Sunday, June 28, 2009

IPODS for Instruction

After visiting the website and watching the PowerPoint I can see I real usefulness in using Ipods for educational purposes that I couldn't see before. In 2004 Duke University gave all first year freshman an Ipod. They have seen immense results after doing so. I have an Ipod and I never thought to use it for many things that students at Duke use one for everyday.

One use out of the Ipod is using one for a recorder. This now means no more note taking. One can record the whole lecture and never have to write one thing down. They can just record it and replay it later for studying. This creates the study aid of repetition. You can hear it over and over to memorize it. Another great use for Ipods is the use outside of the classroom. If you have a project to do that requires an interview you can just let the Ipod do the work for you. It can record the whole interview and save it for you until later.

After reading many of the findings Duke made in its first year experiment I think using Ipods in the classroom is a great idea. Yes, it is expensive, but what is a price on education. This new technology can defiantly help in the future of educating students.

The website used for this information was Click on the powerpoint

Dr. Christie's site of useful educational information


After reading through many of the educational tools listed on Dr. Christie
s website I found one tool that stood out to me more than any other, teachertube. I love Youtube. It it one of my favorite things to look at on the internet. Now teachers can get in on the excitment also. By using Teachertube teachers can now post videos that aid and show other teachers and students what kind of learning is taking place around the world.

I can see myself using such technology. By doing this I could see where other schools around the country or world are acadimically in the classroom compared to mine. By using Teachertube one could also post videos futher helping students after class is over by giving more detailed directions for a certain project or homework help. Teachertube can be beificial for all parties.

Wikipedia. Is it really reliable?

After reading many of the posts about Wikipedia I now see where it is a total unreliable website for accurate information. I myself have used wikipedia many times trusting that the facts were true that I was reading, but in fact many of them could had been falsified by the companies or people that the stories were about. Even a random person could change information on Wikipedia.

A lot of the people and companies that change information are users you would never expect such as: Walmart, Exxon, and even the CIA. With the help of a new scanner program developed by Virgil Griffith anyone who gets on Wikipedia can see who has edited the information on a particular page. With this new aid Wikipedia may soon become increasingly more reliable as long as no one comes out with a new technology to make the names unknown again.

Monday, June 22, 2009

After watching both podcasts I can see that both sets of students are highly above average when it comes to technology when it comes to the rest of us. I do believe I am prepared to tach these students. Not because I think I know more than them, obviously i don't. Not only can i teach these kids things I know how to do, these kids could also teach me. That is what teaching is all about. Not only are you teaching your students, but you are always constently learning from the students also. I believe to become a more effective teacher I just need to research more about technology and try out different things like podcasts and videocasts so that I can effectivly teach my students about them and we can all be on the same wave link. After watching both podcasts I am very shocked with how advanced these kids are considering they are probably younger. I also believe that it is great that they do know how to do most of those type of things. They are already more advanced than over half the people their age. This will definaitly have a postive effect on them one day by knowing more about technology.

websites I used were

I thought the first podcast i listened to was remarkable. The students that conducted it seemed to have been doing those type of things for a while. They were all very knowledgeable about al lthe technologies; therefore, they were capable to ask intresting questions. All the students definitly did their homework before the podcast. After hearing it I can now understand different social networking sites that can help students after the class is over. They also talked about how you-tube can be used for educational information. They can put up powerpoints and virtual tours for the students. This podcast was very proffessional and what I hope ours can be like.
After hearing the second podcast I heard a huge difference. The second group gave diffferent websites to visit for help in the classroom. They did bring up very good points, but most of what they were talking about was only good in elementary classrooms. They did not incorporate middle or high school students into the podcast. All three websites would help in the lesson plans, but it gives the notion that all you need to do is go tothe website and everything will fall in your lap. In reality it is not really like that.This podcast was no as proffessional as the first one, but it still had a lot of great information in it.

The website used for the first podcast is
Podcast 1

The second website used was
Podcast 2

Sunday, June 21, 2009

The FischBowl

After reading Karl Fisch's post I am outstanded how he could make those comments and still be so right. I agree with him tremendously about how teachers really do not deserve to teach if they themselves do not know how to use a computer. They are only setting their students up for failure.

It is funny how I look around myself and wonder why and how half the people around me are in college due to the fact of how technoligcally illiterate they are. It even agrivates and furstrates me sometimes when people are asking me simple tasks about things dealing with the internet or even the computer in general. I will admit there are few instances where even I do'not even know a few things, but as teachers you are constantly learning new things, but to ask things even my young niece could do on a computer is a little bit outlandish.

After reading the post I know now teachers owe it to their students to know how to use a computer. Being able to use a computer is a lot like being able to read or write. In the early 20th century people could still get a well paying job and not know who to read or write. At the end of the 20th century very very few people could get any kind of job without knowing how to read or write. People who do not know how to use a computer can still get good paying jobs, but it is getting increasingly harder. I think within the nest 10 to 15 years it is going to be as difficult to get a job if you don't know how to use a computer as it is to get a job not knowing how to read or write. Teachers can't teach what they don't know.

All this information was found at Karl Fisch's Post

Saturday, June 20, 2009

"Being Inspired, Part 1" Thoughts

After reading Jarrod Lamshed's blog about the different new methods he has learned since incorporating different technologies into the classroom I can see how going out of your comfort zone can have a huge impact on the classroom. Mr. Lamshed talked about how reading Mr. Chamberlain's blog entries and Mr. Mcclung's blog posts showed him how the borders of the classroom go way beyond the walls. It can extend all the way around the world to other classrooms thanks to technology. By using skype Mr. Lamshed was able to communicate with another classroom and have those students experience the presence of Mr. Lamshed as though he was really there. He was also able to talk to another classroom about the book Holes. Both classrooms were reading the book at the same time and they both found it interesting how two classrooms on different sides of the world could be experiencing the same things.It is interesting how Mr. Lamshed embraced the new technology and used it without really asking many questions or even doubting himself.

All of this information was found at
Mr. Lamshed's Blog

Monday, June 15, 2009

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Mr. Chamberlain's classroom

Videos were found on the websiteMr. Chamberlain's videos

After watching all the videos on Mr. Chamberlain's blog I can see that he gives his classes choices. Each student tells different ways they take notes and different things they are doing their projects on. The last video is a child telling why he likes being given these choices. Even though these are young kids they still understand the importance of having choices.
By giving the students choices they can do their projects the way that best suits them and thus, helps them make better grades on their projects. I think this is a great idea. By doing this you can improve kids creativness and individualism.

What Mr. McClung learned

The website being used is At the teachers desk

Mr. McClung made a few comments about his first year teaching and what he learned to do and not to do. Some of these include: communication, listening, not setting high expectations, and being flexible.
I do agree with him that if you set your expectations of students to high, then you're setting yourself up for failure. You just have to keep in mind who you're dealing with in the classroom setting. Another part I found interesting is when he stated, "No lesson is ever perfect. The lesson you teach and the one you plan are always different." To me this is saying do not expect to try to come up with the perfect lesson plan and if you think its perfect it's not. It also says that you're going to get sidetracked on the lesson. No matter if it is students asking questions you didn't expect or if a [art of the lesson just totally does not work always place a backup or be ready to think on your feet.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Adding a Picture to a Post

Creating a Link

1)Make sure the HTML tab is selected
2) Click the link icon. It looks a link in a chain.

Summer Class Blog

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Fischbowl Movie

The Fischbowl movie is about how technolgy is shaping the world today. Twenty years ago no one could expect what our world was going to be like. As a population we now have access to things that would had taken years to find on our own without the internet. If someone has a question all they have to do is Google it. Google is the leading search engine on the web. Myspace is leading in connecting people across the globe. I myself have myspace. I can not go one day without checking it; it starts to become addicting.
My thoughts on the movie is that, yes technology is taking over our world. I believe teachers cannot function in a classroom in the 21st century without a computer. They have to be up on the times because they are going to be competiting with the internet for knowledge. The internet can be a powerful tool in the classroom also. It can aid in research for a project and aid in completing missed assignments by posting them on the web.


ACCESS seems to be a great opportunity for teachers and students. Access offers many great advatages. Students can complete many courses that they may not be offered through online classes. By using this kind of technology students can interact with other students that do not go to they same school they do. The distance learning is both good for teachers as well as students. It gives both an opportunity to interact with people they do not get to see on a reagular basis. Students can now access classes that were not available to them earlier. The powerpoint even states that some schools in Alabama are not equiped for the Advanced Diploma. It is state law that schools are supposed to be. With this new technology it is now available to those students who wish to take that degree plan.
I believe this is great for students who wish to broden their horizons but are limited to what is taught in their particular school. Coming from a high school that did not have many different electives to choose from or a lot of AP classes this is a great opportunity for those students. The only disadavantge is the student must be motivated enough to keep up with their work and to comprehend the lecture because there is no one there to watch over you.


"Quality for Every Facet of Learning", this is the slogan that appears on the ALEX website. This website is designed to help educators, parents, and students alike. One thing ALEX is good for is that it shows students what is expected of them as well as involving them to understand what is going on in there school.
A few things that are set forth to provide services on this website is lesson plans to show students certain things can be expected of them. This website also provides an addendum of what teachers, parents and students should be expected to understand at each grade level.
I believe this website is a great tool to help kids prepare for their classes. They can already look ahead and see what they could go ahead and work on so that they can be ahead of the class rather than behind them. This also helps teachers in a way that now they can institute things into their curriculum and get more positive results by being able to let the kids see what is going on.

Friday, June 5, 2009

About Me

My name is Megan Brown and I live in Foley, Alabama. I havn't always lived her though. I grew up in a very small town called Ranburne. I moved here about two years ago because i got a scholarship to Faulkner and because my boyfriend, now my fiance, lived down here. So i moved in with my sister and her two kids and her husband. I have a niece and a nephew who are absolute blessings in my life. I am a Christian and I love Jesus. I also work at the Coach store in the mall. I absolutly love my job. What girl wouldn't love working with purses all day? I am currently at South so I can get my degree in Secondary Education focusing on English. I can not wait to graduate.

Monday, June 1, 2009

My First Post

I am now published internationally.