Tuesday, September 16, 2014


iLearn Technology Blog

The first blog was an inspiring digital video that showed the mind is a creative tool. This video proves that thinking and  giving those positive thoughts energy to become reality can be uplifting to you and countless others. I hope Abigal wins the contest. She has already sparked a winning attitude in the minds of many; the attitude of dream and believe in your dream.

The second blog provided information on SNAP Learning Close Reading Portfolio, an online reading program. As a future educator of lower elementary, it sounds like a valuable tool for the classroom. Technology is something today's student is very familiar with,so this tool ,with interactive ability, will help in holding the student's attention, and help in comprehending what is being read.

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For first blog I was amazed at what the video showed. A young lady had made a digital character movie and put it a contest that got a lot of attention. I commented on what dreaming and testing your dreams can do.

The second blog shared valuable information of an on-line reading program which I was thankful to learn about. SNAP Learning Close Reading Portfolio is the program name; one of the features I like is the interactive ability the student will have access to. This on-line program also offers the ability for students to better comprehend the material while they are learning to read.iLearn Technology

1.This is an inspiring video. The mind is a creative tool. This video is definitely proof that thinking and  giving those positive thoughts energy to become reality can be uplifting to you and countless others. I hope Abigal wins the contest. She has already sparked a winning attitude in the minds of many. That attitude of dream and believe in your dream.

2.Thank you for the information on SNAP Learning Close Reading Portfolio. As a future educator of lower elementary, this sounds like a valuable tool for the classroom. Technology is something today's student is very familiar with,so this tool ,with interactive ability, will help in holding the student's attention, and help in comprehending what is being read.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Blog Post Assignment #4 Asking Questions: What question do we ask? How do we ask?

 According to Common Core, "teaching students to ask their own questions helps them become self directed learners...."  What kind of questions do we ask? Some like Maryellen Weiner, PhD in her Teaching Professor Blog states, good questions make students think; so ask prepared questions, questions that can be played with, and save your good questions." These are good starters on where to start this different approach of trying to get our students interested in the learning process. In Ben Johnson's Blog,  he points out we ask our students at the end of a reading, "do everyone understand, and if no one responds, that is taken for "yes we understand." Mr. Johnson calls this a "useless practice of asking students this question"

How do we ask questions? Using Bloom's Taxonomy, aim for clear questions, and follow yes or no questions with an additional question is what the website at "http://cte.illinois.edu/resources/topics/methods/strateg.html," states. As educators, being effectual involves things that will cause students to become thinkers first and then ready doer for what ever task is put before them. Asking questions according to Warren Berger's, produces successful people.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Blog Post Assignment #3 How Can You Provide Meaningful Feedback to Your Peers?

Feedbacks using rubrics can open a lot of avenues for correcting and making an assignment better. Some of the things used in my group rubric are content, organization, and attitude. Our grade scale is 1-Poor,  2-Fair, 3-Good, and 4-Excellent. Peers can know what the thoughts of others are concerning the project he or she is working on, whether the project is acceptable or is there a need to change something. Rubrics gives detail information on what is wrong with something and how to correct it. An example for 1-Poor is given because no understanding of what project is about, whereas 4-Excellent is given because details are clear and assignment is understandable.  Rubrics are a positive and informative method to address comments to your peers work.

Peer Editing

The process of proofreading your classmate writings is a task that should be taken with much care, is what I understand about peer editing. Keeping in mind that you could face the same criticism you are giving others should make one think hard of what is being pointed out in another person's material.  The using of soft words are one of the instructions in the given material to follow. Easing into what may not be a good paper, can make correcting the paper a learning experience for it's writer.

 Preparing yourself for how to edit is really important.  The point in editing a person too hard or too easy is something you have to keep in mind. Too hard, is every little mistake you point out with a critical attitude; being easy means you want to hurry and get through the editing process with out noticing errors. Avoid both of these practices. When noticing too many comma errors, for example, you might say,  watch the over usage of commas in your writing, in hopes the person will seek assistance in the use of commas.  Peer Editing, when used properly, is a much needed tool in the world of communication, to help the meaning of what is being written, more clearer.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Blog Post Assignment #2 What Will Teaching in the 21st Century be Like?

                                      Mr. Dancealot
1.  The main message in this video is, Mr. Dancealot non-technology method of teaching in boring to today's highly technical students.  His words are slow motion movies to these students. Answers with examples at your finger tips in a matter of seconds, the teacher of time before technology, is out of step with todays classroom. 

2. The author's point is made clear when it is time to exhibit want was lectured in the classroom. Nobody was sure of what to do.

3. Yea, I do agree with the author. I agree because during lectures, information is missed; either through the teacher talking to fast or you taking notes and miss something that may be important.

Teaching in the 21st Century
1. Robert's message of teaching in the 21st century, clearly let educators know what today challenge of trying to reach students will have to be equipped with. The message he shows is here is your tools you will need for our new method of teaching our students.

2.In one of Roberts arguments he state that, "teachers are filters, do we want our students to be entertained or engaged?" He explains that, "teachers are their to break down information to students if there is something to complicated for them to understand, and for the entertain of engage argument he make it clear that we want our students to be able to "solve problems than to escape by being entertained."

3. I feel his thoughts are in the right direction of how the world of change is in the educational system and is needed for reaching today's students.

4. As a educator with dreams of being the teacher I had as a child, that dream is now ashes in my mind because there was no technology when I was in school forty-two years ago.

The Networked Student
1. The networked students need teachers to properly guide them into the technology. Negative websites, copyright rules are just a few things that need to be taught about using technology, this is where teachers are still valuable if they are technology trained.

Harness Your Students' Digital Smarts

1. Davis main point in this video is, "we are located in rural America, but we take our students around the world to meet other people. 

2. My reaction is, I want to learn how to do this inexpensive, convenient way to meet  people  all around the world.

Who's Ahead in the Learning Race?

1. Let the truth be known, today's student are ahead in this the technology in the classroom today race, with my position of crossing the line last.

Flipping the Classroom

1. Flipping the classroom is new to me.

2. The approach shown in the video could indeed be a valuable tool to a teacher.

3. The explanation of letting the student take the teacher home on a video, with examples and instructions of what the  is required, is a positive approach to help students who need more time to get what the teacher is asking of them.

Bringing the Locker Room into the Classroom

1.Owens noticed in the locker room that what he saw on the television was not taking place in the locker room ,the "speeches, and other things; instead he saw discussions, debates, questions, and part collaboration.' These items he name can be useful tools for educators to help get their student to a higher level of learning and ready for the world waiting for them after schooling is over.


Wednesday, August 27, 2014


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Monday, August 25, 2014

Blog Post #1

1. What are the things (if any) you have heard about EDM310?
    Answer: EDM310 is a confusing class.  The first day of class is run fast, but to where?

2. What fears (if any) do you have about EDM310?
    Answer: The use of  Mac computers, and learning so much about technology in such a short period.

3. Compare and contrast EDM310 with other courses you have taken in college or high school.
    Answer: In all honesty, I have never taken a course like EDM310 before.

4. What do you think will be the most difficult thing for you in EDM310?
   Answer: I have purchased a Mac laptop, and I am going to attempt to learn how to use my new
                  laptop, and keep up with my assignments.

5. What is the best way for you to address this "most difficult" aspect of EDM310?
   Answer: Stay in the lab, with  the lab assistants helping with difficult problems.

6. What questions do you still have about EDM310?  What ideas do you have about how to address
    those questions?
  Answer: Having taken this course before, I have no questions at this time.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Practice Post

My name is Edna Montgomery.  I want to be an educator because I like to help others. An educator is a lighthouse to show others new things.  My passion is cooking.

An educator is a special person. This individual is gifted with bringing out the hidden person within one. Sometimes the light switch  in the brain need a special voice, to help to light up; that is where the skill of teaching is needed. Technology is proving to be a key new tool to help educators reach those who need a little more time and help.

My passion is cooking.  I like to experiment with recipes. Main dishes are my specialties. I am on a health awareness role while enjoying my passion.   Fats are limited, salt and sugar are not used heavy like in the past, but I still use salt and sugar.