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A few snippets to what makes me me... I am a senior at the University of South Alabama. I married the man of my dreams on May 14, 2011. I plan on being a teacher and a learner in all aspects of the world.


Hey guys! You have come across my blog! This blog is for my EDM 310 class with Dr. John Strange at the University of South Alabama. I use it to post my assignments which include comments on various videos, podcasts, and other blogs from around the world! Enjoy!

Sunday, February 28, 2010

February 21, 2010

Dr. Alice Christie's Site on Google Earth

Dr. Christie's site includes a detailed section on Google Earth! She explains how to use Google Earth, how much it cost, how it can be used in a classroom, and much more. I focused on how I can use Google Earth in my future classroom.

I love to use Google Earth! My boyfriend uses it at his job at a utility company, and he introduced it to me! I love to travel, but I never have the money to go see the places I want to see, so I use Google Earth for virtual traveling! Dr. Christie's information helped me figure out how I can take my students around the world in the classroom for free! Not only can it let people see what the world around them looks like, but it also "enhances map reading and navigational skills." I believe that Google Earth does "engage and excite learner," and I cannot wait to have a classroom where we can travel the world using the fabulous technology Google Earth!

iTunes University

iTunes U can be both useful for me now as a student and later when I am a teacher. If my professors choose to use this device to our benefit then we will be able to listen to different podcasts on topics for our classes. According to, "hundreds of universities, and a growing number of business schools, are making recordings of lectures, seminars and conferences available to the general public via Web sites such as iTunes." So, if students have questions, missed class, or just need to review something before a test iTunes U is a fabulous resource! Apple says that there are over 600 universities that have implemented iTunes U as a resource for their school.

For teachers, it gives an easy way to upload lectures, videos, and class material that is accessible to their students. Since, iTunes is free download this makes it easy for students to get to. If a professor has to teach the same class year after year, instead of answering thousands of the same questions every year they can create something that incorporates the FAQs.

iPods in Instruction

I remember in school the only thing I used my iPod for was an ability to drown out my teachers lecture, not to listen to my teachers lectures! Today, that is exactly what is going on! You can download podcasts through iTunes and put them directly onto your iPod. By doing some research, I found that students can study using their iPods, such as flash cards, according to Robert Craven. He also said in his interview, that "students, who use iPods to count calories, to record themselves reading, to make podcasts—even to get to the moon."
Duke University gave "each of its 1,650 incoming freshmen a free iPod this fall as part of an initiative to foster innovative uses of technology in the classroom" in 2004. The iPods were given to the students with orientation information on them, the academic calendar, and the school fight song! This is an exciting move toward the acceptance of technology. So yay for Duke, but let's see if we can get other universities to jump on board! 

Wiki hosted by Dr. John Starnge: Who is a techonolgically literate teacher?
 This wiki confirmed what I have felt all along. To be technologically literate means to embrace change! Hug it, hold it, and call it family. To feel comfortable outside of your comfort zone is also important. Dare yourself to not "break it," or make you feel inadequate. Being technologically literate means you should know what a blog is and if not write on one of your own visit several each week. This wiki by Dr. Strange is very interesting, and should be viewed by every future educator, present educator, and those who want to learn how to become technologically litereate! Thanks Dr. Strange for starting and maintaining this wiki!

Comments4kids Week 6

Mr. McCafferty's class made different kinds of salad dips. Three classes participated in the dip making and then the students got to taste each one to find the best! The dips included a variety of raw vegetables and other ingredients to make it a dip, like Philadelphia cheese. The classes looked like they had a great time, and what a way to implement healthy eating in your classroom!! Way to go kids!

My Personal Learning Network (PLN)

The network I am working to create is harder than I expected. I mean I have a network of friends that I go to help with discussions, to edit my papers, and even help me understand assignments in my classes. So far in my academic career, I have created a network of "go to friends" on Facebook that help me when I need to create a poll or just find out other perspectives and opinions. Dr. Strange has also been a huge help! Especially since he has granted his students access to his PLN on Delicious. At the University of South Alabama, I am working to create a network of professors that I can call on if and when I need help. Dr.Peggy Delmas, Dr. John Strange, Mr. Robby Byrd,  and Ms. Karen Peterson have been a tremendous help to me in my short time here. I use Skype but haven't created an extensive network of people besides my friends. So, I guess this is an okay start to what I hope to become a PLN that grants me access to people world-wide!

Comments4kids Week 7

This week I commented on Gabby's blog! She is in Mrs. Kolbert's class! Gabby discussed something I have never heard of before, but am interested in learning about. It is Discovery Education! She says her 4th grade class uses it a lot for experiment and to learn more about a specific topic they are learning about in class. Gabby also said that Mrs. Kolbert can assign them the different experiments or movies to watch, which seems to be pretty cool! I can't wait to learn more! Thanks Gabby for giving me something to research to help out my preparation of becoming the best teacher I can be!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Comments4kids Week 5

In week 5, I was able to comment on Kyan's blog. I welcomed him to Room 7 and wished him the best of luck. His class have beautiful smiles, and I look forward to returning to his blog to see what he has accomplished this year. His teacher, Ms. Jenny seems like a fabulous teacher, and I wish her the best of luck!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

February 14, 2010

I refuse to use Wikipedia as a source in anything I write. I do use it to find a starting place for my research. I know people who change things on wiki just for fun. Personally, I think that is ridiculous. I believe that the initial intention of the site was to be educational, but it has turned into something that cannot be trusted. The fact that "anyone" can edit it should be the first red flag!

I found it interesting that you can't really hide anything on the internet because almost everything can be traced by IP addresses. I know people get frustrated when some "wise guy" comes along and either deletes the true facts or adds in pointless knowledge, but they need to realize that it comes with an open access site. If anyone can change it, than almost anyone will. So, wither lock it so it cannot be changed or be prepared to change it back multiple times.

"What I've Learned This Year" By Mr. McClung

Mr. McClung wrote a wonderful post about what teachers often forget in a classroom. He gives great pointers including my favorite "NO LESSON IS EVER PERFECT. THE LESSON YOU TEACH AND THE ONE YOU PLAN ARE ALWAYS DIFFERENT." Everything happens for a reason, and what cannot be covered one day can always be covered the next. What's important is a students understanding of the material that is gone over. If a child cannot comprehend what you are saying then you need to fix it, another point made by Mr. McClung. He did a great job just reminding educators to listen to their students and be willing to learn something new everyday. I'm so glad I was assigned this post to read, and I will definitely be sharing it with  teachers and tutors that I know. 

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

February 7, 2010

This week I commented on Britni's blog. She is in Ms. Deyenberg's class. In her blog she wrote about her science project, which was really awesome! She made a gumball machine! She did a really great job! She also learned last week how to do a layup in basketball. Even though she hurt her thumb, she said she had fun! Here is a link to her blog..check it out!

How to Create a Podcast

For this assignment I used Judy Scharf's Podcast Collection. She first explains what a podcast is. "A podcast is a “radio-style” talk show." "Podcasts can convey information about any subject." Then the very next thing was a link on how to use Audacity to create my own podcast, which I found very useful since this is the program I will be using for EDm 310! Here is the link for anyone who needs it,

This is a great site for teachers who want to implement podcasts in their classroom as projects because it gives links to how podcast are beneficial in a classroom, and even gives project options. She includes a schedule if you want to make it an in class project, grading rubrics, research worksheets, and so much more. This site is definitely bookmarked for future use! Maybe you can use it too! Here is the link to Ms. Scharf's page where you can find this information

I just saw that I had not posted this on Friday...oops! :) Guess I need to always double check!!!