Sunday, April 27, 2014

April C4K summary

For this month's C4K I was assigned to the students at Pt. England School in Auckland, New Zealand. First I had Steven,he had created several different graphs with different paths for his robot that he created. I commented saying "Your robot path is pretty cool, I've never made anything like that before." The next student I commented on was Esther. Esther and her classmates went to see the year 4 and 5 student's tents they set up. She talked about how colorful the tents were and there different sizes. I said "Seeing all the different color tents sounds like a fun time! I've always wanted to go camping and hopefully you can as well when you get older."

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Blog post 13

What are some apps for your smartphone that you can use to stay physically fit and healthy?
Search the internet for applications that could help you stay physically active and post them in your blog.

One app that I found was Fitness Cafe, it gives you four free major body exercise programs. It keeps track of your workout and as you progress you earn Cafe Stars which allow you to purchase up to an additional 26 other workout programs. Fitness Cafe also has workouts for women and men with video demonstrations and step by step instructions.

Another great app I found was Daily Cardio Workout. Daily Cardio Workout is an app that has many different cardio workouts that range in between 5-10 minutes that you can do in the matter of your own home.

Lastly, another great app is MyFitnessPal. With this app you can keep track of your daily nutrition intake and make sure you are either getting the right amount to stay healthy or if you are trying to lose weight. It has over two millions options of food in their database. It covers your fats, proteins, carbs, sugars, and much more. You can also keep track of your strength and cardio exercises with over 350 different exercises.
My fitness pal

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Blog Post 11

Back to the Future: Barrett Baker

In the TedTalk Video Mr. Brian Crosby discussed how he uses technology with his 4th, 5th and 6th grade students. He first mentioned how his students come from families where spanish is predominantly spoken in their homes, therefore, english is their second language. He said that because of the technology used in his class, he had noticed a significant improvement in students learning. His students are provided with individual laptops to use in class, as well as cameras and smartboard are used on a daily bases. The project he discussed was when the students learned about helium and its effects on balloons. The students got to witness a giant helium ballon fly into the sky with a GoPro camera attached to it. The camera gave live footage of the all the layers of the atmosphere the students had been learning about. The students went back into the classroom to share with their blogs what they had witnessed as the balloon sored into the sky while the footage was streaming live. Mrs. Crosby’s favorite tools are skype,wiki webpages, flicker, and web2.0. His students skyped another school in New Zealand to share a hands on science project involving the outcomes of various temperature pressures on a tin can. Mrs. Crosby’s main goal is to promote active learning. He is doing just that!

Blended Learning Cycle: Josh Turnipseed
In this week's blog post Dr. Strange had our group watch several videos and give our opinion on it collaborating as a group. One of the videos we were assigned to watch was Blended Learning Cycle. He talks about how uses the blended learning cycle which is using online, mobile, and classroom learning all in your classroom and have students engage, explore, explain, expand and evaluate. Mr. Anderson also uses an oiler's disk and puts it on a mirror where it can spin for a while. He uses that to describe his classroom, because the kids are like the disk. You can leave the room and it keeps continuing to spin and the students keep continuing to teach themselves as they collaborate with each other. He also gives up his acronym for his blended learning cycle called QU.I.V.E.R.S. Which stands for Questions, Investigation, Video, Elaboration, Review and Summary quiz. Anderson it all begins with a question, you want your kids to critically think. You want your kids to experiment and collaborate with one another, Mr. Anderson reviews with his students and with the students data he can ask them advance and detail questions making sure the students learned what they needed to know and then he will give them a written quiz on it to grade them on their knowledge of the topic.

Making Thinking Visible: Josh Turnipseed
In the next video Making Thinking Visible. Mark Church has his students watch a video about early human beginnings and had them get into small groups to discuss the puzzles and had them create a headline to interpret the puzzles. Mr. Church then says he will have the students regroup at the end of the unit to collaborate again another headline once they finish their project. They will compare their headlines from before and explain how they think differently and what they've learned. I think this is a great way for kids to critically think.

Sam Pane 4th Grade: Claire Gill
In this video, Sam Pane a fifth grade teacher in Omaha, Nebraska talks about teaching his class how to be good digital citizens. The term “good digital citizen” simply means knowing how and how not to use the internet appropriately and safely. In Mr. Pane’s class, he has his students separated into four people per table and when he asks them questions he first tells them to talk about it at their table. I think that is a really good idea, and plan on remembering that tactic when I become a teacher, I think it helps them brainstorm together as a group. I think we can learn a number of things from Mr. Pane, but the most important thing he portrays in this video is to make sure your students know their internet safety rules.

Project Based Learning: Lauren Hidle
In this video, three teachers collaborating together to incorporate project based learning in their classrooms. A history teacher, an English teacher, and an Information Processing teacher has the students use technology as a tool to deliver the content of history and english. They show that PBL is allows the students to be more engaged and have a deeper thought process. One teacher says this has the students taking ownership over their own grades and projects. PBL allows the teachers and students to go above and beyond just the circurrlium.

Roosevelt Elementary PBL Program: Lauren Hidle

In this video, it was all about project based learning; what that meant for their school and how they applied that into their classrooms. What PBL means for Roosevelt Elementary is in depth learning, integrated thematic instructions, lessons that are based on “real-world” problems, research driven, and presentations. The school uses PBL within group settings or individual. These projects allows children to think for themselves. This will show that students will actually understand the subject at hand. They, also, focus on building the skill of public speaking at a young age. One teacher said, “The students answer to themselves, which is how the real business world is.” I thought that statement was so true, we should help build the skills of students coming together to solve a problem. This video has parents telling their opinions about the new way of learning and all the comments were positives. PBL for the students of Roosevelt Elementary School has increased their desire to learn.


C4T Summary March

This month I was assigned to Marc Prensky's blog. In his first video Marc Prensky and Stephen Heppell are talking to each other having a discussion about how to make kids not be afraid of being wrong and asking questions. Marc starts the conversation about how we want kids to answer questions not ask if they can ask a question. They talk about how they want kids to fail sometimes, because it only helps them to learn. I commented saying that a great way to help students become unafraid to ask questions is always encourage their questions and listen. Right or wrong we should appreciate their effort for trying.

Another video I watched of Marc Prensky is What is going to happen next in education. Mr. Prensky and Mr. Heppell talk about how students teach themselves from watching videos and looking the information online. Another thing Mr. Heppell said that he thinks we should make learning and our education cheaper, which I also agree with because everyone deserves a chance at a good education. I commented on Mark's blog saying that I really liked what Mr Prensky said "That schools should be more of a motivator, motivate and guide the kids through school." which is having the students teach themselves and we as teachers using our knowledge to help the students learn what they need to know.

C4K March

My first child I commented on was Danielle, a student from Pt. England School in Auckland, New Zealand and she was learning how to write and form sentences. She made a story about Harold, the giraffe and also drew a picture of Harold. I commented how I really liked her drawing of Harold and how she was a better artist than me. Also about how she did good on her story and her sentences and she needs to keep up the good work.

Next I commented on Neo's blog, another student from Pt. England School. Neo talks about how they visited Tamaki College, where the students from the college taught Neo and his classmates the importance of physical education. I commented on his blog saying,"Tamaki College sounds like a fun experience, I know when I was your age I was always glad to get out of the classroom. Staying healthy and fit is very important and it is great to get in the habit now, rather than later."

This week I commented on Korobeau's blog. She was showing us how to add and subtract by changing numbers. I commented on her blog saying how she did a really good job on showing us how to add and subtract and that everyone has a hard time learning math, so it is great to find easier ways to solve problems.
Kids using a mac