Thursday, November 16, 2017

EDIM 508: Blog on Creativity in the Classroom

I enjoyed listening to Sir Ken Robinson.  As a special education teacher, he spoke about things that I see in my classroom and where education has taken us, both teachers and students.  His statement, “We don’t grow into creativity, we grow out of creativity; educated out of creativity” (Robinson, 2007).  He is so true when do students after maybe kindergarten or first grade are embraced to dress uniquely, draw on a piece of paper or dance/move around a classroom.  They usually do not.  The idea of education changes and becomes less time for them to be them.  Grades, assessments, and PSSA’s are surrounding how intelligent a student is.  It saddens me, I see a group of students in my classroom that might not be proficient on the PSSA’s but the qualities and strengthens they possess are not being address or supported in education.  The district where I first taught had to cut jobs and the first to go were the Art teacher, Music teacher, Family Consumer Science teacher, and Gym.  What does that tell you of what the district thought of their importance?  And as Robinson states all public schools believe the same ideals.  The district added additional academic classes which did not help increase scores but it did increase negative behaviors and less students wanting to come to school.  I do believe at this time school does kill creativity but with the integration of digital media I am believing there will be a change.

Becoming a 1:1 school for our seventh grade I have seen an increases interest with students when given projects to complete and even notes used on a digital classroom board.  It has given them a place to “create” and try different ways of learning.  I have two young ladies in my classroom who love to draw and are quite good, I try to incorporate activities to let them take that drawing and apply it to their projects and learning.  Just watching what students pick to use in a powerpoint, font size, font style or pictures just captures their creativity and also provides them with a sense of themselves and who they are.  When I listened to Sir Ken Robinson speak and reading the chapter from Howard Gardner I think of the creative mind as a growth mindset, students should take chances and not be scared to be wrong because once they become scared to be wrong they will stop being creative.  As educators, we need to support the idea for students as well guide them into their future.

Ken Robinson - "Do Schools Kill Creativity" on TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) website (available online)Transcript Ken Robinson's Do School Kill Creativity video

Sunday, November 12, 2017

EDIM 508: Digital Media in the Classroom

This presentation is intended to give students information about each colonial region through visual representation.  The presentation is designed to introduce students to the regional aspects of the Southern, Middle, and New England Colonies.  The students will document the differences using a chart depicting each region.  This presentation was created two-fold: 1. Provide students with the understanding of each colony 2. Provide students will the knowledge to apply the information to create a Colonial Advertisement. The presentation will also be shared through Google classroom for student to access the powerpoint if absent and to listen and view the review activities.
13 Colonies PowerPoint Presentation

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

EDIM 508: Week 3 EduClipper

The 5 resources selected for the EduBoard are titled Atmosphere/Weather.
The videos, pictures, and websites selected would be used in the unit on Atmosphere and Weather.  In 8th grade Science, I believe both units can be difficult for Special Education students to understand.  The clips posted on this board would help support students through web activities and visual representation of the concepts being taught during each unit.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

EDIM 508:U02a1_Blog on Digital Media

The above photo would be used as a warm up writing prompt
to review the term "Stereotypes" that was introduced
the day before, to activate knowledge on judging
individuals based on looks and how it applies the
 novel students will be reading.  It will be used as
part of an introduction to the book "The Outsiders" by S.E. Hinton
Photo taken from Google Images:
Retrieved November 1, 2017

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Social Networking

In one of the last unit lessons I have taken the topic of social networking was discussed and explained.  I am aware of all the keeping connected things out there but didn’t really know how private my stuff is or isn’t.  I joined the bandwagon of following everyone else who joined Facebook, which many of my friends found funny that I joined because it really isn’t me.  I don’t laundry my business to the public, I like to keep it private and honestly my life is not cool enough to discuss or I don’t have something witty to say.  But I do believe that we should watch what we put on these posts because many of the hundreds of “friends” and friends of “friends” are not our friends.  Many times I have gotten pictures sent to me that I don’t know the person whose pictures I now have access to and I highly doubt they want me looking at them just as I don’t want people who I don’t know looking at my stuff.  As I read through articles and other discussing in the unit I was learning my professor directed us to safeguard pages for social networking and what you can do to protect your privacy.  When joining Facebook I did not know this existed and I will be accessing it to make sure what I need to stay private will.  I think it should be something that everyone does for their own internet protection!  I do have to say I have learned a lot of new thing in the class, some that I did well and others that I am still struggling with; like how to upload a podcast onto my blog but all in all I am excited to incorporate  it into my lesson activities.