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Personal Reflection #1 February 23, 2011

Filed under: Personal Reflection — LC @ 2:20 am
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Just as with my first Ed Tech class with Dr. Toledo, this class has been a whirlwind thus far.  I feel with my first class it was such a dive into a realm I really didn’t understand, so I tried my best to just soak up all the knowledge that I could.  Now, in this class I feel MUCH more confident!  Granted, I know I am still learning a lot and in no way am trying to act like I understand all of this—it is just not as overwhelming as before!  I feel that I have learned a lot through our Eluminate class sessions—I have found that not only is it an incredibly convenient way to hold class, but a very worthwhile experience.  It is very unique that we can listen to Dr. Toledo, another classmate, or a guest speaker from around the world as we all type in our own thoughts, opinions, & drop in links to related topics.  I’ve felt like I’ve grown up in such a educational world of “raise your hand & wait your turn”, that it is really freeing to put my opinion right out there and have someone respond, while still being respectful to the speaker.  I have gained just as much, while still feeling very much so that my opinion has been heard.  We talked about back channels in my first ed tech class, but now I really see the usefulness of it in this class.  I’m still working on the next step of incorporating it via my own classroom—but I think it would be very useful to use if I skype in a guest speaker.

Thusfar, one of the lessons that has stuck out to me the most has been on Personal Learning Networks.  I always felt like the term “PLN” has been tossed around in so many of my grad courses, but I never really grasped the usefulness of it.   I was truly in awe when Dr. Toledo jumped onto Twitter and brought in members of her own PLN to discuss with us the importance of PLNs.  As I mentioned below in a past blog post, I had my own personal “PLN” success story when the weekend after the Egypt protests I decided it was vital to teach my students on the situation in Egypt.  I hopped on Twitter and was very successful!  With various world events, we can’t always be prepared to have a lesson ready to help answer our student’s questions—this is where I have found the use of a PLN so successful & important!

Finally, I hope to continue to use my PLN as a source to better my student’s learning.  I will sometimes get so boxed in to my lessons that have worked in the past; I must continue to revamp my lessons!  Not only to incorporate different avenues of technology, but for the simple reason of bettering my students and myself as a teacher.

 

Blog Response #1 February 2, 2011

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I was truly moved by Angela Maiers post “Nurturing Genius” .

 

She began with a quote “You are a genius and the world needs your contribution” .  She reflected over this quote and actually showed it in action as she clearly “labeled” students as geniuses—a very beautiful lesson in what our words and actions really show and mean.

Here is my posted reflection:

WoW!

This just shows how truly powerful our words actually are! Especially the words of a teacher. Often times, I find myself frustrated with my students and say not very kind words to them. Every teacher (I hope!), gets to that moment where their frustration boils over and they reprimand their students…loudly. I usually tell myself that my students are high schoolers, thus they can handle anything I can dish out. But, then thinking about myself, I know I feel just as chastised and made little at faculty meetings. Everyone—students, teachers, administration, and staff—needs to be reminded as you’ve stated…that we are GENIUSES. Even more particularly, that the world needs us!

One of my favorite poems has a line “daughter of a thousand generations, this tired world needs you…”. This post really reminded me of that and humbled me! This post was a great reminder of the young minds we mold, speak to, and effect on a daily basis. I want to and I strive to speak/teach each of my students as genius that the world needs.

Thanks again!

-ll

 

Twitter Success! February 1, 2011

Filed under: Lesson Ideas,Twitter — LC @ 9:40 pm
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I have been using twitter for over a year now.  I was convinced into using twitter by friends & by my last ed tech course with Cheri.  I mostly followed celebrities, comedians, news sources, Catholic stuff, and very few ed techies.  I would jump on and off reading it–sometimes it just was too overwhelming reading it.  I did really like the few ed tech people I followed, but I their blogs were in my google reader–so I felt like that was all I needed!

Well, now here I am again in an ed tech course with Cheri Toledo annnnnd jumping back on twitter! I was not all that excited about getting into it again, as I felt I really did not get too much out of it the first time.  Then we had our elluminate class session where we got to see the “magic” of twitter!  This really impressed me and got me excited to use twitter again to really develop my own PLN.  So, I started to lurk again and see what was out there.

I never really knew when I was going to put my own voice and question out there….just sorta waiting.  Well, when I got to school on Monday I knew I really wanted to teach my World Studies class about what was happening in Egypt, but I did not feel that I knew enough to do a sufficient job.  Normally, I would have scoured the internet for a while, printed out some pantagraph articles and called it day.  Instead, I went to twitter! I put a message out right away to some members of our class & other ed tech people.  I was not flooded with responses, but it did really help me and more importantly my students!  I ended up showing my students a video from CNN Student News that did a great job of laying the foundation (and even provided discussion questions!).

After this experience I feel WAY more comfortable using twitter—I even tweeted my sources I found!