Friday, August 29, 2014

Blog Post 2

Mr. Dancealot

The central message of this video is to show how not to teach a class. It shows the teacher reading from a power point slide and giving examples that the students simply can not follow, because they are not allowed to participate throughout the lesson. Its is obvious to me that this is a terrible way to teach any class much less a dance class which should require hands on training.
Teaching in the 21st Century, by Kevin Roberts

Outline: Changing in teachers roles, Why teachers roles have changed, What teachers need to do to help their students.

Robert believes teachers are no longer the main source of knowledge because of the world we now live in. Everyone has the power of Google, Twitter, Wikipedia, ect and because of this teacher's roles are changing from an educator to a filter. Roberts feels that teachers should teach students how to use the resources avaliable to them by showing them how to validate, synthesize, leverage, and communicate information. I believe Roberts feelings of teachers in the 21st century has validity. The world is more technology advanced than ever before, and because of this teachers will have to evolve and bring in this technology into their classrooms.

The Networked Student written by Wendy Drexler

Outline: Author discusses the idea of connectivism, and shows how teachers of the 21st century can help their students.

This film was made to show how students, and teachers in the 21st century can learn in different ways using technology.

The idea of connectivism is a fascinating one. This theory has the potential to open a wide door of learning in todays technology rich world. Connectivism will change what teachers teach to their students. Instead of teaching facts teachers will be expected to teach students how to build their own network and take advantage of learning opportunities, and offer guidance when students get stuck. Students will have more control in what they learn.

Harness Your Students Digital Smarts

Author Vickie Davis message throughout this video is that teachers do not have to know how to do everything in order to teach in todays technological world. Allow students to teach, and connect with other students across the world using technology. By doing this she believes students will prosper and will allow a new teaching concept to arise.

Who is ahead of the learning race; elementary, undergraduate, or graduate students? by Dr. Strange

Elementary by far is ahead in the learning race at this point. Speaking from my own classroom experience I just did not have the technology in my early academic career that elementary students in todays world has. Students of today literally have the world at their finger tips, and because of this it has created a new style of learning in the classroom.

Bringing the Locker Room into the Classroom by Craig N Owens

What can I use in my coaching experience to help my students in my classroom? Teachers and coaches should teach and coach in a way that students can completely understand. As a teacher/coach it is important that my students/players have a complete understanding of what I am asking of them both on the field and in the classroom.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Blog Post 1


I am a new student at South Alabama and because of this I have not heard anything good or bad about EDM310. Our short time in class however has made me fear one aspect of this class.That aspect is the uncertainty of not being able to know exactly how to do everything that is expected of us before leaving the classroom. In this class we are expected to figure out our homework rather than already knowing. In other classes in my past I have never been asked to do something that we have not already practiced through out the past. This class is very different in that regard due to the class being a blended class. The simple truth is that we would have to meet everyday in order to cover every aspect that we are expected to preform in our at home assignments. I believe the most difficult aspect of this class for me will be not allowing myself to get frustrated with the take home assignments. I am some what good with technology but not great by any means. This not knowing exactly how to do something frightens me the most. The best way for me to deal with this is to begin homework assignments early allowing myself time to reach out for help at EDM310 labs.

Practice Blog Post

Outline:About me,Reasons I choose this Field, How can I make a difference.

My name is Justin Thompson. I am a 25 year old lieutenant in the Army National Guard. Before college and the military I grew up in a small town of Plantersville Mississippi. I played every sport offered at Plantersville middle school which was football and basketball, but my real passion was baseball. This passion of baseball is what led me to secondary education. I hope to become a history teacher and coach baseball.

The reason I choose to go into the education field is simple. I like to interact and help people. There is no better way to interact and help than in the the class room setting. I will get a chance to make a difference in children's lives in the classroom, as well as on the field. As an educator of the 21st century it will be my duty to incorporate new technology into my class room.