Thursday, April 28, 2011

Final Report on PLN

My final report on my PLN has not changed much from earlier.  I have found a few networks that I will use now that I know about them.  I mention them in some of my earlier blogs. MCPSS is one of them.  MCPSS is something that I will use in order to know what I need to teach. I still use wikipedia and google more than anything else.  There my favorite without a doubt.  Anytime I have a question I ask my parents.   One of them will know.  My parents know the definition to everything.  If I am lost, I ask my parents for the directions.  If I need to know price rates on things that I want to buy, I ask my parents.  Some people's parents are not as educated as mine.  They are older and have not changed any.  They might have to wait weeks at a time to hear from their parents.  They cannot keep up with my parents.  My parents are too smart and too fast for other parents to keep up with.  Everything is right there when it comes to my parents.  No need to drive any where, no need to call anyone, I just ask.    When I teach, I will use my parents to help me.  They will be there forever.

Special Assignment

 Metaphors: What They Are and Why We Use Them
Before I go any further let me give you Wikipedia's definition of a metaphor.

Metaphor is the concept of understanding one thing in terms of another. A metaphor is a figure of speech that constructs an analogy between two things or ideas, the analogy is conveyed by the use of a metaphorical word in place of some other word. For example: "Her eyes were glistening jewels." Metaphors compare things without using "like" or "as."

1.Why do I think I missed the metaphor?  I missed the metaphor because I did not care about what I was reading.  Another words, I did not take time to really understand what he was talking about. I started reading it and just thought it was a dumb story instead of taking time to see what he was talking about.  Sometimes I just want to be finish with the assignment so I don't take the time to look deeper into it.

2. What metaphors have I come across?  Well looking at the glass half empty or half full is common.  I have also come across some in the bible.
    My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish , neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 

  Not talking about  sheep!!!  Talking about Christians following Jesus.
Metaphors are all in the bible.  Read it and you will see how they are used.

 3. What other things can we do as educators to help our students to understand and to use metaphors?  We could use them.  We could teach the students about metaphors and why we use them.  You could have a simple test that has metaphors on it.  Then ask the kids what the metaphor is and why is it used.

4. Why do we use metaphors?  We use metaphors to get a point across.  We use them so that another person can understand something better.   This way they can get a different view about something.  If you see something that maybe is more relative to you it might help. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Final Project 16


My C4T was on Ms. Paula White's blog.  I commented on two of her blogs.  The first blog that I commented on was about how she was allowing her students to finish stories on a wiki.  I thought that was very creative.  It allows students to be creative and come up with their own ideas for a story.  I loved writing stories when I was in school and I'm sure that Ms. White's students loved doing this also.  This is the comment I left on that blog:

One Response to “Wiki Work”

Jude Sanford says:
April 13, 2011 at 8:09 pm
My name is Jude Sanford and I am in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class. I was assigned to your blog and I loved reading it. I enjoy being able to be creative. I see that you allow your kids to do the same. Finishing the stories was a very creative idea.
I will be reading your blog in a few weeks and making a summary of it on my blog. If you would like to see it, you can find it on Thanks

The next blog I read of Ms. White was on her putting up questions that her students had asked her.  I loved the questions too.  Some of the questions was:  When is a fact a fact, what did people use instead of road signs before road signs, and what would our country be like if Christopher Columbus had landed on the west coast instead of the east coast?   She also gave you the option of asking a question also.  This was my comment on that blog:
Jude Sanford says:
Hey Ms. White,
This was an interesting blog. I liked all the questions that where asked in it. I never thought of what our country would be like if Columbus would’ve landed on the west coast. It makes me wonder where I would be if that would’ve happen. My question: Is the Bible something that men made up for people to have an explanation for why we are here?

Friday, April 22, 2011

C4K Summary Spring

 My first kid that I was assigned to was Andrew, who is a work maniac.  He also says that he is a friendly person.  I told him how hard work can get you far in life.  This is the comment that I left for Andrew:
Hey Andrew,
  My name is Jude Sanford and I am in Dr. Strange's EDM class at the University of South Alabama.  I am kind of a work maniac also.  I think being a work maniac will carry you a long way in life.  Just make sure you work smart also.  Looks like your going to have a great future being friendly, nice, and a hard worker.  Good Luck!!!  is a link for Mrs. Yollis' classroom blog.  She takes it very serious which is a good thing.  She takes it so serious that she will not allow comments on her page that have punctuation errors.  I believe she does this because she does not want her kids seeing the wrong way to do something.  Especially if these errors are coming from future teachers.  The first thing I viewed on her blog was the interaction between the students and parents.  April was actually dedicated family blogging month.  The parents would comment on the blogs and the students would comment back.  I think that is a very good idea.  I believe that if parents see what they are learning in class that they can understand how important it is for there kids to learn.  They could also see how hard the teachers are working to help the kids.  This might encourage the parents to make their kids do better in school instead of allowing them to fail and drop out later.  I do believe that parents are at fault for students failing and dropping out.  So maybe by allowing them to be apart in some ways it will allow the parents to take school more serious.

I watched the video on how to blog by Mrs. Yollis.  I knew most of what she was going over because we have been doing that this entire semester.  I did learn how to correct punctuation by using the control button over a word that is marked incorrect.  Another thing that I learned is that I can add information to the blog when I comment on it.  I have did that in some ways but I believe I could improve in that.

Mrs. Vollis has a link where you can see what time it is in different locations across the world.  I believe this can be helpful in at least two ways.  The kids will get more familiarized with how time zones work and it will also allow them to know what time it is where the other kids that they are blogging with is.    Her students are blogging with other students across the world.  She calls this quad blog pals, where there is links to other classrooms.  This reminds me of something we called pen pals.  This is just a better and faster way of that.  Instead of waiting on letters for days, a student can communicate with another student from across the world in minutes. Mrs. Yollis also shows how to use html as I just did here. If my last sentence is in italics then that means I went by her directions correctly. She also teaches you how to use bold this way.

My last kid that I had was Jaden from Mrs. Yollis class.  He is a big Clippers fan.  Since I'm a basketball fan, it was easy to comment on his page.  He wrote about a Clippers game that he had been to.  He wants to know if the readers of his blog had ever been to a Clippers game.  I have never been, but I have been to a Lakers game so I told him about my experiences there.  I also commented on if I would like to see the Clippers play.   I told him how I would love to see Blake Griffin play because he can "dunk like crazy."

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Blog Post # 13

Blog Post # 12 Alex is a website that deals with Alabama Learning.  Alex stands for Alabama learning exchange.  If you go into one of the subjects on the home page it will take you into that subject and give you things that will need to be taught in the classroom.  They have information on all subjects in school.  There is a place to go on the website to make lessons also.  You can choose from different grades also. 

I believe this site can be very helpful to me in the future.  I have the option of going head and looking ahead to some of the things that will be helpful to me as a teacher.  I have already looked into social studies for eight graders to get a heads up on some of the things that will be taught.  I know of another website that is similar. is to do with Mobile Al school system.  I have saved both of these websites so that when I have time I can learn as much as possible before going into my career as a teacher.
 ACCESS is another website that deals with Alabama education.  There website says, "The goal of the distance learning plan is to create equity through additional educational offerings for all Alabama public high school students."  There is a column on the left of the home page that has announcements for the school system.  I believe this website will be more helpful when I become a teacher than it will now.  I believe the websites listed above can be more helpful now because I can go ahead and make sure that I know as much as possible about what I will be teaching.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Blog Post # 12 What Kind Ot Teacher Do You Want To Be?

This week you are assigned to  You will watch the video and blog on what kind of teacher you want to be.

 I want to be the kind of teacher that does their very best.  I want to help kids become good citizens and know how to help others.  I believe that if everyone would think about other people rather then themselves, the world would be better off.  I want to teach my students this.  That life is not always about yourself.  If you can help someone else by just a positive comment then why not.  We got to many kids that grow up in a negative atmosphere.  This seems to have a snowball effect.  They do it because that's what they grew up around.  Our society has got to change for our future.  If not, I hate to see what the world will come to.  That is one reason that I want to be a teacher that helps others.  EVERYONE, no matter what skin color, no matter what religion, no matter how wealthy someone is, no matter what problems they have.  I want to help people love each other.  Where else is better than in a classroom of young children doing whatever it takes to fit because of peer pressure.  It's our human nature to want to be liked or be number one.  Everyone can't be number one.  No matter how hard we try, we can't be perfect.  We live in a society where we try our best to be that. I'm not saying that having motivation is wrong.  We need motivation and we needs goals that we want to reach.  I'm just saying that their are kids who don't understand how to treat people because of who they are.  That should not be.  Be thankful for who you are and help people who are less fortunate.  So basically I want to be a teacher that helps others help others.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Blog Post # 11

Blog Post # 11
After watching the videos for Mr. Cassidy, I learned that it's really never too early to start having students use technology.  Ms. Cassidy has her first graders use it.  If they can be taught at that age then they could be at any age in school.  I would also have to say that the earlier they start the better they will be off in the future.  I can remember when  a younger kid in my neighbor had gotten a mp3 player.  I felt dumb because this young kid knew all about it and I did not know anything.  Instead of trying to learn about what it was I turn my back because I did not want a ten year old to know more than I did.  I believe sometimes grownups do not want to try to learn something that a kid might know because they feel stupid when a child knows something they don't know.  I did that on a lot of things, only to later get really involve in that same thing that I would turn down.  An example of this is me going from a playstation to a x box 360.  I use to be really good at games on a playstation.  When the x box 360 come out, I did not want to play it because I was so good and comfortable with the playstation.  I did not want to lose at something that I had never played.  I finally started playing the new x box 360 and I now I love it.  I think grown people do this in the use of technology all the time.  They are scared to go onto something knew because they comfortable with the old methods.  These kids that are being taught by Ms. Cassidy will be ready for life when they are able to get out in the world.  They will be the one's who will be comfortable with the technology that will be used in all jobs.  I think she does a good job on allowing them to go ahead and use this tool.  She has already taught them one thing that is very important: NOT TO SAY ANYTHING BAD ABOUT ANYONE ON THE INTERNET.  I think a lot of  adults on my facebook could learn a lesson from that.  If you put something on the internet, its there for everyone to see.  It's not a rumor, it's proof you said the stupid comment that you might even later regret.  I don't know how many times I have seen people post the stupidest comment out of anger or some other emotion.  She has taught there kids that at an early age.  They know what they say on the internet is for everyone to read.  I also like how she has her kids blogging.  The students seem to enjoy doing that.  They are learning and still have fun.  I plan on my kids being able to do the same things.  I want them to be excited about their projects as much as possible.  I believe Ms. Cassidy understands how important it is for kids to start at an earlier age.  In the skype interview she explains that she believes that all teachers should be technology literate. She knows that it is not going away anywhere in the future.   She see's how important it can be for the kids to be taught this.  I don't really see any impediments.  If any it will because of the people that are scared someones going to learn more than they will.  I could see how a principle or an administrator could be illiterate about technology and don't want the kids being taught about something that they don't know anything about.  It might make them feel stupid to know that kids know about something more than they do.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Project # 14 Teach Someone

Leslie Roberson and I listen to "This I believe"  podcast on  iTunes.  Madhukar Rao told a story from his childhood of him moving to a new school and the racial tension that went on there.  We  recorded our conversation on our reflection of the podcast.

 Click here to listen to the lesson I taught.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Mr. McClung's World Special Assignment

1.)Mr. Mc Clung's World is Mr. McClung's blog. He has things on there such as ways to help with a fundraiser for Susan G. Komen, his assignments for his class, his syllabus, and much more. Until I seen this blog I really did not understand that I can use a blog for the same thing when I become a teacher. I knew that's Dr. Strange uses his blog for our EDM310 class, but it really never sunk in that I can do that too. Mr. McClung's blog showed me that parents and students can have access to everything that's going on in the class anytime via the internet, which is what he's say on his welcome link. That way you can never lose assignments or not know what is going on in the class. A parent can get on there and see what there child is learning on a day to day basis.
2.)  I think think that Mr. McClung  is a good teacher.  Any teacher that would take the time to have all these different options on his blog shows that he cares.  I think that is one of the most important things you can have as a teacher.  You have to care.  That is true about any job but it's really true for a teacher.  Mr McClung has all this on his blog for his students. 
3).  Mr. McClung's rules start off by telling you that you need to have energy when you come to class and a positive attitude.  I think that is a good thing to say because your students need to be alive and not asleep in class.  He understands that he needs them to be ready to learn when they come.  The next two things that he tells you is to talk and listen.  I believe he say's this because he want's his students to interact with each other.  I believe this will also give him a good connection with students.  The more they are interacting the more they will learn from each other(including Mr. McClung).  His other rules are basic rule's such as raise your hand to speak and raise your hand to leave your seat.  He also has a rule to make your teacher happy.  I will have to use that as one of my rules when I become a teacher.
4).  Planner is the first thing under what everyone needs.  I believe he put this first is because before you do anything you should have a plan.  The planner can keep everything organize so that student has the option of keeping things in order.  This can be important if there is ever any trouble on assignments in the future.
 5). Mr. McClung gives the penalties for being late on assignments on his blog.  Mr. McClung's students will lose a letter grade for each day that assignment is late. While I'm not sure if that is exactly the same as Dr. Strange's penalty for late assignments, I understand that you do not need to be late on his assignments. I remember reading on Dr. Strange's blog that if you keep being late on assignments that you will be taking EDM310 again.  I know that u get a D or F for the assignment's that are turn in late for Dr. Strange.
6).His blogging is to allow readers to keep up with the "current happenings" in his classes and his cross country traveling class.  He also states that all comments are welcome.  I can see how that can be helpful.  When I become a teacher I will have something like this so that I too can have interactions with not only my students but their parents.  Communication is really important an I believe Mr. McClung understands this.
  7). I click on two of his useful links. The first one was ant which is a search bar website. The second link I click on was Arkansas Department of Education which is a website that focuses on bettering Arkansas's education. These both can be helpful for his students and parents.
8).  I believe Mr. McClung put the internet rules because he knows that that it can be abused.  If use right the internet is a really great tool.  If used wrong it can be the opposite.  There are things on there that can be harmful to a child's imagination.  Today we live in a society where we sometimes can get reality and fantasy mixed up.  Radio and television's is part of that reason.  Internet can do the same thing.  There are sites that can put thoughts in the students mind that should not be there.
9).  One of the post that I reviewed was the guys singing "Hero".  This post showed me to do things that will be fun for the students.  I think you should reward your students for the work they put in.  This video looked like it was fun for the guys on the stage and the crowd.  Then to show it on the blog was cool to.  They can always have this to look back at since it is now on the internet.  I wish I could look back at SOME(not all) of the things I did in school.
10).  One thing that I like about what he has on his blog is the links that do into different topics. There is a category button that has different options to choose from. I do not know how to do that on my blog. I would love to know how to have options for someone to go into on my blog.There is also a option to play a song on his blog. He uses it for education purposes also. This week he uses it to tell a slavery story which is what he about to teach dealing with the Civil War. I would like to know how to do that also.
11).  Mr McClung uses his post to help in ways such as having Arkansas's history on there.  I'm sure that can be helpful for someone in Arkansas.  It could help the parents feel more comfortable in helping their children if they know what they are talking about.  This site about Arkansas is one thing that they could read to help with that.  I can use his sight's to understand how I can help my students and thier parents in the future.
12).  I think that Mr. McClung's blog is more advanced then the other blogs that I have look at.  While they all have the same goals as in communicating and allowing access to what going on, his blog goes deeper than that.  I do not recall any other having a song of the week on theirs.  To be honest with you I don't know how he has time to put everything on there.  If not already, before long he will have to hire someone to do his blog.
13).  To be honest with you I cannot think of too  many things that you could put on that blog that he does not already have.  I feel stupid commenting on his blog, much less giving suggestion's for him.  I would have a column for each student like he does for archives and category, if I was to do anything.

C4T # 3

 I was assigned to as my C4T # 3.  Miguel Guhlin posted records in Texas of how many teachers there are compared to administrators.  In Texas the ratio was 13 to 1.  Laura Johnson posted on a comment where she was talking about how many teachers are losing their jobs.  She said that teachers are very important to kids.  I agree completely with her.  Just two nights ago in Church  a preacher was talking about how we need to help kids.  One thing that he said that I will always remember is that it is easier to build kids than repair grownups.  I believe teaching  is  one of the single most important jobs that there is. A teacher can really make an impact on a kids life.  I don't know much about why teachers don't get paid more or why they are losing their jobs.  Maybe it's because people(maybe government workers or ourselves) don't care how the kids grow up today.  I think that something could be done about this.  Our government, our leaders of our country, who are in control can do something about it.  We who vote for these leaders could do something by our votes.  I'm amazed how the rich get richer.  The gas prices keep going up and the government don't do  anything about it.  I would think that is because they benefit from it.  If them people can get that rich off of things like that then why can't teachers get paid more.  Our tax money should go more towards our future.  It should not go toward government leaders rich life-style.

My second post from Mr. Guhlin was about a tax increase that the state of Texas is trying to pass.  While I really did not know anything about the tax situation, I could tell that it was something that Mr. Guhlin cared about.  He had a list of reasons to reject the tax budget.  He had short-term effects and long-term.    He also stated that the budget was inadequate to meet the needs of Texas.  As I said I really do not know anything about Texas's tax budgets.  One thing that I did learn from reading his blog is that this teacher has constantly showed that he cares about his schools and state.  I would bet that most people only care about doing whatever it takes to get a paycheck.  They would not go through all the trouble of explaining how a certain tax budget would hurt their school.  Mr.  Guhlin seems to be taking the extra steps to help our future.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Blog Post # 10

Blog Post # 10

Morgan Bayda's blog on  Dan Brown's An Open Letter to Educators speaks about how some methods of teaching should change.  Dan  makes this video two weeks after dropping out of class because of the teaching methods.  He say's that the schooling interferes with his education.  I agree with the things they both have to say.  I usually do make good grades off of my memory but a few months down the road I have done forgot everything that I had learned.  I enjoy classes where I do get to interact with other people instead of just sitting in a desk for hours listening to a teacher go over a power point every single day.  I just go to class and take in some of the things their saying, but for the most part I just learned right before the test off memorization.  While I'm thankful that I am able to make good grades that way, it kinda beats the purpose of going to school in the first place.  I hope when I become a teacher that I am able to do things that will draw their attention.  I always wanted to be the best at whatever I do.  I believe being the best teacher means more than just having students with good grades.  I believe it has a lot to do with making that student the best he/she can be to make the world a better place.

Don't Let Them Take Pencils  home was very confusing to me at first.  It actually only made since to me when I heard someone say that the pencil was a computer.  Then I read it again substituted computer for pencil.  Only then did it start making since.  I was wondering why people in low income areas  thought that pencils could be a problem as being used as entertainment.  I even had to read the article one more time to understand it more.  They are arguing about whether computers will make their kids smarter.  I like how the point was made that even if they do play hangman that their will be some learning going on there also.  I think that is true.  I believe playing nintendo  games can help someone become smarter.  They can make you be faster at solving things and seeing things.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

C4K Summary

My student that I had last was named Raven.  Raven @ Pt England School is his blog address.  Raven and I have some common ground in sports.  Although he plays rugby and I have not a clue how, we both like NFL football.  He likes the Baltimore Ravens and the Minnesota Vikings.  His favorite player is Brett Farve.  I told him how I lived in the same town as Brett Farve.  I also told him of a story when my sister had to get up and get another table because Brett and his friends needed to sit together at a table at Pizza Hut.  My second student was named Dominique.  Dominique had little to say on her blog.  The only thing that was said was that he was in Room 19.  I did comment on his page and told him how it was cool to be able to communicate with someone halfway across the world.  I also asked how what he has learned in school.

Blog Post # 9

Blog Post # 9




What I've Learned This Year is a blog from  Mr. McClung.  He blogs about what he learned as a teacher in his first year.  One of the first things that he wrote is how he was so worried about his superiors that he lost touch of what the kids where learning.  He said that student comprehension is the most important aspect of being a teacher.  I understand where he is coming from.  I worked as a car salesman for four years.  Sometimes you are so worried about the pressure from your boss that you lose focus on how you are really treating the customer.  I work as a server now in a restaurant and the same thing can be done their.  I will have to remember what he said about this as I go into my career as a teacher.  Mr. McClung also writes about how he would beat his self up over lessons that did not go well.  This is something that we should take in consideration as a teacher.  Just because everything does not go perfect with what your teaching does not mean you are not doing a good job.  I'm sure for elementary teachers this can be a headache when you seem to not be getting thorough what you are teaching.  I want to give it my best when I become a teacher.  I also will have to remember not to get discouraged if everything does not go perfect while teaching.  Communication is another tip that he gives in this article.  Mr. McClung talks about how communication can help drama at work places.  That is very true.  Think about how many times you have had drama with someone and then think about how it got resolved.  I bet it took a conversation between you and that person to solve the problem.  That always seems to work when I have friction with someone.  We speak our minds and how we feel.  Then you usually understand each other  and work the problem out.  "Listen to your students.  YOU MAY BE THE ONLY ONE WHO DOES." This is what I like the best out of all the things that was said by Mr. McClung.  If you are wanting to become a teacher, you should care about your students.  You should listen to them and try to understand the problems that they might be facing.  A teacher should be much more than just caring about what kind of grade they get.  Life can be difficult and the right help from the right people can make a big difference in how someone lives their life.  LISTEN,CARE, and HELP THEM!!!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Blog Post # 8

Blog Post # 8

This Is How We Dream Part 1 starts off by explaining how writing and books are still helpful today.  Richard Miller explains how he grew up in an house with books and he always wanted to use books in his career.  He now uses his experience on the internet.  He shows how he used the two together to do a project for the killings at the Virgina Tech School.  He also teaches how you can use it for communication across the world instantly.

This is How We Dream Part 2 explains how you can compose things on the internet.  Richard explains that he has used all kinds of blogs to be together as one site.  That way whatever you looking for is all together instead of scattered across the internet.

I believe I am ready to write using multimedia.  I have grew up in it really.  Everything from facebook to playstaions have help my generation be prepared for this.  My students will be able to also.  They will grow up in this era of technology and be prepared for the future.  I will use whatever I am able to to help them also.

On Learn To Change, Change to learn the first thing that got my attention was hearing that we have no choice but to learn to be technology literate.  That is a very true statement and if you try to avoid it you will just have embarrassing moments in the future when needed.  The people in the video also explain how the students today are leaning outside the school before there even there.  Just like facebook and things that they are already interested in gets them ready for the world.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Blog Post # 7

Randy Pausch last lecture was a really good video to watch.  The fact that he about to lose his life makes the video more interesting to watch.  That is what really grab my attention.  Randy teaches about how to achieve goals in life and also how to help others reach there goal.
One of the things that I like was how Randy said to not allow brick walls to stop you.  He said that brick walls are sometimes there to stop others from going through.  Basically whoever tries the hardest is the one that deserves to go through the door.  That can be a good life lesson for someone who is trying hard to do something and can't seem to get it done.  Don't Give Up.
 Another thing that I like what Randy has to say was about girls listening to guys.  Even though he only mention this for a second, it was a good point.  He said for girls to ignore everything a guy says and pay attention to only what they do.  This does help me with being able to give advice to my daughter about boys.  That is one of my goals is for my daughter to be treated right so maybe that will help some.

The last thing that I remember how randy said not to set a bar for your students.  He said that you can hold them back that way.  I have never thought of that but that is a really good point.  I will have to remember that as a teacher and as a parent.  The head fakes(which is to get someone interested in something to teach them something else and they don't even know it) where also good ways of teaching someone something in a different way.
Blog Post # 7

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Blog Post # 6

Blog Post # 6

The Network Student is basically the same things we have been blogging on.  It is another example of how technology can help teach kids.  This one has less use for a teacher than any of the others.  It has ways of where students communicate with each other over the internet on things that they have learned.

I do not mind using technology to help students.  I  think it is a great idea.  However, I do believe in having a teacher involved.  While learning things on your on is a good thing, so is having someone there to help you.  

I believe you need to bring old methods together and new methods together.   Sometimes we want to change things that don't need to be changed.  I believe this can be another example of that.  If something not broken, don't fix it.  I don't believe that teacher are not teaching correctly.  I believe it is the students and their parents fault for not getting involved.

The video Welcome to My PLE!  was very informative on different ways to have school lessons.  I really like the front page where she has all the different sites to go to.   It's kind of like a desktop for school related items.  Her PLE(Personal Learning Enviroment) is a lot different then mine.  I was amazed that she was that young and knew all that.  I would say that the only time our PLE is similar is when I am in EDM 310. 

Some of my favorite PLE come from twitter, google, and edm310blogspot.  Some of the people that have been a help to me on Twitter is @wmchamberlain, @MrCapps, and @MichaelOakwood.  These people have answered questions for me when I have run into problems.  I will just ask a question on twitter and usually one of them will answer it for me. has taught me a lot about what I will need when I become a teacher.  It has also showed me things to expect when I become a teacher.  I will probably follow what the students are doing on this website as long as I am able.  When I get my first job I will come back to this website and read some of the things that I have learned just in case I forget about some of the things I have been taught. is a great website for any question that you have.  Anytime I have a question I ask google first.  It usually has answers for any type of question you have.

Michael Staton and Bill Feritten both agree that they don't like smartboards.   Michael says that smart boards are a waste of money.  Bill Feriten says that the white board where useless when he used them the prior semester.  Here are some links that go against what they say:

Thursday, February 24, 2011

C4K Summary

 My first kid that I had for C4K was Claudia.  Claudia made a list of things about herself.  She said that she never had stitches or any broken bones.  She also said that her favorite food was mac and cheese.  I told her that mac and cheese is an "awesome food".  I also told her that I hope she continues to have good luck with the lack of stitches and broken bones.
My second kid was Francis.  He wrote about baseball on his blog.  There was a girl that was stung by a bee while they where playing.  I told him that I hope he has fun playing baseball.  I also told him that I had never seen anyone get stung by a bee while they where batting.

My third kid's name was Mary.  Like Francis, she also wrote about baseball.  She talked about how Cola came to play with them.  She said that Cola had told them to keep practicing until they came back.   I told her that I thought baseball was a fun sport to play.  I also told her that they gave her good advice when they told her to keep practicing.

I tried to have a positive attitude when I commented on my kid's blog.  I also told them that I enjoyed reading their blog, and that I hope they have good luck in the future.

Project # 9B

Friday, February 18, 2011

Blog Post # 5

Blog Post # 4

My podcast project was really fun to do.  It has been my favorite project so far.  I like the fact that you can be creative in all sorts of ways.  Making the video feels like your doing a movie.  I love doing stuff like that.  I could do podcast even if it was not for school.

Podcast Collection is an article that explains how to use a podcast.  Judy Scarf explains that a podcast can be very helpful in any subject.  She also explains how that information can be used to show millions of people on the Internet.  At the end of the article there is a link that explains how to do a podcast.

The Education Podcast Network is an article that focuses on how to bring podcast and many teachers together.  There goal is for the teachers to be able to help other teachers with their ideas.   They can create a podcast that explains some  teaching strategies.  I believe that this is a good idea.  I believe this will give teachers many options  on how to do things.  You never know when a good idea might help your classroom.

In the video Podcasting In The Classroom, Harry Dell explains how a podcast in the classroom can be beneficial.  He explains how students can work outside of the classroom on a podcast.  He also mentions how parents can see what the kids are doing in the classroom.  I think he is correct on his view of the podcast in the classroom.  It will get be more creative for the students.  This is something that kids will love to do.

I learned from 100 Ways to Use Your iPod to Learn and Study Better, that a student can download  audio notes  for subjects like Business, Sociology, nursing and many more.    I have learned many ways that a podcast can be helpful in my future as a teacher.   Any job that a person has just started, that person would want to know as much as possible going into that field of work.  I will make sure that I allow podcast to be a benefit to me when I start teaching.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

C4T # 2

I was assigned to Allanah King's(AKA The Dragonsinger) blog. First of all, I just realized that her name was dragonsinger and not dragonslayer; sorry for that dragonsinger. I read two of her blogs. The first one was about using apps on the iPhone. She had recommended one that was called Instagram. It was an app about putting things such as pictures all together on one program, and being able to send them to any website like facebook. I commented on her post saying the following:

My name is Jude Sanford and I was assign to do a summary of your post on my blog. I should have it posted by the end of next week at I did go the link for Instagram, and it showed me another example of why I should get an iPhone. It was a pretty cool app to look at. I would love to be able to put all the pictures together and share it with others. Hope you continue to find more apps with your iPhone.

On the next blog, she wrote about her classroom setting. She put a tent in her classroom for her students to learn in and have creativity. I thought that was one of the coolest things I ever heard of in a classroom. I commented her the following:

You got to be one of the coolest teachers there is. I have never even thought of a classroom like that. I can see how it could really be enjoyable for students to have tents in their classroom. This has to make them feel like they are at home. I don’t believe every class could be like this because jobs on the outside want be like that. I can see how having some classes like this could make it comfortable and exciting for the students. I’m sure they appreciate you for doing this.

Project 8 - Podcast

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Blog Post # 4

Blog Post # 4

Scott Mcleod is a professor in the Educational Administration program at Iowa State University. He also is the Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education. On his blog, he is basically telling people that are scared to let there child have access to internet, that they are going to be left behind in the future of education. I agree that kids do need to be literate about computers but I can also see why parents can be hesitant to allow their kids access to the internet. If used in the wrong way, they can be harmful. However, so can alot of things such as giving them the keys to their first vehicle. You just have to teach your kids the correct way to use things. Teach them wrong from right.

On the video The iSchool initiative (Mobile Learning), Travis explains how schools can use an iPhone app. It's called iSchool, with many apps to school relative things such as having the periodic table on it. It basically has everything that deals with school in it. It even has school menus.

I agree that this could be very helpful. However, I do believe we still need pencil and paper. We should not just get rid of that all together. It would be best to join both together for the future.

I really enjoyed the Watch The Lost Generation video. It showed you two different ways you could view things. It had a positive view on life and a negative look at it. One of the differences was on families staying together. First it come through all the ways you could look at it from a negative way. Then the list was reverse coming back up showing the positive way to look at it.

Jennifer Chamber's post tell's how she put the choir together over the internet. Her point is that she put the choir together without them practicing together. As you can see in the video, they are people that song a song at different places. I think it just another example of how great the internet can be used.

In the video Teaching in the 21st Century, it tells how internet options such as Twitter, Google, Audacity, and many more can be used to help in the classroom. One thing the video wanted the viewers to realize was the difference in entertainment and engagement. One difference is that entertainment is short-lived and engagement can be long-lasting. I do see the difference in how that is true. Engagement can be fun also. I know I use google more than anything. Just about any question you have can be found on it. I believe that website can be used in the 21st century for any subject.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Blog Post # 3

Blog Post #3

The video A Vision of Students Today is about how kids view school.   They say that some of the things in the classroom will not help them  in the future and that the books they buy is useless.  I believe some of the things are correct.  I know that I have bought books that cost a lot and I have not used them.  I think that just the school's way of getting more money.

If I was to make a part in this video, I would have a sentence that says, "slow down and explain it more".  I feel like some teachers do not do spend enough time explaining things they teach.  There in a rush to go into the next lesson without really explaining what they have just went over.  I know it's college and we are old enough to learn on our on, but in that case why don't we just show up for the test date.

On  It's Not About Technology article, Ms. Hines wrote about how technology is useless without basic knowledge.  She talks about how teachers need to teach some things such as literacy before they can go into technology.  She also said that students need to become creative.

I agree that we should know basics before we can advance into other things.  I know how to type this article and post it.  However, I'm always scared that (i'm or im for example) using  punctuation wrong.  If I cannot get that right, then how can I expect to for someone to listen to what I have to say.  I believe technology and basic knowledge is very important.  We will need both going into the future.

In the article The Fischbowl: Is It Okay To Be A Technologically Illiterate Teacher, Karl Fisch  explains basically the same thing Ms. Hines wrote.  They are both trying to get the point about being literate.  My favorite thing he said was about how parents would accept the idea of being illiterate at math.    I have heard that same thing but in different ways.

How many time has parents held there kid back just because of their lives.  I have seen kids drop out of school and the parents response was that they did not finish school, so what could they say.  I have also heard parents say I did drugs so I can't tell them they can't.  Even though the parents know that the best thing for their kids is to finish school and don't do drugs, they will help them do the exact opposite by saying these negative things.

The social media count ttp:// shows how much usage of sites and downloads are being use on the internet.  I believe all this can help me as a teacher.  You can do so much through the internet now.  Some of these sites can help you communicate good with students, other teachers and even parents.  This can be helpful for communication on a regular basis.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Blog Post # 2

  I learned many things about the United States after watching  the Did You Know  video .  I cannot believe how far we are behind some countries on technology and our use of knowledge.  The fact that 25% of India's population with the highest IQ is greater than United States population was a surprising stat to me.  Also the fact that they have more honor kids than we do kids is amazing.

The United States  has been blessed with having the ability to do many things with technology.  We can all go to school and learn what we want, but we choose to be lazy.  I believe we are too spoiled and are not thankful for the resources we have such as the internet.  In order for us to keep up with the world we are going to have to change that.

  "Icing on the Cake"  The video  Mr. Winkle Wakes put the icing on the cake for the point of how important technology is to USE.  I was getting the point from the the first video of it, but this one made me realize how important this class will be to learn more about computers and such.
 Mr.  Winkle awoke from his sleep for a hundred years to realize how things has change.  He saw that everything runs off of computers.  He also saw that even though we have the access to it, we still let it sit up and get dust on it.  If we don't upgrade ourselves, we will know how it feels to be Mr. Winkle.

The first thing that I can say about the Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity  video is that I'm glad it was funny since it was twenty minutes long.  His point from what I understand is that schools are not allowing kids to be creative in schools.  Another words we hold them back from reaching their highest potential.  He talked about how unpredictable the future is, and that we are teaching them them things from past that will not matter then.

His best point to me about this was the story of how a lady had problems and was sent to a doctor to see about the problems.  She seem to have what we would call ADHD today(this story was when she was a girl in the thirties before ADHD was recognized).  The doctor told her mother she just needed to be a dancer and that she had nothing wrong with her.  Mr. Robinson believed that another doctor would have just put her on medications and sent her home.  This was his point, that people are being held back.

  Cecelia Gault's interview of Ken. Robinson in scholastic article showed that she was doing what he has been preaching.  By her doing the interview as a kid, shows that they are being creative.  This allows her to be on camera at a young age, which could always lead in many directions.

In her interview she asked what he thought the intelligence meant.  I think that was a good question because it could of had so many answers.  He said one answer could be understanding problems.  I believe that is a good answer.  If we understood everything and then stuck with it, think of how far we could go.

 In the last video that I watch  Harness your student's digital smarts Vicki Davis talks about how every child can learn.  She speaks of how one problem is that the kids do not have anything to work with in some places.  All they have is pen and paper.  She also talked about how helping each empowers the students.

 I agree with the things Vicki said.   I do believe that students should work together.  I remember a teacher telling my class that we should not help each other because some of the students would be competing against each other for nursing school.  I did not think that was a good comment.  We should help each other.  We are all going to be working out in the world, and the more educated we are the better we all our.
Blog Post #2

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

C4T # 1

I was assign to comment on Royan Lee's blog as my comment for teacher blog. The first blog of his that I read was about how far technology has came, and how it can work with past material such as charts, pens and paper. I posted a comment on his blog that read as the following: I love how far technology has come in recent years. I think it is awesome that we can do so many things through the internet such as getting a degree on-line. I feel more confident knowing that I am able to e-mail teachers and other students for help with things that I cannot figure out on my own.  In his second blog that I read, he wrote about collaboration in schools.  On this blog I had a little trouble keeping up.  I was not sure that I was getting his point.  I feel like I did but I am not educated as he is on the school systems.  I felt like a fish out of the water(however that saying goes) when I was commenting on his thoughts about it.  I tried to give my opinion about what I felt like collaboration meant at school levels.  I wrote the following on that: I believe one of the hardest things about collaboration is the attitudes. From my view as a student I would say that the attitude of people today can make a barrier. I hear all the negative attitudes and once had one myself. I believe we live in a world today where people do not really care about doing things the right way. As you said they just want to get by without learning anything.
From technology to collaborations in school, one thing that I'm certain of is that Mr. Lee is an educated man and cares about his work. 

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Jude Sanford's EDM310 Class Blog.

I am from Seminary Ms  which is right above Hattiesburg MS.  I live in Bay Minette AL now.  I plan on being a science teacher(Biology) and hopefuly can coach a sport also.  I have a daughter that turn two in September which is the reason I live in Bay Minette. 

 I work at Cracker Barrell in Spanish Fort Al.  I am in my first year at USA.  I have went to Jones County Junior College and Faulkner State school.  I did sale cars for 4 years which is what I had thought was what I was going to do for the rest of my life.  However, that change when my income kept going down so I decided to go back to school.  I love to golf and play basketball.