Tuesday, April 27, 2010


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T4T Jordan

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Survey on Movies


We created surveys n class about any topic that we wanted, I decided to do my topic on movies. At first I screwed up the survey so I edited it and added questions and then had my boyfriend answer the survey for me so I could have results. What I got from the survey is that more people prefer comedy movies, indie movies come in second. The one and only response I got from my edited version is that the movies are a great place to go rather than just stay home just for the big screen, popcorn, and the atmosphere.


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Orientation in Second Life

In this video, Orientation in Second Life, a virtual world is created for various types of things. The senior lecture at London Metropolitan University, Alan Hudson, has been using elearning and he has been doing a lot of teaching with Second Life.

Alan seems to have a problem with elearning since you already have to know how to do everything before you can use it and even learn from it. The orientation is kind of confusing and can understand why people quit before even finishing the orientation. It is not an easy thing to learn and familiarizing themselves with simulated places like London can help and can make it a lot easier to navigate.

I have never even heard of Second Life until I saw it in the video of Sam and thought it was really interesting, it seems to kind of remind me of WoW a little. I may use this in my future classroom but I would have to figure out how to make it educational in the process. Social skills and problem solving skills might be incorporated and can hep the students out in that way. It is good that so many people are trying to help everyone else out and make second life easier to use and more fun.

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Sam I Am

In the video, Digital Youth Portrait: Sam, Sam is an average 15 year old who has a brain for technology. She uses it for classroom projects, for musical purposes, and even for fun. She is probably the best example of a typical teenager of these times with the amount of texting they use and all of the new inventive technological advances that are available at their finger tips. She uses her IPod to read books instead of reading it to herself, helps college students use multi media applications, and plays World of Worldcraft often.

I feel I can relate to Sam, I was that kid that used the video camera all the time for recording and I pick up applications extremely easily. It seems playing WoW has a strong connection to smart people consdering my boyfriend plays constantly and I myself even play, just not 10 hours a week like a normal user would play. It is a problem solving game and when you are exposed to that kind of thing then you expand your knowledge and things seem to come easier. I believe no matter what kind of networking site you use or even multimedia things, technology can help you expand your mind and your thoughts to create and use something completely out of this world.

Wikis: Paulas Love!

 In the video, Parallel Play or Collaboration–Leveraging the Wiki Platform for High Quality Work, Paula White explains her love of wikis incorporated in her classroom. She gives examples of Wiki's she has done and explains that she can find subjects that she can make notes and create sentences over. There are things that teacher's have to help practice but there are no areas for students to practice or even content related to them when she searches wikis. She explains how wikis engaged students in learning and that when given choices and variety, they are more likely to be engaged.

Paula uses wikis in her fifth grade class by allowing students to create web pages and discussions. The students seem to love wikis and want to work on them outside of the classroom and gives examples of how they use their wikis for different occasions. Wikis were also used with her third grade class once and used them with math activities, conversation creators and even discussions on presidential candidates.

Paula is so passionate about using wikis in the classroom. It opens opportunities for students to become more engaged in an activity or lesson. I believe it will be a great tool to use for education and that more teachers need to step up and begin using these kinds of technological uses. Children should be able to create their own wikis and enhance their knowledge in the technological world that we live in.

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Sunday, April 11, 2010

The Digiteens Project

The concept for Digiteens: Digital Citizenship by Digital Teenagers is a great one to do for older students in secondary grades. Putting together projects and having them do their research on appropriate websites can expand their knowledge about the hazards of the internet.Every teenager should be aware of the risks and what could happen to them if they are careless about how they use their technology

Facebook is where about 80% of teenagers get online every day and the ages of facebook users is from ages 10-80, so this leaves a great barrier for sexual predators and stalkers. Bullies are also a big part, and with these social networking sites, every young person must know the risks of posting pictures and statuses that could harm their outside life. I know of some people who have gotten fired from their job for posting inappropriate pictures and statuses on facebook and to be honest, it should be both parents and schools that help practice this safe behavior.

Having students make projects for these kind of situations is what every kind needs to do. The more they know about the internet, the less likely they are to be victims of cyber bullying, stalking, and even sexual predators. These kinds of projects are great ideas to use in classrooms so these students can understand their world around them and know how to avoid those risks.

Project Learning, Better Than a Classroom

The video, Project Learning: An Overview, is exactly how I feel a classroom should be. If a school has the resources of computers and technology then they should be able to use it and allow the students to create projects of their own. It is a proven fact that children learn better when there are more hands on activities, so if there are projects involved they are more likely to absorb that knowledge and improve their learning strategies and knowledge of subject matter.

I agree 100% with the man that says they should take curriculum out and put project learning in. As you can see, these students are doing high tech things such as single cell organism studies, building electronic race cars, and even researching the ocean reefs to expand their knowledge of what they should know. If a student is just left to memorize definitions and never has a chance to really get down and dirty into the subject, they will never retain the information.

As a student, I strongly encourage teachers later on to have this kind of subject matter and involve project learning in the classroom more than just books, papers, and pencil and to expand away from testing and things that are deemed important. Students will be happier and a lot more able to expand their knowledge on the things they would like to learn.

The Wizard of Apps

"The Wizard of Apps" was a very helpful video in expanding your knowledge about different websites that can give you real information rather than bogus stuff people just post. The video is a little corny but it is a lot better way to give out this kind of information, rather than just having some educational video that can bore you to death. I like that she gives you all of the websites and links underbeath the video so you can go visit them yourselves.

Having all of these different websites can be useful when you become a teacher. You know that whenever you get on these sites it is not going to take you somewhere you do not want to go. Like for instance, you can use flirkStorm rather than google images, since google images may have copyrighted images and it would be illegal for you to use them. Plus there are no filters in the google system so you may get images and websites that you do not want to recieve that may be inappropriate or unrelated to your searches.

When I finished the video, I felt like I could use these helpful websites in my classroom someday. It would make it easier for me as a teacher and more enjoyable for my students if it is fun and safe for them. This video has helped with the resources I could use and might possibly refer to this some time in the future.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Sex Education: Being Safe is Better Than Abstinence

I saw this video about sex education from a girl named Sarah from the International School of the Americas in San Antonio. Her video provides information and statistic on how providing safe sex education is way more effective than just telling teens to be abstinent. This video is very informative and definitely strikes exactly how I feel on this issue. Her drawings of stick figures provided a creative and lighthearted way of presenting hard facts. This is her video.

Giving Back with Technology: Luis

In our latest Digital Youth Portrait, Luis has a very interesting and inspiring story of the way he uses todays technology. He uses technology often in his everyday life and uses it to help out with his family and even his community. I can see that he is a great person inside an out, he is completely unselfish and motivated to succeed in whatever he feels he can do. Technology has opened a window of opportunity to him and he is reaching out and grabbing at every experience possible. I mean, wouldn't you feel honored to be invited to Chile just to present a world class presentation? This kid is something special and definitely someone who is going to innovate and expand our world of devices and tools.

One thing that I can for sure take away from this is the realization of how intelligent our nation's youth has become because of new innovative systems. It is incredible how much heart a kid has when using a form of technology that they just absolutely love. If you put your mind to something anything that you are capable of doing can happen and so much more. You do not have to be naturally talented to use technology so you can be just as good as it as anyone else.

Much of America care more for their sports and their television shows, but none of them really appreciate how any of those things appear on the screen and how they are able to access information just by the click of a keyboard. It is so second nature to us now that some people do not see the positivity in it. My whole family uses technology to its advantages. My dad works at home on the computer and brings in the dough because he knows how to use a computer to his advantages and provide a lifestyle for himself. I believe that if every person at least has the knowledge to access websites and information anything is possible and Luis proves this in every way.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

VoiceThread: Dancing is Passion

This my VoiceThread that I created about dancing. It describes exactlty why I love dancing and the way it effects me.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Kiwi Classroom: Technology Can't Be More Advanced Than That!

This classroom is by far one of the most technological classrooms I have ever seen. All of the students use technology in almost everything they do from writing on the smartboard to showing YouTube videos. This is living proof of the advantages of a widespread amount of technology in the classroom and just how focused students are learning from something electronically created than just from reading a book and talking about it. This is the future of education and everyone needs to step on board!

I remember back when I was in elementary school and all we had were dusty overhead projectors that would burn out every couple of hours if left on too long. We rarely had access to the computer, and if we did it was just for a short time and was only for hearing sounds and seeing pictures with no instructional activity involved. So personally, I wish I was a kid in this era and was able to have the opportunity to get my hands on all of these technological wonders.

So much can be taken away from this video and used for the classroom in so many ways I cannot even list. Having certain websites like Tutpup are great tools to increase learning and basic web skills. I have said this time and time again but teachers NEED this kind of education in their classroom. It is paramount to the children's education and with better technology and understanding of technology, these students will no doubt pay attention to anything that you put in front of them.

Nafiza and Technology

We watched a video in class about a girl named Nafiza who uses technology every way that she can. She is part of the technology club at school and her and her classmates create avatars of themselves and made a short video. This video was about how a child was having problems with attaining higher learning experiences. The video shows just how important it is for students to know technology and learn it to the best of their ability. Nafiza also introduced websites that were helpful to different problems in the world such as Darfur and believes this game could help people understand just how difficult it is in that kind of environment.

One thing that I can take away from this video is how much you can do with technology in the classroom and out of the classroom. There is limitless knowledge across the internet and every tool can be useful to broadening your education of the technological world. By exposing children at a young age, these kinds of technological advances will become second nature to them and they will be set for new technologies in the future.

Teacher should be aware of these uses of technology and use it in the classroom. I personally would use any kind of game or video of any kind to encourage my students in the usage of technology. It is very important to me that, as a future teacher, technology can improve the children's knowledge of the world around them and create any kind of imaginative and technical skills possible.

Student Blogs

I wanted to follow Mrs. Yollis' classroom and be a blogging buddy for her students.
I decided to comment on Ben's All Around blog which was about hockey and was titled Bruins Beat the Panthers 2-1. He had many pictures and lots of information behind the pictures and it was a very good blog. http://bensallaroundblog.blogspot.com/2010/01/bruins-beat-panthers-2-1-i-wanted.html

T4T class comments:

I commented on this blog about Cameron from the week before:
And this blog as well about the class in general:

Hopefully we can all benefit from this class from all of these challenges!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

The Useful Tool of Blogging in Schools

Blogging can be a useful tool in young education. In this video, We Like Our Blogging Buddies: The Write Stuff with Blogging Mentors, students from a college in Regina, SK mentor a first grade class on writing through blogging. By showing the children's blogs, comments, and statistics of this program, it is obvious that this kind of technology is helpful in developing writing and grammar. A simple computer program where you rewrite a sentence does not shape and prepare a child for real online and handwritten writing. I used these kinds of programs while in middle school and all we ever focused on was how fast we could type and not how well. The children move at their own pace, writing words by sounding them out and gaining positive feedback from an outside source on what they can do to improve. Watching this video can give any person an idea of how to improve a child's writing and how to provide that kind of support and feedback they need to strive in learning. I personally believe if there was such a thing when I was younger, my writing skills and words would be at a phenomenal level and would be advanced beyond my years. This kind of technology should and will be used in classrooms in the future, including my own, and will make creative writing much more enjoyable. These children will take this experience to heart for the rest of their lives and use it in their learning processes.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Cameron: A Reflective Look on the Youthful Mind

As I was watching this video, Digital Generation Project Youth Portrait: Cameron , I realized how smart children are in the day and age. Technology has come so far as to give inspiration to a child and provide a possible career in his future. It is incredible how one camera and one computer can have a child's mind in sync with technology and it is astonishing how this certain child uses his resources to create special effects and creative videos. One thing that I have learned from this video is that you must not take children for granted and not belittle them for they may know more than you do. I say that you should give a child a form of technology and have them come up with a creative way to utilize that technology, the child will surprise you with the knowledge and information that you have. When I was about six years old, I knew how to work a computer before my parents did and even though they condemned me to ever touch the computer, I regularly used it without their consent. Now to this day I still have the memories of how I used the technology to my learning advantage and I am still better at using it than my parents and even most of my family. When I become a teacher I will utilize every kid of techology as I can in my classroom so I can relate and get involved in my students learning. Providing videos that the students make themselves can help this process and can show you all of their weaknesses and their strong aspects of how they learn and interact. So in conclusion, never underestimate a child's mind, for they may have to school you in their ways.

THE Jordan Le`Shae Hunter

My name is Jordan to the Le`Shae to the Hunter :). I am originally from Armore, Oklahoma born and raised. I am currently at this second in my T4T class writing a blog..yay. I create daily vlogs on YouTube and if anyone is intertested at all my Youtube is www.youtube.com/jleshae77
My vlogs arent very interesting and the last 4 or 5 havent been interesting at all but it passes time. I am an Elementary Education major and if that does not work out I might get a job as a maseaus (spell check), it just depends on where I live. I have a boyfriend of over a year named Paden and he is my best friend and the closest companion that I have. We are completely alike in almost every way from the music we listen to to the personality that we portray. Music is my passion and I have been singing since i was little, even though i am not that great of a singer I still try my best to be the best that I can be. I am one of those people that are good at every but not necessarily great. I have played every sports imaginable to man such as soccer, basketball, softball, golf, gymnastics you name it, but the only ones that completely stuck was dance and tennis. Tennis has been my crutch and my way to improve my hand-eye coordination and have the joys of defeating an opponent just on pure skill. Dance on the other hand was how i expressed myself and is my favorite thing to ever do. This is a small glimpse of myself but it is info that is imperative to understand who I am and what I am passionate about.