Friday, December 7, 2012

Final Reflection

Thanks for a great year. I hope everyone has a good and bless Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Project #13

For the group projects we had to do, my partner and I basically kept in touch mostly through emails and texting. We used google docs and gmail to talk about our projects. We use these form of communication to collaborate with ideas for our projects and to come up with meeting times for the group. We shared our ideas and used our tools to get our projects done. We had fun and enjoyed each other company. Being in a small group was less drama and more organized.

Blog post #13
Brian Crosb's video Back to the Future was very amazing. He teaches students ranging in through the 4th, 5th, and 6th grade. Most of his students are 90% second language learners. His students are also children living in poverty. His classroom is his students comfort zone. Each student has their own computer in the class. He talks about some of the many projects his class does out the school year. Instead of testing his students on the projects they do, he has each student to blog about their experience with the project. If it was a success or not, what they learn from the project, and their opinion about the project.

The best part o the video was the balloon project. They sent a big balloon into the earth’s atmosphere. They took pictures and were amazed how high the balloon went. Then Mr. Crosby had his students to blog about as if they were the balloon entering into our earth’s atmosphere. All his students looked so happy and excited to each project. Most of his teaching was through fun activities done in the classroom as a group. I feel that most of his students learn together then apart when doing projects. His video was inspiring. I can see my future class doing many projects. If Mr. Crosby’s class can learn so much through class projects and activities, I know I can get my students to learn and love doing projects.

The video A Vision of Students Today was a great video. It made me realize that many people, including myself, is struggling to get through school. This video was made with the help of Kansa State University in 2007. The video is about students and how they feel about their life is like as a college student. There were two hundred students who participated in this video, if not more, to answer the question "What is it like to be a college student today?”.

The best part of the video is when the scene changes to a classroom of students who holds up a piece of paper or their computers to express how it is to be a college student. The signs were very creative and very true statements. The one sign any student can relate to is that as college students we spend so much on books and we probably won’t touch them all year. Or the fact that by the time we make it half way through school we are in $20, 000 to $30, 000 debts.

Standing in a teacher prospective, it can be changed through technology. Most students do not come to class because they are bored with the material. By the time they graduate and start their career they will not use half of the stuff they learned in school. I think online classes can be a big help in saving money and gas. Downloading books off of eCollege or renting textbooks from school books stores or online can also be a good saver to money. There are many ways that technology can help out struggling college students. Its just the way students use their sources.