Thursday, July 21, 2016

Getting ready for my final semester before graduation!

The countdown commences! July 25th I start my student teaching and begin writing my edtpa....before I know it December will be here and I will be graduating! I am so very ready and excited! Can't wait to have my on class!!!








Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Things I have learned from my fellow classmates this semester

I have been following several people in my class on their blogs this semester from time to time and have found many things useful that I did not know or that I could find useful in my own blog or using in my assignments.

From Michelle Conway I learned about google forms.  I did not know about the Super Quiz. I learned that it was an add on and that you could arrange for google to email your students in your class their results of each response whether they got the answer correct or incorrect. I found that to be very useful. Her blog can be found at http://michelleconways3011blog.blogspot.com/

I enjoyed reading the guest blog post on Dionne Motley's blog because I can relate so well. Her husband said that he cannot wait until December 16th when we graduate. No more eating on the sofa and sleeping with the light on! My husband cannot wait either! It made me laugh to read his post. You can find his guest post at http://spedlover4life.blogspot.com/.  Although we are graduating and I will seek employment, I will continue my education.  I will probably have to seek an online master's degree.

I also read on LaStacia Johnson's blog something I liked very much.  It is very important for us to know our students and their families and the cultures that they come from.  She posted on her blog about our course in Family and Community Engagement for Exceptional Children.  She wrote "teachers should care about being educated on different cultures so that they can be aware of their student's background and better serve their students". This can be found at http://lastacia01.edublogs.org/.  I agree with this.  We not only need to be aware but respect the cultures of our students.

There were many more interesting blogs in our class.  This class has been interesting and I have learned a great deal about technology in this course.  It has been interesting and it has been nice to be able to keep up with my classmates on their blogs.  Good luck to you all in your future endeavors!



Friday, April 8, 2016

Tools for Formative Assessment

Today in classrooms all over the world you will see students using computers and smart phones to demonstrate their understanding instead of just pencil and paper as was the case not so long ago.  Teachers also use these devices for informal and formal assessments. Students enjoy playing games and Kahoot! is a great way to assess students.  They are playing a game but at the same time the teacher is finding out which students understand and which students do not.  The students have to log in with a code and each time they enter their response it records their answer and keeps a record of correct and incorrect responses.  Students enjoy this game and are quite competitive.  It is a good way to learn from their mistakes as well.  When they get an answer incorrect, they are more likely to remember it.

Kahoot! is free which is always nice. You can go to the Kahoot! webpage that will be at the end of the blog post and go thru a quick tutorial that will teach you a quick and fun way to assess your students.


https://create.kahoot.it/?_ga=1.52593004.532955948.1460102744&deviceId=91f55326-ccb8-46c8-bd90-cd6baa0a6662



                                                                   

Monday, March 28, 2016

3-D Printing is making major technological advances in classrooms!

After a normal school day, a teacher and his two sons watch a 3-D printer like we once watched the microwave oven...with awe and wonder at this new, incredible invention! 3-D printers are not brand new, but the price of them is now going down so more people and schools are able to afford them.

3-D printing is a process where solid objects are created one layer after another from a single digital file.  An individual starts the process by designing an object on a with a 3-D modeling program or downloads a modifiable 3-D template from sites such as YouMagine, CubeHero, Instructables, Cubehero, communities, etc.

Students can make speakers for ipods, learn about aerodynamics by printing original toy drag racers, learn math and 3-D visualization, and print replacement parts for robots.

3-D printing has the potential for much more! Biobots say that some computers can print human tissues.  That seems hard to believe, but they have put that out there.  Parts of planes are being printed by 3-D printers and in China 10 houses are being printed each day!

Our students are learning the principles of design through the use of 3-D printing.  This is just the beginning for 3-D printing.  In the next few years as the prices of the printers keeps going down we will see more use of them in the classroom.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Guest Post from Caroline's Husband Troy

Hello! My name is Troy. I am Caroline's husband. She is almost finished with school and will graduate in December and to say the least is stressed out over school work most of the time.  We have twin girls so when she is not taking care of our family or doing school work or house work that leaves her very little free time for herself so it is easy to understand why she would be stressed out.  She is an older student and this computer class is not easy for her.  She has told me it must be easier for the younger students in the class that have more technological experience.  She is completing her fieldwork at the school at the present moment so she has to be at the school early in the morning and is often up late at night attempting to complete her online assignments.

Caroline is excited about graduating in December.  She has worked long and hard for this degree and I couldn't be any more proud of her than I am.  It has been her dream to be a special education teacher and I know that she will be a great one! The children will be very lucky to have her as a teacher.  She is patient, kind, and full of encouragement.  If anyone knows that persistence and dedication can get you what you want it is my wife.  She does not have the word "surrender" in her vocabulary and will push her students to succeed.  She pushes our children to pursue their dreams and she will encourage her students as well.


Monday, February 29, 2016

Technology Theories and Models

Phase 1 of the basic SAMR ladder for classroom technology consists of Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition.  Substitution Tech acts as a direct tool substitute, with no functional change. Augmentation Tech acts as a direct tool substitute, with functional improvement. Modification Tech allows for significant task redesign.  Redefinition Tech allows for the creation of new tasks, previously inconceivable.  Technology can transform and enhance the classroom if used the correct way.  When choosing the first SAMR projects for you classroom you have three questions/options to consider; your passion.  If you could pick one topic that you could teach your class that shows why you became a teacher, what would you teach? Second, find the barriers to your student's learning.  is there a topic or standard that a great deal of your students can not grasp or get stuck on? Third, what will your students do in the future? What topic will serve your students the most outside of school?

In Phase 2 you add in Pedagogy, Content and Technology Knowledge.  They all go hand in hand. They can be described in a Venn diagram because they all interact together.  You need all of the them working together to fully teach students today in our modern classrooms.

Phase 3 consists of foundational knowledge, meta knowledge, and humanistic knowledge. Foundational knowledge consists of core content knowledge, cross-disciplinary knowledge, and information literacy.  Meta knowlege consists of creativity and innovation, problem solving and critical thinking, and communication and collaboration.  Humanistic knowledge consists of life skills, cultural competence, and emotional and ethical awareness.

Phase 4 is thinking about trends and challenges. Key trends happening in schools today are rethinking the roles of teachers and there has been a shift to deeper learning experiences with technology.  There has been an increase in the use of hybrid learning designs.  In the next five years because of technology we will be rethinking how schools work.  New technology is happening around us at a fast pace.  In most schools they are already implementing BYOD (bring your own device) and cloud computing.  In the next five years we will have wearable technology.

There are several challenges when it comes to technology.  It is difficult to find personalized learning opportunities.  Also, extremely important to keep student data confidential.  It is also difficult to keep formal education relevant and ensure that students are indeed not surfing the web while they are supposed to be doing school work.  Many schools already have technology in place to keep students off certain internet portals.

Technology should enforce a lesson, but not be the lesson.  We as teachers must direct the lesson and the technology should be an assistant to the student and the teacher.





Monday, February 22, 2016

Things that make you go hmmm....

 This semester in my Education 3011 technology class I am learning a lot of things that make me go "hmmm".  The ActiveInspire activities take me a great deal of time to complete because I have never used a promethean board before.  I am enjoying learning all of this new technology and how to do new things that I will use in the classroom! I just think it takes me a lot longer than it takes the younger students.  I will be 42 years old in April and this new technology came along a little later than when I was in high school.

 I am also learning the steps of completing the edTPA by performing mock tasks this semester.  It is my hope that my doing practice work that when it comes time to do the real edTPA portfolio next semester that I will not be overwhelmed with the assignment.  Also, another thing that makes me go "hmmm" is that this is the second semester that I have taken a full load of 18 credit hours. I was accepted into the SPED program last semester and I will graduate next semester so I am on the fast track! I have a great deal of homework and reading for my courses but it will be worth it when I graduate in December!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Technology

I decided to write on how technology has changed since I was in elementary school.  The Internet was not what it is today.  There were no personal blogs, no email, and no social media.  Computers were rudimentary at best.  I remember formatting floppy disks in middle school.  I believe that the need for international communication and the world economy helped ignite these changes.  We did not have gaming systems either.  I remember playing Atari with a simple joystick.  I cannot even imagine what technology will be like in twenty years.  I hope that I will be able to keep up with it. I have to admit that keeping up with my assignments on my online education course is not as easy as it might be for other students in the class but I am applying myself and trying to learn as much as I can because I want to be able to teach my future students all I can about technology and I see how it can help advance learning in the classroom!

Monday, January 18, 2016

About Me

Hi, my name is Caroline, but everyone calls me Carrie.  I have never had a blog before so all of this is very new to me.  I hope I do not bore any of you.  I just wanted to tell you a little bit about me and why I chose to go into the field of special education.  My nephew has autism and he is very dear to me.  He has moved to St. Louis, Missouri so I do not see him as often as I used to and I miss him very much.  He used to climb up in my lap and gently rub my face with both of his hands very softly as if he did not want to hurt me. He is such a sensitive, sweet soul.  He was starting to communicate more with me and I felt as if he were progressing with his communication and it made me so very happy for him.  I want to work in elementary school because I want to hopefully make breakthroughs with children and  make a profound difference in their lives.

I have high goals set for this semester and I plan on achieving these goals.  I am excited to learn a great deal in this education technology course.  I am not that tech savvy so I should learn a lot from this course.  I will admit it was not very easy setting up my blog.  I am going to give it my all this semester as I do each semester and believe that with effort all things are possible!


Last semester of classes before student teaching!

This is my last semester of classes before my student teaching in the Fall, yet there is still a lot of work left to do! I also wanted to write a little here to let everyone know how much special education means to me and why I chose this field of education. I hope to make a difference in the lives of some very special children and it is my hope and desire to make breakthroughs with them as well! My nephew has autism and is the most special child you could ever meet and I want to help children with special needs reach their potential and beyond!`