Friday, April 26, 2013

Webquest

Hello, Hello!

I want to share what I have learned from the Wequest assignment, and how I believe it will benefit me as a future teacher. 

This assignment entailed not only organizing material, but also some research on the material as well.  I believe that I learned a great deal about collaboration in this project.  Each group member had to make contributions to the project, and this means each person had to be on the same page about which person was working on which section of the Webquest.

In thinking about my future classroom, I can see myself using this type of project when collaborating with other teachers on a project.  I do not foresee using it with my classroom, mainly because my students will be so incredibly young.  I am looking forward to seeing how well it will help in keeping projects and papers, and maybe even lesson plans organized.

Below I have inserted a video that gives a little more information about the Webquest.  I hope you find it interesting, and maybe even helpful! :)





Farewell for now,

Emily

Learning tool

Hello, Hello!

This blog post will be dedicated to talking a little bit about the learning tool, which for this class was a power point type of project.  I learned a few things from this project, one of which had to do with how to put together a power point in general.  I also learned a little more about what projects might look like from a student's perspective, and also how they may go about working on a project.

I believe that this type of project is useful in my teaching career because it entails the students organizing material, inserting material that is necessary, without any extra "fluff" as well as teaching them how to create activities that will help them in their learning of the material.

I look forward to learning more about this type of teaching method, and someday utilizing it in my own classroom.

Until next time,

Emily

Blogging!

Hello, Hello!

I thought that it might be kind of fun to integrate a blog about blogging, just for fun!
So...here we go!

I must be honest, I am not a blog expert.  I have little experience in this subject, but I have chosen to do a blog on this subject because I want even more practice in the art of blogging. :)  I hope that my little ramblings about this fun mode of communication is both entertaining and useful.  I will not be posting any profound words of wisdom, only observations I have made that are beginning to convince me that I should consider using such a method in my future classroom.

The two things I have learned most about blogging is how simple and effective it truly is.  You enter into the website, create a post, and then type out what you would like your audience to view.  You then choose to either publish your post, save it, preview it, or close out of it and return to it again later on.  This information is stored away in cyberspace, and can be accessed any time you are on the internet.

I think about all of the different ideas and inspirations I will have throughout my education, and how I want to be able to refer back to those thoughts throughout my entire life.   I also want to be able to encourage other teachers and faculty in their career with what I write in my blogs.  Below I have inserted a link to a site that gives a few more tips on how blogging works.  Do not fret, the tips are simple in nature, you will just have to spend a few minutes familiarizing yourself with the site.  :) Blogging Tips

See.  That wasn't too extensive or "wordy", right? I just wanted to lay out my thoughts on blogging in the most succinct, yet efficient way possible.

Happy Blogging!

Emily

Cyber-Friend, Cyber-Foe?

Hello,

I want to begin this post by making it very clear that I am not against children using the internet and engaging in "cyber use".  I am, however, strongly against children using the internet and venturing into this "new territory" without proper instruction and knowledge about what they may come across.

In thinking about how I want to integrate the internet into my teaching (while teaching my students about the benefits and dangers of the internet) I reflect on how I was taught to use the computer at home.

I was allowed to use the computer to play educational games, and when I was 10 our mom allowed my two brothers and I to sign up for an...are you ready for this?  AOL account. This was a monumental moment in our lives.  We believed there to be an endless amount of resources we could access, and were eager little beavers as we ventured into the realm of the world wide web.  The idea of instant messaging was awesome.  Though our lives had been opened to new and interesting things, our parents (mom especially) was very intuitive into what kind of content we were perusing online.  We had strict rules on what was and was not ok, and both of our parents were involved in explaining the dangers of the internet.  I cannot remember any instances where I questioned why I was not allowed to go on certain websites, or why certain sites were blocked.  I believe that my parents exhibited a KEY component in promoting internet safety awareness: COMMUNICATION.

My parents were very aware of our little minds and what kinds of questions we might have about the internet.  They were proactive in their approach to our curiosity, and were more than ready to answer any questions we had.  I believe that this approach invited a healthy relationship between us, as both their kids, and young adults who had questions about the media we were being exposed to.

Parental Involvement

Above, I have posted a video that reiterates the importance in parents being involved in the lives of their children.  In watching this video, and seeing all of the research done on the benefits of parental involvement, I am convinced that parental involvement, or involvement by a guardian who provides positive influence,  is crucial in the development and growth of a child.

Until we meet again,

Emily