Sunday, December 8, 2013
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Teaching Math to the Blind, really shows what problem is presented when a student is blind and trying to learn complex things like math. Because blind students use brail to learn, and it is linear, it makes understanding and aligning the math problems difficult. With this being said the students are presented with a device with the number on one side and brail on the other with a barcode that they can scan and the computer reads. They can align the numbers in a digital graphs to keep them in order and able for them to read. Teaching Math to Blind Students really shows more in-depth the different methods that can be used to teach the blind. One method is using mathematics codes. These codes are placed on a desk plate. This plate can also be used for students to plot points. For upper level trigonometry the students will use objects in the shape of triangles to learn the different functions. For statistics the students will use Microsoft excel to perform the different functions. They can also use other applications such as the virtual pencil algebra program with allows the problem to be read to them and the audio graphing calculator which provides them with assistance just like a regular calculator. These devices and assistive materials gives the blind students the ability to accomplish something that is essential for working and living today. It also gives them hope that they can accomplish anything. ”Assistive Technologies for Vision and Hearing Impaired Children”. In the beginning of the video, it gives some examples for you to imagine what it would be like to be visually or hearing impaired in a classroom with no assistive technologies available. It really opened my eyes to what it would be like to not have ways to help these students. The video then describes how assistive technologies enhance learning, removes barriers, pushes boundaries, gives hope, and challenges the way we think. The video really encourages and challenges people and teachers to do all that they can to accommodate all students. Some examples of assistive technologies that the video gave were text to speech devices, text telephones, talking calculators, note takers, sensory aids, speech to text devices, FM radios, iPhones, Ipads, Ipods, screen magnifiers, and flip cameras. ”Education World” is another source that gives great information about assistive technologies for students. This website gives some other examples of assistive technologies. Some of them include hearing aids and amplification devices that enable hearing-impaired students to hear what's going on in the classroom as well as glare-reduction screens, screen magnifiers, and Braille note-taking devices that enable visually impaired students to participate more fully. iPad Usage for the Blind is such an interesting video. I had no idea that the iPad could be set up to assist a person who is visually impaired. This opens up so many different opportunities to me as a teacher, especially if I have a visually impaired child in my class. As you are using the iPad it can assist you the whole way, from starting it up to using the apps. All you have to do is simply double tap to unlock it. If you are on a part of the screen that has no apps and is blank it makes a clicking noise, but when you hover over an app it says the apps name out loud and tells you to "double tap to open". I, as a teacher, already want to have iPads in my classroom for activities throughout the day, and now that I know that they can assist children with disabilities, it makes them so much more useful. Especially now since iPads can have books and textbooks on them. If you open up iBook on your iPad, all you have to do is double tap when the app is open and it will start reading to you. I was so interested in iPads for the visually impaired that I looked up the video Blind Apple iPad Tech Camp. This is a camp that teaches the blind how to use an iPad and what it can do for them. For those who aren't completely blind, they can zoom in as much as they need to be able to see and those who are completely blind can have the iPad set up to where it can talk you through everything. iPads opens up so many opportunities for children with disabilities. So many of the kids with no vision are behind in their academics and don’t have the same access to technology as their peers that have vision, but iPads give them a chance. It let's them do things that they didn't even know were possible.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Emma, My name is Rachel, I am a college student at The University of South Alabama! I really enjoyed this post. It is great that you are learning so much. A dictionary is a great resource to use when you don’t understand what words mean. It is great that you are learning to do these things. It will really come in handy later in life! Great work.The next students post I commented on was Nathan from Pt England School. His post was a story translated into English. I responded to him by saying:
Hi Nathan, I am Rachel a student at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, AL, USA! This post is so neat! What language is it originally in? This saying is really great. It is a great thing to gather together to learn. Learning is so important and learning through technology, as your class is doing, makes it fun! I really enjoyed your blog post. Keep up the great work.My last C4K was on Kaya’s blog post titled “Why we need to use the Crossing.” Kaya tells us in this post wy it is so important to be safe and always use the cross walks that are provided. I replied by saying:
Hi Kaya! My name is Rachel Hinton! I am a student at the University of South Alabama. I really enjoyed your video about using the cross walk and being safe. It is so important that you are learning these things so you won't great hurt! Great post. Keep up the good work blogging!
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Sunday, November 10, 2013
Changing Education Paradigms- Rachel Hinton video he begins by talking about the reasons the school have began to change. First of all schools want to teach children how to be apart of the changing economy and secondly they want them to have a sense of cultural identity and globalization. Robinson points out that this is being done in the wrong ways. Schools are trying to teach students with old methods of teaching, ways that are non effective and boring. He states that we are alienating students and they have no desire to want to be in school. They are now saying what is the point because they see so many people, even with college degrees, not succeeding why would they want to sit through something so boring if it will not further then in the future? This current type of education is not for this age. They need something new and exciting, something to engage their interested. We found it very interesting the point Mr. Robinson makes about ADHD. We had never really realized how many people had been diagnosed with this. If you really think about his argument against it it makes so much sense. In today's world students are thought to be unruly and uncooperative if they don't want to sit still and listen to a lecture for an hour and thirty minutes. If we gave them something more interesting it is a good possibility they would not be this way. This is something that should be considered by teachers and parents alike. Divergent thinking is something Robinson points out that we find very important. Divergent thinking is not the same as creativity. This is when you take a question and are able to interpret it and answer it in many different ways. If we teach children how to not only be creative but also become divergent thinkers their though process would develop so much more than we could even imagine. We are killing this type of thinking by educating the students. It's like when they are " educated" they forget how to learn on their own. Mr. Robinson tells us if we can begin to think differently about human capacity, understand that collaboration is key and understand the habits and habitats of instruction that is when we will have effective teaching. How Schools Kills Creativity- Calah Reynolds I watched Sir Ken Robinson’s How Schools Kill Creativity, and I thought it was very interesting! I love his humorous attitude. He is entertaining to watch and I think we can all learn a lot from him. Robinson makes a very good point when he says, “We don’t grow into creativity, we grow out of it.” If you think about it, that is true. When you look at a child they have such creativity and wonder, but as you watch them grow into adults most of them lose that spark. Schools nowadays are so focused on the math and sciences rather than the arts and music, and many people look down on the idea of someone wanting to grow up to be an artist or a singer. That is one thing that is wrong with this world. We should be embracing the idea of our children wanting to use their creativity and think outside of the box. We need to educate our children on “their whole being so they can face this future”, not just one side of the brain. Children grow up learning that it isn’t okay to be wrong, but as Robinson said it, “If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.” He’s right, you shouldn’t live your life trying to please others. You should live your life by taking chances.
How to Escape Education’s Death Valley. He begins by saying that he was told that Americans did not get irony. However, he discovered that Americans do understand irony when he heard about No Child Left Behind, because children do, in fact, get “left behind”. According to Ken Robinson, scary numbers of students drop out of school in America. It’s not that money isn’t spent on education in America, it is that the money is going in the wrong directions. He describes three principles to allow children’s minds to flourish. First, human beings are naturally different and diverse. In NCLB, diversity is ignored and conformity is encouraged. I learned from Mr. Robinson that children must learn from a wide and broad curriculum instead of a narrow-based spectrum. The second principle that is crucial for children to flourish according to Mr. Robinson is curiosity. Children are natural learners. They just need to interested and spark their curiosity. He says that great teachers not only pass on information to students, but they also mentor, stimulate, provoke, and engage. I want to be this kind of teacher! I want to be more than just a “passer of knowledge”. I want to facilitate learning in my classroom. The third principle is that human life is inherently creative. We create our lives as we go through them. He goes on to talk about standardized testing and the educational school system in Finland. So, what are some things I learned through this video? I learned the importance of valuing students through teaching. It’s so important to individualize, be creative, and spark curiosity when teaching. No two children are the same, and the way they learn is different. Also, I need the support of others while teaching. It’s so important to continue to learn and be trained throughout my career. I really enjoyed this video! I learned so many things from Mr. Ken Robinson.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Sunday, November 3, 2013
Mr. Schimmer, I am Rachel Hinton an EDM 310 student at the University of South Alabama majoring in Elementary Education. This semester in EDM we have learned so much about 21st century learning and ow helpful if can be in making our students excited about learning. Before this class I would have probably went into teaching thinking the same way most teachers do about homework, that the students need to do it to learn or that it has to be required but there are so many different things that can be used besides homework, especially if it is going to be graded. I find this blog post very interesting. I agree with you 100% that homework should be only for practice and formative assessment. If the students are only worried about gettting it finished to earn the points many times they will not really be learning anything anyway. Thank you for a great post can’t wait to read more!The second post I read was about students being curious. He says that we should ask ourselves as we are planning our lessons if this will strike the curiosity of our students or if it will just bore them. He tells us to start with questions and ask them what they are curious about before we even begin class. He encourages teachers to foster the kids curiosity and soon it will become easier and easier. My reply to this post was:
Hi, I am Rachel Hinton. I commented on one of your more recent post for my EDM 310 class. I really enjoyed this post. It is very helpful especially for future teachers like me. This is something that I will keep in mind when I begin teaching in the future. Hopefully if I were to start out with things like this it will be easy to maintain throughout my years of teaching. I have really enjoyed your blog. Thank you for all your great post and I can’t wait to read future post. Rachel
Hi Lauren, I see you have been getting many comments from our EDM 310 class this past week! My name is Rachel Hinton, and I am so glad that I was chosen to comment on your blog along with a few others. I really enjoyed reading your post! I am so glad to see someone so interested and passionate about something. “The dream to be a leader, a champion, a protector of natural rights.” This gives me a new look on what we as Americans see as the “American Dream.” Your post really gave me a lot to think about and had me questioning my thoughts about the American Dream and the real genius of our founding fathers. I am so thankful that I have been given the opportunity to become and be a leader. Thank you for your outstanding post! Keep up the blogging. I can’t wait to read more! Rachel Hinton- http://hintonracheledm310.blogspot.com/C4K #5- Briana: Melody and Penny Briana’s class was reading a book called Out of my Mind. In her post she had to answer two questions: • How do you think Melody will react to having a new sibling in the house? I think Melody wa nervous about having a sibling in her family. • What themes or big ideas do you think that Sharon Draper is trying to get us to think about as we read these chapters?I think that he is trying to tell us that we are suppose get along with other people even if there like Melody because is a really nice girl and I think in the book I can hear her voice when Ms. Eppele is reading the book. I replied:
Hi Briana! My name is Rachel. I am a student at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, AL, USA. Although I have never read the book that you are reading it sounds really interesting. Service dogs are really neat and good to have especially for those who or blind or for older people who are alone. Did you know that some dogs can even be trained to smell cancer in humans before it can even be detected by doctors or test? Although I’m not sure of Melody’s situation I am sure I would be very nervous for a new sibling to be coming into my house! It would be so strange to get use to such a change like that when things have been the same for so long. Out of my Mind sounds like a great book especially if it teaches us to get along with others! I will have to try to read it soon. I really enjoyed reading your blog! Thanks so much for your great post! Keep up the good work!Rachel C4K #6- Matt: Trip to Yamnuska Matt talked about his trip to a park called Yamnuska where he learned about fungi, moss, and lichen. He included pictures as well. This was my reply,
Hi Matt, I’m Rachel Hinton an EDM 310 student at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Al. I really enjoyed your blog post! It is so great that you are learning about this neat stuff! I really liked your fun fact about the caribou! That was something that I never knew! This sounds like a really cool place to go! Your pictures are great! Keep up the good work blogging! RachelC4K #7- Jun: Rebuilding Christchurch In his post Jun talks about his three wishes for Christchurch community: rebuilding the damaged buildings, having things for tourists to do, amazing amusement parks and trams to travel around Christchurch. I told Jun:
Jun, I am Rachel a college student in Mobile, AL, USA. Your thoughts and ideas for you town are great! I think it is great that you are so concerned about your town. You have some really good ideas. I love the idea of amusement parks probably because I love them so much myself! Bike trains sound like so much fun! I wish we could put something like that on campus! I really enjoyed reading your post! Keep up the good work blogging. Rachel
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Mr. Spencer, I am Rachel Hinton, an EDM 310 student at the University of South Alabama. I have been asked by my teacher to comment on your blog. It is very encouraging to me to read this post. Although many future teachers may look at as discouraging I think that it is encouraging to know that I will be doing something everyday that presents challenges and will never become old. It is also great to know that teaching can keep a person humble and not allow things in life to take their minds off of what really matters. Thank you again and if you would like to check out my blog you can. (http://hintonracheledm310.blogspot.com) I will be posting a summary of my thoughts in a few weeks.
Hi, I am Rachel Hinton. I commented on your blog post a few weeks ago for my EDM 310 and was asked to keep up with you and comment again. Although this was posted on the wrong blog, Im glad it was. I enjoyed reading the short story and am excited for your book! I visited the Wendall website and really enjoyed reading the stuff there. I think it is so awesome how you and your wife are co-writing a book. Thank you for your post and I hope to keep reading. Rachel
I am interested in teaching Kindergarten and the tool for communicating and learning in the 21st century that I picked is iCurio. We have learned quite a bit about iCurio this semester in EDM 310 and I have come to find that it is very useful. For Kindergarteners I think that it would be an easy tool for them to start off with.
iCurio is a place where students are free to explore the internet while still being limited on what they can see. You can use iCurio as a search engine and if you find content that is valuable to you, you can then save it in your storage. iCurio is a place that can teach students how to be organized on the internet at a young age. Students can save websites and online materials to their storage, then go through and organize and delete them as they please. On iCurio you can also form study groups online with students who are the same age as you and in the same class. I like it because it limits students to what they can see, so they don’t run into anything inappropriate. There are games for students to play on iCurio that can help them learn in a fun and simple way. You just simply type the subject you are learning about in the search bar. It then pulls up links to a bunch of different websites that they can choose from. There are a variety of different websites the student can pick from, it ranges from worksheets to games to everything in between! iCurio is a very useful learning tool that I think will come in handy in the future for my classroom.
Sunday, October 6, 2013
1) Be a constant learner yourself. It is so important to be interested in learning yourself as a teacher. If you are not a learner, then you won’t be a successful teacher. You have to model learning for your students, and if you cannot do that, then how will your students ever be able to learn from you?
Sunday, September 29, 2013
Saturday, September 28, 2013
C4K#1: This I Believe- Mrs. Martin's 10th grade English
C4K#2: Taya- Cats Cradle
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano, known in the cyberworld as Langwitches, was born in Germany, and now resides in São Paulo, Brazil. Ms. Tolisano has about seven pages posted in her blog about podcast. What is a podcast you may ask? According to Webster’s dictionary a podcast is a program (as of music or talk) made available in digital format for automatic download over the Internet. In this blog post I was asked to summarize three of the podcast posted on Ms.Tolisano's blog.
In this post Ms. Tolisano talks about a podcast she made with a first grade class where they each took turns reading a script she made for the book Dinosaurs Before Dark. In this podcast each student took turns reading the script to create the podcast. Ms. Tolisano says in her reflection on the experience, “It amazes me every time. Students are so engaged, wanting to re-record, if their voice, didn’t sound “just” right.” This shows how interested the students became in the podcast and how great these type things can be to engage the students and make them become more interested and involved in the things being learned.
In this post Ms. Tolisano describes when she used podcasting to teach her students about the story of Purim. Using podcast she allowed the students to do just like she had done previously and records the post, but instead of putting them in order she allowed the students to do this using Smart-Board technology. This allowed the students to learn about the Purim while having fun editing and making the podcast. Ms. Tolisano really stressed in her blog , “This lesson was about writing a script, listening, comprehension, collaboration, speaking skills, and fluency in the target language.” This podcast shows that things like this can be used for many things in many different ways to keep the students excited about what is being taught.For Flat Stanley the students use a podcast to tell where they went with Flat Stanley, how they got there and back, and what they did when they got there. They were also required to rent a book from the library, or search the internet about the place they decided to go with Flat Stanley. Through using the podcast the students were excited to create the project and really put forth a good effort. This shows how 21st century learning can be very effective even for students of young ages.