It is always great to have resources and have the ability to recommend places where students can look for exciting learning opportunities! Here is a list of 60 Youtube Channels worth subscribing to!
One not on the list that I love is StoryCorps, here is the description of the video I have chosen to share: “On January 28, 1986, NASA Challenger mission STS-51-L ended in tragedy when the shuttle exploded 73 seconds after takeoff. On board was physicist Ronald E. McNair, who was the second African American to enter space. But first, he was a kid with big dreams in Lake City, South Carolina.”
View story at Medium.com
“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/
- 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
This is a powerful video that puts schools on trial. Please watch!!
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:
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.
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.This one is about having a good password on your accounts.This one is about your account settings, like turning off location on your posts/ having good privacy settings to avoid stalkers and other problems.
This 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 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:
Here are two interesting videos pertaining to the DIGITAL DIVIDE
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.
Here is a funny little comic showing Rogers Diffusion of Innovation…..
And here is a video of Rogers speaking https://youtu.be/j1uc7yZH6eU
http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/Comix/# this is a great site to make comics, I focused on the ARCS Model. https://www.learning-theories.com/kellers-arcs-model-of-motivational-design.html And here is kahoot, https://getkahoot.com/?utm_name=controller_app&utm_source=web_app&utm_medium=link
Some think technology isn’t useful but it’s a great aid in education!