careerbuiler- This is a site which allows web users to find jobs within their area that meets the standards in which they are looking for in a job, such as pay, location, and qualifications. Once filling out some brief information, the site directs you to certain jobs that fit your personal needs. This is a useful site that allows people to not be limited to typical way of job hunting, such as blindly walking into somewhere and asking if they are hiring.

8. Priceline- Much like KAYAK, Priceline is a site designed to compare hotel prices across the country. This way you know if you are getting the best deal compared to other competitors. It also tell you what hotels are having certain deals that week. This is a great site if you are planning a long trip, or even just a quick weekend trip.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Blog Post 4- Asking Questions: What Questions Do We Ask? How Do We Ask?

  It would be hard to persuade any educator of any kind that questions used in the classroom are of little to no value. Questions,are unlike any other useful tool a teacher can use. It allows students to have personal interactions with the content and can be used to truly immerse students within the given material. However, not all questions are beneficial to the education of students. Questions, much like the majority of the testing system in the United States, are only beneficial to a certain type of student. We have grown into a "one size fits all" education system. Through extensive research and the development of more technology, it is clear that, yes, questions are great, but it is very dependent on the type of questions the educator asks in order to ensure success within the majority of the students.

Question Mark

  As said in the video, "Open Ended Questions,"one of the best way to ask effective questions is to change the formatting of a closed ended question to an open ended question. This allows students to become more involved and truly challenges them to create their own thoughts, rather than simply answering the teacher with a yes or no question. Another way to ensure effective questions is to prepare your questions ahead of time as well as your follow up questions. So, ask meaningful questions, not simply to ask questions, but to enlighten students to a way of learning other than the typical lecture setting.