Thursday, December 5, 2013

Blog Post #16
It is finally coming to an end in EDM 310. Even though in a way this is just the beginning for me going out and using everything I learned this semester in the real world. This fall I really had a lot on my plate and I honestly fought this class everyday in my head. To be completely honest, I didn’t want to spend the 9 hours each week and I just didn't give EDM a chance. But after realizing this is what I want to do for the rest of my life I better stop fighting and just do it. I want to be an educator and even more so I want to teach physical education in the 21st century. This class has taught me so many new tools necessary to create the environment I want for my students. I even started my own blog to keep everything on track.

For our very first blog post assignment this semester, Dr. Strange asked, "If You Built A School, What Would It Look Like?" After reading If I Built A School on Krissy Venosdale's blog, Venspired, I could imagine JUST what my school would like. If I had my wish of building a school and teaching I would be teaching Middle School, Physical Education. Even in my field of teaching, technology could be used to not only excite kids into learning skills they need, but also teach them how to enjoy being physically healthy. I want my students to know that being physical fit is very important in their life. I believe healthy people are happy people. EDM 310 is one of the few education classes I have taken so far and it has given me a better understanding of what my teaching philosophy will be. I can now answer these questions thoroughly thanks to this EDM 310 course.

I want my kids to be able to have access to the recourses to learn how to play sports and where, learn work outs, even find their favorite music to dance too. Of course in physical education more physical activity will be used than technology. But my methods will evolve into using technology in the classroom. Example: on rainy days I want to bring a big screen projector inside the gym and play up beat music and even play a dance video of Zumba. I’d like to use videos on proper ways to kick a soccer ball, or even how to serve a volleyball. Tools are so very important, hopefully in my time of teaching I will be able to use so many to show how physical education can be fun and exciting. The learning environment for teaching is so important. An upbeat classroom with fun and exciting activities will get kids motivated and PUMPED! I want noise and happiness in my classroom. I’m lucky to be able to teach a subject that we can be loud and exciting. So using technology in my field will only approve healthy living kids.I want to know my student's interests and passions, so I can create lessons that they will be engaged and interested in. I want my classroom to be colorful and full of technology. iPads, SMARTBoards, laptops, and Nintendos (thank you Ms. Cassidy's First Graders for that idea) will be available for my students.

My students will not be taught the way I was. No more “black top Friday”. My students will learn collaboratively with their classmates on sports skills. They will be encouraged to ask questions when they are unsure of something of a certain sport. I will incorporate blogging into my classroom, I love how this is a unique way to enhance literacy skills and give my students an opportunity to know exactly what sports skills we will be learning that day. Discovery Ed has visuals to help teach them in a different way from the old school copying definitions in the back of the book. Why not get outside and learn hands on as well the definition of kicking a ball after watching video and even step by steps.

I am taking with me so many tools and resources from this course that I plan to try and incorporate in physical education. Dr. Strange challenged his students to find different technology tools and to learn about ones he introduced to us. This has been a class very different from any other course I have taken. EDM 310 was more about independent learning and projects, I find more useful then the "burp-back" education I am still experiencing in a few of my college course! Education has changed a lot from the years I have been out of school and I know it is constantly changing. I will take everything I have learned in this course and continue to use and find new technology tools to give my students the education they deserve. Have to see you leave EDM, but love for you to walk away!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Project #2 PLN

C4T #4

My C4T teacher this week is Joey Feith. Joey Feith is the founder of He currently teaches elementary physical education just outside of Montreal, Canada. Joey believes that every child should have access to a world class physical education experience, and that teacher professional development is the key to that. That is why, between lesson planning and helping kids improve their running, he has dedicated thousands of hours to creating a site that helps inspire fellow physical educators.

On his first blog I read blog #PEChat 2.0 Here Joey Feith talks about the weekly Twitter chat hosted by Each week, hundreds of physical educators flock to Twitter to take part in this online professional development experience. The goal of #pechat is to help physical educators improve their teaching through frequent, engaging, and meaningful professional development that is focused on good teaching practice.

My comment:

My name is Laura Hamilton, and this fall I’m taking a class called EDM 310, at the University of South Alabama. This class is very important in the field I’m going into, Physical Education, and Sports Management. This class will help me learn how to evolve technology into the classroom today. I have been assigned to your blog for a few assignments for my own personal blog this fall, I really like your blog and what you are doing with #pechat. It is a great way to help teachers improve their teaching with technology. It not only could help teachers and coaches who have been in the field brush up on new ways and technology to incorporate in the classroom. But it really helps out teachers like me, fresh out of college and have no idea where to start with lesson plans, and games. Great Blog!

My second post was Evernote Lesson Planning Workflow. This blog talks about how Joey Feith most used app on a day-to-day basis. Having all of his notes, ideas, sketches, and screenshots organized into an awesome cloud-based system is incredibly helpful. For some time now, he has used Evernote as his go-to lesson planning tool. Being able to lesson plan on-the-go and organize/search those plans based on tags and keywords is a huge help in keeping his planning organized.

My Comment:

My name is Laura Hamilton, and this fall I’m taking a class called EDM 310, at the University of South Alabama. This class is very important in the field I’m going into, Physical Education, and Sports Management. This class will help me learn how to evolve technology into the classroom today. I have been assigned to your blog for a few assignments for my own personal blog this fall, I am very new to technology in the classroom for the most part. I really like Evernote and hope to find it as useful as you do in the classroom planning.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Blog Post #14

What can you learn from P.E. Central.

The idea of PE Central originally began in the Fall of 1995 by Dr. George Graham and the doctoral students in Virginia Tech's Health and Physical Education Program. After participating in several brainstorming sessions during this seminar it was decided that we would develop a Website that would be available on the Internet. Primarily, we wanted a place for K-12 physical educators to visit that would provide them with information and resources to help them deliver developmentally and instructionally appropriate physical education to their students. Some ideas to include on the site were assessments, health and physical education lesson ideas, job announcements, links to the top sport and instructional sites on the Web, wellness tips, and instant activities that would change on a weekly basis. Their goal is to provide the latest information about developmentally appropriate physical education programs for children. They not only help students, but teachers, parents as well. They have everything you can ask for from lesson plans, to technology, to even job searches for teachers and coaches.

Here is a picture of their weekly Bulletin Board.

They even have a weekly Kids Quote of the week. Here is this week:

In PE classes, I asked, "How many of you have been on a soccer team?" A 4th grade girl yells out, " I was, I played quarterback."
Submitted by Vera Morgan in Fayetteville, NC.

C4K #10 November

My First C4K

Student: James
Teacher: Mr. Mark’s
School: Pt. England School Auckland, New Zealand.
Grade: 6th grade

Blog: Class Blog

About Blog: I chose to comment on his blog called My First Day of School. James talked about how excited he was to go to school on the first day of school. He goes through his day from writing time, all the way to lunch. He talked about how much he liked math, and math time. He had many grammar errors, and it was actually difficult to read at times.

My Comment: Hey James my name is Laura; I am a student at the University of South Alabama. I am going to school to become a Physical Education teacher (P.E.). I really like that your class is using a blog for homework and assignments! That’s pretty cool! It is neat that you like math, I am not a big fan of math, I like PE! You have many grammar errors in your blog though, make sure you proof read, or even ask your teacher if you could ask him or a friend to help you proof read. Keep blogging!

My Second C4K

Student: Amelia's
Teacher: Mrs. Jenny She
School: Little Voices, Little Scholars, Pt England School, Auckland, New Zealand
Grade: 2nd grade

Blog: Class Blog

About Blog: As part of the Literacy learning process, the children write stories and then draw pictures to illustrate their stories. Their story writing is integrated with their Topic Studies. They also record their stories in movies so that they can share them. The students of Room 6 have been learning about celebrations and this week they are looking at Chinese New Year. Amelia has illustrated her story using comic life! The class is mostly six years olds but some of them are just five. They write stories and then they draw pictures to match the stories. They use the Kid Pix programme to draw the pictures. They also record their stories in imovie so that they can share them with the rest of the world.

My Comment: Hey Amelia my name is Laura; I am a student at the University of South Alabama. I am going to school to become a Physical Education teacher (P.E.). I really like that your class is using a blog for homework and assignments! That’s pretty cool! I really like your story to. You came up with that on your own? Your drawing has many colors as well to keep your audience’s attention. Keep up the blogging!

Blog Post #13

What can we learn from these TED talks?

Kakenya Ntaiya: A girl who demanded school

Kakenya Ntaiya made a deal with her father: She would undergo the traditional Maasai rite of passage of female circumcision if he would let her go to high school. Ntaiya tells the fearless story of continuing on to college, and of working with her village elders to build a school for girls in her community. It’s the educational journey of one that altered the destiny of 125 young women. Even from adverse circumstances, unlikely & disadvantaged people can, through bravery & will, create revolutionary victories. The effect she has on those kids will spread to hundreds more through them, then thousands, then millions, because that's how positive human change begins. Liberation of women is what can raise an entire society up a level. As soon as 50% of the population isn't treated like property, amazing things happen. Thank human goodness for people like Kakenya.

Mae Jemison: Teach arts and sciences together

Mae Jemison is an astronaut, a doctor, an art collector, a dancer ... Telling stories from her own education and from her time in space, she calls on educators to teach both the arts and sciences, both intuition and logic, as one -- to create bold thinkers. People often consider the arts and sciences electives, they do not consider that the curriculum itself IS both art and science, a text book is a work of art and a work of science. At ANY age learning is GREATLY enhanced by singing, dancing, rhyming, acting, gaming and discussing, why are these all banned in the classroom? SCIENCE is the art of OBJECTIVE expression, ART is the science of SUBJECTIVE expression. I love how Dr. Jemisen gets it. Art and science are the foundation to building a functional society to progress. Art is one of the first disaplines cut in the schools. Abstract, creativity, science, art, is problem solving - new solutions.

Shane Koyczan: To This Day ... for the bullied and beautiful

By turn hilarious and haunting, poet Shane Koyczan puts his finger on the pulse of what it's like to be young and … different. "To This Day," his spoken-word poem about bullying, captivated millions as a viral video (created, crowd-source style, by 80 animators). Here, he gives a glorious, live reprise with backstory and violin accompaniment by Hannah Epperson. He's a spoke word artist, he writes from his soul. He was bullied when he was young, impressionable & needed support, not to be brought down by those around him. Words are powerful, affecting the psyche in subtle ways.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Project #15

This is my third Project Based Learning Plan.

My Plate Google Site

Blog Post #12

What can we learn from Sir Ken Robinson?

Ken Robinson lays out the link between 3 troubling trends: rising drop-out rates, the schools arts dropping out, and ADHD. All these points are very important points to discuss and worry about. Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we are educating our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence. This video tells us how we have been educated to become good workers, rather than creative thinkers. Students with restless minds and bodies are ignored or even stigmatized, with terrible consequences. "We are educating people out of their creativity," Robinson says. It's a message with deep resonance.

There are 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish -- and how current education culture works against them. In a funny, stirring talk Kin Robinson tells us how to get out of the educational "death valley" we now face, and how to nurture our youngest generations with a climate of possibility. Ken Robinson challenges the way we're educating our children in a creative way. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence.

Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.Creativity expert Ken Robinson challenges the way we are educating our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence.

To be honest, there will always be people who will put you down because you think of things that they don't or because you see things in a different way, but at the same time, in college, I have yet to run into a single instructor who has put me down for being creative. The instructors at my college South Alabama are always pushing their students to think outside the box and do their best no matter what the goal is. I'd have to say that college is a much better experience than high school ever was.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Project #10 Interview

This is my video podcast Project #10, of Lindsey Grosz, from Saraland Middle School, Physical Education.

Project #12 SMARTboard

This is my Project #12 SMART board Tutorial Video on some basic SMARTboard tools.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Blog Post #11

The First Video by Kathy Cassidy is Little Kids... Big Potential.

Mrs.Cassidy's first grade class show how they use blogs, a classroom webpage, wikis, video, Skype and Nintendo DS to share, collaborate and learn in their classroom. In this video she really shows how as an educator she is setting the bar for teaching standards in using technology. I was very impressed not only by the students excited views on learning with the smart board, but the teachers excitement only helps this classroom.

The second video by Kathy Cassidy was with Dr. Strange at the University of South Alabama, who teaches EDM 310. Cassidy 13 Part 1.

In this video Dr. Strange and Cassidy talk about how she started getting involved with technology in the classroom. She was actually given five new computers and had no idea what to do. So she knew there was information to be found on the internet, and even got some federal aid from the government. She has been using the webpage for almost ten years, and the classroom blog is going on 5 years. Cassidy talks about how her school has a technology coordinator, and how she has support to help keep technology in the classroom. She really believes students need to keep up with technology, including using twitter, blogging, and just keep in touch in what is happening in technology.

My third video to watch with Dr. Strange and Cassidy was Cassidy 13 Part 2.

In this video Cassidy talks about how people should start using technology. She believes the first step is finding what interests you. She says people connect to each other in which things they can relate too. They go into talked about twitter and how helpful they found it to be.

My fourth and finle video with Dr. Strange and Cassidy is Cassidy 13 Part 3.

In this video Dr. Strange lets the students ask Cassidy questions and how she went about problem solving she might have in that year. She talks about how her curriculum can change and does change accordingly to meet the needs of her classroom.

I really like the idea of using technology in the classroom today, in some cases we have no choice. Even in the field of Physical Education in which I am going into, technology can be and will be used. Not only to show or help teach students lessons, but maybe a blog to help students remember dress out days, or even new assignment schedules. But some concerns come to me in technology and technology standards in education. One main concern in cheating, or plagiarism. Cassidy felt that this could be stopped or made to be looked different at because it is not cheating but more so collaborating with others work. But my main concern with technology is the safety and the material the students will be introduced too. Not only is the web full of negative material for students, but students blogging and facebooking one another can be used in a negative way as well.

Monday, October 28, 2013

C4K October

C4K October

My first student Olivia is in Ms. Eppeles, 4th and 5th British Columbia, Canada class. Ms. Eppeles class is reading a book about dogs or puppies. In this week’s blog post, students were asked:

1. Check out this site to learn more about service dogs: Butterscotch really helped Melody when she fell out of her chair! What other jobs do dogs do for people? What are some things you can do to help when you see a service dog?

2. How do you think Melody will react to having a new sibling in the house?

3. What themes or big ideas do you think that Sharon Draper is trying to get us to think about as we read these chapters?

Olivia answered: I feel bad for melody but i love love love love pups i have one of my own

My comment to Olivia:

Hey Olivia my name is Laura Hamilton; I am a student at the University of South Alabama. I am going to school to become a Physical Education teacher (P.E.). I really like that your class is using a blog for homework and assignments! That’s pretty cool! Just make sure you always capitalize your I’s. And put periods on the ends of your sentences. Keep up the blogging!!

My second student is Hunter is in Mrs. McLean’s class in Alberta, Canada. There assignment was to tell us what the four layers of the forest where, including using a picture. Hunter’s picture did not upload rite, and even another student commented on not being able to see the picture.

My comment to Hunter:

Hey Hunter my name is Laura Hamilton; I am a student at the University of South Alabama. I am going to school to become a Physical Education teacher (P.E.). I really like that your class is using a blog for homework and assignments! That’s pretty cool! And you have a pretty cool blog going on here too! I cannot seem to see or upload your picture though on the layers of the forest. But keep up the blogging; it can be so much fun!

My third student was Jack is in Mr. Warren Grieve 5th grade Medbury School for Boys Christchurch, New Zealand. In his blog The Running Of Doom, he talks about a school race he ran in. He tells his story of cross country in which he really doesn’t like doing but does any way because his mom says he has too. In his blog he is very good in using creative words to describe things; as in ZOOM and ZIP!

My comment to him:

Hey Jack my name is Laura Hamilton; I am a student at the University of South Alabama. I am going to school to become a Physical Education teacher (P.E.). I really like that your class is using a blog for homework and assignments! That’s pretty cool! And you have a pretty cool blog going on here too! I really enjoy running cross country! You sound like your pretty good at it even though you don’t enjoy it too much. And make sure you always stretch very well before running; this will help with side pains. Keep up the blogging!

My fourth student was Charlie, and he was in Mrs. Horst 7th Grade Language Arts Oakville Ontario Canada. This blog was a summary of what lessons he learned from the book Out Of My Mind. One of his lessons he says he learned was to never take anything for granted.

My comment to him:

Great post this week Charlie! And not taking anything for granted is such a great thing to learn or gain knowledge of. My name is Laura Hamilton; I am a student at the University of South Alabama. I am going to school to become a Physical Education teacher (P.E.). I really like that your class is using a blog for homework and assignments! That’s pretty cool! And you have a pretty cool blog going on here too! Never forget how lucky you are to be gaining an education.

Summary Post C4T Teacher #3

My first blog teacher was Dylan Blain. He has a major in Sport & Exercise Science and a graduate from the University of Bath. He teaches Physical Education (PE) Teacher in South Wales, UK. The first blog of his I read was called Research informed Practice in PE Posted on March 20, 2013. He talked about using research informed ideas within teaching physical education. Research informed ideas he says can be difficult to access research materials, unless you are directly involved in academic work through a university. He feels that teachers should be aware of what current research suggest in Physical Education.

My comment to his blog:

My name is Laura Hamilton, and this fall I’m taking a class called EDM 310, at the University of South Alabama. This class is very important in the field I’m going into, Physical Education, and Sports Management. This class will help me learn how to evolve technology into the classroom today. I really like your thoughts of using and wanting to stay in the present with research and informed ideas in physical education. Why would we use 30 year old research to alter and pave our way in standards today? The world including our students change every year, let’s keep up with them! Great Blog!

My second blog Post by Dylan Blain was called iPad Workflow’s in PE – Edmodo & Google Drive, Posted on August 4, 2013. He talked about working individually with the iPad and using class sets and coming to realization the importance of having good workflow’s for exporting work from various apps to a central resource that can be shared with a variety of individuals. For this he use two tools, namely Edmodo and Google Drive.

My comment:

My name is Laura Hamilton, and this fall I’m taking a class called EDM 310, at the University of South Alabama. This class is very important in the field I’m going into, Physical Education, and Sports Management. This class will help me learn how to evolve technology into the classroom today. And in this class we use and learn about Edmodo and Google Drive every day! I use Google Drive to store everything for this class, and now have incorporated into my other classes. I not only think that teachers can use this tool in teaching, but students need to be introduced to these tools. Not only to help with school work from an early age, but prepare them for higher education and possible job applications. Great Post!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Project #14 PBL #2

A Day In Life As A Worker Bee!

This is a link to my Project Based Learning Plan #2 using a google site.

PBL Worker Bee Site

Monday, October 21, 2013

Blog Post #10

What Can We Learn About Teaching and Learning From Randy Pausch?

In Randy’s Story he talks a lot about how Randy Pausch was widely respected in academic circles for a unique interdisciplinary approach, bringing together artists, dramatists and designers to break new ground by working in collaboration with computer scientists. As a professor, he inspired countless students in the classroom. Outside the classroom, he gained public fame for delivering what would come to be known as "The Last Lecture."

On Sept. 18, 2007, only a month after doctors told him that he had three-to-six months to live following a recurrence of pancreatic cancer, he presented a lecture called "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams" to a packed auditorium at Carnegie Mellon. The moving and often humorous talk recounted his efforts to achieve such childhood dreams as becoming a professional football player, experiencing zero gravity and developing Disney World attractions. In the process, he shared his insights on finding the good in other people, working hard to overcome obstacles and living generously. The video appeared on countless websites and has been viewed by millions. Appearances on the Oprah Winfrey Show, ABC's Good Morning America and the CBS Evening News followed.

In this video, the Last Lecture, Randy Pausch talks about his dreams, enabling the dreams of others, and what lets you get to achieve your dreams. The idea of the last lecture is a hypothetical question, “if you knew were going to die, and you had one last lecture, what would you say to your students?” For Randy, it wasn’t hypothetical. This talk is not about death, though. It’s about life and how to live. There were many things to learn from Randy’s Last Lecture Video. Here are some key points I believe you should look for:

• Have specific dreams.
• Brick walls are there for a reason.
• It’s all about the fundamentals.
• It’s not what you say, but how you say it.
• Apologize properly.
• Don’t complain. Just work harder.
• Be prepared.

Pausch's persistence opened the door for thousands of students to pursue their own dreams. His leadership and innovation pushed Carnegie Mellon to integrate the arts with technology and establish a method of teaching that is as unique as it is revolutionary.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Blog Post #9

This was a Collaborative assignment done by: Laura Hamilton, Brian Orr, Sally Gajewski

Brian Crosby, Agnes Risley Elementary School, Sparks, Nevada, Back To the Future (17:43) (made in 2010)

Brian Crosby, an upper elementary teacher for 29 years, guides the learning in a model technology classroom in Sparks, Nevada.

TED type video. Hot Air balloon project. 4th graders. Students did not know their address, home state, country. We are not sure why the teacher presenting went over many topics he did, such as tissue flying in air, hot air balloon. We assume he was teaching thermodynamics in basic form, and giving examples/projects as a beginning and teaching the science of the project or demonstrations at a later date.

***Funding! This type of project (sending a balloon with quite a heavy payload, into the stratosphere, would take ALOT of money we would think...for 1 classroom.***

Good part of video is that the blog’s teach children “internet etiquette,” as Mr. Crosby states. The internet is known to be quite a chaotic or hostile environment. Teaching students to be polite is a good lesson to have, yet the importance of this lesson is moot.

In the video Making Thinking Visible Mark Church a 6th grade teacher from the International School. He has his students get into groups and has them think about a video they watched cally Early Human Beginnings : Origins of Human Society.

In it he has them get into groups so they can think of a headline. The students discuss what they need to say to get others to understand what it is they are trying to say with this headline. In the video he has one group read their headline which is " Why do mysteries begin and why are they important ?"

After they make the headlines they put them on the class bulletin board. Then after two units he has them check and see if the headlines are still the same.

Paul Anderson's Blog Mr. Paul Andersen is a high school AP Biology teacher in Bozeman, Montana. Paul Andersen has been teaching high school science for the last nineteen years. He has been teaching science on YouTube for the last three years. Paul spent the first seven years teaching all of the science classes at a small rural school in northern Montana. Paul is currently a science teacher and technology specialist at Bozeman High School.

Questions In one of his blog or or podcasts he talks about questions in education and in the classroom. Paul Andersen discusses the importance of questions in education. He briefly discusses the evolution of Wikipedia and the problem of evolution of textbooks. He discusses the importance of questions and the problems posed by creating enough good questions. He really believes in question changing and evolving instead of the textbooks. Even with using the ipads with the textbooks, he says it is still just a textbook and nothing has changed. He believes learning videos, and interactive videos in school standards should be brought more into the classroom, or even at home with homework. But questions is what his main influences is on. He talks about how hard finding and coming up with good questions is for teachers. And how much work really goes into having a good questions and great lessons.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Blog Post #8

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Edutopia is a website published by the George Lucas Educational Foundation (GLEF). Founded in 1991 by filmmaker George Lucas and venture capitalist Steve Arnold, the Foundation "celebrates and encourages innovation" in K-12 schools. Edutopia is a place where students and parents, teachers and administrators, policy makers and the people they serve are all empowered to change education for the better; a place where schools provide rigorous project-based learning, social-emotional learning, and access to new technology. Where we can develop 21st-century skills, especially three fundamental skills: how to find information; how to assess the quality of information; how to creatively and effectively use information to accomplish a goals.

I think what many people forget is that Physical Education is not a gym where it is the teachers job to get kids into great shape. That is not possible with the amount of time they see students. They are teaching students how to be physically active for a lifetime; introducing students to a variety of activities that they can do once they are out of school. While we want to be active in our classes and get them up and moving and we do a variety of cardio activities, it is also important to teach the other aspects of physical activity such as recreational activities that may turn students on to being active adults. We also teach current trends in technology so students have the tools needed to stay active in their world. We are teaching for the future not just for today!

First let’s talk about what PBL is? Project Based Learning! In Project Based Learning (PBL), students go through an extended process of inquiry in response to a complex question, problem, or challenge. Rigorous projects help students learn key academic content and practice 21st Century Skills; such as collaboration, communication & critical thinking.

Within the PBL website they offer services, including a Workshop.
PBL Workshop.

Here they offer a Workshop Menu including:
Three-day PBL 101 workshop- This onsite workshop engages participants in learning the principles for designing, assessing and managing standards-focused projects as well as using performance assessments to judge the relevant work generated by 21st Century learners. Through a combination of direct instruction, video analysis and hands-on collaborative work, participants have the opportunity to plan, design and receive peer feedback on an engaging and rigorous project using the Buck Institute for Education model and tools. Every participant (no more than 35 in any one session) receives a free copy of our PBL 101 Workbook, which includes rubrics, planning forms, activities, readings, etc.

One-day PBL Instructional Coaching follow-ups- We conduct onsite instructional coaching visits as a required element of our sustained support. The content and process of these sessions are based on the needs of the participating teachers. The follow-ups could include additional training, classroom observation, teacher coaching, curriculum review, or a review of student work. We require a minimum of two in the school year following the PBL 101 workshop.

One-day PBL 201- Advanced Practices workshops.These onsite workshops are designed as follow-ups for educators who have taken our PBL 101 workshop and had an opportunity to implement their project. The topics range from PBL and Web 2.0, PBL and RtI, PBL and Differentiated Instruction, PBL and Special Needs Students, etc. One-day PBL For Leaders workshops- These onsite workshops are designed to provide educational leaders with a toolkit of ideas and best practices that will enable them to create a teaching and learning environment that allows PBL to flourish in their school. Our National Faculty members who currently work as principals in PBL schools facilitate these sessions.

PBL Workshop can even be used in the physical educational field as well. Physical education can be a place where relevant and authentic learning can occur. I think project-based learning (PBL) is one way to not only create this, but to also show others how valuable PE can be. When done well, PBL gives students a relevant and authentic task that they, as a team and as individuals, must explore and solve. Instead of a project that is a curriculum or completed at the end, the standards-based instruction is filtered through this authentic task, which creates a need to know in students. They see why they are learning what they are learning. The students learn and complete the project concurrently, continually revising and producing a product that they will present publicly. TITLE=


YouTube came out with a program with schools that will redirect all YouTube links to educational content In addition, comments will be disabled and related videos will only be educational, both of which are a source of anxiety around exposing kids to inappropriate content. Each school and district has a different kind of filtering system, but this allows schools that block YouTube at the domain level to access it through Educational videos can be very interactive for kids in learning. Also teaching them to read is key as a parent and teacher. So finding ways to incorporate that in with your technology use is important and very easy to do today in our society.

YouTube/education is a great tool that can even be used in the physical education field. It can not only be available for students to go home and learn more about the lesson that day, teachers can even use it as a tool to teach that lesson of the day.

By: Salvatora Gajewski

TED Talks

TedTalks was started in 1984, as a conference to bring people together from three groups: Technology, Entertainment, and Design. It's free and has over fifteen hundred TEDTalks videos with more being added every week. The conference is held in spring on the West Coast of North America. Lasting four days it is breadth contents include: Science, Business, Art, Technology,and Global issues facing our world. Its has fifty plus speaker each of whom get an eighteen minute slot interspersed with short presentations including music and comedy. There are no breakout groups, everyone gets the same experience because all knowledge is connected.


Discovery Ed is a website/tool than can transform classrooms, empower teachers, and captivate students, by leading them in a way of providing high-quality dynamic digital content to school districts of large and small sizes, rural and suburban areas, and everywhere in between.

They believe that by capturing the minds and imaginations of students you can accelerate student achievements. Tapping into students natural curiosity and desire to learn. Since Discovery Ed has been around it has impacted the way educators teach providing them with with digital content and professional developments. Transforming classroom instructions into an impressive experience that sparks the natural curiosity of the student.

Envision Schools

Their mission is simple. It is to transform the lives of students-especially those who will be the first in their family to attend college-by preparing them for success in college,careers,and life.

They started as a 501(c)(3) charter school management organization in June of 2002. Today they run three small high performing urban public schools in the Bay Area of San Francisco. It integrates a challenging curriculum that requires all students to complete the A-G Common Core coursework ensuring them to be eligible and prepared to attend a four year university.

The educators use project-based assignments that challenge students to use the 21st Century Skills of critical thinking,solving problems resourcefully, and collaborating productively. Which are needed to thrive in college, future careers, and life. Students then have the opportunity to use these skills and show what they know through the use of a portfolio presentation and defenses, similar to a dissertation. These presentations are required to graduate and are invaluable to the preparations of the students life after high school.

Building on the success of the schools they created a consultancy division in 2010. It also works with progressive teachers and leaders throughout the U.S. to create vibrant schools and engage students deeply in their learning.

By: Brian Orr


My class has researched iCurio in the past, and reported on it being a magnificent search engine for school age children to use. In this post, I will go into some detail about how I might use it in a Mathematics course to help students learn outside the classroom. The website work quite seamlessly when searching for a topic, reading articles about that concept, and storing those articles in your personalized folders for later reading. I think most children older than 7 or 8 will be able to use the website fluently on their own with little hiccups. In mathematics especially, a student can research a concept that is universal to all people on the globe; what a powerful tool the internet is! Derivatives, basic algebra, quadratic functions, graphs of 3-D shapes, all of these ideas and lessons can be found on iCurio and learned by a student at their own pace. No deadlines, no homework! Students have the freedom to research to their hearts content.

I found a few lessons on Algebra II concepts such synthetic division, logarithmic functions, and simplifying exponents. Each search result brought 5-20 pages of content that would introduce each concept or develop how to use it in various cases. I could assign one of the webpages for my students to use, if they would like, to reinforce material taught in class. Or direct them generally to the iCurio database and let them choose which result they think personally best. In short, iCurio contains a lot of information, and lessons are based on meeting common core standards. Students can learn from home, quite well, and on their own initiative.

Teaching Channel

Teaching channel is a website dedicated to hosting videos that teachers or schools create, to highlight different lessons plans, styles, and common core standards. The site is particularly useful for teachers wanting to improve meeting common core standards with their own lessons, and more so, feed off of a multitude of other teachers for lesson ideas. Each teacher will have some nuance or way to explain a concept different from another. These quirks and even tricks can be helpful to be passed on to other educators around the country. And with common core standards being the basis for about 1/8th of the videos hosted on the website, Teaching Channel becomes a great source to learn how these standards guide and impact a lesson plan.

Common Core Lesson Plans

The final tool I researched were examples of common core standard lesson plans. The examples were of lesson plan sources, such as Inspiration, would provide ideas on how to fulfill common core standards in one's classroom. There also was included a list of standards for certain grade levels and courses like Algebra 1, which detail the expectations of the state on what teachers include in their curriculum. I found it a good source for clearing up what the common core standards are and how one might incorporate their requirements and new style of thinking into some of our lessons. The idea of the common core standards system is great for it provides students with the opportunity to be prepared for nationwide jobs, universities, and styles of work that they could experience or interview to be a part of. The program sets lofty goals which teachers aim to commit to, and this website among others is helping ease the transition to this type of thinking in our education.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

C4T #2

Physical Education and Technology


Having a crack at putting PE in the 21st C

Building Bridges
By: Brendan Jones
August 27, 2013

The first post I read by Brendan Jones was called Building Bridges. The post talked about him always being intrigued by the use of games in learning. He says “But on reflection there were things I learned from playing games that weren’t just high scores or earning badges. I learned that persistence pays off; failure is a part of learning; that sometimes the way to solve a problem that seems most obvious isn’t always the most efficient (or fun) way to get there; that finding a shortcut isn’t always called cheating; and, relationships matter – there are people out there that can help you if you get stuck.” While he worked at PLANE, he learned a lot about people using games and virtual worlds to support learning in their schools. He loves the idea that building in the virtual and real worlds will become an amalgam of learning that means something more than just a theory lesson.

My comment to his post:
Mr. Jonesy,
My name is Laura Hamilton, and this fall I’m taking a class called EDM 310, at the University of South Alabama. This class is very important in the field I’m going into, Physical Education, and Sports Management. This class will help me learn how to evolve technology into the classroom today. I have been assigned to your blog for a few assignments for my own personal blog this fall,
This is a very interesting idea and seems like a lot of fun for the students to get involved in their learning. I love the idea that building in the virtual and real worlds will become an amalgam of learning that means something more than just a theory lesson for students. Great Post!


From No Spoons, to ladles, and in between
By: Brendan Jones
September 30, 2013

The second blog post I read by Brenda Jones was about a lesson or a project in her classroom and how it went. She had many positives in her project including using the use of Edmodo. Submission of work, homework and quizzes were consistently completed by the majority of the class, but not everyone. Online conversations, however, were not a strong point of their Edmodo experience. But she also talked about troubles with the blog she used. The blog was dependent on the students submitting work electronically. This worked pretty well, but she needed to stay on top of the posting, which she didn’t. The students were offered roles as contributors, but saw that as an additional work load that they didn’t want to take on. She also realized how much textbooks meant to students. "The students are so wedded to the idea of having a text book that it became a major distraction when we didn’t issue one to everyone (even though I knew some kids wouldn’t even open them over the course of the Prelim year).” So she resorted to sharing snippets of textbooks that enabled them to work on the set tasks in class. This is linked to their use of laptops – digital texts were available, but not everyone valued them as much as paper texts – go figure.

My Comment to his post:
Mr. Jonesy,
My name is Laura Hamilton, and this fall I’m taking a class called EDM 310, at the University of South Alabama. This class is very important in the field I’m going into, Physical Education, and Sports Management. This class will help me learn how to evolve technology into the classroom today. I have been assigned to your blog for a few assignments for my own personal blog this fall,
I really like the thought of having so much new technology in the classroom today. But sometimes in class I have a hard time trying to put technology into my field, physical education. I feel students don’t want a textbook to learn how to play volleyball, or how to shoot a free throw. And as you said “Make the lesson delivery as vibrant and engaging as possible. Rather than lecturing, I intend to find stimulus around us that means something to the students. Students asking questions and answering each other’s questions will be an indicator I strive for.” That’s something as educators we could all strive for! Thanks for the great post!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Blog Post #7

What can you learn from these conversations with Anthony Capps?

Doing Project vs. Projects Based Learning

By:Laura Hamilton

1. Project Based Learning Part 1: Experiences of a 3rd Grade Teacher (10:03)

    In Dr. Strange and Anthony Capp’s video, they talk about how Anthony approaches being a Project Based Learning teacher. Normally when people think about Project Based Learning, they think of projects being something you do after the lesson to show that you’ve learned what you’re supposed to learn. But the goal of Project Based Learning in Anthony’s opinion is that it’s not only a means to show what they have learned, but a means to get them to learn something. Also he believes strongly in getting students excited about learning and being in control of their own learning. The goal of good projects includes having a authentic audience, student interest, community involvement, and students that are driven by content. So what kind of project can I create that will give my students an opportunity to want to know the material I need them to know?

2. Project Based Learning Part 2: Experiences of a 3rd Grade Teacher (13:45)

    In Dr. Strange and Anthony Capps second conversation, Anthony talked about a project that ended up being is favorite project so far. His class was studying cultures, and his country was Afghanistan. And his goal for his students was for them to write a narrative script, as if they were a child in Afghanistan. They could also record their narrations on their Ipads and then pull pictures from students safe search engines like Discovery Ed to use in their videos. The outcome he says is that students took this project above and beyond. Some students without instruction even did a blend of topics, or even the food and the religions. Well one parent had served in Afghanistan and felt very uncomfortable with the idea that his child was learning about this culture. So as the teacher he had to modify to respect the parents feelings for this one student. This child did a different Science project to replace this certain project. Project Based Learning involves a method to help students learn and take learning to another level. But there is a lot of work and preparation in these projects that take time. Anthony talks about how students really enjoy Project Based Learning projects, because there not trapped in say work sheets, or busy work. Everything they do in the classroom is meaningful and matters.

3. iCurio (8:08)

    In the third conversation between Dr. Strange and Anthony Capps, they talk about iCurio. Anthony talks about iCurio being a safe search engine for students to use in the learning aspect. But he also talks about iCurio being a storage capacity for students and teachers to save information and keeping them organized. iCurio allows students to get practice to organize different videos, websites, information and even pictures in the virtual world. Its kid friendly!

4. Discovery Education (4:33)

    Dr. Strange and Anthony Capps fourth video talks about Discovery Ed and its uses. Anthony talks about Discovery Ed being a very helpful tool in the classroom because it gives students a visual tool. And the great part about Discovery Ed is they have information about every subject, from math to science, history or even technology. Discovery Ed can bring professionals or experts on that certain subject into the classroom via video. Anthony uses Discovery Ed to bring different text to life. People remember far more what they hear, but even more when they can see and watch. Dr. Strange believes that students are now listener watchers, they listen and watch far more than they listen and write.

7. Additional Thought About Lessons (3:25)

    Dr. Strange and Anthony Capps Additional conversation talks about lessons. Anthony says that a lesson is at least four layers thick. The first being the year, and how the lesson fits in within your year. In the year you have to think of how all standards will be covered. The second is the unit, how you will unfold the unit and how it will be spaced out. The third is the week, how are you setting up and planning your week, and how to get everything done. And the fourth is the daily lesson. In the daily lesson you need to plan how will you deliver to your students and the information they need to know. And in the end you will have to have something to measure your students on what they’ve learned that day to know how and where to pick up at the next lesson.

Summary of Video #5 (Strange Tips for Teachers)

Project Based Learning Robot

By: Brian Orr

    The teaching tips made by Anthony and Dr. Strange are the 4 tips, as follows: to be interested in learning yourself in general, to be flexible in the planning and delivery of your lessons, to find a way to motivate students with relevant applications of lesson content or otherwise, and to emphasize how to deliver a presentation or results of one's work. Anthony's point about learning on your own, making learning a hobby of yours, speaks to me more than anything else in the video. He stated that he became a better educator as he researched in his down time some successful techniques or ideas. Teachers, he said, need to be excellent learners before they can be excellent teachers, as that is the #1 skill teachers teach, how to learn effectively. The point about being able to teach in multiple manners is what only some of my teachers understand fully. If one student does not connect with a way you deliver the content, then the teacher needs to explain the concept in another way with various examples or terms to help the student relate. As well as this, Anthony and Dr. Strange suggested teachers to be flexible with techniques used in the classroom, as the environment changes with visitors walking in or students questions changing the pace or direction of the classroom. I thoroughly enjoyed their talk, and I think the last point made about having a student's content available for the world to see is how the classroom is most evolving. Not only the students' work will be available to the globe, but fully developed lectures, explanations, and examples will be free to any student willing to invest time to learn.

Summary of videos #6.

By: Sally Gajewski

Think about this: Both of you state it takes Mr. Anthony's third grade class no time at all to learn how to use Imovie I believe is what you both said. Of coarse it is easy for them with the age or era of technology they live in. Compared to how or where some of your students live Mr. Strange. I know from experience that I didn't grow up with with any of this new technology. You know with the new apps that come out every hour or programs every month. But you both talk like its easy for anyone to just pick it up and go with it. I'm here to tell you mot everyone learns at the same rate or the same way there are people who have to be shown step by step how to do something. Not everyone can read the instructions and do it. But instead of spending time with the student to help them they just get over looked and are told to figure it out. How can the student learn anything if they are struggling. Let me ask you both this group of questions. What is society going to do if the system or systems ever crash? What good will this technological teaching do? How will we as teachers be able to teach if the book we are teaching from is on a tablet or something that has crashed? I do agree technology technology is good and it does make things easier, but i don't think we need to depend on it to help us teach ours students. Let them use it, but not depend on it.

Monday, September 30, 2013

September C4K Summary

This I Believe

         Students had to state what they believed in and give a personal experience that went along with the belief. My student was Ann, and her blogs name was “I believe in trusting”. She talked about trusting her brother more anyone else in the world. She goes on to say how he is always there for her and she can tell him anything without him telling everyone her secrets. Even when a boy hurt her and made her cry, her big brother was there ready to solve the problem. She had two really great quotes in her post. My favorite one was “A relationship without trust is like a car without gas, you can stay in it all you want but it won’t go anywhere,” –Jasmine Guy. She had a few grammatical errors but all in all it was a very sweet and truthful blog post. I told her that:

         I really enjoyed your post! You are so very lucky to have a big brother you can count on. I am an only child, so the closest thing I have to siblings are cousins. But even being an only child I find trusting people to be very important. Everyone needs someone they can count on and talk to about our life’s problems. There are a few grammatical errors in your post which you can think about before your next post. Example being your closing sentence, “This i believe because you have to have trust in something.!” Make sure you capitalize all your “I”. Also you could maybe word it like this “I believe in this quote because you have to trust in something.” But all in all, great post!

What is your favorite TV show?

         Mrs. Lieschkes 5th grade class in Australia, had to make a blog post on what their favorite TV show was. My students name was Safiya, and she has many favorite TV shows. She had a trouble narrowing the top ten down, but her favorite included: With Boys, MI HIGH, Spider Man, and Iron Man. She had few grammatical errors including the spelling of “favorite”. But all in all it was a very good post. I told him that:

         I really enjoyed your blog post! Spider Man happens to be one of my favorite movies as well. My favorite shows though are quite different from yours. This is probably because I live in a town called Mobile, Alabama, USA. See we are very far away from each other, but even being that far away I too have watched Iron Man. Did you know that they are coming out with an Iron Man 3? I’m super excited to go see it in the movie theaters. You had a few grammatical or spelling errors in your post, including the word “favorite”. Make sure you use a spell checker to help you proof read your blogs before posting. I always use Microsoft Word to help me. But really good post this week! I really like how your font is pink. My favorite color!

Word Search

         Miss Ouano’s class at Pt England School in Auckland, NZ was my third C4K comment assignment. My student was Lorenzo who was in 5th grade, Room 14. This week on his blog post he decided to make a word search and his friend Maroroa would try and solve it. I told him that:

         You have an awesome Blog Post going! I really like this word search. Word searches can be a fun way of learning new words and new vocabulary. Just make sure you remember to make complete sentences, with periods and capitalization. But great job! Keep blogging!

The American Dream

          Mike Gwaltney’s class blog is kept by student-authors and their teacher. The posts on this blog are part of an ongoing assignment in their fully online AP U.S. & Comparative Government & Politics course at the Online School for Girls. Students post reflection pieces on a rotating basis, with one author posting each weekday. Students also occasionally post to the blog for project assignments. My student is Lauren and her blog is called The American Dream. Lauren talks about her thoughts of the American Dream. She says that maybe the American dream is to be a leader, a champion, a protector of natural rights. She then goes on to say that in other countries, being a leader is dangerous within certain societies. The people should not live in fear of persecution for rising to positions of leadership. She references that any U.S. history class in constant and nothing changes; that the goals of our government remain the same and constant. She believes the United States pioneered this idea of giving a voice to the people, an idea which countless countries have long since worked to achieve. She also believes that the reason that our democratic society is so functional is because we are not all passionate historians who aspire to be politicians and carry out beloved principles. It is our individual desires that make our democratic society a success because these desires motivate us to challenge ideas and become great artists, scientists, or writers. I told her that:

         I very much enjoyed reading this blog assignment by you! It has been one of the best so far that I have been assigned to. I am not sure if it’s just the material you’re talking about or your personal writing, but this blog is very inspirational in my opinion. I loved the fact that you used a U.S. history class as a reference to our society. Because it is constant and the problems, concerns, and goals of our government remain the same. Keep the Blogs going!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Blog Post #6

What do we need to know about asking questions to be an effective teacher?

As teachers, we need to come to reality with the fact that we really do not know everything, and there is no reason to assume that the students know nothing. Have you ever thought about how silly teachers can be? When teachers get in front of students, they present themselves to be the ones with all the answers, and then after they talk to the students, they start asking questions as if they don't know anything we just talked about. No wonder students get confused!

Asking Effective Questions
After doing some reading and researching I have come to some points that I will try to live by as a future teachers:

• When preparing for class compose specific questions that you will ask your students (or that you anticipate they will ask you). Doing so will help you increase student participation and encourage active learning.

• Avoid asking “leading questions.” A leading question is phrased in such a way that it suggests its own answer and therefore discourages students from thinking on their own.

• In class discussions, do not ask more than one question at once. When you ask more than one question, students often do not respond because they are unsure which question you want them to answer.

• Do not interrupt students’ answers. You may find yourself wanting to interrupt because you think you know what the student is going to say, or simply because you are passionate about the material. Resist this temptation. Hearing the students’ full responses will allow you to give them credit for their ideas and to determine when they have not yet understood the material.

• Show that you are interested in students’ answers, whether right or wrong. Encourage students when they are offering answers by nodding, looking at them, and using facial expressions that show you are listening and engaged.

• Do not look down at your notes while they are speaking.

Here is a video that I found to be very helpful!