Grammar Memes


Both memes put a fun twist on grammar reminders. The first is in reference to proofreading and reviewing work and the second is in reference to the debated Oxford comma which I personally believe is necessary. I chose these two concepts because students need to find grammar as less intimidating and that memes are an everyday enjoyment for many adolescents. I would go beyond this in the classroom and allow students to create their own appropriate English and grammar themed memes. The first meme with the dog is in reference to proofreading work. I want to always remind my students to revise their work. The second meme is of Kermit the frog and his inner self. I used it to show that students should use the Oxford comma regardless.



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Public Schools for Sale?

“Public education is a foundation of democracy so an attack on education is an attack on democracy.”

Link to video: http://billmoyers.com/episode/public-schools-for-sale/

Notes:

  • There are more than 6,000 charter schools
  • Publicly funded, privately run
  • K-12 pulls in more than 5 billion dollars in taxes a year
  • Private buying in public education made many change their minds about charter schools
  • Minimum 500 billion a year in the market when it comes to education many see education as an industry (textbook publishers…)
  • For profit charter schools exist
  • Race to the Top made states have to open up to charter schools
  • Charter funds are mostly politically motivated
  • Public sector pensions are important
  • Attempts to make charter districts with zero public schools: making public schools dumping grounds
  • Parents feel public schools have disappointed yet contrary to myth public schools are not failing it is poverty which plagues public schools
  • Community makes the public school
  • We should not send children into the hands of entrepreneurs
  • Charter schools were meant to collaborate and help dropouts but instead they are competitors
  • Charter schools don’t take disability, English language learners, or behavioral problem children, they have ways to weed them out
  • Virtual charters exist, lack a physical school: K12 online
  • K12 is listed on New York Stock Exchange
  • Charter schools are private corporations not public schools
  • In many states charter schools do not hire certified teachers
  • Charter schools should seek out low level students not high level as their intended purpose
  • Entrepreneurs know nothing about education, the highest performing nations do not have charter schools
  • Aim for equity and you will get excellence
  • ALEC is interested in eliminating public education, due process for teachers, teachers to be judged by test scores….
  • ALEC wants free flowing money in the economy even avoiding auditing of charter schools
  • Democratic party lacks the ability to say no to charter school influence/pressure
  • Billionaires pick on teachers having never been to public school and having never sent their own children to public school
  • Parent groups are attempting to fight charter schools, they are not willing to sell their children to corporations
  • Charter and voucher schools do not out perform public schools
  • Has caused man teachers to leave the profession because evaluation based on testing: specifically disabled kids and gifted because improvements are not enough
  • Hopefully democracy will win out over big money

Notes on today’s presentations 11/22/2016

shutterstock111960224Some useful resources and tips from class…


Some of the tech I encourage you to research include: Booktrack, Trello, MyHistro, Web Whiteboard, Big Blue Button, Google Classroom, and Fotor.

Booktrack- brings the books to life, it adjusts to students reading level, great for audio learners. The site is mostly used for audiobooks which you purchase but you can also create audio for books. This is great to use with students in an English course, I can see myself using this when tackling classical literature. For example I would use an audiobook and play excerpts of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. With old English it may be difficult for students to interpret/understand well but this technology could help. The only issue with it is the compatibility of the site to Google Chrome/Internet Explorer. You would definitely need a plan B for your lesson if their is difficulty. The site also gives you the ability to create classes for the books and to track your readers.

Google Classroom- Gives you the ability to create classes. Is an educational facebook/twitter. You have your profile and students can comment and contribute online. A useful part of this is that you can poll your students, for example over Thanksgiving Break you could post a poll on Sunday asking if they have reviewed for Monday class. Also it is useful as a reminder app without polling the students, you as a teacher can post “statuses” such as “Bible Club let’s meet in room 307 today instead of in room 212 after lunch.” Google Classroom also let’s you have access to each students email to contact them, and the ability to upload assignments. An example of using this is if a student is absent or you weren’t able to hand out the day’s homework, you could post a pdf of the assignment and the students could access it. Google Classroom is very popular with secondary teachers because it is like Canvas, but simplified. The plus to Google Classroom is that it is FREE!

MyHistro-  Is a timeline creating website which is free. As a teacher you can create a timeline, especially useful in history classes but I could see it being used in English classes. The site allows you to make quizzes for students… It is much like a ThingLink but allows you to use an accurate map. Here is a link of a timeline of the French Revolution: http://www.myhistro.com/story/the-french-revolution/30635/0/0/0/1#!oath-of-the-tennis-court-59389

Big Blue Button-  Is a site where you can hold confrences and meetings this would be useful for tutoring purposes or virtual school.

Fotor- A photo editing site. It allows you to create posters, photos and other media. It is free and compatible with all technology such as Mac and Windows. For example if you were teaching preschool and wanted to create a collage of things that are the color red you could do it on Fotor. This is great to recommend to students to use also. It is basic editing but the closest thing to Photoshop which is free. I would use this in my high school English classes when having my students write personal narratives the first two weeks of school. I would have them write about themselves or their summer vacation and create a collage of photos relating to their essay.

Also I have a blog post for reference to several other resources List of 35 Technology Resources

 

 

 

 

Digital Storytelling: Dog Love

For class I was required to create a digital story, this was no easy feat but I think that with access to the right tools and a designated topic you could easily have students in groups create digital stories. Digital Storytelling is the practice of using computer-based tools to tell a story. Digital stories can contain images, text, audio and even video.

Resource to guide and help with digital storytelling:

http://edtechteacher.org/tools/multimedia/video-classroom/

Resources I used in my video:

Noncopyrighted photos and videos from https://videos.pexels.com/ and https://www.pexels.com/

I created this video using Filmora: http://filmora.wondershare.com/

Too much! My view on iPads in class:

  • What are the strengths? 
  • Do you think you would do these things? Why or why not?
  • What are the weaknesses you would have to be careful to look out for?
  • Where did you get this information?
  • Anything else you’d like to say about the trend.

I recently have observed a class with an iPad program and even though I believe technology is good in the classroom I feel sometimes there is an over dependency that comes with it. I was in a second grade classroom and I watched the teacher have each student get on an iPad to learn division. Each student watched a video of a teacher teaching division and then they had to complete a worksheet that aligned with the video. I think it is great to use different mediums in the classroom to teach but it is all they focused on. The teacher did not spend a minute actually teaching division herself or reviewing it as a class. I personally have always struggled with math, and seeing most of the students not filling out their sheets and not focusing on the iPad video worried me. It’s important to understand the basics because that is the foundation that students will depend on throughout their life. Personally I would never use iPads in the classroom, computers and laptops I would use but I feel ipads would be unnecessary and more effort to keep up with. But there are advantages that come with using iPads in the classroom if that is right for you as a teacher.

These advantages are:

  • Immediate feedback on class participation
  • Simplification of collection and retention of materials
  • Reading/Annotating paperless (Which can be debated many students need hands on material and prefer books with spines.)
  • Shared access to files with students
  • Free books available online
  • Numerous resources

Disadvantages are:

  • WiFi issues
  • Distracting
  • Charging issues
  • Need for a computer still

As I said before I would not use iPads in my classroom. I feel students are already very involved with technology and school should be a break from that and limit it. Taking English courses and planning to teach English I feel it is impossible for a student to truly annotate without a pen in their hand. It is mostly personal preference and my opinion that would keep me from having iPads in my classroom. Students can learn just as much and be as prepared without iPads.

I found my information from this link and I base my answers off my observations.

Here is the link: http://www.teachhub.com/advantagesdisadvantages-ipad-classroom

 

Cyber security and memes..

Meme- a humorous image, video, piece of text, etc. that is copied (often with slight variations) and spread rapidly by Internet users.

You can actually use memes in the classroom as explained in the web link below:

http://www.fractuslearning.com/2016/01/07/memes-connect-with-class/

Recently I was required to create several memes referencing cyber security for my technology class. I am planning on teaching secondary education so I thought these would be funny.

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This one is about the scam/question circulating around on social media about “how much money would you have if it was your social security number?” The people who answer it are putting themselves in a bad situation with the possibility of getting their information/identity stolen.1crsjr.jpgThis one is about having a good password on your accounts.72595583.jpgThis one is about your account settings, like turning off location on your posts/ having good privacy settings to avoid stalkers and other problems.
download.jpegThis one just addresses scams again and people out to get your personal information. For example anything that is “click bait” might not be safe to go to, could result in a virus.

Follow these links and create your own!

http://memegenerator.net/  (Links to an external site.)

https://imgflip.com/memegenerator  (Links to an external site.)

http://imgur.com/memegen (Links to an external site.)

 

Reflection: Online Teaching

Reflection on the interviews with the eSchool teachers.

What did you learn?

I learned that there is a large population of students in Florida are taking online courses. I also learned that their are various situations a student may be in that would require them to go to an online school.

What surprised you?

What surprised me was that one of the speakers believed that through online classes there was much more one-on-one focus. I believe this is very untrue, I have taken multiple online classes that lack communication between the instructor and students. I feel that in an actually classroom setting getting one-on-one is much easier because even if there are many students in the class you have a better chance at a response with your hand raised than with an email.

Would you consider teaching online in this school setting?

I would consider using online tools like Canvas/Blackboard in my classroom as an aid but I do not plan on teaching online. If i went on to teach at the college level I would incoporate teaching online classes but I would make them less intense as a face to face course. I would definitely focus on breaking down my lessons and keeping up with grades and student concerns like in a regular classroom. The difference is I would shorten the workload some, online classes should not be overbearing and have the students sitting in front of a screen for an entire day nonstop. I’d want to create a system with my online class that really breaks up the time portions/workload so that my students could spend the equal time to the credit hours the course is while finding my class as acoomadating to them. Flexible and not overbearing but still providing them a fair education. I’m not the greatest fan of technology in classrooms yet, I really feel there is too much dependance on them. For example I was observing a second grade class that had access to Ipads. The students were in groups with there own Apple TV and to learn division they watched a video about it. The teacher did not go to the board abd actually teach it, she let the video teach it and let them do the work on their Ipads. It was shocking so I feel only online classes should be allowed at the high school and college level because this is moving on from just the basics. I’d only ever teach an online college class.

Here are the links to two files that are transcripts of videos pertaining to online teaching in Florida:

eme2040_hatten_virtual_teacher_primary-transcript

eme2040_virtual-teacher_final-transcript

TIPS: Teaching online and being an online student.

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TIPS FOR TEACHING AN ONLINE CLASS:

  1. As a professor you should contact individual students at least once a month. Lack of communication with students can reflect negatively on you.
  2. Use a variety of tools besides a textbook to teach the course. For example doing at home experiments for hands on experience in a science class or encouraging students to visit an art museum for fine arts class.
  3.  Make sure to email reminders of due dates.
  4. Incorporate a guide to taking an online course to give students new to online courses a reference for questions. For example, “How do I submit a paper through Turn It In Plagiarism Checker?”
  5. Have deadlines throughout the course to keep students on track.
  6. Encourage class discussions.
  7.  Try to upload recordings or videos of lectures if possible or other tools to get one on one contact with students. For example, using Face time, Skype, or some other instrument.
  8. Do not insist on collaborative projects or group work online. Remember that many students taking online courses do so because of an inability or lack of time to be in a group/class.

TIPS FOR LEARNING ONLINE:

  1. Do not underestimate online courses, take them seriously. They still take up as much time as a regular face to face course.
  2. Choose course content that is interesting to you or that you feel you will not struggle  with as much as a subject you have no background on. This is because there is a lack of face to face time in online courses and one on one with an instructor for help. Also the fact that most online classes are student centered. You must be ready to spend time self teaching the content. Your progress and achievement highly depends on you! Have motivation, work ethic, and discipline.
  3. Log in daily in order to keep up with updates and information in the course. Anything can happen or change, be prepared for it!
  4. Keep in contact with teacher, ask questions. Email them and do not be afraid to ask for help aside from the professor. For example, look into online tutoring and contacting others in the course.
  5. Stay organized throughout the course even if it means creating your own planner or printing out the online syllabus or resources.
  6. Avoid procrastination! Remember you can work ahead/get your work done before due dates and this will cut down on stress and free up more time for other tasks you have to complete.
  7. Try to steer clear of distractions. For example having other tabs open on your computer, people talking in the room, or listening to music. 

 

Thinglink: Diffusion of Innovation

This past week I have been able to use an exciting online tool which allows you to create interactive photos. Mine is based off Rogers Diffusion of Innovation concept. I go through an example of smart boards verses projectors and explain how it is difficult to innovate in school despite the benefits of innovation.

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Here is a funny little comic showing Rogers Diffusion of Innovation…..

And here is a video of Rogers speaking https://youtu.be/j1uc7yZH6eU

 

Week’s Lesson Purpose

What do you consider the main ideas of this week’s lesson, and why:

The major idea behind all the week’s videos, articles, and readings is motivating students with technology help. I believe it is important to prepare students to be ready for technology use  and what to do when technology is not used. I also believe that it is important to motivate them to be the best they can be. Even more so I think students need to learn how to motivate themselves. They will soon be going into the world especially after high school and there won’t always be someone behind them. I plan to use technology in my future classes as a teacher and I will recall this week’s lesson because of the immense amount of positive and helpful information on technology and motivation.

This is one of the three question blog posts