Sunday, May 6, 2012
Sunday, April 29, 2012
I commented on John Spencer' s blog
I want to inspire my students! Being a leader is a great way to be!
University of South Alabama
Great post! I always try to think of different scenarios before I write anything into cyber space. It is hard not to be paranoid in today's technological world.
University of South Alabama
I have really enjoyed using my PLN. I was really excited to use symbaloo and organize all of the sites that I visit on a regular basis. I had been adding sites and websites to my "favorites" for years. It is so nice to have them all listed and organized. I plan to continue to use and grow my PLN even after EDM. I have told some of my friends about this and plan to teach my future students about this as well.
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Saturday, April 21, 2012
On April 2nd I received a comment from Lauren and Liana :
In Australia we recieve chocolate instead to candy from the Easter Bunny. Have a great Easter!
Lauren and Liana
Schools out! Scream and Shout! 8:13 on April 8, 2012
I think it is such a neat idea to have a cupcake store to raise money for the schools end of the year graduation and dance. The cupcakes look delicious! I hope you had a wonderful Easter! I look forward to your next post!
Kony 2012 Part II 1:48 on April 12, 2012
Thank you so much for posting this video! I hope Joseph Kony will be arrested! What a terrible thing.
All about Revival 10:17pm on April 21,2012
I commented on Revival's video post about himself
My name is Melissa Harrison. I am a student at The University of South Alabama. I really enjoyed watching your video. Great Job!
Friday, April 20, 2012
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Do you teach or Do you educate? is an awesome video that really gets the point across on the importance of not just "teaching" but Educating. "Education is not the filling of a vessel, but the kindling of a flame." is one of the key points that the video suggests. A teacher teaches, shows or explains how to do something or encourages someone to accept a fact or principle. To teach is also to cause someone to learn or understand something. An educator on the other hand illuminates, enlightens, inspires or enlightens. Also, gives intellectual, moral and social instruction. They are a mentor, a trusted and experienced adviser. Which one do you want to be?
I want to educate. I want to show my students the way. I want to be the one kindling their flame. I became an education major because I love children. I can remember being in elementary school and really wanting to be a teacher one day. In having two children of my own (6 and 4) I really enjoy kids. I love being in the school environment. I also take great pride in working with children and watching them catch on to new concepts. This is an awesome video. Without a single word it speaks so loudly! Inspiring!
Sunday, April 1, 2012
I am Melissa Harrison and I am a student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. I enjoyed reading your post. Although Napoleon was known to some as brilliant, in answering your question I have to go with him being a jerk! He was a dictator and addicted to power.
So far I have not received a comment back from Sarah.
On March 25, 2012 I commented on Kaitlyn #26's blog. She is a 4th grade student in the United Kingdom.
My name is Melissa Harrison. I am a student at the University of South Alabama which is located in Mobile Alabama. I enjoyed reading your poem. Do you write poems often? Keep up the good work!
So far I have not received a comment back from Kaitlyn.
What I have learned this year was a blog post composed by Mr. Joe McClung. Mr. McClung has posted a blog post reflecting on his year of teaching. He speaks on accomplishments and thing that he has learned. This first post that I had the pleasure to view was posted after his first year as a teacher. I loved reading this as it gave me firsthand information of different things that I may endure as a first year teacher. As he reflects on his journey as a first year teacher I can picture myself in his situation. I absolutely love to hear stories from the classroom and will take note of any advice that I can. In how to read the crowd, Mr. McClung says that sometimes teachers are so worried about pleasing the superiors that the lessons were not student centered. He speaks on the importance of being flexible. To remember “NO LESSON IS EVER PERFECT. THE LESSON YOU TEACH AND THE ONE YOU PLAN ARE ALWAYS DIFFERENT. " Communication is the key. Although that may seem simple. " communication is the pathway to building that much desired rapport with fellow teachers." People have the tendency to forget to use their communication skills.
What I learned this year was Mr. McClung's blog entry at the end of his third complete teaching year was great reading. He spoke of his third year teaching and his second year teaching in the same school. He speaks about knowing who your boss is and how important to center your self around your students and not focus your attention on impressing the other teachers in your school. Mr. McClung also speaks on not getting to comfortable. He states that with experience his job as a teacher has gotten easier. He is more comfortable and routine. He says that it is not a good idea to fall into routine. Effective teachers are constantly changing things up. I really enjoyed reading these posts. Thanks Mr. McClung, keep them coming!
Saturday, March 24, 2012
How do we dream Part 1 By Richard E. Miller speaks about our ability to communicate instantly and the effects that it has on our lives. With such instant access it effects how we write and research. Were we work and publish. Richard Miller also reflects on the fact that it is now possible to collaborate using networking technology to compose using text and images, film and what ever you are able to find archived on the web. We are able to collect the threads of experience and weave them into coherent documents. Mr. Miller goes on the explain that this is an incremental change not a fundamental change.
Carly Pugh speaks in her blog post #12 about a wonderfully creative idea. Carly shows a nice example of using network technology to compose, just like Richard Miller speaks about in his videos. Carly's post was upbeat and creative. Really grabs the attention of the reader. Excellent idea Carly!
The Chipper Series was a funny way to show what not to do/think in EDM 310. Chipper was a firm believer in procrastination (Which is defiantly not a great thing in this course.) Chipper also wanted to be taught so she doesn't have to learn. Dr. Strange has spoke on these subjects since day one of this course. This video made me smile. You should defiantly check it out!
EDM 310 for Dummies was a really neat video! I can completely agree with the women at the beginning of the video. At the beginning of this course I was really worried and scared of the work, wondering if I would be able to "teach" myself. But, so far so good! I have to work hard to make sure I keep on track with my work.
In thinking about creating my own video for EDM 310 I would like to show people my computer skills before this class and then follow up with my skills after this course. I, in no way would consider myself to be a very technological person. This course has given me the confidence to realize that even though the computer may not be my strongest point, with diligence I can do anything that I put my mind to. My video would show me after all of my hard work has paid off! I will have great knowledge that I will take with me and use in my own classroom one day!
While visiting Discovery Educations Web 20.11 site I was to do a "Scavenger Hunt" so to say and locate the following items:
List of Things to Find
1.) Locate a tool that is similar to Twitter/Facebook and provides a social platform for teachers,
parents, and students. Create an account as a Teacher and write a paragraph or two about how
you could use this site in your classroom. I chose Ning. Ning is similar to the social networks such a Facebook. It is not as popular as Facebook so I think it would be great to use in a classroom setting. You make your own "group" of people whom you will communicate. Since a lot of students may not have Ning, I think it will make it much easier to allow the children on Ning during class time that way they are not mixing there personal stuff with class work.It would allow the student to communicate with classmates and share ideas.
2.) Find a video tool that you have never used. Summarize some it's special features.After some research, I chose Smart Board Revolution. It is a site for teachers to share ideas, tips and lesson plans. I also really enjoyed the fact that it stated that nothing is to simple to share, since there are users of all levels on the site.It is awesome that you can "Swap" smart board" ideas and lesson plans. I think I will be using this a lot!
3.) Find a tool to create a poll anywhere and at anytime. Create your ﬁrst poll and post it here. I chose Polls Everywhere. It is a really neat tool that can be used in the classroom and for personal use. I made a poll on which holiday is your favorite? Christmas or Easter? Check it out ...
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Networked Student By: Wendy Drexler was a interesting video. It spoke of Connectivism. Connectivism is the idea that learning occurs within a social network with ties between students. The students have a PLN (Personal learning network.) They gather information and use internet blogs and search engines to gather information and build a network of people that can help them to understand and learn. The student will in return create their own personal blog and speak on their formed opinions.
Sunday, March 4, 2012
Happy belated birthday Eric! Eleven is a great age. I hope you enjoyed your birthday dinner at Famous Dave’s!
Student – University of South Alabama
On Febuary 26, 2012 @ 8:36 pm I left a comment BB
I really enjoyed reading your blog post about your new hobby! Skateboarding seems like it would be a lot of fun. I loved to skate as a child. I live in Mobile Alabama and one of our local skating rinks has an adult league.
Your blogging pal in Alabama,
Student – University of South Alabama
Randy Pausch Last Lecture Was Excellent! What a wonderful man and an inspiration to us all. For him to be so positive and inspiring when knowing that he only has months to live is amazing. Randy was energetic and really embraced his life and was blessed beyond measure. He spoke on several topics both personal and professional. Some of the key points that Randy pointed out are things that will help us in life in general in both a personal and professional level.
Randy spoke of his childhood dreams. All of us have had dreams as children that were things that we wanted to accomplish in life. Although, sometimes things have happened to stop or detour these visions. It is never too late. He states that brick walls are there for a reason. They let us prove how badly we want something. That is something that we should all remember. We should always strive for everything that we have ever wanted. Also, a question that we should always ask our self is how we can enable the childhood dreams of others. As educators, we should always keep this in the back of our mind. No matter how big, small, silly or farfetched our student’s childhood dreams maybe we should always help them to strive for those dreams.
Randy also said that everyone "Has the chance to make other people excited and happy." Oh how true this is. I was excited and happy just watching how excited and happy he was while giving his lectures. We as teachers have the opportunity to make people happy. It all lies within our attitude. If we decide that we are going to be the "Tigger" instead of the "Eeyore" we will have the ability to be enjoyable and to make people happy and excited in our presence. I will defiantly take this with me in my attitude as a teacher and within my own day to day life. The lessons learned during this video were all things that we can all learn a lesson or two from.
• Help others. If everyone helped out others the word would be a better place.
• Respect authority while questioning it. How true is this...?
• Learn from your students. Do not ever get to the point where you feel that you know everything and have nothing to learn from others.
• Tell your students about having fun. Learning can be fun. Just because you are learning does not mean that you cannot make it fun and enjoyable.
• NEVER lose your childlike wonder. I think this is one of the greatest points that we can all learn from. As we grow older everything becomes so serious. Everything is new, fun and interesting to children. They look at the world in amazement and sometimes as adults we lose that childhood wonder.
Randy Pausch said, "Its not about how you achieve your dreams, it's how you live your life." "If you live your life the right way, the karma will take care of itself." I am completely smitten with his words! This man has a wonderful way about him. He makes people want to be more like him! For these words of wonder and encouragement I am forever grateful! In my future teaching career and throughout my life I will remember the wise words of Randy Pausch!
Saturday, February 18, 2012
- an effective way of interacting with students outside of the classroom
- it promotes creativity and innovation
- it can offer distance learning opportunities for absent students
- parents can see and hear what their children are doing at school
Thursday, February 16, 2012
In watching the video The iSchool initiative I was very impressed with Travis and the effort he has put into this wonderful idea. He has come up with an excellent way for the school, parents and students to save money. It was very eye opening to me the amount of things that you can do on your iPhone.
I think sometime in the future the iSchool idea could defiantly be possible. With the rate of growing technology iSchool could in fact potentially take the place of pencils, paper, calculators and more.
WOW!Is the only word to describe Travis Allen's ZeitgeistYoungMinds entry. Travis was a Georgia High School student who used YouTube to launch an internet sensation. In Travis's own words" To thrive in the information age we must rethink, retool and rebuild our public educational institutions to prepare our youth for the digital world they were born into!" What an awesome idea! Travis has not only come up with an excellent way to prepare our students for a digital future but to save our school systems TONS of money! I say "Great Job Travis."
If you have not checked out Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir you have got to see
it! Prepare to be amazed! It is absolutely beautiful.It was composed from 185 people from 12 different Countries who all come together via the internet and sing alone and once put together sounds this incredible. These people have never met face to face nor have they practiced together! This video allows me to realize that anything is possible via the World wide web. Technology is all around us!
In Teaching in the 21st Century Kevin Roberts is speaking of the importance of how teaching in the 21st century is changing, being that teaching is not the
same as it once was. Thanks to the use of cell phones, blogging, twitter and Google, students have fast access to anything they want to know any time of day! I believe Roberts is trying to get the point across that we, as teachers will need to be able to handel these resourses. We need to have the skill to teach our students how to properly use these important resources.
Reading Rockets is an excellent site for teachers. It offers a wonderful variety of all things reading! There are many ideas to motivate young readers that are having reading difficulty. The ABC's of reading was interesting. It spoke about the importance of good teachers teaching reading. I have always had a passion for reading myself. This site will defiantly be something I will be using in my future teaching profession.
Sunday, February 12, 2012
In the video A Vision of Students Today watching this in the mindset of an educator or a University Professor I feel that students are not interested in the old way of teaching where the teacher stands in front of the classroom and writes on a chalk board. The students spend the majority of there time talking on cell phones, sending text messages and reading Facebook or Twitter. I feel that college students are charged and outrageous price for textbooks that are not used.
But, on the other hand I feel that if given too much access to technology in all classes it could cause the students too much distraction to actually focus on learning the materials rather than trying to play on Facebook while they are supposed to be focusing on the subject at hand.
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Got a blog? Make a book.
The Teacher printed up blog posts and had them printed up and published into books. She created them for friends as a gift as they were closing one chapter of their life and opening another chapter. This is what I posted to her blog: Manaiakalani
Hi, my name is Melissa Harrison and I am an Elementary Education major at The University of South Alabama. I have been assigned to your blog and I am very interested in reading your posts. I think creating a book from a blog is a great idea. What a great gift idea for that special friend or family member!
Generations of Bloggers
The teacher has had the privilege to work with her two daughters, son-in-law, and husband on several different workshops that have to do with blogging. Her daughters are teachers and they are working together to share different experiences with Blogging, and lessons that they have learned along the way. This is what I posted to her blog: Manaiakalani
I agree that Blogging is a possibility for everyone. I am new to the "Blogging World" and am really enjoying seeing the benefits of blogging in the classroom. I think it is great that you were able to work with your daughters!
As of February 11, 2012 She has not commented or emailed me a response
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Did you know?
After viewing this video, I am really surprised to see actual numbers and percentages of the amount of time that we spend using some form of technology. Most people use some kind of technology everyday!
Technology sure has come a long way. It is amazing the technology that is in the world today. I cannot wait to see technology of the future.
Mr. Winkle wakes:
Mr. Winkle wakes really opens your eyes to the technology that is used all around us. We have grown so accustomed to the technology that is used in our everyday world that it just becomes like second nature to us.
Mr. Winkle realizes that after having been a sleep for 100 years notices that school is the same way that he remembers it when he was a student. This video reminds us that we should make sure we are using modern day technology to keep our students interested in learning and to keeps things fun and exciting in the classroom.
The Importance of Creativity:
Ken Robinson’s video states that creativity and Education are extremely important. Every child has talents and creativity and the schools “Squish” these talents. I really like the fact that you should not follow the mold of other people.
If you are not prepared to be wrong you will never come up with anything original. I feel that this is telling you not to be afraid to step out of the box. You should be yourself
A Vision for 21st Century Learning
The video states that students come in from one grade to the next and leave crammed full of facts. I agree that we need to re evaluate our learning method. The technology in the History video game that the video showed was AWESOME!
The video states that by making learning fun the students will not even know that they are learning something! I want my students to enjoy learning in a fun environment! Who wants to sit at a desk all day and listen to repetitious teaching?
Vicki Davis: Harness your Students’ Digital Smarts
I love the fact that Vicki Davis uses technology to help her children succeed. She teaches her children to learn using technology and brainstorming methods.
The video also stated that “Teachers did not need to know everything, you learn through your children.” I agree totally with this statement. I also like the idea of the flat classroom. The students work with other students throughout the world and it empowers the students to learn with one another.
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Hi, my name is Melissa Harrison. I am 29 years old. I was born and raised in Mobile Alabama. I have been married to my husband George for seven years and have two children, Taylor and Garrett. I am a stay at home mother and try to be very involved with my children and their schools. I love to read although I do not have much time to do so outside of school stuff! I love shopping and enjoy buying stuff for my house. I am a Pottery Barn fanatic and want pretty much everything they have!!
This is my second semester at USA.I am majoring in Elementary Education. I have wanted to be a teacher since I was a little girl. I decided to go back to school when my daughter was born and have taken one or two classes a semester for six years. I am so happy to be finally seeing light at the end of the tunnel with my schooling. I will graduate in the fall of 2013. I plan to start working on my masters the following semester. I have so many fun and interesting ideas that I cannot wait to share with my students! I want to make my classroom a fun and positive atmosphere! I love children and cannot wait to have a class of my own!
Dr. Pausch's video on time management:
I enjoyed Dr. Pausch’s video. He brought up several key points such as goals, priorities and planning. He also spoke briefly on experience. He said and I agree that experience comes from bad judgment and time. You cannot fake experience. Dr. Pausch says that we should make a plan for each day, week and semester. You can always change your plan but you can only have one.