EDM 310 Class Blog

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Blog Post #2


Your teaching methods should go hand in hand with the course that you are teaching. Professor Dancealot is teaching a dance class from a power point presentation. Most students cannot learn to dance from reading slides, it is more of a visual learning course. Professor Dancealot's teaching method was not effective at the end of the course judging by the students taking their final. I agree with this conclusion because students should learn in the best way that apply's most to their course.
Teaching in the 21st Century
1.Teachers can only provide:
2. Role in the life of students is obsolete; students can find information on:
3. Teachers are no longer the main source of knowledge; We are the filter
4. We must rethink the tools we use and the types of problems we ask students to solve. These tools must be:
5. See what’s out there
-find sites
-try software
-do research
6. Start Small
-ask others
8.Take a risk
-change can not happen without risk
Robert's makes very good points, and I do agree with him. Although, I am a little bit afraid to teach in the 21st century. Technology is becoming a bigger aspect of education everyday, while I am not the best at technology I am willing to learn and pass on what I learn to my students.
The Networked Student
The Networked Student talks about a student who uses many different resources to complete a course, with a teacher who believes in teaching with connectivism. Connectivism is the theory of learning that emphasizes the role of technology. This theory poses the question "why does the networked student even have a teacher?" The teacher is important here incase the student has a question or needs guidance about how to organize his thoughts and ideas. While I believe that technology is important in education I also believe that in class and book learning is very efficient.
Harness Your Students' Digital Smarts
In this video Vickie Davis is teaching her students as well as learning from them. She and her students are teaching as well as learning with other students around the world. Davis shows that it is okay to not know everything about what you are teaching as long as you are willing to learn.
Who's Ahead in the Learning Race?
I definitely think that the younger students are ahead this day in age. When I was in elementary school we did not do hardly anything with computers. The young students now are most likely ahead of me with knowledge of computers, but I am still learning.
Flipping the Classroom
The idea of flipping the classroom is new to me. In my opinion I do not like the idea, I feel that it would be hard to be in a classroom where every student is not on the same page. Some students do need more attention than others, and I feel that because of that some may get more class time than others. It is harder to do things outside of the classroom when you do not have someone there to answer questions right then. Therefore, I do not think this will be useful for me because I feel that hands on learning is easier than counting on technology, I would rather teach and be more involved with my students.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Blog Assignment #1

What about EDM310
I have heard just a few things about EDM310. I have heard that it is very a challenging and time consuming course. On a positive note I have heard that EDM310 does get easier after the first couple of assignments. It is my first semester at South Alabama so I have not heard many other things concerning this course. Despite what I have heard I am willing to take the challenge.stressed out
I honestly have a few fears about taking on this course. I am not very knowledgable when it comes to computers or the programs we will be dealing with. I can not necessarily compare EDM310 to any other course that I have taken in the past, it will defiantly be one of the most difficult. I will find many things challenging about this course, keeping up with the assignments, getting them in on time, and completing all of the necessary details. The best way to address my issues I think will be, practicing better study habits and allowing myself enough time to complete my assignments.
What is Foliotek and how will it be useful for this course? The other questions I have about EDM310 are general questions that can be found in the syllabus.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Practice Post

HI, my name is Lindsey Donald and I was born here in Mobile, Alabama. I am currently attending the University of South Alabama to earn a degree in elementary/special education. I am a junior transfer from Faulkner State Community College. I have always known that I wanted to be in the field of education as are my mother and sister. To me education is the key to success and is the most important process that we will go through in our lives and I would love to help people receive theirs.

Special education is a personal passion of mine. In my opinion having a job like this will be the most rewarding thing I can achieve. I have spent a summer at camp smile, and volunteered at United Cerebral Pausy. These two things have helped me ensure that special education is indeed what I would like to pursue!


-where are you from?
-major and interests?
elementary/special education
-personal information
transfer,mom and sister.
-my passion
special education is my passion
-getting better
I would like to improve every aspect of my education.