Learning project chosen!

Okay! So I have finally made up my mind about how I am going to go about my learning project. ( You can follow my progress in my Learning Project page!- I have already posted my first two steps there)

I have decided to set out to learn how to draw!

( or start to learn how to draw!)

Since this is a HUGE task, I have decided to break it down and focus specifically on learning the elements of drawing a realistic face.

I am going to track my growth by starting first with what ability I have now. I am going to do this by finding a picture of of a face, and without learning any theory, draw it the best that I can. I will also draw my own face using a mirror. These pictures will be my starting point. They will be the pictures that I use to ( hopefully) track some growth and improvement.

I will then use the variety of internet videos, lessons, and blogs about learning to draw realistic faces, and learn the individual elements of a face. For each element I will have before, during and after drawings, which will track the new skills that I am learning.

I will set up post that follows each stage of my learning process. I will also document the the resources that  I have used each step of the way, and I will create a page of all the new skills that I have had to learn in order to accomplish my final goal.

Wish me luck :) And I hope you enjoy following this journey!

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Schooltube

To add to the list of todays new discoveries is Schooltube, the educational version of Youtube. I feel like I should have been knowledgable on the existence of school tube before today, but at last my knowledge on all that the internet has to offer is forever growing! What is cool about Schooltube is that is made up of videos that are made for or by educators and students. What I found exciting about Schooltube were all of the many different project ideas that educators have posted. The use of searching for videos and ideas through Schooltube is valuable because it provides educators and students with examples of what other people are doing on a given issue. I can also see Schooltube being useful for teachers when they might be looking for a example of a project they have never done before. Schooltube also could be a way that students could see the different project that other students their age are involved in, which could act as a motivator.

21st Century Teacher!

I just figured out how to search for  fellow educators on Twitter ( Still have only had one tweet, but I am trying to become more twitter literate!) and I was looking through one teachers Educational blog, and she had a list of the top twenty blogs that teachers must know about, so of course I bookmark this blog and start clicking around and I found an article about 21st century teachers, and I thought it was so exciting all of the many possibilities that technology provides teachers and students!

“21 Signs You’re a 21st Century Teacher

WRITTEN BY LISA 27 OCTOBER 2010 272 COMMENTS

Are you a 21st Century Teacher? Find out! PLUS if you can help me add to my list you may win a special $200 prize. Keep reading to find out how…

1. You require your students to use a variety of sources for their research projects…and they cite blogs, podcasts, and interviews they’ve conducted via Skype.

2. Your students work on collaborative projects…with students in Australia.

3. You give weekly class updates to parents…via your blog.

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4. Your students participate in class…by tweeting their questions and comments.

5. You ask your students to study and create reports on a controversial topic…and you grade their video submissions.

6. You prepare substitutes with detailed directions…via Podcasts.

7. You ask your students to do a character/historical person study…and they create mock social media profiles of their character.

8. Your students create a study guide…working together on a group wiki.

9. You share lesson plans with your teacher friends…from around the globe.

10. Your classroom budget is tight…but it doesn’t matter because there are so many free resources on the web you can use.

11. You realize the importance of professional development…and you read blogs, join online communities, and tweet for self development.

12. You take your students on a field trip to the Great Wall of China…and never leave your classroom.

13. Your students share stories of their summer vacation…through an online photo repository.

14. You visit the Louvre with your students…and don’t spend a dime.

15. You teach your students not to be bullies…or cyberbullies.

16. You make your students turn in their cell phones before class starts…because you plan on using them in class.

17. You require your students to summarize a recent chapter…and submit it to you via a text message.

18. You showcase your students’ original work…to the world.

19. You have your morning coffee…while checking your RSS feed.

20. You are reading this.21. You tweet this page, blog about it, “like” it, or email it to someone else…”

This list got me thinking about how exciting learning and teaching can be!! And how eager I am to talk to people that  know how to collaborate via the internet. I really hope to get more knowledge on how to hook up with classes around the world. I think it would be really powerful to do a collaborative unit with a class from somewhere else in the world.

This list all provided me with so many good teaching ideas!! I really liked the ideas of how teachers can use technologies to engage with parents and help keep parents informed on the happening in the classroom, as well as in their child’s progresses. This made me think of how cool it would be to get students to set up a sort of digital portfolio. Kind of work towards a paperless classroom ( I don’t think this would be completely possible due to lack of available technologies and importance of some written work).

 

 

This video blows my mind!! Check it out!

For my three week block during my  internship I did an integrated unit on technology and globalization. As a launch for the unit we watched the following video Did you know Technology? which is all about the evolution and future of technology in our world.

I still can not get over how prominent technology is in society, and how exponentially fast new and better technologies are being created.

The class followed up the video by predicting what new technologies were to come.

Some of their predictions were:

  • Teleportation
  • A real invisibility cloak
  • Flying cars
  • A computer smarter then humans ( which supposedly is on its way!)
  • Digital teachers ( but what my job!?!)

This activity got me thinking that if technology is so pertinent in our world, and in the life’s of our students ( and our life) how can we ensure that we integrate these technologies into their schooling.

Reflections on technology from my internship experience!

As I was going over the syllabus for my Comp 355 class,  I started to think about my internship experience ( at Dr. AE Perry school) and everything that we did in the class in connection to some form of technology. As I was reflecting I began to realize that the classes in which we used some form of technology were the classes where the students were the most engaged. It amazed me  how the simple use of an interesting you-tube video could capture the almost instantanious attention of the class.  Further more I started to remember how technology helped to engage students that ussualy were disengaged in learning in a school setting. I remember struggling with a certain boy in my class whom did not want to participate in any from of writing or class work. I was stressed that I was struggling to connect with this particular student. The more I got to know the student, the more I learnt about his abilities with leadership and computers. I used this skill of his to engage him in the class, to empower his learning and to get work from him. If I ever had a problem with the computer ( which , I am not going to lie, happened a lot!!) I would call on this student to help. This seemed to encourage him to get involved in the class because he had a role that he could contribute to. Further more, if we were ever brainstorming as a class I would ask him to type the class conversation ( which for some reason – he LOVED!) which not only presented him as an active participant in the class but also got him to produce written work.

This experience really made me think about how important it is to a) get to know you students and make that relationship with them and b) the power of technology to encourage and engage students.

I am really excited to learn about even more ways that I can use technology in the classroom. I am particularly interested in how social networking and Skype could be used to connect students to the rest of the world. I think that having real connections with people from around the world would help create a sense of connection to the issues that students are learning in school. Does anyone have any stories or ideas of projects that could incorporate social networking into the classroom?
Till next time– Emily.