Sunday, December 8, 2013

Blog Post #16-Morgan Rushlow- final reflection/exam

Part 1- Text statement

After looking back at blog post 1-Blog Post 1-If I Built A School, What Would It Be Like?, I believe that I can imagine myself using in my future classroom  all technology available- especially Apple macbooks and iPads. I can also see my future students using PDAs. I can see myself in my future classroom using any assistive technology available, such as the mountbatten braille writer.I can see myself in my future classroom using any technology that has ever been or will ever appear in the future. I will constantly keep up-to-date with all technology and continue learning about all technology as long as i live. Why use all available technology? Because I believe doing this will benefit all students including those with disabilities. I can imagine myself in my future classroom as a student-centered teacher who uses and emphasizes PBL and team-based learning. I can imagine myself in my future classroom letting my students use all technology they have available,letting them choose an option for each assignment that works for them and their parents. I will also let them learn about any technology available to them. I can see myself in my future classroom emphasizing these methods- group work and collaboration, creativity and resourcefulness(using all skills and tools to do what needs to be done and figuring out how to do it yourself-and teaching the students this as well.), and life-long learning. These are the skills I will emphasize and employ in the teaching process. I can imagine myself in my future classroom being a teacher who teaches her students to be well-rounded and always be creative and question everything they already know. What will my future classroom be like? I plan on teaching any subject in grades 7-12 when I graduate from college and i can imagine it being a relaxed environment where all students feel it is safe to learn and to express themselves as individuals. I can imagine my future classroom being one where there is no limit to what can be learned or technology available to use. How would I change my blog post 1 if I could go back and change it? Probably simply add some things to it because there are so many more things i could say after completing EDM 310. What I said still stands,but now I have so much more that i could say. Also, I would look back to check for any errors in spelling/grammar, etc, because editing and proofreading are important skills to have.

Part 2- Video

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Blog Post 15- Braque Group Collaborative Post-What assistive technologies are available to you as a teacher? Select a few and discuss how they may be useful to you.

Morgan Rushlow video responses- iPad videos
I viewed the videos about iPad usage and how it can help students with disabilities learn because it has features that help the deaf and blind to navigate the apps and do the tasks they intend to do. It has not only a speaking feature for the blind but a voice-command for the deaf and blind so they know exactly what they are doing and going to- however, i find that while the iPad is great because of these features it is best if someone is there helping the person navigate the iPad, because they may navigate to the wrong app or type the wrong thing. The features the iPad has will be good for use in teaching students with disabilities of any kind as well as those who are not disabled in any way. the iPad is a device that is versatile and can perform so many functions, although it is important to know how to use it best and to make sure that the users of these devices get the help they need in using it. I found some information about iPads on the web and found some pretty interesting things- such as  this website states-, iPads are helping students all across the board in their learning because it is helping with not only hearing and sight impaired students, but it is helping those who are having a hard time with communication skills such as those with autism as well. iPads are indeed having a major impact on learning outcomes and they have a very important role in the future of education, as apple states in its’ very own statement about its’ own creation,the iPad- iPad makes it possible to do so many things now that were not possible even 10 years ago when iPad was not even a thought in Apple’s mind, that it is an understatement to say that it is going to be transformative, as this website states-, iPad lets you express yourself in a variety of ways and this is why students can learn communication skills better with it because there are so many ways for students to participate in class and so many different apps that creatively express yourself it is mind-blowing. Clearly mind-blowing is an understatement in terms of what the iPad can do and will do for not only learning but for everything. iPad is a truly amazing piece of technology and it is worth it for schools to try to see how it improves student learning outcomes. iPad is truly revolutionary. Sure iPad has its issues and is best used with a helper if needed, its’ benefits outweigh the problems with it.As a collaborative secondary education major I plan to use iPad in my future classroom for these reasons-because it can do so much and can inspire creativity in ALL students.

Samantha West video responses-
I am blessed to have all of my senses that I was suppose to have. As a student I know that a class can be difficult enough even for me. I do not know where I would be if I could not see or hear. I know that it is not only hard on the student, but it is hard on the teacher as well. It is a good thing we have more and more technology to help out these students and teachers understand and perform better. Braille books are very helpful for blind students. If you can read Braille. Also, most schools are going all digital. What do those students do then? How about if each student has an Ipad, a student who is legally blind might have one that will read the book to them. If we were listening to a book in class on day, a student who had hearing impairments could follow along on his Ipad. There are many ways our students can learn, and most of them have the drive to. On a website I found, they spoke about a student Karen, she was legally blind and they went through her day. She would sit in history class, and listen to the teacher speak about the American Civil War, as she took notes on her personal digital assistant (PDA). She then went to her English class where they were talking about the story To Kill a Mockingbird. Karen had downloaded an electronic copy on her PDA. That way she could read it with her braille. She also switched back and forth between the story, and taking notes. Later she went to the library with her partner for a project, and used the computer there. In the library there is a computer that whatever page she is on it will read it out to her. This makes things simpler for the librarian. She can stay busy doing her work while Karen gets done what ever she needs. Karen is a star student, and is at the top of her class. Karen was taught at a young age to use her resources wisely. There will come a time as a teacher that I might have to teach someone with a disability, and I will be ready for whatever it throws my way because you just have to remember the student is just as excited about learning as you should be to teach them. I got this information from

Daniel LoVette
mountbatten braillewriter

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students using mountbatten braillewriter

The Mountbatten braillewriter is something that I would definitely use in my classroom if the student had practice using it. There will be a lot of note taking of many things in my classroom so through the braillewriters ability to give audio feedback, the blind student will be able to participate more often in my classroom debates, projects, and even lectures.  

If I were going to be a math teacher, there is no doubt that I would use Art Karshmer’s invention. He discusses how teaching math to the blind is difficult because all braille is linear and a lot of math problems require numbers to be stacked atop one another. Thus, he created a 3D grid that uses blocks with braille numbers on them. This way the bling student is able to work math problems like the rest of the class.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Project #12- Smartboard Part B- lesson delivery via smartboard- Braque Group- Morgan Rushlow, Daniel LoVette and Samantha West

C4T # 4

Hi,  this time I had the wonderful pleasure of commenting on the blog of the famous Marc Prensky- the man who wrote the textbook: Teaching Digital Natives- Partnering for real learning! Here are the comments I left on his blog-

comment 1- Hi, my name is Morgan Rushlow and i’m a student in EDM 310 at the university of South Alabama. I think these things you discussed in your video here were great suggestions about helping students to be brave but I believe there are many ways to help students be brave and take risks with their learning which may include being wrong, such as letting them think about some questions at home. I think giving them time to figure out their own answers to questions by researching and thinking about it at home would help them because they will develop not only their critical thinking skills but building their ability to find out more about topics they want to learn about. They will learn to use the tools around them. This will help them develop more skills than just one.I believe that when teachers reward students for what they learn after making a mistake if they can show what they learned, can help them to be brave and no longer worry if they are wrong.

here’s a link to my EDM 310 student blog-

and my twitter page-

this comment was an answer to the question- how do we help students be brave to be wrong and ask questions. here is that post- i gave examples of things i believe will help students to be brave and not afraid to be wrong and ask questions. I also stated why i thought prensky’s suggestions would work.

comment 2-Hi, My name is Morgan Rushlow and I’m a student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. I agree that technology will change everything about learning-from what is used in classrooms to the way students study- technology is certainly bringing a revolution in education. here’s a link to my EDM 310 student blog-
and my twitter page-

this comment was an answer to the question-what’s going to happen next in education?
here is that post- In this comment I stated my thoughts on the future of education.

C4K November summary

Here is my C4K summary for November.

here are the blogs I commented on-

here are the posts I commented on-

here are the comments I left-

Hi, Eric. My name is Morgan Rushlow and I am a student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. I think this is a story I think you definitely could write more on and make into a novel, eventually. I think that is good you wrote "to be continued” , because I think it should be. There seems to be a lot to the story that needs to be written, like how did “Stewie” escaped from the basement and what happens after that. I am interested in reading the next part of this story. Very interesting. Have a wonderful day! here is a link to my EDM 310 student blog-

Hi, Chloe. My name is Morgan Rushlow and I am a student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. I really enjoyed reading your post. I think you are a really talented artist. You are really creative, and it seems to me like you have a great passion for artwork.Your drawings in this video here are so lifelike and simply amazing. I think it is wonderful that you will be using your artwork for helping those in need. Have a wonderful day! Here is a link to my EDM 310 student blog-

Morgan’s Final Progress Report on PLN

Here’s how my PLN/PLE is going- I am really enjoying using symbaloo, delicious, twitter and google plus to form a learning network and connect with experts i can learn from. I find these are all helpful tools in learning and I would highly recommend anyone use them to form a PLN. I have learned so much from using these tools and had so much fun using them. 

Blog Post # 14- What did I leave out?

For this post Dr. Strange asks us to give suggestions for the course EDM 310. I really have enjoyed this course and see this course as a valuable experience I will never, ever forget. I love the fact that we in EDM have been learning about PBL and hands-on education by experiencing it here in EDM 310. This course-EDM 310 has helped me develop more of my educational philosophy and has made me think more about what I would want my future classroom to be like.  I would have to say that the only thing I could see to change the course would be: adding would be a post where students talk more about their personal educational philosophies and the kind of teacher they want to be and what methods they plan to use. Also, I believe it would be beneficial to include posts about the importance of the arts such as music, theatre and dance.

 I think all of this would be beneficial.

P.S.-Thank you, Dr. Strange, for a wonderful experience in EDM 310. I have really enjoyed it!!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Braque Group collaborative blog post # 13- Ken Robinson’s TED talks top-ten playlist discussed by Morgan Rushlow, Daniel LoVette and Samantha West(the Braque Group)

Our group discussed videos from Ken Robinson’s top ten TED talks (listed in the links below)
videos discussed here-

Here are our responses on some of these videos-

Arvind Gupta: Turning trash into toys for learning

by: Morgan Rushlow-Braque Group
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Arvind Gupta is a toy-maker and he is from India. He has been in the business of toy-making for more than 30 years and is making a revolution in the educational toy industry.Gupta has gone to schools and presented his learning toys; and,needless to say, they liked them. He began his career as an engineering major in college in the 1970’s-he didn’t think about making toys in college but he went to schools and saw that children wanted to make and create things and was inspired to help them by seeing this- and he started making toys for them to use to learn. He shows us in this video that you can turn anything into a learning tool. Gupta in this ted talks video takes simple things that seldom would be thought of as having but one use and makes them into something else that can be used as a teaching tool. Gupta made geometric shapes with a flexible material. He also showed how to make the shapes of a ship, a bird and a hat and other things using newspaper. He created many things with simple everyday objects that  wouldn’t thought of as having multiple uses. Gupta shows us that almost anything can be turned into something else-one thing can have many forms. Gupta makes the quote in this ted talks video that “The best thing a child can do with a toy is to break it.” Why would he say this?Because Gupta believes that you can use any resource you have to create what it is you need to use-that means when something is broken it is still useful because you can make something else. An item that is broken can be recycled and can still be put to good use- in this case,it is used for learning.. This would teach children to be resourceful and to use what they know to create what they need. These are very useful skills for students they will need. Why does Gupta’s toys teach these things? Because they are simple toys made out of simple things that are familiar to children and when demonstrated by a teacher the students will be able to think of all the uses of the items the teacher used. These toys Gupta created came from his idea that to teach we should love others, use what they know,and what they have, to build on. He believes that when given the chance to actually have the experience with a concept they get excited about learning because they are able to see why and how the concepts they are learning
about works.

Nakenya Ntaiya: A Girl Who Demanded School

By: Daniel LoVette - Braque Group

I am sure to not be speaking for myself when I say that this video has the potential to make every American citizen feel like the size of an ant. Hearing Nakenya Ntaiya’s story makes me feel very privileged to live in this country. Ms. Ntaiya is from the Masai tribe in Kenya, and if just being in the tribe isn’t hard enough, being a Masai female is unimaginable. Masai members are tall, jump high, wear red, and hunt lions. As impressive as this sounds, their customs of oppression towards the female race are a tragedy that is happening all over the continent of Africa at this moment. Males are raised to be warriors, and women are raised to be mothers. Girls are engaged by the age of five, and are expected to be a perfect woman by the age of twelve. They have no say in political issues, family issues, career choices, or are even able to own land. By the eighth grade the average Masai female endures a circumcision ceremony by which any outsider would consider mutilation. The practice is unsanitary, and is the cause of many annual deaths of young female tribe members.

Nakenya Ntaiya has experienced this life and has overcome adversity to chase after her dream of being an educator and an activist against said practices. After almost not making it through the circumcision ceremony alive, Nakenya had an ultimatum to either become a wife and mother or to start high school which was very uncommon. After finishing high school, she was accepted to a women’s college in Virginia and had to get the tribe’s approval and support to attend, which was not an easy task. After getting the approval of sixteen male tribe members, she hits American higher education by storm and ultimately earns a masters degree in education. Nakenya has since started a girls school in the village and is making a positive impact in many student lives.  

The biggest obstacle an American student has to face to attend college is finances, and most find a solution. Not attending high school isn’t even an option, and even then we take it for granted. More students, including myself, have to realize that the education we receive is a privilege beyond measure. As a future educator, I hope to instil a sense of urgency to my students so that they might not slip through the cracks like so many do. This testimony is a great one, and it’s top ten TED position is well deserved!  

“To this day… for the bullied and beautiful”
Shaned Koyczan
By: Samantha West- Braque Group
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“ We are not the only ones who live like this.” This one sentence he repeated, and it  is stuck in my mind. It is something to think about. Let us go back. Go back to when you were in Upper Elementary or Middle School. Who was those kids that were picked-on, bullied, and disliked? Were they you? Was you the Bully? These are the questions that went through my mind when I was watching this video. It is sad to know that our children will have to go through this. When I was younger I was never the popular kid because my parents were not rich, and I was not the prettiest girl. I did not have many friends, and it really hurt my feelings when I could not figure out why. When I got into High School, I lost a lot of weight, and was actually liked. I became the person who I had hated the most, a bully. I was so mean to some people, and later I realized what I had done. I have now apologized to every single person I was ever mean to. I thought this topic was just right for me, because I will stand up to bullying from now on. Shane spoke about being being adopted, and feeling unloved. He said he went from being sad, depressed, to wanting to kill a kid. It should not be like this. Children should not have to feel like this. Bullying is a subject that we will have to deal with for the rest of our lives. For some people dealing with it is different from others, but we are in some way affected by this terrible act. We are all beautiful in our own little way!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Project # 10- Interview Movie

Morgan’s interview movie project with USA professor J. Daughtry

Project # 15- PB-learning plan # 3- non-collaborative

Blog Post # 12- Braque Group Collaborative work- What Can We Learn from Sir Ken Robinson?

Braque Group’s collaborative post on Ken Robinson’s videos. By: Morgan Rushlow, Daniel LoVette and Samantha West

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Ken Robinson and his famous phrase-from-
Ken Robinson- TED
Ken Robinson @ TED conference- from-
The Importance of Creativity- 

The Importance of Creativity

By: Morgan Rushlow-

Ken Robinson in this video made a wonderful point about creativity- that we need creativity in order to discover ourselves and to figure out who we are as a person-our identity. Creativity is the key, as Ken states in this video, to being successful people but, however, as Ken states in this video, creativity is not being encouraged in schools today and instead students are taking a path toward where the most money is made and what society believes is important to the economy. Ken believes students are not allowed to be creative in schools and schools kill creativity because society wants this cookie-cutter image of people, and so instead of individualizing learning to each student as we should be doing,education has been designed to produce graduates in this cookie-cutter design in which all students are taught the same way-with what is believed to be the “most useful subjects” prioritized in school while creative subjects are not being prioritized. Ken believes in this video that education is teaching students to not be creative because of the idea that creativity isn’t needed in the workforce. Ken believes that students are taught today that it isn’t ok to be wrong and that it’s not ok to be their creative selves in which they have their individual talents and skills which are unique to each person. Ken believes that the education system today caters to industry demands but it should be catering to individual student needs and passions/desires. Ken believes allowing creativity is important to each students’ success and fulfillment in their lives.  Ken believes that by not allowing creativity in school,many students are being left out in the system because some students’ talents are not being recognized because their talents do not lie within the frame of this cookie cutter image that is seen as desirable and important,but instead in the areas of study that are seen as less important and less desirable.

Changing Education Paradigms-

Changing Education Paradigms

By: Samantha West- 

Sir Ken Robinson had many key points in his video. He pointed out a very important key point to me, and that is ADHD. When my brother was little, he was sent to two specialists. One doctor diagnosed him with ADHD. The other said he was just a normal little boy, and he was. There was nothing wrong with him besides he didn’t want to sit in a classroom all day. They wanted to put him on medication that he did not even need. Doctors all over America are doing this now. It’s like we go straight to medication without even looking at what could be causing the problem. I find it interesting that my special education class was just speaking on this same topic Tuesday night. Do I believe our children should be drugged at such a young age? Of course I don’t. Do I think we should try every other thing in the book first? You better believe it! If nothing works should we resort to medication? That is the parent’s decision. Sir Ken Robinson and my point is how can we expect for every student to pay attention to, and I quote, “boring stuff”, when they could be watching TV, playing on their phones, ect. School is going to be boring at times, and teachers have to understand just because a child finds a subject boring does not mean they have an attention disorder.
Which leads me to another key point I would like to point out from the video. Sir Ken Robinson states, “ We shouldn’t be putting our kids asleep, we should be waking them up.” Hello! This is a wake up call to all of us soon to be teachers! He is speaking directly to us in this statement. My educational teacher always talks about how every teacher wants to teach to that perfect circle of students. Not the students that learn to fast, and not the students who learn to slow. Teachers want a class full of students that come in and understand everything on the day it is taught, and it can not be like that. We have to find a way to interest all the students, such as group learning. Group learning can keep all students busy and entertained. This keeps them from having time to act out. If you have not watch Changing Education Paradigms, Watch it. Sir Ken Robinson can teach everyone a thing or two about what should change in our educational programs.

How to Escape Education’s Death Valley
By: Daniel LoVette

In this particular lecture, Sir Ken Robinson discusses the problems with No Child Left Behind (NCLB), and the supposedly Attention Deficiate Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) epidemic. In addition he summarizes what the role of the teacher should be in order to counteract these problems.

Being from Great Britain, Sir Robinson begins his lecture with a joke: “Before I moved to the United States, people told me that Americans didn’t get irony.” He then explains that Americans in fact do get irony and that it is visible through the education program NCLB. H says that NCLB should instead be called, “millions of children left behind.” The American classroom is changing for the worse because our dropout rate continues to rise and students are disengaged in the classroom. Sir Robinson attributes this to the the natural personality of humans in that we are naturally diverse and that NCLB promotes conformity and the two cannot co-exist. I agree with this because NCLB implements standardized testing. Standardized testing should not be the main focus in education and Robinson states that they should instead be used to “support learning and diagnose.”

Sir Ken Robinson also believes that ADHD is not an epidemic. To him, children are not disengaged in the classroom because they are suffering from ADHD, they are “suffering from childhood.” This is a great point because children are not meant to sit and listen for hours at a time. They should be creating, and working through projects that are educationally fun. However, for this to happen, teachers have to change. Robinson says: “Teachers are the lifeblood of society.” Teaching should be a creative profession in which they mentor, stimulate, and engage students to promote life-long learners. instead of feeding facts to students, teachers should facilitate and let learning happen naturally.    

Ken Robinson
Ken Robinson- from-

Sunday, November 3, 2013

C4T # 3 summary

For my C4T # 3 assignment I was given the wonderful pleasure of commenting on Lee Kolbert's blog. here's the link to it- I found this blog very interesting as well as informative.

here are the links to the posts I commented on-

here are the comments themselves that I left-C4T # 3- comment 1-

Hi, My name is Morgan Rushlow and I am a student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. I thought this post was interesting. I think it is important to be "connected". Have a wonderful day. Here's a link to my EDM 310 student blog-

Comment 2-Hi, my name is Morgan Rushlow and  i’m a student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama.I think people really can get lost in games, but some games can be educational. I believe it would be wonderful if games could be incorporated into classroom lessons.I think they can be a great educational tool. Do you agree? However, even though I believe it’s important to decide which ones could and should be used, because there are some games out there that are not educational, and some that don’t need to be played at all. Also, it is important parents have a say in what games their child plays because there are some that they don’t want them playing. Some may not even agree with it at all, but their wishes are important to consider.  Just a thought because I know that a lot of people play games and for those people it would benefit them greatly.

Here’s a link to my EDM 310 student blog-

and my twitter address-

C4K October summary

here are the blogs I commented on for my C4K october summary.

here are the links to the posts I commented on.

Project # 12- Smartboard Part A- Using the Smartboard Tools

Blog Post # 11- Kathy Cassidy videos

videos discussed:
Mrs. Kathy Cassidy’s Class

After watching these videos I believe her approach to using technology in the classroom is phenomenal.  I believe I would use all of the techniques she uses-such as Twitter, Blogs and skype. I would also talk with the students about digital citizenship just as she does. I also believe Ms. Cassidy did a good thing by talking to school administrators at the school she teaches at and parents of her students about what she is doing in her classroom because  I believe it’s always a good idea to get approval. I believe talking with students if there is a problem is a great idea because this helps students understand why something should or shouldn’t be done. What problems might I encounter with this approach in the use of technology? Probably the same as discussed in the videos. How would I address them in my future classroom? Probably by talking to students when there is a problem and put blocks on places they shouldn’t go on the internet and talking with parents and administrators about class activities. I think it is important to build communication with students, their parents and the administrators at the school, so I would communicate with all as much as I can. I will send newsletters home to parents with their students have talks with parents about their child’s progress, and email administrators about what is going on in my future class.  What benefits might I anticipate with these approaches in my future classroom? Increased learning and interest in learning. Creativity being seen in student work, more growth in progress each week and students building a larger network than simply inside their home and at school. 

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Project # 14- PB-learning plan # 2 non-collaborative

Blog Post # 10-What Can We Learn About Teaching and Learning from Randy Pausch?

What can we learn from this video-Randy Pausch-Last Lecture- Achieving Your Childhood Dreams?

First, it is important to understand what Randy was talking about.

  •  that life is short and that you will not achieve everything you had hoped to achieve as a kid but you will get to experience all that you want to experience.
  • It is important to reflect, as your ideas change and your thinking changes, and it is important to make realistic goals 
  • That when people give you feedback it is a good thing because that means you haven’t been given up on. 
  • That you can really be surprised when you wait and see the progress that has been made after time has passed.
  • That it is important to start fulfilling your passions at a young age because these begin at a young age.
  • That learning can be fun
What does this mean?

  • That lifelong learning is important- it it not important how long it takes to learn something-it happens all life long
  • creativity and passion must be harnessed at a young age.
  • thinking always change as time passes and reflection is important.- every goal will not be achieved because goals change all the time.
  • students will go beyond what the standards say must be learned if given the opportunity
  • collaboration on projects can help students learn more than sitting through a lecture
  • technology is only a tool that students can use to assist them in learning
  • learning tasks must be interesting and fun for students to be effective

Randy Pausch did a wonderful presentation about this and he showed what students can do if you let them by talking about his students virtual world projects. I think we can learn from Randy Pausch that PBL is effective and a great way to teach students more than just what standards tell teachers we must teach the students.
PBL aspects
Components of Project-Based Learning- from-

PBL and PrBL comparison
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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Braque Group Collaborative Blog Post # 9- (Morgan Rushlow, Daniel LoVette and Samantha West)-"What can we learn about teaching and learning from these teachers?"

students, technology, projects, collaborative
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Student- Art Project- Collaboration
Student working on Art project- from
7 C’s 21st century learning
seven C’s of 21st century learning- from

Back To The Future

link to video-Back to the Future presentation
Brian Crosby’s presentation titled Back To The Future had us wanting to re-take the fourth grade all over again. His science class at Agnes Risley Elementary in Sparks, Nevada are doing project-based learning plans infused with technology. Mr. Crosby chooses to teach by the project-based method because his students were “disconnected” and he wanted to build passion in his classroom which consisted of mostly of at-risk students. Needless to say he had his work cut out for him. Mr. Crosby showed us two lessons. One was an experiment on air pressure where the students crushed a soda by just placing it in hot water. The second and biggest experiment the class, with the help of some local professors, built an hot-air balloon rigged with a parachute and cameras to document the entire project. Since no one in the Braque group are science majors, the technical terms and standards taught in these experiments will be spared. However, we do think what the class did post-experiment was the most important. Because the hot-air balloon experiment was well documented, the students were able to write about it. Not typed in an essay, not written with pencil and paper, but blogged about. Through this students were writing to clarify and share, and writing to tell a story in which they get feedback from an authentic audience. Sharing what they have learned in this way promotes creativity, inspiration, and therefore students are able to remember content better. Crosby’s class went further than just blogging. They made wiki pages, and skyped with other classrooms all around the world. Also, through the balloon project, they created “High Hopes,” which was a blog used to connect his class to other classes around the world in order to hear other students’ hopes and life goals. Brian Crosby uses this type of educating in an effort to “quit racing kids through school.” By this approach, maybe students will use the same tools to learn when they leave the classroom.

Blended Learning Cycle

link to video-Blended Learning Cycle

In the second video Mr. Paul Andersen showed us the blended learning cycle and how it works. We believe this could be the best way to teach your class. He combines the blended cycle which consist of online, mobile, and classroom time with the learning cycle which allows students to explore, explain, expand, and be more engaged. Together this makes an amazing combination. This cycle could give the students more opportunities to understand the information and give teachers more time to better explain things in the classroom. Mr. Andersen’s cycle starts with a question. As future teachers we want our students attention. If we start with a question that they really do not know the answer to; they will stay focused longer knowing at the end they will get their answer. The next part is investigate. This is a helpful section because this is when the students can get into groups and work up an hypothesis. After the students investigate there is the video section. Mr. Andersen makes podcasts for his students to view. We believe podcast are very helpful when it comes to time management. The students can watch the podcasts outside of class during down time. This gives them plenty of time in class to comment and share their thoughts  and concerns on the topic. Next, the students have to elaborate on what they have learned. The students can make charts or diagrams on what they believe will happen. Next come reviewing in which we think is the best part of the whole cycle. As future teachers and current students, we understand the importance of individual or group work with the teacher. This gives one on one time to answer any last minute questions that the students may have as well as gets them get ready for the summary quiz. The summary quiz is the last  part of information that can help them get ready for the big test. The blended learning cycle is something that we will incorporate into our classrooms. Mr. Andersen has created something that is both helpful for the teacher and to the students which is what makes a great learning environment.

“Making Thinking Visible”

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This video  discussed Mark Church, Ron Richhart and Karin Morrison’s book titled: “Making Thinking Visible”. The video discussed what it means to truly make thinking ‘visible’. According to the authors mentioned in this book, what it means to do this is to have students do something that shows progress. An example of this would be to have students put the work they have completed into a portfolio and later reflect back on how much more has been learned over a period of time in order to see how their thinking has changed about the topic being discussed. It can be astonishing to look back and see how much progress has been made after a long period of time, especially when reflecting on your own work.  In other words, making thinking ‘visible’means, at least in  the context of what this book is saying, means to be creative in your teaching strategies when teaching and let students create through being engaged in the learning process. The simplest way of doing this may be to have the students write down what something means to them now and then think back on the work later when the class comes back to it either in a project or a discussion about what should be changed about their original thought. In this video that is exactly what happened. A teacher told students to attach a thought as groups to a piece of paper, about a topic they were given to address and they would look back at it later on and think about what they think their thought should actually should be after some time of reflection. This is what Dr. Strange asks us to do with our work as students in EDM 310 and we believe this is a very important part of the learning process- reflection. Why is reflection so important? It not only helps students to improve but it also helps them to see how far they have come with their learning. We believe this is real authentic assessment and it shows much more of what was learned than a test can show. This is something that all educators in the 21st century must be ready to incorporate into their classrooms.