Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Student Blogs

I have found two students that i am going to follow on their blog spots. They seem really interesting and fun!

Kiwi Junior Classroom

The video we watched called a peak for a week inside a kiwi junior classroom students used a classroom blog to let people know what all they were accomplishing in their classroom. They used a page on their blog called a interactive white board home page which had different links all over it so the kids could easily find something and click right on it. Her six year old class can successfully run the white board meaning they know how to use it and start the morning program. Each student has a job they do each week in the blog program.

This is crazy to me that these six year old students are so in touch with technology in the classroom this not only gives them an opportunity to use it in the classroom and at home but if they don't have any technology at home they get a chance to use it in school. When i was six i was not in touch with computers like kids are today. This is exciting to me because when i become a teacher i will be a part of a generation that will be extremely in touch with technology.

One thing i liked about this video was that they used a website to watch news clips. That is neat that in a classroom setting full of six year olds you can incorporate the news into their daily schedule. This teaches them to use technology for other important things. And it gets children to be interested in the news which is rare. She uses her blog website to work on almost every subject they need to cover. This is pretty cool i would hope when I'm a teacher i could use technology like this.

Monday, January 25, 2010


This video we watched in class was about a girl named Nafiza and how she used technology in the class room. They are working on a virtual video project making a one minute film of a child who struggles with attaining higher education. This video shows how the students along with Nafiza need to learn how to use the tools they have now within technology but also the tools that will come out. Then they can learn how to apply these new tools for not only their life but their education.

To me my most significant takeaway from this video would have to be the fact in knowing that we can use technology so much in the class room. They had virtual avatars they used to represent themselves in the videos they were making and they knew how to make videos using this program.

This opens my eyes to the fact that as a teacher i can use so much of technology in my class that my students will be able to walk away with knowledge that will help them with their life and education.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Blogging Buddies

For our class we were asked to watch a clip over blogging buddies called We Like Our Blogging Buddies: The Write Stuff with Blogging Mentors. This was about a program set up for younger students and older students. Two different classes were paired up student by student as blog buddies. The challenge was that it was elementary school and collage students. The older students had to learn how to write to their blog buddy keeping in mind that they are younger and their spelling may be a little harder to read. Their teacher challenged them to not only get to know the kids but help them with their writing. And it worked! The first graders improved on their writing skills. This was the highlight of the year for all of these kids. This idea seems great to me i would love to be able to do something like this with my students in the future. It would help students with their social, technical, and writing skills.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Cameron and Technology

In class we just watched Digital Generation Project Youth Portrait: Cameron which was about a young boy named Cameron who had a massive passion for technology. It was very inspirational to see how someone that young can feel so passionate about something and actually be really good at it. He was so knowledgeable about computers and the amazing things they can do with graphics that even the teachers were asking for help. One of his teachers even asked for his help in explaining one of her lessons and it worked and she captured the students attention. Now days especially technology is used daily in almost everyones lives and i think teachers should be open in using it when explaining lessons. I know that personally i will try and use technology in most of my lessons its such an easy and helpful tool that captures students attention. He will make it somewhere big one day if he keeps all of this up.
I am an Early Childhood Education major here at UCO. My collage career has been a hard one but i am making it through. I have a wonderful boyfriend, and family who support me in all I do and that makes it all worth it. I have lived in Edmond all my life and therefor i would like to stay and teach here if possible. I am a junior and getting closer to graduating which is very exciting. I work at Life Church in their children's program and love it. I have always wanted to teach third grade so fingers crossed that i get that opportunity. I know that this is my passion in life i love children and knowing that i could make a difference in a child's life by being a good teacher is just too gratifying.