Final Essay

December 9, 2010

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December 9, 2010

I really think that this would be a great way to do my daily announcements! What a great way to keep them engaged!

I like the VOKI the best… but it would not embed on the blog, so I made a wildself as well.

Enjoyed the semester.


Final Project

December 9, 2010


Week 13

November 24, 2010

I chose for this to be my week that I didn’t submit the assignment. See the excerpt from the course schedule section of the blog.

Important Dates:
Audio production due November 11 (5 pts)*
Still production due November 18 (5 pts)*
Video production due November 24 (5 pts)*

Collaborative projects due November 24 (15 pts)
Finals (Short Reflective Paper) due December 13 (10 pts)
Participation (5 pts)
*Note: You ONLY need to do two (2) out of these three (3) assignments. You get to choose which ones you will submit towards your overall score.

I still contributed to the discussion and read the assigned readings.

Week 12

November 14, 2010

These are the photos I entered on the flickr contest:


Here is the layered picture of my beautiful little girl.
Click the thumbnail to enlarge.

Week 11

November 7, 2010

Click HERE for my podcast
(There is a link on the podomatic page to subscribe)

If this works out well, I may create a iTunes page for my class so that my class can get podcasts on their iPhones.

So, I didn’t use the program Audacity since it is only audio… I downloaded it, and it seems like a good enough program for audio use. However, since I think that video podcasts are the way to go, I made one of those, which has audio in it.

In terms of helpful links I have made a list from both the reading and my own research.

iTunes FAQ
Podcast Blaster
Creative Commons

Group Project Submission

November 4, 2010

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Week 10

November 3, 2010

I would say that I rely a lot on informal assessment, where I give individual attention to student throughout the class to see where they are. This can be done by questioning (blooms taxonomy) and other ways like white boards. I rarely am surprised by a formal assessment because I have good informal assessment practices.

I use rubrics for assessments that are more subjective to keep myself from arbitrarily grading. They keep grading fair especially when you get to the 150th assignment and it just so happens to be that student that rubbed your the wrong way that day. Don’t lie, it happens.

I feel as though our current assessments do not cater to divergent thinkers. In fact, our current educational system is stifiling student’s creativity. Alternate assessments allow for us to accurately assess students in much more meaningful methods for the students. I tend to be pretty progressive and student centered in my educational philosophy, therefore it is no surprise that my primary goal is meeting the needs of the individual student…. Don’t even get me started on standardized testing. Sorry essentialists.

In the blog post by Barry Joesph, he says. “One approach to empowering youth to be more in charge of their learning…” I think this is key. We have trained our kids to accept that education is what we tell them that it is. The result is information being shoved their way that is totally irrelevant in their lives. Learning can’t and will not happen that way. Education will, learning will not. When the student’s take ownership ( control we have to be willing to yield), true learning will take place for the individual student.

Week 9

October 28, 2010

Case Study #1. Immediately pull the student out of class. Contact the district office. Contact campus police. Contact Parents. Talk with teacher and police, and determine if charges are to be filed. Based on recommendations from the district and police, appropriate sanctions would be placed on the student. Offer school counseling services to the teacher if necessary.

Case Study #2. Tell the Parent that I will investigate the claims, and that I will contact them shortly. Talk to the teacher about supervision issues. Contact district to let them know of the issue should things blow up (media, etc.). Have the IT department pull the browsing logs for the computers in question. Conference with the accused students and their parents. Determine if any disciplinary action is to be taken with the students, or the teacher. Encourage district to bump of filtering software to prevent future breaches of student safety. Contact complaining parents, and let them know that the situation has been handled and measures were put into place to prevent this from being an issue again.

Case Study #3. I would contact internet filtering companies, and purchase filtering software. With the guidance of the principal, we would determine what rating was acceptable and block everything else. As issues arise in the future, the black list would be updated. For high school simply having a white list is too restricting.

Case Study #4. Contact the appropriate Principal and let them handle the discipline of the student, and the needs of the student that has been violated. Make adjustment to filtering software to prevent further breaches.

Case Study #5. Contact IT and have them pull the email as soon as possible preventing people who have not opened it already to be able to access it. Conference with the teacher who sent the email. Follow district policy for appropriate disciplinary action. Have a faculty meeting to debrief and discuss implications for entire staff moving forward.

Case Study #6. Send a district wide email addressing the acceptable use of district email, and that it is scanned regularly for obscenity. If the teachers’ content of their email message has violated district policy, call the parties in on separate occasions to administer appropriate sanctions, bypassing principal to avoid embarrassment and potential gossip that may occur as a result of more people knowing about the affair. Debrief with people involved in reporting, and discuss confidentiality of private matters. (This is to say that their action was correct, but since they know about the affair they should not share that information with anyone.)

Case Study #7. Turn the investigate over to local authorities and let them handle it. This one is out of your control and hands. Whether the person seems like a likely subject or not, you don’t play around with threats on someones life.

As far as adopting a class AUP… You have to start with the district AUP go from there. Students could be involved because you are already protected by the district AUP. Any additions are only going to make the student safer. I think it would be a great learning experience for the students. Discipline for not following the class AUP (additions only) would follow your classroom, or the school’s discipline procedures. Violations of the original AUP content must be turned over to campus administrators for their discipline.

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Week 8

October 21, 2010

Tufte says. “The practical conclusions are clear. PowerPoint is a competent slide manager and projector. But rather than supplementing a presentation, it has become a substitute for it. Such misuse ignores the most important rule of speaking: Respect your audience.”

I could not agree more. I am so frustrated with PPT being used as a substitute rather than an aid in a presentation. DO NOT READ YOUR PPT. DO NOT BOG DOWN YOUR PPT WITH ALL YOUR INFORMATION. If they have all your information, why would they listen to you? I love the 5×5 rule. No more than 5 words per line. No more than 5 lines a page. That is a maximum, less is ideal. I need to step off my soapbox before I use all my class time ranting.

Prezi #1
Prezi #2