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.