My Animoto Video

July 16, 2012

My Animoto Video.

Alright. I just got done making my scavanger hunt test from using Google docs, and I think it looks pretty good. In the future, I think I might actually use this more for my future class when conducting tests. Anyway, here’s the test:

So, I did a Google Docs presentation, and I have to say that I think it looks pretty good. This was just to help out all my other fellow English concentrators. Hope these resources help 🙂

So, I got work with Google Docs using a word document, and let me tell, it is so much better than using Microsoft Word. Of course, in my case, my computer won’t take Microsoft Word right now is this a nice alternative. But anyway, I made two resources from Google Docs that I’m to share with you all today. Here’s a  link to see my other classmates resources.

I know I said this before, but George Lucas supporting education is one of the coolest things I have ever seen or heard. I mean, this is the guy that made Star Wars for crying out loud (and no, I’m not a big fan of the movie series). But anyway, this website is every teachers’ dream. It’s a place where not only teachers, but parents as well can go and communicate with other parents and teachers. It gives out resources, blogs, advice, core strategies skills, etc. One of the awesome things that caught me off guard was that the all the grad levels were included, not just elementary. I thought that was great because Middle and High school students could use all the help they need. But anyway, one interesting I found on that website was they had a list of blogs for everyone to look at which I thought was a great idea since they can look at ideas, get their questions answered on what to do in a classroom, lesson, or teach the students. For the core strategies, I like how that not only are they learning objectives for students, but they are also teachers to help them teach students and to become a better teacher. I like the teacher development part because it tells the truth about how teachers, parents, and administrators are to help their students learn, build confidence in their learning, etc. The other cool part is that with the videos, it’s almost like youtube, only for teachers. There many different kinds of videos ranging from teaching tips to interview videos with teachers. They even had books that teachers can look up if they need help improving their classrooms, lessons, or teaching styles. Overall, all these things could help me as a future educator because I know starting out, I won’t know what I’m doing, how I’m doing, or if I’m doing something right. With the help of edutopia.com, I can ask other teachers for advice and strategies on how to teach certain students, what materials to use, etc. I can probably write my own blog on there posting my experiences, questions that I hope other people can answer, and my own advices on what to do in a classroom. I can watch the videos to learn some learning strategies for the classroom, how to keep students engaged, etc. Sometimes, I don’t like to read books online because they take so much time, but I would make an exception to the list of books they have online to achieve a positive learning environment. I would recommend this website to all teachers if they’re looking for help. George Lucas, thank you for caring for all students and their education.

Rodd Luicier is definitely the kind of teacher I would enjoy talking to since he’s not afraid to socialize with people. But that’s not why we’re here today. We’re here because of his new idea known as “The Seven Degrees of Connectedness” which helps people understand what kinds of relationships educators have their online colleagues. Obviously, there are seven levels of how connected one is with their colleagues. There’s Lurker (practically shy), Novice (curiosity), Insider (coming out of the shell), Colleague (loves groups), Collaborator (planner), Friend (caring and likable), and Confident (social butterfly).  As I was reading about these degrees, I was looking at myself wondering which one was more me. I think I’m more of the Lurker  just because l I’m shy sometimes when it comes to internet. For example, I don’t write much status updates on twitter or facebook because I don’t have much to say and not too many people try  to talk to me. I don’t think they even care about me sometimes. The only time I actually talk to my colleagues is if I have questions for my professors in certain classes or I have homework to turn in. Even on a computer, I’m practically invisible. But those seven degrees also showed me that I can move up if I communicated with my colleagues more by joining in on an important conversation, speaking up more, put out more ideas even if they probably won’t like them, etc. The infograph is great because I can just look over at what to say or do at each level of degree as a helping guide to have a better relationship with my colleagues more online. The colors are a little bland, but that’s just my opinion. I can put that in my future office as a tool and an inspiration. So by the looks of it, it seems that having these seven degrees are vital to help educators get ideas on what to teach in the classroom, what materials to use, advice, etc. I would recommend “The Seven Degrees of Connectedness” to everyone because it will help learn to have a better relationship with their colleagues and not be afraid to step up.

History Infograph

So, here’s my infograph. I thought of doing American History because it is a vital part of how to learn from other people’s mistakes but also to look up to our American heroes to do what’s right. That’s what I want for my students to learn, to grow, and appreciate the freedom we have for our country today. But they also need to know how we got our freedom and, more importantly, why. I think this infograph is self  explanatory. Hope you all like it 🙂